Yup, I’m behind on giving the low-down on all of my fitness adventures while I was in NYC. I hope you enjoyed reading about my Awesome 80′s Run and my great LA day on Monday. Today, I’ll make it worth your while and give you the details on 2 sweat dates I had in NYC with some Fitbloggin’ friends.
Sweat Date #1:
I met up with Brittany from My Own Balance for a class by Uplift Studios at Pier25. The free class was one in a series of fitness classes hosted by the women’s activewear company Lole and the one-stop fitness booking website FITiST throughout the summer. This class was on my list of classes that I compiled for my NYC workout options – because I definitely wanted to workout with instructors from a women’s only fitness studio who have the philosophy that “working out and having and active social life are two of the key components to creating happy and successful lives for women”!
3 Uplift instructors Michelle, Leanne and Kat certainly provided attendees with a strenuous workout. The class had 3 distinct sections of exercises - strength, cardio and abs. I needed to modify the jumping jacks and burpees during the cardio section (to preserve the integrity of my back) but it was still a great sweat experience! I’d love to visit Uplift Studios and try another class the next time I’m in NYC!
After class was over, I took a little time to take in the gorgeous sights of Pier 25 on the Hudson River with views of New Jersey and the under-construction Freedom Tower on a lovely summer night. I was on such a fitness high that I wound up taking myself on a date to dinner and then to the Chobani Soho store.
Sweat Date #2:
I’ve only taken Zumba once and didn’t love it but after meeting the vivacious Nellie at Fitbloggin’ (and remembering how much fun I had at the Dancinerate class with Ilyse Baker) I decided to give it a try. To say I was nervous was an understatement but the there was a ton of warmth from Nellie and her regular attendees that instead of worrying about my lack of rhythm, I just had fun!
This nice little Jewish girl loved the prayer circle that both Kimberly Anne and I were invited to join at the end of class. The love and respect that the attendees had for Nellie, each other and the 2 newbies was really heartwarming and made the experience extra special for me. I can’t thank Nellie enough for inviting me and for Kimberly Anne for delaying her 1 year wedding anniversary trip to see me while I was in town.
Fitness can unite people in many ways and through Fitbloggin’, I’ve come to see a fundamental attitude shift happening that makes me hopeful – people are pursuing fitness experiences not just to stay focused on burning calories, losing weight or to reach an ideal body type but to live healthier every day.
I know that my views are tainted by my own revelations (fitness used to be a punishment rather than enjoyable many years ago) but if this skeptic can see a little more positivity (a word?) in the world, so be it. Thank you Fitbloggin’ friends!
Are you a solo exerciser or do you have sweat dates? Personally, I like both.