17 Oct Wellness with Paige Martindell
a collection of chats with various experts on their definition of wellness.
Say hello to Paige Martindell! A graphic designer turned fitness professional, Paige is quite the busy bee. Between juggling a full day’s work as the co-owner and creative director of Class Studios in Dallas, she also teaches spin classes while maintaining her freelance design and photography side hustle. With her schedule jam-packed, we were able to find time to catch up to Paige to chat about what wellness looks like in her life.
Tell us a little about yourself.
“I’m the co-owner of Class Studios in Dallas, so I help manage and run as much of the business side of it as I can, but I also use my background in graphic design to serve as the creative director of the company. I also teach a lot of the spin classes at the studio.”
Where did your passion for fitness come from?
“Movement and athletics have always been a part of my life. Growing up, I was a competitive cheerleader and dancer as well as a gymnast, so sweating and being active kinda just became engrained into who I was from a young age. Later on, after I graduated with my BFA in graphic design, I moved to Dallas where I started teaching fitness classes. Eventually, I opened Class Studios with my business partner and that’s really been this great opportunity to merge my passion for fitness and movement with my design background.”
Business owner, creative director, spin instructor, freelance designer…You wear a lot of hats. Can you walk us through what your typical 9-to-5 looks like?
“Well, my 9-to-5 is more like a 4-to-10. When the alarm goes off at 4:30 in the morning, the first thing I do is make a shot of espresso. I prefer it to coffee because I thrive on efficiency—I don’t have time for a full cup! Then it’s on to teaching my early morning classes. After that, I usually head to Foxtrot for lunch. It’s really the perfect spot for taking meetings, getting work done or meeting up with someone from the community. Then, of course, as a trainer it’s important I stay on top of my own fitness game, so I usually use this time between teaching and meetings to get a workout in. And in the evening, I’m back at the studio teaching the later classes and usually get back home around 9 or 10. My fiancé is so incredibly understanding and supportive of this chaos.”
You have a lot going on in a day! How does Foxtrot help you stay on top of things?
“The grab-and-go section is a lifesaver for me. Like I said, I’m moving from 4 a.m. until I go to bed at night, so I need food that’s quick and good. It’s funny, I always say that Foxtrot is the friend in my life that’s always there for me but understands how busy I am. I can go there to hang out or just stop in quickly for a fruit cup. It’s really all about convenience for me and since nutrition is just as important as exercise, it’s nice to have healthy and quick options available. My favorite right now is the Harvest Bowl—it’s so good! Also, I’ll sometimes just get the already cooked salmon for a little bite of protein.”
While they’re two separate ideas, the terms fitness and wellness are often used interchangeably. As someone who is well-versed in the fitness industry, how would you define wellness?
“Wellness means intuitively listening to your body. It’s about knowing when to push and when to pull it back. That could mean taking a rest day or getting in a good workout. Wellness can be a trail walk or it can be grabbing dinner with your friends. When we’re constantly working and constantly pushing, we’re not listening to our bodies. So, it’s about gauging your energy levels and your rest levels in a way that benefits you. It’s also so important to take stock in who’s surrounding you. Community’s everything when it comes to wellness. Whether it’s your family, your co-workers, your clients, whoever, wellness is not a solo thing. So, by that definition, wellness and being well isn’t just a sector of my life, it’s a main interest, it’s something I always strive for.”
What are some of your wellness essentials?
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Of course, many thanks to Paige for speaking to us about health and wellness. If you don’t already, be sure to follow her on Instagram (@paigeforrest) for some serious fitspo. And if you’re in the Dallas area, drop into Class Studios to get your sweat on.