David Barton Gym

Buns of Steal

Frogger in Times Square

Today's free workout: Ridiculously hard "Liquid Yoga" class followed by "Ab Attack" taught by a diminutive woman in her 50s with crazy washboard abs, both at David Barton Gym, Astor Place. And to make it a triple-threat, instead of taking the subway there, I tried to burn a few more calories by undertaking a pedestrian-dodging run to the gym from Times Square.

Columbia has this thing called a "major writing requirement." It's like, our law school thesis. I have to present it in class in 5 days. I don't even have a topic yet. I'm already completely f***ed, so I figured one more day of blowing off responsibility wouldn't hurt. Enter, the world's longest workout. Let's start with the run. Running in Times Square is...well, interesting. It's like Frogger meets bumper cars meets human dodgeball. Japanese tourists don't walk in a straight line (also of note, in Japan people pass each other on the left, which makes navigating high speed interactions pretty tricky). Cabs don't stop on red. Tour bus hawkers harass you even when you're going at a full gallop. After tripping over a couple of said tourists and almost getting run over, I developed a few tricks of the trade.

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sandyliz said "

Love the times square frogger tips!

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Media Filter

Women's Health's Latest Book Steals David Barton's Slogan

The editor-in-chief of Women's Health is out with a new book: Look Better Naked. First question, how they're going to avoid getting sued since "Look Better Naked" has been the David Barton Gym slogan since 1992. Next, you might imagine from the title that this is just your typical diet book, built on the premise that your ass is currently horrifying and something must be done to shrink, melt, blast, or tighten it. But no, the press release emphatically declares: "This is NOT your typical diet or nutrition book—Look Better Naked focuses equally on the mental and physical components of exuding confidence such as body image and the importance of self-esteem." I see. Whatever would have made me think otherwise? Maybe just the title. Also the cover. Also every verb on the book's promotional website. Just sayin.

Buns of Steal

Pain! A Tale of Spinning Sans Appropriate Footwear

Today's free workout: spinning at David Barton Gym, Astor Place, courtesy of a free week pass. Here's an example of when changing your mind at the last minute is a really, really bad idea. I thought I was going to Pilates. I dressed for Pilates. But last minute, I decided Pilates was for wusses, and I needed to sweat a little. No shoes? No problem. "It's a stationary bike, dummy!" I told myself. "Your feet will be strapped in and won't even be moving. You could be wearing stilettos, and it wouldn't matter."

WRONG. OMG, So Wrong. 

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Gym Love

How to Pick Up Marc Jacobs at the Gym

This week, Lorenzo Martone, fiancé of designer Marc Jacobs, told New York Magazine how they met. Both were patrons of the trendy Paris gym L’Usine Opéra (NYMag describes it as "the David Barton of Paris"). As the mag explains:

"One day at L’Usine Opéra, he and Jacobs...were running on neighboring treadmills. Martone invited Jacobs to go running with some friends in the Jardin du Luxembourg. 'He never actually came,' Martone says. 'But we kept in touch, saying hi.'"

And that, friends, is apparently how it's done. 

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Mr. Mohawk said "

man, i was going to do this exact post :P

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Yoga Classes

Night Club Yoga at David Barton Gym

Most yoga studios talk about well-being, peace, or creativity. Not David Barton. For their yoga, they promise "A huge increase in sexual energy." Having only been once, I can't verify that sweeping claim. But I can verify that Liquid Yoga, their fast-paced vinyasa class, is a total turn-on. A few of the contributing factors:

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Yoga Classes

LIquid Yoga

Fast-paced vinyasa class.

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Yoga
Full, but manageable.

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yoga instructors

Stephen Lincoln

Instructor at David Barton Gym, Astor Place

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Link Love

The Coke Vaccine, More Biggest Losers, and Women Should Play Soccer

  • The web is all abuzz with news that there's a new vaccine for cocaine addiction. Somehow the vaccine creates antibodies that block coke's euphoric effects. "I was always under the impression that more coke is the remedy," quipped one Digg reader. Not to be confused with the Swine Flu vaccine....
  • Over at David Barton, they're not handing out free coke, but you can get vodka samples on the weight room floor. Reality stranger than fiction. True/Slant blogger Katie Drummond thinks this is outrageousNew York Magazine thinks Katie is a prude and that David Barton is full of good ideas
  • "The Biggest Loser" announced two new ventures today: A Wii and Nintendo DS game, and a Biggest Loser Resort in Southern Utah. For $2000 a week, you can mimic the experience of the show. This creates the exciting possibility of a "real reality" show featuring the people staying at the Biggest Losers Resort. Let it sink in.
  • Not to be outdone by the show that made her, Jillian Michaels is out with a her own new Wii gameJillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2010, which lets you work out at a fake tropical resort. Not to talk out of school, but is NBC totally cool with that?
  • The Wall Street Journal says marathons are the new equivalent of crash diets. Apparently, you're better off running short distances year after year rather than doing the big plunge and burning out.
  • Meanwhile, a new study out of Denmark says women should forget running altogether and opt for soccer leagues instead. Women who joined soccer teams were more likely to stick with their new physical activity thanks to the set schedule. The flexibility of running means too many chances to bail.
  • Finally, in San Francisco there are now waitlists for Vibram Five Fingers shoes. (Thx Spindig!)

 

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addiction vaccines....hmmmm

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Review and Deal Alert

David Barton Astor Place Sexier than The Box and Cheaper

Last night, pre-martinis at Temple Bar with Lululemon (herself), we stopped in for overdue tour of the new David Barton Gym at Astor Place. Everone must go take a look, if only to see the next step in the evolution of gym to nightclub: DJ booth in the shape of giant mirrored ball, thumping music, outsized Phillipe Starck-style mirrors leaning against exposed steel and brick. Purple backlighting everywhere. Lovely juxtaposition of candle-lit wooden floors and futuristic cardio machinery (each unit with its own TV). All the energy does make you want to work out -- the way a hopping club makes you want to dance. Everyone beautiful in that lighting: The ripped man of color with dreds and tattoos; the Nicole Kidman knock-off doing pelvic lifts with pesonal trainer. And that's the further surprise: It's not all gay. The mix of men and women, in fact, roughly balanced. "David has a wife and a kid and lives on the Upper East Side," said our tour guide. "The Chelsea thing just sort of took off." My thought: It could easily have been Equinox Greenwich Avenue or any other Hot New Club, just re-themed, like a Windows desktop, to something between The Standard and the Delano. So, other than mandatory tourist visit, should you join?

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A Tiki bar is a beautiful bar to put in your home.Actually, you ..." More comments...

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Look Better Naked

David Barton's New Haunted Mansion

The new four-story David Barton Gym at Astor Place has opened. And if you though the ad campaign was provocative -- yeah, the "psychedelic blaxploitation" campaign that Community Board 4 tried to block --  you should see the "gym." Rococo skeleton chairs, purple velvet divans, velvet wallpaper in the boxing room, candlelit yoga, and, oh yeah, a dungeon cage in the men's locker room. We're not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy, or anywhere close to the Barnes & Noble that that used to be in that building. How outrageous is it? Put it this way, the raves from the weightlifting tranny crowd are deafening: "It's all I could ever want," writes the very hardcore House of Vader blog. (Not at all safe for work.) "It's very large, has great equipment, and is decorated like a HAUNTED MANSION!?! Which is SURE to scare the girls away!"

Yep, these people make Equinox look positively prissy. Dig up your guest passes. That's one yoga class you don't want to miss.

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sandyliz said "

Why is it that when you warned me it was not safe for work, I ..." More comments...