THE LYFE

Say (Hell) Yes to the Dress

It's your big day. All eyes are you babe. You deserve to look the VERY best—whatever that means for you. There's no shortage of "pick the best dress for your body" articles out there (like this one, this one, and this one). But lezzbehonest: only you know what's best for your body. No matter WHAT it is you got, we think you should FLAUNT it. 

Go on brush your "shoulders" off

You don't do all those push ups for nothin'. Show off your shoulders with a sexy halter, high neck, or off-the-shoulder look. 

If you're trying to bring sexy "back"

Open back dresses come in a wide range of styles. We particularly like those deep-Vs that dip below the waistline.

How low does it go? Loving the Eliana from Reformation.

How low does it go? Loving the Eliana from Reformation.

Ooohhh boyyyy. Check out this halter from BHLDN.

Ooohhh boyyyy. Check out this halter from BHLDN.

Because your "hips" don't lie

If you're rocking those Sir Mix-a-lot dimensions, you might want to opt for a mermaid style that let's your bod speaks for itself. Curves for days...

When you're trying to get a "leg" up

Legs for days? Try a short belted dress to show off those walkers. Or opt for red carpet chic with a high slit.

Loving this front slit from Floravere

Loving this front slit from Floravere

Hello David's Bridal, our old friend. 

Hello David's Bridal, our old friend. 

Getting hitched? Want to work on that bod?

((305)) has got your covered. Plan your bachelorette with a private ((305)) class, or opt in to a bridal package to prep for the big day.  

P.S. Did you hear The Knot loves us?

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OUR FAVE BRIDECHILLAS: ROBYN

Have ya heard? ((305))'s got a 🔥🔥🔥 new workout plan that'll help all you bridechillas get ready for your BIG DAY. You know who you are -- you're the bada$$ babe who can't get enough of that killer new choreo and never misses the chance to twerk yer heart out to the latest Pitbull banger.

Now you're tying the knot (congrats, boo!) and you wanna be feelin' your fiercest when you say "I do". WE GOT YOU. This 8-week plan has lit.er.ally got you covered, from cardio to yoga to sculpt. More deets, here.

But don't take our word for it. NYC junkie Robyn is on that train right now. (And don't miss the wise words of Riva, who used our classes to prep for her wedding last year!)

How is ((305)) helping you prep for the big day?

TG 4 305. I was a junkie livin' that pre-engaged life so the 'transition' has been easy. Getting me in wedding-worthy shape while dancing away my stress? Yes please. Not much has changed except that I go to more classes and am trying to use the heavier weights.

What results are you seeing, both physically or emotionally?

Working out releases endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people don't kill their husbands! But really, this workout is life-changing. I'm sure you're already aware if you are reading this but it is so true. Results: more toned, more sculpted, less stressed and more happy!

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"Getting me in wedding-worthy shape while dancing away my stress? Yes please!"

Will you use any ((305)) moves on your wedding day? Have you used them at a Bachelorette party?

I'm sure I will. Whenever a song from class starts playing, it's hard to not break out in the appropriate dance. I already put in specific song requests with my band so I can guarantee a few ((305)) routines will go down wedding night. My MOH is a junkie, too, so I'm excited for us to show it off for all my guests. Hopefully I will be able to move around in my wedding dress! And as far as my bachelorette party, we are going to Vegas! No question that there will be ((305)) routines going down the whole time -- pool parties, clubs, Britney's show (AHH) and obvi our hotel room pregame.

Fave ((305)) move or song?

Don't make me pick a fave song! V hard decision. I'm all about the booty pops, twerking, and pivot turns, though. So, basically all of them. BUT if I have to name a few: Black Magic (classic) That's My Girl (good pivot turns) and Play That Sax. But also, all of them.

How'd you meet your fiancé?

It was so random! I went out to a club in NYC with my girls a couple weeks after graduating college. At the end of the night they were already in (what I thought was) an Uber telling me to hop in. Turns out it was not an Uber, it was my fiancé's car. He was there picking up his friend from the club, who my friend met that night, so they were all already in his car. I hopped in... the rest is history.

Weirdest thing about your fiancé?

He never ate a burger. (I know, wtf)

Has he ever tried ((305))? What does he think of it?

He has never tried it and I don't see that ever happening. But he is very supportive! He came to watch me in the flash mob and loves when I show off my moves.

"Whenever a song from class starts playing, it's hard to not break out in the appropriate dance. I already put in specific song requests with my band so I can guarantee a few ((305)) routines will go down wedding night."

Hardest part of wedding planning?

Everything has been weirdly easy. I realize it has a lot to do with my personality. I am pretty laid back so the wedding planning has been, too. As silly as it sounds, registering for gifts has been pretty annoying. Why can't I just register for a Chanel bag instead of kitchen supplies? Also not looking forward to seating arrangements.

Advice for other brides-to-be out there?

Have fun with everything and don't stress yourself out. Enjoy the whole process and live in the moment. It is (supposed to be) a once in a lifetime experience. Don't fight or stress about anything petty- always remind yourself your day will be perfect no matter what! And be nice to your mom (or whoever is paying)!

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Are you a bride reading this? Then whatcha waiting for? Time to treat yoself to our 8 week bridal plan. For just $99/week, this is waaaay better than a juice cleanse.

Robyn's interview was edited for length and clarity. 

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Bend, stretch and FLOW with Chris

When Chris moves, the world stops. Don’t let looks fool you. Bottled into his pint-sized frame is a world of indomitable energy and powerful intention. Go hard or go home, boy.

Okay, so in your own words: Wtf is 305 FLOW? 

305 FLOW is a dance-inspired, movement-based yoga class designed for the 305 client. We break the rules in this non-traditional heated yoga class, so don't expect a lot of meditation. What you can expect is a ton of movement, a kick-ass playlist of slow jams & R&B, and that same boost of confidence and sexy that you'd get in a 305 CARDIO class. 

What was your first time like?

Sneaky. surprising. it was my best friend in high school.

I mean, erm, what was your first time like in a yoga class?

Intimidating AF. When you're a dancer, you take on a ton of pain and injury over the years. So it was super important to me that I try a class to see if it helped. 

Sounds challenging! Why did you keep coming back?

Not only has it helped me maintain healthy muscles and joints, but it's gotten me stronger and super self-aware. I tell everyone that my secret weapon is yoga. I'd compare it to an underground supplement juice-heads would need to take in order to do all the crazy sh*t they do. If i feel any sensation, (physical, emotional or mental) I hit a yoga class. Everything is a little more clear after I practice. 

What's your teaching mantra? 

Keep going. 

What is your very favorite piece of 305ACTIVE apparel (here's a link: makesweatsexy.com if you want to peruse)? 

That unisex muscle tee

12. If you could make one food calorie/fat/sugar free forever, what would it be?

GUMMY BEARS

Biggest recommendation for someone new to 305 flow walking in for the first time?

Be open-minded and let yourself go. While moments of the class may feel difficult or uncomfortable, the post 305 Flow high is worth the risk. 

