ClassPass Goes LIVE

At home, fitness has been a trend to bring fitness with you outside the gym for the last few years. With no limitation the digital space allows you to reach a bigger audience than it ever could in real life. There are a plethora of digital fitness programs out there to choose from, but there is one that jumped on the home studio experience bandwagon in 2018: ClassPass. The standalone platform ClassPass Live

e3f55a09e2ab4d19dc26367703a0488e can be yours anytime and anywhere you want it. Big bonus, no equipment! So the same intensity workout is choreographed without using any additional props.

 

The Live studio, based in Brooklyn’s Industry City, releases several new classes five days a week. Live instructors are the same instructors you have from studio ClassPass partners, like Tracy Anderson.

If you’re a current ClassPass member the addition of Live will pay $10 a month, Non-member subscriptions will start at $15 per month. As a well-versed experimenter of a handful of at-home exercise app and videos, this price is well worth the payout.

For full article please visit Well+Good.

The Black Friday Game Plan

You know it’s coming. Right after you wake up from that Thanksgiving coma it’s Black Friday… and you can’t go into Black Friday without a game plan. Luckily Racked.com (my go-to cheat sheet for the sample sales, discounts, and store directories that no one knows about and everyone wants to know about) has compiled a foolproof play by play for the best activewear deals to splurge on this Black Friday. Thanks to their rundown I can focus on scouring sites and filling up my shopping cart so that I am Friday ready. So straight from Racked to you… the best active offerings over the holiday weekend. And keep an eye on it, because this list will be updated now through the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

ADAY: The direct-to-consumer brand offers the best of both worlds: every day, athleisure-inspired clothes and efficient, performance-driven workout clothes. From November 22nd through November 26th, ADAY is introducing what it calls the Simplicity Rebate: For each item purchased, the brand will give you $20 back.

Alala: The super trendy New York City-inspired activewear brand is offering 30% off sitewide from November 22nd through November 26th, as well as 40% off for orders of $250 or more and 50% off orders of $500 or more.

Alo Yoga: The Los Angeles-based clothing brand “inspired by yogis and yogis-to-be” is offering up to 60% off its sale merchandise as well as 25% off full-priced items from November 24th through November 26th.Asics: Whether you need running sneakers, a sports bra, or a new gym bag, you’ll be able to pick it up at Asics. The technical sportswear brand is offering 30% off select styles online with code BLACKFRIDAY on November 24th. On November 25th and 26th, use code EXTRA25 for 25% off clearance. On November 27th, the deal will pop back up to 30% off select styles with code CYBERMONDAY.

Bandier: From November 21st through November 22nd, the cool-kid activewear hub is offering up to 70% off current products as well as some old best-sellers. From November 23rd through November 27th, the entire site will be 20% off.

Burton: From November 23rd through the 26th, the OG snowboarding brand is offering 20% off all outerwear, winter necessities, and backpacks, as well as free shipping. Same offer applies on November 27th for Cyber Monday!

Beyond Yoga: The luxury athleisure brand (and makers of the softest leggings I’ve ever tried) is offering 30% off sitewide from November 24th through November 26th, sale included! On November 27th, enjoy 35% off purchases of $150 or more.

GapFit: Gap’s in-house activewear line is offering a whole 50% off your purchase from November 22nd through November 26th. You can shop by activity — from barre and yoga to running and hiking — so it’s easy to find what you need.

Outdoor Voices: Instagram’s favorite activewear brand is offering 20% off on November 24th and November 27th with code STOCKUP.

Ren Active: The streetwear-inspired activewear brand, boasting all of the high-cut bodysuits and mesh-paneled leggings you could ever want, is offering 40% off sitewide from November 24th through November 28th with code RENHOLIDAY.

Sweaty Betty: The activewear brand known for churning out all-over-pattern leggings is kicking off its Black Friday sale off early on November 22nd. You’ll be able to snag 25% off sitewide and in-store through November 27th with code BLACK25.

Time to hustle up. Thanks Racked, we’re sweating y-o-u!

REI Refurbished And Ready For You

 

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When looking for outdoor equipment there are endless websites to search for gear.  But if you’ve ever had the pleasure of shopping for any of this equipment or apparel you know it comes with a hefty price tag. What if there was an option to pay half the price for a tent used only once, or a backpack that was bought and never used. Not to mention you could help recycle and reuse goods – which is good for the environment.

Well thanks to REI Used Gear’s new website you can shop from the hundreds of brands they carry, with some products listing at half-off or more versus buying new. Every item is inspected with a 100% guarantee. All products come from online or one of REI’s regional stores which allow customers to return gear they´re not satisfied with within one year of the purchase date. After locking down some deeply discounted gear, REI goes the extra customer satisfaction mile and allows a 30-day return policy.

