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My Studio Style: Nicole Sweet and Marisa Thrasher


Yoga pants? No, thanks. The fitness instructors behind Pilates and yoga retreat company Sweet+Thrasher would rather work out in bikinis.

Sweet and ThrasherNicole Sweet and Marisa Thrasher may be New York fitness instructors, but the studio they’re most comfortable working out in involves more sand and sun than mats and walls.

As the owners of Sweet+Thrasher, the duo whisks urban fitness lovers away to destinations like Barbados for Pilates and yoga retreats that they say mix “fitness and foolishness.” “We wanted to create retreats that provided a fun environment versus a serious retreat, or one where you have to detox,” they explain.

This fall, they’re applying that approach to seaside classes at Sweat USA’s workout and wellness weekends at Caesars in Atlantic City, on September 21–22, and in Miami Beach, on October 11–13, alongside fitness celebs like Jillian Michaels and Shaun T.

Naturally, their fitness fashion picks include bikinis and pedicure-approved polish. Here’s what Sweet and Thrasher wear to work out—in boutique fitness studios and on the beach.

L*Space1. L*Space Swimwear by Monica Wise Bikinis (Prices vary) We love our L*Space bikinis because not only are they fun (hello, fringe!) and colorful, they fit really well and are flattering on any body type. They stay on great, and you don’t even need to bother adjusting, even during poolside or beachfront Pilates and yoga classes. Our suitcases are literally 75 percent bikinis each time we go on a retreat. We feel like we live in L*SPACE bikinis the entire time we’re away. We’re slightly out of control.

2. Reebok Women’s Hopkick Capris ($38) We love these pants for classes back in New York. They’re fun and vibrant and also super comfortable. For some reason wearing fun prints makes working out a bit more exciting. They’re perfect for city life as well and great for running around between classes.

3. Essie Nail Polish ($8) Some of our current favorite colors are: Bottle Service, Naughty Nautical, and Shake Your $$ Maker. Nicole has a secret talent and loves to do nail art—and practice on me! So anytime there’s a free moment, we do nails. We bring a good amount of polish on retreats, since nails get a messed up fairly easily being on the beach all day. We always do a quick touch up before we hit the town at night.Reebok Hopkick

4. iPod Touch ($399) Since the concept of our retreats and classes is “Fitness + Foolishness,” it’s our responsibility to constantly update the jams to keep the energy flowing and at an all-time high, so people forget how hard they’re working out. The convenience of having a separate device from a phone to stream Soca and other island music (in our case) is an absolute must. —Lisa Elaine Held

For more information, visit www.sweetandthrasher.com or www.sweatusa.com

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