FROM MINDFULNESS APPS TO DIET HACKS, L.A.’S GROUNDED GURUS HAVE A WEALTH OF WELLNESS KNOWLEDGE TO SHARE.
Forma Pilates founder Liana Levi PHOTO COURTESY OF FORMA PILATES
Founder, Forma Pilates and the Forma Method formapilatesla.com
L.A.’s bountiful beaches serve as a perfect escape for Levi. PHOTO: BY MEGAN BUCKNALL/UNSPLASH
Levi starts her day with a breakfast of hard-boiled eggs
Bandier mesh Front Row bra and Center Stage biker short in Regatta, bandier.com Photo COURTESY OF BANDIER
“In L.A., health and wellness are easily accessible as they’re very much in our culture,” says Liana Levi, who founded boutique studio Forma Pilates in 2020, just as the city’s stay-at-home order went into effect. Since then, she’s attracted a number of bold-faced names, including Kendall Jenner and Demi Moore. “I wanted to create a personalized and more intimate experience curated specifically to each person’s individual goals for their physical and mental health.” Born and raised in the City of Angels, Levi has been busy at work expanding her business, and recently opened a flagship studio in New York’s Soho neighborhood.
Nike Metcon 7, nike.com Photo COURTESY OF NIKE
Pasta is Levi’s dinner of choice BY RUBEN RODRIGUEZ/UNSPLASH
Liana Levi spends her time working out at her studio, Forma Pilates, in West Hollywood BY JOEL MOTT /UNSPLASH
BREAKFAST: Hard-boiled eggs
WAKE-UP TIME: 6AM
DIET: Balanced and nutritious—I try to be aware of what my body needs every day.
ESCAPE: The beach
UNIFORM: Set Active
HOTEL: Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como
WORKOUT: Forma Pilates
WELLNESS APP: Calm
WORKOUT SHOES: Nike Metcon
WORKOUT OUTFIT: Bandier, Lululemon, Set Active
WORKOUT PLAYLIST: ’90s hip-hop
BEST ADVICE: Don’t doubt yourself.
MANTRA: I got this.
STREAMING NOW: Ozark
Co-founder and Co-CEO, Seed Health seed.com
Nike Space Hippie 4, nike.com PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
By now, any wellness warrior worth her weight in supplements knows Seed. The probiotic brand’s distinctive green glass bottles appeal to the style set, but there’s way more to the story. “Our scientific rigor and education, combined with our environmental research, innovations in sustainable packaging and unique brand aesthetic, have helped us stand out,” says co-founder and co-CEO Ara Katz. The Venice-based mom of two is currently working on a new book, plus developing new launches, partnerships and more. “More than ever,” she says, “we’re dreaming up ways that we can help use the new learnings from the microbiome to change how people think about their bodies and their health and empower them to make better choices.”
Alo 7/8 high-waist airbrushed leggings in Dark Cactus, aloyoga.com Levi’s SecondHand Vintage 501 Original, secondhand. levi.com PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
Katz incorporates yoga and breathwork into her wellness routine YOGA PHOTO BY KIKE VEGA/UNSPLASH
Seed DS-01 Daily Synbiotic, seed.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
BREAKFAST: Water with lemon and sea salt and a rotation of oatmeal with cinnamon and wild blueberries or fiber-heavy smoothies
WAKE-UP TIME: Between 5:30 and 6AM
DIET: Plant-based with a hint of n-3 fatt y acids from salmon and sardines
DOPPELGÄNGER: Natascha McElhone (according to the woman in the grocery store who told me so)
UNIFORM: Lauren Manoogian long cardigan coat, vintage Levi’s, vintage science tees, Nike Space Hippies
HOTEL: Nature (or Amangiri)
WORKOUT: Yoga and CrossFit
SUPPLEMENTS: DS-01 Daily Synbiotic and a current Seed perilactional beta experiment
WELLNESS APP: Oura
MENTOR: Ivy Ross
WORKOUT SHOES: Nike Metcons
WORKOUT OUTFIT: High-waisted leggings, compression socks and a long-sleeved crop top
WORKOUT PLAYLIST: My breath. Except for an occasional yoga practice, I prefer to focus on breathing.
WORKOUT BUDDY: I’m a solo artist here.
BEST ADVICE: She didn’t always follow the recipe. (From a pin my mom gave me before she passed when I was 16)
PHILANTHROPY: Organizations focused on systemic change in areas of food inequity and the environment
MANTRA: Depth over breadth
STREAMING NOW: Station Eleven
SOULMATE: My son, Pax
ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Natural by Alan Levinovitz, The Black Experience in Design by Anne H. Berry, Technelegy by Sasha Stiles
THEME SONG TO YOUR LIFE: Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”
3 DESERT ISLAND ESSENTIALS: A boat, satellite phone and drinking water
YESTERDAY: (Answering this at 35 weeks pregnant) Training. Worked. Watched my son’s baseball game. Hiked with my son. Early family dinner. Worked. Stretch and meditation in front of fire before bed. Fell asleep reading.
Seed Health co-founder and co-CEO Ara Katz PHOTO COURTESY OF SEED HEALTH
Chief of Athletics, F45 Training f45training.com
The name Gunnar Peterson is synonymous with fitness. The well-known personal trainer, author and speaker is famous for working with a cadre of celebrities over the years, including Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Hugh Jackman and Matt hew McConaughey, to name a few. Now, he’s busy at his new post: head of athletics for F45 Training. “The product is terrific,” he explains of the brand. “It’s as close to the one-on-one training I have done with clients for years as I have ever seen. And I’ve never seen that in a group setting. The variety, the modalities, the pace and the efficacy are unsurpassed in my opinion. Everything they do is backed by sports science, and tested before released to the network,” says the Beverly Hills resident. “Their prep is extremely thorough and that speaks to me.”