 


Ready to flow and sweat with Chris? Book your spot now and follow Chris on the 'gram

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Find Your Flow With Maria Macsay

Allow us to reintroduce you to Maria Macsay. You already make sweat sexy with her on the dance floor during 305 Cardio, but now we're changing the pace and excited to have her as part of the new 305 Flow team too!

We Yoga and Chilled with her to learn more about her inspiring yogi story. 🙏


What was your first time like?

My first time felt like it had been long overdo and so super liberating

I mean, erm, what was your first time like in a yoga class?

I was talking about yoga! No but really, as a dance major at the time, finding yoga felt like the very thing my body had been craving. Not only was it the perfect type of cross training for me at that time, but the mental benefits helped me tremendously through some of the most stressful years of college. I loved the challenge of the classes I took (Power Flow), it reminded me of my background in gymnastics and still called upon my dance training to remain graceful and fluid throughout the strong sequences of each class. 

Sounds challenging! Why did you keep coming back?

While I got hooked because of the physical practice, I very soon began to go for the meditative aspect. At the time I couldn't get myself to sit and meditate, but I knew that I would get all the benefits of being present to the moment and my breath if I got my ass in a yoga class. Soon after this I became more interested in the benefits of each posture and then the science of yoga, then the philosophy of it, and long story short, that led me to my yoga teacher training in 2015. 

What's your teaching mantra? 

It's pretty simple: "I am here to be of service." It leaves my personality and it's mental games out of the equation, so I don't get caught up in the "am I doing a good job?", "do they like the sequence/me?", which then allows me to show up to guide the people who are in the room taking into consideration their background, body type, injuries, and needs/desires.   

What are your words to live by?

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." - Rumi

Biggest recommendation for someone new to 305 flow walking in for the first time?

I've got a few things! If you can breathe, you can do yoga, that's where it starts. It's not about being an Instagram yogi, if I looked to that for permission, I wouldn't be practicing yoga either, so thank goodness Insta wasn't a thing when I got started. We are all working on something, even the person who's been coming for 10 years is working on something, that's why it's called a practice, not a perfect. Have fun, do what you can, and be patient with yourself.


Ready to flow with Maria? Book your mat now and follow her in Instagram!

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In the Zen with Matty Espino

We're totally obsessed with one of our new 305 Flow instructors - Matty! This SoCal cutie has a sunny and warm personality and he's sure to have you feeling your chakra & oats. Book your mat in class and learn more about ours (and soon to be yours!) fave new 305 boo.


What's the first thing you do when you get out of bed?

The first thing I do when I get out of bed is lightly heat some sesame or coconut oil over running hot water and then swish a tiny amount in my mouth for a few minutes. This might sound a bit weird, but it’s called oil pulling, which is an Ayurvedic (think sister science to yoga) technique for keeping our teeth healthy and strong, while also being a natural whitener. 

What's the last thing you do before you go to bed?

Double-check all my alarms are set. I’m generally an early riser and like to start my morning nice and early (like really early), but I’m paranoid I might oversleep one day.

When did you first get into yoga?

I really got into yoga when I moved to New York after 3 years living abroad in Korea. With the stress of grad school, adjusting to NYC, and the usual curveballs of life, I was in a deep rut both physically and emotionally. My roommate started taking classes in the city and invited me to take a class with her. At first, I was apprehensive because I couldn’t help but think of my first experience with yoga, which took place abroad in a gym, in another language, and was embarrassing to say the least.

Eventually, I decided to bite the bullet and go with my roomie and it was that yoga class that forever changed my life. I’m not sure what it was, but this time it was different - maybe it was the movements, maybe it was the comfort of the teacher, maybe it was finally being able to let go of all my baggage that kept holding me back – but I felt really good about myself and I just kept coming back. 

How'd you hear about 305?

I first heard about 305 on Instagram. A friend of mine had taken a cardio class and, of course, posted a selfie with that amazing bathroom lighting. Shortly after that, I started seeing things pop up here and there from other friends who were taking classes and other social media/news outlet posts. I remember browsing the website too and thinking, “Wow, this place is a PARTY!” and that I need to get there, stat. 

What's one piece of advice you'd give to new yogis?

Move like you! Seriously. I thought I had to look or move a certain way when I first started practicing because I had this preconceived idea that "yoga" was supposed to look a specific way. Boy, was I wrong! If anything, that could lead to more injuries than anything beneficial for our bodies. It gives me life when I see students honoring their bodies by making adjustments so that the practice suits them. Not every body is the same and that means that your yoga will be different from the person next to you. And that’s a-ok!

Yoga is a highly personal experience so let it be yours and yours only. Also, remember to breathe ;)

Yoga is all about being mindful and present. How do you stay calm and present when things seem to be out of your control?

B-R-E-A-T-H-E! Simply breathing is such a balancing practice for the mind and body. We all do it so why not use it to our advantage? When things are especially feeling out of control, I particularly like to do “sama vritti” or equal part breathing. You just lengthen your inhales and exhales to match each other. I like it because it brings me back into the moment, calms me down, and refocuses my mind so that I can get back on track to whatever it is that I’m doing. 

So forreals, can you wear yoga pants 24/7?

Want to know a deep dark yogi secret? I only recently got into yoga pants a few months ago! And the verdict: OMG YES YES YES 24/7! I really hope more men get into the bandwagon of wearing them because, seriously, amazing!

How do you get "in the zone" before teaching a class?

I like to meet my students before teaching. It helps break down that wall of pre-teaching jitters and allows me to connect with my students a bit more. Getting to know my students makes teaching any class a much more personal experience for me.

What's your favorite party pose when you practice yoga?

I love playing around with arm balances. Right now, I’m working on Eka Pada Galavasana aka Flying Pigeon Pose. It’s a challenging deep deep deeeeeep outer hip opener that requires a lot of strength, focus, and a lot of pelvic floor lifting. 

Top 3 guiltiest pleasures?

Marathoning the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills/New York City, a glass of dry white wine, and jamming out to Britney.


Ready to flow and sweat with Matty? Book your spot now and follow Matty in Instagram!

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Git In The Know With 305 Flow

305 Yogis – We’ve heard you loud and clear!  After experimenting with our yoga classes over the past few months, we’ve heard your feedback and taken it to create a brand spanking new class to get your heart, mind, and soul pumping; introducing 305 FLOW.

305 Flow is the buzzed-about, sweat-inducing, no-nonsense yoga class you need, being offered exclusively at our NYC Village studio. At $18/class, these awesomely affordable classes offer a perfect compliment to our high-intensity, high-impact cardio. Book your spot now!

To give you 411, we chatted with 305 Flow’s Creative Director Chris SantaMaria to get the lowdown on what the new class is all about and why you should take it ASAP!


So what is 305 FLOW?

305 Flow is a vigorous and energizing heated open level vinyasa yoga class. This heated yoga class is dance-inspired and movement based and great for beginners. The heat will be cranked up in every class, so it'll have you breathing deeply, feeling sexy, and oh, so wet 💦

Like 305 Cardio and Sculpt, will music be part of the class?

