Enough with the bagels. Summer is here
Contributing Writer Amanda Hanowitz • @getWITZit

Exercise can be a way of life and a way to better yourself. Sick of your typical exercise regimen? Do you roll out of bed and force yourself to the gym only to walk/run/elipse at 6.0 for 45 minutes?

Exercising shouldn’t be tedious, it should make you feel good. You should actually want to exercise.

The Bar Method
(The most epic exercise you will ever do.)

I work at the front desk of a studio in my hometown. Regardless, it’s a magical workout that has completely transformed my body. So jump on.

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Think of it as a combination of pilates, yoga and ballet.

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It’s the best full body workout of your life.

The Bar Method sculpts your body by improving posture and targeting all muscle groups during each one hour session. The Bar body is one with sculpted arms, flat abs, a lifted seat and elongated thighs. Need I say more?

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Different studios create friendly, relaxing and unique environments to exercise in. Instructors pride themselves on being personable and knowing members by name. It allows them to give each student individual attention and ensures maximum safety and success.

Doing bar method three to five times a week is suggested and is sure to get you your best body for life.

There are different packages to fit your lifestyle. Not ready to commit to a workout regimen everyday for a month? Try a 10-class package. Want to try it out and then decide if you’re hooked? Try a one-class pack. Individual classes vary in price; however, most studios offer one class for around $25. The more classes you buy, the more money you save!

SoulCycle

This eccentric cycling workout combines inspirational coaching with high-energy music. It’s an engaging workout that benefits both the mind and the body (according to SoulCycle).

A friend of mine is an avid SoulCycler and can’t say enough. “I really enjoy the ambiance, as corny as that sounds,” she said. “The lights are dim and calming, the inspirational quotes drive me through my workout and I really enjoy the full experience.”

Similar to the Bar Method, SoulCycle offers a 60-minute full body experience. It burs calories and gets your heart rate up at the same time.

“By keeping the lights low and riding by candlelight, SoulCycle creates a cardio sanctuary where riders can come to clear their heads,” according to SoulCycle.

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Try a single class for $34-$40, depending on location. Buy up to a 50-class package and dive in.

Want a workout experience different from your typical tedious routine? Want to tone and perfect your entire body? Stressed about your day? Need a pick-me-up? Want to have some fun?

Try the Bar Method or SoulCycle, maybe even both! Not only will you get a better body; You will be on track to better your life and be happier while doing it.

The only thing you have to lose is the fat around your midsection :)

What's your yoga?

By Aleksandra in Get in Style
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 7:36pm Add comments

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Recently, a new wave of hipster-yogis has emerged, highlighting this super-zen workout in all its meditative glory. But if you’re not familiar with yoga and the different types, or if you’re just starting out, this handy little guide will point you in the right direction. So, read on, grasshopper.

Bikram Yoga: This yoga type generally focuses on the standing asanas (poses), with only a handful of poses that require you to lay on your back or stomach. Bikram yoga is best practiced in highly-heated rooms with an ideal humidity of 40%. Needless to say, you’re gonna be sweating a lot. Unlike other yoga types, Bikram moves much faster and forces you to flow through your poses with your breath. If you’re confident in your yoga practice and are a veteran yogi, or just want an added challenge, definitely give this class a try. You won’t get bored.

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Vinyasa: This is another fast-paced yoga type. Also practiced in heated rooms (although not always), vinyasa focuses strictly on the breath and transition between each pose. All the poses are linked together, and many times throughout the practice, you will be instructed to go through your “vinyasa flow,” as you return to your foundation poses and eventually more advanced asanas. This is definitely a workout!

Ashtanga: You want to learn how to put your leg behind your head? This is the yoga to teach you just that. Ashtanga is a sub-type of Vinyasa, meaning that the connection to breath is still enforced. However, this yoga type is broken down into series, beginning with the Primary Series and working into Advanced. Before you know it, you’ll be sitting comfortably with limbs in all directions.

