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    FITNESS guru Richard Simmons stepped back from the profession he had held for more than four decades before disappearing from the public eye completely. A new Fox documentary is coming out on August 22, 2022, to explore Simmons' life and abrupt disappearance. 2Richard Simmons produced aerobics videos in the 1980s and 1990sCredit: Getty When did Richard Simmons open his studio? Richard Simmons is best known for his Sweatin' to the Oldies aerobics videos he produced in the 1980s and 1990s. Simmons struggled with obesity as a child and into his teenage years, eventually becoming a plus-sized model. As he got older, he turned to fitness and exercise, losing 100 lbs and turning it into a career. When he realized he could help others on their weight loss journey, Simmons began making aerobics videos on VHS and opened his own fitness studio, Slimmons Fitness, in 1974. “When I opened Slimmons in 1974, I simply couldn’t wait to tell everyone that food could be healthy AND delicious or that exercise could be fun!" Simmons said in a statement in 2016. READ MORE ON...
    Scouted selects products independently. If you purchase something from our posts, we may earn a small commission. Ever since the pandemic began a couple of years ago, my fitness routine gradually declined from inconsistent to straight-up nonexistent. After putting on the quarantine 30 (OK, maybe 20), I decided that not only had my lack of movement rendered my entire wardrobe unwearable, but, more importantly, my energy level, focus, and circulation were suffering too. It recently dawned on me that investing in a full-sized treadmill (along with Melissa Wood Health’s virtual pilates flows) would be more than enough to get my movement goals back on track. Up until I received Horizon Fitness’ 7.0 AT Studio Series Treadmill, I was still spending over $50 a month on a gym membership fee—a total waste of money considering that I only managed to go in about once a month. Thanks to this next-level treadmill, I can now get the same quality treadmill time I’d get at the gym from the comfort of my own home without the commute, subscription fee, or gym anxiety. In...
    By Jordan Valinsky | CNN Business It’s not just Peloton that’s spinning into trouble: Indoor cycling studio SoulCycle is closing about 25% of its locations. It’s yet another signal that consumers’ exercise habits continue to change as the pandemic wears on. In the coming days, SoulCycle will shutter around 20 of its 83 studios: six in the New York City area, five in California (San Jose, San Francisco – SoMa, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Del Mar) and others in Washington, DC, Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida and Georgia. It will also close down in Toronto, which means a complete exit from Canada. “As riders continue to return to in-studio classes there have been many shifts as a result of the pandemic,” a SoulCycle spokesperson told CNN Business in a statement, saying some of those shifts are geography-based and the company “assess[ed] whether there is an opportunity to right-size in certain markets.” Customers who frequent a studio that’s closing were informed via email over the weekend, and about 75 of SoulCycle’s approximately 1,350 employees will be laid off as a result of the...
    New York (CNN Business)It's not just Peloton that's spinning into trouble: Indoor cycling studio SoulCycle is closing about 25% of its locations. It's yet another signal that consumers' exercise habits continue to change as the pandemic wears on.In the coming days, SoulCycle will shutter around 20 of its 83 studios: six in the New York City area, five in California and others in Washington, DC, Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida and Georgia. It will also close down in Toronto, which means a complete exit from Canada. "As riders continue to return to in-studio classes there have been many shifts as a result of the pandemic," a SoulCycle spokesperson told CNN Business in a statement, saying some of those shifts are geography-based and the company "assess[ed] whether there is an opportunity to right-size in certain markets."Customers who frequent a studio that's closing were informed via email over the weekend, and about 75 of SoulCycle's approximately 1,350 employees will be laid off as a result of the closures.Read MoreThe news comes soon after Peloton (PTON) — whose stock is down more than 90% from...
    A fitness studio chain that focuses on assisted stretching will soon hold the grand opening of its brand-new Long Island location. StretchLab will hold the official grand opening event for its East Northport location on Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11, according to representatives.  The studio is located at 4097 Jericho Turnpike. “From the clientele to the Flexologists, everyone who walks through the door has a different background and specific goal which makes the studio so unique and diverse,” said James Immordino, the owner of the new studio. “I am excited to introduce the community to all the benefits StretchLab offers from a health and lifestyle perspective that will last a lifetime.” The studio will offer one-on-one personalized stretching services, including 25-minute stretches and 50-minute stretches. Guests can sign up for monthly memberships along with drop-in stretches, representatives said. StretchLab East Northport will be open daily. Learn more about the studio on the company's website.
