A New York Health & Racquet Club State of Mind

May 6, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas

The B-Team is happy to announce that we are teaming up with New York Health & Racquet Club (NYHRC) in our continued search for the perfect workout experience and our never ending desire to be fit and healthy.

Over the last year, since we revamped our website and started blogging about fitness, we mainly concentrated on boutique studios (independently owned small gyms that offer specialized targeted exercise programs). We have rowed, cycled, boxed, ballet-barred and boot-camped (and you can read all about it).

There are many (many) wonderful things about boutique gyms and their classes, and we have been fortunate to have tried some of the very best workouts taught by some of the very best instructors. We will continue to take these classes (and love these classes!). But we felt like we were missing a big part of the fitness industry: traditional gyms -- specifically a health club. We plan to show you how to take full advantage of all that large gyms offer so you can get your money’s worth, get fit, and then some!

New York Health & and Racquet Club is a family owned business that was founded in 1973 and today has nine Manhattan locations -- each of which reflects the energy of NYC and emphasizes fitness as a lifestyle. In addition to elite personal training, more than 600 weekly classes and state of the art exercise equipment, NYHRC offers amenities like saltwater pools and whirlpools, saunas, eucalyptus steam rooms and massages, racquet sports, basketball courts and a member yacht. As a member, on and off for years, I can vouch that NYRHC is one of the best in the country; cutting edge in fitness, impeccably clean (I am a clean freak) and a staff that is beyond friendly and professional -- all things that I want in a health club.

Up first in our partnership with NYHRC: learning how to run properly! The B-Team has joined forces with NYHRC to participate in the American Heart Association's Wall Street Heart Walk and 5K run on May 28 in NYC. If you would like to join our B-Team team for this race or donate money to this worthy cause, click on this link: http://heartwalk.kintera.org/nyc/bteam. We hope to see you there!

While I have walked in many 5Ks throughout the years, I have never been able to run one in its entirety. As a member of NYHRC, I can participate in a running workshop for free taught by Will Elson who is a NYHRC Personal Training Manager at their 76th Street club, and who holds a Master's degree in exercise science. He is also a 3x NCAA Track & Field All-American. I think I am going to learn and thing or two!

This is a win/win for me for many reasons, I am going to push myself to step outside my fitness comfort zone (I HATE to run) while I am doing something really good for a wonderful charity, The American Heart Association, and I am going to learn the proper way to prepare so I do not injure myself. Who knows, I may end up really loving to run!

Some of the stories we will be working on with NYHRC and blogging about on Bobby Flay Fit in the coming months are:

> Testing the different yoga classes that NYHRC has to offer and give a detailed report on how each practice is different and which practice might match your personality
> Stepping outside your comfort zone for fitness (swimming classes...hello...you have to wear a bathing suit in front of total strangers)
> Working with personal trainers. Is it worth the price?
> Plateauing with workouts: how to change it up
> Lifting heavy weights: a bulking-up myth-buster
>Pre-/post-natal workouts
> Swimming: easy on the joints, hard on your muscles

We will even delve into nutrition to support life and fitness goals…NYHRC has two nutritionists who host complimentary workshops for members, give recipes and advice on NYHRC’s blog and offer counseling packages.

We are looking forward to another fun-filled and fit year, and we hope you will come along for the ride...and the walk...starting with the run!