Musicality and breath are both key elements in this class. With creative sequencing, a sick-ass soundtrack made up of slow jams and R&B, this class will you build strength, flexibility and overall awareness throughout your entire body.

Why should you start doing yoga?
Yoga makes you feel sexy, strong & empowered. It's a secret weapon alongside anything and everything you do physically.

How does Yoga differ from other forms of exercises?

It will have you feeling yourself. Yoga is your chance to slow things down a bit as you get to move your body in different ways. This class is challenging not only physically, but also mentally & emotionally.

Taking 305 always helps me feel empowered. Will I get that from 305 Flow?

While being pushed to your edge, instructors will help you access qualities you thought you lacked so you leave the room feeling grounded, focused and ready to take over the world.

Who’s the squad that’ll be leading 305 Yoga?

Yogi #SquadGoals

Yogi #SquadGoals

We've got seven badass instructors leading the charge: Kirra, Ashley, Matty, Maria, Lindsey, Liz, and myself. With over 15 weekly classes to choose from, you're sure to get your flex-ability on. 

If you were a yoga pose, what would you be?

Handstand for sure. I love a challenge and handstand is one of those poses that requires strength, balance and intense focus. And being an out-of-his-mind Gemini, turning myself upside-down gives me the focus I need and keeps me grounded and approachable...and it's f*cking fun. 

Baby bend ovahhhh

Baby bend ovahhhh

True or false: Yoga makes you better in bed? If true, how?

110% TRUE: Yoga helps with muscle mobility, endurance, strength and flexibility. It helps you become more aware of your entire body inside and out. It can help increase power, control and overall range of motion. So, like...you get the picture. 

How do you be chill AF for savasana?

I completely let go of control. My thoughts, my body and my breath. I allow my body to relax entirely. It's really about finding that sweet spot between sleep and being awake. That moment right before you fall asleep. That's savasana. 

Is yoga made for people of all body types?

Every BODY can practice yoga. Yoga isn't about being the strongest or most flexible. If you can walk in the room, roll out your mat, sit and breathe then the hard part is over. 


⚡ VAJRASANA ROUND⚡

If 305 cardio is like a night out drunk with your girlfriends, then 305 FLOW is like....(fill in the blank)
305 FLOW can be two things: your pre-game before you go out and get wasted or the cure to your hangover.

If 305 Cardio makes you feel like Beyonce, then 305 FLOW makes you feel like...(fill in the blank)
RIHANNA (305 FLOW the gateway drug to all fitness..so it fits)

Would you rather: do 305 FLOW then cardio or 305 CARDIO then 305 FLOW?
305 FLOW after a 305 CARDIO is the perfect couple. Start with 305 SCULPT if you really wanna get crazy.

Would you rather: take 305 FLOW naked with your mother-in-law next to you or eat chicken pot pie and then take 305 Cardio?
I'd most definitely take 305 FLOW naked with my mother-in-law next to me over being vomitory in 305 CARDIO.

305 Flow Creative Director, Chris Santamaria

305 Flow Creative Director, Chris Santamaria


Ready to #MakeSweatSexy with the new 305 Flow? Sign up now!

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5 Stupid, Dumb Ways to Get Lucky When you Live in New York

In honor of St. Patty's Day we wanted to round up the best ways to get lucky...WHEN YOU LIVE IN NEW YORK, of course! 

1. When there's no line

What is it about New York and waiting in LINES? They're everywhere- the grocery, the bodega, waiting to catch a cab, to get into your office building, to pick up your lunch, to get into the bar- it's madness! 

1.5 Bonus- Some food for thought:

I just love this GIF.

2. When you're headed down the right track (we're talking trains, people!)

 

There are a million ways to lose when it comes to riding the MTA, but every once in a while a good moment will come around and make your day. The train arriving as soon as you step on the platform? Amazing. Landing a seat all to yourself? Even better. When you're running late to work and the train randomly happens to be running express to your stop? #ALLTHEFEELS

3. When you call an uberPOOL and it's just you the whole ride

Sharing is caring and meeting new people is great, but sometimes you just want to be alone. Why is it that you always seem to get squashed in the middle seat? See also: when your cab driver times it right so you get ALL GREEN LIGHTS. 

4. When you're carrying just enough cash to stop at a food stand

Falafel, tacos, and fruits - oh my! Sure, you could always make a special trip to the ATM, but doesn't it seem so much sweeter when you already have the cash? 

5. When you see a celebrity walking down the street / grocery shopping / at the club / filming a movie

It's all about the little things, duh!

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OUR FAVE BRIDECHILLAS: RIVA

Have ya heard? ((305))'s got a 🔥🔥🔥 new workout plan that'll help all you bridechillas get ready for your BIG DAY. You know who you are -- you're the bada$$ babe who can't get enough of that killer new choreo and never misses the chance to twerk yer heart out to the latest Pitbull banger.

Now you're tying the knot (congrats, boo!) and you wanna be feelin' your fiercest when you say "I do". WE GOT YOU. This 8-week plan has lit.er.ally got you covered, from cardio to yoga to sculpt. More deets, here.

But don't take our word for it. NYC junkie Riva lived this lyfe and loved errry minute of it.

"((305)) is definitely the move for wedding workouts, because number one, it does not feel like a workout, and number two, it's so positive. You feel so great after you leave because you've just danced it out."

How'd you prep for your big day?

I'd been going to ((305)) for a while, buying class packs. But the unlimited membership launched in January of 2016, about six months before my big day. I thought 'Okay perfect, this will take me right into June.'

I started going three days a week and quickly got into a routine -- I had my instructors, I had people I felt comfortable with in class, and it became part of my routine, which was awesome. ((305)) doesn't feel like a real workout to me -- It's dancing. It was so fun! I've tried gym memberships and everything and I never kept going, but with ((305)) I never missed a class.

I also had a bunch of girlfriends (a bunch of whom were also my bridesmaids) who would come join me once a week, on Wednesdays.

In the spring I really kept going and turned it up to 4 days a week. That soreness I got at the beginning eventually went away and it was just fun and sweaty.

You brought your bridesmaids to class?

It was a bunch of friends, some of whom were bridesmaids. We all started doing ((305)) all the time -- four or five of us would come every week to see each other and dance our butts off. We'd arrange ourselves so that we looked like a girl band -- it was just hilarious and so much fun.

That whole spring, in almost every class we'd dance to Beyonce's "Formation". At my wedding, at my bachelorette party, pretty much anywhere we were when that song came on -- we would get in formation and do the dance, every time. Even on my wedding day! I couldn't do the high kicks, but I definitely tried to pull the rest of it off!

Tell us about your hubby.

Max was my high school sweetheart -- he was my prom date and now he's my date for the rest of my life.

When's he coming to ((305))?

He's a little bit more of a couch potato than me. I try to get him to come all the time! He sees me and my friends do the dances when we're out. He's always said it looks exhausting. He's nervous, he feels like he can't handle it! But he's so impressed and proud that it's something I did and stuck with and enjoyed. He's happy for me!

