Growing up, I spent a significant amount of time over at my best friend Jenny’s house, where her parents had one of the original NordicTrack machines. I have to admit, NordicTrack has been pretty much off my radar since then. That was until last month, when I was invited to an event to test out NordicTrack’s new at-home line. Only four words are needed here: I. Was. Blown. Away.
While I have come to appreciate the power of saying no, it has never outweighed my belief in the power of saying yes. Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to try everything. From gymnastics, to ice skating, to being fearless on skis before I could walk. So when Athleta reached out to ask if I’d like to be a part of their “Up for Anything” campaign, I was, indeed, up for it.
Today, and especially here in NYC, there are more choices than ever for ways to get fit and stay fit. The barrage of information on what’s the “best” way can often be daunting — especially if you are starting a workout routine for the first time, or are getting back into a routine after a long hiatus. I don’t believe there is any “best” way to get in shape — there is only what is best for you. If you still feel lost, here are 5 simple fitness rules I try to live by.
I’m a thrill-seeker. There. I said it. For 30 years people have been trying to slap me with that label, and each time I’d insist that, no, I’m really very easy-going. But I can’t hide it anymore. I love going fast. I’m also incredibly slow. I was born with cerebral palsy, a broad range of neuromuscular disorders marked in my case by very stiff and weak muscles.
Ironically, the majority of my thoughts for this piece were constructed while on a run — alone with my breath, the sound of my feet, nature, and my thoughts. As with many fit-pros and fitness lovers, I think and create best when on the move. Movement is my meditation.
Rudy Garcia-Tolson is a 4-time Paralympian and 2004 Athens Gold Medalist, and will be competing once again at this year’s 2016 Rio Paralympics, swimming the 200IM and 100m breaststroke. Making history, this is the first time the Paralympics will be aired on primetime TV, directly following the Olympic Games. We asked Rudy about his Paralympic experience, and what it means to Go for Gold.
John Henwood is a 2004 Athens Olympian, in the 10,000m Men’s race, on behalf of New Zealand. Today, he is coaching up-and-coming professional runners to reach the same impressive level of the sport, and also coaching running classes at Mile High Run Club. We asked John about his Olympic experience, and what it means to Go for Gold.
As someone who has been a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for almost two decades, I can’t tell you how many mistaken beliefs the average gym member has when it comes to how exercise affects his or her body. While a few of the common gym myths are based on fact, the reality is that there are many misperceptions and false beliefs that should be let go of and released into the ether.
Wow, the challenge of keeping my voice and my studio strong is not an easy task. With all the noise in the industry in LA, especially with the competition that has grown to what it is today, AND the beautiful outdoors we have almost year-round — in fact, sometimes it can feel downright crazy.
At barre3, we are in the people business. We are changing lives, all day, every day — which is both a huge honor and an enormous responsibility. And while we absolutely love being able to grow our brand and our impact through franchising our studios, we’ve learned a lot along the way.
As #Classpasspocolypse winds down, and fitness-goers fall where they may, we have one thing to say: it’s finally summer, let’s all stop thinking about ClassPass, and refocus on all the things that we can do outside here in NYC to get active. We know, it's the city, there’s nothing like that here, you say? We bet there are more off-the-beaten-path finds than you think.
I decided to leave ClassPass (including its Ambassador Program). This post isn’t meant to criticize a service that’s been a large part of my fitness routine for three years. Instead, I’m focusing on why the updates to the service no longer work for me.
Be bold! Unleash your adventurous side, step away from your regular routine or normal workout, set a new goal, and challenge yourself with a fierce run (or two) through Fear the Pier. It’s a one-of-a-kind, heart-pounding, timed obstacle course alongside the Hudson, under the backdrop of Manhattan’s iconic skyline, on Pier 26 in Hudson River Park.
ClassPass users were just finishing their morning workout, and happily enjoying the walk home in post-sweat bliss to commence their work day, when today’s fateful ClassPass email popped into their inboxes.
By New York Sports Clubs with Mike Counihan and Joe Schiraldo
When it comes to “being bold,” it’s hard to find a tougher job than leading the life of a first responder. That’s why New York Sports Clubs (NYSC)teamed up with local firefighters and police who are committed to sharing healthy lifestyle goals for its latest addition: the Bravest & Finestworkout.
