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Tale of the hot spin instructor and his loyal minions

What: Tight, short, black workout shorts that emphasize my muscular legs

Function: To grab the attention of the hot spin instructor at 6:30 in the morning

Form: Suffered immensely in position 2 and 3 due to constant readjustments to avoid creeping hemlines

Mission: Failed, with chaffed thighs

I walked into the new spin class on the first week wearing my usual attire, capris and an old college shirt – heck I rolled out of bed about 20 minutes before it started and I may still have had pillow marks on my face.

Then I saw him in his toned, muscular, already sweaty from his pre-class workout glory.

For teaching at 6:30am on Mondays he had quite a large group (mainly women of course). He led a hard workout and I sweat a lot, but to my dismay I wasn’t overly thrilled with his class or teaching method – he allowed no recovery and constantly instructed to increase the resistance to the point where I was lucky if I could push 10rpm. But that didn’t matter. Oh, I should have known better.

The second week is when I showed up in my boy shorts, and I’ll admit, my legs looked good! Too bad I was constantly pulling the shorts down when in the standing positions to prevent them from riding up entirely. Lesson learned.

The third week I reverted to my capris but decided to ditch my normal T-Shirt for a sexier scoop neck long tank that just-so-happened to show a little décolletage. Again, bad idea, I felt uncomfortable and over-exposed when we moved into position 3. Sadly on week four I slept in and missed spinning. Considering I wasn’t even a fan of the actual class I was a lot angrier than I should have been. And then my gifted month to Equniox (thanks to an innocent Tweet) was over as was my romance-from-afar with my spin instructor.

You don’t even need to live here to know that New York City’s dating scene can be rough (thank you Sex and the City), and I can see the appeal of meeting someone at the gym, at least you know you have at least one (healthy) common interest, but there are boundaries… right? (No meeting someone at a bar doesn’t mean you should endorse the fact that you both share a pastime of drinking!) Now I’m not saying I’d necessarily go there, but in a Jan. 2009 Time Out New York survey of personal trainers around the big apple, 16 percent admitted they’ve had sex with a client, 37 percent said no and 47 percent said “no comment.” Hmmmm no comment about sex? Sounds like someone didn’t want to fess up… but I won’t entirely jump the gun by drawing my own conclusion!

While I’ve never crossed a line with my trainers, nor have I crossed any lines with my clients when I worked as a trainer, I can see where one can fall down a slippery slope. So trainers, clients here’s your chance to come clean!


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:

Embarrassed At The Gym

I’m almost two weeks into my burpee challenge and while I’m not in the lead, I’m proud to say that I’m the most improved and already increased my rpm! But my biggest challenge in participating – overcoming my fear of performing.

What?! Yep, it’s not the thought of being completely and utterly winded in a minute flat, it’s my self-consciousness in performing the exercise. Next time you go to the gym, look around; you don’t really see people throwing themselves onto the ground, doing a push-up and jumping back up again very often; let alone a female breaking a sweat. Hence my dilemma. While I’m proud of my strength I find myself wandering around the gym for a reclusive area, out most gym-goers’ view to perform my burpees. Why? I’m embarrassed.

When I’m at a CrossFit box (CrossFit lingo alert “box” is what you typically call their place of operation/studio) I have no problem dropping chest to deck and whipping out a minute of burpees. No stares, no questions. Rather when I get winded I’ll hear cheers of encouragement to push harder, better, faster stronger! But throw down burpees at a globo gym (CrossFit lingo, any chain/luxury gym) all you get is weird stares and maybe an off-hand comment or two.

And perform a burpee in my apartment?! Out of the question! Besides the limited space that comes in living in a New York apartment with three other girls, I’d prefer not to have their looks of bewilderment or complaints from the downstairs apartment about constant thudding.

This isn’t an isolated occurrence either. I find myself thanking the gym G*Ds that I didn’t join the Equinox in my building when I was looking for a new gym membership because now half of my office belongs. When I workout, I workout – I use weights and I do dead lifts, dips and attempted pull-ups. I get sweaty. And I don’t want my coworkers who use the dumbbells without breaking a sweat see me in such a vulnerable state. Geez, when I picked up a kettlebell at a globo gym, a trainer came over to me to tell me how impressed he was with the weight I was using and my form… thanks, but please let me workout in peace!

In a great article on Gubernatrix, the author said, “When going all-out in an intense circuit you know you are going to look a bit crazy. This is all very well if you are surrounded by people doing the same thing. But if you are the only one, it can feel very exposed.

This also applies to any women who regularly find that they are the only female in the gym. Guys will look, they can’t help it. But it can be hard to block this out and just get on with your workout. It’s not as if we are bouncing along at 5 miles an hour on the treadmill with not a hair out of place. We’re under the bar pushing bodyweight or more and it doesn’t always look pretty!”

Amen sister!

Back With My (Fitness) Ex

No no, I’m not back with an ex-boyfriend of mine, but rather my true fitness love, CrossFit. After a 6-month separation, not of mutual consent, I’m proud to say that CrossFit and I are giving it another go.