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Hatha (Stationary Sequence): This is one of the more popular yoga types, and is great for beginners. While some classes are heated, others are not, and don’t fall for the hype — you are just as bendy in a heated room as you are in a cool room. Hatha or Stationary Sequence doesn’t stress too much on the connection between poses and breath (although you should strive for that!), but, as the name suggests, it moves somewhat rigidly from one pose to the next. It is meant to give you an introduction into all the different poses, building your foundation, and kicking your yogi butt at the same time.

60067_tuesdays-hatha-yoga-classIyengar: This yoga type is much slower than the rest, as it focuses more on the small details of posture and alignment. In this class, you are more likely to sit or stand in certain poses longer, finding each bone and feeling minute movements as you settle into each pose. If you want a relaxed yet effective yoga, this is surely your fit. Be ready to learn more about your body than you’ve ever known.

Kundalini: Get ready to release your serpent! Kundalini yoga is all about breathing and meditating, with the physical postures focusing on enhancing that breathing. You won’t be sweating all over your mat, but mentally, you’ll be riding a yoga buzz. If you’re looking to learn more about your chakras and how to open them, this is a yoga to try.

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In essence, none of these yoga types are set in stone for anyone. Ideally, you should shop around and see what fits you the best, and you’ll never know unless you take a few classes here and there. Together with other workouts and physical activities, yoga can be a wonderful new addition to your daily regiment.

Namaste

 

 

14_largeGuys, we know it’s hard. We women are often gossipy trolls who don’t know the limits of healthy social interactions and relationships. Some of us can admit that. However, before you throw in the towel and accept the false truth that all women are essentially complicated, read this quick guide. It could make all the difference.

Women travel in packs, even when most of them don’t get along with one another. How’s that for complicated. In retrospect, there is no clear-cut answer for this. Why do we go to the bathrooms together or walk in groups? Because we can. Going to the restroom together, for one, makes the whole process a little more fun, and yes, we do talk about you. And a side note to keep in mind–we don’t actually powder our nose; it’s just a useless expression. Women are like social butterflies on crack. Once we find our group, we stick to it.

We can smell your awkward fear a mile away. If you’re uneasy around the ladies, don’t think you can hide it. It just makes the whole situation that much more uncomfortable, so relax, assert yourself, and step forward…which brings in the next point.

We really do like intellectually mysterious a$$holes. It’s true, women like guys who are a little rough around the edges. This does not mean jerks; rather, it means guys who make her think, wonder, and in turn, want. Just like men, women like a challenge and a chase. If you’re easy and overly nice, you won’t stand a chance. Nice guys don’t finish last, but a few tweaks to that nerdy gentleman demeanor already puts you ahead of the pack.what-if-the-womens-bathroom-line-is-so-long-because-girls-are-always-going-together

It’s the fifth date and she asks…“Where do you see us going?” This question probably turns a lot of guys completely off. However, don’t let it freak you out. For women, this is the end of the test drive and she wants to know if purchasing is the right choice. There’s nothing wrong with that, we just like to plan. If you like her, tell her how you feel; perhaps you see a long-term relationship. If it’s just a booty call, don’t tell her that it’s just a booty call if you like where your testicles are. Instead, be honest and admit that you don’t want anything serious. None of that “it’s not you, it’s me” stuff. We don’t even believe that, and we created the expression.

tumblr_m1npu8ZqKD1qewacoo1_500Getting ready for anything is a serious process that we cannot change. Do you like turning around to see that amazingly hot woman walk by? It really did take her hours to get ready. Outfits aside, shoes and accessories can make or break any outfit. Women like to look good, of course. It not only boosts their self-confidence, but guess what? We do it for you. If you didn’t care what we looked like, we would stick to the sweatpants and hair bands.

