It is so personal. Why do YOU exercise? Most will say that having a movement practice is one of the cornerstones to a healthy lifestyle based on being in tune with your body on multiple levels. A lifestyle that promotes longevity incorporates all things healthy, including food choices, supplements, and a clean environment - MIND and BODY.
Gunnar Peterson is one of the most well-known names in the fitness world, he trains the likes of Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Ciara, and a host of professional athletes. He is known for functional training, as well as keeping workouts fresh, and we most recently got the chance to workout with Gunnar at the Propel Labs on the beach in Santa Monica. Here’s what he had to say about why we are Made to Move.
John Trautmann is a 1992 Barcelona Olympian, in the 5,000m. He is still a competitive runner, racing and setting records with the indoor mile in the age 45-49 bracket, and also coaches at Mile High Run Club and as head coach and founder at Speed Club, LLC. We asked John about his Olympic experience, and what it means to Go for Gold.
It’s easy to get caught up in the rat race of our daily routines, both in our professional and social lives. For many of us, fitness has become a positive outlet to break up that routine. A killer workout can help alleviate some of life's daily stresses and break up the work week monotony... but even our fitness regimens can become routine.
Discussing employment law typically makes people as excited as when an instructor announces at the end of class, “Good news, 100 burpees and then we are done.” But fitness and employment law often overlap. Here are some of the questions that I am most often asked.
Brad Lamm is an author, celebrity interventionist, and founder of Breathe Life Healing Center in Los Angeles, which deals with drug abuse and food addiction disorders. Breathe is one of only three rehabs in the country to treat both substance abuse AND Binge Eating Disorder. Here, we asked Brad about addiction and changing for the better.
I read the article from Mr. A and then the reply from the next guy who seems so much more sensitive and realistic. I think it's important to hear from our side — the lady version of what it's like to be single, mid 30's, and a part of this amazing city.
If you told me nine years ago when I moved to NYC that I would be counting down beats to 60 people in a dark room on a stationary bike, or demonstrating kettlebell swings to Park Avenue moms on the Upper East Side, I would have thought you were crazy! But that’s the power of being bold: allowing ourselves to take risks and pursue our passions, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Dating in your 30s in New York does not need to be a eulogy to a forgotten youth. I’m a single guy in my mid-thirties. I’ve been married (once), madly in love (three times), and have, overall, slept with a respectable amount of beautiful women (at least by my standards). I am also experienced enough to know that if you don’t look forward to waking up next to your partner, then it doesn’t matter
When we opened the first Barry’s Bootcamp in 1998, our vision was very clear. We were creating something that wasn’t around yet, and it was called a “Bootcamp” for a reason. The workout was built for people who only had one hour a day to workout. I wanted to show them how to maximize that hour. Working out had always been built on showing up and doing your best, but Barry’s Bootcamp demanded the best.
I want to be happy like everyone else. I date a lot. I’ve had long-term girlfriends in the past, they just never panned out. Most recently I ended a relationship with a nice girl, sweet, good family, blah, blah. I couldn’t stand her stories though. So I eventually ended it. And mom eventually agreed.
Sex is awkward. Let’s just get that out of the way. I don’t care how many times you’ve done it, or how many tricks you’ve tried, or if you get off every single time… sex, at one point or another, gets awkward. Listen, it’s like life. We are all just trying to figure it out. And sometimes there is nothing wrong with a little direction, a little…. constructive criticism.
When you consider how big this world of ours really is, it's easy to feel small — dare I say, insignificant? This sentiment is even more resonant when you live in a city like New York. But in the Big Apple, thousands of communities exist; some based on a specific country of origin, others by religious belief, and sometimes they exist merely because of a shared common interest (i.e. fitness.)
The 1996 Olympic Women’s Gymnastic Team Final. I remember it as if it was yesterday. I was 6 years old, as I sat 3 inches away from our television. I was completely mesmerized. The Magnificent 7, as they are now known, were indeed truly magnificent. I watched in awe as clips played, detailing their dedication and commitment to their training. “I want that,” I exclaimed as I looked back at my parents. “I want to be great. I want to train.”
By Brian Gallagher and Ryan Wilke, Throwback Fitness
Fun is empowering in itself. Fun helps us to be present and enjoy the current moment. It allows us to forget all the other stress that comes with being an adult. It’s an escape, and it comes in many forms: whatever it is that helps you leave behind the events or thoughts that can oftentimes weigh you down. It allows you to release inhibitions, leaving pleasure and enjoyment as the only current goals.
