3 Tips To Channel Your Inner Body Positivity

By Melody Domfort, Instructor

Melody Domfort, Instructor - The P.E. Club Upper East Side Gym

Most of us are looking to make improvements on our bodies.  Some are looking to make big changes, while others small adjustments.  In any case, we all tend to do the same thing, or at least I do. We tell ourselves what we don’t like about our bodies before we even attempt to make improvements.

“I hate my stomach. My legs are too big. My arms are fat."

The insults we give ourselves go on and on.  When we use these words at the start our journey towards improving our body, we end up on a difficult path. We end up not enjoying working out because our motivation is coming from a negative perspective.  When we don’t see quick results, we end up wanting to give up. It becomes stressful, more than anything to get our bodies to where we want them to be. 

So what would happen if we tried it a different way? What if we used positive words to motivate ourselves? Instead of saying “I look fat” or “I wish I was skinnier”, replace it with “I’m ready to get stronger”, or “I’m ready to make my body feel good”.  When you begin to workout with positive phrases, rather than focusing on the negative, you may notice you will actually feel motivated to go to the gym and kick some ass!  

Melody Domfort, The P.E. Club Instructor

This negative mindset translates to food as well.  We try to diet so we get smaller and it lasts a mere few weeks before we give up and quit.  What if you tried to change your eating habits and lifestyle to become healthier rather than skinner? 

Not only is positive thinking more motivating, it also allows us to see our results in a different way.  Instead of seeing improvement by what you see in the mirror, you start to notice that you’re now using 20-pound dumbbells instead of 10-pound ones.  When you focus on inner strength the results are much more rewarding and you’ll feel motivated to keep pushing forward.  When you eat better to feel good rather than look thin, you start to notice your energy levels change in your body and you’ll want to keep doing it.  If you choose to use these positive thoughts as motivation, one day you’ll take a look in mirror and see the stronger and healthier you.

Body positivity is definitely easier said than done.  You’re not always going to get it right, here are some tips for those days you just feel off:

1.) If you wake up and start pointing out something negative about your body try and add one positive thing you like about yourself. It can be as simple as “I love my smile."

2.) If your workout doesn’t feel as strong as it did the day before, remember to always just thank yourself and be proud for doing something for your body that day.

3.) If you ate a donut or bowl of ice cream, DON’T APOLOGIZE FOR IT!  Life is here to experience and you should never apologize for keeping things that you enjoy in your life.

It’s all about balance. The main thing is to remember, no matter what size you are all of our bodies should be celebrated because they wake us up every morning. They allow us to breathe air into our lungs and make memories everyday.  To walk, run, and lift those weights we always complain about.  Let’s not take even the small things each of our bodies do for granted.

The more you learn to celebrate your body in whatever shape or size it may be, the more power you’ll have to drop the negativity and make that body the strongest and healthiest it can be.   


Join Melody on the mat for Long & Lean!

April's #GymClassHero of the Month: Maria Martin

Before & After: April's #GymClassHero Maria Martin!

Before & After: April's #GymClassHero Maria Martin!

CLUB SUPERLATIVE: "Most likely to be wearing a different pair of sneakers each week"

ABOUT THIS #GYMCLASSHERO...

  • Occupation: Child Life Specialist
  • Personal Trainers: Miriam
  • Fave workout...dead lift!
  • Fave memory @ The P.E. Club... When I broke a resistance band during my first week of training, I was so embarrassed!

HISTORY LESSON: MARIA'S JOURNEY WITH FITNESS:

"I've always considered myself an active person having a pretty regular routine of going to the gym. Before The P.E. Club, my workouts consisted of 45 minutes of dreaded cardio on the treadmill or elliptical and then 10 minutes of abs on an exercises mat."

LOVE NOTES TO P.E. 

"The P.E. Club & Miriam have impacted my relationship with fitness and health in general. I love that every time I go to the P.E. Club I am challenged by new exercises. I've learned that it's okay - in fact actually better - to grab weights higher than 5 lbs. off the rack. I'm proud of the results I've seen so far and can't wait to continue working out and gaining confidence!"

Why choose The P.E. Club?

"It's an awesome place to work out. Everyone is friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable. The facility is always super cleaning and blasting great music."

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The Most Trendy (and Affordable!) Athleisure Brands for Spring

By Miriam Fried, Personal Trainer

The good news: Athleisure is IN!  It’s officially acceptable to prance around to the grocery store, shopping, enjoy brunch, and even (with the right pair of leggings) the bar in your workout clothes.

The bad news?  A trip into a store like Lululemon or Bandier can cost you more than a month’s rent these days.

As a personal trainer, my daily wardrobe consists of exclusively Athletic apparel. I’m happy to invest and indulge in my fair share of designer leggings, but when you’re trying to build an entire wardrobe of cute exercise gear AND pay the bills, you simply have to seek more affordable options.

Don’t worry... I’ve got you covered!  Here are a few of the places I look to satisfy my workout clothing addiction that WON’T break the bank...


GymShark - via @DailyDoseoFitness

GymShark - via @DailyDoseoFitness

1. GymShark

If you follow fitness accounts on social media, you might be familiar with this up and coming UK based brand.  Gymshark leggings generally run from around $40-$50 (less than half the price of a pair of Lulu’s!), are great quality, and are known for their booty enhancing capabilities!  The downside?  You can only find them online and they’ve recently blown up in popularity so they tend to sell out quickly.  Get on their email list to stay posted on restocks!

Alphapack Fitness

Alphapack Fitness

2. Alphapack Fitness

These are a recent find of mine!  You can also only order these online, but their best selling mesh leggings are comparable to many of the designer brands on the market in style and fit, and for less than $40 a pair!  Can’t beat that.

3.  GAP

Did you know that GAP sells cute activewear?  They have great leggings in styles pretty similar to the big brands, but you can snag a pair at the GAP for less than $50.  I’m especially a fan of their tops which you can grab in multiple colors since they often sell for under $30!

4.  Forever 21

While I’m not a huge fan of their leggings as the quality is subpar, it’s an excellent spot to find sports bras!  I have a sports bra from there that people tend to mistake for Lulu, as it looks nearly identical...but I snagged mine for just $12.99!

^^Crop Top from Amazon! (via @DailyDoseoFitness)

^^Crop Top from Amazon! (via @DailyDoseoFitness)

5.  Amazon

My final secret to affordable workout gear!  People always ask me where I get my crop tops and Amazon is where I find nearly all of them -- often for less than $10 each!  Plus, if you have Prime, you can usually get it delivered next day, just in time to rock it in that P.E. Club class you’re taking tomorrow. ;)  

*Note: Amazon is also an excellent place for leg warmers!

 

 

There you have it!  It IS possible to have a fashionable workout wardrobe without spending half your paycheck on leggings!  New clothes to exercise in can be incredibly motivating...so get shopping!


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5 Creative Ways to Get Your Greens in This St. Patty's Day

Need more green in your life? With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, it's the perfect time of year to add a few shades of green to your diet. Green foods have many amazing health benefits, including: 

  • Powerful antioxidants to help neutralize the body and get rid of toxins. 
  • Rich in chlorophyll, which acts as a detox agent. 
  • A natural deodorizer...for bad breath!
  • Mineral & nutrient dense -- rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamins B, C, E and K. 
  • Good for the immune system -- great to ward off sickness. 
  • Act as alakalizers to keep your body's PH healthy and stable. 

Our trainers shared their favorite ways to go green in their diet... Try these foods and recipes!

Vegetable Sauteé - The P.E. Club - Upper East Side

1.) Simple Green Sauteé

Grab your favorite green veggies and bring out their natural flavors by sautéing them over medium heat with a dash of olive oil and a bit of fresh minced garlic until lightly brown. 