What's your fave ((305)) move?

I'm not sure exactly what to call it, but I love the move when you kick forward, kick backward and then turn. That, or the sassy move where you throw your arm up and then back down -- I love being sassy!

What's your advice for other brides?

((305)) is definitely the move for wedding workouts, because number one, it does not feel like a workout, and number two, it's so positive. You feel so great after you leave because you've just danced it out. You're not thinking about anything. You're not thinking about the stress of wedding planning or your day or if everything will turn out well. You're just in the moment. Everyone wants to make sure you're feeling great -- and that's how you should feel when you're planning your wedding or on your wedding day. It's a perfect feeling.

The other thing is that you're never alone in ((305)). When you want to go to the gym, you're by yourself and that can be really hard. But at ((305)), you're never by yourself, whether you're in a class with your friend or instructor, everyone is looking out for you to make sure you're doing your best and having the best time.

Are you a bride reading this? Then whatcha waiting for? Time to treat yoself to our 8 week bridal plan. For just $99/week, this is waaaay better than a juice cleanse.

Riva's interview was edited for length and clarity. 

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Marriage Advice from Sadie's Parents

There's no doubt about it- love is in the air. So, we spoke to Ira (Sadie's father) and Magda (Sadie's mother) who have been married for over 27 years (!!!) about being in love, falling in love and how to pick the right partner. 

Get ready for some #RelationshipGoals


How did you meet?

 IRA: We were both immigration lawyers and met at immigration meetings.

MAGDA: I don't remember meeting him. He says by then-boss introduced us, and that I was pregnant (marriage #1 at the time). Whether pregnant with daughter, #2, or #3, I can't tell you. (Sadie is #4.)

Click through the gallery.

Fun facts: Pics 1 & 2 are from Ira & Magda's honeymoon, and pictures 3 & 4 are a more recent rendition. (I think we can all agree some shirts never go out of style.) If you saw pic 5 and thought 'that looks like it was taken at Sadie's bat mitzvah' you would be right. The 6th pic is Ira with his 3 daughters from Magda's first marriage. He went from a bachelor at 39 living in a condo to a father of 5 living in a house in 2 years. Yes, the 7th pic is baby Sadie. 


What is the best part of being married?

IRA: We love each other’s company, laugh a lot, still have a great sex life, share important values about life and politics, and find being with each other intellectually stimulating.

MAGDA: For me, though I hate to admit it (it sounds so anti-feminist!) it's the security. It's NOT that I would want for him to stay with me because he's married to me, but something about taking the plunge signals to the partner (and the world) that this is serious, this person IS the one. 


What makes you fall in love with each other over and over again?

IRA: We love to be in each other’s company. My wife is always unpredictable, a little crazy, and lots of fun to be with. Some drama is always going on.

MAGDA: What makes me fall in love over and over again is recognizing how lucky we are that after all these years, we are still in love; that (for the most part) we do like being with with each other, look forward to it, share things, have a lot in common, can have intelligent conversations, laugh, have fun.   

I love that he's such a good sport; he'll get up snd dance even though he's the worst dancer on the dance floor (if not the worst, the 2nd-worst).

I love that he can make fun of himself; refers to himself as "tall, dark, and handsome"; would send me flowers with card with ultra-cheesy message: "I can't make it without you." Signed: "Warren Beatty" (Warren Beatty THEN, not Warren Beatty NOW.)

I love his self-esteem. His mother, he likes to say, always taught him when he looks in the mirror, "to see a guy with a full head of hair"--and he does.


If someone is single and ready to mingle, what do you suggest they do to find The One?

IRA: I do not believe there is any place or any particular way to find the person you will love for the rest of your life. I think you need to leave yourself open to meeting people and be relaxed about your interactions with others. Do not put pressure on yourself; do not be afraid of being alone; and do not try to alter your personality to pretend to be someone you are not.

MAGDA: Just hang out and keep that you're "ready" to yourself. In my opinion, it scares off the other person. But hey! I know a lot of married couples who met via Internet.


Can you meet a significant other at the club?

 IRA: I think you can meet your significant other anywhere—a park, a museum, a club, 305 fitness.

MAGDA: You can--anything is possible-- but it never worked for me.  


How do you know if someone is"right"?

IRA: I am not sure you ever know if someone is the “right” person. You just take life day by day and if the person is someone you enjoy being with it will build into a stronger relationship.

MAGDA: You feel like you've been hit by a 2x4- like a cartoon character, seeing stars, your head spinning. Because (at the beginning, only at the beginning) you think s/he's perfect. Because you like his voice and soft-spokenness and the way he smells.


What's the best way to celebrate an anniversary?

IRA: Take a walk. Go to the movies. We both love the movies.

MAGDA: From our 1st anniversary, we have spent the entire day together, played hooky from work, went to movies in the middle of the day-planned nothing- just did what we wanted, when we wanted.


What advice would you give to either people who are looking for a relationship or just starting one?

 IRA: I would not put yourself or the other person under any pressure to do something or act a certain way. All relationships have their ups and downs and you need to take it day by day. Do not be afraid to be alone. My mother always said “every pot has a cover,” and I guess she meant that there is someone out there for everyone.  Life is too short and too important to obsess over whether you have a partner or not. Enjoy your friends, your family and what you are doing. Through all those encounters you are likely to find a person you want to spend time with. I did not get married until I was almost 40, but I was not ready to marry before 40. Enjoy your life and you will find someone who wants to come along for the ride.

MAGDA: Be patient; don't move too fast- "Stop, look, listen." We went out 8 years before we married.By then, there were no surprises; we knew everything about each other.

We have a saying in Spanish: "Mas vale no acompanada que mal acompanada"- better off no companion than bad companion.

Gearing up to get married? Or just wanna celebrate your single, sexy self? Check out our bachelorettes and birthdays here

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WEDDING GIFTS YOU’LL ACTUALLY WANT: YOUR NSFW REGISTRY

You've booked your venue, sent your save the dates and you're all signed up for the baller new ((305)) workout plan that will have you feeling fierce AF on your big day. (All the deetz on the perfect plan for our fave BRIDECHILLAS are here!)

Next up: the wedding registry.

Before you shimmy on over to Crate & Barrel, though, think it through: do you really need 16 new wine glasses or a new set of stainless steel pans? We know what you want -- whatcha really REALLY want -- no matter what type of bride you are.

FOR THE GIRLIE BRIDE

It's pink, it's flowery and it's quiet -- this is the perfect vibrator for when you're looking to put the v in the v. If that's not girly enough, though, check out these unicorn dildos -- perfect for all the 90s babes who still miss Lisa Frank.

FOR THE HIPSTER BRIDE

This little silicone genius (created by some seriously awesome babes) is straight out of the latest MoMA catalog -- and it's got some seriously fab reviews to match. Not only that, but it's hands free, so you can switch out that vinyl record (or whatever trend you're vibin') while you're getting your groove on.

