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There are few things more relatable than the dread that foreshadows a redundant workout routine. This October, get inspired by Palm Beach’s health and wellness happenings. Throughout the month, CityPlace will host Wellness Wednesdays, a free series dedicated to health and movement. The third week of October, downtown West Palm Beach will welcome DistrictFit, a three-day fitness festival that will feature more than 15 free group workouts, holistic seminars, nutrition workshops, and much more. For DistrictFit’s full event schedule, click here.




CityPlace & Hilton WPB have partnered with the American Cancer Society to offer two fitness-related events as part of downtown West Palm Beach’s three-day District Fit festival. CAR.D.O. Drum Fitness with Loud Live Productions (Oct. 19) is a high-energy cardio class in which participants will be handed a set of drumsticks and will go through a variety of drumming exercises on large tires. Zumba for a Cure (Oct. 20) will be led by Zumba instructors Janice and Alexsa, with a cool down led by cancer exercise specialist Shannon Burrows. Burrows will end the workout with a stretch and info session as she shares her experiences as a breast cancer survivor and fitness instructor. Proceeds from each class will go toward the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Each class is asking for a $10 donation. Find out more about the classes, and District Fit, at


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CityPlace and Hilton West Palm Beach have teamed up to offer the second edition of “District Fit” from Oct. 19 to 21. For three days, guests can take part in 15 sweat-inducing workouts, attend holistic seminars and enjoy more than 50 pop-up retail experiences in the community. A selection of classes will be offered by donation with proceeds benefiting breast cancer awareness.




This month, the second edition of District Fit, a new fitness festival celebrating local healthy living, returns to Downtown West Palm Beach. From October 19-21, CityPlace & Hilton West Palm Beach will host free and donation-based outdoor and indoor workout classes for all levels, such as barre, yoga, bootcamps and more.


BOCA MAGAZINE, September 28, 2018

Where to Support Breast Cancer Research This October

After its success earlier this year, the fitness festival is returning for three days of nutrition, fitness, and more. Plus, activities will be themed around breast cancer awareness with proceeds benefiting the Real Men Wear Pink campaign and the American Cancer Society. CityPlace Square, 700 S. Rosemary Ave. in West Palm Beach and Hilton West Palm Beach, 600 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach;


AMERICAN SPA, September 2018


Traditional retail therapy is being replaced in West Palm Beach, FL, with more relaxing pursuits, thanks to the debut of an innovative experience-driven wellness destination. The city is now home to Culture Lab, which has transformed a former Macy’s into a public experiential wellness center with meditation corners, vibration rooms, and soothing sound art.

With a nod to its previous life as an iconic flagship store, the wellness destination utilizes kiosks, cash registers, and dressing rooms to set the stage for evolving retail and wellness verticals. For example, the former luggage section now serves as a blue-light meditative space, which hosts weekly yoga and meditation classes. Nearby is a vibrating meditation center with floor seating featuring a sound installation known to promote restorative meditation.

In addition, the former jewelry sales section now houses a Hammock Carousel. The wellness hub will also feature District Fit, a two-day fitness festival in the spring and fall, featuring a full lineup of wellness programming and more than 25 pop-up retail experiences; Wellness Wednesdays, a series of wellness classes, such as Body Combat, Zumba, and a charity-driven yoga class called Pose for a Purpose; and Wellness Month, which takes place in October with wellness-focused services to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul.

“West Palm Beach is positioned to provide all the great amenities of urban living with access to incredible fitness activities,” says Gopal Rajegowda, senior vice president for Related Companies, which developed the project. “Culture Lab is one of the first of many new initiatives that are free and open to the public, focusing on health and wellness while bringing together the local community.


District Fit in West Palm Beach

District Fit  is coming to West Palm Beach on October 19-21, 2018.

Join CityPlace and Hilton West Palm Beach for a festival featuring an energetic fusion of fitness & wellness in the reimagined district of Downtown West Palm Beach. District Fit was created to celebrate and inspire an active and healthy lifestyle by creating a range of free activities for locals, visitors and guests of Palm Beach County.

This health and wellness event will focus on mindful movement, physical fitness, preventative care and living a healthy lifestyle. There will be more than 20 instructors and inspiring industry leaders at the event, many of whom will be presenting fitness classes, holistic seminars and nutrition talks. In addition, there will be live entertainment and over 50 pop-up retail experiences and interactive classes.

When: October 19-21, 2018
Time: Varies – classes and activities are scheduled throughout the weekend
Where: Hilton, CityPlace & throughout Downtown West Palm Beach
Cost: Free to attend


District Fit 2018

The second edition of District Fit, a multidisciplinary festival focused on mindful movement and physical fitness will take place October 19-21. 

The festival will feature a lineup of more than 15 free sweat-inducing workouts led by elite trainers and fitness gurus, holistic seminars, nutrition workshops, culinary events, live entertainment and more than 25 pop-up retail experiences, all converging in West Palm Beach, recently named the second healthiest city in the country by Trulia.

