Ok, let’s be real. We all ate ourselves to pieces last week and with the holidays just around the corner, we’re not stopping. I like to binge eat as much as the next guy, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to remain physically active while doing so. It’s easier said than done, but our friend Dy from Human at Ease (ease is their middle last name) has a program that guides people through the intense process of getting fit, and as a result, it’s a lot less intimidating. Continue reading →
(Sponsored) Greenpoint Fitness & Wellness Center, Human@Ease (31 Nassau Ave) seeks two test subjects for a holistic weight loss case study.
Human@Ease is looking for two ideal candidates who are highly motivated to participate in a 12-wk case study.
We are looking for one male and one female between the ages of 24-55 who have struggled with long time weight issues (losing or gaining), and are currently experiencing issues with managing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Each participant must be willing to complete the 12 week program in its entirety with full compliance. Participants’ progress will be photographed, documented and displayed for marketing and informational purposes.
This is a new program that will be launching end of summer called the B.E.S.T You! Plan (Balance. Energy. Strength. Tranquility). It’s an all inclusive holistic fitness, detox, & weight-loss (or gain) program that includes personal training, life & nutritional coaching, body assessments, classes, infrared sauna sessions, data tracking & more.
This program is set up and designed to deal with past conditioning and emotional obstacles related to food; proper diet and exercise education; and strengthening and improving not only the muscular and cardiovascular systems– but all systems of the body. The BEST You! Plan is guaranteed to deliver life long results.
This program is perfect for anyone who has ever struggled with weight issues; lack of strength, energy & motivation; confusion surrounding diet and exercise; health & musculoskeletal issues; or anyone who just finds it difficult to staying committed to a program.
Each participant will receive 12 consecutive weeks of personal training, life & nutritional coaching, detoxification sessions, & classes. Requirements must be met to be selected for the case study.
We will be holding interviews for interested individuals on Sunday August 18th at 5:30pm in the Ohm Room at Human@Ease Fitness & Wellness Center 31 Nassau Ave (btwn Guernsey & Dobbin). Please email any questions to Dy at: bestplan (AT) humanatease.com and write “case study info” in the subject line.
Summer is here and its time to lose those pounds! A good cardiovascular workout is an important part of shedding those pounds. Join intenSati instructor Elina Leclaire and health expert Ekayani Chamberlin for a Summer Sunday Slimdown Challenge!
The two have teamed up to lead fitness and wellness classes in McCarren Park, Brooklyn. Elina will be leading Intensati which is a fusion of cardio, kickboxing, body conditioning, yoga and meditation, coupled with positive affirmations.
You are invited to join this FREE CLASS to get that blood pumping and heart rate up every Sunday in July from 1:30 to 2:30PM.
Rain or Shine We Don’t Mind!
In sunny weather we will be outside connecting with the trees, grass and open skies in McCarren Park. If it’s rainy or too darn hot for comfort we will hold class inside in the lovely OM Room at Human@Ease.
Either way- plan to meet us by 1:15PM at Human@Ease (31 Nassau Ave) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Are you stressed? Not feeling or looking your best? Bored of your old workout routine? Need to improve your diet? We have partnered with some of our favorite local fitness and wellness experts to bring to you our Spring Wellness Guide. It is packed with information, local fitness events, wellness tips, PLUS special Greenpointers discounts to help you get on your way to feeling your best this season!Sparrow Bk (95 Norman Ave)
About: Sparrow is an intersection of health, beauty, art, nature, and good old Brooklyn magic. Massage therapist and Reiki wizard, Ariel Sheldon teamed forces with Caroline Bach hairstylist, colorist and beauty maven to create Sparrow; a place of health and good grooming. Nestled steps away from the subway, this charming Greenpoint space offers a naturally relaxed and genuinely inspired experience.
Greenpointers Discount: Mention Greenpointers for 20% off your first session with each Massage Therapist.
“All of our massage therapists are trained to not only relax your body and transport your soul, but also to address any injuries, misalignments, or areas of chronic pain. We go a step beyond the common spa experience to help truly heal your body.”