    BOSTON (CBS) – The pandemic caused all of us to shift gears. For fitness guru Drew LaCombe, he decided to get on the move. Drew LaCombe runs MoveStudios, a mobile gym that is bringing fitness right to the people of Boston. “I saw this moving truck and just saw it and thought, ‘Love at first sight.’ And I was like, you know what, I want to turn that into a gym,” LaCombe said. MoveStudios is Boston’s first mobile fitness studio. If you build it, they will come. And they did, especially when Drew and his crew took the workouts to Boston’s waterfront. “To be able to find that space and be able to take it over and create this little vibe that is all positive. Water just brings positive things to people,” LaCombe said. The fitness studio has become a major part of the Boston community. It was in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and LaCombe was handing out these inspirational rubber ducks. Why ducks? “When you get a duck you smile. I don’t care who you are. I’m looking...
    A fitness studio chain that focuses on helping guests improve their mobility through stretching is preparing to open its fourth Connecticut location. StretchLab will host the grand opening of its new Fairfield County location at 11 a.m. on March 11, the company announced. The new facility is located at 121 Towne St, in Harbor Point in Stamford. The studio will offer discounted pricing for memberships and single stretches as part of the grand opening. The Stamford location is owned by KHR, the largest StretchLab franchise operator in the United States. “Stamford residents will experience the freedom to move as they want and engage in the active lifestyle they’ve always strived for,” said Dawn Rinaldi, one of the groups’ owners. “StretchLab offers members the expert-level assessment needed to stretch their way towards a longer and healthier life.” StretchLab studios offer one-on-one stretching services, such as a 25-minute stretch focusing on the client's needs or a 50-minute head-to-toe stretch focusing on major muscle groups, representatives said. The Stamford location can be reached at 203-920-1277 or by email at Stamford@stretchlab.com. 
    BURLINGTON, N.J. (CBS) – Drop the lights, raise the beat, and let your feet take your heart rate to the sky. Ryde is an indoor cycling studio in Burlington, New Jersey that rolled into town in 2020. “It’s not just about the workout, it goes beyond that,” said Owner and Chief Motivational Officer Nakia Smith. “Coming in and going into that dark room and just being able to let it go. Some people are just like, they had a crap day and were like ‘I just need to get on this bike and just stomp it out.'” READ MORE: Jonathan Akubu Charged With Murder In Connection To Multiple Philadelphia Carjackings, Officials SayIn just a year this intense, high-energy exercise escape has caught fire – but most importantly, Smith says it’s created a community for anyone to belong and bike to the beat. “You belong, no matter what that is. You belong here and that’s the kind of space I wanted to create,” said Smith. “As an African American woman in this industry and also someone who’s a little...
    Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit nearly three years ago, access to gyms, fitness studios, and in-person group classes has been limited, to say the least. While many studios and fitness centers have re-opened with tighter restrictions and social distancing measures, the abrupt onset of the Omicron variant has, well, complicated things. If you're still hesitant about returning to IRL fitness settings but desperately miss the live feedback, human interaction, and enhanced motivation you got from connecting with other fitness-goers, Bande's virtual fitness studio is here to help bring the same level of interactivity to the digital space. There are plenty of online fitness courses available today, from free YouTube videos and of course pricey interactive fitness tools like the infamous Peloton, Lululemon's fitness MIRROR, and the Tempo compact home gym, but if these simply aren't for you, Bande's live online fitness courses may be just the thing you need to help fill that void, In a nutshell, Bande's services are designed to "replicate the motivation, personal attention, and the palpable energy found in an in-person workout class, brought...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Video shows a drunken driver ramming right into a West Loop business in reverse early Friday, and neighbors said they heard it, felt it – and then broke out the cameras to record what happened next. CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek caught up with the owner of the business, who said this was not the first tragedy to hit them recently. READ MORE: Alton Spann, 18, Charged With Murder Of University Of Chicago Graduate Dennis Shaoxiong Zheng; Police Say Spann Then Sold Zheng's Items At Cellphone StoreAt 1:25 a.m., police said a 25-year-old woman was driving north on Racine Avenue when she crashed into a light pole at Madison Street. She then attempted to reverse, and rammed into the Pure Barre fitness studio at 1170 W. Madison St. in The Madison at Racine building. “The calls from the police and the alarm company,” said owner Susan Rothman, “and yeah, not the call you want to get, right?” Video captured the sight and the crashing noise as the vehicle plowed backward through the Pure Barre studio – Rothman’s business...
