WORK IN, WORK OUT The latest it exercise regimens will leave you bruised, bloody, light-headed and loving it. But are breathing classes the next big thing in fitness?
Bright shone the summer sun on acres of lush farmland in central Pennsylvania last June. But I didn’t notice. I was too busy crawling facedown through a pit of mud, trying not to get electrocuted. Barbed wire was strung inches above my head, and from it hung randomly electrified cords. I was competing in a Tough Mudder, an extreme obstacle course that has surged in popularity since it began in 2010. In its first year, there were 20,000 participants; in 2012, there were 460,000. Along with similar masochistic endeavors like the Spartan Race and the Warrior Dash, the Tough Mudder challenge involves painful obstacles, feats of superhuman endurance and no small amount of mud.
On that summer day, I leapt across deep valleys, jumped from high platforms, surmounted half pipes, submerged myself in a dumpster full of dirty ice water, ran 10 miles and, oh yeah, got electrified. I was bleeding and bruised. But why? And why did thousands of other Tough Mudders do it with me? The answer is twofold. On one hand, we all wanted to prove our toughness. On the other, running around outside is a great de-stresser—even if it is painful. And often, the more painful the experience . . . the more satisfied we would be on Monday.
Tough Mudder participants crawling through the “Electric Eel” obstacle; photo: Ryan Collerd
But Monday would inevitably come, and then four more days of office life. Stress would coil my back and clench my jaw. The exhilaration of getting through the ten-mile crucible would fade. I needed a de-stressing, life-sustaining exercise I could do all the time.
Dr. Belisa Vranich had an idea for people just like me—weekend warriors who get an adrenaline rush from Saturdays engaged in mock heroics but spend the week as mere mortals. This fall, Dr. Vranich unveiled a class called Elements of Breathing ($125 for a semi-private 90 minute session), held in Willspace, a New York fitness studio, to train the muscles and organs most athletes overlook: their lungs. “Breathing is the next big thing in fitness,” Dr. Vranich says. “It literally helps you in every single aspect, from endurance to strength to recovery.” Dr. Vranich, a muscular blond clinical psychologist, combined techniques of yoga, meditation, martial arts and Russian tactical-forces training to create the ultimate lung workout. Hey, we all have to breathe.
According to Dr. Vranich, we use just a fraction of our lung capacity. We breathe with our chest, but we should be breathing with our bellies. Breathe deeper, breathe better—more oxygen flows, well-being ensues. And so on a recent Friday evening, for just over 90 minutes, Dr. Vranich bullied and cajoled me to breathe with my belly. “I taught this to a jujitsu guy,” she told me. “Now he never gets tired. Not ever.” I’m not entirely sold on that claim, but the benefits of deep breathing have been well documented. Breathing balances your blood’s pH levels; when we’re stressed, it counteracts our flight-or-fight response, triggering the parasympathetic nervous system’s sense of calm. Plus, you know, the more oxygen your body has, the better.
So I followed Dr. Vranich’s bidding. I held my breath. I stood up straight. I engaged my pubic floor. For the last 15 minutes, I lay on my back while Dr. Vranich taught me “recovery” breath. I inhaled and exhaled as instructed while Dr. Vranich played pop music on the stereo. For the first five minutes, I thought I was going to pass out. “What’s the difference between this and hyperventilating?” I asked. Answer: “When you hyperventilate, you’re not in control.” I forced myself to inhale and exhale even more deeply, flooding my blood with oxygen. For the second five minutes, I freaked out and tried not to show it. My jaw tingled. I felt floaty. My belly ached. But I persevered. And for the final third, I reached a sort of super-oxygenated Zen peace. It made the mud pit look like a tiptoe through the tulips. I left that night, floating around the West Village like a deep-breathing sage. The relaxation lasted all weekend—and into Monday.
By Joshua David Steinclose
By Ramons Emerson
New York City’s Most Expensive Trainers
How much: $200 per session
Who he is: Will Torres trained a devoted cadre of fashion folks, bankers, celebrities, and stay-at-home moms out of a West Village live-work space before opening his swank private studio last year.
