The Ballet Spot

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Hello everyone and happy Monday! It’s been awhile since I posted on here. As much as I love to write, there have just been so many free classes that I’ve been posting a lot to Insta. Follow me here if you don’t already 🙂

Anyway…this past Thursday I had the pleasure of attending The Ballet Spot for a cardio ballet/dance class. Before you non-dancers and non-ballerinas run away…hear me out. Most of you know that I would not define myself as a dancer. Yes, I took ballet when I was younger..pink tutu and all, thanks mom and dad 😉 But as I got older, sports really became more my thing.

So you can imagine that I was a little hesitant when Eliza, founder of The Ballet Spot and professional ballet dancer, invited me to try The Ballet Spot. But before I could run away, she assured me that this class is for both non-dancers and dancers. It’s really more of a dance fitness class, but instead of the hip hop language, the vocab is a bit more ballet based. Her words “even an absolute beginner can accomplish the moves” sold me. I mean really, what’s the harm in trying something new?

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The Ballet Spot is a total body workout that keeps you moving the entire time. The class is a conditioning and endurance workout, where you work on building strength, flexibility, grace, balance and coordination. Eliza leads you through a series of moves, taking you through a variety of ballet moves. This past week, I learned how to plié, relevé, and sauté. Before Thursday, the only sauteing I ever did was of vegetables 😉

The classes are small so that Eliza can focus on each person, making sure their form is correct. And throughout class, I could really see her watching everyone, while demonstrating the moves herself. Her excitement for dance and ballet shines through during the entire class. She has such a positive energy, encouraging everyone to have fun, and the moves will come. I found myself really enjoying class. Not only was I trying something new, but Eliza kept class exciting and enjoyable, even for us non-ballerinas.

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The good news for all you dancers and non-dancers out there…your first class is free! A typical class costs $23 so scoring this first one for free is worth it. To reserve your spot, email Eliza@TheBalletSpot.com, and let her know Fit for Free sent you 🙂

Classes are taught on Thursday nights from 7pm-8pm and Sundays from 11:30am-12:30pm at 131 West 72nd St. #3R, New York, NY. It is recommended that you wear comfortable workout clothes and bring socks. No sneakers needed in this workout. Ballet shoes are not required, but definitely recommended to bring if you have. If not, Eliza sometimes has a few extra pairs to lend out, but just in case, make sure you have socks.

If you love ballet, this class is 100% for you. And if not, still give it a try! Although I am not a dancer, I had a great time and got to meet some really great people as well. Side note: most of us in class had never been before so we were all trying it for the first time together, helping each other out. It was a fun way to workout at the end of a long week.

Want to prep yourself with a 10 minute warm up? Check out The Ballet Spot’s feature in Well + Good for a quick guide before you head on into class.

So here’s to pliés and chassés 🙂

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Free Yoga Event with Athleta

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If you’re free on Tuesday, September 26th, come join me at the Athleta store in Flatiron, where I’ll be hosting a free yoga event 🙂 The event will consist of a 45 minute Lyons Den Power Yoga class, followed by detox teas courtesy of Lion Tea, and we may even pop some champagne at the end 😉 Is there a better way to spend your Tuesday night? I mean, come om’ 😉 You can sign up here, but keep reading for everything we’ll have for you at the event.

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Class will be taught by Christine Mahoney. Christine completed her 200-hour teacher-training program in Baptiste yoga at Lyons Den Power Yoga in NYC, and she regularly teaches power yoga classes at Athleta. On Tuesday evening, you can expect an athletic, fun and invigorating yoga flow. After the workout, we hope you’ll feel recharged, re-energized and completely at ease with yourself…ready to take on the rest of the week.

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Class will start at 7:00 PM and the event will run until around 8:15 PM. Mats will be provided so there is no need to bring your own, however, if you’re a regular yogi with your own mat, you are welcome to bring it. Class is open to all levels – so whether you practice yoga everyday, or this is your very first time, everyone is welcome. Trust me, you will very likely see me fall out of tree pose, I am no pro. So don’t be intimidated if you’re not a regular yogi. This event is meant for everyone to have fun, take an awesome yoga class, and meet some new like minded fitness friends 🙂

