We recap everything earth-shattering that happened in health and wellness this week: November 2–8, 2013.
New York’s first team-based indoor cycling studio, Swerve, held its grand opening party on Thursday and will kick off its first classes in the Flatiron tomorrow, Saturday, November 9.
Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Running Co. opened its doors on Friday, November 1, with recycled wood shoe displays and a replica of the Williamsburg Bridge running path for testing out kicks.
In suburban Short Hills, New Jersey, Peloton Cycle opened its first retail location last weekend, SLT opened a Megaformer studio, and SoulCycle opens tomorrow, Saturday, November 9.
FITNESS AND YOGA BUZZ
Today healthy lifestyle brand Gaiam announced that it has merged with My Yoga Online. Now subscribers to Gaiam TV and My Yoga Online will have access to a combined 6,000 streaming classes in yoga, meditation, fitness, plus titles on spirituality and health documentaries, for $9.95 a month.
Wanderlust introduced a yoga teacher training program that will be offered at its own and partner studios, and at its popular yoga-music festivals.
Lululemon founder Chip Wilson put his foot in his mouth during an interview—and not because yoga has made him flexy. Wilson blamed the brand’s sheer pants problem on women’s bodies, saying things like “They don’t work for some women’s bodies. It’s really about the rubbing through the thighs…”
Los Angeles-based fitness method Buti introduced a 7 Day Red Carpet Ready program with meal plans and workouts meant to help clients prepare for a big event or photo shoot.
Fitness pop-up company KiwiSweat launched a “Search for the Coolest, Most Awesomest Workout Ever,” inviting trainers around the country to submit 2-minute videos for the chance to win a splashy event for their method. (Well+Good co-founder Melisse Gelula is one of the judges!)
The FDA announced a preliminary ruling that artificial trans fats are no longer “generally recognized as safe.” The agency opened up a 60-day comment period, and if the ruling stands, trans fats would no longer be able to be added to food without regulation.
Healthy grab-and-go spot Fresh&Co introduced a new Quinoa Bar, where eaters can order chef-designed quinoa bowls or create their own.
CrossFit NYC is hosting the first Big Apple Triathlon this Saturday, November 9, in which competitors will row boats from the Central Park Boathouse, run a mile, and ride CitiBikes for two miles. It’s New York City’s most landmark-celebrating “triathlon” ever.
Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp is celebrating the end of its outdoor season on the famous bridge with a special two-hour event on November 23 that includes running across the expanse four times, “endless push-ups,” drills, and an award for the “Butt-Kicker of the Year 2013.”