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Wellness
Published Friday Jan 03, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Fitness + Wellness Deals to Meet Your 2020 Goals

Motivation
Fitness

The start of a new decade is the perfect time to spice up your routine and try something new. Have a fitness class you’ve always wanted to try? Need to make time for a massage in your busy schedule? We’ve gathered some of our favorite fitness classes and wellness services (and their awesome deals!) to add to your resolutions list.

Get a massage.

Everyone can use a massage every now and then, especially after the stress of the holidays. If you live in Texas, Oak Haven Massage offers a 50-minute massage for only $65. You can choose from a Swedish/Relaxing Massage, a Deep Tissue Massage, or a Therapeutic Massage all for the same prices. And if 50-minutes just isn’t enough (we get it), don’t worry—they offer several time options up to 110 minutes. Here's where to book, because we know you’re already planning.

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Get a massage.

Everyone can use a massage every now and then, especially after the stress of the holidays. If you live in Texas, Oak Haven Massage offers a 50-minute massage for only $65. You can choose from a Swedish/Relaxing Massage, a Deep Tissue Massage, or a Therapeutic Massage all for the same prices. And if 50-minutes just isn’t enough (we get it), don’t worry—they offer several time options up to 110 minutes. Here's where to book, because we know you’re already planning.

Test your strength.

Strength training is an important part of any exercise routine if you want to build muscle and get fit. At Regymen Fitness, you can burn, box, or build with different exercises depending on your goal. Their HIIT workout is our favorite, because it incorporates cardio stations, kettlebells, TRX, dumbbells, core exercises, and stabilization movements in just 60 minutes! This new year, they’re offering a $99 Unlimited Family Add-on Membership at participating studios—so you can feel the burn.

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Test your strength.

Strength training is an important part of any exercise routine if you want to build muscle and get fit. At Regymen Fitness, you can burn, box, or build with different exercises depending on your goal. Their HIIT workout is our favorite, because it incorporates cardio stations, kettlebells, TRX, dumbbells, core exercises, and stabilization movements in just 60 minutes! This new year, they’re offering a $99 Unlimited Family Add-on Membership at participating studios—so you can feel the burn.

Try a new recovery method.

Is it the post-workout soreness that’s stopping you from trying high-intensity classes? Sometimes, stretching just doesn’t cut it. There’s plenty of other recovery methods you can try this new year to help ease the burn and get you ready for your next class. We love cryotherapy, a treatment that exposes your body to extreme cold for several benefits. Ever see football players taking ice baths? It’s the same concept. This new year, Restore Cryotherapy is offering a ‘New Decade, New Start’ deal, so you can receive four services per month when you become a member. Find a location near you!

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Try a new recovery method.

Is it the post-workout soreness that’s stopping you from trying high-intensity classes? Sometimes, stretching just doesn’t cut it. There’s plenty of other recovery methods you can try this new year to help ease the burn and get you ready for your next class. We love cryotherapy, a treatment that exposes your body to extreme cold for several benefits. Ever see football players taking ice baths? It’s the same concept. This new year, Restore Cryotherapy is offering a ‘New Decade, New Start’ deal, so you can receive four services per month when you become a member. Find a location near you!

Take a self-care day.

Nothing says self-care like a day filled with wellness treatments. At Hiatus Spa + Retreat (with several locations across Texas), you can sign up for just that. Their Happy + Happier + Happiest package combines a massage, facial, and mani-pedi for your perfect self-love day. It’s 3.5 hours and only $260—talk about a steal. If you want to take it up a notch, The Shangri-La offers a 4.25-hour spa day for $425. And if you want to hit refresh on that inner glow, The Big Chill package includes a 90-minute massage followed by a super-charged plant peel for just $240. So you can go and love yourself.

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Take a self-care day.

Nothing says self-care like a day filled with wellness treatments. At Hiatus Spa + Retreat (with several locations across Texas), you can sign up for just that. Their Happy + Happier + Happiest package combines a massage, facial, and mani-pedi for your perfect self-love day. It’s 3.5 hours and only $260—talk about a steal. If you want to take it up a notch, The Shangri-La offers a 4.25-hour spa day for $425. And if you want to hit refresh on that inner glow, The Big Chill package includes a 90-minute massage followed by a super-charged plant peel for just $240. So you can go and love yourself.

Sweat through your lunch break.

While many fitness classes take at least an hour, some are just short enough to squeeze in on your lunch break. For example, BODYROK offers 40-minute, full-body, strength training group classes on their custom reformer, so you can get your sweat on and head back to the office. This New Year, they’re offering a New Client Intro Month Unlimited for $129 and a New Year Membership Special where you can purchase any new membership and get one month free (with a 4-month commitment.)

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Sweat through your lunch break.

While many fitness classes take at least an hour, some are just short enough to squeeze in on your lunch break. For example, BODYROK offers 40-minute, full-body, strength training group classes on their custom reformer, so you can get your sweat on and head back to the office. This New Year, they’re offering a New Client Intro Month Unlimited for $129 and a New Year Membership Special where you can purchase any new membership and get one month free (with a 4-month commitment.)

Go for a (high tech) ride.

It’s always fun to try new workouts, especially super cool high-tech ones. Rukus Cycling Studios is a technologically advanced indoor cycling studio that features high-intensity cardio sessions, muscle-shaping strength training, premium boutique amenities, and world-class CyclePro instructors to guide you through your workout. You can find your style—choosing from intense to relaxed, upbeat to mellow, and old school to today's hits. Track your progress with heart rate monitors and stats, and enjoy the cool, modern aesthetic as you get your sweat on. This new year, they’re offering unlimited rides for $97 or 4 rides per month for just $47. Bonus: your first ride is free, so there’s no reason not to try it! 

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Go for a (high tech) ride.

It’s always fun to try new workouts, especially super cool high-tech ones. Rukus Cycling Studios is a technologically advanced indoor cycling studio that features high-intensity cardio sessions, muscle-shaping strength training, premium boutique amenities, and world-class CyclePro instructors to guide you through your workout. You can find your style—choosing from intense to relaxed, upbeat to mellow, and old school to today's hits. Track your progress with heart rate monitors and stats, and enjoy the cool, modern aesthetic as you get your sweat on. This new year, they’re offering unlimited rides for $97 or 4 rides per month for just $47. Bonus: your first ride is free, so there’s no reason not to try it! 

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Lifecycle Program Manager
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!