exercise

Fitness Review: Pilates

Details: 43 W 46th St, Fl 3, New York, NY 10036 – (212) 302-5651 – your-movement.com

Studio: 4/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 3/5
Overall class: 3/5

This class was not meant for beginners. It was supposed to be, but it wasn’t. Part of the problem was the class was filled with regulars. It was clear from the moment I walked in that I was the odd man out. It appears that all the students come every week (and may even work at the same office?). As a new person I was hoping to get acclimated to the class, meet the teacher, get an intro, but no. 

Instead I was positioned in the back of the studio. Yes, I chose the spot but had I have known that I couldn’t see the teacher or hear anything over the music (which was right next to me) I would have probably chosen a different spot. 

The class itself wasn’t awful. It was a typical pilates class mostly done on your back. The class was only 45 minutes, which went by very fast, but the moves themselves were hard. I wasn’t sweating but my muscles were shaking.

Would I recommend to a friend? Skip this one.

Fitness Review: Core Synergy Conditioning

Details: 434 Avenue of the Americas, Fl 5, New York, NY 10011 – (888) 825-3531 – joffreyballetschool.com

Studio: 3/5
Timeliness: 3/5
Instructors: 4.5/5
Overall class: 4.5/5

This was an excellent total body workout. It started with abs and focusing on core in a very pilates-style warm up. There was some strength building in there as well with burpees and push-ups regularly sprinkled in. It even had some cardio where we were literally running around the studio. Finally, it ended with some much needed stretching at the barre.

I loved the pace of the class and the moves. Sadly, the timing messed it up a bit. We started the class late and as a result we didn’t get to do all the combinations the teacher intended. Not only that but when I looked at the clock I realized that the class had ended early. Maybe if this class started on time (and ended on time) we could have done the entire class.

Would I recommend to a friend? Yes.

Fitness Review: DMF

Details: 305 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018 – (917) 755-2383 – dmfnyc.com

Studio: 3.5/5
Timeliness: 5/5
Instructors: 5/5
Overall class: 4.5/5

If you love Zumba, DMF is a class for you. The instructors were full of energy and made you want to WORK. Songs ranged from top 40, to broadway, disco and hip hop. Besides being a beast cardio workout,DMF focuses on your abs…

DMF BABY!

Ways To Motivate Your Fat Self

Are you a girl? Then you probably think you’re fat. If you don’t think you’re fat, you are probably unhappy with your body in some way. If you are not unhappy with your body in some way, then you are a martian and you should stop reading.

OKAY, now that we have got the complaining about our weights out of the way it’s time to actually do something about it. Complaining is A OK but only if you actually try to change the thing you are complaining about. Otherwise you are hella annoying. So how will we try to lose weight? I love food and I love being sedimentary. How will I motivate myself?! Here are some ways that I have found helpful:

1. Look in Mirrors. And do it often. If you are not happy with the way you look, then you will feel the need to change it. Frankly, the more you avoid mirrors the more in denial you and the more likely you will fall down a slippery slope into the point of no return. Mirrors are your best friends when it comes to motivation.

2. Pay Yourself. I love money. I hate working out. To motivate myself, I decided that if I work out, I get $1. This money will go to something fun for me. Particularly, something you don’t need and you can’t afford but really want anyway. This way, you save money AND get skinny.

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3. Check out a Facebook album from Freshman Year. And then repeat step 1. Remember how skinny you were when you got to college?! You can drink all the times, eat the crappy dining hall food, and still go out in skimpy tops looking good. Not anymore killer. Your metabolism has finally slowed down. Become motivated by looking at your old self and realizing IT’S POSSIBLE!

4. Remind Yourself. Get creative. Put reminders to make time to work out and get off your fat ass wherever you are. For example, this is how I wake up every morning…

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How do you motivate yourself to work out and be healthy?