Five Fitness Favorites: Melissa Murray

Melissa in Pilates action
Melissa in Pilates action

Melissa Murray has many loves: traveling, animals and Pilates! Her Pilates journey began over 15 years ago with a Pilates DVD and turned into a full-blown love affair when she was introduced to the athleticism of IM=X Pilates. Now, as owner of IM=X Pilates in Arcadia, Melissa gets to share that love. Here, the self-proclaimed juice/smoothie junkie spills on her go-to healthy snack, workout wear she LOVES and her fave healthy staycation.

Favorite workout wear
My faves change because there’s always great new stuff from great company’s out there. Most important is comfort and ability to move with ease… and then style too, of coarse! I’m loving the brand Zobha right now. It’s super comfortable but very classy and stylish. We’ll soon be carrying the line in my studio

This top is Zobha!

Favorite healthy escape
Is anywhere away from the hustle and bustle of my every day routine, preferably near an ocean. I’m from Philadelphia and grew up around the Southern New Jersey Shore, so nothing beats heading back there to my “roots.” I’m a big fan of staycations right here in the Valley too, and LOVE the Arizona Biltmore resort. It takes you back to another time and the service is fantastic

Favorite healthy snack
Is anything mixed up in my Vitamix. I’m a juicing/smoothie junkie! My “go-to” recipe is kale, apple, carrots, ground flaxseed and ginger… It’s my glass of health every day!

Pilates crunch to a better core
Pilates crunch to a better core

Favorite local hike
I love the trails up and around Fossil Creek, close to Campe Verde – an hour drive, but totally worth it. The creek has crystal clear aqua water! There are lots of campsites to make an overnight trip of it, but it’s just as easy for a day trip too.

Favorite healthy restaurant
Bertha’s Café! They’re big into fresh farm-to-table ingredients. I like knowing where my food comes from and supporting local farms. The Harvest Salad and homemade granola are my favorites! Helps that they’re right next to the studio, too.

*Melissa wants to break the world record for the World’s Biggest Pilates class in celebration of National Pilates Day. Join her May 4th at 8am at CityScape and make history. Sign up here!

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