    (CNN)More than a decade into her yoga practice, Paris Alexandra kept experiencing the same situation: being the only one in the room who looked like her."I was in so many different yoga spaces where I was the only Black woman or the only plus size woman," Alexandra recalls. "So it was always different navigating those spaces."That sense of isolation and anxiety prevents many from ever entering a gym or studio. Research on the fitness industry suggests factors such as race, ethnicity, weight, and body image influence whether someone feels welcome and comfortable enough to work out in certain environments."A lot of marginalized communities feel stigmatized because they don't feel understood in fitness spaces," says Carlos Davila, a sports psychologist and diversity and inclusion officer at the New York City boutique fitness studio Fhitting Room. Not fitting in comes with a lot of pressure, he says, so "it becomes this very different energy when you're in a space where you don't feel like you belong there."Sports psychologist and fitness instructor Carlos Davila says holding classes in public spaces is one way...
    Lockdown has been a challenge, and the months of isolation have led many to develop bad habits and to fall into a cycle of inactivity, depression, weight gain and loss of sleep. Now, as we begin to emerge from lockdown, Robert Troch of the Brooklyn-based Younger Than Last Year fitness studio, has launched a series of free video sessions airing on Facebook and other social media channels, sharing tips, engaging in some exercise and setting the stage for a healthier 2021. More information on the free sessions can be found here. The sessions from Troch, which are posted every Thursday (7 p.m. Eastern time) on the Younger Than Last Year Facebook page, are built around Troch’s seven foundations for a healthier lifestyle, which include: Mobility/Flexibility, Breathing, Fuel/Nutrition, Strength, Rest/Recovery, Passion and Mindset. Troch, who has taught fitness, flexibility, yoga and also with the New York Road Runners, focuses on easy-to-engage tactics and a fun presentation style in these sessions, which have drawn followers from a variety of age groups and fitness levels. To learn more about Younger Than Last Year,...
    New York (CNN Business)After a year of exercising by streaming spin and rowing classes in their living rooms and lifting weights in their basements, fitness enthusiasts are heading back to their gyms and boutique studios to sweat it out again as vaccines ramp up and Covid-19 restrictions ease.But boutique gyms that pivoted to the web during the pandemic say they aren't ditching virtual training entirely. They expect the future of exercising to involve a mix of in-person classes and at-home workouts."Our clients want to be back in the studio," said Stephanie Schon, president of The Bar Method, a barre exercise chain with more than 90 studios that also offers on-demand classes online. But she noted that the studio's typical customer is busy. "She juggles a lot and has really learned to appreciate the convenience that our digital offerings have allowed her at home."Schon said that nearly all the members it has surveyed say they plan to return to studios. But a majority of them want to "maintain a hybrid experience as a part of the 'new normal,'" she said. ...
    Mirror Table of Contents Chevron icon It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options. How much does it cost? How Mirror works The classes it offers What it's like to use A surprisingly solid workout What I liked  Some drawbacks to consider Price comparison Should you buy it? What are your alternatives?  The bottom line How much does it cost? How Mirror works The classes it offers What it's like to use A surprisingly solid workout What I liked  Some drawbacks to consider Price comparison Should you buy it? What are your alternatives?  The bottom line If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Mirror is a versatile, interactive workout machine that streams on-demand and live workout classes. It...
    This content is made possible by our sponsor; it is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of News Brig’s editorial staff. Working out at home saves time and money at the cost of missing out on some of the resources a gym can provide. The classes and community that your local fitness club offer are difficult to replace, but Studio SWEAT onDemand provides an interactive alternative featuring a variety of workouts and classes attended by thousands of individuals around the world. Right now, , or $149 off. What once drew you to a brick-and-mortar gym is now available from the comfort of your home. Studio SWEAT offers a wide c atalog of workouts and classes, including indoor cycling, kickboxing, TRX, HIIT, Pilates, bootcamp strength training, barre and more. These classes are led by enthusiastic, highly trained instructors and filled with thousands of other members who are exercising remotely, creating a camaraderie you would normally find at the gym. Speaking of which, the Komrades, SSoD’s aptly named worldwide community, will give you the motivation to achieve your...