FOR THE "I DON'T NEED A VIBRATOR" BRIDE

No actual vibrator required here -- this is a saucy little attachment that fits over whatever electric toothbrush you happen to have lying around. Perfect for the bride who doesn't think she needs a sex toy -- or doesn't want to buy a whole new set of batteries.

FOR THE DISCREET BRIDE

Named after a bada$$ Bond babe, the Vesper is gorgeous AF while also packing in some goood vibrations. The pendant necklace shape -- available in gold or silver -- is chic enough to wear to work and has a discreet button on the side for when you’re ready to get down to, ahem, business.

FOR THE HAPPY COUPLE (BOTH!)

Feeling all lovey-dovey and trying to register for gifts you can both use? Check out this Lelo ring, which is designed to help you both come together -- in more ways than one.

FOR THE ADVENTURESOME BRIDE

It's not a vibrator, but these anal beads would be a sassy addition to any bridechilla’s drawer. Made of hypoallergenic glass, these beads can be run under cool or warm water for an even more ah-mazing sensation.

FOR EVERY BRIDE

A 305 BACHELORETTE PARTY: Bring your whole squad and celebrate with us! You can curate the playlist (yasss Madonna), pick your favorite instructor, and invite up to 30 of your friends. Bonus points if you can get some groosmen to come shake it with ya #GirlsGirlsGirls

OR THE OLD STANDBY: There's one thing that literally. every. bride. wants -- COLD HARD CASH. Weddings ain't cheap, yo.

Don't wanna give straight cash? Why not give a 305 gift card? Deets here.

Are you a bride reading this? Then whatcha waiting for? Time to treat yoself to our 8 week bridal plan. For just $99/week, this is waaaay better than a juice cleanse.

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Letting Loose with Lindsey Carothers

Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, our yogi girl Lindsey Carothers came to NYC to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre at Pace University, and book Broadway of course! We caught up with Lindsey to talk about yoga, good vibes and all things zen. 

How did you get into yoga?

I got into yoga during college--it helped with the competitive nature of performing and the hectic energy of NYC. I didn't love it at first, but I knew it was good for me.

How does yoga help you become a better actor/singer?

It's easy to fall into compare and despair, looking at other actor's careers and wishing I was further along or had a more impressive resume. Yoga teaches me how to approach my acting career: if I show up everyday, I can take baby steps and make consistent progress instead of forcing my development. It's about slowing down. Yoga reminds me that my life is happening right now, not when I achieve, achieve, achieve.

What's your favorite pose?

I love Half Moon. It makes me feel strong, expansive, and I can stretch my tight quads if I want, which are my demise. :D

What would you say to someone who is nervous about trying yoga or unsure yoga is right for them?

Yoga is for everyone!!! When people say to me, "Oh, I'm bad at yoga," it's just a misunderstanding of what the practice is. Westernized yoga has become all about pictures of flexible models doing crazy looking yoga postures on beaches with tan skin and cute outfits. I love the cute outfits, but that's not what yoga is "supposed" to look like. Watch this NY Post video of an 85 year old woman. She gently practiced yoga consistently, and she was able to stand up straight. Yoga is not about a destination, it's starting from where you are, and taking a baby step toward a little more strength, peace of mind, flexibility, acceptance of yourself, however that looks in your body. It's never too late to start. Don't be fooled by the pictures you see in the media.

What are your current good vibe-inducing obsessions?

My other good-vibe inducing obsessions include taking cardio at 305 :D, "The Universe Has Your Back" by Gabby Bernstein, meditating twice a day (I learned at ZivaMeditation), I just started the Whole30, letting myself do nothing sometimes, taking baths, spending time with people who inspire and energize me, Lorde's song "Green Light," writing, putting my phone down, being present in every interaction, singing.

Do you have any tips for how to maintain your chill outside of class?

Take deep breaths, figure out what negative stories are on replay in your mind and create affirmations to say to yourself instead, get enough sleep, don't overbook or overcommit, ask yourself, "What would happen if I leaned towards joy in this situation?" even if you're at work, on a crowded subway, whatever. Also candles, hugs, speaking your mind.

 

 

Ok, last question: what TV show is your guilty pleasure

The Bachelor. I don't think they'll stay together.


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Nine Signs You Should Marry Your BFF

Dating is so harrrrrd.

Did I add enough emojis to that last OkCupid message? Did I add too many emojis to that last Tinder chat? How many apps is it really OK to have in the"XOXO" folder on your iPhone? 

Sometimes it's all just too much. It can make you want to give up. To look closer. Like, really close. Like...best friend close?  We say: why the hell not. 

Here are nine reasons to call it quits and cash in on love with your BFF.


1. You lift each other up in the toughest times.

2. You like all the same things...and the same people.

3. You hate the same people, too.

4. You don't really do "appropriate."

5. You're on the same page...most of the time.

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6. You tell each other what you really want.

7. You're honest with each other. Like really honest. Brutally honest. 

8. You both like the finer things in life.

 
 

9. Finally, you'd do just about anything for each other.

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Spend some more quality time with your BFF

Spend more time with the ones you love...on the dance floor. Plan a bachelorette or private party with ((305)). 

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Hot and Spicy Yoga with Kirra Michel

New York is about to get wayyyy hotter, thanks to new ((305)) yoga classes with Kirra Michel. This Down Under babe knows a thing two about breaking the mold—and breaking a sweat. Kirra's classes aren't for the faint of heart (but she sure does make us weak in the knees). Hear more about Kirra's origins (Australia), snack-habits (hello Siracha!) and finding that zen feeling in the cubicle (pro tip: just breathe).  

 
 

Where are you from? How did you get to NYC?

Byron Bay Australia baby!! I got here by plane....lol

I was traveling around the world, went to Indonesia, Singapore, Qatar, New York, Cali. I loved NYC, so I stayed. End of story. I'm a bit of a gypsy. If you know much about my home town, you'll understand.

What drew you to yoga?

I was so resistant to yoga. I was always about high intensity training or boxing. It wasn't until I took a friends class to support her that I realized that yoga doesn't have to be slow!

The flow reminded me of a dance—I loved the intensity and strength work associated with it.

What kept you practicing?

The mental and physical aspect of it. Without my yoga and meditation, this girl goes crazy! (#cutebutcrazy). I need my drop of active zen time. And TBH and I love what it's done to my body physically!

 

What's your favorite yoga pose when you're having an amazing day?

Handstands. Handstands everywhere.

Firstly they make me feel like a kid again (not that I'm an adult yet either), they're challenging as hell and a great goal to work towards AND they literally help you change your mood by affecting your endocrine system, which helps release hormones into the body. Also the fact that your heart is elevated above your head helps reduce cortisol (a stress hormone).

Life is so harrrrd. What can I do at my day job to get that post-yoga-class-zen feeling?

BREATHE! Seriously. Set your alarm on your phone to go off every 30 minutes. When it goes off, sit up tall, roll your shoulders back and take 5 DEEP, full diaphragmatic breaths (wherebelly and chest expand front to back, and side to side). Now you've fixed your posture and worked towards slowing the stressed mind down.

