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UFC GYM SOHO grand opening celebration

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The world leader in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and one of the world’s most recognized names in sports entertainment, UFC©, is holding events throughout the week until Thursday, Nov. 13 for their official grand opening celebration for the public from 5-10PM at UFC GYM SOHO. Food, demonstrations, & special guests will be provided. Located at 277 Canal Street, 3rd floor between Broadway and Canal Street, UFC GYM SOHO in New York City hosted a media day, exclusive for press and media last night.

Under UFC’s 10,000 square foot gym, it also features a 24 foot Octagon, specially designed room with 30 heavy bags, customized UFC© free weights, top of the line strength training and cardio machines and TRX suspension training. We were given an opportunity to participate in group fitness classes in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu technique driven and UFC FIT training classes, led by professional fighters, Levi Lalonde and Ramsey Nijem. Not to mention, we were given access to amenities such as hand wraps, punching gloves and more, in addition of receiving official UFC Goodie bags to kick start our fitness endeavors.

According to how UFC’s training methods are different from other high-end gyms in the city, UFC Gym’s “TRAIN DIFFERENT” approach attracts a diverse crowd of gym goers, especially who are UFC enthusiasts, people interested in self-defense or people who simply want to get more out of a gym besides machines. UFC GYM’S “TRAIN DIFFERENT” approach “fuses together the multi-disciplined approach of mixed martial arts with state-of-the-art equipment and traditional fitness. Members can access as many tools and resources as they need to reach their goals and develop a healthy lifestyle.” The manager of UFC GYM SOHO, Tiffany “TK” Keaton did an amazing job in ensuring that we got the full UFC experience, whether if you trained in martial arts or never touched a bag before.

The workouts are not only fun and very intense, from rounds punching the heavy bag with weighted gloves to learning essential grappling techniques in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, but also fuse real-life fighting techniques in helping you maximize your fitness potential. With an enlarged poster of Ronda Rousey’s smiling in the girl’s locker room, you can be ensured that the fighter in you is waiting to come out. Overall, the gym deserves five stars for overall staff, atmosphere, venue, organization and likeness to the UFC Franchise. This is truly a dreamland for anyone into UFC and martial arts with top notch equipment, staff and gym.

For more information and special opening rates, visit, call 212-858-9880 or email UFC GYM NYC SoHo joins over 115 UFC GYMS in 28 states in the U.S. and one in Sydney, Australia.

TCS NYC Marathon Health and Fitness Expo

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The world’s premier community running organization is back as marathon runners from all five boroughs geared up before the big race, which took place on Sunday, Nov 2. The TSC New York City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo was held from Thursday, Oct. 30 through Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  The expo features the Marathon Store presented by ASICS, NYRR and more than 100 vendors and exhibitors.

Tens of thousands of registered runners picked up their race bibs, collected souvenirs and gained valuable pre-race advice from exhibitors and competitors. Admission to the Expo was free and open to the public as exhibitors offered free samples, demonstrations and sold merchandise to help prepare for the big race and other athletic endeavors.  Not to mention, the expo included an exhibit that included touchscreen technology from Tate Consultancy Services (TCS).

This allowed marathoners, spectators and running fans a journey through the five boroughs’ finish line arches in order to receive a commemorative prize. The NYRR Intelligent Race Predictor, presented by TCS provided marathoners a chance to get the most accurate finish-time prediction. Lastly, spectators created signs in order to show their neighborhood pride, via borough-specific signs to support their loved ones who competed.

The media was given opportunities in both interviewing and photo-ops with the top female marathoners and others.  TCS Fitness and Health Expo deserve five stars for overall presentation, atmosphere, venue, organization, and timeliness. Almost all of the vendors are very innovative, passionate and committed in their contributions to the health, wellness and fitness world. The marathon is a huge movement in bringing inspiration to runners and spectators alike. From high performance socks including Balega to self-administrative massage products like Bellacore, this Expo is heaven for fitness enthusiasts, competitors and spectators who want to get in shape someday to run the New York Marathon.

For more information:
TCS New York City
New York Road Runners-

Champion athletic-wear teams up with CMJ 2014

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The 34TH Annual CMJ Music Marathon concluded on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 after taking over different venues of New York City with live performances, panels from music professionals and interactive media of emerging musical performers.  As one of the most important platforms for the discovery of new music, CMJ offers over 1,400 live performances throughout October in more than 80 of New York City’s top nightclubs and theaters, including Webster Hall and the Highline Ballroom.
Champion athleticwear, the official apparel sponsor of this year’s CMJ Music Marathon had announced their official CMJ showcase at the NYC’s  on Thursday, Oct. 23. “The show features some of Marathon’s most exciting acts playing one of the city’s most iconic venues, and promises to be one of this year’s many highlights.” Champion’s CMJ Showcase included The Kills, Slothrust, Moon Duo and Nuns. In addition, Champion gave out tons of cool apparel to speakers, CMJ artists, press, and fans like including limited-edition Champion x CMJ 2014 tee-shirts and Champion DuoFold Pullover hoodies.
CMJ Marathon ran from October 21-October 25, 2014