    Keeping up a regular fitness routine is difficult enough without having to consider what effect it has financially. Certainly many of the fitness subscriptions out there are prohibitively expensive and require specialized equipment issued by the same company that created the subscription. And with more people saying that their at-home workout regimen is here to stay, many are on the lookout for an affordable subscription option to help with planning and training. Studio SWEAT is a streaming option with a huge variety and no connection to any specific equipment brand. And a one-year Studio SWEAT onDemand subscription is currently on sale for just $99, a huge 60% discount off the full retail purchase price of $248. Add it to your workout routine now for more variety, trainers to urge you on, and better results faster. With a subscription to Studio SWEAT onDemand, you can access virtual and live-streamed classes whenever you like across your existing devices – be it your smart TV, desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device. Passionate, world-class instructors take you through classes in cycling, kickboxing, TRX,...
    More On: fitness Improve your well-being with health and fitness apps on sale for 30% off Improve your diet and exercise routine with this healthy living guide FitFlop takes 20% off must-have shoes for spring and summer De Blasio accuses Cuomo of making decisions based on ‘political needs’ Keeping up a regular fitness routine is difficult enough without having to consider what effect it has financially. Certainly many of the fitness subscriptions out there are prohibitively expensive and require specialized equipment issued by the same company that created the subscription. And with more people saying that their at-home workout regimen is here to stay, many are on the lookout for an affordable subscription option to help with planning and training. Studio SWEAT is a streaming option with a huge variety and no connection to any specific equipment brand. And a one-year Studio SWEAT onDemand subscription is currently on sale for just $99, a huge 60% discount off the full retail purchase price of $248. Add it to your workout routine now for more variety, trainers to urge you on,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In addition to high schools, gyms and fitness classes are opening Monday in the city. CBS2’s Lisa Rozner spoke to gym owners in the Flatiron District on Sunday about what they’re doing to prepare. READ MORE: COVID In New York: Indoor Fitness Classes Allowed To Reopen Next Week; Curfew For Certain Businesses Will Be Lifted In April Gyms have been open for several months, but fitness classes had been off limits. But to begin the new work week, studios can hold classes at 33% capacity. To attend a class, participants must undergo a health screening at check-in and provide contact information for contact tracing. “We really worked at lightning pace to get over 60 classes a week to start,” said Johnny de Triquet, studio manager of Life Time. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip Code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here Studios had less than...
    BELLMORE, New York -- Since the pandemic began, people have been trying to keep in shape and stay healthy.While most people kept their business ventures on hold, President of Climb N Vibe, David Schmitt, decided to pursue his dream and open up his fitness studio.Schmitt saw many of his close family and friends frustrated with their weight and struggling to find a way to stay motivated.He decided to take a chance and open Climb N Vibe, a low-impact, strength training, and cardio mix utilizing the Versa Climber and Power Plate."Everyone is talking about getting out of the gym business, the gym business is horrible, and I said this is going to be my time," said Schmitt. "Everybody needs it, nows the time, now more than ever. This is good for people of all sizes, shapes, energies, levels, and athletic ability."Related: Long Island teen cheers on her squad by day and fights fires by nightSchmitt first discovered the Versa Climber when his father was using it during physical therapy for a knee injury. Schmitt saw that even with his father's condition,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As the city continues its road to reopening businesses, the owners of group fitness studios say they’re being left out. It’s been a full year since Dance Body members have been able to enjoy class inside a studio. READ MORE: COVID Vaccine: Moderna Begins Testing Shot For Children And Infants Owner Katia Pryce joined them and other fitness boutique owners outside City Hall on Tuesday, demanding Mayor Bill de Blasio allow them to reopen. “We are not asking for special treatment here, let’s be clear. We’re asking for the same rules, the same regulations, as every other small business and business that’s been able to reopen in New York City,” Pryce said. In September, the city allowed regular gyms to reopen with restrictions, but group fitness studios — like SLT in Tribeca, which is known for its intense form of Pilates — remain closed. SLT founder and CEO Amanda Freeman had to close four of 13 studios in New York City and lay off 200 employees. “Compared to 2019, 2020 was down 80%, and 2021 continues...
