While New York City’s Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) has been phased out, Sweaty Saturday, a day that celebrates fitness in the city and was inspired by FNO, (cardio) dances on with a damp brow and cute sneakers.
February 22 marks the second annual Sweaty Saturday in New York City. It’s a day-long event that takes place in the city’s top boutique studios while doubling as a fundraiser for Partnership for Healthier America (PHA), a non-profit organization that raises awareness for childhood obesity. If you missed its debut, check out our photos.
A handful of the city’s fitness entrepreneurs founded the event in fall 2012, including Fitist co-founders Caroline Limpert and Neda Talebian Funk, and SLT’s Amanda Freeman. And they’ve grown it to more than 40 participating studios, from all fitness genres, to sweat it out and put all competition aside—from five cycling studios to a handful of barre brands, dance cardio styles, and boot camps.
“The fitness community rarely comes together,” SLT head of business development and Sweaty Saturday organizer Lauren Levine says. “It’s really special that we’ve gotten so many amazing studios and trainers together to rally behind such an important charity.”
So what does this mean for you and your regular Saturday sweat session?
You book classes like you normally would. Only on February 22, you’ll also get in-studio perks besides water and towels when you show up for class, like gift bags, healthy snacks, juices, and more, depending on where you’re sweating. You’ll also get the good feeling knowing that your class purchase is going to charity.
New this year are exclusive and special classes like at Tracy Anderson and SLT, and the event will have a unifying HQ at Sweaty Betty (a coincidence in brand names!) with master classes and chill out stations at its Mercer Street store in Soho, so you can pop in and out on your way from studio to studio. —Jamie McKillop
Read on for the some of the special Sweaty Saturday offerings….
Sweaty Betty: The fitness fashion brand’s SoHo flagship will host free workouts led by star trainers. You can register for them (one class per person) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mio Skincare will also be on hand to treat you to mini-massages and beauty swag bags. 77 Mercer St., 9:00 a.m. Body Conceptions by Mahri, 10:00 a.m. Nu Fit with Natalie Uhling, 11:00 a.m. KP Dancebody with Katia Pryce, noon KG Body with Katherine Greiner, 4:00 p.m. Fun Flow Yoga with Erin Jacques (free).
Tracy Anderson: Anderson’s Tribeca flagship, arguably the birthplace of dance cardio, is hosting three classes, which is a huge deal, since it’s a members-only studio. 24 Hubert St., 3:30 p.m. Sweaty Saturday Multitask, 4:30 p.m. Sweaty Saturday Multitask Band, 5:30 p.m. Sweaty Saturday Men’s Attain Definition ($50 each).
SLT: The popular Megaformer studio will host special 3:30 classes at its Manhattan locations, with extra incentives to donate to PHA: if you donate $100, you can choose the playlist for a future class. Donate $500, and get a private group class for up to 10 people. And SLT Midtown will be the site of a beauty stakeout by Mio, who’ll be giving mini massages and gym-bag-size product samples. SLT Midtown, 41 W. 57th St., 8th floor, 3:30 p.m. Super Sweaty Saturday Interval Class; SLT 132 Crosby St., Suite 1321, 3:30 p.m. MENgaformer Class ($40 each).
Peloton: The innovative cycling company will come to life on Sweaty Saturday, with a two-hour live-streamed ride led by two top instructors for at-home users. You’ll have to own the Peloton bike to get in on this one. (And lucky you, if you do.)