A Moment for Fitness

Emily Weiss

Let’s take a moment to talk about fitness, shall we? This picture captures the most amount of physical activity I’ve had in…years? And let it be known that the only reason my legs involuntarily sprang into action is because I was late to the Altuzarra show.

The only person who’d be more surprised than I was to find this image (thanks to Man Repeller and Streetfsn) is my middle school gym teacher. By some stroke of genius I procured a letter in the seventh grade diagnosing me with “Sports Asthma”, which very well may be a real thing…but not in my case. Or, my high school gym teacher, who’d watch me do one lap before ducking into the bathroom for the remainder of “running the mile”. Cardio, especially, is not my friend. I prefer some form of Pilates or weight resistance training mainly because you see results without necessarily seeing sweat. As much as I love the idea of yoga, I get bored. So something physiological happens during this mental struggle in a yoga class (or just the beginning of any class) where I can’t stop yawning. But classes are really the way to go, in my case, for motivation purposes. And I love, love, love Keisa Parrish’s SculptWorks session at YogaWorks in SoHo. You get a bungee cord with two handles and lock that puppy into a special wall, and spend an hour doing all kinds of arm and leg exercises to a bangin’ playlist (how key is music???) She says things like, “No Hunchback of Notre Dame!” when you’re not in formation, wears a big flower in her hair, and makes all the exercises look really easy by using a Blue bungee (level two resistance) instead of Red.

Sadly, I haven’t seen Keisa since August (not that I was going all that often in the first place). New York Fashion Week happened, and now I’m headed to Milan and Paris, so I won’t be feeling the burn until October. But that first class back? Oh boy. You know what happens: once you fall off the wagon, getting back on is rough. And for the first time in my life, I’m actually considering getting a trainer. Not all the time—maybe just once a week, to supplement SculptWorks. Trainers seem like a very fancy indulgence, but I’m also beginning to think they’re essential for people who hate exercising. (Ahem.) Because if you’re shelling out that kind of dough on tailoring your body, aren’t you less likely to treat it badly? Somehow I’m thinking that near-nightly pit stop to the corner deli for a Häagen-Dazs bar would become a less appealing—or at least, less responsible—ritual. Also, a former boss used to tell me that your body starts to change in your mid-twenties—that you can’t just keep eating whatever you want, that you will start to see a shift. I’ve seen it. She was right.

I’ll update you on the trainer developments but in the meantime, I’m going with that “I’ll start tomorrow” attitude for a couple more weeks and having prosciutto di Parma, Nutella crêpes, and lots of good coffee. Hopefully that combo will keep this much spring in my step.

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  • http://kimchicsisters.blogspot.com Jackie

    love the details on your leather jacket. i can't wait to go for my daily runs in central park when the leaves start changing colors!


  • http://twelve52.blogspot.com Twelve52

    Looking at how toned your legs are I would never have guessed that you hate exercising! I hate it too. I've always been one of those lucky people who can get away without exercising and can eat whatever and still stay small, but I'm 27 now and I've noticed that shift too. Time to get in the gym... soon.

  • http://shoepiranha.blogspot.com/ Jill

    Your legs are fantastic!! I know what you mean about exercise...a necessary evil. I used to enjoy it but as I get older it's harder and harder (like everything else, it seems). But so worth it. I always feel better when I'm toned up instead of all "smushy". :)

  • http://therealmeangirl.com MG

    Well you fooled me! It looks like you work out all the time.

    • Ivana

      It must be all that walking in heels! haha

  • Catherine

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks yoga is a bit dull. I also agree that classes are definitely the way to go in terms of motivation, especially if you can convince a few friends to come with you!

    • http://www.Citizensofbeauty.com Kendra

      I agree-classes are much better with friends!

  • http://toblerone-tone.blogspot.com Toni

    I hate cardio too- people at my work go for a run at lunchtime and I just can't understand why they would do that! The only exercise I like to do is Pilates and Zumba. I cycle sometimes but would prefer not to have to do it!

  • http://www.365fashionandlifestyle.com/ Mioara Roncea

    When it comes to workout i am a fan of Tracy Anderson. She is amazing!
    Thank you.

    Mioara Roncea

  • http://beautynaturalment.blogspot.com beautynaturalment.blogspot.com

    Keeping lots of straps, balls, magic circle and gadgets at home helps me - easier to fit in a bit of exercise rather than pack a bag, find parking and all the rest.