FitCircuit’s Fitness Lifestyle and Wellness Event Review

Romy Antoine and Jacklyn Sklaver  of FitCircuit

Romy Antoine and Jacklyn Sklaver of FitCircuit

An exciting, NYC fitness and wellness event was held on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Harman Store, hosted by FitCircuit, which comprises of the outstanding teamwork between RippedNFit and Fitmissnyc. For $20 per ticket, tri-state residents have the opportunity to meet like-minded people in the fitness, health and wellness industry and find out about latest brands, food, services and products.

Among the event was a complimentary yoga class by lululemon athletica, taught by Alexandra Seijo of Pure Yoga, products samples and snacks from various vendors including Laurel’s Nut Butter, Blk, ProTings, Nth Degree, SkinnyPop, Fresh Routes, Cevich, Zero Bar LLC and Protein Factory. There were also demonstrations/presentations from different gym services and apparel vendors including Naturally Intense, Regenerate Fitness, UFC Gym, Rock Tape, SXE Fitness, Movement Minded, Reverence Apparel, Kiwi Sweat and

In addition, complimentary gift bags, raffles and giveaways from Sox Box, Hylete, My Oatmeal and JBL were given. Free Yurbuds sports headphones were given to the first 100 attendees and trial classes for some of the gyms mention earlier. And if this doesn’t wow you enough, there was an open bar from Vita Frute by Veev (organic, all-natural, ready-to-drink cocktails), a quick Yoga-dance performance, DJ Music provided by the Harman store, and discounts galore, including from the store itself.

FitCircuit deserves five stars for overall presentation, atmosphere, venue, organization, and timeliness. Almost all of the vendors are very innovative, passionate and committed in their contributions to the health, wellness and fitness world.

From Naturally Intense’s 10-minute workouts, UFC franchise providing training studios to the public to blk’s (the water is actually black due to combining fulvic trace minerals with mineral spring water) revolution in providing maximum benefits in drinking water, this event has a lot of amazing things for all attendees.

Not to mention, you can learn how to use Kinesiology tape with live demonstrations from RockTape.

What is also impressive with FitCircuit, is how they are building a platform in connecting fitness enthusiasts, personal trainers, and people interested in a healthy lifestyle with some of the top fitness professionals, trainers, and trendsetters in the industry, including celebrity trainer, Kevin Richardson of Naturally Intense.

The hosts, RippedNFit’s Romy Antoine and Fitmissnyc’s Jaclyn Sklaver are also both very talented and personable personal trainers who have a lot of offer with many more FitCircuit events. So if you are in fitness/wellness/health and do not want to wait for yearly expos in New York City, FitCircuit has you covered.

For more information on the organizers:
• RippedNFit-
• FitmissNYC-

Like FitCircuit at Instagram-

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Fittest People of New York Comic Con

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Comic Con brings some of the world’s most avid comic, cosplay, anime and gamer fans alike in the heart of New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. With over 133,000 attendees in 2013, it is currently the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. New York Comic Con hosts the latest and greatest in comic, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television, ranging from panels, autograph signings to exclusive sneak peeks. “And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry”.

What is also impressive with the convention is the incorporation of some elements of beauty, fitness, and health for comic con goers. From Ultimate Zombie Survival Experience, hair/makeup/nails makeovers to having dedicated cosplayers (“the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime”) who not only dresses up, but achieved the accurate fitness physique of their respected characters. Here are some of 2014 Fittest People of New York Comic Con:

1) NYZ Apocalypse-                                                                                                        Why: NYZ Apocalypse is a unique interactive zombie survival experience to be as realistic as possible. The location is an underground top secret prison system that incorporate realistic zombies, heavy weaponry, and environmental sensory (from life-like smells of rotting smells and waste) to give you 45 minutes of intense cardio workout; average heart rate of players can peak well over 150 beats per minute.

2) Velvet by Migi Cosmetics-
Why: Is it possible for eyeliner to contribute to healthy skin? Velvet is water based quick drying formula that is both smudge-free and can be removed without the harsh use of facial cleansers. Your skin will be spared from these dreadful chemicals.

3) Impress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails-
Why: Broadway Nails has a wide variety of nail colors, patterns and styles for a complete nail transformation that you can just press on. Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls is the current celebrity ambassador of the product.

4) I Heart Guts- Why: Named Best of Toy Fair 2014 from Popular Science Magazine, these happy plush organs brings a smile to your face in addition of getting to know your organs and what they do for your body. Delightfully squishy!