POP SUGAR,  June 10, 2018

Fitness Gurus Weigh in on Hot Workouts vs. Cold Workouts

by Wendy Rose Gould

Erika Strimer, CEO of Total MOVEment in West Palm Beach, FL, and a lead instructor during CityPlace's District Fit wellness festival, says that while she's a fan of a moderately warm vinyasa session — anything over 85 degrees isn't ideal.

"Hot workouts inhibit your ability to get the best workout. It compromises your overall metabolic function, making you tired and weak," she noted. "When I took my 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Training, there was no research to prove a room over 100 degrees to be any more effective. Before teacher training, I found myself being able to go deeper in the poses, but that doesn't mean it is safe for the average person. If you're going to do a workout in a hot room, a safe temperature would be below 85 degrees."

TOTAL BEAUTY,  May 25, 2018

I Tried 10 New Fitness Classes in One Week and I Feel Unstoppable

by Wendy Rose Gould

Determined to meet my goal of experimenting with new classes, I set myself up for success by indulging in Golden Door's fitness resort in California, followed by another fitness getaway in West Palm Beach, Florida, a city that has positioned itself as a blossoming leader in health and wellness travel. (If you're interested in partaking, check out the DistrictFit Wellness Festival that runs October 19 through 21.)

In the course of that one week, I tried 10 different fitness classes, including boxing, spin, barre, tai chi, outdoor circuits, running intervals, pilates, zen yoga, blacklight yoga and even a 1:1 session with a fitness instructor to help me initiate new moves into my current routine.

SUN SENTINEL, March 28, 2018


From the farm to the Hilton Hotel in West Palm Beach, Executive Chef Miguel Santiago is kicking off the first ever ‘District Fit’ weekend with a vegan inspired dinner.

"It has become part of the culture, of people taking care of themselves, eating healthier; our job as a chef is to educate people on how to eat right,” he said. The dinner, scheduled for Thursday evening, will also feature vegan wine; money from all the sales will go to help repair the devastation left behind by the wild fires in Sonoma, California.Then on Friday March 30th and Saturday March 31st, it’s time to get physical.

"We have this amazing community, amazing beaches; all these great things, so let's be healthy,” said John Parkinson, the General Manager of the Hilton West Palm Beach. “Let's be able to enjoy this." For two days, organizers and volunteers will offer free indoor and outdoor fitness classes at the hotel as well as across the street at City Place. The goal of District Fit is to encourage locals to participate in positive lifestyle experiences.

"We're actually putting bikes in the water and we're going to do an underwater spin class,” Parkinson said. "Boot camp classes, we have yoga, we have meditation, we have nutrition classes, I mean the list goes on!" There will also be several classes for kids of all ages. 


Hilton West Palm Beach And CityPlace Announce New Fitness And Wellness Festival

by Holly Gambrell

It’s no secret that Palm Beachers like to stay fit—even Trulia recently noticed by naming West Palm Beach the second best city in the nation for living a healthy lifestyle.

Hilton West Palm Beach and CityPlace have partnered together to celebrate health and wellness with a new festival called District Fit. The two-day event will take place March 30 to 31 in downtown West Palm Beach at both Hilton West Palm Beach and CityPlace. The fitness festival will feature indoor and outdoor fitness classes, mindful wellness practices, healthy food and beverage vendors, live entertainment, cooking demonstration and specialty pop-up shops.

Prominent local and regional fitness instructors will create classes designed for all ages and fitness levels. These include HIIT Bootcamp by Miami-based personal trainer Anthony Mendez; a dance class by Total Movement owner Erika Strimer; kids bootcamp by Cross Fit’s El Cid; water biking by Water Cycle Studio; barre without a bar by Studios Etc. owner Jacquelyn Quesada; and more.

District Fit will also feature a fashion show highlighting local influencers who will showcase the best in athleisure wear. The outfits will be curated by Jacquelyn Quesada. Food and drink options will include creations by Moe’s Kombucha, coconut water from ZICO and more. There will also be a vegan-inspired dinner curated by chef Miguel Santiago, and held in collaboration with Adam Lipson of Vegan Approved, on the lawns of Hilton West Palm Beach at 6:30 p.m. on March 29.

Other vendors to expect at the festival include Pique Studios, MANTA, Holly’s Natural Products, Fitness Hub, TempleCare Beauty and more.




From October 19-21, the city converts into a three-day festival fusing wellness, nutrition and fitness headlined by partners including American Cancer Society, Zeel, Ballet Beautiful, Nicole Mejia and Gilles Souteyrand 

West Palm Beach, Fla (August 9, 2018) – Thriving as the Southeast’s newest wellness hub, Downtown West Palm Beach announces the second edition of District Fit, a multidisciplinary fitness festival focused on mindful movement and physical fitness, taking place October 19 – 21. Hosted by mind, body and soul advocates, Hilton West Palm Beach and CityPlace are leading the efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle through this invigorating three-day event, which coincides with Discover the Palm Beaches’ Spa & Wellness month and in partnership with the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign (RMWP).

This fall, District Fit debuts a lineup of more than a dozen sweat-inducing workouts led by elite trainers and fitness gurus, holistic seminars, culinary events, live entertainment and pop-up retail experiences, all converging in what has been recently ranked the second healthiest city in the country by Trulia.  

