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Yesterday, city's fitness community came together—sans shirts—to promote self-confidence and positive body image. Gawkers were abundant, too.

Sports Bra ChallengeYesterday, the second annual Sports Bra Challenge brought New York women (and a few men!) together in Union Square for a day of cycling sans shirts. The event was built on an inspiring goal—to promote self-confidence and positive body image—and it raised serious funds to support the SEAK Foundation. We were there to document the action. Check out the photos now…


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Sports Bra ChallengeRiders pedaled SoulCycle bikes in the first class, taught by Stacey Griffith and Melanie Griffith (no relation, except that they’re both top-rung Soul teachers). And while the temperature hovered in the 50s, the sun (and cardio) was strong enough to keep the scantily clad participants more than warm. The beautiful weather also meant there were lots of passersby stopping to gawk and snap photos for their Instagram feeds.


Sports Bra ChallengeThe team from Uplift Studios, known for its women-power approach to fitness, rode together during the first class.


Sports Bra ChallengeThe city’s fitness bloggers were out in full-force. Meg Kelly, of The Compost Cook, and Jess Underhill, of Fit Chick in the City, both ran the More/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon before heading over to hop on a bike.


Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 7.53.26 AMRiders prepped for the second class of the day, with SEAK Foundation co-founder Jenny Gaither and Ayana Curtis teaching. After a high-energy 45 minutes, Gaither brought the class home to Mumford & Sons’ “I Will Wait.” Riders sang along, and Gaither gushed in excitement. “I don’t want this to be over yet!”


Screen shot 2013-04-14 at 9.21.01 PMYoga instructor to the stars (i.e. Tina Fey) Kristin McGee was in attendance (pictured here with Well+Good’s Lisa Elaine Held), and she hopped on a bike while showing off her beautiful baby bump.


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