Wellness is a major buzzword these days, but it can mean a little something different to everyone. Does it stand for self-care and restoration, or is it more about strength and endurance? So, we created a series breaking down the healthy habits of local influencers and entrepreneurs, allowing them to define what wellness means on a personal level.
Jasmine Kwon Zutter has a lot on her plate right now. The founder and owner of Class Studios, which opened its first location in West Village last year (and offers an excellent spin class), is expanding to Preston Center this fall. And did we mention she gave birth to twins four months ago? “I worked out until the day I delivered with both of my pregnancies and it helped tremendously with labor and postpartum recovery,” she says.
We caught up with her—in between workouts, of course—and got the scoop on her approach to wellness as she navigates the Dallas fitness scene.
How do you get your day started in a wellness-focused way? Owning a workout studio, you kind of have to be an early riser, right?
I have never been a morning person, but with three boys under two, I’ve had to become a morning person. I wake up around 5:30am or 6am every morning, so I try to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. Sleep is the most important aspect of wellness to me, so I even try to take quick naps when all three boys are sleeping and take the weekends to catch up on sleep.
If you had to choose one favorite workout on your most healthy day, what would it be? (I think we can guess).
I love the Train45 format at Class Studios because it’s fast-paced, well-rounded, and challenges my cardiovascular endurance and agility and encourages me to pick up heavy weights! And of course, our Cycle45 class because it gives me that mental and psychological escape. There’s something about loud music, synchronicity in movement with 50 people, and the adrenaline and sweat that provides the most amazing kind of therapy.
Okay when you’re not at Class Studios, any favorite spots around town where we might catch you?
When I have the time to cross-train, I love Session Pilates for that slow, graceful burn. It forces me to move differently than I’m used to and challenges my balance and core.
Do you have a daily wellness goal you’re working on right now?
I’m forever on a quest to create time for just myself. Even if it’s just for an hour a week, I find it hard to find time to be alone so I can recharge. The last few weeks, I’ve started to physically schedule it on my calendar so that I treat this time as important as any of my other meetings or engagements.
Wellness has become more important than ever now that I have two studios and a growing family. A lot of people rely on me to be the best version of myself everyday and I can’t be who they need if I’m not taking care of myself. To me, wellness isn’t a practice or an activity. It’s a mindset. This mindset changes as I go through different chapters of my life. Currently, my definition of wellness is fulfillment in all arenas of my life: intellectual and entrepreneurial stimulation through my career, love and adoration from my three children, and an incredible partnership with my husband.
Do you do anything to intentionally end the day on a healthy, happy note?
Every night before I go to sleep, I think about my day and list the top three things that I felt really proud to have accomplished. It gives me the closure I need to end my hectic days and sets an empowering tone for the next morning.