He’s known for a crazy-high level of client support. He texts and e-mails his clients to make sure they’re staying on track and provides wellness concierge services like picking out the perfect recovery drinks and sneakers for his clients.
Philosophy: After pin-pointing your areas of weakness or instability, Torres creates programs to build strength, balance, and coordination. He favors exercises that work multiple muscle groups and involve the core, too. For example: split squats with an overhead press. Ouch!
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Arms and Chest Workout - Will Torres, 33, owner of willspace boutique personal-training studio
This routine is designed to develop the chest and arm muscles in a balanced, symmetrical way. The workout uses double-move exercises: Performing two moves at once improves coordination and engages the core as muscles work to keep the body aligned. Superset the A and B exercises by performing one after the other, then rest for one minutes. If you’re just getting started, perform each exercise twice with 8 to 12 reps each time. If you’re jump-starting your current program, do three sets of 8 to 12 reps. Warm up for five to ten minutes on a treadmill or cross-trainer.
A. Plank Row - 1. Placing one hand on a flat block and the other on a dumbbell, stabilize in a plank position. 2. Bending at the elbow, pull one dumbbell toward your chest. Pause, then lower the dumbbell to the floor. Switch arms and repeat.
B. Single-arm chest press - 1. Lying on your back on a flat bench, place one hand on your stomach and hold a dumbbell in the other hand. The arm holding the dumbbell should be held out to the side of your body and bent at the elbow. 2. Lift the dumbbell straight up to the ceiling, pause and lower the dumbbell to position one. Switch arms and repeat.
A. Incline press with bicep curl - 1. Lying on your back on a bench set to an incline, hold two dumbbells to your shoulders. One palm should be facing toward you and the other palm should be facing away form you. 2. Straighten the arm with the palm facing away to you towards the ceiling (incline press), while simultaneously bending the elbow and lowering the other arm toward the floor (bicep curl), creating a straight vertical line with your arms. Return to position one. Switch arms and repeat. Use the half the weight for the bicep curl as you are using the incline press.
B. Pullover - 1. Lying on your back on a flat bench, hold two dumbbells in each hand with your arms extended straight towards the ceiling. 2. Lower your arms, keeping your elbows slightly bent, behind your head until they are approximately parallel with the floor. Return to position one.
A. Pull-down with overhead press - 1. Sitting at a pull-down machine, hold a weight in one hand at your shoulder, with your elbow pointed straight ahead, and hold the handle of the pull-down machine, set to half the weight you are holding in your other hand. 2. While pulling the handle down in one hand, simultaneously raise the arm holding the weight up until your arm is straight and pointing at the ceiling. Return to position one. Switch arms and repeat.
B. Single-arm dumbbell fly - 1. Lying on your back on a flat bench, hold a dumbbell in one hand straight above you, with your arm extended up toward ceiling. Keep your other arm by your side, with your palm resting on the side of your thigh. 2. Lower your arm out to your side with your elbow slightly bent and your palm facing inward. Return to position one. Switch arms and repeat.
Modified burbees - 1. Standing with your feet shoulder width apart, squat down and place your palms on the floor. 2. Kick your legs back into the push-up position. 3. Bend your elbows and lower you body until it’s about one inch off the floor. 4. Push back up to high push-up position, jump both of your feet outside of your hands, then stand straight up. Repeat 25 times.
Torres’ Fitness Favorites
“One of my favorite places to run outdoors is the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, along the West Side Highway. Running by the Hudson River helps to inspire me.”
“Two of my favorite peices of gym equipment are the RSV straps (trxtraining.com) and kettlebells. One of my trainers, Mike Bell, trains me with them. I enjoy all of the boyd-weight exercises I can do with the TRX straps, and the kettlebells help me devleow power.”
“The best rocoverty drink is Amplified Recoverty Protein by GNC (gnc.com). I only take it after my strength workouts to help my muscles recover after a session with the weights. The best flavor is vanilla.”
