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There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the high you get from a solid sweat session. But nowadays, Angelenos are turning to one-stop health and fitness studios to help them reach peak performance.
Enter: Upgrade Labs, the world’s first biohacking (read: the practice of altering your biology for optimal well-being) facility taking workouts and recovery to a whole new level.
It all started during a trek in Tibet, when Dave tried a tea blended with yak butter, which gave him an immediate boost of energy and clarity, and later, inspired his line of buzzworthy brews, MCT oils, and other butter-infused products. Years of research and experiments hacking his own biology later, Dave lost 100 pounds and changed his mental and physical health for the better. He wanted to share his knowledge, state-of-the-art equipment, and technologies to help others do the same, and thus, Upgrade Labs was born.
Referred to by Dave as a “human upgrade center,” both the Santa Monica and Beverly Hills locations feature cutting-edge equipment designed to shorten and maximize your workouts.
Throw out any preconceptions you may have of a standard, no-frills gym. Walking into Upgrade Labs is like stepping into a scene in a futuristic sci-fi movie (think A.I. Artificial Intelligence meets The Matrix). Instead of weight machines and treadmills, you’ll find beaming red lights that decrease inflammation, space-like pods that increase stem cell production, clouds of vaporized liquid nitrogen to boost your immune system, and IV drips filled with vitamins.
But that’s not even the half of it. Want to complete a week’s worth of weightlifting in 15 minutes? Check out the Cheat Machine, a motor-driven device that uses adaptive resistance technology to help build strength and endurance. Then there’s the Cold HIIT, an elliptical-like machine that mimics an intense, 2.5-hour workout in 21 minutes. In need of a major reset? (Same.) Look no further than the Virtual Float Tank, which will launch you into a relaxing, meditative state and help maximize your creativity at the same time. Fitt Tip: You can only find the Virtual Float Tank at the SaMo location.
Dave Asprey’s buttery bev has changed the way we drink our favorite morning or afternoon pick-me-up, and now, he’s changing how we work out, recover, and well, live our best lives, too.
Word on the street is more Upgrade Labs locations are in the works, so definitely keep an eye out. In the meantime, stop by their SaMo and 90210 outposts and hack your way to health.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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!).
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...
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.