Need veg #inspo? Instructor Morgana loves to sauteé up asparagus, while trainer Allie prefers broccoli rabe. As for Andrew, he's all about the brussels. Go extra green & try them all in one pan! 

Green Smoothie - The P.E. Club - Upper East Side

2.) Dark Leafy Green Smoothie

Are you one with your nutri bullet? Add some shade (green of course!) to your smoothie with a hand full of dark leafy greens -- kale, arugula, spinach, you name it!  While this is an old trick to the smoothie trade, here's a tip to crisp it up: place your smoothie-designated bag of greens in the freezer to keep them fresh throughout the week. This will also add an extra chill to your cup, meaning less ice, which = more flavor!

Feeling lazy? Go ahead.  Take a stop at Juice Generation -- Kayley recommends the Almond Joy Smoothie with added spinach. 

E3Live Blue Algae - The P.E. Club - Upper East Side

3.)  E3 Live (Blue Algae!)

*Nedra's Pick! Whether it's a supplement, powder or beauty product, this blue-green algae acts as an instant mood booster and is excellent for everything from improving your focus to boosting your immune system.

Try these recipes to incorporate E3 Live easily into your diet: http://www.e3live.com/s-2-recipes.aspx

 

Seaweed Salad Recipe - The P.E. Club - Upper East Side

4.) Seaweed Salad

The health benefits of seaweed are incredible. Not only is it high in protein (from 20% green algae / 70% spirulina) and mineral content, but it actually contains more vitamin C than an orange (!!!).  The natural iodine helps maintain healthy thyroid function. Seaweed also has a variety of anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  It's no wonder our trainer Leo loves getting in his fix when he can.

Try this easy 10-minute Seaweed Salad recipe.  You may even have some of these ingredients in your pantry already: http://www.food.com/recipe/seaweed-salad-247035

Matcha Green Tea Truffles - Upper East Side Personal Training

5.) Matcha Green Tea Truffles

Looking for something green to appease that sweet tooth? These Matcha Green Tea Truffles are just what you need. Matcha contains natural calming properties, detoxifies the body, improves metabolic function and increases energy levels and endurance. Instructor Katy approves! 

Get the recipe via Good Morning Cali: http://bit.ly/2m2iIH6

 


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6 Meal Prep Tips You Need in Your Life

Two words: MEAL PREP.  Whether you love it or hate it, it's a necessary evil when it comes to staying on track outside The P.E. Club doors. A good meal prep plan will save you money and calories, in addition to time during your busy work week.

Our trainers shared their favorite meal prep tips to help you *spice* up YOUR weekly routine!


Meal Prep Tips You Need In Your LIfe - The P.E. Club

1.) Make sure you have quality tupperware.

When you have the right tupperware and containers to transport your meals, it makes portion sizing and meal coordination more organized - and even fun!  Stores like Marshall's and HomeGoods have a variety of marked down reusable containers in a variety of colors, sizes and styles.  

*Important! Make sure to check that your tupperware is microwave + dishwasher safe to avoid harmful toxins. 

2.) Make meals a few days at a time.

It can be overwhelming to prep a whole week of meals in advance.  Think about your week, how busy you'll be, and plan ahead, then go from there.  You may get tired or repulsed after eating the same meal for five days in a row... So, break up your week of meals into chunks, and schedule yourself smaller periods of time every few days to keep it interesting.

Meal Prep Tips You Need In Your LIfe - The P.E. Club

3.) Make breakfast an easy fix. 

Not a morning person?  This is a meal prep hack for the early risers! Pre-batch frozen berries, bananas, and leafy greens in plastic bags for an easy dump 'n go smoothie!  All you need to do from there is pour the bag of produce into the nutribullet or blender, then add a dash of your favorite milk & nut butter....Voila! Instant breakfast!

 

via @mealprepsociety

via @mealprepsociety

4.)  Keep it simple.

It's hard not to scroll through Instagram and marvel at the meal prep photos of health foodies packing their fridges for the week.  Though it looks intimidating, know that this is JUST meal prep, not serving a table of 12 on Thanksgiving. If you're just starting out, don't stress.  Prep a simple turkey chili or vat of rice just to have on hand for an easy meal option, and build from there. Make sure you have some snack options on hand, too! That leads us to #5....

 

5.) Hit the cutting board ASAP.

5 Meal Prep Tips You Need in Your Life - The P.E. Club

As soon as you go grocery shopping, cut up all your fruits and veggies.  Put them in tupperware for an easy, grabbable snack when hunger strikes. With everything pre-chopped, it's easier to put together a quick salad or add some color to your scrambled eggs. Anything to get in those extra veggies! 

6.) Give yourself incentive.  

If you just completed a week well prepped, go ahead -- grab that salad from Sweetgreen or that smoothie from Juice Press. You deserve it!


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March's #GymClassHero of the Month: Julian Steinberg

CONGRATS TO MARCH'S #GYMCLASSHERO & PERSONAL TRAINING CLIENT, JULIAN STEINBERG!

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BEFORE + AFTER...

Club Superlative: "Most likely to have Alex copy his outfit"

About this #GymClassHero...

  • Occupation: Investor
  • Personal Trainers: Andrew and Alex
  • Fave workout...Cross country skiing and hiking and not doing squats or lunges.
  • Fave memory @ The P.E. Club... Every time we stretch at the end of a class...
  • Motivational Mantra: "If you fail to plan; you are planning to fail."

History Lesson: Julian's Journey with Fitness:

"Before PE I was mostly about cardio workouts with very little focus on strength training."

LOVE NOTES TO P.E. 

"I went from being just friends with fitness to a love hate relationship. I hate being tortured by Alex/Andrew but I love the way it makes me feel. Everybody should join. I would tell them that as painful as the workouts can be, everybody feels pain. Some the pain of sacrifice and others the pain of regret."

LOVE P.E.? LET US KNOW!  

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Why You Should Focus on Your Own Healthy Journey

The P.E. Club - Kayley Stevens - NYC Fitness

By Kayley Stevens


How many times have you compared your body to another’s? How many times have you heard about a friend’s special diet that you decide to try because of his or her results? How many magazines have you read about celebrities and what they do to stay healthy/in shape?

We are always looking at outside sources for help when it comes to fitness and a clean diet. For decades, our society and the media have carefully manipulated us into believing how we can achieve a healthier, stronger, better body. Unhappy with yourself? Follow this celebrity trend. Take more classes like “Sally” does. Buy this. Eat this. Work-out here. Do this exercise.

What if we took that focus on others’ diets, workouts, and regiments & used it instead to concentrate on what makes us feel and look our best? What if it really is that simple? What if the answer is this: make your health journey less about others, more about YOU.

This small change can help us find peace and success with our bodies.

Inside the fitness world and out, men and women compare themselves to others. It’s a primal quality we have. Whose muscles are bigger? Who can run faster? Who eats better? Who has better results than me?  We can’t help it. Humans have competed with each other since the beginning of time. This “race” against others, however, can sometimes hinder our happiness and hinder our results.  Many of my clients and peers desire arms like one person, abs like another. They read about what diet is working for fit men and women around them. By making goals based on another person, we already set ourselves up for disappointment. Implementing a plan similar to someone else’s is fine, and in fact, can work in some cases. But making comparisons along the way will only distract and frustrate.

Factors like genetics, sleep, digestive differences, and even your daily routine can affect results on your health journey. Each and every one of us will respond to workouts and diets differently.

Kayley Stevens - The P.E. Club - NYC Fitness

For example: “Person A” may be able to lift heavy weights, barely do any cardio, eat whatever they want (carbs, sugar, alcohol galore) and remain super lean. However, “Person B” might not feel as great eating loads of carbs and sugar. They may feel or look best doing long hours of cardio, minimal strength, and sticking to a super clean diet. The variations are endless. The factors are endless. Each one of us falls into a different rhythm of health, a different pattern.

