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New Policies Effective 5.26.20

A new waiver of liability must be filled out & signed prior to participating in any class at the studio.  You can update yours HERE.

Self-screen before entering the studio for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle Pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea
    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19 *IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD** (health care workers, this does not pertain to you)
    • Please do not enter the studio if you have any of these symptoms.

No walk ins, book online or call us directly

No cash sales recommended if possible

Our Cancellation policy will be back in place and enforced due to smaller class sizes.  This is a 6 hour cancellation requirement to prevent a $10 fee.  ***With the exception that if you are canceling due to being symptomatic, you must reach out to us and we will waive this fee***email [email protected] to let us know.

Please know if you come in while showing symptoms, you may forfeit your membership completely. THIS IS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY!!! 

If you have a compromised immunity or over the age of 65, please know your risks involved when going into public.

We ask you to maintain social distance to keep yourself and others safe.

New Procedures for Clients:

  • Contactless check in will be in place.  Please state your name upon entering and your instructor will check you in
  • The lobby door will remain locked 10 min prior to class.  When you see the door propped open, you may then enter.  Please do not congregate in the lobby.
  • Take off and store outside shoes immediately upon entering.
  • Masks are not mandatory, but welcome. Please wear while entering and exiting the lobby.
  • Please wash or sanitize your hands upon entering the lobby and at the conclusion of your class.
  • You will have a designated pre-set spot in the barre studio, both center floor and at your barre.  Your instructor will have everything out for you including weights, mats, props.  If you want to bring your own from home, this is fine too.
  • Please find your mega or barre spot immediately and wait for class to begin.  Although all will be sanitized already, it is recommended to clean equipment and machines prior to class beginning.
  • At the conclusion of class, please wipe down your equipment like usual, but your instructor or staff will do a second deep clean before putting away.
  • Upon finishing class, please no congregation in the lobby.  You are welcome to catch up with your mega barre buddies, but outside please!
  • Wash hands or sanitize once more before exiting.

Our Staff and Studio Procedures

  • Studio floors and high touch services will be cleaned after every single class session with hospital grade and COVID killing disinfectant.
  • Megaformers will be cleaned and sanitized after every use. We will also ask that you wipe your megaformer before and after class.
  • In the megaformer room instructors will not walk between machines nor give touch corrections.
  • Barre equipment, floors and barres will be cleansed and sanitized after every use.
  • Bathrooms, front door and all doors will be disinfected multiple times throughout the day.
  • Staff is not allowed to report to work being symptomatic and are subject to temperature checks at any time.
  • Staff is not permitted to touch or make corrections on you during class, only verbal cueing will be allowed
  • Staff has been trainined on COVID-19 and studio cleaning procedures
  • Our studio houses state of the art HVAC air exchange that removes inside air 5x an hour, replacing it with fresh outside air.  No recycled air is being circulated throughout the entire studio.
  • Childcare will not be open immediately, stay tuned for this as we will add it back in the future.

Together, with your cooperation, we can reopen safely and still enjoy our time together in the studio.  Thank you in advance for reading carefully and fully understanding.

Homebound and shut in, as so many of us are right now, can have some perks, like family board game sessions in the middle of the day and finally cleaning out closets.

But erratic eating and scavenging through the pantry for potato chips or downing a pint of Handles Ice Cream while freaking out at the news, is wreaking havoc on diet plans — and waistlines — everywhere.

The “COVID -20” is a new term in reference to gaining that much unwanted weight before this is all over, much like the Freshman 15.  We’re all in a situation where the gym is shut down, we’re home a lot, we’re stressed, and it’s making all too many of us overeat.

With people feeling unsure about their next paycheck, seeing empty shelves at the grocery store and spending days on end at home, it’s no surprise that stress eating is a real thing.

“In acute times of stress we release cortisol … and prolonged stress, which is what we are now experiencing [gives us] elevated cortisol, which increases hunger,” said Christian Gonzalez, naturopathic doctor and integrative oncologist based in Mountain View, Calif. “The prolonged mental stress signals our body that food may be scarce, and when that is not the case, we begin to graze, snack and overeat.”

Experts say getting back to better eating habits is more critical now than ever, especially to increase your own immune system as the virus continues to spread.

Even in a time of binging, we need to remember that our food intake is one of the only things we CAN control in an uncontrollable situation.  And we need to find foods that provide important nutrients to support overall health and wellness.

Here are 20 ways to quit stress-snacking and start eating better

(After all, we’re going to have to get out of these sweat pants one day)

1. If you’re venturing out to the grocery store,  look for protein-dense snacks that will support your health, instead of grabbing stuff that just tastes good.  Examples: nuts, seeds, dehydrated kale chips, eggs and meat sticks.

2. Use what you’ve got before shopping. Start with your freezer and pantry and build a meal from there, using the store to fill in with produce and meat.

3. Get rid of the tempting candy or junk.  If you can keep the “candy bowl” hidden at work, then you can do it at home too.  Don’t let those foods even enter the house!

4. Beans for breakfast.  The soluble fiber found in beans gives you a lasting effect on your energy throughout the entire morning, so you’ll be full, focused and less likely to mindlessly snack.

5. Plan snacks just as you would plan meals.  Meal planning is the best way to combat this!  Plan every meal and every snack with precision, but don’t overthink it.  Carrots, cucumbers and hummus don’t need to be rocket science, but they need to be available and planned for during the day.

