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Personal Training Studio in Finoman: Meet The NYC Personal Trainer, Will Torres

Meet the NYC Personal trainer Will Torres. sometimes, we all need a little kick in the butt when it comes to our fitness regiment and often, the difference between you and that much-more-in-shape-and-toned guy, is a kick-ass trainer.

Well body meet your potential: Meet Will Torres. A Jersey City native and NYC personal trainer, Torres says he caught the gym bug early when he began working out to deal with the stresses of being a new father. After nearly fifteen years training in New Jersey he moved to New York City and transformed his 300-square foot living space into a fully equipped personal training studio and boxing gym. Word quickly got out that people were training with Torres and coming out looking like a healthy Calvin Klein model and an impressive client list began to accumulate. In 2010 Torres began laying out the blueprint for this current personal training studio and boxing gym, WILLSPACE, which opened April 2011.

“[The personal training  studio] is all about privacy and technique,” says Torres. The space definitely boasts an intimate and sleek atmosphere. Visitors are welcomed and into an open space occupied with sleek machinery and complimented by toffee colored leather benches and photographs by Caitlin Mitchell. A second room welcomes you through glass doors where clients can take Torres’ custom boxing classes and HIIT jumprope workout.

Torres says he wanted to create a space that’s intimate and where people can feel comfortable. Training with Torres or one of his five on-staff trainers is by appointment. “The key with the training is evolving the program,” says Torres. “The challenge with men is that they like to come in and push weights around without taking time to focus on their flexibility and agility. A lot of men don’t go to classes but their hips and shoulder are very tight. It’s about developing bodies in men that have strength, power, endurance and agility.”

Well how do you achieve that? For starters, a great compliment to personal training are boxing classes offered at the studio. The classes, which was also inspiration for our sport editorial caps at six students per class. Involve a lot of twisting, punching, and kicking. The goal of course is to develop your strength, agility, and flexibility while conditioning your body.

The result? You look like David Beckham. Well your version at least. With a burgeoning list of clients that include fashion starts like Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and designer Ralph Rucci most of his male enthusiasts are aiming for that lean, athletic look that looks great in Armani. But the real goal is a life goal as Torres laments; “How you feel about your body effects your approach to life and the relationships you have.”

To Train With Will: $300 per session

Trainers: $200

 

TORRES TIPS - The clients that see the best results work out at least five times during the week.

 

Out of Town? - If you don’t do something in three days your body starts losing progress. So make sure to incorporate a work out a least twice during your vacation. Find a personal training studio nearby. If not, go running, run stairs, or even workout in your hotel room.

Exercise- Push into lunges into bike crunches into “burpes.” Work these in a series and repeat 4-5 times. Shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes. A TRX HIIT workout is also doable, as is a HIIT jump rope workout. 

Hot Topic - So what’s “in,” in the fitness world for men? Legs and butt are the new abs.

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West Village Gyms in Well + Good Magazine: My Big, Juicy Goal For 2013: Will Torres

My Big, Juicy Goal for 2013: Will Torres, Personal Trainer NYC

We checked in with celebrity personal trainers to see what big, juicy goals they’re setting for 2013. Perhaps their intentions will inspire yours.

Will Torres - Celebrity fitness trainer and owner of Willspace, West Village gyms

I think 2013 is about taking it to the streets and putting all of our hard work to the test. I’ll personally be signing up for four outdoor competitive events in 2013. I plan on strengthening my new mantra of Acceptance, Forgiveness, and Love. I’m also going to spend more time doing the things that me happy drawing, mountain biking, hiking, surfing, and pretty much anything outdoors where it’s me and nature going at it. At Willspace personal training studio, we’ll be bringing on seven more elite-level trainers and debuting online programs in 2013, so everyone will be able to sweat with us, and we can transform as many bodies as possible. 