Let me use myself as another example. As a dancer and instructor teaching 15-17 classes a week, I am moving and strengthening my body MANY hours a day.  Being extremely active allows me to pretty much eat anything I want. You name it. Fries, burgers, pizza, ice cream, wine, beer—I don’t hold back. I eat healthy 50% of the time and not so healthy the other 50%. My results cannot be compared to a person who works long hours an office or as a full time parent. I admire NYC workout warriors so much—the clients who show up to the P.E. Club after hours of working and walking kids around and cleaning to get a great sweat in. Your results are right there in front of you. Each time you show up in class, each push up, each rep you finish, compare THOSE. Compare the strength you began with and the strength you have after a few classes.

Here’s something to try...

Instead of letting your focus be someone else’s body or nutrition, try looking inwards for answers. Become your own inspiration. Look to YOURSELF for guidance. Discover what kind of workouts make you feel your best; eat the foods that make you feel great. Compare ONLY your results, no one else’s. Instead of making your goal someone else’s body, try and envision the kind of strength you’d like to have on your own body. How many push-ups or sprints do you want to be able to complete? How many could you do before? Such a small mental shift can really change the fitness game for all of us.

YOU are a champion-- you don’t need to look elsewhere for inspiration. Look inside yourself.


Live out your healthy journey dreams this week by reserving your TRX with Kayley!

Love Your Body: Spread Body Positivity This Valentine's Day (+ Photos!)

We're *spreading the love* this Valentine's Day by emphasizing body positivity! While everyone's body is built differently, everyone's body is built beautifully.  Too many times we focus on what we want to change, rather than celebrating what we have achieved. 

This week, we asked our team of trainers & instructors to share what they love about their own bodies...and we hope you are inspired to spread the love and do the same!

Q: What do you LOVE about your body?

*scroll through & find out now!*


Looking for more ways to spread the love? SHARE THE GIFT OF $25 classes with a friend or loved one!

How Our Fitness Pros Fell in Love with Their Careers

The P.E. Club Team

February is about celebrating passion and love.  If there is one thing we're passionate about at The P.E. Club, it's definitely fitness! Every employee @ P.E. has a love story and fitness journey that makes them a valuable, unique part of the team.  Our trainers & instructors share how they got their start as fitness professionals!


Question: Did you find the fitness industry or did the fitness industry find you? Share your fitness love story!

"My mentor, Debbie Frank, "discovered" me at Exhale working the front desk and scooped me away to become a barre teacher... the rest is history!"

-Kevin Murnane, Trainer/Instructor

"The fitness industry found me! I mean I always was a workout warrior, but when I tore my ACL April of 2015 I really had to make a decision about strengthening my body in order to keep dancing. So I fell into fitness!"

-Kayley Stevens, Instructor

"I found fitness in a time immediately after college when I was struggling to navigate my way in the world post graduation. I first turned to the gym as a way to get out my frustrations and anxiety about all the unknowns in my future- but I quickly fell in love with getting in shape and stronger and soon enough, I was working to make fitness that future!"

-Miriam Fried, Trainer/Instructor

"I found fitness as an outlet from stress when I was in high school. My daddy and I worked out every morning together from high school until I moved to NY. Then I met my husband at the gym and now we own a gym together. So I guess you can say that the fitness industry has been apart of my life, my love and my family."

-Nedra Lopez, Owner + Trainer/Instructor

"I would say fitness found me! After graduating college a friend of mine who owned a Pilates studio gave me a job at the front desk just to get me by on my first year post grad. I fell in love with the classes there and because of my dance background she asked if I was interested in teaching. I said "of course!"and began my training. After about 7-8 months of teaching there a friend/teacher I knew through the dance world recommended me to Nedra to teach at The P.E. Club knowing that I had a background in teaching pilates! I had my interview and we hit it off! After working at P.E. for a few months, taking classes and trying out personal training I really fell in love with how my body was feeling. I realized while I complained about "problem areas" on my body I was just talking and there wasn't a lot of doing. Realizing I was in control of making those areas change into the way I wanted them felt empowering! Although I haven't met all of my goals yet I am enjoying working on them. Wanting results immediately was usually why I didn't like to work out. Because that's impossible and without patience working out will only leave you frustrated! The process makes me feel strong and healthy so I am less worried about getting there quickly. I wasn't looking to get into the fitness industry but I am so glad to have made the connections I did because I am stronger today because of it!"

-Melody Domfort, Instructor

"Fitness fell into my lap. I always enjoyed working out in college and after, but I didn't exactly know how to dive into it as part of my professional goals. One day 5 years ago, I was dancing down the street with my now husband and a woman stopped me. She asked me a few questions about myself and then handed me her card. Living in NYC has taught me that there are some very interesting people living among us. I kind of laughed her off, but a few hours later I googled her name and realized that she was an established entrepreneur in the fitness industry. Long story short, I became an instructor, made my TV premier as a fitness model on HSN and later became a host on QVC. We have since parted ways, but I have a lot of thanks to give her."

-Morgana Mauney, Instructor

"I sort of found the fitness industry, I was always active as a child- basketball, dance, tennis but when I got into my teens I started going to the gym and loved it a stress reliever. I was also exercised to keep my body and mind healthy but then I started working at a yoga studio and fell in love with yoga and working out even more."

-Mayra Rodriguez, Front Desk Manager

"I've always been very active all my life. I was always a dancer, but started experimenting with track & cross country in high school. I was very fast and placed every race. However, my after school hours were so jam packed with physical activity that it started to take a toll on my body. As my times began to slide on the track and my body was giving out each race, I had to make the decision to commit 100% to dance. I maintained a passion for running throughout high school and into college, where I competed frequently in local 5ks and even ran my first half marathon! It wasn't until I moved to the city for my first job after college where I began experimenting with group fitness. I worked 40 hrs a week and was still trying to pursue my dance career, but I quite frankly couldn't achieve that balance. It was hard to go from being very active to sitting at a desk, so I joined ClassPass right away upon moving here just to get a feel for the options the city has to offer,. I quit a month in when I realized I was really only going to a handful of places and the booking process was too stressful. I just bought a gym membership to hold me over and took a few dance classes in the city every now and then. When I was referred to The P.E. Club by a friend for a job opening last year, my whole world was about to change. I got out of a negative job situation that took a toll on my mental and physical health, I was able to focus more on my dance career, PLUS I had the opportunity to teach group fitness and learn new modalities, such as TRX and heavy lifting 101. I now have truly found balance in my routine and my body has never looked better - not to mention I'm always learning new things and sharing my love of fitness with the world!"

-Katy Kauffman, Creative Director + Instructor


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Meet our newest club trainer, Leo Alvarez!

We're excited to welcome our new trainer to the team!  Meet Leo Alvarez. 

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Leo Alvarez, Personal Trainer at The P.E. Club

Club Superlative: "Most likely to Let the guns out in the gym"

  • Fave School Subject: P.E. of course!
  • Certifications: NCSF-CPT, ViPR and CPR/AED
  • Training Style: He specializes in using strength and high intensity workouts to create a well balanced program. Leo makes sure that his clients walk out of the gym with a smile and feeling great. He loves to make exercise fun!

Guilty pleasure? Anything chocolate!  Especially Nutella...

Fave workout jam? Turn Down for What by Lil' Jon.

Your daily uniform? All things Under Armour. 


Does Leo sound like a good fit for your fitness goals? When you submit for your complimentary training consult, we arrange the best suited personal trainer based on your fitness goals and current status. That's just the first step in creating the perfect fitness game plan, tailored to you.