Fitness guru Gunnar Peterson was recently appointed chief of athletics for F45 Training. PHOTO COURTESY OF F45 TRAINING
A typical dinner for F45 Chief of Athletics Gunnar Peterson includes salmon PHOTO BY DAVID B. TOWNSEND/UNSPLASH;
A shoe from Adidas Originals’ Always Original line, adidas.com; a look from the Prada Adidas collaboration, adidas.com; Dream Hollywood is one of Peterson’s go-to hotels; for an easy breakfast, Peterson turns to Split Nutrition packets, splitnutrition.com. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
BREAKFAST: Split Nutrition packet
WAKE-UP TIME: 3:45AM
DIET: Consistent. With an escape hatch…
DOPPELGÄNGER: My 6-year-old, Zane
ESCAPE: Time with my family
WEAKNESS: Too nice, too generous, too forgiving. As told to me by my wife and friends…
UNIFORM: Long-sleeved collared shirt buttoned to the top, long pants, Adidas sneakers
HOTEL: Dream Hollywood
WORKOUT: Every day, without fail
LAST MEAL: La Scala chopped salad double tuna, mashed potatoes, Reese’s Peanut Butt er Cups
SUPPLEMENTS: MitoQ, Alpha Jym, omega-3, Chlorofresh
WELLNESS APP: F45, Headspace
MENTORS: My father, my brother, Jack LaLanne from afar, Joe Weider, Arnold
WORKOUT SHOES: Adidas
WORKOUT OUTFIT: Full sweatsuit, layered underneath
WORKOUT PLAYLIST: Anything by Zac Brown Band or anyone I’ve ever worked with!
WORKOUT BUDDY: Brad Siskind—great trainer, great friend
BEST ADVICE: The more you do, the less you worry.
PHILANTHROPY: Duke University, Muscular Dystrophy, Sentinel Foundation
MANTRA: Get in, get after it, get out.
STREAMING NOW: Yellowstone season four
DINNER: Salmon, tomatoes, white wine. Oh, and something chocolate.
SOULMATE: Jess Peterson
BEDTIME: 8. Wait, 9. Maybe 10…
GYM BAG: Spare clothes, baseball hat, Theragun mini, BioSteel
3 DESERT ISLAND ESSENTIALS: Adjustable dumbbells and my F45 app, sunblock, my wife and kids
YESTERDAY: Same as today, only not as good…
Founder and CEO, Kroma Wellness kromawellness.com
Odenweller launched Kroma Wellness in July 2021 PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
Odenweller mixes up her exercise routine, going for Peloton rides, power walks and outdoor HIIT workouts. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
Vuori Mudra Plyo tank, vuori.com PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
“Kroma launched in late July 2021 to help simplify people’s lives by offering a collection of incredibly delicious superfood-centric foods and beverages that are convenient, easily transportable and highly functional,” says the brand’s founder and CEO, Lisa Odenweller, who formerly ran Beaming, a popular SoCal smoothie chain. Consisting of a variety of Lifestyle Reset sets and powdered lattes, elixirs and broths packed with superfoods, the brand is quickly growing, with new launches (plant protein powders, coffee with medicinal mushrooms) and partnerships popping up regularly. Says Odenweller: “We are on a mission to help people look and feel their best while simplifying their lives.”
she’s a big fan of the Alo Moves wellness app PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
Alo high-waist Moto legging and Lavish bra in black/glossy black, aloyoga.com PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
Odenweller is currently streaming the Paramount Network series Yellowstone PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDS
Kroma Wellness founder and CEO Lisa Odenweller PHOTO BY KATE JONES
BREAKFAST: Kroma’s Beauty Matcha followed by a bit of our OMG Cookie Butt er pre-workout. Aft er my workout, I always have our Super Porridge with fresh berries.
WAKE-UP TIME: 6AM
DIET: Clean eating 90% of the ti me (mostly Kroma)
NEMESIS: Laziness, but doing Kroma daily helps here!
ESCAPE: Laughter and exercise
WEAKNESS: Bread, pasta and pizza from Gjelina and Felix
UNIFORM: Black Alo Moto leggings, Prada boots and a leather jacket
HOTEL: The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Collection Resorts, Park City
WORKOUT: Peloton, power walks and my own HIIT workouts outside
LAST MEAL: Gjelina
SUPPLEMENTS: Kroma Calming Repair Magnesium, B complex, omegas, iron and beef liver, glutathione and NAD shots
WELLNESS APP: Alo Moves and our new Kroma app
WORKOUT SHOES: Brooks
WORKOUT OUTFIT: Lululemon leggings with a Vuori cropped top
WORKOUT BUDDY: My daughter
BEST ADVICE: Be present and savor the moments—especially with your kids and your parents; it all goes too fast!
PHILANTHROPY: Pedal the Cause and care.org
MANTRA: “Believe you can and you are halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt; and “Do all things with love.” –Og Mandino
STREAMING NOW: Yellowstone! I’m also excited for the upcoming season three of Ted Lasso.
DINNER: Kroma’s 24K bone broth with veggies (80% of the ti me)
ON MY NIGHTSTAND: Younger You by Kara N. Fitzgerald and The Inflammation Spectrum by Dr. Will Cole
THEME SONG TO YOUR LIFE: “Raise Your Glass” by Pink GYM BAG: Jump rope, Kroma Hydrati on packets, Mid-Day high protein squares, water, Kroma Beauty Matcha packets
3 DESERT ISLAND ESSENTIALS: Besides water, Kroma Beauty Matcha, music and a journal
YESTERDAY: Had dinner with my college roommate aft er skiing