Written on November 16, 2012 at 10:53 am , by Lauren Cardarelli
The ultimate feast-off is one week away so what better way to start the season of giving than giving back? Work off that slice (or two!) of pie and help raise money for the New York Cares Hurricane Sandy relief effort at the New York Sports Clubs’ “Work Out to Help Out” fundraiser. Every NYSC location will be selling three-day guest passes for $20 from Friday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 25. 100 percent of the fundraiser proceeds will be donated to New York Cares, as well as a portion of every new member’s initiation fees. Special program classes, like NYSC’s new UXF Burn and UXF Ripped, will also be offered at each location.
Interested in lending a hand post-sweat? Gym goers can find out more information on local New York Cares volunteer opportunities and coat-drive drop off locations. Learn more about the “Work Out to Help Out” initiative on NYSC’s website.
Written on September 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm , by Lauren Cardarelli
The race of the year is in our midst—the Presidential Election, that is—where two of our nation’s toughest competitors will finally face off. Are you ready? Registration nudge: today is National Voter Registration Day!
We weighed in to see if we were “Fit for Office” at The New York Sports Club with Master Trainer Prince Brathwaite. The class tested our mental, physical and political grit with a full-body circuit that even Paul Ryan would approve of. You, too, can pledge allegiance to this sweat sesh (for free!) starting this week at select Sports Clubs in Philadelphia, New York, Washington D.C. and Boston.
So what’s on the workout ballot? After warming up with a “Primary” routine, prepare for a trip down the “Campaign Trail” with ten 50-second stations including kettlebell “Swing States,” “Donkey Kicks,” “Balance the Budget” bosu ball squats and “Michelle Obama Arm” pushups. Three “Running Mate” moves are next, where you and a partner “Band Together” for bicep presses, back-to-back weighted medicine ball passes and “Cross Party Lines” pushups. Both circuits are repeated before “Stretching the Truth,” a quick cool-down that solidifies the previous 50 minutes of intensity.
Of course, the election-year parody inspired a patriotic playlist, too, that had approval ratings as high as our heart rates. Here are the tunes that had us moving forward, while believing in America.
For more information, check out My Sports Clubs online.
Written on June 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm , by FITNESS Intern
Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern
Now that The Hunger Games is out of theaters, do you find yourself wishing you could be empowered by another tough, take-no-prisoners heroine? Pixar decided to fill that void with their latest animated flick, Brave, in theaters today. Since there was a Games-inspired workout, we hoped there would be another opportunity to put our own arrow-slinging skills to the test. So when we heard that New York Sports Clubs teamed up with the movie’s creators to drum up a challenging new workout inspired by the film’s main character, Merida, it was only a matter of time before we ran over, bow in hand.
Called the “BRAVE—Change Your Fate Workout,” creator Amira Lamb raises heart rates and whips participants into fighting shape using fun equipment like a fitness bow and a wooden sword. She pushed us to the limit with each move, combining high knees with archery moves and squats with swipes of the wooden sword. After enduring the 45-minute workout, our arms were shaking and buns were sore. A rest day is definitely in order!
We chatted with Lamb after the class to find out what she likes most about the workout and how she maximizes time at the gym.
What do you like most about the workout?
It’s very different. It’s nice to not work with dumbbells and body bars all the time, and after our Hunger Games-inspired workout, we wanted to keep going with cool themes. In this class we use different types of equipment to get a unique effect on the body.
It was definitely an intense workout, especially for such a short amount of time! How do you maximize every minute?
If people need a break, they can take one, but I don’t encourage them to do so. We only have 45 minutes, so I want to make the greatest impact on your body possible. You don’t want to rest too much because you want to keep your heart rate up. If there are too many breaks, it’s a relaxed workout and the benefits are minimized.
Do you have any tips for women who are super-busy and want to get a total body workout?
Try full-bodied movements, or exercises that encompass both the lower and upper body at the same time. Some examples: kettlebell swings, squats to a shoulder press, or lunges with upright rows. Basically, you want to use as much of your body as possible within one move. By combining strength and cardio at the same time, there’s an added metabolism boost that helps you burn calories during and after the workout.
Is the Brave workout not offered in your community? Keep reading for moves you can do at home!