    More On: health and fitness The 7 best Gymshark dupes you’ll be glad you found Who needs a treadmill? Shoeless runners trek through snow in Finland Inside the wacky, extreme regimen that keeps Tom Brady forever young The weird life hacks that allowed Steve Jobs to build Apple After almost a year of the coronavirus pandemic turning our world upside down and figuring out different ways to comfortably live our lives at home, it’s likely that you’ve gotten your fitness routine down pat. On the other hand, you may still be struggling to find the perfect situation (and want to lose a few pounds of your quarantine weight). If that’s the case, we’ve got the best solution for you.  If you had a personal trainer pre-COVID, you probably haven’t had a workout session with them in a long time. But we’ve got good news: You can still get that undivided attention with Tempo Studio!  Tempo is an all-in-one home fitness system that gives instant form feedback from certified coaches through artificial intelligence (AI) and 3-D sensors to help you...
    Scientists are testing a mind-blowing time theory in a nuclear reactor Best whodunit mysteries to stream Fitness Mirrors Bring Studio-Quality Workouts Home to You in One Sleek, Streamlined Package © Courtesy of Tempo When schedules are busy, days are jam-packed and to-do lists are never-ending the thing most of us want is for tasks to come to us. We want our food cooked for us, dry-cleaning delivered, gifts ordered + sent without you needing to wrap them and workouts done at home. Working out at a gym or studio is great and all, but it’s quite a time suck. By the time you drive to your go-to CrossFit gym, park, get checked in, workout, spend 5 minutes on a bench outside catching your breath, drive home and shower you’ve basically lost half your day. Working out at home isn’t just more convenient, it’s downright more efficient when you don’t have to spend time going to and from a studio and can step from your desk into your workout in five minutes or less. The latest gadget bringing the $30...
    Tempo Table of Contents Chevron icon It indicates an expandable section or menu, or sometimes previous / next navigation options. An emphasis on quality A full gym stored in a cabinet The huge touchscreen is the star of the show One. More. Rep. Artificial intelligence keeps its eye on you Not the first to do it but arguably the best Is it worth it?  Drawbacks to consider Should you buy it? What are your alternatives? The bottom line An emphasis on quality A full gym stored in a cabinet The huge touchscreen is the star of the show One. More. Rep. Artificial intelligence keeps its eye on you Not the first to do it but arguably the best Is it worth it?  Drawbacks to consider Should you buy it? What are your alternatives? The bottom...
    A year ago you may have been going to a different workout studio everyday of the week. These days, you have to get a bit more creative when it comes to exercising. While the Coronavirus pandemic has certainly put many aspects of our lives on the back burner — your fitness doesn’t have to be one of them. There are dozens of great ways to create the perfect gym right in the safety of your own home. One awesome workout setup you should check out is Tempo. Tempo is an all-in-one home fitness system that gives instant form feedback from certified coaches through AI (which stands for Artificial Intelligence if you didn’t know) and 3D sensors to help you reach your fitness goals — a first of its kind! Tempo Studio, $1,995 The Tempo membership costs an additional $39/month (or $1.30 per day). buy now While a Tempo Studio normally costs $1,995, in an effort to spread some holiday spirit, the brand is offering an exclusive deal of $100 off just for New York Post readers! The...
    Ready to reflect on all your hard work this year? Forme Life, the new home exercise smart mirror, is rolling out in 11 retail locations around the country this winter, after pre-orders launched online last May. A New York flagship in Westfield World Trade Center mall will open Dec. 11, while a store in the Paramus, N.J., Westfield Garden State Plaza will follow in January. see also Meet the man who designs pretty much everything Yves Béhar makes having a conscience look good. The 49-year-old... The streaming fitness and wellness system was developed by renowned Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar, who co-founded the Los Angeles-based brand with CEO Trent Ward. Their device hits the market at a time of unprecedented demand for home fitness equipment, due to COVID-19-related closures and restrictions. When turned off, the fixture serves as a chic, 6-foot-tall, wall-mounted or standing mirror. When turned on, it transforms into a voice-controlled virtual training studio, with what Forme Life claims to be the largest and highest resolution digital display and touchscreen in the fitness category. Expert instructors...
