Your Fitness Horoscope: August

Professional astrologer and indoor-cycling pro Darryl Gaines tells you what the planets have in store for your fitness life.


What does your sign say about your fitness destiny?

Professional astrologer Darryl Gaines tells you what the planets have in store for your fitness life. And Gaines knows fitness in addition to the stars—he’s the super popular creator of TranscendCycle indoor cycling at Equinox and he currently rocks the saddle at Flywheel Sports.

What’s your fitness forecast for August? Check it out now!

Darryl Gaines, fitness pro and professional astrologer. (And, if you’re wondering, he’s a Cancer with a Leo moon and rising.)
Darryl Gaines, fitness pro and professional astrologer. (And, if you’re wondering, he’s a Cancer with a Leo moon and rising.)

Leo (July 22–August 22)
The new moon on August 6 brings the courage and fortitude you need to break free from old ties, so you can hatch new plans and revisit dormant projects. Your energy is very strong right now, giving you the chance to reach new heights fitness-wise, especially at month’s end. Fellow Leo Tanya Pina of Flywheel can help you find that lion’s roar with a fierce ride.

Virgo (August 23–September 21) 
Venus is telling you (and showing the rest of the world) just how great you look, but you may find yourself doubting it. Don’t let this month be a time of withdrawal and retreat! Be social by taking your place front and center in the group fitness class of your choice.

Libra (September 22–October 22) 
Restorative yoga and meditation are essential for you this month when tempers around you erupt and you find yourself playing conciliator, a role which comes so naturally to you. Don’t worry. In the end, it’s not your issue. Take solace in romance—and summer enchantment!—with a very auspicious full moon on the 20th.

Scorpio (October 23–November 22) 
Keep the Rolling Stones’ classic song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” on repeat on your iPod, and in your mind, as you struggle to avoid petty disputes at work. You will get what you really need, which is the comfort and security of home. Venus, the planet of beauty, has you on display this month, so get ABSolutely Ripped and spotlight-ready with fellow Scorpio Damian Vella at Equinox.

Sagittarius (November 23–December 21) 
The new moon on August 6 brings with it a once-in-a-lifetime vacation opportunity, but remember to focus on learning while you travel. The mind is a muscle and you must exercise it, too. You don’t need to go far. Try a staycation and get your exercise by vigorously walking the streets of this magnificent city, exploring its museums and historical landmarks.

Julie Dermer
SoulCycle’s Julie Dermer is an Aries

Capricorn (December 21–January 20)
To ask you to be conservative with money would be like asking the sun not to shine. But avoid the temptation of unnecessary spending this month. The new moon on August 6 thrusts the spotlight on joint finances. Rather than arguing about money, remember that the couple that plays together, stays together. Go hiking or biking together to have some fun!

Aquarius (January 21–February 18) 
Don’t wait until the full moon on the 20th to start a new exercise routine, especially when you find yourself wondering what’s eating you at the beginning of the month. Get out of your head and into Aquarius rising John Wellmann’s stamina-building class at Flywheel. It’s critical that you gain control over your body and mind now—the second half of 2013 promises to be life-altering.

Pisces (February 19–March 20) 
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to make advances at work and toward your health this month, but be careful not to give into self doubt around August 20. Because of your sensitivity, you can easily fall prey to inertia. Instead, take an inspiring ride with pragmatic fitness pro Jason Tran of Revolve, a fellow water sign.

Aries (March 21–April 19)
You may find yourself playing peacekeeper this month, even though you typically have little patience for diplomacy. Stand your ground and stick with your principles. But remember: You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. If ever there was a class that provides that perfect mix of strength and grace, it’s Aries instructor Julie Dermer’s ride at SoulCycle.

Flywheel's Chris Tracey is a Taurus.
Flywheel’s Chris Tracey is a Taurus.

Taurus (April 20–May 20)
Change is a slow process for you, but circumstances at home and at work will act like a cattle prod, pushing you forward. Don’t resist! Check out fellow Taurus Chris Tracey’s class at Flywheel. His melodious speaking voice—a hallmark of Taureans—will help get you moving, in more ways than one.

Gemini (May 21–June 21) 
Communication is paramount this month, so speak your mind and clear the air. Stay true to your agile nature and keep moving, especially at the gym. Try quick, short workouts and tried-and-true moves like push-ups and dips, or the fast-paced combo of jump rope, relays, and weights at New York Health and Racquet’s Jump and Pump class with fellow Gemini Rosa Puerto.

Cancer (June 22–July 21) 
You’ll be able to achieve many of your desires this month, but this is not a month for needless spending or excessive eating and drinking. Meditate, take gentle yoga, and make peace with the past, especially around the full moon on August 20. Be ready. The second half of the year promises not just a new chapter in your life, but a brand new book.

For your own personal astrology reading (on any topic), e-mail Darryl at

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