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Pride month fitness queer
Fitness
Published Monday Jun 24, 2019 by Amanda Peterson

4 Fitness Studios Committed to Creating LGBTQIA+ Spaces

Fitness
Bootcamp
Yoga
Cycling
Personal Growth

Earlier this month, I purchased an intro offer at The Yoga Standard. I was browsing the schedule and, to my surprise, there was a PRIDE themed class that was donating all proceeds to The Trevor Project. As a queer person, knowing my yoga studio was hosting a class that centered LGBTQIA+ folks felt reassuring, and my loyalty to the business grew stronger. 

Though the class didn’t differ greatly from its normal routine, sitting next to a man who adorned his eyes with glitter that morning just made me feel...better. The instructor fostered a space for reflections around identity and pride. I laughed, I cried, I sweat, and I left the class feeling fabulous.

While Pride Month is a great time for studios to show their support for the community, consistent support throughout the year is much more powerful. Being LGBTQIA+ inclusive is more than hanging up a rainbow flag or temporarily changing a business logo to rainbow colors. Here are some MINDBODY studios creating LGBTQIA+ inclusive spaces all year round:

 

Everybody (Los Angeles)

Everybody Los Angeles LGBTQIA+

This gym is “creating a radically inclusive culture for all bodies to move, strengthen, and heal.” My favorite part? They offer sliding scale monthly memberships based on income, which helps remove barriers for folks who are marginalized and/or low-income. Their list of teachers is full of gorgeous, queer, and diverse faces. Aside from their standard program classes, they also offer $5 community classes—some of which are bilingual (Spanish/English). And, they have gender-neutral locker rooms, which is a staple for LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces. Everybody Los Angeles is living and breathing inclusivity.

 
The Queer Gym (Oakland)
The Queer Gym Oakland
The Queer Gym 


This self-proclaimed “gym + safe space + house party” fosters a supportive community without the homophobia, transphobia, and body shaming. In addition to being unapologetically queer, this gym has no mirrors, which reduces barriers for folks with body dysmorphia or gender dysphoria. They take “gym buddies” to a whole new level by offering a monthly social calendar for members. With classes like “Oakland Booty” and “Tops ‘n Bottoms,” The Queer Gym promises lots of sweat, an encouraging environment, and a dang good time. 

 

Mark Fisher Fitness (NYC)
Mark Fisher Fitness
Mark Fisher Fitness


At Mark Fisher Fitness, “making health and hotness fun and inclusive” is their mission. As a member of their Enchanted Ninja Clubhouse of Glory and Dreams (yes, you read that right), they promise fast results with a money-back guarantee. It’s not just rainbows and unicorns at MFF—their bright and vibrant space is filled with friendly trainers who are fiercely committed to your results and growth. 

 
Workout! with Erica Nix (Myo Movement - Austin)
Workout! with Erica Nix Myo Movement
Workout! with Erica Nix


Erica Nix is a body positive ambassador on a mission to make working out fun again. Her wild workouts are queer-centric and outrageous. Aside from her weekly class at Myo Movement in Austin, she also puts on events and pop-ups around Austin throughout the year.


Wanna sweat it out? Explore more inclusive and empowering studios through the MINDBODY app, or search on MINDBODY.io to booking everything from HIIT to hot yoga
 

Amanda Peterson
Written by
Amanda Peterson
UX Designer
About the author
Amanda is a designer with a fierce passion for inclusivity. Outside of her day job at MINDBODY, she plans Women in Tech events and is involved in LGBTQIA+ community initiatives. On the weekends, you can find her traveling across California with her pup, or journaling quietly in a coffee shop.
Goat Cheese Ball healthy recipe
Wellness
Published Tuesday Jan 21, 2020 by Mckenzie Hathaway

Goat "Cheese" Ball

Recipes
Food

Did you know you can make mouth-watering “fake” cheese with macadamia nuts? Yes, macadamia nuts. If you’re craving that creamy consistency but your stomach isn’t down for dairy, try out this recipe inspired by Simple Vegan Blog

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of macadamia nuts (soaked overnight)
  • 1 1/2 lemon 
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp raw virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon pink Himalayan salt 
Directions
  • Place the macadamia nuts into a bowl and cover with water to soak for at least 7 hours. 
  • Drain and wash macadamia nuts before placing it in a high-speed blender (I use my refurbished Vitamix). 
  • Add lemon juice, garlic cloves, olive oil, water, and blend for about two minutes until extremely thick.
  • Slowly add in the lemon juice, followed by rosemary, salt, and any additional seasoning that you desire.
  • In a large bowl, lay out a cheesecloth that will hold the macadamia mixture. Make sure your cheesecloth is large enough to hold the entire mixture. It will be very thick, so scoop it from the blender into the cloth that is within the bowl.
  • Once in the cloth, in the bowl, wrap the mixture up in the cloth into a ball. With an elastic band, tie the top so the mixture is in a tight bowl. It should be a large softball size.
  • Squeeze out any extra liquid and place the cheese ball in the fridge for at least 14 hours(I left mine for about 24 hours, and it was perfect). 
  • When you are ready to bake this bad boy, preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F.
  • Grease a baking pan with olive oil, well. Don’t make my mistakebe sure to put enough oil! 
  • Carefully unwrap the cheese ball from the cloth and shape into a perfect round ball.
  • Place on the very greased pan and bake for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. However, check it about halfway. You may need to turn down the oven for the final 20 minutes. If your cheese is cracking while golden brown, that is perfect! 

Once taken out of the oven, it’s ready to serve. It will be difficult to transfer – so if you can decorate the pan and serve directly on it with crackers and veggies that’s what I recommend.

Mckenzie Hathaway MINDBODY
Written by
Mckenzie Hathaway
Media & PR Specialist
About the author
From working at a fashion magazine to taking on the tech industry, Mckenzie is passionate about all things Public Relations. Outside of the office, you will find her trail running, swimming in the ocean, or creating plant-based recipes as she heals her body from autoimmune diseases.