When it comes to wellness, nothing works in a vacuum. That’s why when Vanessa Packer created modelFIT, the fitness studio’s environment was as important as its exercise routines and nutrition consulting. After noticing a gap in the market when it comes to well-designed workout spaces, the New York native set to work making a beautiful studio in SoHo. With a fashion background and a holistic nutrition degree, the idea came naturally to her. With clients like Karlie Kloss, a second studio location in LA, and a rapidly growing brand, her holistic fitness hunch was decidedly on point.
Packer talked with us about the late-night snacks that put her to sleep, her bedtime rituals, and everything else she does between the sheets.
What’s keeping you up at night right now?
Vanessa: Work, evolving, and this ever-changing fitness industry we live in. Trying to sustain an inspiring, uplifting, fun, dynamic wellness company.
What do you wear to sleep?
Go-to late night snack?
Vanessa: Almond milk turmeric latte, which is the most delicious thing. You take turmeric, ground cinnamon, steamed almond milk, and a little honey. It is so good and you sleep so well.
How many hours do you sleep?
Vanessa: I want to say seven [or] six on average! I really could use nine though. I feel like I need more sleep than I’m getting.
What makes you want to get out of bed?
Vanessa: Exercise, going to class, working out. It gets me out of bed in the morning! I practice what I preach!
What else do you do in your bed besides sleep?
Vanessa: Meditate, sex – what do I not do in my bed? Read, work on my computer. It’s the place for everything! Endless possibilities!
What makes you fall asleep?
Vanessa: Melatonin and magnesium, or a hot Epsom salt bath works well too!
Why is modelFit important to you?
Vanessa: I feel like it really makes a difference in people’s lives. When you can impact people in a positive way, I think that it really makes you get behind what you do more.
What gives you energy throughout your day?
Vanessa: Cold brew coffee!
What is your favorite life hack?
Vanessa: Honestly, because I fly so much, I would say just having the American Airlines status app, TSA pre-check, and my carry-on only (shout out Tumi). Anything to make my travel time more efficient.
How does sleep impact your day?
Vanessa: Without sleep my brain doesn’t work!
What’s your relationship with your electronics?
Vanessa: It’s love-hate. I need my phone and computer, but I fight the feeling of attachment to them.
What is your bedtime ritual?
Vanessa: After my contacts are out and my teeth are brushed, [I have] a proper skin routine that includes exfoliation and layering many serums and creams. Hot tea and wind-down time before bed is essential. I plug my phone into an outlet in the bathroom and stick it in a drawer so it’s nowhere near me when I’m sleeping. Replacing my phone on my bedside table with a digital clock has improved my sleep tremendously.
How do you deal with stress?
Vanessa: Exercise, hot baths, sleep, meditation, electronic detox.
If you have an extra 15 minutes in your day, what do you do with it?
Vanessa: Call someone I love!
What do you want to be when you wake up?
Vanessa: The best Vanessa I can be!
What city do you sleep in?
Vanessa: My name is Vanessa Packer and I sleep in New York City!
This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.
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