    Students joined Betsy Poos of Realignment Studio on Capitol Hill for one of the last yoga classes before the studio closes at the end of October. (WTOP/Dan Friedell) WTOP/Dan Friedell Marcus Lowe leads a class at Cut Seven’s new location off 14th Street NW. (WTOP/Dan Friedell) WTOP/Dan Friedell Election Studio, on H Street NE., has built individual workout pods hoping that students will come back to spinning classes this winter. (WTOP/Dan Friedell) Courtesy Candice Geller Reggie Smith, the co-owner of BOOMBOX, has been leading classes on the roof of Union Market during the pandemic. (WTOP/Dan Friedell) Courtesy Reggie Smith Chris and Alex Perrin, who own Cut Seven, leased and renovated a new space so they could run a hybrid indoor/outdoor class out of an old auto garage. (WTOP/Dan Friedell) WTOP/Dan Friedell Betsy Poos will continue leading online classes during the winter, as will her studio’s teachers, even though Realignment Studio will close at the end of October. (WTOP/Dan Friedell) WTOP/Dan Friedell David Guisao leads a BOOMBOX class on the roof of Union Market....
    With many Americans still leery of working out indoors while COVID-19 lurks, gyms, fitness studios and personal trainers have been heading into the great outdoors to help keep their businesses alive and kicking. Trainer Garth Wakeford, who leads outdoor programs for Hamptons Gym on Long Island, New York, said good weather in 2020 has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise disastrous year for the fitness industry.  "They were closed and needed some way to make money. They came up with 'Outdoor Division,' which included trail running, mountain biking and turfside fitness," he said.  East Hampton trainer Garth Wakeford leads group fitness classes outdoors seven days a week.  Courtesy of Garth Wakeford/Instagram Wakeford leads daily training sessions on a 1,200 square-foot outdoor turf space. "I don't mind working in all sorts of weather, so hopefully things will go through Thanksgiving," he said. "But if there's snow, for example, there's nothing you can do unless people are massively hearty." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "We are scrappy"For Amy Glosser, the owner of Byklyn, an independent...
    Mr. Mayor, let’s get this straight: Indoor dining, indoor swimming, facials and gym workouts all got the green light to reopen, but ­Pilates, yoga and high-intensity interval-training classes remain a no-go? How does Gotham’s healthiest industry remain shut down, months after the pandemic peaked? Our industry’s mission is to keep New Yorkers healthy through these crazy times, and we, of all businesses, are shuttered and forgotten about. It’s baffling. We are racking up rent bills from months spent waiting for our turn to open, with exactly zero revenue coming in. And now it isn’t clear whether that turn will come in this calendar year or the next. Restaurants’ struggles have been front-page news for months, schools are finally open and Broadway is getting its bailout. But since we lack the size, organization and lobbyists, we aren’t getting any attention from you or your administration. What do we need to do to get a chance at survival? There are more than 7,000 boutique fitness studios in the Big Apple that employ more than 100,000 taxpaying New Yorkers. Well, actually, we should...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio needs to be more flexible with coronavirus reopening rules, fitness pros charged on Wednesday. The owners of boutique exercise studios filed suit against the mayor and the city over restrictions barring them from reopening along with the rest of the Big Apple’s gyms last week. “Studios in New York City continue to be randomly and arbitrarily shut down since March 16, 2020, with no opening date in sight,” state the court documents filed in New York Supreme Court. While gyms were given the OK to reopen last week with some restrictions, city health officials have deemed group work-out classes such as yoga or pilates to have a higher risk of spreading COVID-19. Boutique Fitness Alliance, which represents about 100 NYC fitness studios, and the New York Fitness Coalition, which is made up of some 2,500 gyms and studios in the state, allege they have been stripped of “their liberty and property interests without due process.” The plaintiffs argue that if businesses such as tattoo parlors, tanning salons and bowling alleys are allowed...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio needs to be more flexible with coronavirus reopening rules, fitness pros charged on Wednesday. The owners of boutique exercise studios filed suit against the mayor and the city over restrictions barring them from reopening along with the rest of the Big Apple’s gyms last week. “Studios in New York City continue to be randomly and arbitrarily shut down since March 16, 2020, with no opening date in sight,” state the court documents filed in New York Supreme Court. While gyms were given the OK to reopen last week with some restrictions, city health officials have deemed group work-out classes such as yoga or pilates to have a higher risk of spreading COVID-19. Boutique Fitness Alliance, which represents about 100 NYC fitness studios, and the New York Fitness Coalition, which is made up of some 2,500 gyms and studios in the state, allege they have been stripped of “their liberty and property interests without due process.” The plaintiffs argue that if businesses such as tattoo parlors, tanning salons and bowling alleys are allowed to...
