Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Kickboxing with a Live DJ

A little over a month ago I joined a website for young professionals that combines expert articles, a job board and mentorship with in-person networking. The second networking event I went to was a networkout (which is a workout class just for the women registered through Levo League). The class was called Beatbox Fitness. I have never taken a kickboxing class before but was dying to so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

According to the e-mail I got when I registered, this is what Beatbox Fitness is all about:

Beatbox Fitness brings you a full-body fat burning workout in just 50 minutes. Get ready to combine kickboxing moves, strengthening drills, and interval training to torch through calories in this fun, upbeat, and nonstop kickboxing class. Not only do you learn a new skill, but the kickboxing workout helps you feel empowered, courageous, and confident. Without the use of traditional kickboxing bags which can weigh up to 150 pounds and cause injury, Beatbox utilizes kickboxing moves in a cardio focused setting. The live DJ adds new, upbeat, and nonstop mixes to each class to really get you jabbing and crossing to your maximum potential. No gloves necessary :)

While I waited for class to start, I chatted with some of the other girls there. Once the DJ was done setting up and Ailin, the founder and instructor, was ready we got started. We started with some basic cardio and strength moves (jumping jax and squats) and Ailin let us know we would be starting with basic moves and adding on. 

We started with footwork and every so often added a new arm sequence. Ailin was verbal throughout the whole class and was so motivating. By the end of the class we had a whole sequence and I'm 105% confident I could kick some ass if need be. Just kidding, my arm strength is a joke. We ended the class with come cardio and abs for a full body workout. 

The music was awesome too! Each song was different and since I had never taken this class, I really had no idea what songs to expect. 

I highly recommend signing up for a Beatbox Fitness class. It's fun, you don't realize how good of a workout you're getting and you can brush up on your kickboxing skills. 


Monday, June 30, 2014

New Healthy Noms in Union Square

Usually when I receive restaurant pitches they are pretty off topic (as a PR girl I am also guilty of this) but when I got one perfectly on topic I had to jump at the opportunity to test it out. Cevich is a new healthy grab-and-go spot in Union Square. 21 E. 15th Street to be exact.  They opened on June 2 and the dishes are inspired by traditional Peruvian recipes along with a little bit of the owners own preferences. 

Co-owners Reina Laws and Lindsay Goldstein developed the idea while living in Miami Beach. Both have a love for seafood and savory sauces and knew this project would be the perfect fit. 

Before I got a chance to try a few of the delicious menu items, I got a chance to sit down with Lindsay. The former project manager thought a modern Ceviche spot would be perfect for NYC (spoiler: she was right. The place has been packed during lunchtime since opening) and knew healthy "fast-food" is hard to come by. With a healthy state of mind, Reina and Lindsay make sure all ingredients are fresh and in their most natural form (they are prepped in-house) and the dishes are filling, satisfying, gluten-free and pure protein. 

In her spare time, Lindsay loves to run, swim in the ocean, play sports and eat (a lot!). 

Cevich has something for everyone and each dish is customization. Here are a few of the dishes I got to sample: 

The Wild Tiger Ceviche is the traditional Peruvian citrus "Leche de Tigre" with white corn, red onion, and cilantro. They included white fish in this one for me. 

[Wild Tiger Ceviche]
Lime N Da Coconut Ceviche was my favorite! It had shrimp, Caribbean coconut ginger sauce, mango, carrots, red onion and cilantro. The coconut flavor wasn't over powering at all and I love shrimp so this was perfect!

[Lime N Da Coconut Ceviche]
The Parma-Viche Ceviche had the yummiest crunchy onions on top. They called this the Caesar salad of Ceviches. It had a creamy Parmesan sauce, radish, red onion and salmon. 

[Parma-Viche Ceviche]
The last Ceviche I tasted was the girls favorite- The Santorini. It was exactly like a Greek salad! They made this one with white fish and always in it is Kalamata Olive sauce, red onion, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. This is my second favorite for sure!

[Santorini Ceviche]
The last thing I tasted was the Miso Hungry Taco. It was shrimp tossed in a soy ginger sauce, coconut ride, carrot, cabbage, red pepper and Thai Basil. I really liked this because I liked shrimp but there was a bit too much cabbage for my personal preference and it had a bold flavor. I also liked the wrap was a blue corn tortilla. 

[Miso Hungry Taco]
I also got to have a small dish of the coconut rice and it is the BEST. I would go back solely to get a side of it. 

If you haven't been to Cevich in Union Square in NYC I highly suggest you make the trip. I promise you won't be disappointed!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Lole & FITiST Meet Up: ReXist360

Last Tuesday I went to Pier 25 for a large group fitness class hosted by active wear brand Lole, Hudson River Park and FITiST. Shay Kostabi was the instructor and the class was called ReExist360. Huh you ask?

According to the Facebook event listing, ReXist360 is a high-energy, high-intensity interval training class that combines the best of HIIT training with body sculpting and strength training using the patented ReXist360 training system. The hottest resistance bands on the market, designed to build, sculpt, tone muscles evenly in less time without the bulk. 

This is hands down one of the best resistance band workouts I have ever done. The ReXist bands are super comfortable. They strap on with Velcro and give you tons of space for movement and flexibility. We got 2 options in our pack, easy and medium. I chose easy since i had never done the workout before. 

Before class, I had tweeted Shay to see if there was going to be cardio involved (mainly because I ate everything and anything that day) and she assured me I was not to worry. Our warmup was without the bands but once we got them on, things heated up pretty quickly. From lunges to jumps to squats to running to abs, this class had it all. And I definitely felt it the next day. We also got to keep the bands so we could use them at home. Shay has a few online videos you could use to workout with them again. 

If you haven't tried these bands, I don't know what you're waiting for!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

NY SportsMed Opening

About a month ago I was invited to the grand re-opening of NY SportsMed's West Side location. They moved a few floors down to a larger space with ample room for many physical therapy appointments. When you first walk in there is a reception desk in an open area. To the right there are lockers rooms and a personal training area. To the left is the physical therapy area complete with massage tables, a treadmill with gait analysis equipment and an Alter-G treadmill. 

In addition to athlete care, NY SportsMed also hosts a running club each Wednesday at 7 AM with one of their physical therapists. The group is designed to helps members prevent reinjury, strengthen their injury and train and improve their running form.

On big race days, NY SportsMed stays open for runners and their family and friends. They provide coffee, bag check, tapings and a place for everyone to meet after the race. 

If you need a conveniently located PT, I suggest checking out NY SportsMed at Columbus Circle.