fitness

Why does flexibility matter anyway?

We’re told it’s important to be flexible as early as elementary school. Remember the sit and reach test as part of the Presidential Fitness Test? As adults, yoga is touted as the thing to do. But what if cardio is more your thing? Or what if you generally live a healthy lifestyle already? What good...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 3:00pm

Equinox just announced an amazing partnership

It's no secret that Equinox is more luxe (read: pricey) than the average gym, but then again, it's more than just a place to jump on the treadmill. There's the spa, the long list of classes, personal training and now, a new way to treat yourself post-workout.Related: Equinox set to open 5 new NYC...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 3:00pm

Workouts to get you into music festival shape

If pulling out the crop tops and denim cut-offs has you wishing you started working on your summer body earlier, listen up. There are music festival-inspired workouts going on all over the city right now. We asked FitReserve founder and CEO Megan Smyth for the ones she is loving right now.Related:...

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 11:08pm

Lululemon opens first NYC lab

Typically, we don't ever see where our clothes come from and how they are made. Not so with the new Lululemon Lab, which opened this week at 50 Bond St. Here, customers can shop in the front, while peaking into the designer's space in the back, where clothes are literally being designed and made....

Friday, April 1, 2016 - 9:16pm

For her latest movie, Boston filmmaker stepped in the ring for real

The story is fiction, but the bruises are real.Boston filmmaker and Emerson College professor Amy DePaola is wrapping up production on a feature-length movie based loosely on her own story of redemption in the boxing ring.Her yet-to-be-released independent film, titled “Laila B.,” follows a woman...

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 3:30pm

David Barton opens NYC’s first 'smart' gym, TMPL

David Barton made a name for himself with his chain of nightclub-like gyms equipped with live D.J.s, dim lighting and the “look better naked” tagline. “I learned early on I’m selling something most people don’t like and trying to make it really fun,” Barton tells us.His upscale gym-as-hotspot...

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 10:34pm

Jennifer Lawrence’s trainer’s number one tip will surprise you

Unlike some celebrities who seem to eat hardly anything (we’re looking at you, Tom and Gisele), Jennifer Lawrence loves booze and food. So how does her body look so amazing? Well, she has a little help.Lawrence — as well as Kit Harington, Amanda Seyfried and Zoe Kravitz — turn to personal trainer...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 12:04am

YMCA launches new fitness app for NYC teens

If you ask a teen what one thing he or she would want while stranded on a desert island with, the answer will almost inevitably be their phone. Knowing teens' phones are pretty much an extension of themselves, the YMCA of Greater New York has developed an app for teens to get fit without parting...

Monday, March 7, 2016 - 10:35pm

The junk food fueling the flab

ChocolateThis might well be the worst offender of them all. For thousands of women, this is their go-to treat. The issue is that experts have shown that if eaten regularly, chocolate becomes incredibly addictive. The downside is that binging on chocolate raises blood sugar levels, making us hungry...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 9:41pm

Free fitness classes in Boston to shake up your workout routine

The great outdoors is the perfect free alternative to pricey gyms, but if you need an instructor to get you moving and can’t afford to go every week, there are a few options to get a high-end workout on the house.Get a weekend wakeup callInkBlock in the South End is hosting a 10-week class series...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:55am

SI's 56-year-old model on working a swimsuit

This year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue shows more diversity than ever featuring both curvy models — and for the first time — a silver fox. Nicola Griffin, a 56-year-old single mom, who only began her modeling career three years ago, appears in the magazine in a shiny gold biking as part of...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 2:37am

Fitness moves to undo the damage of sitting all day

By now, most people know that sitting all day is bad for you. CNN has cited numerous studies finding that sitting for 8 to 12 hours a day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 90 percent — and is even linked to developing a chronic disease or having a shorter lifespan.Related: Stylish...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:11pm

Workout clothes that will make you want to hit the gym

This time of year requires extra motivation for working out. Whether it's creating a playlist of songs you love that you vow to only listen to while logging in some treadmill time or making plans with a friend to meet you at yoga so you'll actually go, you do what you have to do. Or, you can go...

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:04am

Work out for free all week at Union Square's fitness festival

With over 300 fitness studios — not counting all the gym chains — New York City is starting to rival traditionally health conscious cities like Los Angeles when it comes to fitness fever. Next week, New Yorkers will be able to score tons of deals for fitness studios and activewear at Union Square's...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:14pm

How your mood affects your workout — and what to do about it

For most people, hitting the gym or heading to a yoga class is mostly about the physical benefits. But 17-year fitness instructor Rupa Mehta has created a whole workout that helps makeover your mind as well as your body.Related: Are gyms the next destination hot spot?“There’s a mind-body connection...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 11:10pm

Are gyms the next destination date spot?

The gym has traditionally been thought of as a cheesy place to pick people up. Even with places like David Burton and Equinox turning down the lights, turning up the music spun by in-house DJs and offering healthy “shots,” most people are still way more likely to hit the bar scene to meet people...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 8:44pm

Free fitness events plus new studio openings

In case you haven't heard, this weekend is going to be snowy and cold. But shoveling snow isn't your ownly free workout option. The classes we highlight here are open to the public and 100 percent free. Willing to pay for your hot bod? Head to Physique 57's newest location, located in the Financial...

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 12:28am

Expert warns against women 'detoxifying' vaginas with herbal balls

Human beings privileged enough to sit about wondering about the so-called "toxins" in their bodies often engage in all sorts of bizarre practices, and anew fad has one gynecologistcrying foul.The Independent reported that a company called Embrace Pangeais offering the "Herbal Womb Detox Pearls" for...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 2:00am

This is how you become a real-life superhero

It’s easy to get bogged down with day to day life responsibilities that the lofty goals we have — whether it be losing weight, learning to cook or traveling the world — remain just that: goals. But Nerd Fitness’s Steve Kamb is helping people start taking action. Kamb built an empire around his...

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 11:59am

Tons of free fitness classes just added to NYC parks, rec centers

Need to get in shape but your wallet can't support a Soulcycle habit? The Parks Departmenthas your back.The city just added 100 new —and, as always,totally free —weekly fitness classesranging from yoga to cardio bootcamp and kickboxingto its Shape Up NYC program.That brings the program'sweekly...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 3:59pm