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Willspace Personal Training Studio in Latina Magazine: 50 Ways To Add Sazon To Your Sex Life

50 Ways to Add Sazon to Your Sex Life

Hit the Gym

“When you feel good about yourself and your body, you can give to a relationship in a different way,” says Puerto Rican NYC personal trainer Will Torres. Here, he provides three sex-workouts.

 

Pound the pavement.

“Running for at least 30 minutes releases endorphins, which puts you in a good mood. You’ll feel more energetic and playful.’

 

Jump rope.

“Repeating that up-and-down motion for 5 to 10 minutes improves circulation and increases blood flow to your privates, leading to more powerful orgasm.”

 

Become a drill sergeant.

“Do 10 push-ups, 20 sit-ups and 30 squats, with little rest between 3 sets. It helps your endurance so you can keep the passion going for more than a minute.

 

Play Dress-Up

“Costumes and props are wonderful ways to make sex spicier,” says clinical sexologist Dr. Charley Ferrer. “For example, if you’re going to play nurse, think of the possibilities. You’ll need to listen to his heartbeat. Have him strip down for an exam. Let your imagination take it from there.”

 

Go Public

Sometimes things heat up before you’re able to get behind closed doors, and the danger of being caught is a powerful turn-on. This could certainly explain why, according to Trojan’s 2012 Sex Life Survey, 32 percent of Americans have had sex outside!

 

Turn Up the Volume

Puerto Rican pop duo Domino Saints - aka real life couple Giselle “Gigi” Ojeda and David Leal- release their debut album, Malas Manas, on Feb. 5, so who better to share their top baby-making tracks? “Burbujas de Amor: by Juan Luis Guerra. “A couple glasses of wine and this song blasting on the iPod will definitely seal the deal.” “Careless Whisper” by George Michael. “If there is any song in the world that will make panties drop it’s this.” “Mad love” by Robi Draco Rosa. “You have to get lost when you get freaky, and this song does the trick every time.” “Turn Your LIght Down Low” by Bob Marley. “There’s something so sexy about reggae. This son gets right to the point and touches your heart.” “Rakata” by Wisin y Yandel, “Some people like to take it slow, others need some rakata to get down.”

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Boxing Gym in Self: Get A Hot Everything

Get a Hot Everything! Our valentine to you: Top NYC personal trainers (who don’t suck to look at) are here to tone you head to toe. XO, self!

“Strong legs, powerful lady! It’s a glimpse into how you train.”

Squat Kick- works butt, legs, abs

Stand with feet hip-width apart, toes turned slightly out, a dumbbell in each hand at shoulders. Squat low, then stand, quickly brining left knee to chest and kicking leg out (as shown). Return to start and repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 20 reps.

WILL TORRES, personal trainer NYC. Would you say no to “one more rep.” If these lips asked? Us neither! Same for the models and starlets lining up for the high intensity boxing inspired workouts at Torres’ NYC boxing gym; Willspace. For more Will: willspace.com; willspacenyc.

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West Village Gyms in Real Beauty: 5 Tips To Help Stick With Your Fitness Resolutions

5 Tips to Help Stick With Your Fitness Resolutions

With the new year often comes a goal to get in better shape—but it is not always the easiest to fulfill. The trick is finding something that will keep you motivated to work out way after January, like boxing classes. NYC personal trainer and founder of Willspace personal training studio, Will Torres, shares his tips to keep exercising all year long.

Don't burn the candle at both ends. Torres says if you're going to start the new year with early morning workouts, make sure to get to bed earlier. This will make your HIIT workouts more effective and keep you less hungry during the day. To help get your body ready for an early night's sleep, he suggests stretching before bed to slow your heart rate, calm your breathing, and get into your REM stage faster. To motivate yourself in the morning, lay out your clothes the night before and have music ready to put on first thing.

Work out with a friend and do fun thinks like boxing classes. Find someone who is in better shape then you and already has good habits in place to keep you motivated, says Torres. If you and your friend can't meet up, try the app 'Yog.' It allows you to virtually run together, so you can still hold each other accountable even if you aren't in the same place.

