Boutique Gyms Are Finally Starting To Ditch Single-Use Plastics (!)

mbg Sustainability Editor By Emma Loewe
mbg Sustainability Editor
Emma Loewe is the Sustainability Editor at mindbodygreen and the author of "The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide To Ancient Self Care."

Photo by Domenico Loia

You're running late to spin class and forgot your water bottle at home. You begrudgingly buy a plastic one and swear to reuse it for the rest of the day to lessen the guilt a little. We've all been there—but what if it didn't have to be that way?

Xponential Fitness—the parent company of popular boutique workouts like AKT, RowHouse, Club Pilates, StretchLab and CycleBar—is leading the charge to reduce the fitness industry's plastic footprint by banning plastic bottle sales across its locations. Instead, Xponential will install water refill stations and encourage guests to bring their own bottles to class.

“The consumer dynamic has shifted, especially in the fitness industry. They expect better, more sustainable operations and amenities,” Xponential CEO and Founder Anthony Geisler tells mbg. "Most immediately, we have approximately 450 [stations] going into Club Pilates as we build out studios across the US and approximately 170 for CycleBar."

The water stations, made by FloWater technology, alkalize and oxygenate water in a way that is thought to add more minerals and electrolytes for post-sweat hydration.

While many gym chains and smaller boutiques now have water filtration systems, the decision to ban plastic bottles altogether is exciting and bodes well for the next frontier of fitness. Here's hoping some of our other favorite boutique workouts are inspired to follow suit.

Reusable water bottles are just the beginning! Check out some other ways fitness concepts around the world are introducing more-sustainable programs.

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