Category Archives: SWEAT + STUDIOS

Are Your Workouts This Hot Tough?

July 19, 2021

With all of the exercise fads that have come and gone over the years in Los Angeles, few have withstood the test of time. Heated Room, however, is here to stay and innovate. This new fitness studio located in West Hollywood will be sure to blow your mind and change the way you work out forever with its state-of-art infrared heating system that will help you feel that sweet muscle burn that will make you feel your best! 

Some of the benefits offered by this infrared heat system include: 

  • Clean heat helps to reduce the presence of any dust and allergens. 
  • Allows for pain relief while also reducing likelihood of any injuries during physical activity. 
  • Maximizes fat burn while boosting blood plasma and metabolism.
  • Sweating out toxins allows the skin to improve its own elasticity while also working as a natural antibiotic. 
  • Generally reduces stress and tension (both mentally and physically). 

At Heated Room, all of the classes focus on three main goals; core, strength and alignment. The classes are centered around many of the main principles of Pilates, with the intention of lowering the risk of injury or muscle strain, improving balance, control, stability, flexibility and more. Owner and founder – Raamy Fares spared no expense in bringing his vision to life. The sound system is world-class and has been imported from the UK and the machines are top-of-the-line. 

The goal of Heated Room is to offer an experience from each individual the moment they enter the building. With the help of architecture studio 64North, Fares was able to execute the design of the studio beautifully creating an immersive experience from the moment you walk in.

Lucky enough for Angelenos , the studio is now open and memberships can be purchased today. Here are a few different options for exercising at Heated Room: 

  • Monthly memberships starting at $300 USD
  • Heated Room class pass for $36
  • Rent a private Reformer Room for just $100/hr

Sculpt your body to its core. Energize and transform your front, side, and back with a rigorous class designed around traditional Pilates Principles.

Retrain your body and mind to work as one with targeted core movements and upbeat tracks in the heated room. You’ll leave feeling hot—and definitely not bothered.  

Light up every muscle with their heated, high-intensity mat pilates class. Move through concentrated sequences to tone and define legs, arms, shoulders, and seat.  These full body workout demands everything you’ve got to strengthen as you lengthen.

Connect movement with breath as you flow through Vinyasa sequences in their heated room. Stabilize your core and build fire. This isn’t exercise; this is body art.

Heated Room delivers structured classes that focus on your core, strength and alignment with the help of world class trained instructors. Fully equipped with all the necessities, the heated mat pilates room and their private Reformer room has everything you need to start sweating and transform your body!

Check out Heated Room’s website to see more pictures or view the class schedule! 

 

But Is Your All Natural Deodorant Also Mood Boosting?

May 26, 2021

Is it also gender-neutral, cruelty-free, aluminum-free, 100% natural, paraben-free, clean, clean-free, and packaged in a stunning sexy little roll on?

Didn’t think so. Clearly, you need mindalt in your life.

mindalt, elevates your mood with the proven science of essential oils. As someone who has 2 diffusers running at all times, this product is right up my alley.

No aluminum or anything toxic doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. With endless testing, mindalt learned that using fewer ingredients has nothing to do with deodorant being any less effective.

mindalt delivers a rich combination of ingredients that target mood, sweat and odor in multiple ways.  

The right combo of essentail oils = 4x the mood boosting power.

Each of their 22 specific essential oils have been scientifically proven to impact your brain’s nervous system and positively alter your mood state and wellbeing.

The power of 5.

Five powerful sweat absorbers,  five natural ingredients to attack sweat from different angles, from reducing pore size to wicking away moisture to absorbing wetness. Five potent antimicrobial odor fighters that stop the bacteria that cause body odor from forming.

Mood enhancing essential oils

Lemon: EWG Clean Rating 1
Boosts your metabolism and mood. That’s why it’s nicknamed liquid sunshine. Refreshing citrusy. Slightly sweet scent.

Bergamot: EWG Clean Rating 2
The triple treat and why Bergamot is found in all our products. Positive mood enhancer with antimicrobial properties that also helps absorb sweat. Fresh citrus scent with a hint of spices.

Sage: EWG Clean Rating 1
Steels against negativity and uplifts your mood. Smells balmy and herbal.

Vetiver: EWG Clean Rating 1
Balances your mood reducing irritability. Smells much like uncut grass with a woody undertone.

Sandalwood: EWG Clean Rating 1
Aids mental clarity and promotes creativity. A woody scent offset by floral, balsamic and sweet accents.

Ingredients that absorb sweat

Zea Mays: EWG Clean Rating 1
Corn starch, highly effective in the dampening of wetness.

Pullulan: EWG Clean Rating 1
Produced from starch and provides excellent moisture protection.

Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil: EWG Clean Rating 2
An essential oil with a surprisingly high astringency, allowing it to reduce or contract the size of sweat-producing pores.

Witch Hazel Distillate: EWG Clean Rating 1
Derived from steaming the twigs of the Witch Hazel shrub, this essential oil is an astringent that constricts the tissue under the arm to prevent sweat and also reduces moisture.

Silica: EWG Clean Rating 1
A mineral component of sandstone, it acts to soak up moisture from sweat.

Ingredients that prevent body odor

Propanediol: EWG Rating 2
Derived from the glucose obtained from corn, it’s a highly effective bacteria inhibitor (especially Gram-positive bacteria, most commonly responsible for causing body odor). Gentle on the skin. it causes no irritation and acts as a moisturizer.

Triethyl Citrate: EWG Clean Rating 1
A citric acid that prevents bacterial decomposition of sweat ingredients that directly cause body odor.

Glycerin: EWG Clean Rating 1
A naturally occurring organic compound that has strong antimicrobial properties.

Pentylene Glycol: EWG Clean Rating 1
Naturally occurring in sugarcane, it is a longstanding antimicrobial agent which helps stabilize liquids that don’t mix well. It is an emulsifier and therefore a good ally of Sunflower Oil, our emulsion.

Citric Acid: EWG Clean Rating 1
An organic fruit derived acid (from lemon or lime) that combats armpit sweat as it reduces sweat production.

OP+ also includes:

Polyglyceryl: EWG Clean Rating 1

Derived from vegetables this plant based antimicrobial effectively targets all the types of body odor.

Zinc Ricinoleate: EWG Clean Rating 1

Found in castor oil this odor absorber rather than merely killing bacteria, traps and absorbs odor molecules making them imperceptible to the odor receptors in your nose.

Ingredients that improve the product experience

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed) Oil: EWG Clean Rating 1
Sunflower Oil is the formulation’s key carrier oil that ensures the essential oils don’t lose potency on contact with the skin and are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Works to make the essential oil combinations more effective and ‘bio-available’.  It also acts to delay the oxidation of Bergamot, our formula’s most versatile essential oil.

Tocopherol: EWG Clean Rating 1
A naturally occurring organic compound known to have Vitamin E activity, a potent antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage by fighting off highly reactive free radicals.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: EWG Clean Rating 1
Made from palm. Beyond smoothing your skin, it helps agents bind together to make the mood enhancing essential oils longer lasting.

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice: EWG Clean Rating 1
Aloe Vera is well-recognized to sooth and soften the skin.

Menthol: EWG Clean Rating 1
A crystalline compound found largely in Peppermint oils that provides a soothing and momentary cooling sensation upon application.

For example: Ingredients that maintain formulation integrity

Lecithin: EWG Clean Rating 1
Found in the tissue of plants, it is an emulsifier that extends the product’s shelf-life.

Hydroxyacetophenone: EWG Clean Rating 1
Found naturally in Cloud Berries, it is a preservative booster.

Phenethyl Alcohol: EWG Clean Rating 1
Occurring naturally in essential oil plants, it prevents or retards bacterial growth and in turn protects the product from spoilage. It is a natural preservative.

Sclerotium Gum: EWG Clean Rating 1
A big sugar molecule used as a thickening agent.

Xanthan Gum: EWG Clean Rating 1
An all-natural sugar molecule used in tandem with Sclerotium Gum, acts to stabilize our emulsions.

Glyceryl Oleate Citrate: EWG Clean Rating 1
A natural compound of citric acid and vegetable oils. It’s an emulsifier and stabilizer for water. It contributes to even the distribution of products during use, keeping the ingredients from separating.

Punching Out the Crazies During Covid

June 1, 2020

After being locked in our homes, feelings of anxiety, depression and stress are at an all-time high. Co-Founder and President of BoxUnion, Felicia Alexander, has a simple solution that you might not have considered – punching stuff. While untraditional, this answer is actually much healthier than you think. There is a natural connection between boxing and mental health.

BoxUnion Website

BoxUnion Digital   

There’s never been a better time to learn how to box. In addition to a hyper-efficient total body workout, it also has an amazing list of mental benefits, including:

–        Bringing out your inner fighter – boxing is an incredibly powerful and empowering experience, it’s a skill you can pick up at any age, background or experience level. “It is never too late to glove up”, says Alexander – we have boxers who range in age from seven years old to seventy years old.” The sheer act of putting on gloves will instantaneously make you feel strong.

