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Published Thursday Jan 16, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

Here’s How To Work Out Like Your Favorite Artist

Fitness
Running
Personal Training
Massage
Cardio

When our favorite artists hit the stage, we’re floored by not only their voices, but of course, their rockin’ bods. Whether they’re on the road touring or playing a star-studded award show like the Grammys, finding time to stay fit and healthy can be a challenge.  

Wondering how these divas get their sweat on? Check out how they stay healthy on and off the stage! 

Feelin’ strong as hell  

According to Shape (and Lizzo’s infamous Instagram stories), the body-positive singer works with a certified personal trainer, Marcus Ely. He coaches her through different workouts, including wide-grip lat pull-downs, barbell back squats on a Smith machine, and Russian twists.  

Lizzo doesn’t just post her workouts, though. She’s also posted stories getting a Theragun massage, involving percussion tools best used for recovery when her muscles are sore AF. Her workout/recovery combo is essential to her overall wellness of body and mind. In an interview with NPR, the singer spoke about learning to be more comfortable with her body and discovering what works for her:  

“When I started discovering my self-love and trying to be more positive about my body...I was like; I have no plastic surgery options, there’s no crazy dieting options; I’ve been big my whole life. ‘Just deal with it! Just accept your body’ I made a decision that I would eventually be happy about it, and it took a long time. Ten years later, I have a healthy relationship with my body.”  

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Feelin’ strong as hell  

According to Shape (and Lizzo’s infamous Instagram stories), the body-positive singer works with a certified personal trainer, Marcus Ely. He coaches her through different workouts, including wide-grip lat pull-downs, barbell back squats on a Smith machine, and Russian twists.  

Lizzo doesn’t just post her workouts, though. She’s also posted stories getting a Theragun massage, involving percussion tools best used for recovery when her muscles are sore AF. Her workout/recovery combo is essential to her overall wellness of body and mind. In an interview with NPR, the singer spoke about learning to be more comfortable with her body and discovering what works for her:  

“When I started discovering my self-love and trying to be more positive about my body...I was like; I have no plastic surgery options, there’s no crazy dieting options; I’ve been big my whole life. ‘Just deal with it! Just accept your body’ I made a decision that I would eventually be happy about it, and it took a long time. Ten years later, I have a healthy relationship with my body.”  

Lover (of fitness)

A Grammy goddess of many talents, Taylor Swift, is definitely on our “fispiration” list. Well-known for her high-energy stadium tours, Swift stays active by regularly booking classes at a New York-based studio, Body By Simone. Founded by Australian personal trainer and former Broadway dancer Simone De La Rue, the BBS method mixes high-intensity dance cardio with light dumbbells to help form long, lean muscles.  

When she’s not in a class, she loves to run around the city. According to WebMD, Swift says it’s a chance to discover new music and explore what’s around her:  

“For me, running is about blasting a whole bunch of new songs and running to the beat. It’s also good because it makes me find a gym wherever I am.”  

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Lover (of fitness)

A Grammy goddess of many talents, Taylor Swift, is definitely on our “fispiration” list. Well-known for her high-energy stadium tours, Swift stays active by regularly booking classes at a New York-based studio, Body By Simone. Founded by Australian personal trainer and former Broadway dancer Simone De La Rue, the BBS method mixes high-intensity dance cardio with light dumbbells to help form long, lean muscles.  

When she’s not in a class, she loves to run around the city. According to WebMD, Swift says it’s a chance to discover new music and explore what’s around her:  

“For me, running is about blasting a whole bunch of new songs and running to the beat. It’s also good because it makes me find a gym wherever I am.”  

Thank you, next (workout) 

There will be some tears left to cry after this huge pop star’s workout. Grande’s personal trainer, Harley Pasternak, who has also worked out with Rihanna, Adam Levine, and Katy Perry, gives his famous client something to focus on each day. Grande does five sets of 30 reps of each workout, including reverse lunges, walking lunges, and glute bridges.  

Also, if you’re looking to work out like the “God Is A Woman” singer, be ready to step it up. Literally. As she told Women’s Health, Grande makes a goal to get between 12,000-14,000 steps in every day:  

“I feel better when I'm just moving around a lot. I could do a really hard workout and then sit around all day and not feel as good as if I am constantly moving." 

Not only does her body benefit from a good workout, but (according to People), so does her music:  

“I have a lot of ideas on the treadmill. If I need help writing or being creative, or coming up with an idea [I work out]. I came up with the idea for the ‘Side to Side’ video on the treadmill. Usually, I’ll listen to throwback ‘90’s hip-hop, or stuff that makes me amped.”  

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Thank you, next (workout) 

There will be some tears left to cry after this huge pop star’s workout. Grande’s personal trainer, Harley Pasternak, who has also worked out with Rihanna, Adam Levine, and Katy Perry, gives his famous client something to focus on each day. Grande does five sets of 30 reps of each workout, including reverse lunges, walking lunges, and glute bridges.  

Also, if you’re looking to work out like the “God Is A Woman” singer, be ready to step it up. Literally. As she told Women’s Health, Grande makes a goal to get between 12,000-14,000 steps in every day:  

“I feel better when I'm just moving around a lot. I could do a really hard workout and then sit around all day and not feel as good as if I am constantly moving." 

