Smells Like Team Spinning.

In New York city there are no shortage of fun and entertaining ways of staying fit. However the funnest and most unique that I have been to so far is Swerve Fitness. Swerve is a boutique spin studio and it is unique because you compete on teams. Allow me to explain. In a Swerve class the room is divided into three teams: red, green, and blue. The class follows the choreography of your standard over-competitive New York spin class except that in this one you are actually competing for points. These points are displayed in two screens that are located in the front of the class. The scoreboard displays the team’s score with the team leader highlighted for each team. It’s a really great workout for the competitive since every class has a winning team, and for the extra competitive since seeing yourself as the team leader is really good on the ego.

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I discovered this class through a friend of mine who really wanted to assemble a team of friends who would go spinning together once or twice a week before work, and it worked! The team component of the class is what motivated  the members of the Spanish green team to wake up at 6 am to take a 7 am spin class for about 30 consecutive weeks. Not only is Swerve a killer workout but the studio’s amenities make it the Ritz Carlton of spinning.The studio has a very clean and modern look. You can tell they gave the design a lot of thought

The spin studio itself is very dark and kind of feels like you’re in a nightclub, except you would never want to sweat that intensely in a nightclub.They have a smoothie bar with great smoothies you can pre order before class and also juices and treats from Liquiteria. My personal favorite smoothie is the “Rise and Grind.”This was also one of the added perks of team spinning, we would take the class and then we would all drink a smoothie together before heading to work. But not before a mandatory visit to the Swerve showers.

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The showers OMG the showers. They are fully stocked with L”Occitante products, super fluffy towels, deodorant, dry shampoo, blow dryers and a vanity  area to get ready. The only problem is that there are only three showers so it takes a while for everyone to get their turn. However not only are they worth the wait, but you sweat so much in class that it would be an offense to the rest of New York to go out that sweaty.

Among the added perks of the studio are: Shoes are included in the class fee and lockers with lock. The former was especially good for me since I don’t own spin shoes and really don’t feel like renting for $3 after I already dropped $30 on a spin class.

3/4 of the green team

3/4 of the green team

Once you leave the studio you receive an email with your class performance. You can tell the studio belongs to 3 ex wall-street numbers dudes since they send you your stats and  you can access charts that track your progress. Aside from being a very innovative concept, Swerve feels more like an activity than a workout class. While I don’t know if I will be trading happy hour for Swerve anytime soon, this class is definitely a great way to see your friends while working out at the same time.

La Spinnera

By Adriana Herdan

I’ll admit it; going to the gym can be a hassle. Whoever says that they genuinely enjoy going to a sweaty smelly gym everyday when they could be hitting happy hour with their friends is either BSing you or lying to themselves. Gymming is an acquired taste that is usually driven by the fear of getting fat, a desire to look good, and a need to be healthy (yeah, right). However going to the gym doesn’t have to be a total nightmare. If you find an activity you enjoy, going to the gym can be something you actually look forward to.

With the amount of group exercise trends such as zumba, bootcamp and yoga that have become increasingly pop
ular across the country, your gym routine can also become a way of socializing. I myself was one of those gym haters who was extremely afraid of graduating college with a degree in changing pant sizes, yet I wasn’t a jogger and I definitely wasn’t a weight lifter either. I tried all the fitness trends of the moment until I finally found my exercise soul mate- SPINNING!! In the past years spinning has become increasingly popular in the US due to the fact that you can torch off close 700 calories in a 45 minute session.

Cycling is great for your body. According to a study from Harvard University women who biked as little as five minutes a day gained less weight than those who didn’t. If that isn’t good enough, consider the fact that you will have a tight tush and core and also work out your legs and improve your cardiac rhythm. Plus the upbeat music and the cute spandex shorts are a definite plus. Need I say more?