“I don’t want to lift weights. They make me bulky.” We’ve all heard this. I used to think this way when I was younger. I don’t know where this myth came from but it’s there. Even though it has been debunked by a lot of research. And boy am I glad. Because even back then, I knew that if I wanted to gain muscle and have the shape I hoped to achieve, there was no way of getting it without lifting weights. Tone, defined arms and a lifted, shapely butt would only happen through weight lifting. There was one element missing in the thriving group fitness scene. Until Radan Sturm founded his new studio in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. His goal was to fill in this gap. Lucky for me, Radan developed the LIFTONIC method and transformed weight lifting. I got the inside scoop on how weight lifting can change a woman’s body and transform the way we work out. Here is my interview with Radan.
Radan is a 15-year vet in the fitness/training industry. He founded LIFTONIC with one simple goal in mind: to teach weight training exercises in a contemporary, improved, and cutting-edge way. To create a routine that’s fun, uplifting, and more important than anything, effective.
With so many boutique fitness studios poppin’ up all over the city, it takes a lot for one to differentiate itself from the rest. Enter: Refine Method. New York’s Smartest Workout. I heard the story and couldn’t wait to try it. When Brynn retired from her professional ballet career; she had to find a new way to keep her body fit. While looking for her first gym ever, she started questioning all the myths surrounding fitness and was disillusioned with the slow progress made with typical workouts. Brynn went in search for the right workout. She traveled the country learning from top athletes, trainers, coaches, and scientists and the result was her own method, the Refine Method. The workout is geared towards achieving fast results. “By ‘refining’ the piles of information out there and giving only the best to our clients, we hope to produce a ‘refined’ body – lean, proportional and fit” (Brynn Putnam).
Revival of the Fittest. This slogan is featured on the wall of the cycling room at Revolve in Union Square. It seems fitting given the fact that I am barely surviving by the end of the spin class. The instructor sets the pace and the resistance and it takes a lot to follow it by the book and without breaks. To follow the beat of the music is always a challenge for me; and I am waiting for the moment in which I will feel fit enough to survive any spin class.
It’s January. This means coming out of a food coma and drinking haze. This year, I visited my family in Mexico and went on an incredible skiing trip to Vail, CO. Safe to say, my ClassPass membership was put on hold. As I am sure it is for many women, one of my New Year’s resolutions was getting into the best shape of my life. I know…cliché. However, this means something different to me now, than it did a few years ago. Being in the best shape of my life doesn’t mean just looking thin, but being healthy emotionally, physically, and spiritually, which ultimately also means being fit not “thin.” This has a lot to do with taking an active approach to fitness and never coasting, or in other words not just trying to get a workout in but letting a specific class or gym time provide an other type of nourishment. For me this means transforming my fitness time into my oasis.