We're on the move!
We're happy to be back with some great news!!!
But first, a huge Thank You to all of our clients (yes, that means you) for being loyal to us in this time of transition and growth. We value your commitment to your health, and most of all, for choosing BellaVita as a place and community where we can support your body, mind, and soul journey.
Now back to the exciting news, we're relocating many of our classes to TADA! 15 West 28th Street (between Broadway and 5th Avenue) starting April 4th. We'll still keep the Fitness Mashup for zumba and pilates at Reebok retail store & our amazing TTL with PatriciaFit at Doonya because those are just too fun to give up! We feel that this is another huge step in a fresh direction and we're thrilled!
We've got some BIG plans! Although being in TADA! is a great move, our Founder/Director of BellaVita, Izabella Steele, is working on finalizing the details on our brand new home studio! It is going to be better than ever! So, stay tuned for the official announcement, its coming!
When it comes to fitness, many of us are guilty of skipping out on resistance or strength training. Some of us aren’t aware of the vast benefits of resistance workouts, and others have been told false information about the effects of this style of training. There is so much misinformation surrounding strength training that scares women away when really, weight training is an effective and beneficial addition to any fitness plan and should definitely be incorporated for a well-balanced routine.
You might have heard the claim “lifting weights will make you bulky.” Many of you have the fear that if you begin to strength train, your muscles will blow up and you will have a “bulky” or “manly” look. When you see these types of physiques on women, know that it takes years of hard work and dedication to build and sculpt their bodies. Women do not have the same level of hormones, such as testosterone, that make it easier for men to build muscle. You will not accidentally build a large amount of muscle mass.
While all body types should be celebrated and appreciated, different people have different goals. If you want a lean, curvy and, most importantly, healthy body, resistance training will help you get there. When you think of a “toned” physique, what you really want is muscle definition. You can get this definition by growing your muscles and shedding fat. Building muscle boosts your metabolism and makes it easier for you to shed fat. Your body will burn more calories even when you’re not working out. Compound moves such as squats, lunges, pushups, and shoulder presses are great because they work several different muscle groups at once.
Not only will strength training make you look better, but it will also make you feel better. It has proven to greatly improve your health, sleep patterns, and mood. It increases bone density, which is especially important as you get older. You will notice yourself standing taller as your posture improves and being able to move easier with increased balance and coordination. You will lower your risk of diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and other health concerns with a regular strength training program.
Finally, you will generally be a happier person when you begin working your muscles. You will fall asleep faster and more deeply. Higher quality sleep leads to a better mood, which is already improved from the endorphins released and stress relieved during your workouts.
Don’t just take my word for it; discover the benefits of strength training yourself by implementing weights and bodyweight resistance training into your weekly routine. Try out a Body Conceptions (BoCo) class at BellaVita, which uses lighter weights to work your shoulders, arms, legs, and glutes, or pick up some heavier weights at the gym once or twice a week. Who doesn’t love feeling strong, looking great, and being healthy?
The food you eat is just as important to a healthy and balanced lifestyle as your workout routine. Make sure you’re getting the most out of the classes at BellaVita by trying these pre- and post-workout snack ideas. Make sure not to eat too close to class time, or you’ll find yourself uncomfortably full and unable to put all of your energy into the workout.
For a cardio workout like Zumba, have something light like a banana or a serving of pretzels. The carbs will boost your energy and prepare you for the heart-pumping dance moves. After class, rehydrate with a delicious smoothie. You need to restore the water you lose from sweating, and a juice or smoothie is a quick and delicious way to do that. Grab a 25% off coupon for Just Salad and treat yourself to a fruity, nutritious, and refreshing drink.
If you plan on taking a Pilates class, you definitely do not want to have a big meal beforehand; it will make it hard for you to utilize your core correctly, which is essential to Pilates. You will not need a lot of carbs because the muscle-toning moves do not drain glycogen stores as much as a high intensity cardio session. Try a spoonful of peanut butter (or try almond or cashew butter to switch things up) with celery sticks to fuel up on healthy fat, protein, and fiber before your workout. After class, help your muscles recover faster with blueberries mixed into greek yogurt. The combination of protein and antioxidants will eliminate waste products such as lactic acid and reduce delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS.
You want to keep your snacks light for Yoga as well. Munch on a granola bar and some fruit for some protein and fiber to keep your blood sugar levels steady during class so you can fully relax without feeling dizzy or hungry. Afterwards, have a spinach salad with chicken or make yourself a shake with some fruit, vegetables and protein (greek yogurt is great). Try mixing an Eboost Spruce into your juice for an extra kick of nutrients and energy. Leafy green veggies can help lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and improve your metabolism.
Proper pre and post-workout nutrition is important to making sure you are going in the right direction toward your goals. Make sure to give your food time to digest before working out!Eating one to two hours before your class will allow you to put all of your energy into each Zumba routine, Pilates move, and Yoga sequence. It’s also important to fuel up correctly after class to give your body the nutrition it needs to repair itself. Keep these snack ideas in mind for your next class at BellaVita.