Playing hard to get is our go-to tactic. Guys do it, too. No woman wants to come across as needy too soon. That is a big no-no. Instead, by playing hard to get, we gauge you and everything about you. If you pass the test (that you don’t know you’re taking), it’s a green light. Yes, that includes sex. Most women don’t open the treasure chest early (although there are always exceptions), but we understand that too much teasing is just plain unfair. We can reciprocate and reward you.

Assuming that her crappy mood is PMS-related. It probably is, but never say it. The curse that is PMS can only be properly understood by women, naturally. Throwing out remarks about it only opens the gates of Hell and will get you nowhere fast. However, offering to comfort her could win you some kudos points. Listen, even if she babbles about work and other chick drama. We can’t expect for you to tune into the whole conversation, but if you catch the important points, you’ll be in the clear.pms

The golden question. “Does this make me look fat?” Let’s put it this way: either way you answer this, you’re lying. There is bound to be that one outfit that shows off her muffin top just a little too much. If you say no, you’re lying. If you say yes, you’re single. Here’s the tip–leave the outfit advice to her girlfriends. That’s what they do best, and ironically, she won’t get mad when they do tell her the truth. You can’t change that, it’s just our way. What you can do, however, is ignore the question and do something to catch her off guard–a kiss or a hug always works. Women want to be wanted, and what better way to make her forget about her outfit dilemma than a passionate lip-lock.

So you see? We’re really not that complicated. The beauty of our interactions is that we all have mysteries and depths, men and women alike. There is nothing more enticing or sexier than learning and exploring (whatever that means for you).

Graduating soon and want a new city to call home?

We’ve all seen and heard of the typical post-grad stories of looking for a job and waiting tables until you can find one. As most college grads will be leaving with a huge chunk of debt, no one wants to enter the real world without a job.Forbes recently put out their list of the best cities for recent college grads to work and live in. Here are just a few of them and why they made the list!

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Atlanta

The median price for a one-bedroom apartment in Atlanta is only $800, that’s cheaper than some Universities cost for housing! The cost of living is also 1.6% below the national average so you can get more bang for your buck! Not to mention Chattahoochee Hills near Atlanta will be bringing in the new Tomorrow World location this September!

 

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 Boston

Rated #2 Best Cities for singles and #4 America’s Safest cities, if you can tolerate a Boston accent this is the place for young college grads to be. Boston has the most 18-24 year olds of any city and the fourth highest amount of bars per capita. The cost of living is pretty high but a low unemployment rate of 4.9% makes the odds of snagging a job to jump-start your career much higher than some cities.

 

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 Denver

This city has a low cost of living, moderate unemployment rate and boasts the most bars per capita so there is plenty of affordable options for night life. Many parts of Colorado that are famous for their amazing scenic views and mountains are just a short drive away from the city and just southwest of Denver is the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheatre which hosts a wide array of artists each year.

 

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Seattle

The West Coats vibes of many residents here is very inviting. Because the city’s surrounded by water there are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy while watching the water with mountains in the background. When the weather finally warms up you can just find a friend with a boat to go for a ride and drink on the water!

 

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Washington D.C.

With so many clubs, bars and amazing restaurants in every district there is plenty of fun to be had here. It has the second highest population of 18-24 year olds. Although there is the metro most things are not too far of a walk away. Cost of living is a bit higher than the average in America but the unemployment rate is lower than the national average making it a little easier to afford living here.

Boris Releases New Album "Believe In Me"

By Carmen in Electronic Dance Music, Get in Style, Listen to DJ Mixes
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 4:39pm. (Updated: 10/13/13 at 9:17am) Add comments

Techno Legend Releases Major Double Album


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Many of the world’s greatest house and techno labels have found inspiration from Boris and his new album Believe In Me will surely not disappointment either. This is a double album comprised of two discs, the first consisting of his original productions and remixes, the second will be a DJ mix of all of Boris’ favorite tracks right now. This incredible showcase of Boris’ many talents as a producer, remixer and DJ will show EDM fans everywhere why his “Believe” brand is one of the most popular and influential in dance music from the last decade. Believe In Me will be released May 6 on Nervous Records.