5) NYX Cosmetics-
Why: NYX Cosmetics is a top quality professional makeup company that was named after the Greek goddess who ruled the night. Toni Ko is the founder of the company.

6) The fit cosplayers of New York Comic Con-
Why: Of course, this list cannot be complete with cosplayers who achieved impressive physical appearance, both in costume and physique to make their costumes is realistic as possible. Need we say more?

Comic Con was from Thursday, October 9, 2014 to Sunday, October 12, 2014.

Links to the Company:

NYZ Apocalypse-

Velvet by Migi

Impress Press-On Manicure by Broadway

I Heart Guts-

NYX Cosmetics-

The First Annual Queens Health, Beauty and Financial Expo

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The First Annual Health, Beauty and Financial Expo was held on Sept 14 from 11 a.m.-4 the New York Hall of Science, which provided local Queens residents and their families a chance to venture new ways to health, beauty and finance. Among the expo were free blood pressure tests, health screenings, samples and demonstrations of different fitness and wellness organizations, such as The Fitness Detective. This was a perfect chance for residents to take advantage of services (requires insurance card) that may not be presented in the past.

Raffle tickets were given from each vendor demonstration and bought in order to win tons of great prizes including gift certificates for massages, dinner at UnoGrill, and most importantly a grand trip prize to Cancun, Mexico. Everyone who came out to the expo was given a free goody bag that had a few thoughtful gifts such as a hardcover notebook and Colgate toothpaste with toothbrush. Hosted by the Queens Courier Newspaper, the purpose of this expo is “learn how to look and feel good, with information about healthy eating options for the whole family and a variety of interactive demonstrations, including how to prepare a healthy salad by Saladmaster.”

Families get to take home investment tips, information about health insurance options, current New York public health information and senior living. The Queens community also got to interact with local experts. The event is perfect for the whole family, with offerings for everyone from kids to senior citizens as you can “pamper yourself without spending a cent with sample psychic readings, body wraps, hairstyling by Giorgio’s Salon & Spa, 10-minute massages by Healing Hands, and henna tattoos with a purchase of special priced eyebrow threading by ASHA Threading.”  Children also got free face painting and ID cards from NY Life Insurance.

Overall this event gets five stars for overall presentation, mood, organization and timeliness. Fitness Detective and Giorgio’s Salon and Spa had the most impressive overall presentations as they both went beyond their scope of means to really express passion in their respected fields and had clients that showed actual results from utilizing their services, including a woman named Carol Black who chose to workout at Fitness Detective because it’s a smaller gym where it “allows you to work out without feeling scared or intimidated”.

The event is sponsored by The Queens Courier, National Grid, AgeWell New York, AdvantageCare Physicians, Adirondack Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced Cardiovascular Diagnostics, Giorgio’s Salon and Spa, Frankie’s Carnival Time, Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, Saladmaster and New York Life.

David Barton Gym’s 5th Annual Block Party Review


I attended the David Barton’s 5th Annual Block Party (8/28) a few days ago and I must say that for someone who often visited the Equinox gyms, I think David Barton did a pretty awesome job in convincing me to jump membership otherwise. The purpose of this event in my own opinion was to welcome both members and non-members to get an intimate experience with David Barton (in case you didn’t know, David Barton is known for its stylish and innovative atmosphere that helps your “forget the outside world” and get your pumped up before you ever step onto the treadmill or barbell.) The event (Astor Place in New York City) has partnered up with pop-up shops that offered giveaways, special discounts & tons of great takeaways for you to get ready for the next day or workout (or both). Some of the sponsors include ZICO Coconut Water, FIU by Uptown, EBOOST, Back Label and much more.

I had the upmost pleasure of meeting Kevin Kavanaugh, the President of David Barton Gym, who also not only made the event smoothly run with his staff, but also gave me good takeaways fitness/health tips including make your own food with wholesome ingredients and not worry so much on the calories counting on food that would pack the weight and find a workout that you enjoy the most in order for you to stick with it in the long run. I also had a great experience in my first tour around the gym and I must say I’m pretty sold not just because I’m writing quite a positive review for David Barton (The Concept of F.I.T. keeps it real for you, the amazing audience to get your F.I.T. on) but some of the things I believe its Concept of F.I.T. worthy. This David Barton gym comes equipped with a live DJ, colorful, ‘nightlife” themed workout cycling and free weight-rooms and the energy of great trainers that would motivate you to push that last rep instead of doing the workout yourself and not get much out of your time.

 Leave your 9 to 5 stressful job, the anxiety that you don’t look great enough, and your longing to belong somewhere with like-minded individuals and come to David Barton in Astor Place. For the rebels, the nerds, the subcultures, and the unique individuals, this gym gets you going and feels surreally at home. I hope to do more events with David Barton for more to come. Cons, nothing I can’t think of yet, so I might just have to join and figure that one for myself.

Overall experience 5/5