After class, we’ll enjoy some refreshing teas from Lion Tea. Because it’s only fitting that we pair some Lion Tea with Lyons Den Power Yoga, right? 🙂 Lion Tea is a dandelion tea, which has been considered a medicinal miracle for centuries. It’s known to help cleanse the liver, fight off disease and even clear up acne prone skin. The tea is packed with prebiotics, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and whole plant dandelions to help fuel your body with just the right things, especially post yoga 🙂 Lion Tea comes in 4 deliciously refreshing, slightly bitter flavors, which we’ll get to sample on Tuesday! Kristin, from Lion Tea, will be at the event as well, to share the tea with us and tell us all a little more about its wonderful benefits 🙂

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To sign up for this event, click here. If you’re new to the Athleta class schedule site, you’ll need to create an account, which will only take a minute. If you already have an account with Athleta, you’re all set to sign up! Just make sure you’re reserving your spot for the “Fit for Free yoga” event, and you’re ready to get your om’ on.

P.S. You’ll still be home in time for the “This Is Us” premiere 🙂

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Community Classes at Yoga Vida

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When working out at fitness studios in the city, the words, “community class,” are GOLDEN. Community classes are typically taught by new instructors who are getting a feel for teaching real time classes before their schedules go live. The best part? Community classes are for the most part free, or at least, donation based.

Yoga Vida is offering community classes now through December 10th. Through December! That’s amazing. So as the temps start to drop, and we fall back into our fitness routines (the ones that take place inside, instead of on the NYC piers and on the beach), we can get our flow on for only so much as $1. You can view the complete Yoga Vida class schedule here. Do note that if you need to rent a mat, you can do so for $2, but bring your own if you have one.

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Community classes are open-level flow classes, so anyone and everyone can join in. They’re donation based so you can literally donate just a dollar to take class. For the most part, this is when they’re happening:

  • Monday – Friday at 7:30 am at Union Square
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 2:30 pm at Union Square
  • Sunday at 2:00 pm at Noho

But as you scroll through the schedule, make sure to keep your eyes open because community classes could pop up at other times, or you can filter by “community class” here.

Sometimes when studios put community classes on the schedule, they’re at the worst times. But Yoga Vida, you’ve done well! To score a community class on a weekday before work, is invaluable. What better way to start the day than with a flow, a stretch and a tap into your inner self, to prepare you for anything that comes your way. We could all use some peace, meditation, and calmness in this crazy, busy city, right?!

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And as your Sundays turn from beach days into football-watching couch days (or for some of us, food shopping and errands kind of days), a 2 PM yoga sesh followed by a post-workout lunch sounds excellent. And yes, my friend and I have already made plans to get our yoga on with a post-flow meal on these upcoming fall Sundays. Let me know if you want to join in 🙂

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So whether you’re new to yoga, or a regular ol’ yogi, $1 classes never hurt nobody. I recommend taking advantage of these community classes over the next few months. Click on the class schedule here, donate $1 (or more if you’re feeling generous), get in that child’s pose and let it go. Namaste, yogis.

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Dibs On That Treadmill ;)

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This post is about Dibs, where you can book your favorite fitness classes, at a lower price. We all know how pricey fitness in the city can be, hence…why we love getting fit for free 😉 Well, Dibs gets it. That’s why they’ve created a pricing option that makes it easier for us to get into a routine at our favorite studios, without paying those top price drop-in rates.

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We’re pretty used to companies partnering with studios, to bring us better pricing. Needless to say, there was once a time when we loved Classpass for that exact reason, right? That is, until they took away the unlimited option and increased prices…but let’s just stay on topic for now…Okay, Classpass, we still love you, but we could love you an unlimited amount more..if ya know what I mean 😉 Okay, seriously..back on topic now.

Dibs partners with studios, to price each class spot based on real-time demand. Whereas with Zenrez (a last minute, lower price booking option), the price drops as you get closer to class time, Dibs does the opposite. At Dibs, they want you to plan your workouts in advance, and to ensure that you do, you’ll get the best price by booking earlier. Class spots for most studios open up 2 weeks before class time so you can start booking then to get the best priced option.

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So what studios can you find on Dibs? Right now, you’ll see Mile High Run Club, Flex Studios, Row House, Throwback Fitness, Uplift, The Fit Co, Body Conceptions & Brooklyn Strength. More studios are constantly being added.

You can find Dibs pricing on their website here. You’ll also find the dibs price per class, in the bottom right-hand corner of each of their studio partners’ websites. So, for example, if you’re on the Mile High Run Club site, on the lower right-hand side, a little Dibs box will be available with the special Dibs pricing for upcoming classes.