“Whenever I want to treat myself. I go to Oasis Day Spa for a facial or massage. It’s super relaxing; they’re very professional. I normally go for facials and then treat myself to a massage every once in a while.” 1 Park Ave between 32nd and 33rd Sts (212-254-7722, oasisdayspanyc.com)
Train with Torres
254 W. 10th St. at Hudson St., Suite B (201-780-0351, willspace.com). E-mail willspace.com to schedule an appointment.
WORKING OUT WITH: WILLSPACE
TUCKED AWAY IN THE BASEMENT ON A QUIET BLOCK IN THE WEST VILLAGE, WILLSPACE LURES SOME OF THE CITY'S FITTEST CROWDS from BRAVO-lebrities to fashion industry insiders. Helmed by Will Torres, the three-year-old boutique training facility is not your average gym. Instead of aiming for the masses, Torres focuses on one-on-one training, tailored fitness programs in a quiet, no-fuss environment that reads more like a spa than a gym, down to the candle burning and the Malin & Goetz products. "My first priority was to develop a space where I myself wanted to work out," explains the New Jersey native in the mirrored boxing/breathing room of his namesake gym. "Second, I wanted to create a place where my clients could explore their fitness goals on their own terms and where I could help them feel more confident." Indeed, it's that personalized approach, which draws clients like Mark Consuelos, Andy Cohen and Julia Restoin Roitfeld that has made WILLSPACE one of the best gyms in the city. Whether it's offering ju-jitsu classes or learning how to breathe (that's right, really learning how to breathe), WILLSPACE offers a comprehensive approach to health and fitness. Here, we caught up with Torres who explained his training philosophy as well as what he does to get that enviable chiseled shape.
How would you describe the approach to training at Willspace?
Everything we do is about figuring out what each person's body needs and what’s the best approach for them. Then we make adjustments along the way.
Do you tailor your programs for new client?
When a new client comes in, I find out what they’re looking to do, what they’ve done in the past, are there any injuries, and if they have an event coming up, like a wedding or a trip. Those are fun because when people have something to work towards, they are more driven.
Is there a secret to getting into the best shape possible?
People that get in the best shape train 6-8 hours a week. That doesn’t mean that people who come in 3 times a week don’t get results, they do, but the people who get the best results are putting in 6-8 hours.
What are the biggest mistakes people make when working out?
People want to do what looks fun. The Bosu looks cool, but if you can’t do a push-up on a stable surface let alone on something very unstable, you shouldn't be experimenting with new things. Once they learn the fundamentals, then we can evolve the movement. My analogy is do you want to be a Lamborghini with a Ford Escort motor? Do you want to look great but not be able to perform? Well that’s worthless.
Why is it important to begin a regular exercise regimen early in life?
Around 25, the aging process starts kicking in. It's not just your hangovers are worse but you start to actually lose muscle tissue. You don’t really notice it until you’re in your late twenties or early thirties. After 25, women lose about half a pound to a pound of muscle tissue every year.
Does your approach differ for women versus men?
Women recover a lot faster than men so we want to move them more quickly from movement to movement. They’re not lifting as much weight because they don’t need to but we want them to fatigue. You want to go where the muscle is burning. The muscle is not going to change unless you ask it to change.
What if someone only has 30 minutes to workout?
You want to pick the exercises that are going to target as many muscles as possible. For example, bench dips are going to be better than tricep kick backs. Lunges are much better than doing hip exercises. Bigger movements including squats, step-ups, push-ups and pull-downs. Second, pick a series of exercises and do them as quickly as possible. You want to go to the point where you are breathing heavy and you are pushing yourself. A great way to do that is to do it against the clock. A hotel room workout could be, 10 burpees, 10 sit-ups, 10 times. I call that the quick and dirty.
What's the best tip to remember when training?
If you can do 10 reps of something, the ones that count are nine and ten. But the ones that are going to make the most change are 11, 12 and 13. You have to go beyond what you’re comfortable with. And that’s how you get your body to change.
Do you cook?
I love making red quinoa with steamed vegetables or sautéed broccoli and spinach and grilled salmon or grilled chicken.
What does your personal workout look like?
I workout three days on, one day off. I train for performance. I love to squat, dead lift and do pull ups and swing kettle bells. When it warms up, my third day is always a long run or a swim.
What is your one daily health non-negotiable?
In the morning I take 10 breaths, each for five seconds. Inhale and exhale. I also do it on the way home. It grounds me.
