How to Try Fitness Trackers for Free

Fitness enthusiasts, rejoice! A new website lets you try five fitness trackers for a week so you know which gadgets are worth the splurge.  

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With so many fitness trackers on the market, how do you know which gadgets are worth the splurge? The brains behind Lumoid.com were clearly experiencing similar bouts of indecision, which inspired their new try before you buy concept. Think Warby Parker for fitness devices.

Here’s the breakdown – the site allows you to pick five trendy fitness devices like the Fitbit Flex, to try for seven days, which gives you plenty of time to take each one for a spin. After the seven days, you can purchase your favorite device on Lumoid.com and if you weren’t quite impressed, you can return the all the items for just $20.

With five top-notch gadgets to choose from, the odds are in your favor that you’ll find one that you love. Luminoid.com offers the same try and buy option for sleep and connectivity devices, all of which can help you make 2015 your healthiest and happiest year ever.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

Workout Wednesday: Xtend Barre

Put your ballet moves to the test at Xtend Barre during a lengthening, strengthening workout class that blends pliés and pilates.

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Have you ever been to a barre class and been disappointed by the lack of actual ballet moves? Admittedly, we’ve been there too, so when we tried out an Xtend Barre class we were pleasantly surprised by tons of pliés.

Located in the trendy neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights, the Xtend Barre studio is equal parts clean and chic in design. The class seamlessly blends ballet, dance and Pilates for a workout that elongates the body while toning hard to reach muscles like the lower abs and inner thighs.

It’s the combination of classic ballet moves and modern Pilates techniques that make this class such an effective way to tone the entire body. Some movements test your balance, making the abs engage and stabilize the body, while others isolate areas with enough intensity to make you shake.

Xtend Barre is a sweat-inducing workout suitable for all ages. Just when you think you can’t continue, relief comes in the form of an effortless transition into the next exercise, making the hour-long session fly by. If a toned, taut figure is what you seek, then look no further than this transformative class.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

Link Love Weekend Sendoff, November 21st

Happy Friday! Check out all the health, wellness and beauty happenings from around the web this week:

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How To Get Runway Brows via TheBeautyDepartment.com

A Pair of Tights That Will Never Run via Refinery29.com

Tips for Restoring Dry, Damaged Hair via BuzzFeed.com

Transform Your Skin with Sheet Masks via LuckyMag.com

Reverse Signs of Aging with These Ingredients via TruthInAging.com

How to Run Your First 5K via Shape.com

Workout Wednesday: Zen Strength

This Workout Wednesday, our aches and pains were relieved during a restorative Zen Strength class.

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Typically we try out the roughest, toughest workouts each Wednesday, but after channeling our zen at CLAY Health Club + Spa this week, we discovered that there’s certainly something to be said about a more laid back sweat session.

CLAY’s Zen Strength class seamlessly blends yoga, Pilates and strength training to create a unique fitness experience. The workout, suitable for all ages and experience levels, is effective in opening up and lengthening the body, relieving tight joints and stiff muscles that are common during the colder months.

Aside from some seriously powerful stretches, what sets this class apart from the rest is the focus on alignment, which is a hallmark of Iyengar Yoga. Using a foam roller, your balance is put to the test, and your core is forced to compensate for the lack of stability.

While you won’t walk out of this class dripping sweat, you will leave feeling energized and rejuvenated. Muscles like your abs, arms and thighs definitely feel the burn, but the restorative effects are truly what make this class worth trying.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily. 

Workout Wednesday: SLT Megaformer

We spent this Workout Wednesday on the Megaformer at the new SLT studio in Flatiron.

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Just in time for the opening of their brand new studio in Flatiron, we were treated to a very sweaty workout this Wednesday at SLT.

Short for “Strengthen, Lengthen, Tone,” SLT is becoming a favorite destination among fitness enthusiasts who want to get a serious workout on the fly. With several locations throughout the city, and plenty of classes throughout the day, when it comes to getting a flawless figure, SLT is your one-stop shop.

SLT is one of the few Manhattan workout studios equipped with the Megaformer – a rather intimidating looking machine that’s insanely effective.  Combining cardio, weight training and pilates, the SLT Megaformer class is unique in its ability to burn calories fast while sculpting your physique in all the best places. Plus, the smaller class size (10 people max!) allows ample one-on-one time with the encouraging instructors.

The Megaformer class is definitely tough, but fifty minutes goes fast when you’re working out to an invigorating playlist. Expect your muscles to shake and spasm as you hold planks and pikes, and execute squat after grueling squat. While the SLT Megaformer class is certainly a challenge, it’s one that will leave you looking and feeling svelte and satisfied.

To learn more about SLT and try out this fitness trend for yourself, visit sltnyc.com.

Noelle Chehab is the Senior Writer of Spa Week Daily.

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