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There is no membership or subscription required to book a class on Dibs, you can simply book as you go. So for those of you with commitment issues, rest assured, there is no need to commit. To create your Dibs account, click here and you’ll be ready to book discounted classes in no time.

As far as cancellations, no-shows, and all that jazz..Dibs follows each studio’s specific cancellation policy, so typically that’s a 12 or 24 hour cancellation required. If you need to cancel your class, and do so early enough, you’ll get the credit back in your Dibs account, specifically for that studio you had booked.  If you cancel too close to the start of class or don’t show up, you’ll end up losing the money you spent on the class, but won’t be charged any additional fees. Long story short, do yourself a favor and show up 🙂

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But, wait, there’s more…more discounts that is 🙂 Use the code ‘FITFORFREE’ to take $5 off your first booking with Dibs. Savings on savings on savings 🙂

Who’s calling dibs now? 😉

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NYSC Goes Boutique Fitness

nysc lab .jpgYou may already know about the brand new boutique fitness studio located on the Upper East Side, that is home to BFX, Cyc, and Tonehouse. Yes, all 3. A beautiful trifecta.

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Cyc and Tonehouse have been open for a few months now, and BFX is ready to join them, but with a brand new name. The famous, New York Sports Club, created their very own boutique fitness class called NYSC Lab and joined forces with the former BFX studio, giving us the chance to take more of our favorite HIIT classes. The best part? To celebrate their grand opening, they’re offering FREE classes 🙂

Now through Sunday, August 13th, you can take free classes at NYSC Lab UES. To reserve your class, simply call the UES studio at 212-232-0050. When you call, just let them know the class and time you are looking to book and they’ll get you set up, free of cost. The studio is located at 1231 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021, on the corner of 71st St.

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NYSC Lab includes a variety of classes such as, Burn, Build, Stoked 360 (yes, Kira Stokes‘ class) and BFX Row. All the great classes you’re used to seeing at BFX Studio. You can view the class descriptions and schedule here. Just make sure you’re looking at the 3rd Ave/UES classes, those are the free ones 🙂 And make sure to pick from the NYSC Lab/BFX classes, not the Cyc or Tonehouse ones. Althoughhhh, if you are new to Tonehouse, you can take class at the UES studio, for free, on Saturdays at 1:30 PM throughout the summer. Sign up here.

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Anyway, back to NYSC Lab…These classes are all about HIITing it. Each class will vary slightly but in all of them, you’ll experience those quick, all out bursts, followed by very quick bouts of recovery. So if HIIT workouts are your thing, definitely check out these free classes while they’re available. Plus, you’ll find motivating messages (like the one below) around the studio, so when you’re feeling like you can’t complete those last few burpees, you’ll be encouraged to 🙂

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This week, I had the pleasure (I call it that now, but not so much at the time), of taking Roberto Olvera‘s class. The workout included TRX segments, cardio bursts and core exercises. It was a complete total body workout. Roberto taught a tough class, but at the same time, was encouraging, and might I add, funny, and the class went by so fast (as fast as a HIIT class could). When we finished our last core exercise, I couldn’t believe it was over. I left the class feeling strong, and definitely sweaty. Safe to say I will definitely be back for more.

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When you first enter the NYSC Lab location, the BFX studio is located on the top level (same as the front desk). It’s a big, open space – set up perfectly for a HIIT class. Downstairs, you’ll find the Cyc and Tonehouse studios, as well as a lounge, locker rooms, changing areas, and anything else you may need. The studio is beautiful and you can definitely tell it’s brand new.

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Click here to view a list of upcoming classes and remember to call the studio at 212-232-0050 and they’ll hook you up with your free class. Calling is the easiest way to book your class.

Oh, and NYSC Lab, I’ll be seeing you A LOT the next 2 weeks. Thanks for opening up so close to my new apartment 😉 Some may call that fate…

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Special Edition: 305 Fitness

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Those of you who knew me when I was younger, know that I am pretty much the farthest thing from a dancer. I was that girl who stood in the back of the room at bat mitzvah, not in the middle of the dance floor. I was never on the cheerleading or kickline teams, instead I could be found playing basketball or softball. Which is why you may be surprised to find that when it comes to my favorite boutique fitness studio, my answer is…305 Fitness.