Switch up your workout routine. Routines force your body into auto-pilot, in effect, creating a plateau, explains Torres. Challenge yourself to train in different ways—if you typically do a lot of cardio, start lifting weights. Torres suggests selecting a series of exercises like step ups, pull downs, overhead press, boxing classes or chest presses. Find the appropriate weight for yourself and do 8-10 reps, repeating three times. If you only focus on lifting heavy weights, use that to work on your endurance and add some cardio at the end. Go faster during the work out with smaller amounts of rest.

Prepare a feast for yourself. Most people say they don't cook at home because they don't like to cook for one person. But Torres suggests preparing enough food for lunch and dinner for two to three days. Sign up for cooking newsletters to get different recipes every week so you don't get bored. Go to the farmer's market instead of the grocery store for seasonal ingredients. Fresh fruits and veggies are not only great for your body, but a wonderful way to support your local community. 

Make an investment and hire a trainer. Every time you want to head out to a dinner, cocktails, or brunch, Torres suggest putting that cash in a jar instead. After a few weeks, collect your savings and use the money to invest in your health and fitness.

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Manhattan Modern Luxury Magazine: Boxing Classes Warfare

Boxing Classes Warfare

We know, we know. It’s below freezing and gets dark at 3 in the afternoon, and the last place you want to be is on the elliptical or at boxing classes. But we’ve uncovered two new programs that will reignite your workout spirit. -Camille Hunt

If you’re so bored with cardio that you’d take a root canal over 10 minutes on a treadmill, consider willRTB (short for Raise the Bar), a new core pilates and HIIT class by expert trainer Will Torres. The eight-session, four-week program ($850) combines the two most important elements of training-cardio and lifting-to ignite metabolism, shed fat and increase strength and tone. Added bonus There are just four students per session, so you can sign up with three pals (or another couple) and get the personal attention you want from private training-but with some much-needed camaraderie.

Torres created RTB to relieve New Yorkers of the monotony and ineffectiveness of everyday kettlebell workouts. “People who work out alone tend to do just one thing- only yoga, only endurance, only spinning. You won’t get the results you’re looking for if your body is never pushed to change.”

Each 90 minute RTB session consists of 45 minutes of lifting and body weight exercises followed by 45 minutes{C}{C} {C} of a cardio workout combing elements of muay thai, jiujitsu and Pilates. According to Torres, RTB’s “after-burn” (heightened metabolism following a cardio workout) lasts up to 13 hours, and after four weeks you’ll start noticing real physical changes - as well as those people asking what you’ve been up to. 254 W. 10th St. 212.929.1800, willspace.com

Animal Flow is the newest offering from swanky fitness club Equinox. The 60-minute class combines basic body-weight exercises with “animal flow” components- movements that replicate those made by animal in the world (think apes, frogs, crocodile and baboons).

The innovative class is the brainchild of personal trainer Mike Fitch, who says Flow stems from his need to train without the use of weights, which can cause injuries. “I began incorporating disciplines that used only my body weight-like gymnastics, circus arts and break dancing,” says Fitch. “These all have a common thread: crawling or animal movements. I took some of those forms and modified them to get the most out of each one. The results were outstanding!”

Expect to spend most of the class on the flow crawling, hopping and bounding like a beast (you’ll be surprised at how much you enjoy it). Fitch says students will feel results after just one workout, and increased coordination and flexibility within week. equinox.com

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West Village Gyms in Style.com: Raising The Bar For A New You In 2013

West Village Gyms are Raising The Bar For A New You in 2013

 

With the holidays here and gone, you can probably measure the amount of cheer you experienced over the past few weeks in calories consumed. Between the eggnog, roasted meats, and a staggering array of sprinkle-dusted, chocolate-encrusted confections that have been on seemingly endless display since the beginning of the month, we’re likely not alone in saying we desperately need to get back to the gym. “January is a time of new beginnings and a fresh start. We do see an increase in the amount of people interested in getting serious about their fitness and health,” confirms Will Torres, the NYC personal trainer who has toned the likes of Riccardo Tisci, Ralph Rucci, and Nick Wooster. “But it can quickly die off by February and March. It’s not motivating going to the gym and doing the same things,” says Torres, the founder of Willspace, one of the best West Village gyms. So, what’s the best way to keep those lofty New Year’s resolutions? Keep things exciting with a new routine.

