Things I am loving #1

My favorite post on the blogs of others is the occasional time they list of favorite things. I love finding new books, classes or a even just a cool sweater from someone’s recommendation. But I’ve been a taker and not a giver. So today that will change. I thought I’d share a few things I’m digging recently.


APL Sneakers

I was overdue for a pair of sneakers. I haven’t purchased a pair of non-running sneakers in, I don’t know, 5 years? And I am obsessed with these. I barely take them off. I wear them for non-running workouts and just, in general, all of the time.

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NYC fitness studios challenges happening NOW

It’s like fitness studios know I need a kick in the pants now that summer is over. A bunch of NYC hotspots are running fall-to-winter challenges to help you get in shape despite the falling temperatures. The added benefit of a challenge is the sense of community you get when you commit to something with other people. I’ve been jonesing for something to take my workouts up a notch and I think this might be just the thing. There are at least three going right now at hot NYC studios.

BONUS: Guess which one I’m trying? (Answer at the end of the post.)

Here’s the rundown.

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Trying IMAXShift with Athleisure Mag

Athleisure Mag invited me to try IMAXShift  a new spin studio in Dumbo. I was not paid to write this post, but I was invited to attend this event and class for free.

IMAXShift is a hip new spin studio in Dumbo. They have a unique take on the traditional 45-minute cycling class. The bikes are set up stadium-style, facing a giant, Imax screen.

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All the workouts (and a tune!): 10/10 – 10/16

Hi lovelies.  How was your week?

Does anyone else read Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits blog? It’s on my Feedly feed, but I don’t read it every week. But I happen to take a look recently, and a post really hit home for me. I’ve been feeling a bit stressed. (I wrote about it here.)  Leo wrote about his method for dealing with stress and I thought it was worth sharing.

In other news, I want to start sharing a song of the week with these weekly fitness rundowns. Interested? Great. Let’s start right now.

This week’s tune: “I’m glad I hitched my apple wagon to your star” by The Boy Least Likely To

It’s not new, but I re-found it and re-fell in love with it. It’s upbeat and has a unique yet catchy sound.

Now for our regularly scheduled recap:

Monday: I took a class called “Endurance” at Uplift Studios. It was a fabulously fun and challenging workout. Lot’s of jumping around and tons of strength work with weights. Also, great 90s music.

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My 3 favorite strappy sports bras

Strappy sports bras are everywhere these days. They pair well with those low-sidecut shirts that are so popular at SoulCycle and Fhitting Room classes. For the longest time I avoided them because I couldn’t imagine they were actually supportive or comfortable. But I now own three that I love and I am excited to share the wealth with you.

Keep in mind, I’m not a large-breasted woman. So my idea of support might vary from yours.

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All the workouts: 10/3-10/9

Oh hello! Last week was probably one of my most fierce weeks in a while. Not so much this week. But I had fun.

Monday: Physique 57in the am. It was the first day of Rosh Hashanah and I have a personal tradition of waking up early to work out before the long sit at temple.

Tuesday: Nothing.

Wednesday: I took a pretty meh Peloton class. The music was blah and I never really hit my stride.

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All the workouts: 9/26 – 10/2

Hi Ladies and Gents! I am still waiting on my new orthotics so I didn’t go running at all this week. But thanks to ClassPass, I kept busy on the workout front. I also have a Refine Method package and a Barry’s package, for those wondering.  I currently have the 10 class per month ClassPass membership.  I tend to go over 10 classes a month when I’m in town a lot of the month, even more so when I’m not running.

Here’s what went down:

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Dare to Bare: Taking off my top in Union Square

When I first received an email from the lovely folks at the Movemeant Foundation about the NYC Dare to Bare event, I was stoked that such a cool event was happening but bummed that I couldn’t make it. I was meant to run the Hamptons Half the same weekend. As I told ya last week, my sneakers were stolen (custom orthotics included) so I couldn’t even run the 5K. (It takes two weeks to make new ones!)

I  was still planning on going to Long Island for the weekend to cheer and hang out.  I decided on Wednesday not to travel at all and to stay in town and participate in this awesome event.

The Movemeant Foundation (they put on this event!) offers body-positive, self-confidence building tools, resources and experiences using fitness and physical movement as the gateway to feeling powerful in your own skin. They are driven by the fact that too many woman hate their bodies. They run feel-good programs in public schools to help young women grow up feeling proud, not ashamed of their bodies.

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they gave me a media pass as the writer of this blog. i did everything i could to not say the word MEDIA like Ali G:

“Dare to Bare” partnered with Sweaty Betty to give all participants a free (and very amazing) sports bra with the idea being you wear it – and no shirt to cover it – to a day of fitness classes in the ever public Union Square. (More on the bra: I’ve never had one that’s so cool and wild in the back yet supportive enough that I’d run in it before this one.)

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Real talk and last week’s meager workouts

It’s time for a bit of real talk. I’m all about fitness, healthy eating  and balance but let’s be real. I’m not perfect. Or remotely close.

I was a bit of a stress mess last week. A series of events collided, and I just got a bit overwhelmed, and when I am overwhelmed I plan. I take action. I’m the opposite of an avoider. I’m a crazed doer. And lucky for me, there is a big fat event coming up for me to plan: my wedding.

I’m not a super frilly lady. I don’t wear make up (mostly because I don’t know how) and the only time my hair gets blow dried is if I pay DryBar or RPZL to do it. I can’t name any flowers on sight other then roses and sunflowers. In middle school, I got a B- in a class called Mechanical Drawing because I could not draw a straight line with a ruler, so it is safe to say I’m not artistic or crafty.

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Martha’s Vineyard and my brief fitness hiatus

There is some real absentee blogger shit happening here. 

Sorry guys. I had a crazy week. But I wanted to pop in to give a little update.
First, I lost my sneakers and with them my custom orthotics. I took an early morning class at the new Barry’s Bootcamp location (27th and Park). The class is hard but the real barbaric stuff happens in the locker room. After class, I raced to the locker room to shower.  I kicked off my shoes and put them under the sinks to quickly get in line for the showers (because there is always a line, even if it’s a brand new studio with 6 showers).

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