Monday, March 12, 2007

The Gym Project

Last week I visited the David Barton Gym in Chelsea. 215 W, 23rd Street, NY 10011, NY, tel: 212-414 2022

Nice neighborhood, fantastic building, polite receptionists, magnificent design and lighting, everything contributes to the luxurious experience in this rather expensive gym. I did the Pilates Core Training class on Saturday. An intermediate level class, it was real good for my back, abs and legs. I enjoyed the instructor, the exercises on the floor and the unique challenges (I actually did the class twice).

Score card

Facilities: 9/10. One huge floor with machines will make your work out enjoyable especially if you watch a rerun of Friends on individual television sets provided. There is another floor with plenty of space for free weights and an exercise room. On the third, you will find the changing room and the pilates/yoga exercise room. There are also steam rooms and a Russian bath. Towels are provided, you can check your coat for free and you will find plenty of freebies in the shower room: shampoo and conditioner (Bumble and Bumble products), shower gel and body cream, razors, coton, tissues, tampon, hair styling cream, deodorant, and mouth wash. You only need a lock for the locker. Yes, David Barton Gyms take care of their customers. Big Time!

Variety of classes: 9/10. Around 12 classes per day. There is an abundance of choice for yoga and pilates but also for spin classes and aerobics. You can pick and choose from the following: Power Training, Six-Pack Attack, Barton Biking, Ass, Arms and Abs. If you prefer pilates and yoga: Pilates Mat, Pilates Core Training, Vinyasa yoga, Yoga basics and many, many, many others.

Rate of difficulty: 8/10 (Pilate Core training)



Event Name: Nomads drinks plus Nomadic podcast
When: 7:30 AM, Thursday 15 March 2007
Where: United Kingdom
Members club with great views and lovely drinks :-) please email for further information

Event Name: Wednesday Afterwork Drinks with Basement Jaxx
When: 7:30 PM, Wednesday 14 March 2007
Where: United Kingdom
M1NT London, 57 Jermyn Street, Mayfair, London, SW1Y 6LX
Please join us this Wednesday, March 14, from 7:30pm onwards at the M1NT for our afterwork get together. RSVP essential - this is one of the most exclusive private members club in London and capacity is limited to 150, so make sure you RSVP early!

The party is FREE to all invited and registered guests. Please register here for the guest list: