Opening this February, FoodWell will nourish mind, body, soul and stomach at One New Bailey

When it comes to healthy lifestyles, the list of factors to consider can seem endless. Fitness, mental health, physical health, diet, work-life balance... the list goes on. So much so, that it can seem unfeasible to tick everything off.  

But all that could change, thanks to Manchester’s first rounded health concept launching this February.

FoodWell is an LA-inspired wellness concept offering healthy food, coffee, superfood cocktails, workshops and group fitness sessions at the One New Bailey site next to Menagerie, just over the bridge from Spinningfields. So, you can work your mind, body, stomach and soul all under one roof.

The purpose-built venue on New Bailey Street will take over a 9,000 sq ft site near Spinningfields and will be split into sections tailored to individual aspects of wellness.

Good health means more than just a workout.

Yoga, pilates, TRX suspension training and other flexibility classes will be on offer at the site’s studio, which has the capacity for thirty participants at a time.

While yet to be confirmed, the fitness arm of the concept will be run by a digital wellness company that advocates accessible healthy lifestyles for all. With firm beliefs in the positive impact of healthy lifestyles on both individuals and communities, the innovative wellness brand hopes that the FoodWell concept will spark a change in the industry.

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FoodWell - the future of gyms?

With statistics on the dangers of sedentary lifestyles frequently cited, and the ‘loneliness epidemic’ regarded as a national health crisis, FoodWell could offer an answer to common health problems through a careful pairing of principles that are difficult to balance – health and convenience. With the possibility to work, workout out, eat well, socialise and relax all within the comfort of four walls, the adoption of healthier lifestyle choices is easy and accessible. Perhaps these community-driven wellness hubs are the gyms of the future.

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FoodWell will open in February

The FoodWell project will mark the health companies first mark in Manchester.

 “FoodWell will offer customers something unique - we are purposely not conforming to the traditional health club or restaurant sector, but instead creating something new - something that promotes and enhances a real work/life balance.  We want to encourage dwell time, we want people to come in for lunch, stay to do some work, attend a yoga class and have some superfood cocktails afterwards,”  says founder Christian Coates.

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Work, work out, then stay for a coffee or superfood cocktail

Aside from the impressive fitness offering and restaurant, FoodWell will become a hub of inspiration through an eclectic event calendar.

“We will also host regular workshops and community events, covering everything from coffee art masterclasses and mindfulness workshops, to make-up lessons, as well as screenings,” Coates explains.

Open through Monday to Sunday, FoodWell will offer a varied programme of events and eating options designed to fit around the busy modern lifestyle. By day, FoodWell will host a coffee shop and deli with a click and collect lunch service, but by night the venue will transform into a 150-cover restaurant. Co-working is in the coffee shop is encouraged during the week, but laptops are banned on weekends to crack down on screen time. 

 “The new venture offers something for everyone and we can’t wait to launch in February and further cements our position and footprint within the Manchester community.” 

FoodWell opens in February 2019.