By Buddy Macuha, Group Fitness Manager at Equinox & fitness guru
People usually start an exercise program to get physically stronger or to look better. For many, fitness evolves over time to something more: a social activity, a way to de-stress, and even a vital part of daily routine. What begins as a weekly trip to the gym becomes a personal sanctuary to reset and look at life a little differently.
IT’S NOT FITNESS. IT’S LIFE.
I began teaching because I wanted to share my love of movement with others. Over the last 10+ years, I’ve taught everything from step to indoor cycling to yoga. I continue to do it because I see the positive benefit I have in people’s lives through fitness.
Now I serve as Group Fitness Manager and teach classes at Equinox, the premier fitness brand with locations across the world including NYC, SF, LA, and London. Equinox’s motto is It’s Not Fitness. It’s Life. And that couldn’t be more true. Fitness is about more than just a gym -- it’s an approach that improves all aspects of our lives.
When students come to class on a regular basis, they learn to make themselves a priority. With each additional mile ran, hill climbed, or weight lifted, things that seemed impossible become surmountable. Without even knowing it, their minds grow stronger with their bodies.
By Tess Brigham, MFT, one of reflect's unique & talented therapists
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.”
When I was 26 years old, I attended Jennifer Aniston’s 30th birthday party thrown by her then husband, Brad Pitt. For as long as I could remember, I wanted to work in entertainment. This was my dream. I felt like a real Hollywood Insider.
As I would soon realize, Hollywood parties were quite different from my fantasies. Most of my time was spent talking to people who had no interest in engaging in a real conversation. Instead, they preferred to look over their shoulder and see if there was someone “better” to talk to. Needless to say, I left feeling pretty empty and unhappy.
It would've made for a great Hollywood story if I had realized right then that this was not the place for me: an amazing “a ha” moment where the skies would open up, and I would drive off into the sunset toward bigger and better things. Sadly for me, this wasn't The Devil Wears Prada.
My story was much messier.
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