What's the best part of your job?
Improving our clients’ lives. I know that if I make them stronger and give them more energy, then they’re going to step into life a completely different way.
By Nicole Berrie
By Alis Strauss
My Studio Style: Will Torres
Will Torres, the (officially hunky) celebrity trainer and owner of Manhattan’s WILLSPACE, knows a thing or two about looking great at the office—and about the functional requirements of fitness fashion.
Torres expects his clients, male and female, to come to his Greenwich Village studio ready to sweat and dressed to kill their workouts. One of the very first (and nearly stern) pieces of advice he gives newbies involves a wardrobe revamp, including a total nix of anything baggy or loose, because “drapey fabrics make it hard to monitor joint and limb movements.” (Plus you can’t exactly do lunges wearing pants or shorts with a crotch that’s 10 inches below your, um, crotch.)
When it comes dressing himself, Torres says he feels professional and polished mostly clad in black, but looking tall, dark, and handsome aren’t his only requirements. Fit, feel, and durability are his real non-negotiables. And while so many guys reach for dry-fit, Torres finds the fabric makes him feel “stuffy.” Mesh is another no-no, as it tends to rip with the slightest graze of a weighted apparatus (and a workout with Torres includes quite a few of those).
His menswear faves may not all fit in your boyfriend’s drawer full of basketball shorts, but the fitness-informed theory behind his picks can teach a guy a lot about dressing for getting results. —Sarah Sarway
1. Tasc Hybrid Fitted Crew ($39.95)
Guys must get this top into their arsenal of training gear. I probably have over 15 of them. I discovered Tasc a year ago and haven’t worn another brand of training tops since. They use an anti-bacterial bamboo technology in their sweat-wicking fabric, which keeps their shirts from getting too smelly. I wear them when I train my clients because they’re comfortable and during my own training because they let my skin breathe, unlike other sweat-wicking fabrics. They’re also a great base layer for winter running or skiing (which Torres must have done tons of, if he kept his resolution last year!).
2. Lululemon Pace Breaker Short ($64)
These have to be the best designed men’s shorts I have ever owned. They are incredibly comfortable, and are great to train in, so I use them as my uniform while working with clients. I love the placement of the pockets. They don’t get in the way but can still can hold your keys and stuff.
3. Adidas Adipure Trainer 360 Shoes ($85)
This sneaker was designed with cross-training in mind. It has a minimal yet solid sole that allows for a more grounded feel while lifting. It almost allows you to control each watt of energy that you put into your lifts. They will change your life, but I wouldn’t recommend them for running. They are much better designed for jumping rope, plyometrics, agility drills and weight lifting.
4. Burkman Bros Cozy Military Pant ($117)
These are probably the best looking and fitting pants out there. They’re great to use before and/or after the gym, for training or even for chilling at home. They have a casual yet athletic look and are incredibly comfortable. The Burkman Bros put a lot of attention into all the little details. You will never want to take these off.
The Tim Hamilton hoodie likely to be stolen by girlfriends everywhere.
5. Tim Hamilton Zip Front Hoodie ($150)
I discovered this brand about seven years ago. They use a thick terry cotton that gives the hoodie some weight. I know it may look like a classic guy hoodie, but it’s really on another level. The subtle details in the wrist bands and stitching along the zipper are what make it a favorite of mine. The hood is slightly oversized but the fit is incredible. Be careful gentlemen, your girlfriend will definitely try to nab this one!
Bonus Pick! Rogue Fitness Compression Socks ($35)
This is the best compression sock I’ve found. Sometimes I forget that I have them on. I use them for long runs and lifting because I tend to scrape my shins a lot when I deadlift or perform Olympic lifts. These guys act as a protective shield. People like to make comments when I wear them and ask what they’re all about. I just smile and say, “It’s my thing…” and keep lifting.
For more information, visit www.willspace.com
By Wellness Wire
By K. Aleisha Fetters
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Best Outdoor Fitness Trainers for Every Budget
New York City - With months of dreary days ahead, squeeze the most of the sunny, serene weather by moving your workout outside. From the friendliest trainers to the most intense, and from the simplest classes to those with the most frills, DNAinfo New York has found the best outdoor trainers and classes for every type of exerciser - and every budget.
