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Hard is What Makes it Great: NYC’s Best Private Yoga Instructors

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How great do you feel when you’re working out on a regular basis and eating well? We think, probably better than you do right now. And NOW is the time to start feeling great. For the parents, the kiddies are back in school, and for you singles, the days of margaritas by the pool are over (ie, the excuses!)The gals ‘n guys at Barefoot Tiger are here to the rescue, and our little not-so-secret of coping with our stressful city lives – when job, kids, pets, and life becomes a hurricane of to-do’s – Barefoot Tiger has saved our lives a billion times over!

Headed up by our lovely vegan trainer (of 7 years!) Kendra Coppey Fitzgerald, Kendra and her team of 15 teachers, trainers and therapistscome directly to your home or home gym in New York City and whip you into shape once and for all.They also offer phone or Skype nutrition consultations (if you saw Kendra’s body, trust us.. you’d want the consults!) across the country, and coming in early 2013, they will be offering home services in Los Angeles!

Kendra was inspired to start Barefoot Tiger after having an aha moment while working in Pharmaceuticals on anti-obesity drugs.  She realized she needed to help people do things the healthy way, watch her tell the story in this short video.

Whether you need guidance by a personal trainer, a little zen with a yoga teacher, some major core work with a pilates instructor, nutrition coaching to get you back on track, or massage therapy to heal your tired and sore muscles, they’ve got you covered.  We’ve had Kendra doing personal training, nutrition, and private yoga with us for many years and can honestly say we couldn’t (and wouldn’t want to) live without her.  A session with Kendra is better than any pair of shoes or meal out, anytime.  There is simply nothing more luxurious than having private training, yoga, or massage in the comfort of your own home.  Think winter, 7am.. do you really want to shlep to the gym? Why not just open your door and see a smiling face ready to whoop your ass?

Don’t just take our word for it, listen to their clients in this incredibly informative video.

>Do you hear yourself saying any of these things lately?

  • “I’ve never had a real workout plan before…I don’t know where to start!”
  • “I just finished Physical Therapy and don’t know what to do, or if I’m doing my exercises correctly.”
  • “I’d like to improve my diet and lose some weight, but not sure what to do!”
  • “I could really use a personal trainer to kick my ass into gear.”
  • “What tweaks could I make to my diet that would give me more energy?”
  • “I’ve been wanting to check out Pilates and see what it could do for me.”
  • “I want to learn some basic yoga poses before I throw myself into a class.”
  • “I want to keep working out through my pregnancy but not sure what I can and cannot do.”
  • “My body is tired and achey, I wish I could have a massage in my living room!”
Watch these short videos to learn more about Barefoot Tiger;

If any of these sound like you, call them at (917) 300-8604 or email their Intake Advisor, Alyssa. She’s a maven at setting you up with the perfect teacher for your needs. Mention Girlie Girl Army and get 10% off your first purchase (no matter what size package!)
Hard is What Makes it Great: NYC’s Best Private Yoga Instructors

