CITY FIT LIFE
If you are familiar with our scoring system you know the class necessities – good music, motivating instructors, and a routine that kicks your ass. When we find a workout that has all of those elements PLUS is super fun, we know we’ve struck fitness golddd; and we’re here to tell you just how we found it.
While grooming the Project Equinox schedule, a dance cardio class caught our eye (naturally) - we immediately signed up. Initial thoughts of the class: loved the dance combinations with a side of toning, but we were so blown away by the instructors! These two ladies were super engaging, rockstar dancers, and took an interest in every single person that walked through the door. It was so much fun, we forgot it was 7AM. We immediately knew we had to meet these beauties and tell the Cult their story! And so, we bring you our first 'Instructor Spotlight'.
Natalie Reid and Sarah Grooms are the two megababes behind City Fit Life. The two met as New York City Rockettes and instantly became best friends. They started in the NYC fitness scene as instructors at Body By Simone (#BBS) and have only recently become free-agent; teaching a dance cardio class at the new Project by Equinox in Nolita. The two started City Fit Lift with a goal to create a community of women in wellness; AKA, babes supporting babes. The Class Cult caught up with City Fit Life to get the inside scoop on the project:
Q: How did City Fit Life get started?
A: In January of 2015, City Fit Life started as a motivational passion project. We love a good sweat, and wanted to explore and document all that the New York City fitness community has to offer.
Q: Many instructors are going ‘free-agent’ or starting their own companies. What advice would you have for someone just getting started?
A: Do it! Work hard everyday doing what you love and always be authentic to your vision. Don't give up when you're told 'no'. There are so many opportunities around every corner. Most importantly, don't compare yourself or change what you are doing because of others. There's room for EVERYONE in this amazing fitness community!
Q: How you start working with Project?
A: We started working with Project by Equinox after they welcomed us into the studio to host a charity class. We both signed up for the New York City Half-Marathon and raised money for an amazing organization called Achilles International. They assist disabled runners and help them accomplish their goals for completing races. After an awesome class filled with our family and friends, Project by Equinox reached out to us to begin teaching classes at the studio. We were THRILLED! It has been such an awesome experience and we are incredibly grateful to be working in a studio that provides a place to cultivate community!
Q: What are your favorite workouts in the city?
- Brave Body Project! Check these two ladies out RIGHT NOW. You can catch their class at Solace and you won't regret one minute of this beat-based toning workout. Amber and Lindsay are motivating, down to earth, real girls who push you to be your best self, both in and out of the classroom.
- Y7 Yoga. Go get your sweat on with a jammin' yoga workout to hip hop music. Who doesn't love downward, upward & Snoop Dogg?
- The Rope. Amanda Kloots will make your feet move faster than lightning in this killer jump rope workout class. Don't think your arms won't get a serious burn too! It's insane. She is an awesome role model and has been a great mentor as we've followed this journey with City Fit Life.
Q: What are your long-term goals for CFL? What’s next for the brand.
A: Building our community! We started City Fit Life with a passion to inspire health and wellness and we look forward to continue to support the MEGABABES that surround us. Working together towards a common goal is part of the foundation of our company, and we always keep that at the forefront of our pursuits.
ARE YOU THINKING WHAT WE'RE THINKING?
You can train with Natalie and Sarah at Project Equinox at the times below:
FIND THEM AT PROJECT BY EQUINOX:
M - PROJECT BY EQUINOX 7:10AM
W - PROJECT BY EQUINOX 7:10AM
TH - PROJECT BY EQUINOX 6:00PM
OR ON THE WEB //
P.S. Keep an eye on their social channels for a TON of exciting summer events!
Signed, The Class Cult.