Over the past 7 years, we’ve helped transform the lives of hundreds of clients. We spoke to Eric Haugen, Chief Operating Officer of Restaurants at Zakarian Hospitality about his experience at TS Fitness.
At TS Fitness, we’re celebrating the hard work and dedication of our TS Community mothers. Over the years, we’ve had numerous pre-and post-natal clients train with us. Studies show that exercise may prevent gestational diabetes (diabetes that develops during pregnancy), build the stamina needed for labor and delivery, and relieve stress. Both expecting and new mothers have a wide variety of challenges and things to consider when continuing their exercise routine.
Finally, spring is starting to make its appearance in New York. As the flowers start to bloom, many people decide that this is time to get back into shape for the summer and immediately throw on their beat-up running shoes to hit the gym.
Noam Tamir, owner of TS Fitness, cautions against diving right back into your old workout routine. “Even if you were very active last summer, your body is in not prime condition after a winter break,” said Noam. Everyone’s body is different so the impact of a break will really depend on your fitness level before you stopped working out. We’ve prepared a list of tips to get you back into exercising while avoiding injury.
If you are a long time client or a frequent ClassPass user, you’ve probably noticed that we change our HIIT routines a few times a week. Have you ever wondered how we decide on each day’s programming?
One our favorite movements at TS Fitness is the Kettlebell Swing. For the last 3 months we’ve included the Kettlebell Swing as part of our skills section that happens after our warm-up for our Group Personal Training Clients.
By now, you know that we do things a bit differently at TS Fitness. We always aim to build our clients up—by pushing them out of their comfort zone to help them grow, not break. One of the most important aspects of any exercise routine that is often overlooked but is critical to protecting your body from injury is the warm-up.
According to a study, 80% of people that sign up for a gym membership in January quit within 5 months. This crazy statistic is a good indicator that starting a workout routine is much easier than continuing one. We’re optimistic that many of these gym goers had the best intentions but didn’t have any system of accountability. How do you maintain that drive?
Proper eating habits can be the difference seeing and feeling significant results or not. It can often be overlooked by some athletes as they pack their gym bag in the morning or race to a class after work. In some cases if you don’t have time to eat or hydrate before working out, it can leave you fatigued, hurting your ability to maximize your exercise session.
We are often asked by our clients about what to eat both before and after a workout. Quick disclaimer: we are not certified nutritionists --everyone’s body has a nutrition plan that works for them so reach out to your nutritionist if you have specific dietary restrictions.
It’s about that time of year where we make spring travel plans, but don’t want to totally lose our workout momentum.
“I try to plan my workouts for the morning since that is the most predictable part of the day. Usually you are a bit drained in the evening while you are vacationing so you’re likely to have the most energy in the morning” says TS Founder, Noam Tamir.
High-Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is the most popular trend in exercise, according to The American College of Sports Medicine’s 2018 survey. To the uninitiated, HIIT is a form of interval training that alternates short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods.
“Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.” - Anonymous
As owner and founder of TS Fitness, I truly believe that I am doing what I love. When I wake up each day, I am excited to get to TS.
I didn’t set out to own a boutique fitness studio.
As a teenager, I was always active and involved in some type of organized sports, including track, soccer, and tennis. In high school, I was a skinny kid and a target for bullies so I started lifting weights. As I bulked up, the bullies started disappearing and I found a new type of confidence from fitness. I was hooked.
I am a born and bred New Yorker who attended New York University, where I graduated with a Masters in Hospitality. I worked at the New York Palace hotel for my first year out of college. I then interned at the Starwood Global Sales office during my first year of graduate school. I loved the hotel industry-- primarily providing hospitality and quality service to customers.
During my years as a student, I worked at a Crunch gym due to my general interest in fitness and the gym’s flexible hours. I started as a personal trainer and eventually was promoted to Assistant Personal Training Manager and then Personal Training Manager before I graduated.
Opening TS Fitness
Deciding that the big box gym setting was no longer for me, I went out on my own and rebuilt my business of personal training clients. Over two years, I began to build a training team and finally made the jump to my own fitness studio in 2011. Our first studio was on 58th street, a few blocks from the current TS is located.
I learned a lot of about the fitness business from my time at Crunch--one of my most important takeaways was that trainers should be focused on their clients’ training, not bringing in business. Otherwise, successful personal trainers will dedicate too much of their time looking for new customers in lieu of concentrating on their existing ones. At Crunch, the very best trainers already had a full schedule, leaving new clients to be paired with more inexperienced coaches.
My background in hospitality has embedded TS Fitness with a strong culture of customer service. Our staff is primarily focused on our clients’ fitness goals, while I worry about the business. We invest in our trainers’ continuing education because an investment in our staff is an investment in our clients.
At TS Fitness, we have a philosophy that guides our training methods: Together Stronger. It’s literally what the “T” and the “S” stand for.
We believe that our system and model of training together allows you to meet and develop friendships with your fellow gym goers. We strive to create a real community.
We believe in creating stronger people, not just stronger bodies. We aim to build our clients up--by pushing them out of their comfort zone to help them grow, not break. We create a personal program to build a stronger you.
In next coming weeks, we will dive deeper into our training methods and how we created our class structure.
Thanks for joining us on this journey.