From extreme diets of oat milk and narcissism, to untenable workout routines made up entirely of instagrammable glute exercises, the rich and famous are always preaching new weight loss strategies.

The latest trend in reducing your physical form until you're only sentient butt cheeks, is simple: sweat. We know what you're thinking, you too can sweat — and for free — simply by coming home to your fifth-floor walk up with groceries or by accidentally liking your ex's Instagram from 58 weeks ago, but that's poor people sweat and it's disgusting so keep it to yourself, you toad.

What we are referring to is expensive sweat, celebrity sweat. At Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, you can pay $40 a session to sweat out your ugly! All kinds of stars — Selena Gomez, The Weeknd, Lea Michele, Mandy Moore, Khloe Kardashian, Ashley Graham and more — have come to the New York and Los Angeles locations of Shape House to burn calories, improve their skin, sleep, and mood, and boost their energy levels.

Lea Michele at Shape House

Miss Chiche told ET that clients come in for lots of different reasons, saying, "When Abel [Tesfaye] comes, which is The Weeknd, he likes the way he feels, that he can go on tour and have all this energy and feel like he doesn't need to do as much to relax after a concert.

In addition to Abel, Selena Gomez is also a frequent customer at Shape House, and told Elle that, "It's changed my skin, it's kind of changed my body as well, so it feels really good." That that sentence is entirely devoid of meaning is irrelevant, stop thinking about it, you don't deserve to think about Selena Gomez.

Mandy Moore at Shape House

Shape House describes their mission as follows: "We believe that the more people sweat, the more people are at peace. The more people are at peace, the more the world is at peace. That is the moving force behind all that we do."

Obviously, the founders of Shape House have never tried to eat a scone in a winter coat on an 85-degree L train with seven strangers in simultaneous physical contact with their body and an eczema flare up that could put the sahara to shame. That kind of sweat brings no peace, only shame.

If you're wondering who had the wildly disconnected understanding of everything from human biology to politics necessary to imply that the road to world peace is actually a river of sweat, the answer is, "entrepreneur, optimist, Harley rider, and sweat activist Sophie Chiche." That description made it increasingly clear that Sophie Chiche is either an evil genius capitalizing on rich people's desire to look like Bratz dolls, or a trust-fund-bred human Ugg boot who actually thinks she invented sweat.

Either way, it's hard not to kind of respect the absurdity of it all.


Brooke Ivey Johnson is a Brooklyn based writer, playwright, and human woman. To read more of her work visit her blog or follow her twitter @BrookeIJohnson.


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REVIEW | All-American Rejects return with “Sweat”

NEW MUSIC | After a five-year hiatus, the Rejects are back - but their return isn't quite triumphant.

"... It's a record, to me, that sounds like a band trying to find it's next record, and that's cool."

Of all of the groups to make a comeback after not having released music since 2012 - and Kids in the Street was not exactly a critically strong note to leave off on - the All-American Rejects have a tougher job than most. The problem is that the Rejects are indelibly steeped in peak 2000's nostalgia. "Dirty Little Secret" is like the "Mr. Brightside" you keep forgetting about until some radio jockey in rural Wisconsin gets bored one summer afternoon and decided to jolt you back into middle school. "Gives You Hell" is one of the most satisfyingly cathartic shout-along songs that ever graced the airwaves.

But somehow, "I Wanna" was the last single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 - in 2009. None of Kids in the Street ever made it. Though the album itself peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200, it never graced the halls of our memories with more than a passing good-natured head shake at "Beekeeper's Daughter." In Ritter's own words, during an interview with Billboard, "We were throwing paint at the wall on every song and every song has its own little environment. It's a record, to me, that sounds like a band trying to find it's next record, and that's cool."

Then, quietly, the band faded from our cultural awareness. Vocalist Tyson Ritter courted a thriving career as an actor (most regularly in the television show

Parenthood). There was never an announcement, no Fall Out Boy or My Chemical Romance drama, and the legions of fans moved on, as it were. Now, for their comeback, the re-entrance into the limelight has still been relatively muted. Ritter's interview with Billboard, some social media posts, and the announcement of a nation-wide tour with The Maine made up the hype. Clamor was pretty muted. The return - two tracks, titled "Sweat" and "Close Your Eyes," are fittingly toned-down and gentle. Co-written with Benny Cassette (who has produced with Kanye and Miguel), they were dropped with a video (directed by Jamie Thraves) - one video for the pair.

"Close Your Eyes" finds Ritter waking up the next morning, quietly peeling off his false eyelashes and donning a suit for his (not-so) surprise party, back with his well-dressed wife and perfectly arranged set of friends and family. The facade shatters itself several times - rather, Ritter shatters it - and throughout, the lyrics fade in and out of central focus with perfect timing. Snippets like "When you walked out, your taste was in my mouth, but lipstick on the window, and you were gone" play as Ritter's wife touches his back in a gently uncomfortable gesture, and the space between them echoes as the song reaches its chorus.

"The day you said it, that's when I knew. I'll never forget it. The day you said it, that's when I knew. I'll make you regret it."

The songs themselves are a step past Kids in the Street - a definitive Rejects-in-2017 sound, steeped in Ritter's usual growl, but this time, with synths that could come from a side stage at some mid-sized New York club. The group vocals remain, as do the crashing bass drums, but the guitar is darker, and the lyrics are no longer every angsty boy's anthem. They are, by nearly every standard, really good songs. They're permeated with shadows that feel comforting real in their darkness, but still sound like the Rejects. It feels like the band has grown with us. That's great.

The scrunched-up nose and raised brow, however, comes at the visual. In what feels a lot like actor Andrew Garfield's recent comments about playing a gay man in the latest production of Angels in America ("I am a gay man right now, pretty much, just without the physical act — that's all"), Ritter is trying his hand at lending a lens to a lifestyle often ignored or scorned, particularly the impossibly difficult and painful life of trans women. (Garfield actually already pulled a similar move in the music video for Arcade Fire's "We Exist.") It's all well and good to want to bring visibility to the taboo of sex work and transgender struggles; but simply put - do we need Ritter and Garfield to be the ones to do it, when they take the costume off in their dressing rooms at the end of the day?

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