February's #GymClassHero of the Month: Marlene Berne

CONGRATS TO February'S #GYMCLASSHERO & PERSONAL TRAINING CLIENT, MARLENE BERNE!

Marlene was the winner of our 3-Month Fall Personal Training Challenge, losing a total of 9.5 inches overall with 3% body fat loss. These are her incredible results from clean eating, a balanced program and support from her go-to trainer, Nedra! Because #ItsNotPhysicalItsPersonal.

SEPTEMBER 2016 vs. DECEMBER 2016

Marlene Berne, Gym Class Hero of The Month (February 2017)
Marlene Berne, Gym Class Hero of The Month (February 2017)
Marlene Berne, Gym Class Hero of The Month (February 2017)

CLUB SUPERLATIVE: "MOST LIKELY TO SAY "SHE CAN'T" WHEN *SHE IS* IN A WORKOUT"

about this #GYMCLASSHERO...

  • Occupation: Executive Recruiter
  • Club trainer: Nedra
  • Fave workout: Long + Lean class and all things TRX 
  • Fave memory @ the club: Kayley's summer recess classes with Nedra & John! 

History Lesson: Marlene's Journey with Fitness

"Before the P.E. Club, I worked out without a plan."

Love Notes to P.E. 

"It is really like a club, where Nedra and Alex make me feel like a VIP all the time. I always look forward to walking into the club even though I don't always feel like working out (so once I'm there I have no choice and feel great when I leave)!"

LOVE P.E.? LET US KNOW!  

Tag us @ThePEClub / #ThePEClub on Instagram & share your fitness journey for the chance to be featured + receive free classes & club swag!

Your 2017 Motivation Boost to Avoid the February Slump

 

It's almost February, which means you're just about ready to abort the those New Year's resolutions you set for yourself and over-indulge.  Before you skip the gym for brunch plans, our team of trainers put their heads together to create this care package of inspiration - with quotes, tips, recipes, club secrets + more - to motivate you when you need it most. 


1.) get motivated with our fave #inspo quotes.

Pin it. Share it. Live it. You're welcome. 


2.) try these Tips for goal-crushing success.

dailydoseofitness, miriam fried - personal trainer - The P.E. Club
  • Tired of having the same thing for breakfast? Try these quick snackable grab n gos high in fat + protein to keep you energized: http://bit.ly/2j1KF12
  • Need assistance sticking to your goals outside The P.E. Club? Download our top-ranked health and fitness apps on the app store: http://bit.ly/2gPd7QZ
  • Amp up your athleticwear!  There is something about new gym apparel that always gets us amped up to workout.  Owner + trainer Nedra Lopez reviews her fave leggings: http://bit.ly/2h7N1t1
  • Ditch the #'s on the scale and focus on how you look and feel!  We'll convince you why it's important to change the way you think about "losing weight..." Learn more: http://bit.ly/2g7a1eG
  • Get in your cardio + have fun while doing it!  Haven't tried Club P.E. yet? It's our cardio dance class like no other: http://bit.ly/2dVo2Mt

3.) create a customized fitness game plan with us, tailored to you + your personal goals.

We're a full-service wellness boutique.  At The P.E. Club, you'll fall in love with fitness all over again.

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  • Drop-ins this month are only $20.  Make your own affordable + customizable class package to complement your current fitness routine. Book a class: bit.ly/thepeclubschedule
  • Get in your cardio homework.  Enjoy unlimited use of cardio equipment during club hours.  
  • Sign up for a nutrition consult with Robin Barrie. Your fitness goals may require a lifestyle change and that begins with assessing your diet.  Visit Robin's website to learn more: http://bit.ly/robinbarrie
  • Let us help you achieve your fitness goals. Maybe it's time to sign up for that complimentary training consult. No commitment necessary - just stop in and see how we can lend a hand and support you along the way.

4.) Join us for a sweat at some free class events!

It's no club secret... Join our mailing list and throw us a follow on social media to stay up to date with the latest news, event notices and free class alerts! 

5.) relax + workout with the p.e. club on an arizona fitcation.

Voted as one of 2017's hottest fitness retreats by Well+Good, this wellness escape led by club owner + trainer Nedra Lopez and Holly Goodwin is the perfect Spring resolution pick-me-up (because we know you'll be able to crush your goals well into Spring 2017!) Enjoy customized workouts, yoga, meditation and other adventurous excursions around beautiful Arizona.  To learn more: http://bit.ly/2gpjTxn


6.) lastly, Remember why you started.

Whatever the reason may be, tune in to why you began this journey in the first place. You got this!

9 Quick Grab N Go Breakfasts that Pack a Punch!

Whether you're looking for high protein, high fat or all of the above, this week our trainers share their favorite breakfast go-tos that pack a punch to start the day, leaving them feeling full, nourished and ready to workout!


Kevin's Pick: Chobani yogurt w/ granola + almond butter.

Quick Breakfast Ideas: Chobani Yogurt - The P.E. Club

Kayley's Pick: Peanut butter + banana everything. Sandwiches, smoothies, nutrition bars, etc...!

Quick Breakfast Ideas: Peanut Butter + Banana - The P.E. Club

Miriam's Pick: Overnight oats

Quick Breakfast Ideas:  Overnight Oats - The P.E. Club

*Try it! Throw oats, almond milk, and flavors of choice (sweeteners, protein powders, cinnamon, vanilla extract, etc.) into tupperware the night before, add fruit and/or nut butter on top, and you have the perfect, filling, healthy breakfast for on the go!

Nedra's Pick: Avocado toast w/ a poached egg.

Quick Breakfast Ideas: Avocado Toast + Poached Egg - The P.E. Club

Melody's Pick: Yogurt bowls!

Quick Breakfast Ideas: Yogurt Bowls - The P.E. Club

#ProTip! Mix it up with whatever you have in the kitchen that day, throw it in a tupperware container and go.

Morgana's Pick: Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bars

Quick Breakfast Ideas: Fannetastic Food - Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bars - The P.E. Club

Try it! Here's Morgana's fave recipe from FANNEtastic Food: http://bit.ly/2jEaaZz

Allie's Pick: Eggs w/ veggies in a whole what wrap

Quick Breakfast Ideas: Egg + Veggie Wrap - The P.E. Club

Mayra's Pick: Raw protein bars + a banana

Easy Breakfast Ideas: Raw Revolution Protein Bars - The P.E. Club

Katy's Pick: 2 Hard Boiled Eggs w/ a pinch of salt + some salsa

Easy Breakfast Ideas: Hard Boiled Eggs + Salsa - The P.E. Club

Fueled up & ready to go? 

The Top 8 Health & Fitness Trends in 2017

2017 Health and Fitness Trends - The P.E. Club

A new year means new diet and workout trends...This can be a sticky time for small boutique gyms.  Sometimes, if you can't keep up with the trends, business can take a turn for the worst.  But at P.E., our main goal is to educate and keep you healthy while staying on track towards your fitness goals!  We care most about what works for you. That's why we consider ourselves your personal homeroom for fitness. 

And with that being said, we put together a list of the 2017 health & fitness trends we stand by with The P.E. Club stamp of approval. 

Here are 7 trends to keep you healthy and fit  this new year!

1.) Maintaining a well balanced workout regimen.

Taking 5 classes of the same thing every week may seem like a good idea at the time and you'll see results within the first month or so, but this can easily create muscular imbalances leading to "overuse" injuries.  Over time, your body will also get used to a certain exercise, causing your results to plateau.  This year, practicing balance is in. Be sure to incorporate all types of exercise - from strengthening/toning and cardio to recovery/stretching/yoga.  Depending on your fitness goals, it's possible to create your own recipe for success by planning your workout routine each week that hits all these bases.  Here's a tip - whatever you do the least of or consider yourself "bad at" is probably what you should be doing the most this year. 

