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Weekend Fitness Round-Up : July 18-19

Spin, Skate and Dance Around NYC This Weekend!

Saturday, July 18th

What: Project ALS Charity Spin Event
Where: Sportime in Amagansett, East Hampton, NY
When: 4-7pm
Why: It’s Fitness For A Cause! Workup a sweat on a two-hour outdoor spin class on the RealRyder bikes with beats from a live DJ while raising money for Project ALS. And there’s a BBQ at the end!
More info:

What: Equinox Dance Marathon
Where: 44th Street and Lexington location
When: 10:30am-4pm
Why: It’s Fitness For A Cause! Four and a half hours of back-to-back classes like Masala Bhangra and Rockette Kickline, followed by food, drink and a special performance by some of the teachers. Proceeds will benefit Dancers Responding to AIDS.
More info: Minimum suggested donation for members is $20/class or $60/day, and $25/class or $75/day for non-members. Register at the 44th Street Location or call 212.953.9492

What: Central Park Roller Disco
Where: Enter the park at 72nd street and walking along the 72nd street transverse toward the center of the park. Follow your ears – listen for the dance music.
When: 2:30-6:30pm (weather permitting) Saturday AND Sunday
Why: The Central Park Dance Skaters Association presents roller skating at the skate circle with hypnotic beats from DJ Bennie DiConstanzo & DJ Albert Crespo (Saturday) and DJ Rob Scott (Sunday).
More info: The event is free. If you have questions or want to become a CPDSA member contact or visit their blog.

What: Stilettos and Self Defense Class
Where: Lululemon in East Hampton
When: 9-10:30am
Why: Kick off your Saturday in the Hamptons by learning how to kick a$$! In this free class you’ll learn how to master the ABC’s of self defense, tap into your inner power, make weapons out of everyday items and save your life with basic techniques – hopefully you’ll never need to use your new skill set!
More info: The class is free, RSVP to

Sunday, July 19th

What: Summer Salutations Workshop
Where: Lululemon Union Square
When: 9:30am
Why: Join Chrissy Carter – Senior Teacher at YogaWorks – for an exploration into Sun Salutations. This workshop with dissect each posture to help you better understand proper alignment and create an easier flow – with a healthy breakfast to follow!
More info: RSVP:


Weekend Fitness Round-Up : July 10-12

Bike and Run Your Way Around NYC This Weekend!

Friday, July 10th

What: Free Bike Fridays
Where: Governor’s Island
Why: From my brief excursion to pick up lunch I know that the sun is shining and a cool breeze is in the air! There’s no better weather than that for a leisurely NYC bike ride!
More info: click here

What: CrossFit Games 2009
Where: California (sorry!)
Why: An entire weekend of events like a 7.1km run on a steep hill, deadlifts, rowing, sandbag runs and more! I get exhausted just reading about it. Keep up to date with the competition to find the fittest athlete at

Saturday, July 11th

What: UrbanSchleppers Bike Hunt
Where: Around NYC, Meet at 26th Street and West Side Highway in the park in front of pier 66
When: Arrive at 10:30am to register and receive clues and map. Hunt starts at 11am
Why: Fitness for a cause! Grab a partner and hunt through NYC on bike while raising money ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)! Complete as many clues as you can during the 3 hour cut-off for points and the team that reaches the finish line with the most points gathered wins!  Race ends at a pub so riders can celebrate and swap stories
More info: $20 for solo rider (get matched up) or $35 for 2 person team (deadline 7/10 online registration) or $40 (day of). Click here for more information

Sunday, May 17th

What: Yoga for Athletes with Emilie Smith
Where: Lululemon 1127 3rd Ave. at 66th St.
When: 6:30-7:30pm
Why: Explore how yoga can add to a successful training program. This workshop is designed to explore poses and techniques to help athletes and fitness enthusiasts increase their range of motion and flexibility, particularly in the hip, hamstring and shoulder area. Additionally, a focus on breathing and balancing is designed to improve concentration and mental endurance.
More info: RSVP:

What: ING New York City Marathon Long Training Run #1
Where: Central Park
When: 7am
Why: Gearing up to run a fall marathon? Practice a  long run (6-20 miles) in this “non-competitive run, featuring built-in fuel, pace-setters, and training partners” with the NYRR.
More info: click here

Weekend Fitness Round-Up : June 5-7

Weekend Warriors Unite for these Fun Fitness events in NYC!