You just won a very specific lottery: any celebrity of your choice gets to take your class. Who would you invite?

Joe Rogan (I'm obsessed)

 

What's your favorite post-class snack?

Avocado toast and siracha.... mmmmmmm. Or a peanut butter and banana smoothie with protein.


Get your Kirra fix

Check out Kirra's sweat-busting yoga workout in NYC. Then go #lifegoals over her Instagram

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7 Ways to Get Slizzard During Today's Blizzard

The Snow Day starts now. We've got some ideas to help you make the most of your day off. Here are 7 ways to get drunk off of LIFE (duh!).

1. First things first: Stay in your PJs as long as possible

An opportunity like this doesn't come often- so make the most of it. You can resume #adulting tomorrow. 

2. Catch up on your reading

Everybody, start your Kindles! As we've said before, #NASTYWOMENDONTQUIT - so queue up one of these books from our Not Your Mama's Feminist Book Club. Already made your way through the list? Round 2 starts here. 

3. Get your snow day IG

You don't want to wait 'til the streets have been plowed and the snow is muddy and gross to take your picture! You've gotta make moves. NOW. Snow angels encouraged. Sledding advised. 

4. Don't forget it's Pi Day. Plan accordingly.

Ok, so realistically the snow has to let up sometime right? Exactly. Let's assume everything get's cleared up around 6pm. Perfect! Now you have the perfect excuse to rally your crew for a pizza party (pizza pie- get it?) Or maybe you're a traditionalist and want actual PIE. That's fine too. Start looking up pie joints near you. We just love a reason to celebrate. 

5. Use the extra time at home to try out a new recipe

Feeling uber healthy? Try a recipe that incorporates one of these superfoods or fuel up with these Off-The-Walnut Bites. Or maybe you're looking to indulge? We've also been known to whip up a little somethin'-somethin' to take the edge off.

6. Pump up the jams

Err. Podcasts. We've rounded up a list of our LOL favorites to beat the winter gloom here. Or if you really want the tunes, Charli XCX released a new album and it's fire

7. Start your spring cleaning NOW

Sure, it doesn't look like spring outside, but we've had enough of this cold weather already. Maybe if we all collectively start our spring cleaning (organize your closet, FINALLY put together that donation box, deep clean the bathroom, etc) we can manifest our way out of this frozen nightmare.  

A girl can dream, right?

 

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Unwind with Liz Law

Say goodbye to stress and HELLO to a sensual stretch session with Liz Law. Liz is one of the new ((305)) yoga instructors, and her class will make you feel oh-so-savasana-good. Liz gave us the inside scoop on surviving pigeon pose, her weakness for pole dancing, and the five things every yogi needs in their grocery cart.

 
 

What inspired you to take your first yoga class?

I honestly won't lie. I can't remember my first yoga class no matter how hard I try. I assume it was way back when I was training pre-professionally as a dancer and it was suggested as a complementary way to support my dance training.

 

I love that savasana feelling...how do I get that feeling, like, all the time?

Savasana is a feeling/sensation and a state of being, so it can definitely be achieved without physically lying down in a corpse pose! You just have to quiet down your mind and relax. Truly relax and live within a place of stillness and peace.

What do you tell newbies to yoga who might be a little nervous?

I tell them "we all started somewhere." A yoga practice is theirs to create. It's just yoga...it's not that serious. Haha.

What yoga pose gets you feeling sexy?

Ouuuuuuh! Hmmmm I feel sexy when I do Natarajasana AKA Dancer's Pose and Ardha Matsuemdrasama AKA Half Lord of the Fishes Pose.

 

What are five things you buy every week from the grocery store?

Eggs, Peanut butter, fruit, almond milk, and veggies.

What other forms of exercise do you do to get that bod rocking?

I am a dancer to my very core, so I'm in dance classes weekly. I also just got immersed into the circus community so I take aerial/acro classes. My guilty pleasure and not-so-hidden addiction is pole dancing.

 

Help! Pigeon pose is so hard! How do I make it better?

B R E A T H E! I don't know that pigeon gets "easier" but it can definitely feeeeeel better and juicier. If you really learn to breathe INTO the stretch and to send that breath intentionally to those areas of tension, it will feel better

What's your favorite song to flow to ?

Ahhhhhhh, that's tough. I love love music, so my favorite song is always changing in relation to what's out at the time. BUT I'd say right now I've been on this Kehlani kick because she just released an awesome album and basically any song off of Migo's newest album CULTURE.

Want more Liz?

You got it! Liz's class is fit for all yogis, especially beginners. Find her in NYC and follow her on Instagram.

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TWO MAJOR REASONS WHY NIKE IS KILLIN’ IT

Nike's your go-to for fly AF kicks and the activewear you need to #makesweatsexy -- but now there's a few more reasons to feel warm and fuzzy about those fleece-lined leggings you're rockin' this weekend.

The brand has already made serious commitments to diversity, inking sponsorship deals with kicka$$ athletes like Serena Williams and Simone Biles, to name a few. And now, Nike is making MAJOR strides towards body and religious inclusivity with the launch of an expanded Plus Size collection AND the upcoming release of the Nike Pro Hijab.

“The days where we have to add ‘female’ before ‘athlete’ are over. She is an athlete, period. And having helped fuel this cultural shift, we celebrate these athletes’ diversity, from ethnicity to body shape,” says the brand.  

While plus-size gear is nothing new for Nike -- the brand’s had extended sizing for years -- the expanded collection adds more colors and styles AND includes new pieces specifically designed for curvy babes.

As Helen Boucher, HBIC of women’s training apparel at Nike, said in a statement, “Strong is the new keyword for us; size doesn’t matter.” Peep more from the collection here.

The Pro Hijab marks Nike’s first foray into activewear for Muslim athletes -- and the breathable mesh makes it both functional and chic AF. While they’re not the first to release a technical hijab, it’s a HUGE deal for a global brand like Nike.

“By providing Muslim athletes with the most groundbreaking products . . . Nike aims to serve today’s pioneers as well as inspire even more women and girls,” said the brand. The Nike Pro Hijab is slated to hit stores later this year -- read more about it here.

While other brands may talk about inclusivity and diversity, Nike JUST. DID. IT.

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FEMINISTS WEAR LIPSTICK, TOO

Junkies, you know this: there are a whole damn lot of rules about how to be a woman. Some of them are the kind of bullsh*t you get in a society dominated by the patriarchy for waaaay to long. But some of them we place on ourselves -- and it's time we all recognize that and cut it out.

That's why we're crushin' SO. DAMN. HARD. on the latest advice from The Cut -- their kicka$$ columnist Heather Havrilesky killed it with her answer to a woman who spent too much time stressing about how she looked. Heather didn't slam this babe for her concerns -- she made the point that we all have to stop beating ourselves up for caring (or NOT caring) about our looks.

"There’s so much built-in shame that comes with just being a woman with a body who has to put clothes on that body and leave the house," she writes. "Our culture demands that women make an effort to look good, and then it demeans us for doing so. We’re either slobs or we’re high-maintenance girly girls. We are letting it all go as we age or we’re sad cougars chasing our youth. But there are a million and one good reasons to try and not to try, and none of them are simple."