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Check out REI’s Used Gear here and head for the outdoors. See you at the top of the mountain.

Opening Ceremony x Columbia Collab Puts Fashion Into Function

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Shopping for hiking can be a huge headache when trying to find clothing and gear that is fashionable and functional. A solution is seemingly nonexistent and the gear out there can fall into one category or the other. A truly fusterating experience when we represent a demographic that wants both. With fashion slowly infiltrating one sport at a time hiking was waiting in the wing. That is until Opening Ceremony broke ground with American outerwear brand Columbia in their latest collaboration. Every piece in the collection retains all the technical luxuries while boasting revamped silhouettes and paired the perfect color story and fabric selections.

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The 10-piece collection will have you decked out for fall (when it finally makes an appearance). Prices range from $65 to $995 and have given the fashion/function the perfect hiking ensemble. To shop the full collection in stores at Opening Ceremony’s New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo locations, and online at OpeningCeremony.com. See you all at the top of the mountain.

Winter Sporting Skin Care

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When talking about sports and skincare I assume one can only be referring to summer sun protection. With endless references drilled into our brains through the media about the needs of our skin while playing sports in the summer, it seems everyone had forgotten that winter sports need their own skincare routine.  With the Winter Olympics less than 100 days away it’s the perfect time to prep our skin for the event.

Luckily, Goop beauty editor Jean Godfrey-June has hacked winter skincare needs so we can focus on the sports side of things. No matter what your skin type may be, the sun, wind, and snow will weaken it, dry it out, and prematurely age it if you don’t take precautions. So take a moment to save your skin and read the full article here.

 

Nike Air Max Con NYC

Nike Air Max Con inauguration is in full swing in celebration of the third unofficial Nike Air Max Day.

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Air’s March 24 début runs through the 26 in a multi city birthday bash. In NYC’s Skylight Clarkson Square hosts the pop up space dedicated to Air Max’s iconic design, history and innovation. A unique introduction melding past and present through interactive integration.

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Capsule invite visitors to take part in Nike’s Vote Back program (retro revival of the winning shoe), watch the Masters of Air documentary, curated Air Max-flavored KITH Treats by Ronnie Fieg, and watch your favorite shoes be transformed into art.

Nike has set a sneaker standard and harnessed the power of to transform us all – denominate of sneaker culture.

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Nix Netflix and Chill for…

Whether travel, never-ending work hours, or a generally all-over-the-board schedule, there is a lot of pull on life that can leave your workout routine neglected. The simple solution may be streaming. Whenever, wherever workouts and classes accessed anytime/anywhere (with space for a yoga mat and a solid WiFi connection). Here are some viral options for you to try out.

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  • YogaGlo

    YogaGlo’s online classes range from 5-120 minutes, and students can pick between super physical “body” classes to more spiritual or meditative mind and heart classes. The big selling point, though, is that they fly in some of the country’s best yoga teachers, so you get access to incredible resources. In addition, members have access to lectures and workshops by yoga scholars.

  • Tracy Anderson

    This option needs little in the way of introduction: This is the workout that GP does, made available in living rooms everywhere. Tracy films her weekly Master Class, which means that you’re getting the same routine as what goes down in the studio classes—and like a traditional membership, the moves change every week. Die-hards can actually install the signature cardio fly floor in their garages or spare bedrooms for the full experience.

  • Ballet Beautiful

    It’s not really surprising that Mary Helen Bowers’ ballet-based workout chain is growing like crazy; her body does the advertising itself. The streaming workouts are interactive, meaning that thanks to the magic of Skype, instructors can actually see you in your home and offer real-time feedback on your form.

  • Pilatesology

    Since everything happens on the mat, Pilates has lent itself nicely to at-home videos since the days of VHS. For devotees of the old-school style, streaming service Pilatesology is truly an indispensable resource. Workouts can be tailored to fit time availability, skill level, and equipment availability; a membership affords access to everything from beginner mat classes to advanced reformer work.

  • Daily Burn

    At $12.95/month, Daily Burn costs about as much as you’ll probably spend on lunch today, but the payoff is significantly more substantial. The website offers diverse workouts from a stable of in-house instructors, including classes in Pilates, yoga, weightlifting, and cardio. Easy-to-follow meal plans are also included.

  • Yogis Anonymous

    Yogis Anonymous is based out of a homey Santa Monica studio, and the videos on their site are footage of their actual classes. New classes are uploaded frequently, so there’s no risk of boredom, and the lack of staging makes the entire endeavor feel very comfortable and a lot less cheesy. If you live in LA, it’s easy to supplement the convenience of the digital classes with the community of their real-life studio.