Wellness Tip #1: Since most of us spend over 8 hours a day sitting a desk, your workspace is the first place to look in avoiding back pain. Most desks are made too high for the average person. You should be able to sit up straight, fully relax your shoulders, and still have a slight downward slope from your elbow crease to your wrists. Ergonomically we were made to work with our hands in our laps, so raise up your chair, and put something under your feet to relieve strain on your shoulders and your wrists.
Wellness Tip #2: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has become increasingly common, and most people worry about “contracting it.” There are a lot of misconceptions about what exactly it is, and what treatments are available. The Carpal Tunnel is a small space between the bones of the wrist that the nerves to the hand passes through. These bones often get jammed together when the tendons to the fingers become tight and press on them as they pass over the wrist. Unless the bones are completely fused, which is very rare, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is usually completely treatable by the right kind of massage. If the muscles at the top of the forearm – which control the fingers – are released, the pressure on the tendons and therefore the wrist bones can also be released. So if you or anyone you know has pain in the wrist, or tingling in their fingers or hands – send them to Sparrow first!
intensati @ Human@Ease (31 Nassau Ave)
About: intensati is a revolutionary workout developed by Patricia Moreno. It’s a fusion of high-energy aerobics, martial arts, yoga, and strength conditioning. Combining spoken affirmations with simple choreography, intenSati provides a heart-pumping, exhilarating workout that builds physical, mental, and spiritual muscle. It is fitness at the highest efficiency and empowerment.
intenSati instructor Elina Leclaire has a passion for health & wellness, inspirational events, and coaching people to discover and pursue their dreams. For over a decade, she has helped challenge, inspire and equip more than 10,000 people through her company Dream Careers.
Since 2010 Elina has been practicing intenSati, a practice she loves to share as it has taken her to the next level in pursuing her own dreams. She teaches Wednesdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1:30pm at Human@Ease in Greenpoint.
You will leave class feeling stronger, uplifted and inspired. Elina is enthusiastic about leading you through a transformational workout of mind, body and spirit that will empower you to live a life you love.
Elina is co-leading a FREE fitnesss event in McCarren Park on Saturday, May 4th at 10:30am with wellness coach Ekayani Chamberlain. To join – meet at human@ease (31 Nassau Ave) at 10:30am. Elina hopes to continue to lead free fitness classes in the park on Saturday mornings. To sign up for free intenSati Saturdays in McCarren Park, email Elina at firstname.lastname@example.org
About: Boasting a 5-star average Yelp rating, Beastanetics is led by uber-friendly, supportive, and experienced, nationally certified personal trainers, Tim Haft and Shana Brady. This is the same duo, which brings you Punk Rope at the Greenpoint Y every Wednesday night. Tim and Shana have devised a highly effective, back to basics, interval training program, which has delivered fantastic results since it’s inception in 2010. In addition to delivering the goods when it comes to fitness, Tim and Shana have built a vibrant and supportive community of Beasts, which serves to enhance the entire experience.
Greenpointers Discount: Use the discount code GREENPOINTERS at checkout and receive 20% off the registration fee, that’s a savings of $24. (Valid for first-time Beasts only.)
Wellness Tip: In our book, feeling great begins with reducing “bad” stress. Try to uncover the triggers, which make you feel bad. These might be unhealthy foods, toxic relationships, or poor exercise habits. Next, realize that when it comes to fitness you are in control. You don’t need a gym. You don’t need any fancy equipment. You were born with everything necessary to reach an incredible level of fitness. Find a fitness instructor who motivates you and that you can learn from and join a program such as Beastanetics, which will challenge you while simultaneously offering love and support.
About: goodyoga has served the Greenpoint neighborhood since 2009. In late 2012 we expanded to Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. Our classes emphasize safe alignment, personal attention by experienced yoga teachers and small class sizes that give you room to move comfortably. Students appreciate our hospitality and the supportive community that goodyoga studios foster in their respective neighborhoods. Thanks to our goodkarma work exchange program, everyone can experience the benefits of a heathy yoga practice, regardless of their income.
Our Mysore Ashtanga program is offered 6 days a week and is led by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois authorized teacher Amy Santos. The popular open-air rooftop classes begin in late Spring and run through the Summer, weather permitting. Class Levels range from Absolute Beginner to Challenging and Styles include Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Pilates Fusion, Theraputic and Restorative. Our Everyone level classes are our most popular, and are designed to appeal to a wide range of practitioners.