BellaVita is excited about our creative mashup classes we have been offering for the month of July at Reebok Fithub in Union Square. Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., we hold fun classes inside the Reebok store to help you break a sweat. You get two different workout styles in each unique class to make things different from your usual fitness routine.
Jamece, our wonderful Pilates instructor, will challenge your body and mind with her Pilates and Core mashup class. Lifting weights isn’t the only way to strengthen your body and develop your muscles. If you want to add resistance training but you don’t like to or are unable to lift heavy weights, Pilates is a great alternative. You will definitely feel the burn with the seemingly easy moves in Jamece’s routine.
Make cardio fun with our Zumba Stretch! Get off the treadmill or bike and stop by Reebok for a change of scenery. Jonathan will make your heart race with his fun and energetic dance moves. You’ll start and end the class with a relaxing stretch that’ll release all the built up tension and stress of the day.
These classes are great for all fitness levels, whether you’ve never been to a class or you take one every day. Plus, Reebok is offering 15% off their merchandise to all attendees so you can treat yourself to workout gear after your sweat sesh. We’ll also be handing out 15% off cards for classes at our studio, so be sure to sign up for one of our great classes during the week. Switch it up and try out Pilates Core and Zumba Stretch with BellaVita!
Dear BellaVita Team, Members, Clients & Partners,
This message is long overdue as it's been hard for me to put how grateful I am into words. In the beginning we had absolutely no clients, but passion and drive for making fitness fun, enjoyable, and by adding balance to our members’ lives in crazy New York City. Now we can proudly say we’ve had over 9000 class attendees to date which is incredible! On behalf of the BellaVita team, I'd like to thank all of you for meditating, exercising, and sweating with us! We've come a long way since day 1 and your continued support means everything to us. YOU are the reason we exist and our number one goal is to show our appreciation by making sure you are always happy!
As a company, we've gone through major changes from schedule to a new location, and many of you have stayed loyal to us, for that I am thankful.
In addition to our wonderful clients, it is especially important that I take a moment for our team. Without you, there would be no BellaVita. Each and every one of you has contributed to creating a beautiful, supportive and judgment free environment. You are our greatest assets and I appreciate everyone that has been, is, or will be a part of our team. You are what makes BellaVita exceptional. Every studio representative, instructor, clean team, and partner has made their contribution to bring us where we are today! I feel truly blessed to have THE BEST team on the planet! Love you guys!
Last week was our company photo-shoot and we are so excited to be sharing pictures with you soon! With our new pictures we’ll be introducing you to our wonderful instructors. To share the excitement with everyone, we decided to make an event out of it and invited you all to come, it was a blast!
I'd like to give a special thanks to all of our amazing sponsors for being a part of our special day. DAVIDsTEA gave us delicious samples to help relax & detoxify. We highly recommend their delicious blends, with over 150 teas in store and 500 total teas there is sure to be one for you! After a long day’s work, EBoost was a life savior because they gave our members an extra burst of instant energy for evening classes. Xanadu also gave us a caffeine rush for that extra push for class with their great iced coffee. Congratulations to Xanadu on the new location and we are so happy to welcome you to the community! WTRMLN WTR also showed their support by giving all of us fresh watermelon after class to stay hydrated, absolutely fabulous! Our community support is inspiring and we are so happy to have such amazing neighbors! Speaking of AMAZING neighbors, we have a HUGE partnership event in the works for May...Stay tuned for info! (SOOO excited about this one, you will be too!)
A special thanks to our incredible studio representative Nerissa for coordinating; Stephen, Robert, and Imani our talented photographers and videographer for catching everything on film; DJ Radicate for taking class to the next level; Our make-up artists and hair stylists, Annie, Nichole, Monique, and Galina for getting us camera ready; and everyone else that participated in the festivities!
We have many plans in the coming weeks, including additional classes, new partnerships, events & MUCH MORE! Finally if you have any questions, or suggestions, I'd love to hear from you as we are always looking for ways to improve!
I am so excited to see what the future holds for BellaVita! Today is wonderful so remember to live in the present, the best is yet to come. Here's to a healthy and happy future.
Good Morning Bellas and Bellos!
I’ve heard some buzz lately about some upcoming Spartan races, and it is now my pleasure to announce that BellaVita will be partnering with Spartan Race! They are offering numerous races throughout the tri-state area, and we would love to help some of our members take up the challenge.
AND we are going to be awarding a FREE race code to one of our dedicated members, stay tuned for more details on how to be the lucky racer! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
Now to protein - every fitness fan's favorite macronutrient, and every vegan's least favorite topic of conversation. However, knowing how vital protein is to sustain the activity level of our clients, I think it'd be beneficial to discuss plant-based sources of protein that anybody (even college students) can afford to work into their diet.
