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.

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Where to buy workout clothes on the cheap

I’ll start with this: There is nothing to stop you from performing your best in a cotton t-shirt and a regular gym shorts. But what can I say, nearly nothing motivates me to show up for a class or head out for a run like a shiny new pair of leggings.

I love Bandier, Lululemon and Sweaty Betty. But it’s not always realistic (or necessary) to purchase a full workout wardrobe from an upmarket store.

Two things that I do think it’s CRITICAL to be picky about are socks and sports bras. In my case, going for a run in shitty socks leads to blisters 100% of the time. (Tip: I love the brands Feetures and Balega for running socks.) When it comes to sports bras, I am loyal to Lululemon and Sweaty Betty.  These bras cost well over forty smackaroos a pop, but when you’re jumping up and down, you’ll think it’s worth every penny.

cheap workout gear

If you know where to look, you can find gorgeous fitness gear without the hefty price tag. All of your favorite brands can be found for (relatively) cheap on the world wide web. Plus, there are some lower priced brands that make fashionable, high-quality duds. Grab your wallet (or use the credit card you’ve memorized) and start shopping:

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All the workouts: Refine Method Challenge Week 1

Hello, hello. How is your week so far? How was Halloween?

This week marked week 1 of the Refine Method challenge, and I am loving it. I feel so sore so much of the time, but I feel like I am actually getting stronger.

Song of the week:No Children” by The Mountain Goats.

All the workouts:

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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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Every time I worked out last week (3/8-3/14)

Hey guys. Before I dive into this week’s fitness review, I wanted to share this post I read on Foodiecology, titled “An Open Letter to the Women Who Read Healthy Living Blogs.” The post discusses how reading about the wellness-inspired choices other people make can leave us feeling shitty or inadequate.  I definitely related to the sentiment of unspoken competition with total web-strangers. It starts earnestly as piqued curiosity and is furthered by internet anonymity where we don’t see the full picture.

Part of the reason I started this blog is because I’m a regular person.  Anyone who knows me IRL knows I’ve no natural gift toward athletics. (My high school friends still exclusively see me as a klutz. Whatever.)  But what I do have going for me on this forum is that I’m not shy and I’m eager to share my failings along with my successes. (Honestly am a little more excited to share the fails because they make for way funnier blog posts.)

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