Maintain your motivation for working out with these simple ideas.
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Fitness is the latest social trend and fitness fashion is the latest in meet and greet clothing. It seems like only yesterday the tradition of going to bars and eating in restaurants a la "Sex and the City" influenced droves of young women in New York City to brandish their Manolos and spend all their free time laughing over cosmos with friends at the trendiest restaurants. But that seems like a hazy booze-filled distant past. Innovations in health and wellness have influenced young women to trade in their luxury heels for a pair of brightly colored Under Armour sneakers and Lululemon leggings, then meet their favorite gal pals for a Brooklyn Body Burn class followed by a raw pressed juice.
Brooklyn Body Burn uses the Lagree Fitness™ method that uses muscle-toning principles of Pilates and adds elements of cardio. They use a M3S MegaFormer™ which encourages you to use maximum exertion with minimal stress on joints and your spine.
Other innovations in fitness and gyms which have contributed to fitness' rise in popularity is David Barton's new gym TMPL. Trendy New Yorkers, who loved to stand in line at the latest club and gyrate their hips to pumping music with strobe lights and smoke machines, now gravitate to this 40,000- square foot mecca of fitness, technology and innovative training and classes.
When I arrived at TMPL, a woman said to me, "Welcome to the happiest place on earth". Then she led me past a plush velvet lounge to the lockers, but I felt like a VIP being escorted to my table with bottle service. I took their Holy Water class, exclusively at TMPL. It's a class where you do the entire workout on a floating exercise mat in a salt water pool. It engages your core on a deep level because you need to keep your balance on the board or you get baptized in the water. The pool room has pink and blue lights meant for a dance club and there's even a live DJ mixing music.
Working out at TMPL was just as much fun as going to a night club. I felt like staying there all night after work and chatted and talked with trainers and other "worshippers". It was the new "in" place to be.
Social gatherings have been transformed, and the clothes and shoes one socializes in has been too. At a recent visit to boutique spinning studio, Byklyn (pronounced bike-lyn), I spoke with NY model Ruthie Hanan, who said, "I use Class Pass and love to check out new classes and different fitness studios with my sister and friends. That's how I found Byklyn".
Byklyn is just one of many boutique fitness studios that are popping up all over the city and becoming the "in" social place to gather. Owner Amy Glosser said, "Even though we are just steps away from the Barclay's Center, this studio has a small community vibe. I am from a small town and I try and create that atmosphere here. People meet here and get to know one another, chat and become friends. It's really great."
If you want to hang out with your friends hit the gym and be like other trendy New Yorkers; if you want to see hot guys and gals, don't go to traditional places like a bar or night club, go to the gym. Experience people in workout clothes instead of dress clothes.
And if you want more stylish and healthy living stories, go to my new blog called "Fitness is the New Black" because being fit and healthy never goes out of style. Check it out at www.Fitnessisthenewblack.com.
Photography & Article by Becky Yee
Models Dakota Moore & Ashley Adelberg, Q Models
Photography by Becky Yee
Stylist Jamez Eli
Make-up Julissa Lopez
Hair Jamez Eli
Production Coordinator Ty Austin
Production & Retouching by Around Digital Media
Special Thanks to Belleon Gym, Just Chill Drinks, Beeganbites, Exotic Bars
Ashley (model on the right) wears Overnight Pants from Jamez Eli, bag from NYC Subway Line, Accessories/Faux Fur from Jamez Eli.
ASHLEY WEARS TABBY ROMPER FROM JAMEZ ELI, CHOKER/BELT/BAG FROM JAMEZ ELI, SHOES ALDO
Pink Boxing Gloves Courtesy of Belleon Body Gym NYC
Rings courtesy of Belleon Body Gym NYC
My friend Attica posted on her facebook page, "Who wants to do the Tough Mudder with me?" I had no idea what the Tough Mudder was but I did see another friend post something on her wall where she said " I am one Tough Mudder" So i replied back immediately "I'm in".
I had no idea what the Tough Mudder was. I didn't even google it, or do any research. I just wanted to hang out with my friend who I had met in Tokyo when we were both living there. Years have gone by and its hard keeping in touch with everyone so I thought, why not.
So I rode my bike from Chinatown to the arc in Prospect Park. I have to admit, I hated running. I hated doing cardio. I am the grip it and rip it type of person. I like weight training, I love doing pull-ups but I would make a stink face when I looked at all the cardio bunnies in the gym. But there I was getting ready to start my Tough Mudder training with a run!
Attica the one who roped us all in to do the Tough Mudder said, "I want to hang out with my friends and see everyone but every time we get together we are either going for a drink or grabbing dinner. I wanted an excuse to see my friends where we weren't drinking or eating, so I thought why don't we do this."
So there we were at 10am on a warm Sunday morning in August. We started our training with a 2 mile run. We all probably ran the slowest 2 miles ever. Not sure but a 18-20 min mile. None of use could even run continuously and we had to stop several times along the way. But it was a start.
To my surprise I felt great. I wound up looking forward to our weekly Sunday morning run with friends. Instead of going drinking on a Saturday night or drinking a bottle of wine over dinner, I found myself drinking plenty of liquids getting to bed early and waking up sprinting on my bike over to prospect park. I felt great after the runs and the rest of my week went so smoothly too. I had tons of energy and just felt alive.
At the end of October I was in Chicago speaking at the DIY Musicians Conference teaching musicians how to take better photos. It was my 2nd night of deep dish pizza and I felt horrible. The women sitting across from me said she is going for a run the following morning. She was training for a half marathon and I asked if I could join her.
We ran along the waterfront in Chicago and it was beautiful. I got to know this singer songwriter from north east better, we stopped and took touristy photos along the way and to my utter disbelieve we ran 8-9 miles with no problem. We had only been training once a week and in less than 3 months I was able to enjoy a long run? What? Have i just become a runner? OMG I couldn't believe that I actually enjoy running!
I am externally grateful to my friend Attica for introducing me to the Tough Mudders. I have since ran 2 and will probably run a few more and I may even do a Spartan Beast? I also I decided to run my first marathon on the great wall of china! More on this later but please subscribe to my newsletters and post any comments or feedback. I would love to hear from you! Namaste.
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