Need help getting started?  Sign up for your free training assessment and consult with us and we'll take care of your fitness game plan. 

2.) Eating for fuel.

Too many fad diets are restrictive and leave you starving.  By changing the way you think about food, you may be able to overcome those late night refrigerator binges. Dieting should be seen as temporary... For instance, coming back from a vacation where you overate and binged,  the first week back you may be very strict by eating extremely well and drinking lots of water.  However, the longevity of clean eating and flexible dieting will keep you healthy and happy, always.  That's why we stand by eating smarter and looking to food as fuel - choosing fresh, natural choices whenever possible to do the body good!

3.) Women taking over the weight room.

Who run the world? GIRLS.  Strong is the new sexy, and being able to lift weights is not only empowering physically, but mentally. In society today, it used to be a man's world, but it is a women's world, too. Ladies remember: what you do to your body changes it's shape and what you put into it changes it's size, so don't be afraid to lift weights! Let it chisel you.

In addition, with rising emphasis on body positivity, more women are embracing their natural curves and beauty - and their desire to be stronger.  The growing community of women in fitness is shedding light on the importance of loving your body for what it is capable of vs. how it looks. 

4.) High. protein. everything. 

Are you obsessed with Halo Top ice cream as much as we are? There are so many tasty high protein options on the market right now, from nut butters to cookies & bread! High protein is the best post-workout fix and it's great for the macros, too. 

5.) Recovery, balance and efficiency.

Rest days welcome.  Foam rolling, stretching and yoga are just as important as the workout.  If you don't give your body a day off, you are putting yourself at risk for injury.  

6.) Workouts that take flight.

We love TRX and suspension training, so it's no mystery that we're excited about all things aerial. Suspension allows you to strengthen and stretch using just your bodyweight and gravity.  There are a lot of aerial yoga studios popping up around the city, so be sure to give it a try! 

7.) The fall of the classic big box gym. 

As more people flee to boutique fitness studios where the experience is more intimate and client-focused, the industry will continue to favor small businesses. At The P.E. Club, you are guaranteed a support system of knowledgeable trainers here to keep you working towards your goals, whatever they may be. You just can't get that type of service at big box gyms. 

8.) The rise of fitness retreats.

Well+Good recently gave ode to fitness retreats in their 2017 trend round-up, and we tend to agree.  Join us for our first ever Fitness & Wellness Escape in Arizona, led by trainers Nedra Lopez & Holly Goodwin!  Receive a free personal training session when you sign up.  For more info: http://bit.ly/2gpjTxn

#GymClassHero of the Month: Courtney Leonard

This year, we resolve to celebrate all the gym class heroes of The P.E. Club!

Congrats to January's #GymClassHero & personal training client, Courtney Leonard!

About Courtney...

Gym Class Hero, Courtney Leonard
  • Occupation: Vet @ Center For Veterinary Care (right next door to P.E.!)
  • Club trainer: Allie 
  • Fave workout: Deadlifts because they make me feel strong :)
  • Fave memory @ the club: My first day that I met Allie and told her that my workouts consisted of walking 20 minutes to work and eating takeout so she had her work cut out for her, lol! 

Club Superlative: "Most likely to be wearing hot pink and listening to gangsta rap while working out"

 

History Lesson: Courtney's Journey with Fitness

"Fitness-wise, before The P.E. Club, I was a disaster... I walked about 30 minutes to and from work and considered that a workout and did nothing else.  I was "skinny-fat" as I liked to joke.  I did belong to an Equinox about 2 years ago for a short period of time, and even had a trainer for a little while there.  They were very discouraging and it only made me want to workout less. When I was with the trainer there they generally used machines with me and did very little free weights... I found it very boring and the group classes were large and overwhelming."

Love Notes to P.E. 

Gym Class Hero, Courtney Leonard
"If you had asked me last year if I could see myself regularly going to the gym and actually even missing it when I didn't go regularly I would have told you that you were insane.  The P.E. Club has made fitness fun and educational. I am proud of what my body can do now and how strong I have become. The improvement in my physique is an added bonus! I get excited when I hit a new squat or deadlift PR... One year ago I didn't even know what that meant!  I am just happy that I have fitness in my life now. 100% would recommend the PE club to anyone I know- they make fitness fun!"

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Our Fitness Professionals Share Their 2017 Resolutions

Lose weight. Lean out. Eat clean. Train dirty.

Same sh*t, different year.

It's that time of year... We dust off last year's goals to give it another go.  Sometimes we fail to realize that if we don't succeed time & time again, it might be time to change the plan, not the goal. At The P.E. Club, we're here to keep you on track and be the support system you need when it comes to those difficult diet and lifestyle changes.  

That being said, our talented team of trainers and instructors are not only the the best motivators, but setting the bar high for themselves, as well. We asked our team what they aim to resolve in the new year to ensure a productive & successful 2017. 

Here are our 2017 New Year's Resolutions!

Kayley Stevens, Instructor

Kayley Stevens, Instructor

"This year, I'd like to financially manage myself better - this includes aiming to track my budget monthly and establish more of a saving plan by charting and using wiser judgement on spending. I also want to focus on healing my injuries - from resting my body to rehabbing properly in order to heal my pain so I can work better.  Lastly, I hope to not let the NYC madness win! When life gets hectic or stressful, I want to practice meditation and peel back on my emotional reaction. I'm hoping to navigate stressful situations with more poise instead of succumbing to negativity."
-Kayley Stevens, Instructor
Miriam Fried, Trainer/Instructor

Miriam Fried, Trainer/Instructor

"My New Year's Resolution is to take more risks and do more things that scare me on a regular basis! It's so easy to get stuck in a daily routine and stick to what feels safe-I want to say "yes" to more things outside my comfort zone in 2017!"
-Miriam Fried, Trainer
Nedra Lopez, Owner/Trainer/Instructor

Nedra Lopez, Owner/Trainer/Instructor

"First, I want to get a yoga certification so I can tap into a deeper strength, explore personal challenges and find balance in my fitness routine.  In contrast, I also want to find time to indulge and enjoy being a human. Life isn't only about working, working out and always being responsible... I'm still figuring out how to do this!!"
-Nedra Lopez, Owner, Trainer & Instructor
Melody Domfort, Instructor

Melody Domfort, Instructor

"This year, I want to make more time for myself. I am starting to accomplish things I want in my career but that can sometimes come with a price (personal sanity!). 2017 I will start to focus more on time for fun. When I'm not at work, I'm not going to let my mind still be filled with stress that I may be having about a work situation.  I will make sure I take my free time to really go out and enjoy myself instead of just staying home on the couch. (Although that is sometimes needed as well!)"
-Melody Domfort, Instructor
Morgana + Andrew Mauney, Instructors

Morgana + Andrew Mauney, Instructors

"This year, I want to spend more quality time with my husband. Whether it is an adventure around the city or something so simple as snuggling on the couch catching up on our stories, I want to be more present. I also really want to meal plan in a more efficient way! I tend to decide to be creative for dinner so late in the day that by the time I make the list, go grocery shopping, and make the meal it's already late. Having a 5:45am wake up call after an evening of late night eating doesn't go very well together. I plan on organizing my recipes and shopping lists on Sunday and either going shopping on Sunday or Monday for the week. Good cooking is all in the shopping.  Lastly, I want to do workouts that make me feel good. I have had way too many injuries in my life to ignore my body. I know what makes me feel good and look great so I'd like to continue with that regiment."
-Morgana Mauney, Instructor
Allie Ricardi, Trainer

Allie Ricardi, Trainer

"I want to commit to a strong workout program and in turn be ready for the NYC marathon." 
-Allie Ricardi, Trainer
Katy Kauffman, Creative Director & Instructor

Katy Kauffman, Creative Director & Instructor

"My new year's resolution is to be more present in everything I do.  I have very big goals and dreams, and too often I over exhaust myself with the "go-go-go" mentality, unnecessary stress + over planning which leads to unhappiness & frustration when things don't go the way I had hoped.  I plan on living in the moment, listen to my body more, trust my intuition and enjoy life's blessings. This year, I want to keep it simple, and that just takes some commitment to being present." 
-Katy Kauffman, Creative Director & Instructor
Mayra Rodriguez, Office Manager

Mayra Rodriguez, Office Manager

"I want to focus on better time management, more positive self body talk, more dedication to my career + more dedication to my fitness goals."
-Mayra Rodriguez, Office Manager

When it comes to fitness, we want to know your new year's resolutions! Let us help you achieve them.