Results for a Price
For $200 an hour, clients demand results, said Mike Bell, who is part of the relatively new West Village training studio Willspace, owned by Will Torres. Many clients who work out with Bell, 25, along the river and on the West Village piers, are already working out and are looking to amp up their results. Bell will zero in on the clients’ weakness and target it, he said. Speed, conditioning, endurance and strength are the key goals of the outdoor sessions, which the studio has named STEALTH to emphasize the “lean” and “powerful” body you’ll end up with, Bell said. Precise, tailored workout are a hallmark of STEALTH, he added. “I’m big about having a reason why we’re doing things. I find in New York City we have a lot of people who want to know what they’re doing and why I’m choosing it,” Bell said. And when clients are running sprints followed by pushups and sit-ups, it helps to be outside, with sites like One World Trade Center to distract you, Bell said.
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By Emily Frost
3 Workouts You Can Do On The Beach
Don’t let your vacation be an excuse to fall of the workout wagon. A trip to the beach can be just the jumpstart your fitness routine needs. “Getting outside for a change of environment is a great way to present new challenges for the body,” says personal trainer and founder of Willspace. Will Torres hit the sand with his top three beach workouts for a hot bikini body.
Barefoot Sand Run
“It is much harder to run on the beach because the sand is always shifting below your feet.” Torres says. The unstable surface is great developing foot and ankle stability. To avoid twisting an ankle, stick areas to where the sand is a little wetter and firmer. And leave the sneaks at home. “Running barefoot is much harder and will give your lower body muscles a big workout.”
Combine Cardio With Body Weight Exercises
“Research shows that combining cardio and resistance training significantly increases your metabolism compared to doing them separately,” says Torres.
1. Run 3-5 minutes as quickly as you can, stop and perform 30 squats
2. Run 3-5 minutes as quickly as you can, stop and perform 30 burpees
3. Run 3-5 minutes as quickly as you can, stop and perform 30 lunges
4. Run 3-5 minutes as quickly as you can, stop and perform 30 high to low planks
5. Repeat 2-3 times.
Try Tabata Style
“Another workout is to pick 3-5 exercises and perform them Tabata style. Tabata is an interval format in which you perform as many reps as possible in 20 seconds foloowed by a 10 second rest and repeat 8 times.” Be sure to place a towel or yoga mat down so the sand doesn’t get everywhere.
1. Do squats as many reps as possible (AMRAP) for 20 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds
2. Sit-ups (AMRAP) 20 seconds Rest for 10 seconds
3. Push-ups (AMRAP) 20 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds
4. Lunges (AMRAP) 20 seconds Rest for 10 seconds
Repeat the circuit eight times.
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What Fitness Experts Eat After They Work Out (Hint: It's Not Cronuts)
Will Torres, fitness expert and owner of willspace, New York, NY: “After a hard weight lifting or conditioning session, it's important to replenish your energy reserves. I like to use Amplified Recovery Protein, which has about 30 grams of carbs and 25 grams of protein. We have our clients mix it with water and drink immediately after their session (women should use half the dose). This drink ensures that your body gets the right nutrients to start the recovery process, and it also stabilizes your blood sugar so you're not looking for quick snacks later on to boost your energy.”
By Kristin Booker
Willspace in Romy & The Bunnies: Summer Fit With Will Torres: The Best Strengthening And Lengthening Exercises For The Body
Summer Fit With Will Torres: The Best Strengthening and Lengthening Exercises for the Body
How many of us are guilty of summer food indulgence? I sure am! Thankfully, all is not lost with Will Torres helping me get back in shape. Will, one of the most sought after personal trainers in town, is the brilliant mind behind Willspace Training Studio. Since 2005, Willspace has been home to innumerable clients looking to transform their bodies, and certainly succeeding in doing so. With its strong team of trainers, Willspace offers individualized training sessions that allow clients to reach their maximum potential. Will has, and continues to play a significant role in my keeping fit. Every training session, I am reminded of exactly why every body needs will.
