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 Cycle, Flywheel, 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.
There’s never a shortage of events happening in the city, but it’s not easy to find out what’s going on during a given weekend either. Use these apps to discover the what, when, and where:
Yelp: if you haven’t been living under a rock for the last decade, Yelp is probably the first website you think of when you want to know if a place is worth visiting. Not surprisingly, it is the home of hundreds of thousands of reviews that paint a pretty accurate portrait of each location. The downside is that no one really has time to sort through thousands of essays. That’s where Foursquare comes in…
Foursquare: if you like to be in-the-know and want to see big data at work IRL, Foursquare is the best at aggregating reviews into categorical lists and forming tag clouds. See which restaurants/places are “Trending this week” and what the defining features or dishes are, i.e. “romantic”, “tuna tartare”, or “outdoor seating”.
Gilt City: if you’re familiar with parent site Gilt, you’ll be pleased to hear the luxury retail discounter is trying to extend its hand at curating an upscale city experience at a more affordable price point.
Magnises: a membership only social club whose goal is to offer a “black card” experience for millennials. Perks include open bar mixers and discounted tickets to NBA games among other exclusive events as well as a 24/7 concierge who can recommend and reserve a spot for the perfect date night.
Atlis: if you’re seeking local restaurant recommendations or must-see places to visit from fellow peers. The incentive for users to potential to be paid if their recommendation is picked or upvoted by fellow users. Imagine if Yelp, Quora, and Reddit had a baby.
Pulsd and Fever: if you’re not looking for anything specific, these two apps present options tailored to your preferences and budget. Scroll through a curated list of sample sales, discounted dining offers, and VIP ticketed events.
Guest of a Guest: if you’re wondering where the 1%’s progeny frequent, check out the GoG calendar which includes events such as an “invite only” alice + olivia x Basquiat CFDA Capsule Collection Launch Party and a “ticketed” Exclusive ALIX Hermes Shopping Experience.