5 Indulgent Cookie Recipes Worth The Extra Hour at the Gym

At The P.E. Club, we believe in balance.  

So when you are faced with a dessert table of the finest treats the holiday season has to offer, it's okay to loosen the top button on your pants and indulge every once in a while.  If you're still sifting through the best recipes to bring to the in-laws' place, or want to blast the holiday tunes while baking up some festive treats, we got you covered.

Our trainers & instructors put together a list of cookie recipes that are 100% worth the extra mile, a few more kettle bell swings, or five straight min. of TRX pike ups @ the gym!


Katy's Pick:

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Bliss Bites

REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUP BLISS BITES

Katy likes to bring the taste of her hometown - Hershey, PA - to the city during the holiday season, and  this secret recipe from her mom's bake book is the perfect chocolate + peanut butter fix, hailing from the Sweetest Place on Earth!

INGREDIENTS

  • Pastry:
    • 1 package of cream cheese (8 oz.)
    • 1 stick of butter, softened (1/2 cup)
    • 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Filling:
    • 48 unwrapped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

DIRECTIONS

1.) Pastry: Beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar and flour until blended.  Divide dough into quarters. With ads, roll each portion on a lightly floured surface into a 6-inch log. Wrap individually and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours. 

2.) Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Have uncreased miniature muffin pans ready. (mini muffin cups measure 1 3/4 inches across top.)

3.) Cue one log in 12 equal slices (keep the rest refrigerated).  With floured hands, flatten each piece into a 3-inch round and fit into muffin cup (dough will extend above cup). 

4.) Bake cups for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.  Meanwhile, unwrap 48 miniature peanut butter cups(from 13. oz. bag or reese’s.) 

5.) While pastry is hot, press 1 peanut butter cup into each pastry cup.  Cool 10 min. then remove pastry cups to each to cool completely.

KAYLEY + Morgana's PICK:

THE CLASSIC PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOM

Peanut Butter Blossom Recipe - The P.E. Club

Kayley enjoys this classic cookie with a kiss!  This Holiday favorite is worth it down to the last bite.  

For the full recipe straight from Betty Crocker herself: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/classic-peanut-butter-blossom-cookies/a3563f6e-96b0-443f-ae0a-53cef4be6db6

MIRIAM'S PICK:

CHOCOLATE CHIP-PECAN PiE BARS

Chocolate Chip-Pecan Pie Bars - Brown Eyed Baker

Miriam tried out this recipe from the Brown-Eyed Baker and shared the final product at her Thanksgiving table, and it was a big hit! Rather than a cookie, think of these more as an easy, hand-held pecan pie -- yum!

For the full recipe: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/chunky-pecan-pie-bars/

MELODY'S PICK:

Sea salt butterscotch pretzel cookies

Sea Salt Butterscotch Pretzel Cookies by Cookies and Cups

Melody likes to practice balance in her diet, too!  This sweet + salty treat does just that. Cookies & Cups twist on a classic chocolate chip cookie will have your mouth watering. 

For the full recipe: http://cookiesandcups.com/sea-salt-butterscotch-pretzel-cookies/

NEDRA'S pick:

chewy double chocolate peppermint cookies

Minimalist Baker - Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies

Is it even the holidays without some sweet peppermint? Nedra took The Minimalist Baker's double chocolate + peppermint cookies for a test drive, and she's excited to share this recipe with you: http://minimalistbaker.com/chewy-double-chocolate-peppermint-cookies/


When it's time to crunch away the cookies, we're here to help. Our gift to you is a Holiday Sampler that won't make you fat!  Enjoy $20 classes for you or someone you love. 

*Expires 1/31/17

The Best Health and Fitness Apps On The Market Right Now

The Best Health and Fitness Apps on the Market Right Now

by Shannon Kronstadt

With the New Year upon us, one of my resolutions is to spend less time using my extra limb- also known as my iPhone. You’re probably reading this via your very own extra limb right now- in between snapchats and Facebook memes- and although that limb may be very attractive and entertaining, I guarantee there are better, more meaningful ways to spend your time...but let’s face it, nobody’s trying to seek out a serene nature walk in New York City in December (but you can and should walk down Third Avenue eating froyo in snowpants because? yolo). The good news is, you can continue to admire your screen often, but this New Year, I challenge you to utilize your devices in ways that will actually help you stay productive, creative, and less stressed. There’s nothing wrong with mindlessly scrolling through Instagram at times (is five hours a day bad? Just kidding..kind of), but you can achieve a balanced lifestyle that allows you to stay plugged in without constantly tripping over the cord. You can even start right now.

With that being said, below is a small list of health and fitness apps I personally enjoy and recommend;

they each promote positive activities of self-care that can enrich your day-to-day and make you feel better. This holiday season, give one or two or all six of these apps a try and see if you can incorporate them into your routine- it can be daily, a few times a week, or whatever works best for you. Heck, you can even ignore all of it and go back to editing that pic for the ‘gram. But I do hope you read on. Seriously. I worked hard on this.

All jokes aside - Happy Holidays & happy app-ing!


1.) Headspace

Headspace App - The P.E. Club

You’ve probably seen advertisements for this app on the NYC subways, with quotes along the lines of “I meditate in order to tackle that big work presentation,” or “I meditate because I’m raising two teenagers.” After several friends recommended Headspace to me, I finally decided to give it a go- and I’m glad I did. As someone who used to believe meditation wasn’t for me (due to my inability to shut my mind off- until I realized that’s not necessarily what the practice is about), Headspace does a good job reassuring you your experience doesn’t need to fit inside any particular box: it’s yours, and yours alone.

The meditations are guided (which I also like- the guy’s voice is rather relaxing), with the sessions only being ten minutes in length, and after you complete the initial “Take10” series, you can move on to more focused meditations. There are a few paid subscription options, or you can continue using the free trial sessions at your own convenience. The reality is, it isn’t very difficult to learn the basics of meditation on your own, and for free, but Headspace is a great start for those seeking some direction as well as ways to incorporate mindfulness into their lives.

2.) Tabata Timer

Tabata Timer - The P.E. Club

Tabata is a form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that can be used to burn fat much more efficiently than your traditional aerobic workout (i.e. running on a treadmill or spinning). Initial studies on this type of training showed that individuals who implemented Tabata into their routines several times a week developed better aerobic (exercise that can be sustained over longer periods of time and require sufficient oxygen intake) and anaerobic (exercise that is short and intense where oxygen is not sufficient, so the body fuels muscle contractions in other ways) abilities, compared to those who incorporated hour-long, moderate-intensity workouts. In short, Tabata promotes the building of lean muscle mass, and more muscle= more fat burning. Woo!

Typically, I pick four exercises and complete anywhere between four and eight sets in total, with a "work for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, work for 20, rest 10," pattern and so on. What I love about the Tabata timer app (and there are a few to choose from in the App Store) is it does the legwork for you by actually timing the working and resting intervals, so as long as you can hear the “beep,” you just go and rest and go and rest. You can literally work out anywhere with this tool, as you can choose body weight exercises, or if you own light equipment such as a jump rope or resistance band, you're good to go.

