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LA’s wellness scene has never been better. But with so much going on, it can be hard to keep up. That’s where we come in. Consider this your official guide to all the latest and greatest health and fitness happenings going down in the city.
Let the countdown begin! We’re psyched to share that local boutique boxing studio BoxUnion is opening a new location in Sherman Oaks. The expansion marks their third area studio, and while details are still sparse, we’re sure you can expect the same high-intensity, beats-based workouts that have made them an LA favorite. Keep an eye on their Instagram for updates.
It’s no secret that plant-based eateries are growing in number, and Plant Power Fast Food is no exception. The vegan chain is taking over a former Carl’s Jr. location in Fountain Valley, opening its third LA-area digs in 2020. From The Big Zac burger to their perfectly-crispy ‘chicken’ nuggets, dairy-free milkshakes, and breakfast bites, the new spot will be slinging all your favorites. Not in the neighborhood? Check out their other restaurants in Long Beach and Redlands.
Four locations are better than three and local climbing gym Sender One Climbing Gym thinks so, too. That’s why they’re not stopping with the opening of their first bouldering-only facility in Playa Vista in 2020. Nope, they plan to continue expanding, eyeing a second bouldering gym (and their fourth location) in Westwood Village in 2021. We know — we’re also stoked.
Spread the news — Remedy Place, a new social wellness center in WeHo, is officially open! Stop by and treat yourself to the ultimate in luxury self-care. We're talking meditation sessions, a cryotherapy chamber, infrared sauna, IV drips, healthy eats, and more. It has everything you need to live a balanced life.
The truly one-of-a-kind fitness studio PLATEFIT is now officially open in Venice, and we couldn’t be happier! The location marks their fifth in the area, so you can now hit up their muscle-burning Power Plate and interval-focused classes all across LA (well, almost). Fitt Tip: grip socks are required, but if you don’t own any, they’ve got you.
Matthew Kenney has been quietly taking over LA, and his newest spot just opened in Long Beach. Introducing Hungry Angelina, a lunch and brunch concept (we’ve heard dinner may be in the works) whipping up a variety of delicious, unsuspectingly plant-based, dishes. From sushi to flatbreads, burgers, and bao buns, plus an incredible selection of handcrafted cocktails, there’s a flavor for every taste.
Start perfecting your headbang, Fitt fam. Plant-based pop-up The Vegan Hooligans has landed a permanent space in DTLA. That’s right — our go-to spot for vegan burgers, wings, sandwiches, and shakes recently announced they’re planning to open a brick-and-mortar diner and they’re revamping their menu in preparation. So, get ready for tons of punk music and new breakfast items, along with a few classics, like their mouth-watering crunchwraps and Hooligan Melts.
Get ready to sweat and sculpt because a brand new fitness studio has opened on the east side. Introducing Made By Pilates in Highland Park, a bright and airy boutique space featuring muscle-burning, Reformer-based Pilates classes. Reserve your spot and welcome this local business!
Kreation Organic Juicery, our go-to for inventive concoctions, good-for-you snacks, and more, just went live with their avocado toast bar for all you #avoholics out there. Stop by and sink your teeth into crunchy innovations, like the Greek Goddess, the Papi Chulo, and—our favorite—the Kreate Your Own, piled high with all sorts of delicious ingredients. It’s currently available at their new La Cienega location, but will be coming soon to Kreations around town!
Prepare to move and groove your way through your sweat session because 305 Fitness classes have landed at Studio B by Bandier in WeHo. Instructors Tom Feeney and Divinity Gaines are ready to help you start your day feeling your best with their dance-cardio workout party. Check out the schedule to try out the new addition for yourself!
A beloved restaurant group has opened a new health-conscious concept in Los Feliz: Kismet Rotisserie. The third location in the Kismet fam, the dine-in and takeaway spot features a mouthwatering menu of roasted chicken dishes, salads, spreads, dips, pitas, and all sorts of veggies (we’re looking at you, turmeric cauliflower). And if you’re feeding the whole crew, they also offer a chicken party pack.
Alright, Brentwood, we hope you’re ready to upgrade your avo toast game because Bluestone Lane’s latest location has arrived. Situated in the Wells Fargo building on the corner of San Vincente and Wilshire boulevards, the new cafe is serving up the same quality coffee, wellness-inspired drinks (hey, beet latte), and healthy brunch bites the brand is known for — all with a side of friendly, Aussie vibes, of course.
I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week. This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life.
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change.
Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes.
I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see.
The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence.
After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.
On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.
Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time.