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Fitness
Published Monday Dec 09, 2019 by Sara Lesher

Studios to Hit on Your Next Trip to Boston

Fitness
Travel

If you’re traveling to Boston like we just did for our Best of Wellness Event with Erin Foster, you might want to check out some of our favorite studios and classes to hit during your trip. Try these workouts, massages, yoga classes, and assisted stretches on your breaks in between sight-seeing for the full Boston wellness experience.

Sweatfixx - SCULPT FIXX

Ditch the cardio and focus on your muscles in this sculpting fitness class. Bring the energy and get ready to push, hold, lengthen, and challenge every muscle in your body! Yeah, you’ll feel this one in the morning.

 

Photo credit: @sweatfixx on Instagram

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Sweatfixx - SCULPT FIXX

Ditch the cardio and focus on your muscles in this sculpting fitness class. Bring the energy and get ready to push, hold, lengthen, and challenge every muscle in your body! Yeah, you’ll feel this one in the morning.

 

Photo credit: @sweatfixx on Instagram

BDY SQD Ink - Myofascial Stretch

After you’re feeling the burn of that Sculpt Fixx class, you might appreciate some one-on-one stretching assistance. This myofascial stretching technique will break up your scar tissue and increase your range of motion so you can get back to feeling light, strong, and loose—and ready for your next class!—in just 30 minutes.

 

Photo credit: BDY SQD Facebook

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BDY SQD Ink - Myofascial Stretch

After you’re feeling the burn of that Sculpt Fixx class, you might appreciate some one-on-one stretching assistance. This myofascial stretching technique will break up your scar tissue and increase your range of motion so you can get back to feeling light, strong, and loose—and ready for your next class!—in just 30 minutes.

 

Photo credit: BDY SQD Facebook

South Boston Yoga - All Levels Yoga

This yoga class offers slight instructor variations on the vinyasa sequence. It’s moderate in difficulty with modifications given for both beginner and advanced students so anyone can join! So release your travel stress and breathe through this flow class to realign and be ready to experience the city.

 

Photo credit: @southbostonyoga on Instagram

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South Boston Yoga - All Levels Yoga

This yoga class offers slight instructor variations on the vinyasa sequence. It’s moderate in difficulty with modifications given for both beginner and advanced students so anyone can join! So release your travel stress and breathe through this flow class to realign and be ready to experience the city.

 

Photo credit: @southbostonyoga on Instagram

Barre Groove - Bounce & Barre

Barre and trampolines? You heard us. This fun, full-body workout is a low-impact way to target your legs, core, and arms. Plus, you can improve your balance and coordination (so you don’t fall over lugging that overstuffed bag).

 

Photo credit: Barregroove.com

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Barre Groove - Bounce & Barre

Barre and trampolines? You heard us. This fun, full-body workout is a low-impact way to target your legs, core, and arms. Plus, you can improve your balance and coordination (so you don’t fall over lugging that overstuffed bag).

 

Photo credit: Barregroove.com

Exhale Back Bay - Flow Massage

After all these high-intensity workouts, you might need to relax and unwind with a Flow Massage. A deep tissue massage (minus the pain) this treatment will open your muscles, relieve tension, and boost your immune system—nice try, airplane germs.

 

Photo credit: @exhalespa on Instagram

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Exhale Back Bay - Flow Massage

After all these high-intensity workouts, you might need to relax and unwind with a Flow Massage. A deep tissue massage (minus the pain) this treatment will open your muscles, relieve tension, and boost your immune system—nice try, airplane germs.

 

Photo credit: @exhalespa on Instagram

Lululemon Newbury St - Yoga Strength and Stretch

End off your week with a feel-good yoga class that will improve strength and flexibility so you can go home feeling restored and ready to get back to the grind—and never miss a Monday.

 

Photo credit: Lululemon.com

 

Hint: Check out these in-flight skincare tips and healthy habits before you head out!

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Lululemon Newbury St - Yoga Strength and Stretch

End off your week with a feel-good yoga class that will improve strength and flexibility so you can go home feeling restored and ready to get back to the grind—and never miss a Monday.

 

Photo credit: Lululemon.com

 

Hint: Check out these in-flight skincare tips and healthy habits before you head out!

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).
Workout Equipment
The Latest
Published Friday Apr 03, 2020 by Brittany Raine

Why You Still Need to Clean Your Workout Equipment, Even at Home

Renewal
Yoga
Fitness

Have you ever watched that oh-so-sweaty person leave their workout machine without wiping it down? Yuck. The Clorox wipes, paper towels, bottles of sanitizing spray are at your gym (and studio) for a reason— because no one wants to share bacteria. But now that our living quarters, even that tiny Upper Westside studio, have become our own personal fitness paradise, we’ve got one question: Is your at-home workout equipment *really* clean?  