My relationship started about a year ago, Memorial Day 2008 to be exact, at CrossFit Hardcore in Boca Raton, Florida. After an intense workout, unlike anything I’ve ever tried before, I was hooked. I continued seeing him through the end of October, sometimes up  to 6 days/week. Then I moved to New York City. The relationship got a bit abusive at the end, I suffered a fractured wrist so that, coupled with the move and change in location/work, I thought it was time for a break. NOTE to new CrossFitters, the injury was my own fault – big ego mixed with poor form!

If you’re not familiar with CrossFit it’s hard to fully explain how incredible it truly is. One affiliate owner tried to tackle the concept of a CrossFit elevator pitch here. In it’s most simple form, CrossFit workouts are functional, varied and intense and scale to any ability level. They incorporate and combine kettlebell training (i.e. KB swings) with cardiovascular elements (i.e. rowing, running, jump roping), body weight/primal exercises (i.e. push ups, pull ups, squats), gymnastics moves (i.e. handstand push ups) and Olympic weightlifting (i.e. thrusters, clean and jerks) to produce a quick, varied workout that prepares your body to handle anything. Check out the main site at

But now, after a hiatus, I’m prepared to allow CrossFit back into my life. While back on Florida on vacation – sorry, for the lack of posts, I was enjoying the weather! – I stopped by my old affiliate for some workouts and realized how much I miss the feeling of utter exhaustion and pushing my body past all expectations. CrossFit has stolen my heart all over again. The addition of the late evening classes at CrossFit NYC’s Black Box location fits into my schedule and I’ll be hitting today’s WOD (workout of the day) of as many rounds of 5 thrusters/10 burpees as I can in 12 minutes.

What can I say, I think we’re meant for each other!

The Weekend I Rode My Ass Off!

If you picked up on my subliminal hints in Friday’s fitness weekend round-up post you would have noticed that I packed my weekend with spin events. Although thoroughly exhausting, I had an incredible weekend and burned some serious calories!

Saturday, May 16

rtz What: Ride The Zone‘s Soho location grand opening

This is the moving spin bike class I mentioned I took a few weeks back. I signed up for one of the free 30 minute classes being offered throughout the morning from 9am-1pm. Upon arrival, I was blown away! They had gone all out with snacks – fruit and veggie platters to the sky, Zico coconut water for hydration, bagels and muffins and more! Then there was the goody bags which had a free class voucher, t-shirt, water bottle and more Zico. Oh and did I mention the Cyko Challenge they had going on? Riders who registered and successfully completed the challenge of cycling all four hours straight (yes there were rules involved) would receive 50 free classes! There were a few empty bikes for people like myself who signed up for a class but wasn’t taking the challenge. Although I had only signed up for one class, there was a spot opened in the following class so I ended up joining the cyko challenge riders for their 3rd hour (11-12pm). Originally I wanted to take the challenge, but after only an hour I was done – taking a class on that bike is insane! I wore my heart rate monitor and I burned a whooping 650 calories in one hour. I also didn’t hydrate properly so I suffered from a dehydration headache later that evening but I’m semi in love with these classes! But what was most incredible about the event was the people taking the challenge and the cyko instructors. During my time with them they were cheering and pushing through while “motivators” were walking around the class helping replenish water and towels as well as making sure riders up’d the resistance when instructed to. The challenge riders were insane but again I experienced this group mentality that was so encouraging and so inspirational (the other time was with my first Bikram Yoga class). Besides the fact they were dripped in sweat and had quads that were screaming in pain (and still had an hour to go) they were happy and energized and it was contagious. It was almost like one of those religious epiphany‘s you hear about.

Sunday, May 17

rnbWhat: SPIN ‘N BARE, A benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

The Spin ‘N Bare event involved four individual hour long classes that participants could register for (with spin bikes set up in the hallway entrance of Hell’s Kitchen’s Club H Fitness) with each class taught by a different spin instructor. And after leaving Crunch gym in February I finally had the opportunity to take a class with my beloved spin instructor John Nobile. He even remembered me! I think he’s NYC’s best spin instructor and in my eyes, his class is worth any amount of charitable donation!  I wore my heart rate monitor again (this time I burned 500 calories in the hour) and John comes around throughout the class and checks your monitor. If you’re not in the right heart rate zone, he cranks up your resistance and makes you work harder. Charity riders also had a nice distraction. Two Broadway hunks were dancing around keeping us pumped and motivated! This event also had a nice supply of fruit and veggie refreshments and a personal guilty treat, sugar-free red bull! Club H trainers kept refreshing our water and towel supply during the ride and I’m pretty positive I overheard someone say they met their goal for the event! (Post John’s spin class everything blurs together as your try to recoup but I hope I heard right)!

All in all I had lots of free fruit, was inspired by a group of crazy “cyko-lers” and got fit for a cause. Talk about exhaustion! Plus, those were only my cardio sessions; I still went to the gym for weight training after the classes. Now I could really use a yoga class – I have the horrible tendency of scrunching up my shoulders when I ride and I’m still tense in that area now, ugh! Spinners out there, any advice?

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!