The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Chevy. Opinions are my own.
Over the weekend, I enjoyed a fitness staycation in New York. Chevy even let me borrow a red Malibu to make it easy to get from the park, to my workout, and to see friends. I’ll be sharing more about my experience driving the Malibu, as well as pictures of the vehicle, later in the week. Today, I’m focusing on my weekend adventures. Here’s a peak at some of my favorite spots in the city.
The Malibu was delivered on Friday after work, so I spent the evening cruising around the city. I’ve never driven in New York, so I wanted to feel comfortable with the heavy traffic (vehicle and pedestrian) for the next day. It was especially fun driving past the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower. I started my Saturday with a Joyful Almond smoothie at Juice Generation in Flatiron. I order this almond butter smoothie about once per week as pre or post-workout fuel. In this case, I was waiting for my early afternoon class to begin, so I spent time people and dog watching in Madison Square Park. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is park hop around the city.
See the Empire State Building peaking out?
After finishing my smoothie, I headed to an Uplift Fusion class with Chelsea Dornan at Uplift Studios. The Fusion class, which Chelsea developed, combines yoga with light weight lifting. Each participant is encouraged to take reps at her own pace and focus on breath. It’s the perfect weekend class. Uplift is New York’s only all-women boutique fitness studio featuring unique group classes, private training, and specialized events. They even offer fruit and nuts after class. I munched on mine as I walked toward The High Line, a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. I love being surrounded by the eclectic mix of concrete, flowers, metal, brick, and greenery. Taking a walk was a great way to unwind before driving to dinner with friends in Brooklyn.
I started my Sunday drafting a blog post in Central Park until it was time to cruise to Tribeca for class. I’ve reviewed Kara Griffin’s master class before, but I couldn’t help featuring Bari Studio again. I took Bari’s Hyrbid class, which combines all of its class offerings into one session. You cardio dance, tone with bungees, bounce on trampolines, and complete an ab series. You also sweat buckets. It’s fabulous. After class, I headed to Sweetgreen for a salad. I often order the Santorini, which includes romaine, shrimp, grapes, chickpeas, and feta. It’s light but filling. Lunch was followed by a photo shoot with the Malibu and Lydia Hudgens on the West Side Highway. I look forward to sharing those photos!