For more about Willspace, exercise tips, and nutrition guidance, tune in to part two of our training session next week!
By David Sabshon
Commit to Fit: Will Torres Gives Expert Tips on Getting in Shape for the New Year
New years resolutions – easier said than done, right? Whether you want to get fit or quit smoking, staring down a year of grueling work and dedication can be daunting. But you don’t have to go it alone. We caught up with fitness expert Will Torres, one of the most sought-after trainers in the business and founder of fitness Mecca willspace, to get some advice on how to start getting fit now and continue with your routine the whole year through.
When it comes to New Years resolutions, losing weight and getting fit is number one. But it can be intimidating to look into the year ahead and develop a plan. What is the first thing you tell a new client to place him or her in the right mindset to get started?
The first thing you want to do is create your schedule. Figure out what days of the week and what time of day work best for you. It’s important to stick to the schedule for at least 30 days so it becomes a habit for your body and your mind. Commit to the schedule, even if you have to do the workout for a shorter period of time – consistency trumps intensity every time. Results won’t come overnight, so it’s important to chip away at it slowly. To avoid overtraining, don’t start too intensely your first week back.
It’s no secret personal training is more beneficial than just simply hitting the gym. Besides physical results, do you think it also creates mental discipline when the routine is customized specifically for you? How do you develop this training at willspace?
A custom designed program is really important. But what makes the training unique at willspace is the program evolves one step ahead of the body, constantly challenging it. When people do the same routine, they tend to plateau. But when you’re body doesn’t know what to expect, it always works at its fullest potential. Having an appointment certainly helps with the discipline and creating a mental habit, but the coaches at willspace also help develop mental toughness, pushing beyond what people think their limits are.
Many blame a busy schedule for preventing them from getting fit. What is the secret to making time in your calendar for a regular workout?
There’s always time in the day. Working out will allow your body and mind to perform at a higher level, which directly affects how you perform personally and professionally. There’s nothing more important than taking care of yourself and making the time to do so. Carve a time out and make it work, using techniques like going to bed early so you have energy to wake up in the morning or cutting out dinners and cocktails a couple times a week.
You often text your clients to keep them on track with daily fitness and diet routines. If you’re not working with a trainer, what is the next best way to build a support system for yourself?
Working out with a friend is a great way to get motivated. Find someone who is in better shape than you and has good habits already in place. This will keep you more motivated, and you can learn how he or she does it. If you and your friend can’t meet up, try the app ‘Yog.’ It allows you to virtually run together. Even if you’re not in the same location, you can still hold each other accountable.
The holidays are a time of indulgence when rich food and abundant alcohol are constantly present. What are some tips for getting a healthy diet back on track following these months of excess?
It seems helpful for people to get on some sort of plan or structure for January. When it comes to nutrition, we recommend the Paleo Diet. This emphasizes eating protein, a variety of fruits, vegetables and nuts and reducing the intake of white flour (pastas and breads) and dairy. It is one of the best diets to improve your health as well as lose weight. It’s also important to set a plan and stick to it. The first three days are always the toughest, but it gets easier once you get through those first 72 hours. If you go out and eat poorly one night, get back on track the day after. Don’t let one bad night out ruin the following day or week.
Come March, it seems the new years rush has dwindled, and it’s back to the gym regulars. What is the best way to stay motivated after the initial rush of your resolution has worn off?
One of the reasons people fall off is because they do the same workout every time they go to the gym. It is important to vary your workouts so you constantly stimulate the muscles and mind to avoid boredom. Remember, it takes the body 3-5 workouts to become adjusted to a routine. Instead of waiting to get to the gym to figure out what you’re going to do, write it out on a piece of paper or in your phone before you get there. Another strategy is to time how long it takes you to do a particular routine and try to beat it next workout. To mix things up, add five minutes of sprints to your strength-training workout with a spurt in the middle and at the end.
To learn more about Will Torres and the custom-tailored training programs at willspace, visit willspace.com.
