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Wellness
Published Friday Jan 03, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Fitness + Wellness Deals to Meet Your 2020 Goals

Motivation
Fitness

The start of a new decade is the perfect time to spice up your routine and try something new. Have a fitness class you’ve always wanted to try? Need to make time for a massage in your busy schedule? We’ve gathered some of our favorite fitness classes and wellness services (and their awesome deals!) to add to your resolutions list.

Get a massage.

Everyone can use a massage every now and then, especially after the stress of the holidays. If you live in Texas, Oak Haven Massage offers a 50-minute massage for only $65. You can choose from a Swedish/Relaxing Massage, a Deep Tissue Massage, or a Therapeutic Massage all for the same prices. And if 50-minutes just isn’t enough (we get it), don’t worry—they offer several time options up to 110 minutes. Here's where to book, because we know you’re already planning.

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Get a massage.

Everyone can use a massage every now and then, especially after the stress of the holidays. If you live in Texas, Oak Haven Massage offers a 50-minute massage for only $65. You can choose from a Swedish/Relaxing Massage, a Deep Tissue Massage, or a Therapeutic Massage all for the same prices. And if 50-minutes just isn’t enough (we get it), don’t worry—they offer several time options up to 110 minutes. Here's where to book, because we know you’re already planning.

Test your strength.

Strength training is an important part of any exercise routine if you want to build muscle and get fit. At Regymen Fitness, you can burn, box, or build with different exercises depending on your goal. Their HIIT workout is our favorite, because it incorporates cardio stations, kettlebells, TRX, dumbbells, core exercises, and stabilization movements in just 60 minutes! This new year, they’re offering a $99 Unlimited Family Add-on Membership at participating studios—so you can feel the burn.

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Test your strength.

Strength training is an important part of any exercise routine if you want to build muscle and get fit. At Regymen Fitness, you can burn, box, or build with different exercises depending on your goal. Their HIIT workout is our favorite, because it incorporates cardio stations, kettlebells, TRX, dumbbells, core exercises, and stabilization movements in just 60 minutes! This new year, they’re offering a $99 Unlimited Family Add-on Membership at participating studios—so you can feel the burn.

Try a new recovery method.

Is it the post-workout soreness that’s stopping you from trying high-intensity classes? Sometimes, stretching just doesn’t cut it. There’s plenty of other recovery methods you can try this new year to help ease the burn and get you ready for your next class. We love cryotherapy, a treatment that exposes your body to extreme cold for several benefits. Ever see football players taking ice baths? It’s the same concept. This new year, Restore Cryotherapy is offering a ‘New Decade, New Start’ deal, so you can receive four services per month when you become a member. Find a location near you!

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Try a new recovery method.

Is it the post-workout soreness that’s stopping you from trying high-intensity classes? Sometimes, stretching just doesn’t cut it. There’s plenty of other recovery methods you can try this new year to help ease the burn and get you ready for your next class. We love cryotherapy, a treatment that exposes your body to extreme cold for several benefits. Ever see football players taking ice baths? It’s the same concept. This new year, Restore Cryotherapy is offering a ‘New Decade, New Start’ deal, so you can receive four services per month when you become a member. Find a location near you!

Take a self-care day.

Nothing says self-care like a day filled with wellness treatments. At Hiatus Spa + Retreat (with several locations across Texas), you can sign up for just that. Their Happy + Happier + Happiest package combines a massage, facial, and mani-pedi for your perfect self-love day. It’s 3.5 hours and only $260—talk about a steal. If you want to take it up a notch, The Shangri-La offers a 4.25-hour spa day for $425. And if you want to hit refresh on that inner glow, The Big Chill package includes a 90-minute massage followed by a super-charged plant peel for just $240. So you can go and love yourself.

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Take a self-care day.

Nothing says self-care like a day filled with wellness treatments. At Hiatus Spa + Retreat (with several locations across Texas), you can sign up for just that. Their Happy + Happier + Happiest package combines a massage, facial, and mani-pedi for your perfect self-love day. It’s 3.5 hours and only $260—talk about a steal. If you want to take it up a notch, The Shangri-La offers a 4.25-hour spa day for $425. And if you want to hit refresh on that inner glow, The Big Chill package includes a 90-minute massage followed by a super-charged plant peel for just $240. So you can go and love yourself.

Sweat through your lunch break.

While many fitness classes take at least an hour, some are just short enough to squeeze in on your lunch break. For example, BODYROK offers 40-minute, full-body, strength training group classes on their custom reformer, so you can get your sweat on and head back to the office. This New Year, they’re offering a New Client Intro Month Unlimited for $129 and a New Year Membership Special where you can purchase any new membership and get one month free (with a 4-month commitment.)

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Sweat through your lunch break.

While many fitness classes take at least an hour, some are just short enough to squeeze in on your lunch break. For example, BODYROK offers 40-minute, full-body, strength training group classes on their custom reformer, so you can get your sweat on and head back to the office. This New Year, they’re offering a New Client Intro Month Unlimited for $129 and a New Year Membership Special where you can purchase any new membership and get one month free (with a 4-month commitment.)

Go for a (high tech) ride.

It’s always fun to try new workouts, especially super cool high-tech ones. Rukus Cycling Studios is a technologically advanced indoor cycling studio that features high-intensity cardio sessions, muscle-shaping strength training, premium boutique amenities, and world-class CyclePro instructors to guide you through your workout. You can find your style—choosing from intense to relaxed, upbeat to mellow, and old school to today's hits. Track your progress with heart rate monitors and stats, and enjoy the cool, modern aesthetic as you get your sweat on. This new year, they’re offering unlimited rides for $97 or 4 rides per month for just $47. Bonus: your first ride is free, so there’s no reason not to try it! 

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Go for a (high tech) ride.

It’s always fun to try new workouts, especially super cool high-tech ones. Rukus Cycling Studios is a technologically advanced indoor cycling studio that features high-intensity cardio sessions, muscle-shaping strength training, premium boutique amenities, and world-class CyclePro instructors to guide you through your workout. You can find your style—choosing from intense to relaxed, upbeat to mellow, and old school to today's hits. Track your progress with heart rate monitors and stats, and enjoy the cool, modern aesthetic as you get your sweat on. This new year, they’re offering unlimited rides for $97 or 4 rides per month for just $47. Bonus: your first ride is free, so there’s no reason not to try it! 

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.