This week I'll focus on the "meat alternative" types, I'm talking tofu, tempeh, seitan, etc. Each of these has their benefits as well as downfalls. Tofu is a complete protein which means that it contains all the essential amino acids, so the 13 grams of protein you get per 3 oz. serving are of the best quality. It's derived from soybeans, low in fat, high in calcium, and cholesterol free! Tempeh is also a soy based protein source, packing in tons of calcium and 5 grams of protein per ounce. It has a bit of a different texture, so its best to play around with it to determine how exactly you like it prepared! Seitan has bit more of a shaky reputation. For those with gluten allergies or sensitivities, stay away from this food as it's made solely of vital wheat gluten. Although, if you're down to devour some good old gluten, then seitan is a fantastic option. A 3 oz. serving of seitan has 21 grams of protein and only 4-5 grams of fat. Store bought seitan is typically higher in sodium, so to cut both costs and salt I would recommend making it at home. There are plenty of recipes online for all of these great foods!
Next week I'll try to cover protein in plants and some of my favorite plant based protein shakes and bars.
Hello Bellas and Bellos!
While I was away, I hope you all were able to warmly welcome the spring season! The snow on Friday was a bit of a mixed signal (thanks, Mother Nature), but we can brush that off and hop into better, hopefully brighter days.
I thought it'd be a good time to drop a couple tips to help you welcome this spring happily and healthily-
Eat more plants!
If any of you were considering, or already are, eating more plant-based meals, then this is the time to do so (but no pressure)! Lots of fruits and vegetables come into season in spring, like; beets, carrots, peas, arugula, cherries, strawberries just to name a few. Not to mention how much nicer farmer’s market outings will be when you aren’t freezing your fingers off.
Side note - at BellaVita we’ve been really excited to get started on our acai bowl game, if you have any tips or recipes please feel free to share them with us!
As the temperatures climb (slowly), it’s important to remember to stay hydrated! Especially with how active I know you all are…. You can sweeten things up this season by adding strawberry slices to your water, you’ll be feeling pampered in no time. Also keep in mind that tea is good for many things, but be sure to keep an eye on your intake, as it also tends to dehydrate.
We're offering EBoost to members now, for as long as supplies last. It's all all natural energy boosting supplement, it's gluten free, non-GMO, soy free, AND packs 150mg of caffeine per shot. Ask us about it next time you come by!
Shake it off!
It’s a great time to shake off some of our winter layers, and luckily BellaVita can help you do just that! A couple of Zumba classes and some sunshine and I promise you’ll be glowing in no time. To sweeten the deal a bit, we are also offering a special membership deal for the month of April; if you sign up for a 12-month membership, you only have to pay $59/month! That gets you unlimited fitness classes, your first Body Conceptions class for free, and so much more! Be sure to check out our website for more information.
Finally, since March is wrapping up we want to let you all know that we are lining up a new course to start the first week of April! Keep an eye out for more information later.
BellaVita Studio Representative
Happy first day of March, Bellas and Bellos!
Hello Bellas and Bellos,
This is our official welcome back! For those who have been attending class, thank you so much! We love seeing your beautiful faces here in Chelsea. We’ve been working away at our new studio, making it perfect for all of you, and have finally had a moment to reboot our blog.
Here’s the plan; on Sunday mornings when you are busy working your butts off in class, we are going to be typing away to bring you news, health tips, and all sorts of great content. So be sure to check back every Sunday afternoon!
We’ve been continuing with all the great classes offered at our old space, with the addition of a few more specialty classes. Our classic Zumba and CORE classes have been filling up, so be sure to reserve your spot, and arrive a few minutes early. As they say, the early bird gets a good spot in front of our new mirrors. Or maybe that’s not what they say, but hey, it’s still pretty good advice.
Be happy, healthy, and warm!
BellaVita Studio Representative
With the New Year already underway, many of us are striving to make and maintain resolutions for 2014. While such goals are part of what makes the promise of a fresh start so exciting, the burden of keeping them can, at times, only add to our stresses. Fortunately there are a number of things you can do to stay on track for the New Year.
1. DON’T MAKE YOUR GOALS OUT OF REACH
Be realistic whenever setting resolutions (or any type of ambition) for yourself. You will only set yourself up for disappointment if you place too great a strain on your expectations. Making promises to yourself that you are unable to keep will only cause you more worries. Always be honest about what you are capable of, and begin from there.
2. TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME
If you happen to break your resolution, remember that each day brings a new beginning. Do not dismiss all the hard work you’ve put into your goals for 2014 simply because of a slip or personal setback. Rather, promise yourself you will simply try again the next day.
3. DEVOTE YOURSELF ENTIRELY
More often than not, New Year’s resolutions revolve around creating and sustaining a physical goal. However, such an objective is not exclusively about your physical self. Mental preparation is also a must! If you devote all aspects of yourself towards your resolution, you will be more successful at upholding it. You deserve to make your well-being a top priority! And do not underestimate the everyday essentials of maintaining great health: Always get plenty of sleep, proper nutrition (a good diet does not mean depriving yourself!), and setting aside time to exercise will keep you accountable and better equipped at handing personal goals.
Written By Kimberly McDole-BellaVita Representative
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