By Amanda Gabriele
Best New Fitness Program: willRTB (Raise the Bar) at Willspace NYC
If you’re hard-care about getting back into shape after a holiday slump - and we mean really hard-core - look no further than willRTB, a new four-week program at willspace, the boutique personal training studio in New York’s West Village. Led by owner Will Torres, the semi-private sessions combine 45 minutes of strength training with 45 minutes of intense cardio like mixed martial arts, kickboxing and Jiu-Jitsu. (And please know that when willspace describes it as “super charged fat-scorching,” they’re not kidding.) Clients can burn between 700-900 calories per RTB class. Packages are $850 for eight sessions, to be completed over a consecutive four week period (maximum of four people per class); www.willspace.com.
Top Five: Will Torres
Everyone in the fitness industry will tell you that, in addition to having the magic touch, Will Torres also has a magic personality. In 2005, Will came to New York with over fifteen years of experience in charming his celebrity clients into shape and started willspace. Today, his personal training studio offers the city’s finest fitness experience under the supervision of a premier dream team of instructors. New York has embraced Will with open arms, which is why this November saw the opening of a new and improved willspace in the West Village. With New Year’s and the inevitable New Year’s resolutions around the corner, Will shares his advice on surviving the holiday eating madness.
How to do the winter holidays without getting sick:
1. One great way to be able to enjoy the holiday food frenzy is to find a way to sneak a workout in. A 15-20 run first thing in the morning combined with 30 minutes of strength training will supercharge your metabolism for up to six hours after your workout is over. If out of town, pack gear and go for a run or hit the local gym.
2. Eat breakfast and a light lunch. DO NOT show up to dinner hungry. The longer you go without eating the hungrier you become thus the more you’ll want to scarf down. It’s never a good idea to eat a whole days worth of calories in one sitting.
3. The best exercises during the holidays are called “pushaways.” Push your plate back and step away from the table.
4. Having tea, ideally one that is herbal, at the end of a meal helps. It signals to the brain that the meal is complete. It also helps with digestion.
5. If you’re going to do leftovers, then focus on protein. Plate some turkey with salad or veggies.
By Jorge Bello
Will Torres' Private Obsession
Personal trainer Will Torres has been helping celebrity cliente get fit and camera-ready for fourteen years. Seven years ago, Torres started willspace, a private training studio, and to mark the anniversary he opened a new and improved willspace in the West Village.
willspace devotees, including Andy Cohen, Douglas Friedman and Nick Wooster made their way to 254 West 10th to not only celebrate its official opening, but to admire the work of photographer Caitlin Mitchell, whose "Private Obsession" portraits line the walls of the studio.
“Her work is about this obsession that we have with body image, with sexuality, sensuality and confidence,” Torres explained. “What Caitlin does with these women in front of the camera is what we try to do with our clients, but in a different way. The better you feel about yourself and in your soul, the more confident you’re going to be in front of the camera and in life.”
By Lester Fabian
The Daily Endorsement: WILLSPACE
It's okay... No one is judging you. And I think it's safe to say that most people "let go" a little bit during November and December months. I mean, who can resist all that turkey and eggnog!? It's what you do after the grub fest that matters - time to hit the gym, gentlemen. Will Torres, owner of the brand-spanking-new private gym, WILLSPACE is determined to turn your turkey legs into toned-up limbs, that will fit perfectly into all the new slim styles coming out next Spring. It's all about optimizing how the body is supposed to move, giving you maximum efficiency from each workout. With over 15 years of experience and a fashion friendly following including the likes of Nick Wooster, the Burkman Brothers, and photographer Douglas Friedman, WILLSPACE is the gym du jour. Available for private sessions or exclusive group classes, appointments are booking up fast, so grab those sneakers and head over. Trust me, you'll be in those swim trunks before you finish that New Years resolution list.
254 West 10th Street, Suite B, NYC - (201) 780-0351
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5. Will Torres
"I've been seeing Will Torres from WillSpace for a year and a half now and he's changed my life. He hasn't just got me in shape. He's changed me mentally. His training helps me keep a schedule and anchor my life. We box on the weekends. At first I was like, wait, boxing? I'm a Jewish guy. Jews don't box! But I'm really into it. I won't even use punching bags. I punch him. It's like that game Simon with the four colors. Blue, green, yellow, blue, green. I pound him in different formations and it's such a heavy work out."