New York’s long been ahead of the curve when it comes to health trends so on a recent visit to the Big Apple, Women’s Fitness uncovered the latest workout methods, wellbeing zones and healthy hotel stays. Here’s our guide to maintaining a happy, healthy you on your next trip Stateside.
Trend: Group cycling
Where: Soul Cycle
There’s a universal motivation that takes over once you enter the dark, disco-esque studio, where futuristic bikes and fit New Yorkers take their places to ride for their lives. The premise is to start off riding, standing not sitting, and gradually turn up the resistance disc on the bike’s frame. This is no ordinary spin class, instructors take you on a journey building both emotional and physical strength to bass-heavy beats pounding around you. You’re urged to close your eyes and get in touch with your ‘soul fitness’ and ‘ride for what you want in life’.
As the intensity rises, you’ll be push-upping off the handlebars and incorporating weights into the workout, and you’re legs never stop spinning.
Towels are provided and Smart Water is available for $2. Clip-in bike shoes are mandatory and available onsite. Warning, one class and you’ll be addicted!
Want more: Ride for Change with the Cyc Method
Trend: Hot yoga (not Bikram)
Can you sweat it? Yes, you can at boutique yoga studio Y7, in hipster haven, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The mind/body balancing practice pushes yogic boundaries amidst music, darkness and heat - there are silent heaters that aid muscle relaxation and promote detoxification. With each class strictly limited to 10 students, it’s an intimate experience only for those up for a stretching and bending challenge.
Trend: Barre fitness
Where: Xtend Barre Brooklyn Heights
New Yorkers can’t get enough of this Pilates slash ballet-based workout. Xtend Barre incorporates both isometric micro-movements that sculpt, burn and align, as well as larger, more dynamic movements including plies, tip-toe squats and port de bra arm sweeps. Make no mistake, this is an arm-shaking, glute-quaking workout. ‘It’s called “Xtend” for a reason,’ says Kristine Storie, studio owner & instructor. ‘In addition to providing elements of excellent cardio, the large range of motion sequences enable the lengthening and elongation of muscles. Expect to be challenged, have a ton of fun, feel invigorated and leave standing tall.’
Want more: Go en pointe with online lessons from Bar Method
Trend: Landmark bootcamps
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp
Leave your fears at home and prepare to get your butt whipped as you step up on iron beams, push off cement walls and use the resistance of the bridge’s structure and your own body weight while burning up to 800 calories in an hour. While you’re catching your breath be sure to glimpse the sun rising over the Hudson River.
Want more: Travelling with your man? Try a date night sweat-fest with Bootcamp Republic
Trend: Juice pressing and cleansing
Liquiteria are still the big kids on the juice block having pioneered New York’s pressed juice obsession when they opened in 1996. Through their five Manhattan locations they now offer four levels of cleansing and the added detox support of a personal cleansing coach. All Liquiteria’s programs promise to flood your body with the nutrition it’s craving but if you’re a beginner, try the ‘Explore and Nourish’, while the ‘Deep, Dive and Heal’ is a more aggressive green-heavy cleanse.
Want more: Try the love cleanses from Organic Avenue
Where: Vitamin Chick
This artisanal juice bar offering on Spring Street in retail and gallery-rich Soho offers on-the-spot hydraulic-pressed raw organic juice flaves like the soothing Chia Pear – pineapple, pear, chia, raw coconut water or the fire-in-your-belly Red Smoke - tomatoes, red pepper, cilantro, lemon, celery, jalapeno, smoked salt, cayenne pepper.
Vitamin Chick, which also offers killer smoothies like the Avocalada and nutritious eats, was founded by Irina Koyfman and Marina Shin who say of the cute name; ‘In our native Russian language, we add the suffix "chik" to a name or thing to make it fun and cute.’
Trend: Healthy Hotels
Where: Trump Soho
What: Wellness Package
When booking the Trump Soho’s Wellness Package you’ll arrive to your king-bed appointed suite to find a Travel Fit pack waiting – so there’s no excuse for not working out those jetlagged muscles. Complete with Under Armour trainers, shorts, tee and sports bra, as well as light weights, a stretch band and a yoga matt, a time-zone adjusting sweat session has never been so easy. Opt to stretch and re-energise in your room or their cardio-ready fitness centre. The hotel is also home to New York’s only luxury hamman in the Ivanka Trump-designed spa, the perfect place to soothe tired limbs.
The Wellness Package also includes nutritious food offerings that use produce and spices grown on the hotel’s rooftop garden. Health conscious Green Machine or Antioxidant smoothies, Healthy Heart or Fitness breakfasts, and Poached Maine Lobster Salad are just a few of the dietary offerings.
Where: The James Hotel
What: Rooftop Yoga, celebrity fitness trainers and guided city runs
The James Hotel’s Urban Athlete package targets travellers who’s commitment to fitness doesn’t wane, no matter where they lay their head. Choose from vinyasa yoga followed by group or individual health coaching with your instructor, fitness classes with Oscar Baker who’s honed and toned the bodies of Rosario Dawson, Tom Brady and Petra Nemcova, or a guided running tour that takes in lower Manhattan’s sights.
Trend: Earth to Table Eats
Where: The Fat Radish
What: Neighbourhood hang making veggies cool
On the lower east side locavores are flocking to the Fat Radish for chef Ben Towill’s organic, gastro-pub cuisine that uses ingredients sourced from the tri-state area. Dishes like celery-root pot pie, kale Caesar salad and beetroot crumble wow both on the plate and palate.
Where: ABC Kitchen
What: So-hot-right-now dinner spot
Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is leading the slow food movement with a menu committed to ecologically sourced produce from regional farmers and fair trade cooperatives. All ingredients are free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, antibiotics, hormones, and any link to GMO. The rooftop garden provides herbs and micro greens and you’ll be seated on salvaged, reclaimed, and recycled dining room materials. If it’s good enough for Beyoncé and Jay Z…
Where: Union Square Green Market
What: Open air market with providores galore
Founded in 1976 by a group of farmers, the Union Square Greenmarket is now frequented by 60,000 visitors keen to support local agriculture. Soak up the atmosphere as you spend your foodie dollars on picked-from-the-tree fruits, award-winning breads and cheeses, fresh-cut flowers and organic wines, and delight in cooking demonstrations delivered by New York's hottest kitchen personalities.
What: earth-loving supermarket offering organic produce, chem-free cosmetics and natural-fibre apparel
No visit to NYC is complete without a visit to Wholefoods whose promise is to stock the highest quality natural and organic products available and commit to ecologically supported resources. Nourish yourself at the salad bar, treat tastebuds to gluten-free baked goods, stock up on naturopathic remedies and wink at the other cute healthies wandering the aisles. One word, yum!
Text by Kelli Armstrong