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When I started The Sweat Life, one of my “rules” was (and IS) to omit terms like “skinny,” “lose inches,” “drop weight,” “bikini body,” as well as avoiding any quick fixes or fad diets. So it was no surprise that I was apprehensive to try a product called SLENDERTONE. However, I figured “Why not?” This is my job after all — to be your guinea pig for all things health, wellness, and fitness. Here are the three things that surprised me about SLENDERTONE, and the three things I assumed would be true.
Sweatt was born out of a love for fitness and a deep disappointment with dating apps. As a single guy, the explosion of new dating apps was fascinating and exciting. At first, that is. I did get to meet a lot of fun and interesting people, but as the quantity of people on dating apps increased, there was a clear decline in the quality of my matches. It became harder and harder to meet someone I could really connect with.
Will travel for spin.At Cyc, we’re social. We believe your workout shouldn’t take time away from your social life; it should be part of it. Our bike rooms hold 50+ riders, the lobbies are designed for riders to come early and stay late, and our Cycologists love to chat before and after rides. We facilitate social connectivity.
Today our cell phones are extensions of our arm — they are usually the first thing we look at in the morning and the last thing we see before we drift off. Around the holidays, it is incredible how we can now connect with loved ones who may not be at arm’s length, but the best part of our constant connection to the world wide web is how it can allow us to make plans IRL (in real life!). Here are my favorite ways to use my cell to tap in to fun activities that will lead to fun offline experiences.
Christmas comes at the same time every year. Oddly, the majority of society gets so stressed out around the holidays that they often forget to enjoy this time of year, and even worse, inadvertently stress the rest of us out more. What people do not realize, though, is that the majority of this stress and anxiety is not coming from the holidays themselves — those are just cheery. It is actually coming from your phone.
One of the hottest new apps spotted in NYC is Yaye, a new (free) app created by New Yorkers who thought that getting healthy had to be easier. Yaye (pronounced Yay) is only a few months old but already counts Tyra Banks, Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch, and celebrity trainers among its fans. Here, co-founder Paul Yau tells us more.
We definitely don’t have to tell you to get yourself to that workout class or outside for a run, but we may have to tell you that spending hours working out and stressing your body day-in-and-day-out will stall your progress. Rest and recovery are essential components to any strength and conditioning program, and most coaches and trainers will argue it’s just as or more important than the exertion itself.
The basics of golf were originally to hit a stone with a stick around a park. Do this in the fewest amount of hits and you win. That’s it. Or, rather, it would be had the sport not exploded into how we know it today. And the only way to improve these factors – outside of intense training – is through technology. Here are some of the best, newest, and our personal favorites.
Looking down at the torn and frayed remains of my headphone wire, I knew it was time for a change — I needed to lose the wires altogether. With my attention now focused squarely on the merits (and slight price increases) of Bluetooth headphones, I’ve found 5 headsets that are perfect for an active lifestyle.
For the first time, I’ve been taking yoga classes digitally via my iPhone. While none of these classes will replace live class instruction, they’ve definitely been a fantastic alternative. Here, I’ve outlined my favorites.
You see them at gyms, during races, on cyclists, and anywhere else people are pushing through a cardio workout. It’s the distinct line of non-sweat that rings their mid back, an indication that they’re using a heart rate monitor. But heart rate monitors have upgraded past chest straps in recent years — so which one is right for you?
So let me get this straight — you started a flower company!? I get this question often. After leaving Quidsi (the company that launched Diapers, Soap, and Wag.com) and two years removed from Harvard Business School, the decision to enter into the business of bouquets took some of my friends and classmates by surprise.
I first moved to New York nearly eleven years ago. I took a job with a non-profit called Transportation Alternatives. I was going to be promoting bike riding in New York City. My mother was petrified. My first week on the job I biked 75 miles in one day. I was exhausted physically and mentally. And I was hooked. In 2013, NYC launched Citi Bike, the largest bike share program in the country.
Apple’s next great device has been ushered into the world. The Apple Watch, officially released last week, is Cupertino’s answer to fitness bands, basic communication devices, and — to a lesser degree — time telling. It has the tech world abuzz with its potential. And as with most of the output from Apple, we are intrigued.
When you climb the walls at an indoor facility like Brooklyn Boulders — our featured fitness space this week — much of what you need to climb, like harnesses and climbing shoes, is provided on-site. But what if you take to the great outdoors? Or if you want your own gear? We asked BK Boulders Marketing Manager and climbing enthusiast Cyrena Lee for her picks on the top-notch gear you need in order to get climbing.
I’m often asked why I run a technology-enabled massage company. Here’s how Zeel Massage On Demand came to be.