Not only does her body benefit from a good workout, but (according to People), so does her music:  

“I have a lot of ideas on the treadmill. If I need help writing or being creative, or coming up with an idea [I work out]. I came up with the idea for the ‘Side to Side’ video on the treadmill. Usually, I’ll listen to throwback ‘90’s hip-hop, or stuff that makes me amped.”  

I’ve been sweatin’, I’ve been sweatin’  

Want a bangin’ bod like Queen B? A few years back—in celebration of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” health initiative—Beyoncé posted a few Instagram videos showing off her fitness routine. According to Marie Claire, here’s what a regular sweat sesh looks like for her:  

Standing Side Crunches: Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your core and glutes tight, then bring your knee up to meet your elbow. Beyoncé starts with ten on each side, then works her way up until she feels the heat.  

Full Body Sit-Up: FYI: this is a very challenging exercise. Beginners can skip the medicine ball that Beyoncé uses or try something lighter in weight. Start by laying down and stretching your arms over your head, making your body as long as possible. Bring your arms up, while also bringing your knees up and feet in. If you’re even more advanced, never let your feet touch the ground and incorporate the weight of the medicine ball.  

Weighted Alternating Dumbbell Punches: Kick off this workout with your feet staggered. Make two quick jabs with your forward arm, then a strong punch with the other one. Don’t forget to rotate your hips when you punch! Do ten reps of that jab-jab-punch on each side. Getting tired yet?  

Explosive Lateral Bench Hops: Wondering how Bey gets her booty? These bench hops are intense. Start with one foot on a bench, and aggressively jump and switch legs. Not only is it good for your butt, but it gets your blood pumping with 20 hops (ten on each side). If you’re feelin’ like Wonder Woman, challenge yourself and see how many you can do in 60 seconds!  

Forward Lunges: In this simple workout, you start with your hands on your hips. Keeping your shoulders back, take a large step forward with one leg, so your knee is bent in line with your heel. Then, spring back up. Queen B starts with ten on one leg, then switches sides.  

Lastly, an essential part of Bey’s workout routine is recovery. Her personal trainer and nutritionist, Marco Borges, makes sure to “stretch B at the end of every workout.” As they say, when in doubt, stretch it out.  

Ready to start sweatin'? Throw on your headphones and get in the zone with a few of our favorite Grammy-Nominated inspired playlists

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I’ve been sweatin’, I’ve been sweatin’  

Want a bangin’ bod like Queen B? A few years back—in celebration of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” health initiative—Beyoncé posted a few Instagram videos showing off her fitness routine. According to Marie Claire, here’s what a regular sweat sesh looks like for her:  

Standing Side Crunches: Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your core and glutes tight, then bring your knee up to meet your elbow. Beyoncé starts with ten on each side, then works her way up until she feels the heat.  

Full Body Sit-Up: FYI: this is a very challenging exercise. Beginners can skip the medicine ball that Beyoncé uses or try something lighter in weight. Start by laying down and stretching your arms over your head, making your body as long as possible. Bring your arms up, while also bringing your knees up and feet in. If you’re even more advanced, never let your feet touch the ground and incorporate the weight of the medicine ball.  

Weighted Alternating Dumbbell Punches: Kick off this workout with your feet staggered. Make two quick jabs with your forward arm, then a strong punch with the other one. Don’t forget to rotate your hips when you punch! Do ten reps of that jab-jab-punch on each side. Getting tired yet?  

Explosive Lateral Bench Hops: Wondering how Bey gets her booty? These bench hops are intense. Start with one foot on a bench, and aggressively jump and switch legs. Not only is it good for your butt, but it gets your blood pumping with 20 hops (ten on each side). If you’re feelin’ like Wonder Woman, challenge yourself and see how many you can do in 60 seconds!  

Forward Lunges: In this simple workout, you start with your hands on your hips. Keeping your shoulders back, take a large step forward with one leg, so your knee is bent in line with your heel. Then, spring back up. Queen B starts with ten on one leg, then switches sides.  

Lastly, an essential part of Bey’s workout routine is recovery. Her personal trainer and nutritionist, Marco Borges, makes sure to “stretch B at the end of every workout.” As they say, when in doubt, stretch it out.  

Ready to start sweatin'? Throw on your headphones and get in the zone with a few of our favorite Grammy-Nominated inspired playlists

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Beauty
Published Wednesday Sep 09, 2020 by Sara Lesher

What Do We Expect from Beauty Salons Reopening Now?

Beauty
Salon
COVID-19

Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID. 
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.  

Here’s what you had to say... 


1.    You’re about 50/50 when it comes to heading back 
 


53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.  

2.    But if you are going back, you want the "normal" experience

While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.

3.    You aren’t quite comfortable with others in your home 


58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.

4.    You really appreciate your stylists

69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.

5.    Some of you are willing to take risks... 


But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”  


6.    Nail salons are a lot less trafficked 


Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).  


7.   We’ve all noticed (and embraced) the changes

Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...


chat bubbles with salon differences


It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them. 

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, 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).