Friday, June 5th

What: Bikram Yoga Nite Sweats – a 90 minute Bikram Yoga class taught with candlelight and music

Where: Bikram Yoga Lower East Side When: 10pm, doors open at 9:30pm

Why: This is a community class (suggested donation of $10) with all proceeds going to The Lower East Side Girls Club. The Girls Club provides after school programming to economically disadvantaged girls who live on the Lower Eastside of Manhattan.

More info: click here

What: Yoga For Health: International Yoga Therapy Conference

Where: Pure Yoga in New York City

When: June 5-7

Why: This is the first time that NYC sees the arrival of a conference entirely dedicated to Yoga Therapy. IYTC is a forum that explores the specific and profound ways in which yoga can aid in maintaining good health or recovery from illness.

More info: click here

Saturday, June 6th

What: Outdoor Workouts with Physical Equilibrium

Where: Lululemon, East 66th Street location (on Third Avenue)

When: 10-11am

Why: Physical Equilibrium invites local New Yorkers to embrace the beautiful scenery that the city has to offer. With outdoor workouts, all muscle groups are utilized and exercisers will use “natural equipment” as part of this fitness program. Benches, steps, hills and open grass spaces are at the center of all outdoor workouts which are designed to increase muscle tone, build stamina and endurance, gain agility and increase fat loss. This class is an excellent compliment to the endurance athlete’s training program. Healthy snacks provided after!

More info: RSVP:

What: Yoga for Athletes with Emilie Smith

Where: Reebox Sports Club, NY When: 3:30-5:pm

Why: Explore how yoga can add to a successful training program. This workshop is designed to explore poses and techniques to help athletes and fitness enthusiasts increase their range of motion and flexibility, particularly in the hip, hamstring and shoulder area. Additionally, a focus on breathing and balancing is designed to improve concentration and mental endurance.

More info: Members $20, Non-members $35. Please contact Anne-Sophie Rodriguez, Group Exercise Coordinator at 212-501-1419 for more information and to register.

Sunday, May 17th

What: Buddha Belly 2 Beach Babe

Where: Lululemon Union Square When: 9:30-10:30am

Why: Join us for a belly blastin’ and booty booston’ booty-camp class that combines yoga and Pilates. Target that core and butt – get that Buddha Belly so that it’s ready for the beach! A light breakfast will follow.

More info: Please RSVP to

What: NYRR New York Mini 10K (women only)

Where: Central Park

When: Check-in/registration will be from 7:30-8:30am

Why: The original women-only road race, the “Mini” continues the tradition of celebrating all that is good about women’s running. A professional field of the world’s fleetest female distance runners will lead thousands of women on a 10K course through Central Park.

More info: click here

Weekend Fitness Round-Up : May 15-17

No matter what you prefer, spin, walk or run for charity this weekend in NYC!

Friday, May 15th

Saturday, May 16th
What: Ride the Zone Soho location opening
Where: 441 Broadway
When: 9am-1pm
Why: Remember my post about how to “Take your Spin Class to the Next Level?” Well now you can do it in Soho! For their grand opening, Ride the Zone is offering free classes plus gift bags and healthy treats! Plus they are hosting a Cyko Challenge where participants will ride during all four classes (that’s four hours of cycling) to win a pack of fifty rides! I’ll be there taking the 11am class!
More info: Sadly all of the free classes are already full, but stop by to check it out, click here

What: Extreme Dance Party Parade
Where: Starts at Broadway and 28th  and continues along St. Marks.
When: 1pm
Why: An impromptu dance-fest kicks off in the middle of New York’s city streets. The third annual Dance Parade will feature a slew of different styles. Look for ballet, samba, hip-hop, and more. Dance along and burn some calories!
More info: click here