"We have to operate within the confines of our poisonous culture, and make choices that challenge the status quo but also feel right to us personally. Condemning yourself for every impure choice is just another way of reinforcing the anti-woman shame you already have onboard."

So ladiez, stop beating yourself up for being a #badfeminist if you choose that saucy AF red 💄 or flaunt what yo mama gave ya in yer ((305)) crop top. And don't beat yourself up for staying in your yoga pants and not giving a sh*t about the state of your hair. You are SLAYING every day, in work, in class and just walking down the damn street. Get up and get it, kweens.

Read the whole article here, and check out the other quotes we're printing out and taping to our mirrors:

"I hate it when people give women a hard time for caring about whatever the fuck they happen to care about, or politicize stupid shit like bikini waxes. … But we can’t all be pure and rise up like glorious gray-haired saints of pure, true feminism, armed with only the big issues and the radical feminist texts, and with none of the goddamn lip pencils and slogan T-shirts and strong cocktails and other signifiers of the high-capitalist urban sellout."

"I would rather be someone who isn’t bothered by such stupid things. But you know what? I’m not. I care about how I look and I always have. I was that kid. I was that teenager. And my parents told me it made me shallow. I knew that I was shallow. I tried to be less shallow. It didn’t work. … You know the only thing that worked, the only thing that made me less shallow? Deciding to be a tiny bit vain for a change. ... By paying a tiny bit of focused, calm, non-stressful attention to my looks, I freed myself from thinking about my looks so much."

"It makes sense to examine what you really want, and to separate your prejudices about what it means to be 'vain' from the picture, and to interrogate your worldview about why 'pretty' magically makes you worthy and full of promise while 'not pretty' somehow makes you worthless and doomed."

Want more? Check out Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist or Caitlin Moran's How to be a Woman. And our HBIC Sadie's got a whole rundown of other books to add to your Amazon shopping cart, pronto.

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5 Hilarious Podcasts to get you through the last bit of winter gloom

We thought it was finally getting warmish, but it looks like the grey skies of winter and familiar ice-cold-bursts-of-wind-that-smack-you-in-the-face-when-you-turn-the-corner are staying a little bit longer. To beat the winter blues, we rounded up our favorite LOL, actually rolling on the floor laughing, funny podcasts to brighten your morning commute/laundry day/train ride to and from the 305 studio / [insert activity here]. 

1. 2 Dope Queens

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Honestly, the title speaks for itself. 

But if you MUST know, Jessica Williams (former correspondent on the Daily Show) and Phoebe Robinson (writer on Broad City) give their hilarious takes on everything under the sun and features some of their favorite stand up comedians. As they say on the show, YQY (translation: Yasss, queen, yasss).

2. Sooo Many White Guys

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This is another Phoebe Robinson (yes, we play favorites) production that we just can't stop listening too. Each episode she gets real with a different guest- all performers, musicians, authors and artists who are killing it in their fields- about their craft and what their experience as a minority in the creative industry is like. White guys not included. 

3. Mystery Show

This show solves important mysteries. Like mysteries you can't just google. Like "how do you return a 30 year old belt buckle you find in the street to its rightful owner?" or "if no one has heard of this budding author, then why was Britney Spears photographed with her book?" 

Drag Race season is almost upon us, but in the meantime we like to get our fix of fierceness here. Ru Paul joins longtime friend and cohost Michelle Visage, in an interview series with the show's former queens, celebrities guests and widely acclaimed icons. The show is funny, interesting and inspirational- just the way we like it.

You betta werk!

5. How Did This Get Made

There are magazines, books, posters, instagram accounts and entire awards shows dedicated to praising good movies, but the creators of this podcast took it upon themselves to ask the hard hitting question, "How did this terrible movie get made?" May we recommend episode #67 analyzing Sharknado? Or perhaps, episode #150 looking at Grease 2 is more your style?

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Why You Should Eat More of These 5 Superfoods

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Today’s post comes from ((305)) junkie and dietitian Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN. Learn more about Chelsey’s nutrition practice and healthy food blog here. All advice written below is general nutrition information, not meant to substitute for an individual consultation with a dietitian.

Kale may have had its 15 minutes of fame, cauliflower is now the it food on fleek and who knows what’s coming next, but we can almost guarantee that what’s hot today will be not tomorrow. But trendy or not, some nutritional powerhouses deserve to be staples in your diet. These are what I call superfoods.

There’s no established scientific definition of a superfood, but what makes certain foods super is that they’re loaded with vitamins and minerals and usually antioxidants too, which, if we’re being real, you’re probably not eating enough of! These potent sources of good nutrition are essentially multivitamins in food form.

But what if you don’t like the hottest superfood taking over the health and wellness world? That’s OK! Most vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and beneficial nutrients can be found in a variety of foods, which why it’s so important to include a wide assortment of foods in your diet. And by diet I mean the food you eat not something you’re “on.”

The halo surrounding these foods may fade, but their magical nutritional superhero status is here to stay! In addition to loading up on a variety of fruits and veggies, start eating more of these fierce 5 superfoods...


Sweet Potatoes Carbs may get a bad rap but truth be told, we need ‘em to thrive. I mean, how else do you expect to get through all of those high knees in class? Sweet potatoes aren’t just loaded with starchy deliciousness they’re extremely versatile in the kitchen, easy to prepare, and CHEAP AF. One medium sweet tater contains enough eye health-boosting vitamin A to meet your daily quota, tons of immune-boosting vitamin C, plus more potassium per serving than a banana and almost 20% of your daily fiber needs! Aside from being absolutely delicious, why do you think sweet potato toast has taken over the internet?!

Sweet Potatoes

Carbs may get a bad rap but truth be told, we need ‘em to thrive. I mean, how else do you expect to get through all of those high knees in class? Sweet potatoes aren’t just loaded with starchy deliciousness they’re extremely versatile in the kitchen, easy to prepare, and CHEAP AF. One medium sweet tater contains enough eye health-boosting vitamin A to meet your daily quota, tons of immune-boosting vitamin C, plus more potassium per serving than a banana and almost 20% of your daily fiber needs! Aside from being absolutely delicious, why do you think sweet potato toast has taken over the internet?!

Lentils Probably the most underrated food in my opinion, lentils kill the nutrition game so you should start eating them weekly! One-half cup of cooked lentils provide half of your daily folate needs (essential for women of childbearing age!), one-third of your daily fiber needs (to help, ahem, move things along) and 20 percent of your daily iron needs (especially essential around that time of the month…). Plus, they’re a good source of plant-based protein with 9 grams per one-half cup! Not sure how to prepare ‘em? Follow this tutorial or rinse off the steamed pre-packaged lentils you can find in the refrigerator section of every supermarket and then make some delicious lentil ‘bolognese’ in under 30 minutes!