  • http://galipettelu.blogspot.com/ Lucille

    Love this picture of you~ talk about an action shot!

  • http://www.believewishes.com Ann Marie

    That's such a cool picture, especially with the look on the man's face as he stares at your heels (and probably legs too!). Enjoy your last couple of gym-free weeks...though I'm jealous of all the great classes available in NY - the one you mentioned sounds really interesting, and you have a Tracy Anderson studio, Physique 57..etc. I do most of my workouts via dvds, but classes are much more motivating (and fun).

  • http://www.cagedwonder.blogspot.com The Minx

    Ahh I'm on the same page with you, pilates rocks and yoga just sometimes...falls short. But needless to say, your legs look great!

  • http://www.calu.typepad.com marcela

    I think that you look great, legs and all. my only forms of exercise are dance and slow runs.
    But all this fitness thing aside, I am in love with your shoes, they are beautiful.

    love the post.

  • http://www.tesoroboston.com David Hill

    You have a gift Emily...You look fantastic! I know your gym teachers and you did cut class! :u) Its all about a maintenance
    plan. Whatever your personal threshold is...Whether it is one day or 5 days a week, you have to find what your level of tolerance is. As you get older your life complicates, work, kids etc. So start early (your 20's) and figure out what you can "get away with" to keep your shape and make it part of your routine. If you travel you need a "in your room" plan. Just 20 minutes, but at a higher intensity. That will keep the "gap time" to a minimum and make starting back up easier and less stressful on yourself.

  • http://huntingandgatheringblog.blogspot.com Ginta

    So true - if you fall out of the routine it's so hard to get back! I console myself with the idea that walking daily in high heels is a workout too. ;)

  • PhotoGirl

    From the photo, one would never imagine that you are exercise averse. Unbelievable that you (or anyone!) could run in those heels. And yet, thinking back, I used to do that sort of thing a lot. Of course, I'm paying for it now with foot and back issues. Listen, it's much easier to start a fitness program when you're young and in shape than when you're not. Believe me, I know from sad experience. It all goes to hell after 30 if you don't pay attention. And cardio of some sort is a must. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there it is. I'm a big fan of the Tracy Anderson Method (but not the diet -- too restrictive for me) Zumba, and the incredibly old-school two mile jog. For me, at least, they work.

  • http://www.vogued-out.com Liz

    Great legs!
    Funny, this morning I tweeted about wishing I had a trainer to push me, because I lack exercise discipline. Today was supposed to be my first day back to pilates class, it's been moved to Monday, "a fresh start"

    Liz Lizo

  • Elena Singh

    Great gams! LOL
    I think I have "Sports Asthma" too! My Pilates trainer was trying to force me to do cardio yesterday and I could not last 5 min on the threadmill. I start getting anxienty attacks! I hate it with vengeance! I would rather vacuum my house or dig around my garden! In Pilates class I don't even notice how we come to the end of workout, but cardio....

  • Elena Singh

    to add - paying big bucks for the trainer is what gets me going. I think I am too stingy of a person and cannot bear to waste my hard-earned money. I drag my butt there no matter how tired, busy or lazy I am. I realized that paying money is the only thing that forces me to actually go and excersize. At least for now. Still hoping for spiritual enlightenment, when concern for my health will naturally outweigh my stinginess. For now - it is latter.

  • http://www.Citizensofbeauty.com Kendra

    I loved this post! I have been cosidering a trainer as well. I recently did a Zumba class which was interesting- I can't shake my hips at all, so I made sure to warn the 50 year old women next to me to not be offended by my lack of skill. Did I mention I am only 28? It was embarrassing. But like you, I keep thinking that if I go to a class- get involved blah, blah, blah, I will resist the calling of my Pumpkin Spice Latte. Currently I have found no such luck.

  • Liz

    First, allow me to concur with all of the other posters on how amazing your legs look--I wouldn't have guessed that you don't exercise regularly. Second, with respect to the trainer, I started working out with one about a year and a half ago, and it is far and away the best investment I've ever made. I agree with several of the other posters, that the expense will keep you motivated--as you won't want to see your hard-earned money go to waste. I have also found that working out with my trainer has encouraged me to try new classes and exercises I never would have considered otherwise. She is very creative, and we work on both cardio and resistance training, and through our workouts I have discovered a number of new exercises that I really enjoy, and probably wouldn't have discovered otherwise. Moreover, as I have gotten stronger it has encouraged me to "test" myself by trying new things and exploring new sports and exercises. In any event, you should definitely do it now--don't wait until you are in your late 30's (like me) as it is MUCH harder to get into shape at that point.