What: Walk to Defeat ALS, 3.1 miles
Where: Hudson River Park
When: Check-in starts at 9:30am, Walk at 11am
Why: Fitness for a cause!! The walk program funds important services and programs for people with ALS and their families, as well as leading, cutting-edge research.
More info: click here

What: Inversion Adventure: Learning to Fly
Where: lululemon athletica, East 66th Street location
When: 8:30-9:45am
Why: Learn to fly with Kay Kay Clivio and Loren Bassett. Lululemon says you can experience the thrill of flying in arm balances that are both fun and challenging. Using a strong Vinyasa flow as a warm up, they’ll play with the alignment and art of arm balancing! This class is open to all levels
More info: RSVP at

Sunday, May 17th
What: SPIN ‘N BARE, A benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Where: Club H Fitness, Hell’s Kitchen location
When: Classes from 10am-2pm
Why: Fitness for a cause!! ALSO very exciting news! I’m signed up to take the 11am class with John Nobile. He’s the incredible spin instructor I mentioned here and I can’t wait to finally take another class of his!
More info: Each class is $25 per class and limited to 75 participates. Click here to register and learn more!

What: AIDS Walk New York
Where: Central Park, enter the park at East 59th Street and Fifth Avenue
When: Sign-in starts at 8:30am, opening ceremony at 9:15am, walk at 10am
Why: Fitness for a cause!! Since 1986, AIDS Walk New York has raised more than $100 million for HIV programs and services in the tri-state area, and has grown into the largest AIDS fund-raising event in the entire world.
More info: click here

What: Yoga for Athletes
Where: lululemon athletica, Union Square location
When: TBD
Why: Yoga is for everyone!
More info: The website says details are TBD. Try calling the store at 212.675.5286.

Weekend Fitness Round-Up : April 24-26

Enjoy the warm weather and some spice to your weekend fitness routine with these fun events going on around NYC!

Friday, April 24th

Saturday, April 25th

What: Run for the Wild

Where: Bronx Zoo

When: Race starts a 9am

Why: For starters, I’ll be there, but it’s also a great way to get fit for a cause! The Wildlife Conservation Society’s is hosting its first Wild5K run/walk to help save the gorillas. There will be post-race festivities and Earth Expo showcasing eco-friendly products and information. Plus, Run for the Wild entry fees include complimentary Bronx Zoo entry and a free Congo Gorilla Forest ticket.

More info: click here

What: Extreme Stiletto (Defense) Workshop

Where: World Martial Arts Center (14th and 6th)

When: 10:30am-12pm

Why: As a follow up to the popular Stilettos and Self Defense workshop, this class promises to cover more in-depth techniques like how to get out of grabs and off the floor. It also includes a bonus segment of learning how to design a “complete 20 minute workout that you can take with you on the road or use without having to leave your home. No equipment, no gimmicks, no bull.”

More info: For women only! $40, RSVP at and for more information, click here

What: Fierce Yoga

Where: The Fierce Club, 269 Elizabeth Street just south of Houston

When: Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga classes schedule to every hour, on the hour, between 10am-6 pm

Why: A day of complimentary yoga, massage, music and more!

More info: No reservations necessary, check out event details here

Sunday, April 26th

What: Earth Day at Central Park

Where: Central Park, at the Bandshell

When: 12-4pm

Why: It will be beautiful outside and you’ll more than likely all ready be at Central Park! The activities are designed for you to learn about the Park’s Conservancy environmental initiatives through live performances, projects, demonstrations and crafts.

More info: click here

What: MORE / FITNESS Marathon and half marathon

Where: Central Park, the marathon will start on East Drive near 92nd Street, the half-marathon will start on East Drive near 71st Street

When:  Marathon starts 7:40am, Half-marathon starts 8am

Why: Update on the NYRR website says: “Due to popular demand, the 6th annual More® Magazine | Fitness® Magazine Marathon + Half-Marathon has reached capacity and is now closed” so if you haven’t already registered, sorry, looks like you’ll be on the sidelines soaking up the sun and cheering!

