A Class in Getting Your Runners High
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Mile High Run Club. Photo: my Instagram

Treadmills are having a massive moment in the fitness scene. Although treadmills themselves have been a part of the fitness furniture for years, it might just be their time to brush off the dust and start to shine again…

Photo: David Siik's Precision Running, Well+Good

David Siik’s Precision Running. Photo by: Well+Good

Gone are the days of being bored sat on a treadmill at the same pace for long monotonous amounts of time. The likes of Mile High Run Club, Barry’s Bootcamp and David Siik’s ‘Precision Running’ treadmill based training classes has made the once thought boring equipment of the treadmill all sparkly and new again. Although it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of the equipment based trendy classes hopping their way around the fitness circuit at the moment (Acroyoga, Megareformer anyone?). The simple act of treadmill running still remains one of the most effective workout tools. As David Siik (running coach and Precision Running group treadmill creator at Equinox) explains: “running requires so much energy to push up and off the ground every single step that collectively over many steps, it’s so much work.”

Photo: Mile High Run Club

Photo: Mile High Run Club

Mile High Run Club (MHRC) prides itself on being the first group treadmill class studio in New York dedicated to solely running. By the looks of things it won’t be the last. Class led treadmill workouts fused with resistance training provide a burn that strides ahead of traditional treadmill training. As MHRC states; “daily group treadmill classes and endurance focused strength training led by elite runners, (means that) everyone trains like an athlete regardless of fitness level.”

MHRC’s classes are a fusion of class led coached running and resistance training with kettlebells. The running portion of the class focuses on gradient and speed. The strength portion of the class focuses on strengthening muscles needed most in running. Both portions will make you an overall better runner. You’ll never need to ponder what on earth to do on the treadmill for so long again. Your treadmill workouts will be stronger, more exciting and more efficient.

Classes are great for anyone wanting to up their running game or simply just wanting to run with like minded fitness folks. Whether your training for a race or just starting out, you’ll learn all you need to know about life in the running lane – without the usual treadmill boredom or unpredictability of New York’s ice cold winter.

Founder of MHRC, Deborah Warner. Photo by: Well+Good

Founder of MHRC, Deborah Warner. Photo by: Well+Good

I was lucky enough to meet Deborah Warner, founder of MHRC on a fitness shoot for Self Magazine. The lady herself is the picture of health with fitness experience by the bucket load. Her newly opened studio is taking the New York fitness scene by storm. The studio is set in super fit and trendy Noho. With beautiful, clean changing rooms, meeting dark fluorescent lights of the class studio, it’s enough to get your motivation revved and help you really tune into your runners stride. Make sure you get down to MHRC for a taste of your ‘runners high’ – it’s addictive!

For those who can’t get down to the studio or outside but still want a runners workout, check out the “Be A Better Runner” workout routine in this months Self Magazine (February edition) . You can find Deborah and myself showing you some indoor strength training that you can do anywhere that will help you up your running ante…

Deborah Warner’s “Be A Better Runner” Self Magazine workout

Also available in video on Self.com at: http://video.self.com/watch/trainer-to-go-the-moves-you-need-to-improve-your-run

Here’s to longer, stronger running!

Sending Health & Happiness,

Kim x

 

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Don’t Underestimate The Power of Your ‘Music High’
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Photo: Quotepictures.net

Don’t underestimate the power of your ‘music high’. Bringing music into your workouts can bring a whole new level to your training. By creating playlists to suit your mood and exercise intensity you’ll push your body further, harder,  stronger.

Playlists can easily be created on platforms such as iTunes, Pandora or Spotify. Check out the ‘Music-to-Motivate’ page on the Tone What You Own blog for just some of the music inspiration I use to get my body going.

You can probably guess from my previous posts I’m super into yoga, and especially when it comes with a beat. I feel like it allows me to drift into a whole world of my own, on my own spiritual level. Check out the ‘Hip Hop Yoga’ playlist newly added to the ‘Music-to-Motivate’ page if you take your yoga with an extra pinch of attitude!

If you like what you hear please feel free to follow me. I would love to hear suggestions on what really kicks you into gear when doing your own workouts.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week! Happy humpday!

Sending health & happiness,

Kim x

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Flow Hard or Go Home

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Brooklyn we flow hard. Or at least we certainly do at Y7 yoga studio in Williamsburg; a secret little gem nestled in the depths of Kent Avenue. Described as the ‘Soul Cycle’ of yoga, Y7 is exactly what you would expect from the cool kid studios of Brooklyn. A studio frequented by the New York model scene, this tiny but mighty studio definitely flows hard.

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Set in the most peculiar surroundings I did find myself questioning the model who had recommended the studio to me. The small class (neighbor to Crossfit South Williamsburg) is set in the basement of a kind of rabbit hole business establishment. Lots of different businesses in little cubby holes.

The studio itself as a space is beautifully simple. Once you enter class, you definitely get ‘it’. Greeted by a dark room with pounding music with a bass that shakes the studio. Only candles outline your fellow yogis as you make your way to your yoga mat. There’s something wonderfully weird about not being able to fully use your sight senses. The candles flicker enough for you to see the quote on the wall “A tribe called sweat”, and that’s what it feels like. Like your in a tribe of likeminded strong yogi spirits ready to get your sweat on.