If you want to get a taste of Tabata first, come try TRX Bootcamp at The PE Club! We do two different Tabatas in class, and our clients love the beeping timer (some hear the sound in their nightmares...no I’m kidding...or am I…?). Or, jump right in and give one of the apps a try.

3.) Relax Melodies

Relax Melodies - The P.E. Club

Do you like listening to the sound of a crackling campfire, the rumbling of a thunderstorm, or waves crashing onto the shore? Do sounds like these lull you to sleep or help you feel more relaxed? Relax Melodies is perfect for that, and you can choose many more options besides the ones I listed above. What I like is you can layer sounds on top of each other, such as the humming of a lullaby over soft winds. You can also set a timer, so after say, twenty minutes, the sounds gradually fade into silence so it's not playing throughout the entire night. My only gripe is that the app tends to close out when you first try to open it, so hopefully the creators will fix this bug soon.

4.) MyFitnessPal

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One of the most popular fitness apps out there, MyFitnessPal is a calorie counter and nutrition tracker that allows you to log the foods you consume in any given day. The database contains over five million foods, including popular, everyday brands as well as certain restaurant menus. If you have a specific goal in mind, you can enter this information into the app and determine your calorie and/or macronutrient intake, so you’re always aware of what’s going into your body and whether or not those items are within your specific range. You can adjust these numbers at any time, so if you find you are undereating or overeating, you can make those necessary changes. I love that the app can recognize and suggest frequent foods that you consume (shout-out to the people like me who eat the same thing for breakfast every morning) so you don’t have to constantly search for the same items over and over again.

You also have the option to track your steps as well as cardio and strength workouts, where you can enter the exercise along with the numbers of sets, repetitions, and even the weight used. This way, you also have an idea of how many calories you’re burning and how that works in relation to your nutritional habits. I don’t personally use the exercise trackers, but know that it is there if you need it. My favorite thing about MyFitnessPal is how quick and easy it is to use- logging your meals and snacks takes all of two minutes, sometimes even less. And when it comes to staying on track and progressing towards your goals, who wouldn’t want to try something that fast and painless? On the other hand, tracking your food can sometimes feel restrictive, so make sure you are happy doing it.

5.) Pocket Yoga

I recently discovered this app, so I’m still learning all the ins and outs, but as a “strength girl” who needs more restorative exercise in her life, Pocket Yoga is a true gem. Again, the beauty of apps like this one is you can do everything at home because it offers complete, guided practices, so all you have to do is roll out your mat and follow along. The app requires a one-time $2.99 purchase to download, but once you do this you have access to twenty-seven sessions, all designed by experienced yoga instructors, and you can choose both the duration and intensity. I am a beginner, so I particularly enjoy the library of poses that includes detailed descriptions, the level of difficulty, and the purpose of each one (i.e. improving balance, stability, etc).

Another feature I like is the ability to play your own music during the practice, so if you prefer a top-40 playlist or a nice hip-hop flow, you can use your iTunes music library or another preferred app. You also have the option to purchase additional bundles, but so far I’ve found that the original content is more than enough. Since it can be difficult and not always monetarily practical to go to an actual yoga studio on a weekly basis, Pocket Yoga is an excellent alternative.

6.) Yummly

Yummly app - The P.E. Club

I figured I’d save the best for last, because I love food, you love food, we all love food. Yummly is another app that was recommended to me by several people, one of them being PE owner Nedra Lopez! Many of us know that living in NYC means cooking is technically an option (the phrase should really read “six degrees of Seamless,” because let’s face it, almost everyone knows him and he’s one hell of a guy), but that can also leave your bank account in poor shape. This app is the Robin to your Batman when it comes to doing serious damage in the kitchen- but the good kind. Upon downloading, Yummly asks a few basic questions about you and your eating habits, including food preferences and favorite types of cuisines (American, Italian, French, Mediterranean, Japanese, and many more), specific diets (such as vegetarian, vegan, paleo, pescetarian, etc), allergies/restrictions, ingredients that you dislike and would prefer to avoid, and your level of cooking experience. With this information, Yummly recommends tons of recipes that match your needs, and since the app contains over one million of them, you can always try something new. F

eel free to save specific recipes that catch your eye, create your own personal shopping list, and perhaps best of all, spend time creating something that will fuel your body and hopefully leave you feeling happy and satisfied. I believe cooking and eating should be celebrated, perhaps even more so when they become social gatherings, even if it’s just you and your partner or roommate. Whether you choose to stir up healthier alternatives or indulge in your deepest cravings, this app is good for the mind, body, and soul. Bon appétit! And no phones at the holiday dinner table...


Did you know you can book classes and purchase packages from our app? 

8 Unique Gift Ideas for the Fitness Buff in Your Life

'Tis the season....Our trainers & instructors put together a list of unique gift ideas for the fitness fanatics in your life! 


1.  Duo Classic Shaker Water Bottle by Trimr

Trimr - The P.E. Club

Whether you prefer to sip or chug, this water bottle doubles as a shaker for your friends that are protein fiends. 

 2.  Subscription Boxes

Built Box - The P.E. Club

There are lots of fun, fit subscription box options on the market that will deliver exciting new finds to a friend's doorstep each month.  Might be the perfect solution to give that special someone a boost of motivation to stay on track when it comes to those new year's resolutions!  Here are some of our fave box ideas:

New Vision Nutrition - The P.E. Club

3.  A meal prep service

You can never go wrong with food!  For the food-preppers on your list, why not make their life 100x easier? Purchase a week or a month of healthy, nutritious, pre-prepared meals.  Trainer & Instructor Miriam is loving her meals by New Vision Nutrition - use code MIRIAM at checkout for a discount, too!

 

 

4. Massage Gift Cards

Massage - The P.E. Club

This one's a no-brainer. Give the gift of relaxation this holiday season.  

5. The hottest new sports wear

My Sweat Style - The P.E. Club, Nedra Lopez

Everyone knows when you look good working out, you feel good.  With the seasons changing, it's time to get ahead of the 2017 fitness trends.  A fresh pair of leggings? Owner/Trainer Nedra Lopez has the down low on every style & fit Carbon38 has to offer: http://bit.ly/2h7N1t1

*Use code Use code NEDRALOPEZ50 to receive 25% off your entire purchase when shopping some of these brands + more on Carbon38.com!

 

6. Long & Lean To-Go!

Gliders + bands are the perfect holiday gift for a mat-based workout at home.  Peruse our blog for full-length workouts that can be done at home with little equipment. Available on Amazon.com!

TRX Training, The P.E. Club

7. TRX TRAINING Straps

Just as obsessed with TRX as we are? Take advantage of TRX Training's 12 Days of TRXmas with special offers released each day until Christmas. You can hang it over a door, swing it around a tree or suspend anywhere, anytime with these versatile straps - awesome workout guaranteed. 

 

 

8. Classes & Training Packages @ The P.E. Club

The P.E. Club

We're a little biased, but this is the gift that keeps on giving.  It's an exciting time to join the club community, with Fitness Retreats, workshops, exclusive package offerings for clients, corporate wellness + more... Shop now!

Read This Before You Buy Your Next Pair of $100 Leggings...

Nedra Lopez, The P.E. Club Owner & Trainer, Reviews the top 10 Athleisure brands on the market.


When it comes to athleisure clothing, they are not all created equal.

...much like workouts! With that said, if you are paying upwards of $100 for a pair of pants, it better make you look good, feel good and last!

I have been a Personal Trainer and Instructor for many years prior to the athleisure boom, when there wasn’t much to choose from other than Under Armour and Nike.  Then came Lululemon with their fabulous luon fabric, perfectly fitted tops, and accessories. The only problem was that everyone wore Lululemon…like a bunch of Lulu minions running around the city! I personally could care less if I am dressed like the next person, but understand there are many who want to stand out and not be dressed the same as everyone else.

SO whether you are looking for a deal, wanna look hot, need something that lasts or could care less what you spend, here is my expert experience on many popular and less-known brands…hope this helps to shed some light! After all, I wear this stuff everyday…have gone through weight gain, weight loss and multiple trends in spandex, luon and more!


1.) Lululemon

Top 10 athleisure brands - Nedra Lopez, The P.E. Club

Let’s start with the giant, Lululemon.  From the moment you walk in you are greeted by their knowledgeable and oh-so-friendly staff. I can say from experience, these people are not fake…they really are that happy and LOVE their product. And why not? It fits incredibly, lasts FOREVER, and has everything you could ever want, whether you do Yoga, Lift, Spin, Run, Hike, Climb…or simply walk around the city in it! I personally love their “Wunder Under” pants which is their simple leggings that have stretch which come in many colors and designs, but are also great to pair with a sweater and boots! Their racerback tanks were also a personal favorite along with their “free to be” sports bras…which keep the girls looking perky and supported for a hefty price tag of $48 dollars! Just don't let the prices trip you up too much because unlike other athleisure products, they stand by their products 100%!! Since I am an active Trainer and Instructor, I use my pants and tops to their max and have torn through SEVERAL pairs of pants over the years and Lululemon has been gracious enough to either fix the problem or simply replace it with a new one...For that reason and their fabulous fit and style I give Lululemon 5 out of 5 Stars!

2.) ALO Yoga

Alo Yoga - Top 10 Athleisure Brands - Nedra Lopez, The P.E. Club

Over the last year or so, ALO has become more popular with their "Moto" and "Dancer inspired" designs that allow you to transition from gym to street with style! Their price point is middle to high, priced just under $100 for a pair of pants. Now for the dirty truth...for those of you who complain about pants giving you that "muffin top" look, these pants will do that! Their fit is a mid rise, and for ladies who have long torsos like me, it hits you right in the "muffin top" zone. The pants are a thicker material, which is why they are one of my favorite picks...they last, they hold you in, and aren't too warm in the summer or have you freezing your booty off in the winter.  If your looking for cool designs and durability, then ALO is the way to go!

3.) Nike

An oldie but a goodie. Is it me...or do their commercials sometimes make you want to cry and go running at the same time? I've always been a huge fan of Nike's sneaker design, but skeptical when it came to their clothing for women. It was durable, but never flattering...especially for a woman with curves. Until now! They have created a pant that holds you in while still being able to breathe, making your legs look longer and leaner, along with widdling your waist! (Haha sounds like what I do for my clients!) The Nike Power Legendary tights are a must! They come in different rises, so you have options and are priced at $95. My only complaint would be that the color fades after awhile, but hey...nobody's perfect. If your looking for the LBD of black leggings, then Nike is the way to go!

4.) Michi

If looking sexy in your gym clothes is your goal, Michi has you covered...well, sort of! Everything from lace, mesh, and cut outs are shown in their sport bras, tanks, pants and even outerwear. The material for many of their leggings are a lot thinner than other designers (made from Nylon and Lycra) so they are breathable, but see-through-as-all-hell when you bend over! The price point is on the higher end, with pants ranging from $135-$225, sports bras $95-$165, and tops $100 and up...I guess they forgot to mention they spun gold into their products too! All kidding aside, their designs are sexy, their product makes you feel gorgeous, but when lifting weights in a gym, the last thing I want to worry about is snagging the mesh on my leggings! If your looking to invest in a statement piece, then Michi is the way to go.
 

5.) Terez

Zara Terez - Top 10 Athleisure Brands - Nedra Lopez, The P.E. Club

From candy, to blueberries, and even the NYC Subway line...Terez has put it on a pair of leggings. Their designs are fun, loud and even make you smile! I'm actually an Ambassador for them because I love their mantra. In a world with so much negativity, why not own a pair of pants that make you smile, laugh and get out of your own head for just a moment. Ok my rant is over...now on to the fit. Unfortunately, the fit is very basic...they don't really hold you in (made with 80% Polyester and 20% Spandex), and most of the waist bands are on the thinner side, which is not very flattering for the waistline. They are priced well, at around $75 and have sales all the time! I personally think everyone should own at least one Terez product that represents their personality. If your looking something fun to wear to your next workout, shop Terez.

6.) Koral

Koral Activewear - Top 10 Athleisure Brands - Nedra Lopez The P.E. Club

Their claim to fame were their "Lustrous" leggings bringing shine to every workout. Their fit is definitely not made for a girl with curves. The rise on many of their pants are low, and fit tight so they are constantly falling down. Though they do offer high rise, but unfortunately the waist band is thin, so the fit is very unflattering. But I must acknowledge those ladies out there who have smaller frames! If you don't have hips, or a booty for days, then you would look killer in these pants. They are priced well from $88-$125, and are durable! What I would recommend from Koral are their Sports Bras and Tank Tops, though they are on the more expensive side, they fit and feel great! My personal favorite is the "Cut Crop Top" at $80, and the "Element Bra" at $98. If you have curves like me, then Koral tops, sports bras and outerwear are the way to go!

7.) K-Deer

K-Deer - Top 10 Athleisure Brands - Nedra Lopez The P.E. Club

Most women know that horizontal strips are a Faux pas if you want to look thin. Well...K-Deer broke that rule when designing their oh-so-popular "Signature Stripe" pant. Their fit is high-rise but elastic-free, so you never have to worry about a "muffin top." Somehow the strips don't make your legs look big...I don't know how they did it, but they are very flatttering on! My only complaint is they do tend to fall down on me throughout the day, but since the rise is high, it isn't a big deal. Priced just right from $88-$98, these pants will last you, and come out of the wash perfect every time! If you are looking to add stripes that flatter to your fitness wardrobe, K-Deer is the way to go!

8.) Prismsport/Nux

Primsport - Top 10 Athleisure Brands - Nedra Lopez, The P.E. Club

Known for their prints, seamless design and "second skin" fit. These two companies pride themselves on designing products that don't ride up and cause that unflattering "front wedgie." Their tops and bottoms range from $49-$100, but the only downside is they aren't supportive or hold you in. So if you are looking for something with a fun print, that feels like you are wearing nothing, then Prismsport and Nux are for you!

 

9.) Baby Brazil/Splits 59/Hard Tail

Baby Brazil, Top 10 Athleisure Brands, Nedra Lopez/The P.E. Club

I paired these three companies together because they have been around for awhile and are always on trend. From the first fold-over waistband to the low rise scrunch waistband, there is something for everyone. Their material choices tend to be on the thicker side, but made to last! The price point is middle to high, but worth the investmnt since many of their products are made for gym-to-street use. If you are looking for something different that not everyone has, then Baby Brazil, Splits 59 and Hard Tail are for you!

Monrow - Top 10 Athleisure Brands - Nedra Lopez, The P.E. Club

10.) Monrow/Sundry/Tyler Jacobs/Spiritual Gangster

To me this is the definition of Athleisure wear...clothing that is so comfortable, that you could sleep in it, lounge on the couch or even workout in it. Yet stylish enough to wear it out on the town. Unfortunately, all 4 companies have a much higher price point, but their design, cut, and feel are well worth it! Lucky for us, the more worn something looks, the more trendy it is!


I hope I have shed some light on some of the most popular fitness brands. Remember that having so many options doesn't make finding the right athleisurewear any easier or more affordable! It's a long process of trial and error, so my advice to you is to pay attention to the return and exchange policy and find what looks best on YOUR body type! (Funny...the same goes for working out!)

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