As an instructor, I love that I can tell a story through my music selection in class. The genre doesn’t matter, but the instruments, beats, and lyrics come together to create a soulful experience. I play hip-hop, techno, dance music, old school Motown, Spanish music, instrumental, rock, and songs that don’t neatly fit into one genre. If I hear a song, and it moves or takes me somewhere, I will figure out a way to include it into my class playlist.
ICE NYC and Kettlebells 4 Autism have teamed up for a partner fundraiser and workout on April 29th at ICE NYC 59th Street. So we sat down with ICE NYC member and Cat Cervone for an insider scoop. For tips and information about upcoming events, how to get involved in KettleBells For Autism, and how KB4A started, read on.
Kettlebells 4 Autism was formed with the intention of using kettlebell training and sport as a platform to raise awareness about autism, and to raise funds for not-for-profit organizations supporting autism research and treatment. The organization, launched in February of 2013 has raised over $150,000 since its conception, so it’s clear that their method of combining autism awareness and sweating is helping them reach their goals.
To help you become fluent in CrossFit, we tapped the ICE NYC coaches for the key lingo both first-timers and more advanced athletes need to know. Here, we teach you the basic vocab you can expect to hear during your first CrossFit class or in any situation where the CrossFit-obsessed can be found (Tinder, work parties, paleo restaurants).
WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT FROM YOUR CLASS? In my class you can expect a good form-focused workout that balances strength and endurance. You can also expect at least 1 core-based circuit. I like to work in time-intervals so that everyone can work at a pace they're comfortable with. You can also expect to hear at least one 90's song that makes you go "Oh man I LOVE this song!!"
It can be a struggle to bring your A game to a workout, no matter how important your fitness goals are to you Whether your goal is to place in the top 3 for a WOD before the end of the year, join the deadlift 300 club or the bench press 200 club, or improve your clean and jerk form, staying consistent and showing up are key. When you’re struggling to remember why it’s worth all that effort and sweat, the quotes your favorite ICE NYC coaches use to stay motivated will give you the push you need:
As a practitioner and teacher of yoga as well as a CrossFit athlete, I am constantly holding space for my body so that I can operate in a state of simultaneous effort and ease, strength and flexibility, power and softness. To me, this balance is mobility. This year the CrossFit Open offered me the opportunity to shift the way I teach mobility as well as how I practice mobility to overcome plateaus and mental obstacles in and out of the box.
HAIL is the ICE NYC signature high-intensity-interval-training class. It is a fast-paced class that stresses efficiency and inspires athletes to work their hardest for a full sixty minutes. Ready to channel your inner bad-ass? 6 ICE NYC HAIL coaches share the ONE piece of advice they have for anyone who has never taken our HIIT class before.
WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT FROM YOUR CLASSES? “When taking my class what you can most definitely expect every time is for the music to be amazing for the entire hour. You can expect my energy to be super high energy and very motivating. In my classes you can expect to reach a personal breakthrough in each class”.
However, whether you’re CrossFit convinced, CrossFit still on the fence, or CrossFit clueless (but intrigued), that doesn’t mean that walking through the doors of a box is not scary; trying any new fitness class or regime can be intimidating. To help ease some of those first-CrossFit-class nerves, I asked 8 of the ICE NYC CrossFit coaches for the ONE piece of advice they have for someone preparing for their first CrossFit class.
I joined CrossFit for the opportunity to make friends with a similar devotion to health and fitness, but I haven’t just made friends, I’ve been welcomed into a family, and I’ve learned just how important camaraderie is to the fitness journey. Here, I share the 3 things I have learned about the relationship between friendship and fitness since joining CrossFit and becoming part of the ICE NYC fam.
As athletes, we know that sculpting muscle and building endurance has a lot to do with how we fuel our bodies in the mornings, but we don’t want our breakfasts to just be nutritious… we want them to be delicious, too!
The ICE NYC Coaches agree, so I asked them which healthy and tasty breakfasts are their go-to faves. These are the morning-meals that get them out of bed and power them ON in the morning:
What you suspect is true: healthy eating does not come cheap, especially when it comes to health-food trends like cold-pressed kale juice, salt-free sugar-free almond butter, organic cage-free hormone-free salmon, and acai bowls. However, it is possible to eat healthy while on a budget. The secret is to plan ahead, know your taste-preferences, and to let yourself indulge occasionally.
This list of tips are basically the New Yorker’s guide to eating healthy AF.
Hunting for the perfect sports bra is like hunting for your swolemate. You know it’s out there but you can’t find it. You know you’ll probably go through some serious slackers, deadbeats, and up-tight losers before The One finds you.
Lucky for you, ICE NYC is here with 7 tips to help you find a sports bra that fits the way you crave, moves with you, and get’s down exactly as your pump-buddy should.
After living in New York for almost six months, and only making a handful of friends, I knew that I needed to make more friends and find a pre-established community to become a part of. I also knew that I wanted to pursue a community where I could find a lifting-buddy, swolemate, and person to geek out over flex-pictures with. Now was as good of a time as ever to give CrossFit a whirl.
One of the biggest things that attracted me to CrossFit, besides the opportunity to compete at a high level, was the discipline required to get there. I've always been incredibly drawn to regimes. From an early age I remember following the same sort of routines playing basketball as I do now: I had to wear certain socks, listen to certain music (rap), and go through the exact same warm up.
Are you running out of excuses for why you’re not making it to the gym? Is it hard to rally and get yourself to the coffee shop to finish that project you’ve been contracted to finish...like yesterday? Here’s an idea: become a member of a work or workout community.
Check out 6 of the benefits you’ll be reaping if you add some “buddies” to your freelance and some “swolemates” to your sweat-sesh:
We have something for everyone: from interviews with Games athletes to individual stories of triumph and tribulation, from Whole30 recipes to nutrition and fitness tips, from exploration incentives to deep historical dives. So drop that bar-bell for a second, hop off the rower, and find a deeper connection with all things ICE.