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Darryl Gaines
Beloved instructor Darryl Gaines will be rocking the Flywheel Torqboard.

We recap everything earth-shattering that happened in health and wellness this week: June 8–13, 2013.


SoulCycle opens its eighth New York City location today, this one in the West Village on Leroy and Greenwich Street, as part of the mega expansion the brand announced last fall. It includes two studios and is also home to the company’s teacher training program and new corporate headquarters.

And Lululemon opens its new Brooklyn store today, too, on the border of Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. It will be hosting celebratory festivities, like free yoga, all weekend long.

A husband-and-wife teamed opened the city’s newest CrossFit box, CrossFit East River, on Monday. The box is a 2,500-square-foot former garage on East 9th Street and Avenue C in the East Village.

CrossFit East River
CrossFit East River


Flywheel unveiled a major expansion plan for this fall, with seven new studios slated, including two in New York City and two in the New York City suburbs.

And beloved Equinox cycling instructor Darryl Gaines revealed that he’ll be joining the Flywheel team in less than two weeks. Gaines will be teaching at both NYC and LA studios, but don’t worry, he’ll still have time to chart your fitness astrology.

And barre class fave Physique 57 announced it will open its first international studio, in the swanky and sandy Middle Eastern city of Dubai.


The Supreme Court ruled that human genes cannot be patented, a decision that researchers and advocates believe will increase access to genetic testing for BRCA mutations and other mutations linked to disease, and encourage research innovation.

Maine’s state senate approved a bill that would require food products with GMOs to be labeled. The bill faces further votes before it is signed into law.

An advocacy group started a petition to get Glade to disclose the ingredients used in its fragrance blends, after a research study found that some of its products contain chemicals linked to hormone disruption and reproductive harm.


The Trump Hotel Collection is debuting Trump Wellness on June 17, a comprehensive program that will include healthier food options and fitness offerings like Technogym-designed workouts and Under Armour apparel.


Mallika Chopra is co-hosting the State of Now #140 conference next week, on June 18–19, with a range of speakers addressing health in the age of social media, including wellness luminaries like Dr. Mark Hyman and celeb yogi Tara Stiles.

Epix is inviting dancers and fitness buffs to enter to win a spot in a workout class with Madonna and her trainer, Nicole Winhoffer. You have to enter by June 16. And if you get a spot, the open call will be on Wednesday, June 19.

This Saturday, June 15, The Gowanus Challenge is inviting canoers and kayakers to compete in a 2.5 mile race on the Superfund-designated site. A serious sense of adventure recommended.