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7 Adventure Hikes Best for an Active Vacation in Summer 2022
What better way to celebrate the start of summer than fresh air and exercise, plus stunning natural views while backpacking through some of the world's best trails? Our correspondent Tomas White has curated a list of 7 of the best adventure travel hikes, hiking and backpacking trails in the world for a vacation this summer 2022, including trekking trips and scenic tours.
The Top Fitness Trends You Need to Know for 2021
What are the top fitness trends for 2021? Many of us (almost all of us) have a New Year’s resolution that involves health, fitness, exercise, and getting or staying in shape. Our correspondent (and kick-boxing instructor) Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of the top fitness trends you need to know for 2021 to make keeping your New Year's resolutions about exercise and fitness easier and more fun than ever. No excuses this year, dear reader — there’s something out there for all of us.
The Best Equipment to Create a “Smart” Luxury Home Gym
Artificial intelligence (AI) has arrived in the fitness and exercise world in a big way. But do the new AI-enabled fitness machines really live up to the hype? Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has done the work, and she's got answers. Here's her overview of what you need to know about the best AI-powered exercise equipment to create a "smart" luxury home gym right now.
The Best Stylish Luxury Bike Brands to Buy Right Now
From cruising around Dionis Beach on Nantucket to a spin along the shore in Santa Monica, to a sunrise sojourn on Martha's Vineyardbiking and summertime are the perfect match. With windswept sandy shores and breathtaking landscapes, there are few things more luxurious in life than tooling around a charming beach town on two wheels. It's evocative of the long summer days of childhood, filled with possibilities, anticipation, exploration and adventure. Wanna recapture that thrill? You could go for a serious sporting bike and get your Tour de France on. Whether for fitness, cruising or commuting, here's our list of the best luxury brands for road, electric, hybrid and mountain bicycles, and bikes made just for women.
The Best Luxury Workout Equipment for a Compact Space
Thanks to the need to stay safe and socially distant, lots of us are working out from home right now. However, if your home is somewhat small - or if your partner just isn't that into a large set of workout equipment as a a core element of your home decor - fear not. There are a number of luxury compact and portable workout equipment options on the market right now that you can even use when we're allowed to travel again. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of the best luxury workout equipment for a compact space, including a home gym, an office space or for travel.
The Top Fitness Trends You Need to Know for 2020
What are the top fitness trends for 2020? Many of us (almost all of us) have a new year’s resolution that involves exercise, and getting or staying in shape. Our correspondent (and kick-boxing instructor) Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of the top fitness trends you need to know for 2020. No excuses this year, dear reader — there’s something out there for all of us.
the best luxury boxing gyms in the world right now
Why is boxing becoming so popular as a workout? And what are the best luxury boxing gyms in the world right now? We've explored the latest overall trends in fitness, the new studio fitness classes and enhancements, the best luxury gyms and the latest in fitness tech. Now our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy breaks down what you need to know right now about boxing as a way to get and stay fit.
What’s the best fitness tracker on the market right now?
In recent weeks, we’ve noticed a pronounced increase in the number of stylish people who wear multiple items on their wrists at work: a watch, a bracelet or two, and a fitness tracker. Maybe we’ve noticed it more because we’re in the market for one ourselves. We’ve been on a wellness quest, and we’re ready to start counting our steps. But is it possible to find a fitness tracker that works well with our work wardrobe? Or do we have to sacrifice style for steps?
Luxury Spa Insights On How Best to Lose Weight
Have life's stresses started to catch up with you, your energy level, your sleep cycle and/or your waistline? Sometimes the most precious luxury is time away for self-care. The days of deprivation diets and punishing push-ups are over - you can be kind to yourself and still get results. What are the latest luxury spa insights on weight loss? Here's what we learned about getting fit and trim like a boss during seven days of self-care: the latest in luxury spa insights on how best to lost weight.
High-tech Peloton Spins Into a Competitive New Arena
The Winter Wellness series continues here at Dandelion Chandelier. The start of a new year always seems to involve health-related resolutions: earnest vows to get and stay in shape, to eat healthier, to take time to improve our mental well-being – and also to get more sleep. It all seems within reach in early January, but some of us have already thrown in the towel by mid-month (that would be right about now). To try to avoid a repeat of that annual cycle, we’ll be investigating the latest research on wellness and weight loss; visiting a cool new fitness studio; checking into a couple of great destination spas; and investigating wellness-focused resources of all kinds. Today we're sharing some recent news from the world of spinning. Peloton, the luxury fitness brand known for its $2,000 tech-enabled home stationary bikes -- and spin classes that are live-streamed and available on-demand -- last week at the Consumer Electronics Show announced a significant new expansion in its strategy. It’s not just about cycling anymore. The new Peloton Tread – basically a treadmill on steroids – will be available starting this fall. The company is taking pre-orders now, with a deposit of $250, and has launched a promotional video on YouTube. Prices for subscriptions to the streamed and on-demand workouts will start at $149 per month. No word yet on the price of the Tread itself.
Is SWERVE Fitness the Spinning Studio of the Future?