    New York (CNN Business)The owners of hundreds of New York City indoor fitness studios are suing Mayor Bill de Blasio for barring them from reopening their businesses along with the rest of the city's gyms last week.The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by members of the newly formed Boutique Fitness Alliance — which represents about 600 group exercise studios in the city — and the New York Fitness Coalition, which comprises about 2,500 combined gyms and fitness studios throughout the state.Last week, New York gyms that have complied with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's coronavirus safety measures were allowed to reopen. But Mayor de Blasio stipulated that group classes were excluded from the reopening. He argues they have a higher risk of spreading the virus. Boutique Fitness Alliance President Amanda Freeman and New York Fitness Coalition President and CEO Charlie Cassara say the mayor has no proof group that fitness classes spread coronavirus more than other gyms.Freeman, who owns 26 Strengthen Lengthen Tone studios in seven states, including 12 in New York City, expressed frustration with the Big Apple maintaining its...
    While each individual component comes with an optional subscription for live and on-demand classes via the app, the full Interactive Studio offers users a more feature-packed JAXJOX Studio membership. Unlike the app subscription, Studio membership features multi-user abilities (up to 6 people per household can use the same membership), unlimited classes (the app version has limited live classes) and personalized workout recommendations. There’s even the ability to “workout with friends” so you can stream an exercise with a buddy at the same time. Both the app and Studio membership offers analytics, leaderboard competition and “Fitness IQ” which measures strength progression (only available on dumbbell and kettlebell). A regular app subscription costs $13 a month, but the Studio membership is $40 a month. JAXJOX offers a variety of different classes, ranging from HIIT and strength workouts to yoga and meditation. JAXJOX The Dumbbell Connect ($449 if purchased separately) is a digital dumbbell set with adjustable weights (the range is 8 to 50 pounds per dumbbell). As with the kettlebell, you tell it what weight you want through an LCD display screen...
    Boutique Fitness Alliance NYC New York City is preparing to allow gyms to reopen, with limited capacity, in early September. But group fitness classes are still not permitted, and it's not clear when they'll be allowed to responded.  Some studio owners have said this is double-standard that unintentionally targets mostly women, since they make up the majority of clients at boutique studio classes. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. After nearly six long months, New York City is finally preparing to reopen its gyms on September 2, with precautions such as strictly limited capacity, six feet of distance between people, and face masks on all staff and clients. But for group fitness classes in the city, there is still no plan in place to reopen. A group of studio owners is demanding that Mayor Bill de Blasio allow them to resume their businesses, saying gender bias is their primary concern. The Boutique Fitness Alliance, made up of more than 20 studios across the city, held an event on Monday in front a Manhattan studio location, featuring the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The lawyer for a group of independent San Francisco fitness studios has demanded that city officials rescind the health order prohibiting indoor training after the health official who issued the order admitted there was no rational reason behind the ban. Trenton H. Norris, who is working as pro bono counsel for the San Francisco Independent Fitness Studio Coalition, sent a letter to Mayor London Breed, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Health Officer Dr. Tomas Aragón calling on San Francisco to rescind the health order that has shuttered fitness studios from indoor activity since March 16. The letter cited a recent admission by Aragón during a virtual meeting of the city’s Small Business Commission. During the meeting, when asked why small fitness studios was prohibited from operating in the same safe way physical therapists and hair salons are allowed to operate, Aragón responded, “I can’t give you a rational reason why a physical therapist can do this and someone who does personal services, who I know can mitigate risk, can’t.” Norris argues that the city is...
