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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

Gyms giving back
March 17, 2009, 3:32 PM
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It’s always nice to see a gym with a conscious! The Green Microgym, located in Portland, Oregon, boasts that it is “one of the first fitness/health club facilities in the world generating a significant portion of its own electricity.” And how does it do this? The appropriate question should be who? The Green Microgym has a burn and earn program where it rewards clients for working out and generating electricity for the facility.

Innovative? Definitely. And the concept is simple: Every hour spent on specific machines earns clients a dollar and once $10 is earned, they can cash it in for a gift certificate for products from the gym or food or wine from specific local eateries. And that’s not the only way this gym stays green. Check out their website to see a complete list of environmentally-friendly policies the gym has adopted.

For those a little more local (this is a blog called fitchicNYC), New York Sports Club has a great promotional event going on called the “Biggest User.” Get it?

Instead of focusing on helping the environment, this large franchise gym is helping individuals. Sadly not everyone is intrinsically motivated to get healthy and if it takes a little external rewards like gift cards, workout gear and vacations, to get people to go to the gym – so be it! To enter all you have to do is go to the gym, or use your personal training sessions (or buy them), and you are reentered each time you do this. So basically you’re being rewarded for living a healthy lifestyle. Nothing like a little healthy competition to get people motivated!

Budget workout: Stair climbing

Bouncing off my last post – this year fitness is going primal (use what’s around you) and budget-friendly – and here’s a perfect example: STAIRS.

Yeah you’ve heard it before, take the stairs instead of the elevator and park your car further away from the front door so you have to walk that extra bit. It all seems minuscule but it really does add up! And in their recent revisions of exercise recommendations, the American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association recommend these short bursts of exercise to help in maintaining/losing weight and staying physically fit.

But why stairs? Well first of all they are everywhere – do you live in a two story home, walk up apartment (or one that’s below the 10th floor)? Great, consider this a free workout. If you live in NYC there are not only events such as the annual Empire State Building run up, but I hear some of the subway station entrances can be pretty brutal climbs as well (such as the Lexington and 59th Street stop). If you live on the coast, climb the lighthouses, I’ve climbed two in Florida so far! Using natural stairs not only budget-friendly, but environmentally-friendly as well! But if the climate and/or terrain doesn’t allow, incorporate the stair climber at your local gym into your weekly cardio routine.

Incorporating stair climbing into your daily routine will help whip you into shape. As opposed to other types of cardio, stair climbing not only gets your heart rate up but it’s great for toning the quads. WORKOUT TIP: When I stair climb I work in intervals. I’ll alternate between one minute at a faster pace taking one stair at a time, and one minute at a slower pace, taking the stairs two at a time and adding a kickback with the opposite leg to target my glutes.

In a great article written by The New York Times, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise Cedric Bryant was quoted saying that “Stair climbing will give you a little more bang for your buck because of the vertical component,” and that it  “will be a bit more challenging and therefore allow you to burn more calories for that same amount of time” (as opposed to running or the elliptical).

Tips for the perfect climb:

  • Use proper posture – a comfortable upright position with minimal upper body involvement. Arm support should be used for stability and balance purposes only, not to  support your trunk. Basically, don’t slouch.
  • Place your entire foot on the stair with each step, unless you’re trying to tip-toe up. 
  • If you’re using stairs outside of the gym be smart and safe about your location. Don’t climb the stairs of an empty garage late at night.