We’re kicking off our Winter Wellness series here at Dandelion Chandelier this week. The start of a new year always seems to involve health-related resolutions: earnest vows to get and stay in shape, to eat healthier, to take time to improve our mental well-being – and also to get more sleep. It all seems within reach in early January, but some of us have already thrown in the towel by mid-month. To try to avoid a repeat of that annual cycle, we’ll be investigating the latest research on wellness and weight loss; visiting a cool new fitness studio; checking into a couple of great destination spas; and investigating wellness-focused resources of all kinds. First up? A New York boutique fitness studio that can help you get and in stay in shape, keep your weight in check, introduce you to some new friends, and also advance your career and build your professional network. Sounds impossible, you say? We’ve got one word for you, dear reader: SWERVE.
What’s it Like to be a Guy in a Spinning Class?
We’re kicking off our Dandelion Chandelier Winter Wellness series with a further exploration of what’s new in the world of spinning. Our first two dispatches from men who spin generated so much conversation that we decided to ask a few more guys to share their experiences. In the process, we learned about Swerve, a spin studio that seems expressly tailored to the needs of alpha personality types and former athletes of all ability levels. If you have such a person in your in your life - or even better, if you are such a person - you might want to read on.
Where are the Best Luxury Fitness Pop-ups this Holiday?
It’s almost vacation season, and staying fit while you're away on holiday is a top priority for many. Who wants to come home from vacation feeling sluggish and unhealthy? So what do you do if your favorite workout is spinning, and you're headed out of town? More and more, you've got nothing to worry about. The most beloved spinning studios and other popular boutique fitness classes are popping up in popular winter vacation spots around the world. Sand or snow, you’re more likely than ever to find your studio following you on your holiday adventures. SoulCycle started this trend, and others are beginning to follow. Here’s what you can expect to find this holiday season in the most luxurious vacation destinations.
Which Fitness Studio Has the Best Luxury Workout Gear?
Does wearing stylish workout clothing enhance your athletic performance? Conversely, does wearing the wrong attire in a cycling class inhibit your performance on the bike? There's some proof that what we wear every day, especially at work, can affect our psychological processes, which has a direct impact on our capabilities in certain areas. So does looking chic while you work out give you a better mindset – and perhaps more importantly, better results? True fashionistas might find this to be a moot point, believing that a boutique fitness class – whether spinning, barre or yoga -- requires appropriately elevated attire (like going to an expensive restaurant generally still demands at least a somewhat refined outfit). Wherever you come out on this particular issue, we here at Dandelion Chandelier want to help those who want to up their style game while they up their heart rate. We’re exploring the world of luxury workout gear, and helping you find your look – get it right, and it will take you seamlessly from the studio to the street. First up? Studio-branded luxury fitness apparel, for those who belong to a particular fitness tribe and want the world to know it. For example, if you love SoulCycle, then who better to trust than the visionaries behind your workout to dress you appropriately? People are of two minds about this. Some say that wearing studio-branded apparel is a signifier of membership in a community and also a statement about how important fitness/wellness is to you. Others believe that wearing clothes from an expensive gym is just another irritating luxury status symbol (like a Gucci-logo’d handbag) – and a sign that you’ve been conned into providing a great deal of free advertising for your chosen brand.
What’s it Like to be a Guy in a Spinning Class?
It’s Fall Fitness time here at Dandelion Chandelier. Post Halloween and pre-Thanksgiving, there’s no better time to check in and tune up your fitness routine. Our multi-part week-long series will investigate all manner of fitness activities, news, and new trends. First up? We’ve written about the best spin classes in the world, and about the best indoor stationary bikes for those who prefer to sweat in private. As we conducted our research, we realized that lots of our friends and far-flung correspondents are men who from time to time participate in group spinning classes. Be it SoulCycle, FlyWheel, The Dailey Method (TDM) or some other studio, they report being a distinct minority in this milieu. So what’s it like to be a man in a predominantly female exercise class? In their own (lightly edited) words, our intrepid male spinners share their personal stories from inside the studio. The second opinion in our series comes from our Head of Communications, who is an avid road cyclist and two-time Ironman competitor who bikes 25 miles to work most days and further on the weekends – so he knows a wee bit about cycling.
What’s it Like to be a Guy in a Spinning Class?
It’s Fall Fitness time here at Dandelion Chandelier. Post Halloween and pre-Thanksgiving, there’s no better time to check in and tune up your fitness routine. Our multi-part week-long series will investigate all manner of fitness activities, news, and new trends. First up? We’ve written about the best spin classes in the world, and about the best indoor stationary bikes for those who prefer to sweat in private. As we conducted our research, we realized that lots of our friends and far-flung correspondents are men who from time to time participate in group spinning classes. Be it SoulCycle, FlyWheel, The Dailey Method (TDM) or some other studio, they report being a distinct minority in this milieu. So what’s it like to be a man in a predominantly female exercise class? In their own (lightly edited) words, our intrepid male spinners share their personal stories from inside the studio. Here’s what our Silicon Valley Bureau Chief had to say.

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