This is Meghan Markle’s Favorite Way to Work Out

Welcome to This Week in Wellness! Once a week, we’ll bring you the latest news from the wellness world that has SELF editors talking while drooling over these vegan holiday desserts.

This week, we’re talking about…

Meghan Markle’s go-to workout is a tricked-out Pilates class.

The newest member of the Royal Family was born and raised in LA by a yoga-teacher mom, and her favorite workout—Megaformer Pilates—reflects those roots. She told Women’s Health UK that she swears by her longtime trainer and friend Heather Dorak’s studio, Pilates Platinum, where she takes “cool, unpretentious, and motivating” classes on the Megaformer machine, which is similar to a regular reformer, only with extra pulleys and levers. Pilates improves abdominal endurance, flexibility, and balance, and is known for strengthening the core. Judging by her Instagram account, she’s also a fan of yoga:

If you live in Southern California, you should avoid exercising outdoors. If you’re an area with smoke, avoid going outdoors altogether.

There are currently four major wildfires burning in Southern California, in Ventura County, Sylmar, Santa Clarita, and Bel-Air (which is in the heart of Los Angeles, near UCLA). As a result of the evacuations, damage, and air pollution, over 50 schools are closed today, and schools that remain open have been instructed to cancel outdoor physical education classes and sports due to poor air quality. Smoke and ash are harmful to the respiratory system, not to mention the chemicals in the smoke and ash due to burning buildings and the fire retardant being dropped from helicopters to contain the flames. Follow the Los Angeles Fire Department on Twitter for up-to-date information on alerts and evacuations.

Patagonia is suing Donald Trump.

Following Donald Trump’s decision to reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument (created last December by President Obama) by 85 percent, outdoors retailer Patagonia filed a lawsuit challenging the President’s plans. “Protecting public lands is a core tenet of our mission and vitally important to our industry, and we feel we need to do everything in our power to protect this special place,” CEO Rose Marcario wrote for TIME. The company’s suit claims that Article IV, section 3, clause 2 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to control federal lands and the Antiquities Act of 1906 gives the President the power to create federal monuments, but the President does not hold the authority to remove such protections. Fellow brands like REI and Arc’teryx are also opposing the decision. For its part, North Face will $100,000 to the Bears Ears Visit With Respect Education Center, according to the New York Times.

ClassPass will now offer an on-demand streaming service.

In 2018, ClassPass will launch ClassPass Live, a stand-alone subscription service allowing users to stream boutique fitness programs at home. For $15 per month (or $10 per month for existing ClassPass members) plus a $60 enrollment fee, users will be able to live-stream classes in a variety of genres produced by top instructors in the company’s Brooklyn headquarters through Google Chromecast. Upon launch, there will be over 100 classes in the system including video-on-demand partner videos. Not to mention, ClassPass will ship out Chromecast hardware and heart rate monitors, so instructors can give you real-time feedback during your workout. You can learn more about the program here.

The I.O.C. punishes Russia for Winter Olympics doping by banning Russian teams from the 2018 Olympics.

Due to the country’s widespread doping during the 2014 winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from competing in the 2018 Olympics slated to take place in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Athletes from Russia who receive special permission to compete will be required to register as “neutral athletes,” and Russian officials will be barred from attending the games. The 2014 doping scandal was more widespread than previously thought, with high-level Russian Olympics officials ordering a team to tamper over 100 athletes’ urine samples in a covert, overnight operation. The Russian Olympics Committee has also been fined $15 million.

Outdoor Voices’ new San Francisco store has a waterfall and tearoom.

Outdoor Voices is known for its low-key approach to fitness through “recreation,” that happy medium between leisure and exercise, and aims to capture this in each store’s design. Every store looks completely different, with the Aspen location designed to look like a ski lodge, and the Austin location designed to evoke a southern bungalow. Last week, the brand opened a new location in Hayes Valley, California, in the same neighborhood as a handful of Silicon Valley headquarters. By including a zen garden, waterfall, live-streamed projection of the national parks, and a tea room with seating, designer Will Fox wanted to make customers spend time in the space. “We think of each store as a resource for recreation, and each needs to flex locally based on both the area and what type of activities people like to do there,” the brand’s founder and CEO Tyler Haney told Architectural Digest.

Le Labo is creating a bergamot-scented line for SoulCycle locker rooms, adding to a growing list of partnerships between gyms and luxury beauty products.

Nowadays, part of the fun of taking a boutique fitness class is using the luxury products stocked in the locker rooms. You can find Oribe products at Barry’s Bootcamp locations, Chanel at Taryn Toomey, and of course, there’s Equinox and Kiehl’s (the O.G. partnership). This week, La Labo and SoulCycle announced plans to team up, with Le Labo creating a custom, bergamot-scented line for the cycling empire, called Bergamote 22. We can’t wait to try it after our next sweat-drenching Soul class.


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