Tagged: fitness

Upgrade your favorite pair of leggings

The Girlfriend Collective launched last April with an alluring pitch: get a free pair of leggings, just pay shipping. So we said why not?

When these babies arrived in the mail and we slipped them on for the first time, we wanted to live in them forever. Not only do they hug your curves in all the right ways, but they are also made of a sleek and smooth material that is thick enough to cover your bum. I know, girl.

We wore them to the gym, to the supermarket, to the BF’s, and it was perfect for every occasion. What made us fall in love with the Girlfriend Collective even more was that we found out the company has an eco-friendly edge. Would you ever have guessed that these leggings were made out of water bottles?!

Upgrade your traditional gym membership

ClassPass provides members with access to a variety of classes at different studios. The name of the game is that you pay $75/month to attend 5 classes of your choice, but never one class more than two times. Sign up for classes that fit your schedule like Pure Barre on Sunday at 11am or Monster Cycle after work on Wednesday.

Physique 57 spills its secret to getting a ballerina body

Physique 57 is the place where you can satisfy your barre craving. The new fitness craze even boasts celebrity clients including Kelly Ripa, Chrissy Teigen and Jessica Alba.

If you’ve ever dreamed of having a beautiful lean sculpted ballerina bod, a barre workout will take you through choreography including muscle-defining arm exercises, intense thigh and seat sequences, waist-chiseling ab moves, and fluid stretches.

Here are 8 moves Physique 57 recommends:

  1. Washing Machine Push-Ups
  2. Triceps Can-Can
  3. Triceps Pretzel Extension
  4. Thigh-Dancing Windmill
  5. Waistline Whittler
  6. Curtsy With a Twist
  7. Collapsible Clam With a Twist
  8. Scorpion Plank

Head over to Pop Sugar for instructional videos on how to do each move or to your first class at their studios located in New York, LA, Bangkok and Dubai.

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The latest workout trends that are actually worth trying

Is your New Years resolution to work out more? In the last couple of years, gyms and studios have been popping up on street corners quicker than Starbucks. A new workout trend takes over the city by storm month after month. Which classes/memberships should you be vying a spot for and which are a waste of time? Here’s the lowdown:

Bikini Body Guide: if you want to look like a lean, mean fighting machine by summer time, this guide produces results. Initially just a diet and exercise guidebook, physical trainer and entrepreneur Kayla Itsines turned her business into a multi-million dollar empire by launching the Sweat with Kayla app ($20/month) and creating a community of BBG-ers.

ClassPass: if you want access to variety of classes at different studios. The name of the game is that you pay $75/month to attend 5 classes of your choice, but never one class more than two times.

Lymber: similarly to ClassPass, you have access to a variety of classes at different studios, but instead of a flat membership, you pay for each class as you go.

Crossfit: if you’re into pushing your limits to the max. WoDs (Workout of the Day) include flipping tires, lots of weighted squats, and too many burpees to count among other hulk-like training. The Crossfit Games are like today’s version of the ancient Greek OlympicsS.

Spinning: if the thought of riding a stationary bike to some tunes and a psychedelic music video gets you pumped, try a spin class. Popular spin cults include Soulcycle, Monster CycleFlywheel, and Cyc.

Current: if you’d prefer to target your upper body, consider this studio instead where you can row to the beat of Biebs and Bey.

Physique 57: if you’ve always dreamed of being a ballerina, a barre workout will take you through choreography including muscle-defining arm exercises, intense thigh and seat sequences, waist-chiseling ab moves, and fluid stretches.

Fhitting Room: if you have an in it to win it attitude, classes at this gym always are always high intensity, always instructed by two trainers who will give you attention like it’s a one-on-one session, always  and always different than the last class you took so you’ll never be bored.

Surfset: if you want to bring some waves to the concrete jungle, hang ten in this class designed to simulate the physical demands of surfing without the ocean. All I can say is get ready for serious focus on your abs and quads.