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The first disc is very techno and features Boris’ original tracks and remixes, many that have already been released or are soon to be released on some of the genres best labels including Great Stuff, King Klong, Krone, Octopus, Sci+Tec, Toolroom and more. The first disc seems to be made with a darker side of techno to it. Following a brief intro, Didier Largemain “Pumoing Beats (Boris Edit)” starts things off with thumping beats and heavy drones. Then Sydney Charles “Bid Badda Boom (Boris Edit) comes in with a tribal vibe as his “Funky Bells” fades into the mix bringing some real heat. Boris & Chus feat. Roland Clark “Sould Of A DJ” has a little more funk right before Boris goes into the distorted vocals in his hit “Out The Door” followed by his dark sci+tec favorite “Foul Beats.” Moving to a slower pace and unique effects, “2 Me” is more than just a beat it demands multiple senses and it is just the right segue into the chaos that begins in the huge Octopus Records release, “Control.” Then its time to take a breather with Boris and Oscar L’s “Begin” and a funky side of techno with the track suitably named, “Funky Beat.” Boris then winds down the first disc with two versions of his track, “For You.” Saab compliments Bori’s original with a smooth shot of throbbing techno house that offers a perfect comedown from the madness.

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Disc Two captures the essence of Boris’ treasured “Believe” events. A short intro of Boris’ hit “Foul Beats” sets the mood for the soundscape techno that is Gaga’s “Musk” moving into the choppy beats in Richie Santana’s “If You Came To.” Tony Dee “The Queen” comes out guns hot and right into the groovy Peter Bailey “Jungle Kisses” and the thundering “Baloo” by Redhead. Techno don Marco Bailey takes the next one to a more upbeat level with “Horny Tiger” then Mr.Bizz dives into the deep end on “Flash.” Tomy DeClerque’s clangy “Room Full of Tools” bangs right through to Scottish legends Slam and Gary Becks’s remix of their pulsing “Harlem” leading intoCatz & Dogz mix some Detroit sound into Handycraft’s “Le Bal Masque.” The set calms down with the sounds of tech house from Chus & Nuno Clam feat. Velvet Voice “Between Us (Hollen Remix),” Mr.Bizz “Dancin’ In The Streets” and Sinisa Tamamovic “Tips and Tricks.”

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Boris has been one of New York City and Miami’s most beloved DJ/ producers for more than a decade now.

His “Believe” parties at Pacha New York and Space in Miami are two of the most popular events in dance music and he is constantly packing clubs in cities all over the US. His legendary “Get Wet” pool parties in Miami for WMC are usually running until the next day. Just as any great DJ has, Boris has had to adapt to the changes in music and has found his niche in techno. Boris has recently released tracks on some of the world’s finest techno labels and the genre’s other DJs have taken note of it.

 

 

The NYC “Believe In Me” release party will take place at Pacha NYC on May 4, 2013 with tour dates to follow.

 

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If things get shady, abort mission.

Summer Fashion Trends

By Carmen in Get in Style, Lifestyle
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 3:51pm. (Updated: 4/25/13 at 2:51pm) Add comments
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A list of essentials for your closet this summer.

Club Etiquette for the Ladies

By Aleksandra in Get in Style
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 3:50pm Add comments
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If your grand entrance involves a face plant because you’ve had one too many on the ride over, maybe it’s time for a brush-up on your club etiquette.

Ladies Keep Calm - And Get Your First Date On

By Ravi in Get in Style, Lifestyle
Monday, April 8, 2013, 10:30am. (Updated: 4/17/13 at 1:56am) Add comments
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He asked you out! Now keep calm and stop thinking so much.

Why Chicks Love Pinterest

By Carmen in Get in Style
Friday, April 5, 2013, 2:52pm. (Updated: 4/17/13 at 1:56am) Add comments

You hear them all talk about it so what’s the big deal?

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