  • http://www.rachelzoe.com Jessica Amento


    First of all would have NEVER guessed that you don't work out often...secondly, next time you're in LA, I urge you to try Yoga Shelter (a truly non-boring, faster moving studio that plays modern-day pop, rock, etc.) and Cardio Barre should you find an hour of spare time :) xJA

  • NeenaJ

    That pic is stressing me out, LOL! I would have face-planted if I had to run in those heels, so Pilates is definitely paying dividends to you. I really enjoyed a Pilates class I took, pre-pregnancy. It's been tough to get back on the bandwagon with so much less time for myself.

    But, I started back with a Kundalini Yoga class this week and it was just what I needed to shift my outlook. For me, it's change mind first, then body. As the Autumn settles in, I look forward to many more brisk walks.

  • Candace

    Great legs! Did you make it to the show?!!

  • Caitlin

    It's the bike! Looks great!

  • Farah

    You look great and personally I think you can just relax about the whole thing. Living in New York you do so much inadvertent walking, and stair climbing, which i think is the best exercise anyway! Take a class if it makes you happy, eat an ice cream bar if it makes you happy---life is short!

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

    OMG Emily

    You can run in those shoes. Even the man standing to the side is shocked you can run in those shoes.

    I walk most everywhere and I have 5 pound weights at home. I also walk on the treadmill at the gym and ride the recumbent bike. I plan on stepping up my workouts sometime next year thought.

  • http://www.imwithbeautiful.bloodspot.com Nadine Matar

    Love this post and picture!
    I couldn't agree more with your stance on classes and trainers. There's nothing like being held accountable to make you show up to the gym. But I also agree with Farah...enjoy that ice cream! You look fab and life is short!

  • http://www.sistersinblackfrocks.blogspot.com erika

    excellent shot, wish my legs looked as fantastic as yours!

  • Amelia

    i saw this photo everywhere, i was so proud for you Emily!

  • Shenley

    Haha you sound like me! I'm still on I'll start tomorrow diet wise and I go on holiday in less than 48 hours!
    Classes are the best things about the gym. I try to do 2 hours of Body Combat and Body Pump (Cardio and Resistance) a week and that keeps my body happy. But miss it for even a week and my body cries the next day!
    There's nothing like a slim, tanned, beautiful gym instructor screaming at you ("Go hard or go home!" is a favourite in my gym) to make you work hard.
    Good luck on going back and trying to stay away from ice cream!

  • http://www.arsaromatica.blogspot.com Dain

    I'm not sure about you, but I like beauty and fashion for the self-indulgence aspect (skincare! pretty colors! picking and choosing!) rather than self-improvement. Though they seem related, it is hard to go from one to the other. Beauty speaks to people in such different ways.

  • Bella

    Love this pic! If you like non cardio workouts I highly recommend The Bar Method - amazing workout...

    BTW - who makes those fab shoes you are wearing?

  • Naya

    sublime vos jambes et les chaussures sont de qui? Merci de repondre

  • Iris

    What a fun photo!

    And...exercise-induced asthma (EIA). It's a real thing, people!

  • http://lesaltlake.blogspot.com Julia

    Love you entire ensemble. It is totally fabulous. I personally love cardio and exercise in general. Then again, I live in a place where you kind of have to...

  • http://www.amy-hall.co.uk Amy

    Great shot, beautiful shoes x

  • http://nikipaniki.com Niki

    Good luck on getting a trainer! I've been thinking of doing spinning classes but haven't found a good place to do it yet. Like you, I'm doing the "I'll start tomorrow" thing. Although I recently bought some new kicks for running. I think it's time they get unboxed.

  • Alecsandra Neculai

    i kind of like going to the gym, running around or just swimming :)
    if you are still looking for an option (though the post is old), here's what i do, when i don't have the time to go to a real gym: http://www.bodyrock.tv/
    every day you need to work out for 12 minutes and that's it :)