Workout Wednesday: Tone House

Get a glimpse into Tone House, the tough-as-nails NYC workout that will show you what you’re really made of. 

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We’d heard about Tone House. The studio is around the corner from the Spa Week offices and Tone House signage is proudly displayed on the sidewalk. What we didn’t expect was to walk into a dark fitness studio, covered in black astroturf, with eerie music playing in the background. The atmosphere was a preview of the extremely tough (but, amazing!) workout to come.

Tone House was created by ex-pro football player Alonzo Wilson, which sheds some light on why the workouts are both athlete-inspired and team-based.  The studio’s motto is “Unleash Your Inner Athlete”  and believe us, unleash you will. The range of your athletic ability (or non-ability in some cases) will be fully exposed.

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Here’s a breakdown of the class. It starts with a team chant. You can handle that. Then you’ll move into the warm-up, which consists of 10-15 minutes of running around the studio and jumping over hurdles. For some, this alone is enough to make you want to throw in the towel (or at least use it to wipe down some sweat!). But for those brave enough to stick it out, the reward in the end is worth the sweat (plus blood from one participant, and possibly tears).

The explosive workout is composed of extreme resistance-based moves like climbing on the ground while being attached to a harness clipped to the wall, and more hurdle jumps, this time while being attached to a harness (with over 70 lbs of resistance to taunt you). You’ll also endure sprints and some serious conditioning, burst moves including crunches, pushups and squats, and some weight lifting. At the end there will be a brief stretch, and you’ll end with another chant.

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There is no question about it—Tone House will push you to your limits, and you will unleash your inner athlete. Even though it was the toughest workout we’ve ever tried (sore muscles for three+ days included), we are excited to come back and try it again!

The studio offers complimentary water bottles and towels (which is nice, because you’ll definitely go through multiple of each in the hour long session). If you are looking for a serious, and we mean serious challenge, Tone House will be the best $35 you ever spent. If you are first-timer, take advantage of a $20 deal!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Friday Favorites: Wise Words from Robin Williams & More

An inspiring quote to honor the late Robin Williams and Shark Week nail art are a few things we’re loving this week. Check out all our Friday Faves, below: 

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Clockwise from Left: Castaner High Wedge Espadrille available at farfetch.com, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow available at giorgiarmanibeauty-usa.com, See the World Globe Print available at etsy.com, Scratch Shark Week Nail Wraps available at goscratchit.com, A Citrus Life for Parched Hair via health.com, DIY Coconut Hot Oil Treatment via foodiemisadventures.com

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Links We Love Weekend Sendoff, August 15th

Happy Friday! Before we send you off for the weekend, here are the must-read stories from around the web this week.

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Is the trendiest food of the year really the healthiest? Not so, according The Luxury Spot. (7 Greens that are Healthier than Kale)

Truth in Aging breaks down everything you ever needed to know about your sensitive skin. (9 Sensitive Skin Dos and Dont’s)

Are sharks really something you should be so scared of? Mental Floss looks at what’s out there that is even worse. (11 Mundane Objects That are Statistically Deadlier than Sharks)

Overeating even healthy food can lead make losing weight impossible. Cosmopolitan shares what snacks have smaller portions than you thought. (14 Foods You’re Probably Overeating)

A truly moving tribute to one of the greats. (Robin Williams Tribute)

Summer Movie Hotlist: The Giver

This highly-awaited movie version of a beloved childhood book finally hits theaters tomorrow!

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Over 20 years after Lois Lowry’s award-winning novel was published, fans finally have the chance to see her mesmerizing work translated to the big screen this weekend when The Giver opens in theaters nationwide.

Here’s a quick refresher in case you can’t quite remember the plot (understandable, as the book is on most Middle School reading lists). The Giver is set in what is meant to be a utopian community, controlled by Elders who assign everyone a role within the community. The main character, Jonas (played by Brenton Thwaites), is chosen to be the Receiver of Memories. What his training for this role uncovers changes Jonas, and possibly the entire community, forever.

A bit ahead of her time, Lowry wrote this celebrated story before dystopian novels really became trendy. With a cast of A-List superstars like Meryl Street, Jeff B ridges, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift, we’re certain that this acclaimed novel’s big screen adaptation will be a can’t-miss summer hit!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Allergy Alert: Wheat and Soy Common in Coffee

New research shows most coffee contains allergens like wheat and soy beans, used by the industry as fillers. 

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Is your coffee making you sick? According to new research revealed at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, your coffee may be harboring some of America’s most common allergens like wheat and soy beans – among others.

Fillers are becoming common place in the coffee bean industry, with ingredients like wheat, soy beans, acai seeds and barely being mixed in to yield higher profits. “With a lower supply of coffee in the market, prices rise, and that favors fraud because of the economic gain,” says research team leader Suzana Lucy Nixdorf, Ph.D.

Nixdorf argues that the move to add fillers to coffee is intentional, and that they are not considered impurities, but rather “adulterants.” While the research is certainly alarming, especially for those who have serious allergies to wheat and soy, there is a silver lining – Nixdorf says that her team has found a a way to detect the problematic ingredients.

“With our test, it is now possible to know with 95 percent accuracy if coffee is pure or has been tampered with, either with corn, barley, wheat, soybeans, rice, beans, acai seed, brown sugar or starch syrup,” Nixdorf says.

This is definitely good news for coffee consumers with allergies, and may serve as an explanation if you’ve been feeling under the weather after enjoying a cup of joe. Nixdorf has yet to announce when the breakthrough coffee test will be released, but it will certainly be an important tool for many Americans.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.