More info: For more information click here

What: Mimosas and Massages for MORE Marathoners

Where: lululemon athletica, East 66th Street location

When: 11am-4pm

Why: Lululemon Athletica is celebrating all of the marathoners and half-marathoners with “lulu-style” mimosas and massages. They say that whether you ran the race or cheered on a friend, come by the store for a drink and a dose of relaxation. Store front neighbors, Molton Brown will be in the store offering complimentary mini-spa treatments from their new Body Therapies collection.

More info: For more information visit the lululemon athletica website

*Update: Sadly, due to the extremely intense workout I did on Wednesday night, (which has left me sore and unable to straighten my arms even two days later!), it looks like I will be unable to attend the Run for the Wild 5k which I’ve already registered for. But it looks like fun and would still recommend anyone in the NYC area to go!

An Earth Day Workout

Attention New Yorkers, if you’ve looked at the forecast for this weekend, we’re finally going to see temperatures in the 80’s and this means I’m breaking out of the gym and heading outside! (I can’t help it, getting a workout while getting a tan … it’s in my Floridian blood to be drawn to the sun!)

But since today is Earth Day, why don’t you jump the gun and celebrate by taking your workout outside today! From a jog around Central Park, or jump roping in your apartment complex’s courtyard, take a moment to welcome the warmer weather and appreciate the outdoors – which can sometimes feel like a scare resource in the concrete jungle.

Incorporate your day’s strength training outside as well. Break up your cardio with one minute intervals of push ups, calf raises, walking lunges, sit-ups and squats (one exercise per interval – complete as many repetitions as you can for a full minute).

Now you’re not only appreciating the outdoors, but you’re saving power and electricity as well by using your own body weight and energy to fuel your workouts. No better way to celebrate Earth Day than with an environmentally-friendly workout!

Here are some other great links with Earth Day workout suggestions:
Strength training in the park from Fit Sugar
Bike to work, play at the park and other ways to celebrate from That’s Fit
The Central Park circuit from NY Running Fitness Examiner

Weekend Fitness Round-Up : April 17-19
April 17, 2009, 11:52 AM
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Lots of opportunities to get fit for a cause this weekend in NYC!

Friday, April 17th

What: Midnight Yoga

Where: Laughing Lotus Yoga Center

When: 10pm-midnight

Why: Yoga you way into Saturday with a yoga class and “special guest” as the website says. The April 17th class is taught by Alison O’Connor and will feature Matt Irvin on guitar and trumpet.

More info: click here

Saturday, April 18th

What: Concern for Hunger fun run/walk

Where: Central Park, 103 street and East Drive

When:  9:30am

Why: Get fit while joining the fight against hunger. Each year, Concern Worldwide US kicks off spring with the 4 mile Fun Run/Walk in Central Park to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly one billion men, women and children who literally go to bed hungry every night.

More info: click here

What: Part 1 of the Two Part Pilates Series with Equinox

Where: lululemon athletica East 66th (1127 Third Avenue)

When:  8:45-9:45am

Why: Because Pilates makes the body look and feel good. They claim that the class is “a fusion of Pilates and circle work that will challenge every part of your body and leave you feeling strong and aligned.”

More info: RSVP at For more information visit the lululemon athletica website.

Sunday, April 5

What: Seventh Annual Run as One, Present by JPMorgan Chase

Where: Central Park, start is at East Drive near 68th street

When:  4mile race begins at 9am, 1.3mile health walk at 9:20am

Why: Join the fight against lung cancer with this 4-mile race or walking 1.3 miles to honor former Chase Manhattan Bank chairman and nonsmoker Tom Labrecque.

More info: click here

What: Bootcamp

Where: lululemon athletica, Union Square location

When:  9:30-10:30am

Why: Every Sunday in April Lululemon is offering you a high intensity workout to spring into the new season. All events are complimentary, just bring comfy workout clothes and tennis shoes. This Sunday’s workout is provided by Bootcamp Republic (instructed by Tanya Chaly) and will provide a high intensity workout that combines cardiovascular conditioning and strengthening exercises.

More info: For more information visit the lululemon athletica website or Bootcamp Republic’s site at