Do you have an active lifestyle, or do you just workout?

Is being healthy a discrete part of your day, or the way you approach your day?

I’ve written before about how much I love the Torqboard at Flywheel. It gives any rider a sense of how effective her ride was in terms of caloric burn or general exertion. Spending 45 minutes in a dark room listening to EDM is a really specific way to get your heart going. Part of the reason I think people like spinning is that its contained. You spin for 45 minutes, sweat yourself into a red-faced mess and then you can cross “workout” off your to-do list. I have no hard feelings about this. This is me most days.

But a spin class is a mere 45 minutes so to paraphrase Sonny from Grease “What are you suppose to do with the rest of the 23 hours and 15 minutes of the day?

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Do fitness instructors have the right to ask people about their health?

 This is a bit heavier of a post than usual, but I’ve been thinking about it for a while and I’d love to check my own feelings with yours. So more than usual (which is always alot), I’d love to hear what you think.

I left Equinox in July, but I still pass through the Time Warner Building location because my physical therapist is housed there. Walking by the treadmills on the way to an appointment I found my self staring at a gaunt woman on the treadmill. Her legs were so thin they barely changed size when they reached her thigh. I watched briefly as she chugged away. It looked stressful. I was confronted with a feeling I’ve had before at Equinox: Is that person well? 

Now first, I know this is none of my business. At all. I will say that upfront. But I’ve it happens so frequently at Equinox (and I’m sure other gyms) I’ve wondered if there is any protocol in place for gym employees to confront people who seem dangerously underweight.

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A little update and some great fitness deals

Long time no post! I was traveling for work last week and got lost in the sea of jet lag. Despite all my noble thoughts on fitness while traveling, I’ve been getting rundown and sick on work trips and I end up just trying to recover, and not breaking a sweat at all (unless you count the cold sweat from food poisoning last week, but that’s enough on that).

Since I’ve been back, I made a visit to my old love, yoga. Before there was barre and spinning there was yoga, which now seems old-timey and simple. I took a visit back to Laughing Lotus this week and it was pretty amazing. It’s a nice looking studio but there are no fancy locker rooms or you know central heat or air. It’s still a good time for a hippy. They have a great new student deal, $39 for an unlimited month of yoga.

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My obsession with the Torqboard

When I was home for Thanksgiving I went through some childhood diaries. I don’t remember writing that often but evidence shows I was an avid archivist. There are probably 20 diaries in my parents’ garage. I was clearly an insane child because I would write the entry in one color pen and go back a month later and copyedit it in a different color. Always be improving, I guess.

I came across this entry from the 4th grade, I was nine:

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New York Road Runners classes

Before the great ankle  injury of 2014 I was taking New York Road Runners training classes.  And they are awesome.

NYRR classes are offered in 1x a week or 2x a week packages. The sessions last 10 weeks. For a NYRR member the 10-week session costs $105 for once a week classes. To attend classes twice weekly, it’s only $180 for all 20 classes.

It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are because there are 8 levels of classes to choose from. You are grouped according to how fast you can run a 5K. (There is no audition, you just self-identify on the form. If you’re obviously too fast or too slow, the teacher might suggest you switch groups.)

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