Studio fitness in New York is expensive. This is something we all know. Boutique classes can run up to $40 each, which is more than certain gyms charge per month. ClassPass was supposed to solve this problem by offering a monthly pass to a certain number of studios (formerly unlimited), but its pricing has becoming increasingly confusing and its offering less compelling. Fit House aims to tackle this issue. For $99/month, subscribers will have access to the full roster of studios in Manhattan. While currently they only have one location in Soho, they’re planning to open five more all over the city in the near future. And the instructors have taught in some of New York’s best studios, including SLT and The Fhitting Room. They’re currently offering two weeks free for new students, so I bought myself a trial and checked out their Stamina class.
Brick New York first came to my attention because of coffee. Specifically, caveman or bulletproof coffee. You see, I work in Midtown East, which is developing a better healthy food scene but is still somewhat of a wasteland. Even the closest hot matcha is several blocks away from my office.
So I was aimlessly searching to see where I could find a good bulletproof coffee (made with butter and MCT oil) — and that’s how I found Caveman Coffee, located inside of Brick New York’s newest location.
Less than two years ago, I couldn’t do a squat. Literally. In December 2015, I tried out a boot camp class near my office in Midtown Manhattan. The instructor gave me a green resistance band and told me to do duck walks until I had built up enough strength in my quads to manage the move properly.
That individualized attention sold me, and I was a member of EvolveFitnessNYC until December 2016 and then subsequently an all-access member of Equinox. Adhering to a paleo diet in addition to working out, I’ve lost over thirty pounds.
I got engaged essentially smack in the middle of my weight loss journey, in September 2016, after losing over 20 pounds. Now, I’m asked all the time about my wedding weight goals, and it (probably unjustifiably) annoys me to no end. Why can I not try to be fit, healthy, and happy without needing to work towards a specific event? My wedding will be one (hopefully amazing) day, but I am planning to have plenty more days. To me, fitness isn’t about trying to achieve one day of skinniness — it’s about the possibility of a lifetime of activity and good health.
This isn’t a diet or weight loss blog — although I’m still hoping to lose more weight, and I’ll occasionally post recipes. What I’m planning to do here is provide the perspective of a woman in the city who loves fitness and tries every class possible throughout Manhattan. I also want to share recipes with the hope that I can inspire even just one person who thinks that they don’t have the time, money, or energy to eat healthy to start to believe that it’s possible.