I’ve always been interested in wellness and health. I’m an athlete, of sorts – an amateur basketball player, as well as a runner and weightlifter. I found as I got older that I wasn’t bouncing back as quickly as I liked from aches and pains. I turned to alternative health and wellness: acupuncture, yoga, massage —and then decided my next startup would focus on wellness and healing, specifically massage.
Our smartphones have made our lives easier in so many ways. Not only are we able to find our way at the touch of a button, we can also get in touch with our loved ones from anywhere. But what about websites and apps we can visit from our smartphones that actually “do good” by giving money to charities? Could we make the world a little bit better by using our smartphones?
Full disclosure, Sweat Life founder Aly Teich and I are old college friends. We caught up a few months ago when I was on business in NYC — I was able to share about the Pear Sports fitness training app for your phone, and Aly told me all about The Sweat Life. Proud to say we’re both spending less time these days in the sweaty bars of Madison, WI (shout out to the Kollege Klub!) and more time in sweaty gyms around the country!
Someone, somewhere is patting himself or herself on the back. They came up with an acronym about a disorder that spells out the main symptom of that disorder. If we were handing out gold stars for cleverness, you’d get one. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D., is a very real condition. And since we’re in the prime of the winter blues, we thought we’d look at some technologies that can help counteract the symptoms of S.A.D., and make you feel … well … less so.
Now that the calendar has officially switched to January, we are looking forward to everything that is coming up in fitness tech in 2015. This year will undoubtedly be the year of fitness trackers — just as the iPhone ushered in smartphones to the masses, the Apple Watch will make wearable health and wellness monitors the norm. But what we’re most excited about are the possibilities with virtual reality, a dark horse that will advance fitness exponentially.
Between the holiday parties, the gift shopping, the crowds, the decorating, and the general cheer of the holiday season, it’s hard to get anything done in December. Balancing all that with work, fitness, and sleep becomes an absolute exercise in patience and hustle. However, there are a bunch of websites and services that’ll do some of the dirty work for you. Here are some of our favorites.
Deep in the back of my iPhone, there exists this land of apps that Adam forgot. A realm of crumbling utilities and half-completed games that have taken root so deep inside my digital domain that I’ve forgotten they’re there. They sit and wait, silently consuming space on my hard drive, chewing away at precious resources, while I complain to others that I need a larger phone.
The winds coming off the Hudson used to fly past my apartment on West 71st Street. I’d often thought about sticking a small wind turbine out my window in the hope of harnessing some of that power, and defraying some of the cost of running my A/C all summer long. Alas, my lack of knowledge and my laziness prevented me from taking some cash out of ConEd’s pocket. Now that I’m older, a bit less lazy, and in no way smarter, I’ve decided to look into alternatives to provide my apartment with energy.
My lights turn on before I open my front door. They aren’t on a timer, no one is controlling them, and I don’t have trolls living under my stairs who love playing with light switches. No, my lighting “system” knows when I’m nearby based on a geofencing protocol I’ve set up. I can also adjust the temperature of my apartment from 9,500 miles away in Singapore, if I see a cooling trend in the weather over the Northeast.
Group fitness is having its moment. The industry is on fire – the biggest names in boutique fitness are all expanding, and new studios and concepts are cropping up left and right. Apple, Google, and Microsoft are all wagering huge bets in fitness technology; major fashion labels are launching active-wear lines; and Hollywood is creating programming to turn instructors into celebrities. Everyone wants a piece. And for good reason: the power of group fitness is extraordinary.
To imagine a world where technology doesn’t exist is mind-numbing. Such a world would be similar to The Walking Dead mixed with the Amish. And due to my fear of zombies and hand-churning butter, I don’t want to face such a situation.
It’s hard to walk two blocks in New York City and not see someone wearing a fitness band. Millions of steps are being counted everyday, and the number grows exponentially as consumers begin to realize the value of monitoring fitness. But if you’re new to the wearables game, where do you start? Which band is right for you? We’ve taken a look at three of the most popular to help get you started.
There was a time when we ran without knowledge. We picked a distance and we ran to that point. When we grew tired, we’d stop. We’d guess at the time, at the calories burned, and would judge the jog based on the pain in our legs. This is no longer the case.
There’s a chance your gym has a rowing machine — an ergometer — and there’s a better chance that most gym-goers who use the “erg” have no idea what they’re doing. With the rise of rowing-based workouts across the country (case in point: CityRow), and innovations to the ergs themselves, these machines are becoming easier to use. In order to give you a leg up, we wanted to give you a brief overview of how to use the erg properly, so next time you’re at a rowing studio, you’ll be the envy of your fellow classmates.