    When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Grokker As more people adjust to working from home, those looking to break a sweat can also bring their fitness routines home via workout videos and routines that mimic the fitness studio experience.  Workout videos provide an excellent resource for establishing a new fitness routine, reducing stress, and release endorphins during an otherwise sedentary and anxiety-provoking time.  Below, we've profiled six different apps and video series that are appealing to different workout types, skill levels, and help replicate the in-studio fitness experience. Fitness classes are beloved by many, and for good reason. Be it the collective nature and sense of belonging in classes, the gratification of learning a new skill, or the physical and mental health benefits, there are countless reasons we find workout classes so empowering. While I personally prefer the studio of a Rumble class over any other method of fitness, the at-home fitness model appears here to stay for quite some time.  With gyms and studios temporarily...
    A BronCore Fitness bootcamp in the Boston Commons.Bron Volney Jacob Gise opened a Body Fit Training franchise in Santa Monica, California, in November. By March, the flagship U.S. studio of the global chain had just become profitable. Gise had traveled to Australia, where Body Fit Training began, to learn the ropes, so he was ecstatic to see the investment of time and resources beginning to pay off. Operating costs for the location totaled about $42,000 a month for rent, instructors and equipment. Then, the coronavirus hit and most workout facilities in the U.S. were forced to shutter. Gise pivoted to online courses, but it wasn't enough — he was bringing only in $8,000 a month, less than a sixth of what he was getting in March. "I climbed this huge mountain, traveling to different countries and doing all this stuff to get it here," Gise said. "Right as it started to be profitable and a lot of franchisees were interested, everything is shut down." The fitness industry has taken a huge hit as states, trying to mitigate the spread of Covid-19,...
    CycleBar Culver City and Santa Monica owner Steph Sklar-Mulcahy told Fox News that she is “not going down without a fight” in the wake of California Governor Gavin Newsom's latest coronavirus shutdown order. “Whatever they throw at me, I will come up with a solution in order to stay open, and if they say that I can't do that, then I'll come up with another solution,” said Sklar-Mulcahy. “My actions right now are really for my members and for my staff because I just don't want to let them go and I don't want to let any of them down” Newsom issued a sweeping set of closures on Monday, closing bars, inside dining and, for much of the state, gyms, indoor church services and hair and nail salons in an effort to prevent COVID-19 cases from swamping hospitals. California recorded more than 329,000 cases and deaths topped 7,000. Hospitalizations have surged by 28 percent in the past two weeks, including a 20 percent increase in patients requiring intensive care. Sklar-Mulcahy explained that on the same Monday Newsom issued the closures, she had...
    Arizona set a record Wednesday for new coronavirus cases, and 90 percent of the state’s ICU beds are filled. But that’s not stopping some gym owners from ignoring new lockdown rules and opening for business—prompting Gov. Doug Ducey to launch a crackdown on rogue fitness fanatics. Ducey released an executive order Monday shutting down all bars, gyms, theaters, water parks, and inner tubing locations until at least July 27, calling the latest COVID-19 case numbers “brutal.” It was a swift turnaround from his declaration earlier this month that he would not impose new restrictions despite the growing case numbers—and many gym owners weren’t happy about it. “If this is truly as bad as we are being told, I don’t think health clubs closing tomorrow is going to solve the problem,” Mountainside Fitness owner Tom Hatten said in a press conference, as the number of COVID-19 deaths in the state topped 1,600. “I don’t think [ending] tubing is going to solve the problem. I don’t think closing a movie theater that hasn’t been open is going to solve the problem.”...
    A boutique London fitness studio has provided an example of what the future of spinning could look like post coronavirus. 1Rebel's remodeled spin studio has large glass screens in front of each bike, which are spaced one meter apart. Similarly, its treadmills are divided by clear panels.  1Rebel has also introduced perspex screens at reception, hand sanitizer stations, and self-scanning temperature checks at entry. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. With gyms and fitness studios in many parts of the world still closed as part of the coronavirus lockdown, lots of people are wondering what their favorite exercise classes will be like when they can finally recommence. While some activities like yoga can be conducted in huge clear domes to keep people separated, social distancing is harder for fitness classes that are held inside with equipment. Spin classes, for example, are usually held in tightly packed studios with little space between bikes. But one boutique studio has come up with a solution: glass screens in front of each rider. London fitness chain 1Rebel has unveiled its plans for...
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