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Today I’m sharing something a little bit different on the blog. I’m encouraging you to try a new workout, a new class, a new studio…one you would have never pictured yourself stepping into. Had I not tried this wonderful dance cardio workout, I would have never come to love the studio that is 305 Fitness. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little hesitant walking into my first 305 class but it helped to be alongside a friend. Shout-out to my friend, Lauren 🙂 P.S. Make sure to read until the end of this post for some 305 freebies 🙂

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305 Fitness is a dance cardio studio, where the workouts include cardio (duh), dance (duh), sprint intervals, sculpting, and toning. In this type of class, you work your entire body without the feel of a bootcamp type of class, and you leave extra sweaty.

There are a few things that make 305 Fitness my favorite workout:

  1. It’s a non-stop workout. You are constantly moving and I personally love that. I prefer not to stop and chitter-chatter and be shown moves during class (although yes, depending on the type of class, sometimes it is necessary). But at 305, you are moving the entire time, you follow the instructor and just do your thang. If you miss a move, it does not matter. The lights are dim and trust me, no one’s watching you.
  2. You can really let loose. 305 is FUN. It’s a non-stop dance party. You are encouraged to really get into the moves and let out all that stress. For me, an early morning 305 class is a great way to wake up and kick off my day, and an evening class after work, is a great way to let go of stress and forget about everything else going on.
  3. The vibes. 305 is all about GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS. This is not to say guys can’t take the class too, because they totally can. Hey! Half of 305’s instructors are guys, and there’s usually a handful of guys in the classes I’ve taken. Upon stepping into the 305 studio, you feel empowered and strong and ready to take on whatever life throws your way. The vibes in the studio are just all-around amazing, from the infamous lips on the wall, to their “Make Sweat Sexy” motto to the neon lights in the studio, to the music.
  4. Ahhh, the music. Another one of my favorite parts. In each 305 class, there is a live DJ, who is bumpin’ the beats. From DJ Khaled’s “Shining” to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” the music is always on point. You know when you’re at a club (or really, a bar is more like it for us these days), and you hear that song that just makes you want to dance. Imagine 55 minutes of that. Hello, heaven.
  5. Their instructors are beyond amazing. They’re energetic and fun and motivating, pretty much everything you’d want in an instructor. When booking a class at 305, you don’t need to check to see which instructor is teaching, you’re guaranteed to get a great one every time. Mark my word.
  6. The sweat. Those of you who know my workout style, know I love to sweat. There is no better feeling to me than leaving a class dripping sweat, feeling like you’ve just accomplished a whole lot. Now, I know that sweating does not indicate a good workout, you can do an awesome strength training sesh, with minimal sweat, and that’s still an awesome workout. But for me, personally, I like to sweat. Every time I leave 305, I am dripping. My hair is wet, my tank has a huge sweat stain (on the rare chance it’s not black), and I am one happy girl.

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Now, I mentioned before, I am not a dancer. But when I’m in that studio, I am literally Beyonce. Or at least, I feel like I am. My body can move, and I can dance! And for those moves that I just can’t nail down…who cares?! The lights are dim and no one can see me, and I am having the time of my life. Mind you, this is still a workout. Ever heard someone say they’re having the time of their life during a workout? 😉

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When the 305 workout is over, I am actually sad, because for those 55 minutes of dance cardio, I get to disconnect from my phone, forget about everything else going on that day, and just let it go, to the beat of the music. Plus, it’s not all about dance. There’s tons of jumping jacks, high knees, kickboxing moves, etc. that don’t even make the class feel like a dance class. So I reiterate. If you’re not a dancer, you can still do it!

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So, I encourage you to not only try something new, but to find that class that you are excited about going to. The one that doesn’t make you want to snooze your alarm when it goes off in the morning. Take a class that you look forward to going to after work, that you don’t dread all day long. Do a workout that makes you feel good and that you enjoy doing. It’ll be that much more rewarding.

