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Workout at the Museum

2012 March 9
by Jess

Runners, how many times a year do you walk by this site on your way up to the New York Road Runners?


How many times do you actually go inside?


I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t been inside the Guggenheim since 2000. I do however frequently walk and run past it on my way to Central Park.

Wednesday night New Balance hosted a walking workout tour through the John Chamberlain: Choices exhibit. This is by far the most exciting workout opportunity I’ve had in quite some time. My mostly one dimensional life of eating, breathing, writing, working and living fitness day in and day could really use more exploratory opportunities like this one.

The highlight of the walk was our guide doing the exercises alongside, Holly Perkins New Balance’s fitness ambassador, while telling us about the pieces. Something tells me that was a once in a lifetime experience in and of itself.

Throughout the walk Holly mentioned the principle of time under tension. She believes that reason women don’t always get the results they are looking for is because they simply don’t keep their muscles contracted long enough while doing traditional weight training. She believes that one reason people get good results with barre classes (and the reason they are so popular) is because the exercises keep tension on a muscle for a long duration of time.

As a fitness professional myself, I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of this principle, but I think I like it. I also have to mention that I don’t believe that one principle works for every individual person. Workouts, diet plans, sleep schedules, etc. are not one size fits all.

The walking workout with Holly gave the group a chance to try out the performance walking shoe the 895 part of the SuperLight/SuperFresh collection. It’s the first walking shoe to feature the same RevLite technology used in New Balance running shoes.

I don’t often talk about it, but I walk a lot. Living in a walkable city is one of my absolute favorite things about NYC and one of the reasons I moved here so many years ago. A shoe can make or break a long day of walking all from class to class. On my three mile walk home from work on Thursday morning these shoes proved to be a great walking partner.


The 895 will be available mid-March, which means I know what I’m getting my mother for Mother’s Day. (Mom, pretend like you didn’t just read that and act surprised, okay?)

What’s the most interesting location you’ve ever worked out in?

{I was not compensated for this post. I was outfitted for the walking workout with gear from New Balance including the shoes mentioned above. All opinions expressed are my own.}
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  1. March 9, 2012

    I have been there when I was in NYC years ago – amazing!!!!! Love the post!

  2. March 10, 2012

    That workout sounds like so much fun, what an amazing opportunity!
    Those shoes are also some of the cutest sneakers I’ve ever seen, yep ever. I can’t really remember the last exciting workout I did (running outside on a sunny day? that felt exciting, think I might need to put some spice into my workout routine. :)

  3. March 10, 2012

    Thank sounds so fun. I am a Guggenheim lover. Been there about 3 times in the past 6 years…still not often enough considering that I live in NYC. Museum hours suck and weekends are tourist logged. That’s the only thing keeping me away. I joined the Met one year and only went 1 time! And I frequent MoMa when people are visiting because it has my favorite collections. Next time I go to a museum I am going to drop and do a few sets of push-ups, though :)

  4. March 10, 2012

    My mom would love these too! She joined a walking group at work so these would be perfect. Do you know how much they’ll retail for?

    • Jess permalink*
      March 10, 2012

      Good question! I’ll have to ask.

    • Jess permalink*
      March 12, 2012

      I just saw them in Fitness Magazine and they retail for $85

  5. Amber permalink
    March 11, 2012

    How cool! I once did a yoga class on the rooftop of a converted toy factory, but I think this beats that.

  6. Rochelle permalink
    March 13, 2012

    On my first and only trip (thus far in life) to NYC, i did yoga in Bryant park on my first and last day in the city. My hotel was down the street and i randomly stumbled upon free yoga put on by lulu lemon. I loved it and consider it one of the most interesting workouts i’ve done, as well as one of the coolest things i did while in NYC!

  7. March 13, 2012

    That sounds like such an incredible experience. I love that the guide was doing exercises in his jeans and jacket. Awesome. Now every time that I think of the Guggenheim I’m going to be thinking about doing lunges and squats as I walk along the spiral walkway :-)

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