–        It is a natural stress reliever – Stress negatively impacts the body and your health. It causes sleep deprivation, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, tense muscles and more. In addition to the rush of endorphins that come with cardio-based workouts, physically, hitting a punching bag relaxes your body and releases tension. Boxing also provides a more symbolic way to “fight back” and channel your anxiety into a safe outlet.

–        You can still experience the mental and physical benefits without equipment – you don’t need a heavy bag to stimulate your mind and get a total body workout, shadowboxing is an incredible at-home workout that engages the brain and body.

–       It helps beat the boredom in a constructive way – boxing classes require focus and are extremely fun to do when you are stuck at home. You are not just working out, you are building a lifelong skill. It is impossible to think of anything else when you are trying to nail a six-punch combination.

–        Boxing creates community – engaging in live classes, like BoxUnion Digital, allow you to connect with others across the world. You may be at home, but the energy is still contagious.

BoxUnion’s Digital Platform takes de-stressing to the next level. You can’t have a strong body without a strong mind says BoxUnion Master Coach, Kyle Schneider. The brand combines a powerful mix of mind, body, music and messaging – when the music is flowing and you are moving to the beat, there’s no better feeling!

Now That You’re Home: A Medicine Ball Workout To Stay Strong

March 11, 2020

If you’re stuck at home because Covid-19 is killing off the world, you’ll need to stay strong, especially when you won’t be going to the gym anytime soon.certified fitness expert and boxing extraordinaire, Kollins Ezekh, aka Built By God is here with fun, total-body, medicine ball workout to keep your bod from totally atrophying. Seriously, let’s hope this is the only medicine you’ll be needing during this high-stress time…

Medicine Ball Side Lunge – This full-body functional movement engages everything in your body starting from your shoulders, to your core, and even your inner thighs. It also improves strength and stability. If you can do this, carrying your baby around the house will be a piece of cake. I mean fruit…we are healthy! 

Pro tip: When performing this move, make sure to keep your back straight and core tight. 

4 sets – 12 reps each side

Medicine ball tosses in situp position – This fun workout engages the upper body and core simultaneously.

Pro tip: Make sure to keep your feet off the ground and core strong throughout the toss.

4 sets – 15 reps

Wall Ball Slam – To start, pull the ball away from the wall. When you do this motion, you’re working your obliques. And when you torque the ball and smash it into the wall, you work the your obliques once more. 

Pro tip: Through the entire exercise, make sure you engage your core. Always be aware of your core and keep it strong. When you torque towards the wall, really engage that back glute, as well, with your back foot pointed. 

4 sets – 15 reps

Floor Ball Slam – As you raise the medicine ball above you and slam it down, you are working your upper body and engaging your lower body as you squat to smash the ball towards the ground.

Pro tip: Make sure to fully extend your arms above your head. You can flex your feet and stand on your tippy toes if you want to work more of your body as you lift the ball above your head and squat low when bringing the ball down.

4 sets – 15 reps

Reverse Lunge with a Twist – This variation works the entire body, and by adding the medicine ball and twists ensures that your arms and abs are getting a little attention, too. 

Pro tip: Hold a 5-10 pound medicine ball and when you step forward, stand with feet hip width apart. Keep your core tight as you bend, and make sure both legs are bent in right angles. 

4 sets – 12 reps each side

New Meditation Studio On The Block: CULTIVATE Meditation + Wellness

August 11, 2019

A gorgeous, new meditation space has opened up in the heart of Atwater Village!  CULTIVATE Meditation + Wellness is a family-run center offering a wide range of drop-in classes, healings, private sessions, and workshops. Owner Jen Stavitsky was inspired to create a facility with a strong sense of community, inclusivity, and support that serves LA’s eastside, which was lacking a dedicated meditation center.

CULTIVATE’s team of facilitators all live locally and are excited for the opportunity to serve their neighbors with daily classes that cover everything from mindfulness to Yoga Nidra to sound healings, hypnotherapy and more.

It’s a deeply serene space, with a gentle design palate inspired by the soft tones of the South Western desert. Its prismatic skylights cast soothing patterns which slowly evolve throughout the course of the day. It has a large main studio capable of accommodating up to thirty guests, and a smaller second studio designed for healings, workshops and private sessions. All in all, the space feels inviting and deeply relaxing.

While offering a wide variety of traditional meditation and wellness classes, CULTIVATE  also branches out into more playful and unique offerings, like ASMR meditations and sound healings facilitated by a classical harpist.  Their goal is to make meditation fun, interesting and accessible with a style suitable for all walks of life, including first time meditators, adventurous spirits, and those with a deep practice.

CULTIVATE Meditation + Wellness is located at 3229 Glendale Blvd, LA CA 90039. You can visit their website Cultivate-LA.com for scheduling, bookings and additional details.

Welcome to Atwater!!