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Darby Jackson: Reimagining Post-Workout Protein
Wellness
Published Monday Nov 19, 2018 by Darby Jackson

Darby Jackson: Reimagining Post-Workout Protein

Drink
Nutrition
Expert Advice

We sat down with Après co-founder, Darby Jackson, to learn about how she *realistically* balances life, her love for wellness and a thriving plant-based protein business—all while positively evolving her personal brand. 

 

Après


What idea sparked Après and how has being part of the wellness industry shaped you? 

It was very clear to my co-founder and I that there was nothing on the market that spoke to the modern wellness consumer post-workout. Everything either screamed 'bulk and biceps', had a terrifying ingredient list, or was too hard on the stomach. I was also a health coach and personal trainer and the number one question I'd get from all of my clients was, "What do I eat or drink after I workout?". I didn't have a clean and convenient recommendation for them.

Drawing on our backgrounds as Division 1 athletes, my experience with my clients, and feedback from boutique fitness studio owners, we built Après from the ground up to meet our customer's exact needs. It took us a year and a half to design the product and get it right, but it's that attention to detail and 100% commitment that I think has helped Après gain such early momentum. 

 

What’s your wellness routine? How has it evolved over time?

My daily wellness routine used to involve rigorous exercise but I've since slowed things down. I've learned that my body and brain need a combination of intense exercise mixed with yoga, meditation and overall more rest! I think it's easy to get caught up in the mindset that more is better with exercise but a few great classes per week mixed with some walking, meditation, and self-care is perfect for me right now.  

 

As an entrepreneur, you’re always on the go. What class do you book ahead of time to make sure you get a workout in?

Speaking of hard workouts, I've fallen in love with boxing. It does a great job of feeding my athletic, competitive side while also pumping me up for whatever comes next in my day. Every time I walk out of a boxing class I feel like I'm ready to take on the world. 

 

Do you have a go-to recipe that incorporates Après?

Yes! Right now I'm in love with a pumpkin smoothie recipe we developed for the holidays. It's 1 Vanilla Après mixed with 2 tablespoons of almond butter, 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and ice cubes. It's to die for! 

 

How do you pick new flavors? We know Cold Brew and Vanilla just came out, can you tease any others? 

The inspiration for new Après flavors comes from our community. We are constantly asking people via social posts and stories about what they'd like to see from us next. When we polled our following earlier this year, it was clear that they were looking for a coffee and vanilla flavor from us. We also started to see people pour their Après into their morning coffee, so it was a no-brainer. In terms of new flavors, we are working on two right now. All I can say is that people will be very happy! 


Want to treat yourself post-workout? Use code MINDBODY20 to get 20% off all Après products! 

Darby Jackson Après
Written by
Darby Jackson
Après Co-founder | Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
About the author
A certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and personal trainer, Darby's interest in wellness began when she was diagnosed with celiac disease. Empowering women through food and fitness, she now brings her experiences to Après by creating a lifestyle and community around this nutritious, convenient drink.
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.