  • Peloton

    The concept behind Peloton is pretty genius if you’re a spin fan: purchase one of their bikes for your home, and you’ll get access to live and on-demand spin classes taught in their New York studio from the screen mounted to your bike. Those with a competitive streak will appreciate that metrics are displayed throughout the ride (if you’d rather not know, you can always collapse that view). In addition to their classic indoor classes, they offer outdoor-style rides with professional cyclists through their partnership with the Garmin team.

     

Fashion Freewheeling

A beautiful feature in this seasons The Gentlewoman Spring/Summer 2016. Freewheeling shot by Daniel Riera captures sisters Andrea & Julia Wilshusen mid ride.

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Sweating ADay

Heel-Side is taking a look at the fashion fitness label ADAY.  ADAY targets the millennial consumer (or those that have acclimated the characteristics embraced by this generation) of the work hard – play hard a constant push-pull of work life balance and flexibility. So much to do and so little time.

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Founders Nina Faulhaber and Meg He partnered up while working at Goldman Sachs over their mutual love of boutique fitness. The developed the line to solve a daily struggle of their own; intelligent busy women with endless work life balance, exercising and staying healthy being one of them. The current marketplace athlesure offerings were lacking the versatility of  fully active clothing that doesn’t look active. Leaving you with the choice od lugging around daily workout clothing changes or not working out – far from ideal.

ADAY took away that obstacle with their performance fabrics you’re meant to sweat in and transition seamlessly from day to night – fully active clothing that doesn’t look active. Placing equal emphasis on contemporary ready-to-wear design and high performance quality pieces won’t hold you back from whatever your daily daily calendar throws your way – and through all of the beautiful chaos in between.

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Check some of the ADAY 2016 season online now. The design speaks for itself at ADAY. Consensus here at Heel-Side, “we’re into it.”

The team at ADAY also curated WANDER – a global content edit on where to work out and the spots to wear it out. Sharing these places and spaces that focus on spots where the ADAY fans can do business, grab a bite, sweat it out and travel to.

 

Sweating Sworkit

A guilty pleasure here at Heel-Side is taking a time out to watch Shark Tank. During the latest episode a company called Sworkit (Simply Work It) dove into the tank – and the Sharks took the bait.

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Sworkit’s premise is to remove the excuse by offering anywhere, anytime workouts. The app allows you to customize video workouts including strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching. Length of workouts range from 5 to 60 minutes.  Best part about this app is that if a move is too hard or you’re just not feeling it, skip it and the app selects the next move to keep you moving.

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Workouts are curated similar to music playlists – have a favorite move? Add it to a playlist, or choose from standard workout (favorite album).

If you want to pay the $2.99 monthly subscription or $19.99 yearly subscription you can get some great goodies:

  • Ad-Free Workouts (this alone had Heel-Side sold)
  • Exclusive Low Impact Exercises for Beginners and Older Adults
  • Customizable exercise intervals
  • Save unlimited custom workouts (plus additional editing capabilities)
  • Exclusive pre-built workouts
  • “Ask a Trainer” feature

It’s a perfect remedy for every exercise excuse, not to mention an excellently executed platform for usability, functionality, and most importantly, results.

Sweating Y-7 Yoga

Heel-Side took to the beat-driving vinyasa flow space of Y-7 Studios Broome Street location this past weekend. There has been a lot of talk around town about Y-7 Yoga Studios founded by Mason and Sarah Levey. This studio is redefining the stereotypical yoga practice ‘norm’- no mirrors, no candles.

The lights go off, the heat goes up and you get right into the flow. The class tempo is paced off cultivated playlists . These beats are legit, and make you work hard for the entire 60 minute intense sweat session. This music is good! You’ll be introduced to new artists and hear some of the classics mixed in with great remixes to create the perfect atmosphere for the avid yogis of Y-7.

 

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Yoga ideation is a new gateway practice revamped with upbeat sweatspiration. The flow was great and, true to their slogan, the sweat was dripping. We will be back for sure.

See Y-7’s other studio locations in NYC and CA here.

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Sweating Shadowbox NYC

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Heel-Side got in the ring with Shadowbox NYC this past weekend – the newest boxing gym dubbed the ‘Soul Cycle’ of its creed.

The class process breakdown starts when you reserve a class online. Pick a bag (akin to grabbing a bike for spin). The 20 min early arrival for new Shadwboxers is a wise suggestion to allow enough time to get equipment (if you don’t have yours in tow): wraps and glove rentals, both needed to participate in class. Navigating the traffic is a bit overwhelming on the first go – one packed class is assembling while soaked boxers are leaving the single studio.