Lentils

Probably the most underrated food in my opinion, lentils kill the nutrition game so you should start eating them weekly! One-half cup of cooked lentils provide half of your daily folate needs (essential for women of childbearing age!), one-third of your daily fiber needs (to help, ahem, move things along) and 20 percent of your daily iron needs (especially essential around that time of the month…). Plus, they’re a good source of plant-based protein with 9 grams per one-half cup!

Not sure how to prepare ‘em? Follow this tutorial or rinse off the steamed pre-packaged lentils you can find in the refrigerator section of every supermarket and then make some delicious lentil ‘bolognese’ in under 30 minutes!

Chia seeds YUP, you can’t just eat the same seeds that helped grow your ch-ch-ch-chia pet, you SHOULD eat them! Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein and just as much heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids as 4 ounces of salmon, so they totes deserve their superfood status! Plus, not to go #nutritionnerd out on you, but they’re a super cool food as well. These tasteless poppy seed lookalikes can absorb nine times their weight in liquid! That gelatinization transformation also occurs in your stomach so chia seeds will keep you full for hours. Try this basic chia pudding recipe or if you’re feeling adventurous try this blueberry version for an extra dose of antioxidants!

Chia seeds

YUP, you can’t just eat the same seeds that helped grow your ch-ch-ch-chia pet, you SHOULD eat them! Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein and just as much heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids as 4 ounces of salmon, so they totes deserve their superfood status! Plus, not to go #nutritionnerd out on you, but they’re a super cool food as well. These tasteless poppy seed lookalikes can absorb nine times their weight in liquid! That gelatinization transformation also occurs in your stomach so chia seeds will keep you full for hours.

Try this basic chia pudding recipe or if you’re feeling adventurous try this blueberry version for an extra dose of antioxidants!

Green Tea Not to get all kumbaya on you, but start sipping a few cups of green tea daily to stay hydrated, prevent cancer and reduce your risk of heart disease too! The super-nutrient contained in green tea? Flavonoids! Flavonoids are a type of antioxidant -- something that reduces oxidative damage to cells -- that protect your body from chronic diseases and help reduce inflammation. Start sipping one cup of tea steeped for 3-5 minutes with a squeeze of lemon daily to start reaping the benefits of this super-drink ASAP!

Green Tea

Not to get all kumbaya on you, but start sipping a few cups of green tea daily to stay hydrated, prevent cancer and reduce your risk of heart disease too! The super-nutrient contained in green tea? Flavonoids! Flavonoids are a type of antioxidant -- something that reduces oxidative damage to cells -- that protect your body from chronic diseases and help reduce inflammation. Start sipping one cup of tea steeped for 3-5 minutes with a squeeze of lemon daily to start reaping the benefits of this super-drink ASAP!

Garlic OK, so maybe not before a first date, but you should start eating more garlic because it not only helps every meal taste better, but it’s also full of medicinal properties that will keep you in tip top shape! Garlic has been used for centuries to treat high blood pressure and as an anti-microbial, but consistent garlic consumption may even help prevent cancer and reduce inflammation thanks to the sulfur-compounds it contains. Listen to Hippocrates and let food be thy medicine!

Garlic

OK, so maybe not before a first date, but you should start eating more garlic because it not only helps every meal taste better, but it’s also full of medicinal properties that will keep you in tip top shape! Garlic has been used for centuries to treat high blood pressure and as an anti-microbial, but consistent garlic consumption may even help prevent cancer and reduce inflammation thanks to the sulfur-compounds it contains. Listen to Hippocrates and let food be thy medicine!


No matter how nutritious a food may be, if you dislike it, you won’t eat it often enough for it to be a superfood for you! So superfoods are personal. I can give you as many examples as you’d like of my favorites…but you must choose your SUPERSTAR!

P.S. – Looking for superfood recipes? Try Chelsey’s favorites:

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DJ Spotlight: DJ Daywalker Is Your Ginger Soul Mate

Fire! Fire! Fi—nope. False alarm. The only flames to see here are coming from DJ Daywalker, aka Patrick the Ginger-Hottie Fitzgerald. DC Junkies have been crushing on his flaming red hair (and his flaming hot beats) for a looong time. It's finally time we get to know the man behind the mane. DJ Daywalker gets down to the nitty gritty about this past (as an accountant), his workouts (he takes 305 too!), and his intense love affair with Justin Timberlake.

 
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We hear you used to be an accountant. How did that happen?

I realize now it was the path of least resistance. Not to mention, it paid very well.

What finally got you to leave the accounting firm?

I had a burning desire to explore my passions—whether that be DJing, sound engineering, or in some sort of techie environment—I couldn’t ignore it any longer. 305 Fitness has helped me realize that I am NOT motivated by transactional work. I thrive on higher purpose and transformational work. Seeing DC’s growth and the evolution of our client culture (no offense to NYC and Boston, but DC’s junkies are THE ABSOLUTE BEST) has been a magical experience. I still get goosebumps during some of our most hyped classes.

What's your favorite part of a 305 class, from behind the booth?

Surprising clients and instructors is definitely my favorite part of a 305 class. There’s always this feeling as if I’ve got a dirty little secret and everyone is waiting to hear it, whether that’s a throwback song or a new remix. Sometimes I’ll even pull out a classic song for the cool down and stretch, and suddenly the entire class is singing along. I’m a sucker for tracks that make us all nostalgic.

I will say, we really need more space back there to dance. I’m tryin to get my groove on too! Seriously though, from start to finish it is a total blast, coupled with controlled chaos, which results in an exhilarating adrenaline rush.

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Have you ever taken a 305 class? What was that like?

Yes, absolutely. I try to take one or two per week, and it’s honestly not much different than being a client. I truly have no idea what music to expect. I get nervous...was it a good idea to eat so much pasta today? Did I drink enough water? I’m just trying to keep up and nail the moves like everyone else.

You get to spend a day with any music artist, living or dead. Who do you choose? What do you do?

Justin Timberlake, zero hesitation. Ideally JT and I would hit a round of golf in the early AM, bring him as a surprise guest to Byron’s 305 class in the late AM, Karaoke brunch with HD (NYC's Karaoke King) in the early PM, then wrap up the day at Leo DiCaprio’s yacht party. Yep, I’ve played this scenario out in my head many times before.

We hear you DJ weddings—what's the craziest thing you've ever seen happen at a wedding?

I once saw the wedding photographer avoid tripping over a toddler...by falling backwards INTO the wedding cake. It was like watching a car accident in slow motion. I'm pretty sure everyone’s heart completely sunk. Luckily the bride and groom didn’t see it happen, and they were having such a great time on the dance floor, so I just skipped the cake cutting all together. Still waiting on a thank you from that photographer.

What's your favorite shower jam?

I LOVE singing Usher’s “Burn” in the shower. Any Usher song will do, but “Burn” is at the top of the list.

Boxers or briefs?

Neither. Boxer-Briefs all day. Are boxers really still a thing?

Tinder or Bumble?

Bumble mostly, a dash of Hinge. And I gotta give the Jewish gals some love with a little JSwipe action.

Who is your ginger idol?

I’d have to say my man Prince Harry. he keeps it real.

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