Greenpointers Discount: Mention Greenpointers to receive 10% off your monthly membership.
Wellness Tip: A personalized 7 day cleanse from goodyoga will leave you smelling like May flowers in no time. Scheduled at your convenience, your goodcleanse may be tailored to suit your needs by simplifying or elaborating any aspect.
The goodcleanse includes:
Detailed manual with instructions, grocery lists, basic recipes, schedules, ayurvedic practices, and information about the Chakras and the Yamas and Niyamas to support your cleanse.
Daily email support
(2) 30 minute phone consultations with cleanse counselor
12oz goodjuice – 6 per day x 3 days
4oz daily bestbucha – 1 per day x 7 days
goodteas – 1 per day x 7 days
Ayurvedic Herbal supplements
Unlimited week of goodyoga
All for $250
Optional packed goodfood x 4, please inquire
Optional materials available at all goodyoga locationspilatesmandi (171 Engert Avenue #7)
About: pilatesmandi provides Pilates and personal training expertly designed to meet your needs. Check out the 5 star rating on Yelp! This is a perfect environment for those who desire something different from the usual gym setting. Intimate and laid back, choose or combine Pilates on the apparatus, personal training or amazing cardio workouts on the trampoline. Play a record or select a rockin’ playlist for your workout. (Mandi L. shares her workout playlists on Spotify via Facebook)
Smart exercise selection, years of experience and a one-of-a-kind personality brings each pilatesmandi session to life.
Pilates Boot Camp on-the-roof coming soon!
Greenpointers Discount: Mention Greenpointers and receive 10% off first purchase!
About: Awakening NY is an exciting new urban sanctuary in the heart of Greenpoint/Williamsburg. We are an eco-green 7,000 sq.ft. state of the art Wellness Center and Healthy Cafe. Our facility boasts three beautifully designed studios, 3 large healing and massage rooms, 1 private steam room and a private Jacuzzi. Awakening is truly the destination for all things health and wellness from personal training and Ayurvedic Counseling to massages and Sound Healing Therapy. Awakening has no shortage of classes for everyone from beginners and advanced alike.
Awakening offers Power Strike, for children ages 7-12, yoga, pilates, zumba and even toning classes.
When you are done with your class or spa service head over to Cafe Anise at Awakening and enjoy one of it’s many healthy and organic juices or grab a sandwhich and take advantage of the free WiFi. The cafe even offers a special spring Goddess 3 day juice cleanse complete with one free Zumba class and a 20 minute Steam Shower. Awakening is rated 4 stars on Yelp! so why not come and see what the excitement is all about?
Greenpointers Discount: Mention Greenpointers when you come in to Awakening and receive 10% off your purchase of classes, spa services, and membership. (One time only.)
Fitness Tip #1: How to lose that arm jiggle? It’s spring and pretty soon everyone is going to be walking around town with more skin showing. Why not show off what could be your best asset…your arms? How to do this? Well you have to start by moving your Arms AND your body. Start in the morning by doing pushups until exhaustion, either modified or full pushups, followed by basic crunches until exhaustion (remember don’t let your chin touch your chest). Repeat this 2-3 times at least 3-4 times a weak. And walk to work or take the longest route to the train station or bus stop for some cardio. But remember you need to power walk NOT stroll. It’s ok to be that crazy person on the street. This is New York!
Fitness Tip #2: Lose that jiggle in the middle. Change your diet! Now that the weather is nicer it’s easier to eat healthier foods. Start by eating breakfast everyday. This is something which surprisingly enough most people do not do. Remove the white flower from your diet (bagels, white bread, white rice) and replace it with whole grains. Add more fruits, especially berries, and vegetables to your diet. And finally, replace one meal with a salad or high protein food with vegetables every day and you will start to see the waist line get smaller. Follow this with 30 minutes of exercise 3 days a week and you will start to see that old you come back.
About: Human@Ease is an alternative gym experience with 4.5 stars on Yelp. With our one of a kind Introversion® self training, we teach maximize effort to minimize time. This strength training method is slow reps at high intensity on a circuit of medical grade exercise machines. The result is less workout time with more achievement. Only four people are allowed at a time to work out, so you never have to wait for machines, and one of our friendly trainers will go through two workout routines with you to teach you proper technique and set up your machines & personal progress chart.