“Sometimes it takes someone to wrong you in order for you to do what is right for your life.” This is the saying I now live by. Despite the fact that I was born and raised an East Coast kid, I’ve always had a strong affinity for the West Coast. I was never able to truly articulate why, just something about the atmosphere. And of course, the weather.
At the age of 19, I was worth $2 million. I had access to expensive cars, I dressed in suits, and I was busy passing out my business cards. I was a kingpin, a highly successful drug dealer. I had a lot of people working for me, and many of those people were in their forties and fifties, answering to this 20 something. How did I get rich so fast? Well, I was motivated. I hated being poor.
I was a basketball player for the first 20 years of my life. No seriously, I was. I started playing basketball when I was 6 years old, and went on to play pro. For 20 years I woke up passionate about life, excited to practice, and focused on what I wanted to achieve. So I’m sure you can imagine the feeling when my basketball career ended.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on the fitness scene lately, you’ve most likely noticed that Flywheel has a bright, shiny new look, along with some new classes, and an updated website. According to Flywheel co-founder Ruth Zukerman, “The refresh started with our riders. It grew out of what we heard from them, and what we wanted to do for them” We caught up with Ruth for a few quick questions.
Trainers and fitness professionals preach about balance all the time. Balance in diet, balance in exercise. But what most people don't realize is the balancing act that trainers have to handle on a daily basis. It comes with the territory and even though it can be difficult and often stressful, the pros of this career definitely outweigh the cons.
Disclaimer: I’ve been “full-time” in the fitness industry for one year. That’s it. I’ve worked in fitness for almost 8 years, but it was always my part-time passion until I was able to make the BIG transition. This is my snapshot of how I’ve managed my energy and put my heart and soul into my work. How I’ve found balance in the hustle and bustle that is New York City. We all have our own amazing stories. Our why.
We all have those days that end up being unplanned days off from the gym — a business call goes long, a meeting gets scheduled last minute — life just happens. Don't let a glitch in your game plan sabotage your goal of being active daily. Find a way to fit these three super simple, yet effective exercises (in true Stoked Form I've included progressions for extra credit) into your busy life, anytime anywhere.
If only there were more than 24 hours in a day! With work, family, social life, and other responsibilities, it can be hard to devote time every day to staying in shape. Many people seek help in group fitness classes or the watchful eye of a personal trainer. But what if you have access to neither? Here are 3 simple moves you can do at the gym or home that will get you sweaty today and sore tomorrow.
by Jackie Dragone, Director Of Barre/TRX at Flex Studios
Coming from 20 years of dance before I transitioned into fitness, movement and form have always come naturally. I chose these 3 exercises because they challenge your total body, as well as your stamina. When done together a few times a week for a consistent period of time, you will feel a difference, and that can translate into all of your workouts, as well as improve your day-to-day life!
Hoboken is the hometown of Frank Sinatra and the world’s capital of parking tickets. But it’s also becoming a home for New Yorkers looking for a piece of the city (okay, yes, we know it’s New Jersey) that’s a bit quieter, and bit more neighborhood-like. Hoboken is the place to be for movers, shakers, and anyone else who likes to get their blood pumping.
I have to admit, my DVR list is most certainly not free of reality television indulgences. I tend to enjoy competition shows, and I have enjoyed one of the best social experiments of our time (in my opinion), The Bachelor, since I started watching it with my girlfriends in college. However, I cringed when I heard that Bravo — the network that has turned Housewives with too much time and money on their hands, into some of America’s most loved and hated women — was going to be making a show on NYC fitness: Work Out New York.
Fitness was not the world I imagined myself winding up in. I believe that when we follow our hearts, our paths wind, in beautiful, unexpected ways. Expectations limit us. It is passion that fuels our success. Because there is only so much push. But passion is unlimited.
For a long time, I hated my own guts... literally. Living with Crohn's Disease, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the GI tract, will do that to a person. I was diagnosed at 19 years old, in my freshman year of college, away from home, all alone, and sick. If you have never experienced that kind of pain, be grateful… if you have, you know how hard it is to not just give in and give up.