Gym Crimes

Gym Crimes

Equinox Hates Me

I reserved a spin bike at the Equinox flagship, but never went. It was for a 7:45 P.M. "Ride in 45" class last night with one Steve Katzenstein. (Insert New York joke about famous Jewish spin instructors. "What? You call that adding tension?") Anyway, no doubt Katzenstein is Catholic — I wouldn't know as I was "stuck" at my desk. This proved to me for the millionth time that if you stay at work past 7:00 P.M., the ratio between productivity and inertia approaches zero. Right, so this morning an email comes in from the Equinox central servers: "Equinox Book a Bike Notification, Strike 1." That's the subject line. Holy shit! It's awful, and somehow exciting, and, weirdly, the only disappointing thing is how mild the punishment...

Equinox Hates Me
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New York

sandella said "

I just told my boss abt this, she goes to Equinox and is an avid ..." More comments...

Gym Crimes

Suckered By Their Spin Instructor

When you find an amazing trainer or teacher, it's a little like falling in love, a little like religious conversion. Say you have an amazing spin instructor, one who gets your heart racing four times a week, energizing your entire life. The way he takes you up those hills! The way he takes you deeper into the burn than you ever thought you could go!  You didn't find him at some crummy little gym. He's at Equinox. He cycled for Ecuador in the Beijing Olympics. He's AMAZING.

You join the throng, circling around him after class, hoping he'll share another gem of a thought about cycling as life, life as cycling. You talk. You grab smoothies after class. It becomes a regular thing. After one grueling class, your body broken and yet also lifted by the workout, he tells you his wife kicked him out of the house. He's struggling financially, and just needs $1,200 to pay rent on his new apartment this month. You can't say the words fast enough. Of course you'll help! After all he's done to transform you? After all that he is?  

Freddy Mercado (via <a href=http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2009/08/02/amd_mercado.jpg">nydailynews</a>)
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New York

spindig said "

I third the LAME on this. As much as I wax poetic about gym ..." More comments...



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