We also offer an array of classes including Zumba, Tai Chi, and donation based Yoga classes of varying principles.
Post workouts, we have an Infrared Sauna which mimics the beneficial rays of the sun without the damaging effects and burns up to 600 calories in one 30 min session; in-house massage therapists; and special detoxification packages to further promote your health.
Greenpointers Discount: When you mention Greenpointers, you’ll receive 1 Free Fitness Class or 20% Off a 5 pack of Self Training Sessions
Fitness Tip: What is the most effective type of exercise for your body type? Often I get asked, “What’s the best way to lose weight or what are the most effective workouts for me”? Although, there are hundreds of different varieties of exercise styles to chose from, it’s important to keep in mind that all of us earthlings have the same muscle and joint function and therefore should select a workout routine that works in direct accordance with that muscle and joint function. It should also offer full range of motion and progressive resistance. Now I know that sounds a bit technical but to put it to you straight, strength training is the only type of exercise that can fill those needs. Now, don’t get me wrong, you’ll benefit from most any type of motion, but strength training can offer benefits that no other type of exercise can offer all in one package. Of course, it needs to be done properly and in the right environment to achieve optimal results. So whether you like shakin’ your tush in Zumba, Zen-ning out and stretching in Yoga, or slamming your feet on the pavement; always, always strength train as your foundation. The good news is, if you apply the right intensity, you only need to do it once a week!
I don’t do daily affirmations, I just watch Jessica’s Daily Affirmations, a 4 year old with the best attitude in the world. But I make the exception on turkey day. At my house, we eat lasagna before the main event, so I give myself a pep talk before the fight starts: “I love my body and I want to treat it with respect, therefore I will not overeat at this meal and take satisfaction in nourishing my body.” More affirmations to help you not overeat.
3. Size Up Yourself & Your Plate & Pack Leftovers Before You Eat
Look at your plate and size it up against your body. I often do this before I inhale a giant burrito. I pick up the burrito and hold it near my belly and think, “that sure doesn’t look like it’s all going to fit in there,” then I cut it in half and save the rest – usually. This techniques helps you think about portions in a visual way. Before you dig in – pack half the plate into a leftovers tin. Don’t worry, your boyfriend’s parents already think you are weird. Eating the meal on a smaller plate also helps. And serve yourself. My Nonna wants me to be fat and her lasagna squares prove that.
I am a fast eater. It’s probably a New York thing. When friends eat slowly around me I get anxious, “Come on already!” But I really should follow their example. Pace yourself. The slower you eat, the less you have eaten before you brain says, “okay I’m full.” This way you can enjoy and savor each bite. Many of us were taught to eat visually and you are full when your plate is empty. Rewire you brain to listen to your stomach for cues of satiety.
All this and I am still going to pack the antacid, just in case!
The lucky winner of 6 weeks of Beastanetics Bootcamp (worth $180) is Tim! Thanks for everyone who commented. There will be many more chances to win awesome things. You still win if you sign up for Beastanetics today, because Greenpointers readers get $30 off registration! Deets below.
**Use the code “GREENPOINTERS” to get $30 off your registration fee**
With a 5-star average rating on Yelp, Beastanetics is your ticket
to getting in the best shape of your life. The 6-week, 12-session
program, will incinerate fat, boost metabolism, and improve stamina,
speed, strength, power, agility, and mental toughness. Not to mention,
that the Beast community is incredibly friendly and supportive.
The butt kicking will be led by Beastanetics and Punk Rope creators,
Tim Haft and Shana Brady, who hold multiple, national fitness
certifications, and who have been getting folks in shape for more than
Class meets on the soccer field in McCarren Park, the perfect surface
for high-intensity training. Choose from one of the following slots:
Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:45am, 8am, or 9:15am
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:45am, 8am, or 9:15am.
Space is limited so act now!
If you want to try before you buy, Tim and Shana will be offering free
trial classes on Tu 9/4, Wed 9/5, and Thur 9/6 at 6:45am, 8am, and
Tonight and every Wednesday at 8pm, a very fun and talented friend of mine is teaching a new class called IntenSati at Human@Ease. Elina is passionate about IntenSati, a this new workout method that combines “high-energy aerobics, martial arts, yoga and strength conditioning,” along with “spoken affirmations.”
