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Wellness
Published Thursday Mar 05, 2020 by Mindbody Team

#WomeninWellness: Alexis Pritchard, Director of Wreck Room New Zealand

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Alexis Pritchard knows what takes to be an innovator. As a member of the inaugural field of women boxers at the 2012 Olympics, she relied on a deep well of mental and physical toughness to unlock her potential. Now she and her husband, Cam, are teaching others those same skills from the Wreck Room, their boxing and group fitness gym in Auckland, New Zealand. Here’s what she had to say about her journey. 


What inspired you to start Rebuild with Lex and become the Director at Wreck Room?  

Rebuild with Lex is about empowering people to take control of their lives courageously.  Our minds are our greatest assets when we use it in our favour, or it can be our biggest obstacle in achieving our goals.  When I learnt how to unlock the power of my mind for growth, I started to flourish as an athlete and a person.  I want all people to have access to these skills.   Mental skills are important to learn, and we need someone to help guide us through the process.  I am a Mindset and Performance as it gives me great joy in seeing people thrive.  

My husband Cam and I opened Wreck Room in 2015. A gym for anyone and everyone.  No pretense. It is a place to learn solid boxing technique even in our fitness classes, have fun and sweat.  The gym we were renting space from was closing down.  We either had to find a garage to train out of or take a leap of courage and open a gym. Cam and I were in the middle of a boxing campaign working towards the 2016 World Champs.  

 

Alexis Pritchard Tying Shoelaces


A woman of many firsts, you fought at the 2012 Olympics (the first-time women’s boxing was included at the Games), becoming the first woman to win a bout at the Olympics for New Zealand. How has that shaped what success in women’s boxing means?    

I was part of the first ever contingent of female boxers at the Olympic Games, what a freaking incredible experience. Life-altering. I was able to take one step further than my pioneer sisters in this sport because of all the work they did. There are certainly more young girls taking up the sport of boxing, and I hope they break through my achievements and one day bring home an Olympic medal for women’s boxing.  


What can someone expect who has never been to a boxing class before?

Bring an open mind, bring some courage to try something new and possibly suck at it.  Leave all your judgements about yourself at home and do not compare yourself to anyone else.  Keep going back at least three times, see the progress you make, and then make up your mind if it is for you or not.  Water bottle, comfort clothes to train in, and trainers.  Check if the gym has gloves you can hire for your first class.    

 

Alexis Pritchard Boxing


So, what’s next for you on your fitness journey? What can we expect to see?    

After retiring from international sport, I found it difficult to motivate myself to exercise. It took me six months to get off the sofa after the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  I returned to movement very gently.  I made a deal with myself to try and do one yoga class a week for one month.  And then, I started slowly adding other things in and increasing the intensity.  I was inspired by my mum to run a half marathon, as she did her first half three years ago at 63 years young.  I will be doing my first one on the 21 March 2020. And I have returned to one of my other sporting loves, rock climbing, so hopefully you see me outside on some rock, problem solving how to get up it and living in courage when I feel a little scared on the hard bits.  
  

You're a business owner, an Olympian, and a baker. How do you have time to practice self-care and wellness yourself?  What’s your go-to wellness routine?      

Looking after myself is a priority.  And I make time to do the things that nourish my soul and fill my cup up.  

Not every week is going to be the same, and some weeks are better than others.  My self-care practice is movement/ exercise 3-6 times a week.  This could be a run, weights, rock climbing, some boxing, or a bit of yoga.  I have a beautiful office where I sit on my comfortable chair facing the morning sun and just focusing on my breathe for 5-10 minutes with my eyes closed.  This is my meditation 3-6 times a week.  I have a gratitude journal that I write in a few times a week too.  Making time to connect with people who are uplifting is important to my wellness routine. For example, on a Sunday, I go to community yoga with two fabulous friends, and we have a chat, coconut loaf, and tea afterwards.  Quality time with my person, my husband, is part of my self-care too.  Little things like having a coffee to getting chatting, laughing with him, holding hands while sitting on the sofa watching our favourite show on TV, or bigger things like driving up to the beach and me pretending to surf and him having a swim.     

 

Alexis Pritchard Kissing Husband's Cheek


What does wellness personally mean to you? How can we (the public) start on our own wellness journeys?    

Wellness, for me, encompasses my mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health.  Start by making yourself a priority in your life.  In terms of self-care, do what works for you.  If you don’t know, be curious, and explore different things, find the ones that work for you, keep those in your toolkit, and get rid of the other one.  Do not compare yourself to others in this space.  Their way is not better than your way.  If your way nourishes your souls, then it is perfect. If your friend loves doing yoga at 6 am and drinking a kale and avo smoothie, and you don’t like either, don’t do it.  If you enjoy sitting on a bench eating a little ice-cream and a little walk on the beach, do that.

 

In New Zealand? Try it out for yourself! Book a class at Wreck Room now.

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Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

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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.