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The class follows a similar flow to that of other studios. The flow is such that you certainly get your sweat for your money. The whole class is set to all kinds of loud awesome music. You can get anything from JayZ to Stevie Wonder. It is the simple combination of the darkness, pumping music and the powerful flow practice that keeps yogis coming back for more. There’s a sense of togetherness bought about by the absence of sight. It allows you to tune into yourself, zone out of distractions and really be at one with your practice and your own spirit. As a Manhattan girl, I will most certainly be regularly frequenting the L train to get a slice of this soulful serenity.

Classes are either Vinyasa or what they call ‘Deep Flow’ involving holding postures for longer to really strengthen and stretch the muscles. They even have ‘Hip Hop Wednesdays’. If you like your yoga with a beat be sure to check out this cool jewel. Sshhh don’t tell too many people; it won’t be secret for long!

Also good news for city yogi’s is that you’ll be finding Y7 coming very soon to super central Soho. Y7 is teaming up with ‘The Monster Cycle” to open its doors at 182 Lafayette St. Winner. So what are you waiting for, get ready to flow hard whichever side of the river you choose.

Sending health & happiness,

Kim x

More info:

http://www.y7-studio.com/

240 Kent Ave (Basement), Brooklyn, NY 11249

P: (646) 820-0781, Email: Hi@Y7-studio.com

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Snowy Saturday Blueberry Smoothie

Snowy Saturday’s call for yoga & blueberry smoothies!

We’ve just landed back in New York from the holidays and there’s snow in the air! It’s a perfect Saturday to cuddle up warm inside. Today I did my home yoga practice with the snow falling outside and the candles on inside, so wonderful! After yoga I made this simple blueberry smoothie. It’s filled with antioxidants but so tasty too! Here’s how to make this simple smoothie:

Blueberry Milk Smoothie

Blend together:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Chia seeds

Enjoy. Have a great weekend!

Sending health & happiness,

Kim x

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Another Level of Yoga
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Photo: OM Factory Yoga NYC

Yoga is moving to a new level and it may just be the way to make your fitness take flight…

Though yoga has a longstanding stance in the well-being industry, it’s the ‘anti-gravity’ or ‘aerial yoga’ that’s having a moment. Yoga as we know it is a firm favorite amongst the celebs, but it’s the aerial yoga that has the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Mariah Carey and Pink coming back for more.

What could be more blissful than yoga I hear you ask? Being cocooned in your own little silk ‘hammock’ whilst doing yoga, that’s what is! The bonus is that as wonderful as it sounds to melt away your worries in your own little silk cocoon, aerial yoga is as much challenging and invigorating as it is great for relaxation.

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Photo: Om Factory

The good news for us that didn’t quite get born with the ‘ultra bendy acrobatic gene’, is that you don’t need to be an acrobat to navigate through classes. Classes flow similarly to a yoga class but the ability to freely float in the air brings a whole new dimension to the yoga practice. On entering aerial yoga studios (like the one pictured at Om Factory Flight School) you’re greeted with large pieces of fabric bolted into the ceiling. These pieces of fabric create a wide, stretchy, hammock-like contraption suspended from two points. By suspended your body in the hammock you can achieve traditional yoga poses but also deepen them without overstressing the joints as you float in air; minimising the weight on your spine and joints.

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Om Factory NYC Yoga – Union Square

Throughout class you’ll do moves similar to those that you would come to expect in a normal yoga class but with an aerial twist; e.g. the “Flying Downward Dog” and the “Flying Pigeon”. The “Flying Boat Pose” is also a corker for getting a great ab workout! You’ll get a full body workout as you use your entire bodyweight to help you stretch deeper into poses in addition to helping you navigate up and into the hammocks.

By incorporating aerial yoga into your workout regime you can benefit from numerous perks: increasing flexibility, joint mobility and releasing pressure on your spine which helps to lengthen muscles. Inversions are also a great aspect of the aerial yoga. By hanging upside down suspended in the air; it allows the boost of blood flow to the heart and provides all the benefits you would get from yoga inversions; without the compression to the neck and spine.

The great part is that you feel like you’re having fun the whole time so time literally flies past. Even if you wouldn’t class yourself an ‘avid yogi’, this class provides enough fun and challenge that even the not so ‘yogi of heart’ can enjoy it.

Why not take your yoga up to a new level?

Sending health & happiness,

Kim x


OM Yoga Factory NYC holds Aerial Yoga classes at both its Midtown and Union Square locations. It offers beginners a stepping stone in with their foundation classes. In addition the studio also offers many other acrobatic, circus style and standard yoga classes.

Find out more information at: http://www.omfactorynyc.com/ 

OM Factory Midtown – 265 W 37th St, 17th Fl, New York, NY, 10018

OM Factory Union Square – 873 BROADWAY, Suite 202, New York, NY, 10011

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