Six months ago, MMA was something I hardly even knew existed. I assumed every type of fighting was the same and was confident that I myself would never attempt any kind of training that was built on combat. Me? A fighter? No thanks.
Three months ago, MMA was a sport I was starting to hear people talk about, mostly associated with Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm, to be honest. But I still felt confident that MMA would never be anything more to me than just a Pay Per View special that I watched with my boyfriend and his friends.
One month ago, MMA finally poked its head up into my life. I got the chance to e-interview Xavier Pagan, a trainer at the UFC Gym in the Financial District. Our goal: to "de-mystify" MMA, so that I could learn (and then share with others) what the technique is really all about.
Read on to hear why MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is an awesome way to work out - regardless of how you usually train - and why it's not as scary as you may think.
Travel can expand your perception, your horizons, and your dreams. Unfortunately, it sometimes can expand your waistband, as well (unless you're traveling on a Ketanga Fitness Retreat, of course!).
If one of your goals is to maintain an active lifestyle every day, not just when you’re at home, it’s important to keep up healthy habits even when you’re out of town. We know this can be tough. Not every hotel has a state-of-the-art fitness facility – let alone a treadmill – for you to get your fix in. Take your on-the-go fitness into your own hands – literally – and grab a set of mini resistance bands on your next trip.
In preparation for our Presidents' Day Fitness Krawl (which was a blast, you can see the recap here!) we are bringing you a behind-the-scenes look at what makes the 2 high intensity studios on the krawl stand out from the rest!
We are lucky enough here in New York City to have countless offerings at our fingertips when it comes to various styles of exercise. Yogis can rejoice in the fact that there is almost no neighborhood in Manhattan that lacks at least a few different studios, cycling enthusiasts have countless locations to choose from, and dance lovers will find that dance-cardio has emerged as a popular – and extremely fun – way to work out.
And then there are those looking for a super sweaty workout sesh, one that leaves your muscles pulsing and your heart racing, one that keeps you wondering whether or not that was just the best or the worst hour of your life – and coming back the next day to find out.
Six in the morning and your alarm is blaring. You remember that you signed up for a spin class before work around the corner. At the time it seemed like an amazing idea, but right now, the last thing you want to do is get your feet out of bed and into a pair of cycling shoes. So you hit snooze, roll over, and mutter, “I’ll go tomorrow morning,” before slipping back into your most recent dream, where you're running on the beach in Costa Rica....
A very Happy New Year to all!
After what feels like weeks of parties, dinners, get-togethers and Champagne toasts, we’ve emerged from the warm, cozy holiday season back into the much colder reality of every day life. Between the stages of denial (it seems that fried hors d’oeuvres and sugar cookies do have calories after all!) and the sluggish, lazy feeling I know I’ve had these past few mornings, bouncing back from holiday indulgences is no easy task. Here are a few tips to help make that transition a little easier.