Research has found that bacteria can live on some gym equipment (weights, mats, you name it) for three days. That’s right, 72 full hours. And your yoga mat or those dumbbells you just got delivered from Amazon so you can slay that new virtual class you just booked on Mindbody are susceptible to the same stat. While it may seem silly to clean your own “stuff” because you’re the only one using it, think about where your hands have been before you pick up those weights. Perhaps your apartment complex’s keypad? Bacteria knows no boundaries.  

From your resistance bands to your brand spanking new (and yes, most likely backordered) kettlebell, the gear you’re using at home could use a good wash, rinse, repeat—especially if you’re sharing it with someone you’re stuck at home with (like your S/O or stir-crazy housemate). Even if you’re the queen of clean (like me... just ask my co-worker, Natalie), here are six tips on how to keep your gear germ-free and looking good. Because we know all those classes you’ve been streaming are making you a fitness guru.  
 

Workout Bands and Mat


Know your surfaces  

You not only want to clean the dirt off your workout equipment, you want to sanitize it. Clean gets the dirt, sanitizing takes care of the bad stuff (aka bacteria). Before you start getting crazy with the bleach or a DIY deodorizer, you’ll want to take into account the surface you are about to wipe down. Something like your treadmill, Peleton bike, resistance bands or bench press bench can be damaged by certain chemicals and at-home cleaners. If you’re worried about your equipment, opt for disinfectant wipes especially made for gym equipment, like all-natural Wipex. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to keep some hand sanitizer next to your workout station. 
 

lemons and spray bottle

Consider more natural, earth-friendly solutions.  

Clorox wipes have become the hottest household item of 2020—and we are guessing so has virtual yoga. If you’re not a huge fan of using chemicals you can’t pronounce and throw-away wipes on equipment like your Manduka mat, there are all-natural antibacterial cleaning options that will make Mother Earth proud. Who doesn’t want to make their cleaning routine a little more green? Companies like cleancult (we called them out in our 20/20 trends), offer effective, all-natural products delivered right to your door in recycled milk cartons —and they pair perfectly with your go-to disinfectants. Cleancult’s versatile All-Purpose Cleaner is my fave for wiping down workout gear, especially yoga mats (and almost everything in my home). The Saponified Coconut Oil acts as the “heavy lifter” without harsh chemicals. After working out, spray your surface(s), wait for a couple of seconds and wipe away with a reusable towel (or an old gym t-shirt you use as a rag).  
 

diffuser and cup of tea
 

If you want to DIY... 

While knowing what surface you’re cleaning is key, some of your equipment might benefit from DIY solutions. Before you roll up your sleeves and become the Harry Potter of cleaning solutions, invest in a glass spray bottle (or reuse an old plastic one). Oh, and break out the essential oils because they are about to boost your at-home fitness (and cleaning) routine. Most of the DIY cleaning “recipes” you find on Pinterest include ingredients you have at home—like vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. My must-use DIY cleaner is vinegar-based (with 10-12 drops of essential oils). It’s powerful yet natural enough that I feel more confident laying facedown in Savasana with my oh-so-sensitive skin after that yoga class in NYC I just streamed from San Diego.  

 
Clothes pins on line

Let it air dry (minus the sun). 

Now that cleaning your at-home workout gear is part of your routine (hint, hint), letting your equipment dry is key. If you’re cleaning your more expensive exercise machine with some cleaning solutions that have a “smell” or you want it to dry faster, trying turning on a fan or crack open the window to keep the air circulating. If you’re just cleaned a more porous surface (like your yoga mat) hang it outside to dry—over a railing, a chair, bike rack... you get the gist. While fresh air is good, UV rays are not. Certain materials that make workout gear can breakdown in the sun, and you don’t want to get burned before your next workout sesh. 

 
Hardwood Floor and Exercise Ball

Don’t forget about the floor.  

While cleaning your equipment might seem like a no-brainer, it can be easy to ignore the surrounding area where you work out. The title of this section tells you what you need to know—don’t forget to clean and sanitize the floor where you exercise. Just think of it this way, while you’re killing it in your virtual fitness class, your hard work is being noticed, by the floor that is, as your sweat beads go flying. And last time I checked; vacuuming doesn’t do the trick for dried sweat. After class, wipe down the area around your workout space with cleaning products that are conducive to the floor. Working out on carpet?  Consider switching areas or look into sanitizing and deodorizing spray for material surfaces. 

 
Blank Calendar and Coffee
 

Squeaky clean schedule.  

The most important part of cleaning and sanitizing your workout equipment is sticking to a schedule. If you’re forgetful (like me), keep your supplies adjacent to the area where you enjoy working out. And do it on the daily. Seeing the supplies will be a reminder to clean and sanitize before (and after) you get your sweat on—because who doesn’t love starting out their class on a cleanly note? Mother would be proud! PS: don’t forget to wash your hands!  

Do you have any at-home cleaning and sanitizing tips you swear by when it comes to your workout routine? From DIY to cult-favorite products, we want to know! Tag @mindbody on Instagram to let us know! Stay clean, safe and sanitized our friends!  

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.