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You know me as the leading lady behind Barefoot Tiger, the in-home fitness team of the Girlie Girl Army crew. We've spent the last 8 years bringing kick-ass workouts and zen yoga chill-outs to New Yorkers, and now we've got an LA crew too. What these years of teaching and inspiring have taught me is that we are all real people, with real jobs, families and lives that can make it difficult to schlep to that class on the other side of town on a regular basis. And that makes it hard to really get what we deserve in life - to find exercise that fits effortlessly in with our lifestyles and to feel amazing. My goal? To help as many people as I can feel amazing.  So we're shaking up the standards.   We're bringing group classes to you at home, cozy with your computer, with a live instructor who gives you live feedback on the spot…and actually knows your name! How does it all work? We’re working exclusively with Gymagogo to bring you live, online and interactive fitness classes, broadcast from our studio in Midtown, straight to your living room, and the first class is FREE! Most classes are 45 minutes long and some are 25 minutes - long enough to get your sweat on, and then get on with your day. When?   Mondays: 8:00pm - 8:45pm - Bootcamp w/ Lindsey Tuesdays: 8:00pm - 8:45pm - Pilates for Beginners w/ Lauren Tuesdays: 9:00pm – 9:45pm - Intermediate Pilates for w/ Lauren Wednesdays 7:00am - 7:25am - Intermediate Abdominals w/ Lindsey Wednesdays 7:30am - 7:55am – Beginner Abdominals w/ Lindsey Thursdays: 8:00 - 8:45pm - Yoga for Beginners w/ Julia Thursdays: 9:00 – 9:45pm – Yoga for Intermediates w/ Julia Fridays: (beginning August 2nd) 6:00am - 6:45am - Bootcamp w/ Lindsey Fridays: 7:00am - 7:25am - Beginner Abdominals w/ Lindsey Fridays: 7:30am - 7:55am - Intermediate Abdominals w/ Lindsey Special for GGA Readers: Want to bag free membership for a year (a $350 value)? 1. Sign up for a *free* class at www.gymagogo.com 2. After you take the class drop an email to team@gymagogo.com with “GIRLIEGIRLARMYROCKS” in the subject line 3. We’ll put all the entries in the drawing and pick the winner at random 2 weeks from today. So what are you waiting for?!  Head over to Gymagogo and get your sweat on! Ready to jump in? ~ Sign up for one of our classes online ~ 30 minutes before the class, you'll get an email with a link to sign into your class, with instructions on how to set up your mat and computer at home. ~ Log in at class time and you'll be able to see and interact with the instructor. (We have a video camera and projector set up at the studio in Midtown, so you can see and hear us from home.) ~ Other students will be in the class with you, but they can't see you and you can't see them. Only the instructor can see you during your practice, so don't worry if your dog decides to start humping your leg during warrior II pose. It's ok, we love dogs too. :) ~ After class you'll be sent a class survey so you can let us know what you think! What are people saying about it? ~ I felt that exercising worked around my lifestyle. I could have done this anywhere. ~ I was super impressed by this service. I would go as far as calling it revolutionary. ~ That was fantastic! I put the kids to bed then trotted out to the den for a great full body strengthening stretch. The instructor was very clear and well spoken, easy to follow...Wonderful concept, I will keep coming back. ~ It was a great experience, very easy to sign up and participate. ~ I really liked the instructor's pace during the class. I think that being able to take classes online offers a lot more flexibility. ~ It was great to be able to do an exercise class at home; very convenient, and the instructor was really nice and helpful. Skip the gym, take a class at home and most importantly, save time and feel great. Kendra Fitzgerald, CPT-ACE, CYT is the Founder & Director of Barefoot Tiger, an in-home personal training, yoga, pilates, and nutrition company in New York City & Los Angeles. She and her staff of 20 trainers, teachers and therapists have been teaching around NYC since 2005, and now you can join them for live, interactive classes from their newly opened studio in Midtown […]
    • 5 Simple Ways To Turn Your Home A Little Greener Today5 Simple Ways To Turn Your Home A Little Greener TodayWe could all up the ante on our eco-fabulousness a bit, even the greenest amongst us.   Here are some ways to check yourself on your earth-loving ways today; Buh-Bye Ziploc bags. Switch to BioBags (totally biodegradable and compostable) or reuse your Ziplocs by   rinsing them and reusing or using them to scoop your dogs poop after they've served their purpose in your fridge.   Even Ziploc themselves is coming out with a newer, greener alternative with their "evolve" line which contains 25% less plastic and are made with wind-power.  We really love the Reuseit line which are eco-friendly, washable bags for food and lunches.  Your cheapest best alternative? Buy vintage Corningware-type containers, and use them to store food and extra bits and pieces.   They look hella cuter than baggies, last forever, can be used in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher, and cost virtually nothing at your local Salvation Army or Thrift/ Antique shops. Old batteries sitting in a pile on your shelf? Use rechargeables from now on.   And properly dispose of your old ones by going to Earth911 to pop in your zipcode and see where you can drop off your old bat's to be recycled appropriately. Paper towels cost too much and waste too much. Switch to Skoy Cloths and/ or old tees and rags to do the same job for none of the cost or waste.   Let your housekeeper (if you have one) moan all s/he wants...   you are doing Mother Earth a solid favor. Stop using icky air fresheners. They are chock full of gross, cancer-causing chemical, and cost a fortune. Not to mention, many of the companies who sell (mainstream) air fresheners partake in horrific animal testing.   And those plug ins... can you say, WASTE OF ENERGY?   Make your home smell delish with incense sticks, with a natural spray like Dr. Singha's Feng Shui Spray, or by putting a bunch of drops of your favorite essential oils in a spray bottle of water.   Also, soak a cotton ball in your favorite essential oil, and put it in your vacuum bag.   It disseminates the scent all over the house when you vacuum and smells divine. Switch to an all purpose cleaner. We use Earth-Friendly Parsley All Purpose Cleaner for almost everything in our house.   It smells divine, does the job, and doesn't harm us our furbabies.     It is totally commercialized bs that you need a different product to clean different items in your home.   One can basically do it all.   Or feel free to make your own (and save even more moolah) with these simple recipes. use code: CHLX4305 It may seem like you are doing very little, making these simple changes, but you'll find that implementing even the smallest changes to your household makes a world of a difference to Mother Earth, your wallet, and the way you feel.   Dumping the chemicals from your home and life should be of the utmost importance to anyone who wants to live healthily and […]