Gift Guide: Startup Edition

Happy first night of Chanukah :)

Tis the season to buy a whole lot of gifts for others! Why not support some awesome startups during the holiday season? Below are some gift ideas from a handful of my favorite startups. Be sure to let me know in the comments if you have other favorite startup gift ideas!

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The Greatist Cookbook: 100 Healthy Recipes Anyone Can MakeI’m a HUGE fan of Greatist and think their website is a killer resource for the health + fitness community. Greatist partnered up with a handful of food bloggers and nutrition experts to create this e-cookbook chock full of healthy and super easy recipes.

BirchboxGive a friend the gift of beauty with a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription to Birchbox. Every month they will receive a box in the mail of travel-sized beauty goodies that can be anything from fancy shampoos to a trendy lip gloss. And honestly, who doesn’t love getting packages in the mail?

BombasNothing beats a gift that also gives back. This relatively new startup donates 1 pair of socks for every pair sold. Bonus, these socks are amazing too. They make a great stocking stuffer or secret santa gift for the fitness aficionado in your life.

Stitch Fix (affiliate link). I’ve been a long time supporter of Stitch Fix and think they offer a pretty brilliant service. First you fill out a style survey talking about what clothing styles you love, like and hate plus the kind of clothing you’re shopping for. Then your Stitch Fix stylist hand picks 5 items that they think you will love and they ship the box on out. It’s a great way to spice up your wardrobe and try on things you wouldn’t necessarily gravitate towards. Stitch Fix offers gift cards in variation denominations.

ClassPass. Shamless self promotion here but I’d probably mention CP even if I didn’t work for them :) . ClassPass is an all-in-one fitness membership to some of the best classes in your city. Right now you can purchase a gift card for 1 class, 1 month or 3 months of ClassPass. It’s a great gift for anyone looking to explore the fitness scene in their city or who wants to sweat it out at the best studios in town.

Etsy. Etsy is an amazing marketplace for artists to sell their artwork in one spot. I’ve purchased numerous holiday gifts via Etsy this year (mom and dad I hope you’re excited!) and guarantee you’ll find something unique for everyone on your list.

GlamsquadPamper someone you love with a Glamsquad gift card for an “in house” blowout or makeover. Request a stylist on their app for a special occasion and they’ll send over a trained stylist to your apartment with all the necessary tools to get you all dolled up. Getting ready for a big party has never been easier.

Thankful

For good health.bazu-2235757

For good friends both near and far.IMG_6450 IMG_0507 14708458545_6d423e1274_o IMG_3995

For this guy.
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For my family.
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And of course for the gem that is this Turkey Lurkey Time video.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone :)

Drill Fitness: Drill Body FIT with Justin Walker

I’m calling it: Drill Fitness is the best new studio in town.

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I stumbled upon this Tribeca studio while I was walking around during a jury duty lunch break last month. What? A fitness studio I’ve never heard of? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE. With a little bit of google searching I learned more about this new studio and was SO excited to check it out.

This new studio blew me away– both the space and the class.

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These people get me :)

The Studio

The space is huge and spacious– 2 studios on the ground level. The strength room is equipped with a nice springy floor and a large assortment of kettlebells, dumbbells and sandbags. Oh and there’s a disco ball that they had going at 9:30AM on a Sunday.

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I didn’t get a chance to peak at the cycling studio which is also on the main floor.

Downstairs the locker room is spacious, stocked with all the goodies you need and has 4 showers– a rare luxury at a fitness studio.

Don’t forget to refuel after class with a smoothie from the front desk. While I was there they had free samples of their berry smoothie which unfortunately had whey and I couldn’t try– but it looked tasty and everyone was enjoying it post-class.

The Class

As a lover of all things strength training and HIIT I knew I wanted to take their Body FIT class.

Description from their website:

A high intensity workout in a small group environment with a focus on strength and endurance. Workouts are designed to be fun, burn loads of calories, boost metabolism, increase energy, help shape and tone your body, and enhance your fitness through functional challenging exercise. Access to equipment like sand bells, weights, steps, suspension Training, and more offer variety every step of the way. All of our fitness experiences are driven by music that make you want to move and with our world-class instructors guiding you through a safe and effective workout, the question is not whether you get results, it’s how fast you will.

While checking into the front desk I was handed a heart rate monitor. Throughout class we checked our “scores” to see if we were in the right intensity zone. It’s pretty rare to find this kind of technology at a boutique fitness studio (the only place I’ve seen is at Bari and I’ve heard Remorca has it as well). While it’s not a perfect system since it wasn’t calibrated to my height, weight and fitness level, it was a good indicator of how hard I was working throughout class.

The class consisted of 3 circuits which used dumbbells, kettlebells and body weight exercises. The circuits would last roughly 2 minutes, then we’d get a break, and would repeat each circuit 3 times total.

In between there were tabata segments as well– 20 seconds on 10 seconds off. Love me some tabata! We ended with some core moves before stretching.

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The workout was challenging but doable. Throughout instructor Justin offered modifications to both add intensity or bring it back depending on your fitness level. This format — circuits mixed in with tabata rounds– is my favorite way to workout. I felt like I got a great workout both strength wise and cardio wise.

Justin was a fantastic instructor and created a great, encouraging atmosphere– we started and ended the class with a group huddle and throughout gave our neighbor a high five. It sounds cheesy but it totally creates this “we’re all in this together” feeling. Justin was spot on with corrections and encouragement throughout the class keeping us safe and moving.

All in all I think Drill Fitness is a great addition to the NYC fitness scene and will be back soon.

Want to check it out for yourself? Drill is overing a week of free classes! Just use the promo code knowthedrill. Offer ends 11.30.14.

 

I was invited to take a free class at Drill Fitness but was in no way compensated for this post. As always all opinions are my own. 

Sunday: A Workout, Some Art and Flying Trapeze

Started off my Sunday with a little (okay major) sweat sesh

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(full review on its way!)

Then met up with my friend Annica for brunch and we ended up perusing the Union Square Holiday Market… and I also ended up buying everything.

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Cute elephant incense holder (also got some vanilla incense!), gorgeous handblown glass cup which will most likely become a candle holder, and something fun to be framed and hung up in the apartment. Living so close to this magical market is going to be bad news to my wallet this holiday season– I want to buy alllll the things. I have a feeling I’ll be making a few more trips to the market.

Ended Sunday with my first trapeze class in FOREVER. That feels like only a slight exaggeration. All summer I had gotten back in my flying groove taking 1-2 classes a week. But then the weather got colder which meant no more outdoor flying for me, and my work schedule changed and blah blah blah. Long story short– I was itching for a trapeze class. Last night I was literally so excited  I considered picking out my outfit and packing my bag 24+ hours before the class.

It was my first class at Streb so I felt a little wonky flying on this new-to-me rig. The timing is a bit different and it feels different when you’re up there. I couldn’t rely on muscle memory and autopilot the way I sometimes do with my usual trapeze school– I knew things were going to be called at different times than I’m used to and that kept me super alert.

I spent a good chunk of the class working on my layout. Anyone that flies will tell you it’s not an easy trick but it’s SO addicting. I love how deceptively complex it is and it’s the kind of trick that will never be *perfect*– there’s always something to fix.

All class I struggled with keeping my head up in those final moments and “presenting” myself to the theoretical catcher.

For catches I ended up dusting off an old favorite of mine, the gazelle.

There was only 3 of us in class which meant we got A LOT of turns and kept flying until our hands were too sore and ripped to keep going. Can’t say I missed the feeling of water hitting a fresh palm rip– oooouch.

Perfect way to end the weekend / kick off a super short work week :)