Leading the city’s philanthropic efforts, Hilton West Palm Beach will step into a pink sanctuary in support of General Manager John Parkinson’s participation for this year’s ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign as part of a nation-wide effort to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society's breast cancer initiative. The hotel's themed takeover will include all-pink staff uniforms outfitted by SuitSupply and Island Company, curated cancer prevention dinner menu at Galley, lit pink pool, rosé bottle with each cabana purchase, pink lattes and sweets at grab-and-go Provisions market and pink cocktails.  Four suites will be decked out with pink sheets, pillows, bathrobes, slippers, bath amenities and pre-selected wardrobe items from SuitSupply available for purchase. Priced at $318 for the pink suites per night, a percentage of the booking proceeds will be donated to the RMWP campaign.  

Additional District Fit activations include:  

Ballet Beautiful fitness classes led by trainer-to-the-stars Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful, best known for training Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan. A former ballerina with the New York City Ballet, Mary Helen’s signature Ballet Beautiful Method is inspired by ballet and designed to give anyone a dancer’s toned, elongated and powerful physique.  

Body by Gilles high-intensity work-out sessions hosted by Instagram star Gilles Souteyrand, whose methods are followed by model and Fitbit ambassador Tash Oakley. Designed to create a full body transformation, Body by Gilles Method focuses on weight loss and muscle gain with minimal equipment.

Get Fit & Thick workouts led by Miami-based trainer and mega fitness influencer Nicole Mejia. Fit and Thick is a body positive movement that encourages women to accept and become the best version of themselves through health and fitness.

Nighttime Glow PJ Party focused on sleep practices, relaxation methods and rejuvenation techniques including Zeel massage station, glow yoga, cocktails/mocktails and live music. 

SoccerShape bootcamp designed and coached by Miami FC players to get the experience of how soccer pros train. 

“Z for a C” Zumba Class in honor of all those fighting against breast cancer. Donations will be encouraged and proceeds benefit American Cancer Society's RMWP Campaign. 

Meditation & Yoga inside Culture Lab surrounded by prominent art, sound installations and interactive hammocks made from recycled materials. 

CarD.O. Drum Fitness a drumming inspired workout which combines heart pounding music and creative aerobic rhythms.  

Giveaways and pop-up presence by Lululemon, Moroccan Oil, Casper, Health-Ade, FitTEAM, Fitness Hub, Tommy Bahama and Sephora among others. 

“People at any age can benefit from leading a healthier lifestyle,” said John Parkinson, general manager at Hilton West Palm Beach. “If we expose enough people to healthy choices from exercise to eating and mindful practices, we can try to make a lasting impact on society,” he added. “In March, District Fit brought together a community of people who wanted to experience this lifestyle alongside one another, and in my opinion, exercise is the most ignored form of therapy. For the second edition, we’re thrilled to be aligned with American Cancer Society’s Real Mean Wear Pink Campaign to help support an incredible cause that we know will impact the lives of so many.”  

In between classes, attendees can refuel and restore with Zeel massages, Kombucha sampling stations and healthy bites and drinks through a selection of local vendors at Hilton West Palm Beach and CityPlace. Classes will be held in some of the city’s most inspiring spaces including: the open-air square lined with palm trees in the heart of CityPlace; Hilton West Palm Beach’s picturesque poolside backyard, front lawns and expansive ballrooms; and Culture Lab, a former two-story Macy’s transformed into a public culture center with meditation corners, and sound installations. 

Fitness aficionados can also take advantage of Discover The Palm Beaches’ third annual Spa & Wellness month, which includes a “well”th of offers including 15 lavish spa therapies at $99, more than 40 fitness classes, healthful treats and mindful experiences, such as a bath bomb bouquet-making class. All of the participating businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Palm Beach chapter of the American Cancer Society in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. For a complete list of restorative experiences, visit

Find more details and photos from the first District Fit at The full lineup of classes and experiences will be announced in the upcoming weeks.  


About Related Companies 

Founded more than 40 years ago, Related Companies is a fully-integrated, highly diversified industry leader with experience in virtually every aspect of development, acquisitions, management, finance, fund management, marketing and sales. In West Palm Beach, Related Companies developed the 72-acre CityPlace, CityPlace Office Tower, 400-room Hilton West Palm Beach directly connected to Palm Beach County Convention Center and RH West Palm: The Gallery at CityPlace. The company is currently undertaking the reimagination of downtown West Palm Beach and evolving into the Southeast’s leading district including best-in-class residential, hotel, culinary, entertainment, education, art, culture and retail. For more information on Related Companies, please visit  

About Hilton West Palm Beach 

Hilton West Palm Beach is a flagship lifestyle hotel with a global mentality featuring 400 guest rooms and 43 suites. The boutique-like property features an array of world-class amenities including four dining outlets, an oversized pool deck lined with cushioned cabanas and a curated art program that embodies the artistic energy of South Florida. The art-filled oasis features lawn games, scavenger hunts and outdoor yoga classes. Guests also have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center with Peloton bikes and specialty classes, floatation menu featuring inflatable pool floats, oversized chessboard, outdoor fire pit and more.