Energised NYC Round Up ….

What an amazing few days in New York City!  Energised Performance Head Coach Kim, headed out for a bit of re-energising, buiness planning & investigating, feature request, Sports NLP and visiting some of her family who live out there. So it was a busy, inspiring and motivating trip.

I have been to NYC a couple of times but never really explored, and investigated quite so much!  Since the first time I went about 8 years ago the culture has certainly changed, with a much more overall health & fitness conscious city. With protein smoothies, energising foods and ‘normal’ portion sizes being the norm, compared with huge pancakes and maple syrup (much to my boyfriend’s disappointment!). Whilst this is still available there were many more shops promoting wellbeing and fitness – the trends, kit and food is much the same to the UK, with subtle differences in every area.

Firstly being the heat .. when we landed it was over 100 degree’s F and humid – I am not the best in the heat so it did take a few hours and various stops in local air conditioned cafe’s to regulate the temperature. Once adjusted we travelled all over the city – mainly walking everywhere (we should have worn a pedometer but guessing about 6-8miles was walked most days – the best form of base fitness and daily activity for anyone).  We went from underground gyms to running along the Hudson river, from Brooklyn Dowtown and chocolate shops in Dumbo to organic cafe’s in Williamsburg (not sure what the smoothie’s contained but definatley energising!)… to Central Park, Cirque du Soleil and the Bodies Exhibition ( fascinating for any sports massage therapists knowledge) to the top of the Rockafella Centra and MOMA Exhibition! A brilliant whistle stop tour I would highly recommend.

Whilst it was largely a break – feeling fit and energised is all about what I like to do, and part of my lifestyle so I took a TRX with me, perfect for training anywhere, trainers and swimming kit – I ran down the Hudson River, up the hills in Long Island, swam in a couple of pools and generally had a energising, relaxing time. We found the most delicious restuarants, and also visited Magnolia Bakery and the M & M factory on client recommendation! Its all about a balance of good food, good training and good fun in life – the balance of this combined with the focus and direction in work and life is so important to insure long term wellbeing.

We filmed a couple of YOUTube clips in a few gyms and out and about – great times! Central Park filming never happened with the TRX as the ‘park wardens’ were not quite happy with this bit of kit on their trees! To check them out visit www.youtube.com/kimingleby

Below are a few places which we found (some from the great little New York City Lonely Planet Guide and some by exploring) that we would recommend….

Gyms & Fitness …

Sports Centre Chelsea Piers, exclusive – we just popped our heads (not allowed further!)  in but indoor running tracks, pools, classes and so much more – amazing  … http://www.chelseapiers.com/sc/

Jack Rabbits Running & Triathlon Shop: Expert advice, running assessment, great kit, training sessions and more http://jackrabbitsports.com/

Elite Fitness, Latting Town, Locust Valley – lots of great classes, small friendly local gym

Pure Fitness NYC, 244 East 14th Street, NYC – great local gym, undergoing a full refurbishment of the site and website as we speak. Allowed us to train and use TRX – great training!

Running Down the Hudson and training in Central Park … free, hot (in July anyway!) and fun 🙂

GNC and many local shops: for all your usual supplements, protein, healthy snacks and much more…

Just some of the other places of interest and fun we found …

Cirque Du Soleil – Amazing Circus and High Rope Acts – definately worth a visit – locations all over the World

Bodies Exhibition – highly recommend, especially for any physio and sports therapist – look for the piriformis!

Thistle & Clover – one of the many little Jewelry and clothing shops you can search out – set up by two locals who went to university in Edinburgh – worth a visit (next door to Dino) if you fancy a trip to Brooklyn www.thistleclover.com

Rockafella Centre for a great view of NYC day or night!

MOMA, Frick and many other museums – can buy tickets for several at once and is much cheaper …

Foodies…so many but just a sample…

Otto Pizzeria, One 5th Ave, NYC – you will have to queue but great service, lots of simple dishes as well as pizza, fresh and yummy: www.ottopizzeria.com

People’s Pops – healthy, fresh lollipops – old style but nothing nasty added, yet very tasty – lots of other things found at Chelsea Food Markets too! www.peoplespops.com

Dino – healthy, fresh and great panini’s, salads and much more – brunch or dinner in Brooklyn (near Thistle and Clover) www.dinorestaurantny.com

Jacque Toures Chocolate – Naughty but very Nice! From indulgent cookies and cakes, to pure chocolate, ice creams and peanut/choc cookies go here after you have been for a good run!  Or walk over Brooklyn Bridge and find underneath it .. 60 Water Street or at a few other locations… www.mrchocolate.com

Gramercy Tavern – for treats, great local foods but a little more pricey than the above recommendations…. known by the locals in NYC as the best place to eat .. a secret. www.gramercytavern.com

Magnolia Bakery of course! Clients recommended a must – I recommend the Blueberry Crumble – Ross the Chocolate Mud Pie Cake!

So I return with some exciting Energised plans for the future, some great contacts and interesting ideas from New York City! I look forward to sharing these ideas and top tips with you over the coming months. If you have suggestions, feedback or anything else you would like to know more about do let us know by commenting below or getting in touch.

Happy days. For all the holiday photos (rather than just the odd fitness one ) we can show you the collection!

Our next Energised Trip is to China in September with the British Triathlon Team!