In the spirit of award season and Sunday’s Golden Globes, here’s my list of fit-winners this year!
Workout Trend That’s Taking Over The World: SoulCycle
The cult-following studio that’s been all the buzz this past year is the 6-year-old SoulCycle—the spinning sensation that rides to the beat of the music. With four studios in Manhattan, two in the Hamptons, another in Scarsdale, New York, and ones coming to Roslyn, Long Island and Greenwich, Connecticut, get ready for the spinning boutique of the century to take over the world, literally. Opening next month in West Hollywood, California—with locations following in Brentwood and beyond—this A-list favorite workout (Katie Holmes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kelly Ripa and Alec Baldwin are all staples on the saddle) just keeps getting bigger..and better.
Featuring over seven daily sessions in all locations, plus regular fun-themed rides—Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, even Twilight Breaking Dawn cycle-parties—this studio is not only a 500-plus calorie dropping workout, it’s the place. to. be. on any day of the week. (Where else is there a waiting list for 6 a.m. workouts?)The captivating playlists plus theatrical performances by instructors who push you through sprints, hill climbs and strengthen-until-you-fatigue dumbbell sessions makes SoulCycle the workout of the year.
Stay tuned for much more happenings, like the special launch of this month’s limited edition Swarvoski crystal (1,650 of them jewels) encrusted iPhone cases, designed by the Villency Design Group. Available at studio locations and soul-cycle.com, the $250 price tag won’t keep even the loyalist fans away. Can’t make it to a studio? Get some soul from the comfort of your very own home with the spring 2012 cheery yellow SoulCycle-branded spinning bike. See, what’d I tell you? This workout is taking over the world, and we’re totally, totally psyched about it.
Best Collaboration:Jillian Michaels & K-Swiss
The former Biggest Loser trainer and The Doctors contributor, teamed up with K-Swiss a year ago and since then she’s taken over everyone’s sweat-sessions through totally awesome K-Swiss sneakers, tanks, sweats and apparel that will make you look just like her (if only her abs came included). My favorites were the JM for K-Swiss tanks that read “Saddlebags Suck” (got lots of looks walking through Equinox with that one) and one with her famous mantra “Blow Your Body’s Mind”. With the start of the new year, resolutions, and post-holiday shape-ups comes the launch of Jillian and K-Swiss’ “The Party’s Over” ad campaign with Lady Foot Locker. (It’s one of those rare times we’ll see this little lady all glammed out like it’s time for the ball circa 1950.) TV’s favorite trainer may no longer grace us on Tuesday nights, but we can use her for motivation every time we lace up with the K-Swiss Blade-Max shoes. Check out K-Swiss and Lady Foot Locker’s Facebook pages for exclusive videos from Jillian—workout tips and more never stop coming from our pint-sized workout queen.
When I first started taking group fitness classes, I used to gravitate towards yoga and Pilates workouts. I’ve learned to switch things up since then, but I’ve definitely gotten used to the Zen attitudes of lots of yoga and Pilates instructors. So yesterday, when my friend and I took an abs class with a new instructor, we received a shock. Instead of a smiling, petite woman in spandex, we were greeted by a barking drill sergeant-like male trainer.
The 30-minute class consisted of jumping jacks, mat exercises, more jumping jacks, squats with twists, push-ups, planks, and yup, more jumping jacks. Our trainer walked around the room to make sure everyone was doing the proper exercise but also to push us to keep going. This guy was not going to accept my “This is too hard—time for a break!” cop out. A part of me wanted to know if those 30 minutes were over yet, but I was too busy going from one exercise to the next to even look at the clock, and before I knew it class was over. Phew!
I’ll admit, having more pressure made me push myself harder (and having someone nearly twice my size hovering over me helps, too). And it also made me curious how I’d fare in a real boot camp. Have you tried boot camp workouts? Or do you prefer more relaxed classes with laid-back instructors?