I am fortunate to have been involved in launching a number of successful start-ups, including Marquis Jet and Tequila Avion. Along the way we have built a loyal group of investors who are always asking what’s next. These very same investors provided much of the seed capital to get Cyc off the ground.
Considering the question of whether men and women need to train differently, my first thought is, “Boy, I could write a whole book on this topic, let alone a quick-read blog post.” So here is my short but sweet take on the topic: Do men and women need to train differently if they have the same goals? Not really. Do they need to train differently for differing goals? Absolutely, but it’s the goals that set the tone — and that goes for both men and women.
Last year I was named one of the Top Ten CNN Heroes, recognizing the 26 years I’ve been running Warriors on Wheels, a strength and conditioning program I created for people with disabilities. (Profiled earlier this year on this site). Since I last spoke to The Sweat Life, I decided I would find a way to send out FREE Resistance Bands like the ones I use with the Warriors in my program, to anyone, anywhere in the world, and use Skype to show them what to do.
January 16th was supposed to be like any other Saturday, grab a coffee, get a workout in and then watch some sports along with a few beers. This January 16th was much different. Instead, I woke up with an Easter egg-sized lymph node on my neck, right on my collarbone. After sending some photos of the lymph node to my mother, she urged that I “just keep an eye on it.” So that’s exactly what I did.
Ryan and I were just a couple of bankers rocking our Brooks Brothers dress shirts, monk strap shoes, and not so skinny ties. Our escape from reality was always working out or talking about fitness. We didn’t love what we were doing, we never took ourselves too seriously, and we both loved to exercise. Enter Throwback Fitness.
SWERVE Fitness is one of the most popular cycling studios in NYC, and Eric Posner is one of three friends to co-found this fitness mecca. But long before SWERVE was an apple in their eye, Eric was on the fast climb through the NYC finance world. So what caused him to change gears, now officially a recovering finance guy? Eric talks about everything fitness, start-up, and finding your bliss.
By Parker Radcliffe, Senior Instructor at SoulCycle
Music is, and has always been, the way that I've made sense of things. I continue to be so grateful for the opportunity to have found SoulCycle shortly upon arriving to New York City. I instantly realized that this is the place where I would be able to create daily soundtracks, inspired by city life. No matter how hard I’ve tried to take other paths in life, music-related projects have always continued to present themselves.
It is clear Ben Silverman loves the game of golf, as his run at a spot on the PGA tour circuit includes playing golf every day, all day. Golf is as much mental as it is physical, and Ben works daily at mastering both ends of the spectrum. But what is life really like as a pro golfer? Ben tells us how he fell in love with the game, and what keeps him motivated and focused to reach his goals.
Let me begin by saying: I love you. We, women, love you. We’ve always loved you and we will always love you. But. Just because we love you does not mean we are blind to your shortcomings. We need to address a particular flaw: you are miserably clueless about when it is and is not appropriate to hit on a gal while she’s getting her sweat on.
Women have been flocking to “dance and rhythm based classes” for years, because these classes include all the attributes they’re looking for: emphasis on proper form, core strength, lean muscle mass, and they’re fun! You can’t ask for a more efficient and effective combination. So, men … what’s the hold up?
My idea of fitness is it should be fun! If it isn’t fun, chances are it isn’t going to last long in a daily routine. SurfYogaBeer is about nourishing a lifestyle that is both fitness and fun. Surf, despite its reputation, is very intense, yoga stands for nourishment and self-care for the body and mind, and beer is the little devil on the shoulder saying 'enjoy life a little'! These are the pillars — all for a little balance in life.
As a man who practices and teaches yoga, I am often dumbfounded by the limited number of guys in class. Yoga was originally designed for men, yet today the practice is made up of only about 25% of us. Here are some compelling reasons why the fellas need to get their butt on the mat.
I founded Bright Architecture on the premise that the heart of creating beautiful spaces is much more than recreating a magazine photo. What flows through the veins during the design of a home, an office, and especially a new gym that finally – yes, finally! – opened in your neighborhood is a series of design processes, construction sequences, and the constant consideration of how simple, day-to-day activities work in unison, intersect, and relate.
For me, turning 40 hit me slow but hard, when the slow physical decline in health, diminishing returns of investment in my workouts, and the age of optimal development passed me by — not to mention the psychological impact it has on a now middle-aged man just turned 48. By chance, I was walking out of yoga one day — and across the street I noticed Orangetheory, I was convinced within minutes that I found my tribe.
It’s pretty awesome to live in a world where the athleticism of a solid dance background is becoming more and more appreciated. Dancers are some of the fiercest athletes around. You clearly get to know how your body works and how other bodies work really well. My transition between dance and personal training is a natural, seamless one.