Review: The Class by Taryn Toomey

“Feel free to lose your shit!” bellows the instructor over a throaty Decemberist song.

My classmates scream, grunt and shake in response.

“The Class” by Taryn Toomey is a sweaty body weight workout in Tribeca right next to the Four Seasons. The vibe is upscale hipster and the studio looks like someone at Goop designed it. But the beautiful people in the class move as if they’ve caught the Holy Spirit in a mega church.

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Review: Sports Massage at FitClub NY – a new physical therapy spot in Chelsea

Note: I received this massage for free in exchange for writing an honest review.

I first met the lovely folks of FitClub NY when they hosted a pop-up event at the flagship Lululemon on Fifth Avenue. Camped out in the lower level of the shop, in a space called Hub Seventeen, they offered sports massages and physical therapy assessments. At that event, I won a 60-minute sports massage at their studio, located at 153 W 27th Street.

Who turns down a free massage? Not me. So a few weeks later I showed up at their studio, conveniently located by the 28th Street 1 train stop. I made an appointment first, of course. You gotta make an appointment. Write that down.

FitClub NY reminds me of a start-upy version on my old favorite, Finish Line Physical Therapy. I switched health insurance plans. Under the new policy, PT sessions have increased in price by 300%.  So I’m exploring other, possibly more affordable, PT options and I was excited to check out FitClub.

fitclub ny

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Five days in Acadia National Park, Maine

I love planning trips. Gone are the days when I buy a guidebook in advance of booking a flight. Nowadays I scour the internet to read travel blogs and websites for hotel recommendations, must-do activities and inside tips. To that end, I’ve found others’ itineraries and recommendations so helpful so I wanted to share a great long weekend Matt and I spent in Maine last summer in an easy-to-copy format.

Who should go on this trip: Active east coasters who want to go to a national park without flying west
When to go: Maine gets cold and windy, so this depends on your personal constitution. We went in July and I thought that was perfect
Is it expensive?: It doesn’t have to be. JetBlue offers relatively low fare flights from JFK to Portland. You could stay in a luxury hotel/B&B right in Bar Harbor or find something smaller further afield.

Here’s a 5 day/4 night plan for enjoying Acadia National Park.

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3 must-do day hikes from Queenstown

Matt and I spent three nights in Queenstown, New Zealand during our honeymoon. We loved every second of this restaurant-packed, lakefront little city.

Queenstown is adventure capital of the world. You can famously bungy jump at the first commercial bungy site (Matt did!), mountain bike down steep trails, go white water rafting and find countless other thrills.

But mostly, we wanted to hike.

We spent hours googling trails but in retrospect, the good stuff was obvious.  I’m sure you could find other day hikes in the area, but in my humble opinion (and the opinion of all the Queenstown locals we polled) these three experiences are must-dos for those spending just a few days near Lake Wakatipu.

Queenstown Hill

Queenstown Hill

Matt at the “basket of dreams” on Queenstown Hill

This hike takes about two hours (roundtrip). It starts right outside of the center of Queenstown, and you can absolutely walk there. (I don’t think there is parking closer to the trail head anyway). The hike is steep, but short and the trail is packed dirt and well marked. You’re rewarded with incredible views of Lake Wakatipu below.

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Help! I’m spinning my wheels!

For the second time, I’m participating in Cycle for Survival. I wrote a pretty solid blog post last year (if I do say so myself). And now, I’m participating in the exact same event but I am going to write a whole new post because I think you deserve that, dear reader and potential donor.

If you know enough now that you’d like to stop reading and make a donation, please go ahead:

http://bit.ly/habercycle

As you may know, Cycle for Survival is an indoor cycling event that raises funds to help cure rare cancers. Hopefully cancer has never impacted you or your family, but for those that cancer has touched, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is an incredible resource, and often a literal lifesaver. 

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