September 9, 2012 by Darlene McC
I don’t mention my employer much because it’s rarely relevant to this space; but after an article in the Times a few weeks ago I had a bad taste in my mouth. It didn’t feel like what Equinox has taught me to believe as a fitness professional or my values as a human being; or at ALL with my sense of the community in my own club. For those unfamiliar with Equinox, it’s an award-winning gym chain, known for its well-designed spaces and for the well-to-do and well-connected clientele that workout there. I’m proud to say that I train at the NYC Flagship location, the largest in the city with the most members. I’m proud of that, and of my club; so I was a right bit pissed when someone being represented as a face of our brand talked so much smack about wellness… fortunately, not everyone at EQ feels the way she does…
Equinox yoga instructors Briohny Smyth and Dice Iida-Klein, recently wed, have inspired me. Yoga is something I have toyed with for a long time, but I would hardly define myself as a “yogi”. The balance, strength, focus, and communication (non-verbal obviously) required to pull this off is the very definition of fitness. I’m in awe.
Acro Yoga is going on “The List“. There’s a lot between me and doing hand-stands on someone else’s hands; but all in good time.