Each class is directly related to the instructor’s perception of students’ abilities: catering to the more advanced but keeping the beginners in the ring as well. Here is where you may need some skills under your belt. If you have never boxed before, technique and cardio sequences can quickly get lost. The bags make instructor visibility difficult at times depending where your bag is and if you have no clue about how to properly execute a jab, cross, hook, or uppercut you could be asking for an injury.

The studio seems to offer night club ambiance: dim lights and stacked sound system. Music is legit – great remixes never miss a beat throughout the class. Five minutes before the class starts, instructors offer a quick orientation on correct stance, types of punches, and combinations you will encounter throughout the class.

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Go time – kick off with cardio planks, squats, burpies, and jumping jacks. These cardio sprints come back into play throughout the workout. Each new sequence is brief and the instructor will announce the sequence combination before each boxer is released to put their own spin on it (pick it up or slow it down depending on your experience/fitness level). The instructor navigates though the bags during each sequence before instructing the new combo doling out some tips and tricks.

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The soundtrack was steady, the sweat was heavy and the workout was intense. Heel-Side left with good feeling workout that will keep us coming back into the ring for more.

All About Kit and Ace

I want to take some time to catch up on the recent game changers in the athletic world. Heel-Side was on an extended hibernation staycation (i.e. outside of the blogosphere.) Good news – back home among the fashionably fit. A little overtime needed to catch you up to who’s on the A team these days – some serious cliff note sessions are queued up. Here we go…

Today at Heel-Side we are all about  Kit and Ace. Founders Shannon and JJ are none other than the wife and step-son of iconic fitness brand Lululemon founder – Chip Wilson. Kit and Ace will not compete with the stronghold that is Lululemon for market dominance, however this brand is staking a claim in the althleisure realm of high fashion and luxury comfort without compromising the functionality.

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Kit and Ace is taking an innovative spin on this now over-saturated industry where it is hard to tell who is who without checking the label. So what is so different about Kit and Ace?

  • Kit and Ace is future-focused and in constant pursuit of the newest systems, fabrics, tools, construction, and care. They’re behind a huge disruption taking the possible to new heights – a.k.a. offering up a Technical Luxury™ cashmere that you can wash!
  •  Each store is unique (taking surrounding fashion trends, climate and other social factors into consideration) coinciding with the local environment. Unique decor, merchandise, and interior space.
  • They promote local artisans. All interior art/decor is sourced locally. Any in-store events are catered and curated from neighbors. Recognizing local influence and honoring it in ways unique to each store location.
  • A classic American road trip dubbed the ‘Grand Tour’ – a copper-clad Airstream trailer decked out in modern luxury – a mini Kit and Ace served on the go. Why? Simple: Kit and Ace was looking to meet the neighbors. They get to take in the culture and meet the resident taste makers while introducing themselves to the scene before they set up shop. Jump on the bandwagon and get real-time updates on who, what, where.

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  • AND… these guys just want to do good stuff. No industry standard (brilliant!). Committed to integrity, treating their people well (same for the people they work with), sourcing luxury globally and making headway in the luxury apparel market through innovative technology.

This brand was worth the words. We will be following along here at Heel-Side!

Check out the Kit and Ace in NYC here. 

Everything but the Dress

Karlie Kloss caught sporting yet again. New face  for Kurt Geiger’s Spring | Summer 16 campaign.

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Black, red, and white – a pared down color pallet evoking none other than team spirit. Energetic, high fashion sporting  is the baseline appeal in this collab between Creative director Rebecca Farrar-Hockley and Erik Tortensson. Pieces include swim, sport sandal hybrids, sneakers, and flat-forms. The game plan here was to avoid compromising functionality and wearability for high fashion style, they nailed it. Uniquely, this collection seems to be a go-to uniform worthy everywhere and in-between; on a stage or crossing the finish line. Perfectly defined as style that is made to move.

Rebecca Farrar-Hockley’s long standing friendship with Erik Tortensson – two who have paired up a time or two in past projects – regrouped yet again. It seems these two make a strong team. Here’s to another game changer!

Model Karlie Kloss. Photographed by Erik Torstensson.

The Who’s Who that’s Six:02

In a recent shoot with Six:02 I got a sneak peak at some impressive new workout gear that will be in stores soon. Really… I made a wish list for when the merchandise hits stores.

Six:02’s Holiday Ads produced by me (E) feature some current in-store merch. I recommend taking a look.

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Check them out HERE.