So, this wouldn’t be Fit for Free, if there weren’t some freebies to offer right? 🙂 Here’s a list of all the promos that 305 Fitness is running right now:

  1. Take a FREE 305 Pop Up Class. View the schedule here. P.S. there’s one coming up this Tuesday.
  2. Sign up here for The Sweat Sessions FREE 305 Fitness class, taking place July 18th at 7:00 PM. See ya there 😉
  3. Summer Fridays: Bring a co-worker for FREE every Friday this summer at the Midtown studio only. Bring your +1 for free, on a drop-in basis only, for 305’s 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, or 4:30 PM classes. Do it today!
  4. Check in on Yelp 10 times and you’ll receive a FREE class.
  5. Look out for their community classes. 305 Fitness holds $15 community classes for their new instructors to give it a go before they officially get on the schedule. That’s pretty much half off their regular price. Although there are no community classes taking place at this time, I will definitely let you guys know when the next round comes on the schedule so be on the lookout 🙂
  6. If you refer 3 friends to 305 and they pay for class, you get a FREE credit in your account.
  7. And last but not least…#TheOtherYou Summer Challenge! Here’s what you need to do: Take 2 photos or videos of you, post on Instagram and use the “Swipe Left” feature. These photos or videos should show “You” and “The Other You” Whatever that means to you 🙂 Make sure to tag @305fitness and use the hashtag #TheOtherYou. Just for posting, you’ll receive 15% off a class or package. In addition, 1 weekly winner will receive a FREE class. AND 1 winner will get chosen for one month of unlimited Cardio, Sculpt and Flow Classes AND the winner will be picked on August 15th.

Ahhhh, the odds are too funny. August 15th happens to be my birthday 🙂 A 305 class is always a good gift…hint, hint, Mom & Dad 😉

So, to confirm…you do not need to be able to do a body roll to take this class. You do not need to be able to twerk, or shake your booty.  Let me assure you: I can’t do either of those things. You just need to want to be there, and trust me you’ll be pretty impressed with yourself.

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So find that class, that workout, that makes you happy. That you look forward to going to. It may not be the same for you as it is for me and guess what? It probably won’t be. Surprise yourself and try something new, I encourage you. And hey, what’s the worst that could happen? 😉

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Red Zone: NYSC’s Boutique Fitness Studio

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You’ve heard of New York Sports Club. It’s a world-renowned gym, well, the Sports Club part is anyway 😉 But did you know that NYSC now has their very own boutique fitness studio?!

Crunch has brought us Sweatshed, and Equinox has brought us Project By Equinox (more on that to come in a different post). Well, NYSC welcomes: Red Zone. And yes, it’s as scary as it sounds. But if classes like Fhitting Room and Tonehouse are how you like to get your sweat on, keep reading…

Red Zone is NYSC’s new boutique fitness studio, located at the NYSC Flagship Club (4 Astor Place). To celebrate their grand opening, NYSC is offering a variety of classes at the Red Zone..FOR FREE ! Head on over to the website here, click on upcoming classes, and wherever you see “RZ” or “Red Zone” listed, you can sign up for class, free of charge.

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This week, I got to try out Jess Glazer‘s “Boost” Class. Boost is a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout. You’ll go through a series of exercises, that are quick and fast paced, followed by quick (very quick) bouts of recovery. You’ll come across all the moves you know and love: burpees, box jumps, bearcrawls, etc. But it’s quick, so you HAVE to give it your all.  Jess was super encouraging, keeping an eye on everyone’s form, and letting us know when we had 10 seconds left in a move, which meant, yes, you can do mountain climbers for just 10 more seconds. She had faith in us. I would STRONGLY recommend taking her class. You can view her schedule here 🙂

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In addition to the Boost class, Red Zone also offers a Pump class and Core class. Pump is a strength workout and core is well, a core workout 😉 But don’t expect to be doing crunches and planks for an hour, because that’s super boring, right? In the Core class, you’ll work through a variety of body weight exercises like squats and deadlifts, because, hey, we use our core for everything. In the Pump class, you can expect to lift heavier and harder than you have before. You’ll leave class feeling stronger, and well, fully equipped to carry home those heavy grocery bags on your next food haul. Can I get a “pump, pump, pump it up?!” 😉

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To reserve the Red Zone free demo classes, you will need to create an account, or if you’re a NYSC member, you’ll log in with the account you already have. You may be asked to enter in credit card info when reserving the class, but since the class is free, don’t worry, you won’t be charged anything. Just make sure you see that $0.00 at the top 🙂 The Red Zone demo classes are open to both members and non-members.

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The NYSC Red Zone space is in collaboration with Cyc Fitness (which is located downstairs). The gym is beautiful, and the locker rooms are beautiful as well, but just a side note: make sure to bring a lock because the lockers are not self-locking. I want to make sure you come for class fully prepared 🙂 All that’s left to do is…

Reserve your free class here, click on upcoming classes, and get ready to enter the Red Zone 🙂 This free offer won’t last forever so get in the zone while you still can.

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