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Here’s a friendly reminder that there will be two brief closures during the next week at our Upper East Side location (May 3rd and 4th and May 9th and 10th) due to our landlord’s celebration of Orthodox Easter and to make some exciting upgrades to the studio! We will be adding additional classes at the Upper West Side studio during this period.
With this renovation, we’re pleased to announce exciting improvements coming your way. Think brand new equipment, plyometric flooring, more stations, and increased space! We anticipate that the renovations will take 1-2 weeks and appreciate your patience as we work to make the Refine experience better and better.
Curious about the new equipment? We’ll be giving you some hints over the next few weeks on Facebook and Twitter, so start guessing!
Thanks for your support,
Check out this first timer Hana’s review of her newbie Refine experience on Law, Business, Life. At Refine, we work hard to create a welcoming environment and give each Refiner a personalized experience. We’re glad Hana appreciated it!
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As the first Challengers start to cross the finish line, we are excited to give you a sneak peek of our limited edition Challenge tank, coming soon. With the successful completion of their third month, Challengers will have earned 6 free classes and this “Challenger” tank from all of us at Refine! Challengers entering month three, be sure to email us your tank size to claim your hard-earned shirt.
Beauty Palette gives Refine Method a rave review explaining all the aspects that make it her top-pick boutique fitness studio in NYC. She’s loving everything from the efficiency of the workout, to the attentive instructors, to our philosophy on using challenging weights.
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Congratulations to our Challenger of the Week Ellen Gustafson!
Already well into her third month of the Challenge, Ellen is one of our triple-star Challengers who has inspired us with her positive attitude and commitment to shaking previous fitness goal bad habits for a successful resolution. Ellen talks about her Resolution Challenge experience, what keeps her motivated, and what she’s learned.
Q: Share at least one previous health and fitness “resolution” that has failed and explain why.
Ellen: In the past, I set fitness resolutions that did not work for me because I did too much too soon. For example, when I began running in college I went straight from running a few miles a few times a week to signing up to run a half marathon. This overzealous attitude led to burn out which for me created a cycle of a few weeks doing great with exercise followed by a few weeks of skipping workouts. While jumping in and committing is good in theory, if you cannot sustain the commitment, you are not going to see results.
Q: Has the Refine Resolution helped where previous attempts to improve your health and fitness have failed? How so?
Ellen: The best part of the Refine Resolution for me is that you have to think long term. Committing to the Challenge for three months forced me to start at a manageable class goal which has allows me to avoid my usual pitfall of doing too much too soon.
Q: Describe a time when you have felt proud of yourself during the Challenge.
Ellen: I am proud that I have never missed a class or late canceled during the Challenge.
Q: What physical results have you noticed?
Ellen: The biggest physical change I have noticed is in my posture. The strength I’ve gained in my back muscles and shoulders in class have helped me to keep my shoulders down throughout the day and stand straighter.
Q: We introduced a few methods of accountability and support during the Challenge. Which did you find helpful and why?
Ellen: By far the best part of the Challenge for me has been my buddy Danielle! Planning workouts with my Buddy helped me not skip class when I would have otherwise hit the snooze button. Danielle and I also frequently email during the week, which has helped me stay motivated and excited for class.
Q: There are many fitness myths that get in the way of meeting your fitness goals. Has Refine changed the way you think about these fitness myths?
Ellen: Before the Refine Challenge I was under the naive assumption that I could out-exercise my diet. Rule 6 has forever changed my outlook on this belief. I was the poster child for the statement “I worked out today so I can eat whatever I want.” Since starting the Challenge I have started to examine the nutrition portion of my workouts and not only do I feel better but I also have increased energy throughout the day.
Tips to learn from Ellen:
-Make your workout commitments even a little too easy and build from there.
-Recognize and celebrate improvements beyond fat loss. Standing straighter? Feeling stronger?
-Always Respect Refine Resolution Rule #6–you can’t out-exercise your diet!
As a reminder, tomorrow marks the start of our new cancellation policy. All class cancellations must now be made by 5 pm the evening prior to your scheduled class. Any reservations made for classes tomorrow March 18 must be cancelled by 5 pm today. Class cancellations must be done online prior to 5 pm every day for the following day; cancellations by phone or email may not be honored.
Thank you for your continued support!