Physique 57 Review


What a great afternoon! I left the apartment at 5pm shortly after having my afternoon snack of celery and almond butter. I decided to walk the 1.5 miles to Physique 57 (Spring Street- view from outside the studio is the picture at left) since the rain had finally stopped and i’d been sitting all day at my desk. I love that i’ve become familiar enough with the Financial/Tribeca/Soho areas that I can weave in between the different streets, take favorite streets, and avoid the trashy areas! I arrived at Physique with a few minutes to spare and took this time to speak with the receptionist about the best packages available. I signed up for the Newcomer’s Month Unlimited package today which will allow me to take as many classes as i’d like between April 6th and May 6th. My goal is to average 3 classes per week during this time period. Then, come May 6th, if i’m still enjoying the classes, have seen results, etc I’ll sign up for another package. The best thing about having a package is being able to use their website for booking classes. It is so much easier than having to call each time. Therefore, I easily booked 9 classes including Wed, Friday, and Sunday this week. Dori ( and I are catching the afternoon beginner class at the 57th Street studio Sunday if anyone is interested!
Okay, so back to the review, tonight’s class was a bit different than my last experience which was a Friday 5-6pm class. Tonight’s class was filled with a mix of people from women my mother’s age to girls who looked like they had just finished watching High School Musical 2! The Lululemon was still worn by almost everyone but everyone was very friendly. I wore my Nike capri pants, nike running long sports bra/tank, and aasics socks tonight and felt very comfortable. Tonight’s instructor was Sherri and she was just as great as Kimberly was last week. Both of them are very attentive, correct positions during the entire class, and keep you focused on the prize. After tonight’s class i’m still in love- that is for sure. I quivered like i’ve never quivered but I made it through the whole class and once again loved that I truly felt different body parts being worked the ENTIRE 57 minutes of class and that you stretch after each muscle group so you are able to lengthen and tone! In addition, since this was my second class, I had a better idea of what move was coming next, etc. It was the first workout in ages (class wise) where I was using my muscles and feeling the burn the whole time but really, really enjoyed it as well! The music was amazing and we heard everything from Circus to Ludacris to John Mayer! Also, it is super importnant to do a beginner class for the first 5-10 visits and DO NOT DO an open class. I spoke with the instructor at length about this and she said the open and intermediate classes go A LOT faster and have fewer breaks. I will definitely be sticking to all beginner classes this month. I’d rather perfect my for
m before moving on to anything else.
After class, I walked a mile to the Tribeca Whole Foods to buy the fish for tonight’s dinner that the fiance forgot last night. By the time I got home it was 8pm and I was famished! But, dinner was amazing and once again satiated me wonderfully and left me wanting nothing else- other than bed! 🙂 Tonight’s dinner followed the plan and included 6 oz Tilapia, 1 c asparagus (how do you measure asparagus in cups??), zucchini, a salad, and some yummy berries.
Now i’m about to crawl in bed and hope that a good night’s rest has me prepared for my 10 miler tomorrow morning. I feel like it’s probably going to be on the dreadmill since this weather is not cooperating. Winter weather is definitely something I dislike about spring half marathons! Boo!!
Things i’m looking forward to this week:
-Saturday’s NYRR Scotland 10k to look forward to so I hope the weather behaves.
-Saturday night’s Tasting Menu specially created for us at Duane Park (ask and you shall receive is the lesson learned there)
-Physique Wed, Friday, and Sunday
-Easter service Sunday morning followed by Easter dinner cooked with the fiance that night
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Lunch and some awesome treats and giveaways!

Okay, so far i’m loving this meal plan. While I wasn’t hungry at 10:30 I followed their guidance and had my apple anyway. Then at 1pm I enjoyed a WONDERFUL lunch. It’s amazing how tasty a diversion is sometimes. I wasn’t feeling content lately after my lunchtime salads. This lunch left me satiated, quite full, and happy. 🙂 My plan is to eat my afternoon snack around 4:30 so it will hold me over through Physique at 6pm.

For now, i’ve figured out how to upload pics from my dingy camera phone. I PROMISE that i’ll buy a new charger soon. No one out there has an extra charger for a Cannon SD-540 do they? 🙂



Meghann’s Bake Sale:
Personally I think the macroons and mock Tagalongs and Samoas look amazing! But, don’t take my word for it, bid on some yourself!!

Fitness NYC’s Upgrade Your Chew Contest: ENDS TODAY! Hop on over here to submit your food that you’d like Melissa to upgrade so you can enjoy it more often. My request was a chicken parm/italian recipe that tastes delicious but is also better for me than the typical recipe.

The awesome and ever inspiring runner, Run to the Finish, is having another awesome giveaway! This time it’s compression items from McDavid USA!

Love Fage? Tell the Healthy Yogini all about your favorite Fage product and get entered to win!

Phew, I think that is it for now but i’m sure there will be more giveaways by the end of the day! 🙂

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21 days of cleaner eating

Good morning!

After a great weekend with my best friend and her girlfriends down in Charleston, I am in definite need of some clean eating. This weekend was filled with alchohol, laying out, and dancing into the wee hours of the night. While it was a blast it was also quite exhausting! Yesterday, as I sat in the Charleston airport flipping through magazines, I found exactly what I was looking for: a 21 day clean eating and workout plan. This plan is in the Spring 2009 issue of Oxygen magazine. While I sometimes feel this magazine is geared too much towards the female body builder, which i’m not, it does have some great tips, articles, and information! After Melissa’s inspirational “Get Rippad” post late last week ( I was ready for a challenge. This plan admits that it’s pretty strict, especially the first week, but after the past few months of eating i’ve had I could use some rigidity. So, for your enjoyment, I have posted Week 1 of the plan below. Yesterday afternoon the fiance was amazing and went to Whole Foods for me and purchased everything while I was flying back. Then last night, we prepped our meals for the week together. He is doing the plan with me which makes it even better!!

Week 1:
Meal 1: 3/4 c oatmeal, not instant and 1 orange or banana
Meal 2: 1 apple
Meal 3: 1/2 c rice, 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast w/seasonings, 1 c summer squash chopped
Meal 4: 2 c celery, 1 tbsp natural almond butter
Meal 5: 6 oz fish grilled, 1 c zucchini, 1 c asparagus, 3 c salad
Meal 6: 1 c mixed berries
Plus 1 snack: 12 raw almonds, 1 medium size fruit, 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce w/ 1/3 c wheatabix, or 1 tbs almond butter

Week 1 TIP: Aim to increase your water intake to 1 oz per every pould of body weight which will help your body move along nutrients and rid the body of toxins while also processing fiber, etc.

In addition, my workout plan for Week 1 looks like this:
Monday: Oxygen’s sexy body plan: arms (tricep pressdown/biceps ez curl), legs (plie squats, walking lunges, dead lifts), abs (ball crunch, bicycle, advanced crunch w/ball), Physique 57 (6-7pm Spring Street location), 2 mile run home.
Tuesday: 5 mile run, abs, arms
Wednesday: 10 miler outside
Thursday: REST DAY
Friday: Physique 57 5-6pm at Spring Street Location
Saturday: NYRR Scotland 10k in Central Park, deep stretching
Sunday: Physique 57 1:45 at 57th Street Location

If you want to learn more about Physique 57 check back later today for my review. But, until then here is a great article

I know, personally, that the first few days of this plan will be the hardest for me, but hopefully you all can help me stay accountable! 🙂

Happy Monday!

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