Elina has been raving about Intensati for the past two years and said that one of her goals was to teach it. So I did what I do best, plantonic and professional matchmaking (I don’t touch the romantic stuff).
I introduced Elina to Dishan, owner and trainer/life coach at Human@Ease, where I work out weekly. I knew that if I put these two ladies together, their boat would sail off into fitness/self-improvement heaven.
I am so proud and happy that Elina is in Greenpoint, doing what she does best, which in her professional life is enabling people to discover and pursue their dreams through a company called Dream Careers, Inc. Now time it’s for Elina’s dream to come true and share the benefits of fitness and wellness with you.
Join IntenSati with Elina tonight at 8pm, which promises “you will leave class feeling stronger, uplifted and inspired.” For $10, that is a steal!
** Use code “GREENPOINTERS” to get $30 off your registration fee **
With a 5-star rating on Yelp and rave reviews in local press and from our students, Beastanetics is your ticket to getting in the best shape of your life. Even the honey badger will cower at the sight of you after you’ve completed the 6-week, 12-session program, which, by the way, culminates in a celebration at a local watering hole.
What’s the secret? Created by certified (and uber friendly) personal
trainers, Tim Haft and Shana Brady, Beastanetics offers a unique spin
on high-intensity, interval training, which will incinerate your fat,
boost your metabolism, and improve your stamina, speed, strength,
power, agility, and mental toughness. All the while, you’ll be
supported and encouraged by Tim and Shana, as well as by your fellow
Beasts, who range in age from 20s to 40s and include artists,
musicians, photographers, writers, journalists, comedians, designers,
and other cool folks that you’ll want to meet.
Class meets on the artificial turf field in McCarren Park, the perfect
surface for high-intensity training. Choose one of the following three
times slots: Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:45am, Tuesdays and Thursdays
at 8am, or Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am. Slots are going fast so act
SIGN UP NOW and you will not only want to get into that teeny bikini (or speed-OH no) this summer … you’ll also want to get OUT of it … and into NAKED!
This June, QUICK FITNESS is taking bootcamp to the track! TRACY Helsing (“We Go Hard Bootcamp”, Food Network’s “FAT CHEF”) is joining forces with FAITH Pilger and DORIAN Cervantes to take her weekly indoor bootcamps to another level!
THREE FEMALE TRAINERS, EACH WITH THEIR OWN STYLE AND ENERGY TO MOTIVATE YOU, CHALLENGE YOU AND GET YOU INTO YOUR BOOTCAMP BODY!
AND they will be wearing NAKED SPORTS GEAR: an awesome new TAN THROUGH sports wear for the outdoor athlete …that’s YOU! ~ NO MORE UGLY WORKOUT TAN LINES!!!
(clink – I’ll drink to that)
So, get your butts over to Williamsburg’s McCarren Park EVERY SATURDAY IN JUNE at 9am, rain or shine!
It’s just one subway stop from the city (L train to Bedford or G to Nassau). We’ll meet at the purple workout/stretch bars on the Driggs Avenue side of the track.
SIGN UP NOW on Facebook…just click YES, even if you can’t make all of the dates.
This bootcamp is an hour long and the five week series is priced at $125 for the month. Drop-ins are welcome for $30 per class and if you can only make 3 or 4, we can prorate.
Commit to the package if you want to see real results!
Bootcampers will receive special NAKED benefits
EMAIL Tracy at email@example.com with any other questions. AND SERIOUSLY, the more the merrier, so please pass the word on and bring your friends as there will be plenty of tag team, cooperative and group exercises.
I completed a 3-day Juice Cleanse. My last meal before I started was a delicious grilled cheese from the Munchie Mobile and I woke up starving on the first day. Not a great sign.
As an alternative to making my own juice I went with Blue Print Cleanse, which is on the expensive side ($200 for 3 days), but their motto is, “We think, you drink.” First world problems: “I don’t know what juice to make for my cleanse!” Like going to gym, I am motivated by money. I better drink all this liquid gold and not screw it up! And it all came in a neat box, each bottle labeled 1-6. (A little bird told me you can dumpster dive for the juices in LIC.) Or you can try to make them yourself.