6. Watch the sugar: Listen to the World Health Organization’s recommendations on sugar intake but skim some off the top. “The WHO says 6 teaspoons a day of added sugar is acceptable for adults.  But sugar can depress the immune system. I’d say stick to 4 teaspoons and spread them out during the day. Instead of coffee and cereal at the same time, split them up.”

7. Don’t hoard, it’s a dangerous situation for willpower and the waistline. Don’t stock up on junk. Remember, if it’s in your house, it’ll likely be in your mouth.

8. Shop the Perimeter.  Stores have plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit. Start there when you do your shopping.  And don’t be afraid to try frozen fruits or veggies.  They are equally as nutritious and can be used in pretty much all the same ways as fresh.

9. Watch portion sizes. Nuts are great but not by the handful.  They have it all: protein, fiber, and most contain heart-healthy fats. When combined, these nutrients contribute to feelings of satiety. No need to go overboard here — one-quarter to one-half cup of mixed, roasted, unsalted nuts is plenty.

10. Get help if you need it. Many dietitians (like myself) are working virtually.  Schedule a consult via Zoom, especially if you’re trying to stick to a specific meal plan like keto, paleo or vegan. And while this may be a good time to start a new diet, maybe you can use the accountability portion of nutrition coaching more than anything.

11. Get your probiotics.  The probiotics in fermented foods like saurkraut or kefir help modulate the immune response, lowering the risk of septic shock in response to serious viral infections. Plus it’s a good source of vitamin C.  Not a fan, grab a supplement!

12. Keep the same schedule as you would if going to work outside the home.  Get up at the time you would otherwise, have breakfast, exercise at home with MBYO -to-go, do what you would otherwise. Finding a sense of normalcy will help you keep regular eating habits.

13. When you think you’re hungry, drink water!  Hydrating will stave off hunger pangs, plus dehydration goes in disguise as hunger ALL the time.

14. Don’t be sitting for longer than three hours at a time. Get up, move, have some water, take a mental break  and get in a few minutes of deep breathing every few hours.

15. Fiber is everything. Quinoa cooks quickly, has 6 grams of fiber per serving and paired with vegetables is an easy snack. It’s a complete protein and it contains all of the amino acids to help support our body’s tissue and muscle growth. The combo of protein and fiber is a fabulous option to help curb cravings.

16. Even snacks should be “real food”.  Consider making your own version of that snack that doesn’t use any processed ingredients!

17. Being stuck at home doesn’t mean being sedentary.  Move every single day and I always promote “earning your shower”.  The more you move, the less time you have to mindlessly snack, plus the endorphins that get released during exercise usually helps you choose healthier options than if you didn’t do that activity.  Don’t ruin a good calorie burn by going overboard at your next meal or snack.

18.With economic uncertainty looming, buy inexpensive produce like potatoes and sweet potatoes — bake or roast them, add some beans or vegetables. They will keep you fuller for longer on a lot less money and keep your budget in check.

19. If you are going to eat something processed, like a chip or cracker, pair it with something fresh, like guacamole, salsa or freshly made hummus for example.  Balance is key.

20. Experiment with stress-reduction techniques. As hard as it is right now, gratitude and kindness goes a long way.  Try a yoga class or our Compassionate Connecting Classes offered virtually every week to help ease your anxiety, provide you coping tools and satisfy your community craving, even if just on the computer.  Even in life’s most difficult situations, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for, you just need to look for it.

Megaformer Workout

Perhaps you’ve heard Lagree referred to as “Pilates Plus” or “Pilates-inspired”. What you may not know is that although there are some similarities, these two workouts are actually quite different.

Sebastien Lagree did garner his inspiration for the Megaformer from the traditional Pilates Reformer; however, Lagree fitness is an exercise all of its own. If you’ve tried Pilates, give Lagree a try and see for yourself how different they are.

Differences Between Pilates and Lagree Fitness

Pi·la·tes  (ˈˌdēz)

noun: a system of exercises using a special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness.

Pilates was created in the 1930s by Joseph Pilates and quickly became popular among dancers as a method of training and rehabilitation. There’s no denying that Pilates, like nearly all forms of exercise, offers some great health benefits. (Those include core strength and stability, improved posture and balance, flexibility, and the prevention and treatment of back pain.) Pilates transformed the life of fitness guru Sebastien Lagree himself. But it has some major drawbacks too – it lacks several key elements that we humans need to achieve maximum physical fitness. Those key elements include strength, cardio, and muscular endurance training.

The bottom line is that Lagree offers a much more comprehensive workout on a machine that in my opinion is far superior to the Pilates Reformer for delivering fast, transformative, long-lasting results.

The extensive benefits of Lagree include:

  • increased muscular strength and endurance
  • better cardiovascular efficiency
  • increased bone mineral density
  • increased metabolic rate
  • improved body composition
  • enhanced postural alignment and balance
  • balance of extrinsic and intrinsic strength
  • better upper and lower body coordination
  • prevention and delay of muscle loss due to aging
  • weight loss
  • better muscle tone and definition
  • enhanced flexibility
  • more lean muscle mass
  • reduced stress
  • better body image, self-esteem and self-confidence

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