CitySeat – Bike in Style

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Anyone that knows me knows I love to drive! My first car was a black (obviously), little, fast, two door that I absolutely loved at the time. Eventually I moved on to drive my sisters Jeep after my parents deemed my car too small for their liking. Yet one thing remained, I loved to drive!

Now, after 3 years of living in New York City, I’m suddenly timid behind the wheel. I can count the amount of times I’ve driven over the past few years on two hands. I no longer own a car because I don’t need one in the city. Traffic is terrible and you’re much better off getting around via public transportation, foot or a bike. And just like that, I’ve driven a bike more than I’ve driven a car in the past few years.

That’s why I’ve been loving my City Seat cushion that hugs my bike seat and provides a little extra comfort. I use mine (pictured above) while at my shore house and not only love the look it gives my bike, but the comfort, because we all know bike seat can tend to rock-hard and painful.  For those of you that ride bikes, I know you know what I’m talking about here.

City Seat offers an assortment of eco-friendly seat covers for your bike that come in fun patterns. My pattern is from the new line and features beach waves. You don’t even have to worry about hopping on someone else’s sweaty CityBike or getting caught in the rain when you have your own portable cushion/cover. Plus it’s washable! Check out their website and snag yourself one for just $35 – highly recommended!

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FREE NYC Fitness Classes

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My good friend Jill suggested we sign up for 7am yoga in Time Square to celebrate the longest day of the year, also known as ‘summer solstice.’ While the thought of waking up at 6am on a Monday was daunting, I knew this would be an amazing way to kick start my week and an even better way to celebrate the official start of the summer.

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What’s in My Gym Bag?

Today I’m sharing a look at what I keep inside my gym bag. From the basics like headphones and a water bottle to my secret weapons like Compeed Blister Cushions and Snap Perfume – a portable, light-weight, compact size fragrance (perfect for freshening up after a workout).

Whether you’re hopping into a last minute fitness class or grabbing an impromptu meal with friends afterwards, being prepared is essential. For this reason, my gym bag doubles as a mini closet (I’m kidding! but am I…?), so whatever the occasion, I’m always prepared. Take a look at some of my must have gym bag items below.

BeoPlay H6 Headphones ($399.00) – I love to drown out any background noise or clutter when I’m on the treadmill and these headphones are perfect for just that. They have a forceful, authentic and clean sound with comfortable ear cushions.

FitBit Charge ($129.95) – Get the most out of your workout by wearing a fitness tracker. Not only will you track your activity, but you’ll know what time it is and if any incoming calls are coming your way.

Lululemon Headband ($14.00) – Keep your flyaways or bangs off your face with a comfortable workout headband. Perfect for people with shorter hair!

Snap Perfume ($14.99) – Running to meet friends after the gym? Keep this portable, light-weight fragrance on hand for freshening up on the go.

Compeed Blister Cushions ($7.99) – Are your sneakers or spin shoes rubbing you the wrong way? Never deal with painful, unwanted blisters again by keeping this hidden gem in your bag.

Asics Running Sneakers ($139.99) – I love the support Asics give me during a workout. Be sure to pick a sneaker that is sturdy and provides support.

Water Bottle – Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

What do you keep in your gym bag?

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Calories for a Cause

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I absolutely love Cyc Fitness and any opportunity to give back, so I was thrilled when Cyc asked me to participate in Calories for a Cause, an exciting program with the Challenged Athletes Foundation. For every ride I take starting January through the end of February, Cyc will be donating $1 to CAF on my behalf!

For those of you who don’t know, CAF supports those with physical challenges, so they too can be athletes. Follow my journey via my social handles (@publyssity) on Twitter & Instagram throughout the month to see how I’m helping support this charitable initiative.

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What do you ride for?

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A Guide to My Favorite NYC Fitness Studios

Ever since moving to NYC I’ve loved discovering new fitness studios in various locations around the city. Most recently, being a member of Classpass has given me even more of an excuse to hop on the subway and check out studios in different neighborhoods. I’ve been able to visit some of Manhattan’s “trendiest” studios and some smaller-boutique style studios. Find a guide to my favorite fitness finds bellow, which includes everything from well-known studios to hidden gems.

1. CYC Fitness, Astor Place (Located in David Barton Gym)
portfolio_cyc1I’ve been a fan of CYC since it’s conception and love the mixture of high-intensity cycling with light weight training. Not only does the gym resemble a chic lounge, but the class gets your heart pumping with amazing music as you’re led by professional yet fun instructors. I always leave wanting more and ready to take the day.


2. CrossFit Solace, NoMad

CrossFit-Solace-1Ever since moving to the NoMad area, I’ve looked for studios that are both convenient, but worthwhile. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Solace was next door. The studio offers a variety of crossfit, sculpting and yoga classes that leave your muscles burning and heart rate up.

 

3. Exhale, Flatiron
image_0f265da518140c456a5e847def9c5896666I’ve always been a fan of Exhale’s Barre classes, but the Core Fusion Extreme class has quickly become a favorite. The Flatiron location is spacious, modern and perfect for this high intensity workout with weights, suspension training, gliders and more.

4. Row House, Chelsea
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I wanted to switch up my workout routine and target a different part of my body, so I decided to take a class at Row House. I quickly fell in love with the high energy, full-body workout, which is great for people of all levels. You’ll leave class feeling accomplished and strong.

 

5. Power Pilates, Midtown East
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I stumbled upon Power Pilates while looking for a studio near my office via Classpass. Since taking my first class a few months ago, I’ve been a return customer. The studio is chic, spacious, features new equipment and has well-educated instructors.

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