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From Our Founder: ChaiseFitness

The ladies of Chaise are true inventors. With a patented design on a chair and overhead bungee system, mother-daughter co-founders Lauren & Rachel combine elements of Pilates, ballet and aerobics for a workout that creates long, lean muscles. ChaiseFitness is one of the most popular group fitness classes in New York City, with a price tag of a whopping $39 per session.

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When I first experienced Chaise, I definitely felt out of my comfort zone because the workout requires a lot of balance and grace (my height makes me somewhat of an awkward mover). Despite being a low-impact workout, sweat poured off of me thanks to the continuous hold and pulse sequences. Clearly one of the most innovative workouts in the market (check out their press to see for yourself), I wanted to find a way to feature the studio’s core principles and derive a workout suitable for the at-home or on-the-go user.

Rachel and Lauren had experience in designing workouts for personal clients, so coming up with Booya videos was a piece of cake for them. Utilizing a theraband to simulate the overhead bungee system, they were able to choreograph two workouts: ChaiseSculpt and Flex & Flow. As a former dancer, Rachel curated a great soundtrack and the movements are perfectly in sync with the music, making you feel like you’re in a real class.

Check them out and tell us what you think!

The Top Pilates Studios Across The U.S.

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Courtesy of Platinum Pilates

Pilates sometimes gets a bad rap. Why? There are tons of misconceptions about the practice including it’s only for the very flexible, is too easy, or is just like yoga. But we’re hear to set the record straight. This is a full body workout for all fitness levels that not only improves posture and core strength but also can help prevent back injuries. Continue reading

How to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Fitness Practice

During the height of the holiday season and shopping stress, you might forget to just breathe and take a minute for yourself. Remember to step back from your busy day and get a workout in for some you time.  Try incorporating mindfulness into your fitness routine to help improve your flow of movement, help you get more out of each move and reduce stress.  Trainers Téana David and Robert Nguyen share tips on how to incorporate this practice into your daily workouts so you can get the most out of your session.

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Workout in the Morning

Robert says that, ideally, yoga should be practiced in the morning while the mind is clearer.  He says that there are often less distractions in the morning, which makes it easier to be focused and present in your fitness. Continue reading