Torres is hoping to entice people to not only to get back to the gym in 2013, but to stay there with a new program he’s called Raise the Bar, or willRTB. The 90-minute HIIT workout session combines 45 minutes of strength training followed by 45 minutes of cardio activity, like a HIIT jump rope workout. “It challenges strength, endurance, and flexibility, along with balance, coordination, and power that will ignite your metabolism and shed fat,” he elaborates of the four-week program that includes two classes per week, with each class building on the next. Combining lifting, mixed martial arts, like kickboxing and jiu jitsu, and stretching and plyometrics “torches fat,” Torres enthuses, and develops long and lean muscles while boosting metabolism. Here’s the real selling point: each willRTB class will be limited to four people, so you get more of a personal-training feel. In addition to a greater ability to hone individual technique, reduced numbers can increase “mental toughness” as well, says Torres. “The small group is great for the camaraderie.” The foursome that works out together, stays svelte together, as they say.

willRTB will debut in January 2013, at Willspace, 254 W. 10th St., Suite B, NYC. For more information, visit www.willspace.com.

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Personal Trainer NYC in Well + Good: 6 January Workout Programs To Set You Up For The Fittest Year Ever

6 January workout programs to set you up for the fittest year ever from our favorite personal trainer NYC

Goal: Get stronger - and sculpted

Program: Raise the Bar at Willspace

On Will Torres’ intense four-week program, classes start with 45 minutes of strength training, followed by 45 minute boxing classes with Mike Medrano. Expect kicks, punches, and primal moves with your hands wrapped like a fighter. Torres says the twice-weekly sessions should burn more than 700 calories, and get you results you can see me. “So many people tell me they’re not getting toned the way they really want, and the missing component is pure lifting,” he says. “They’re not doing the right moves, they’re not doing them correctly, and they’re not liftingenough.” Here’s your chance to change that. $850, www.willspace.com

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Willspace Personal Training Studio in Beauty Sweet Spot: Fitness Tips That'll Whip You Into Shape For The Holidays & Keep You There

Fitness tips that’ll whip you into shape for the holidays & keep you there from our favorite personal training studio

Intrigued by fitness, I’m always looking to learn new ways to keep my body in shape so I sought out Will Torres, the Founder of Willspace, a personal training studio in NYC.  He has a new, intense class starting in January that I’m determined to conquer (hear more about it after the jump), and gave me some great tips on the most important exercises for women and how to stay fit during the holidays.  Check them out.

Willspace is known for exercises that utilize one’s own body weight as opposed to lifting weights.  What kind of results can one expect from that and why is it best?

Willspace is known for using hybrid exercises that challenge multiple parts of the body at one time.  The more muscles you can get going in one movement the more it will boost your metabolism and the faster you will get results. Body weight exercises like calisthenics, plyometrics, push ups, sit-ups and pullups are vital to an exercise program.  It’s important to be able to lift and move your own body weight around.  However, not all exercises are conducive to using only body weight.  For example, the lower body muscles are very strong so when training the legs you must use resistance so that the muscles are adequately challenged.

 

What are the three most important exercises that you teach women?

1. Squat Thrusters: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart holding dumbbells in front of the shoulder. Squat so your butt is below knee level. Quickly drive through the heels, straighten legs and extend arms overhead. 10 reps.

2. Plank Rows: Start in a high plank position with 7lb or 10lb dumbbells in each hand. Have your hands closer than shoulder width apart and your feet wider than hip width. Push down through the left arm as you pull the right dumbbell from the ground and lift the elbow towards the ceiling. Repeat on the other side. 10 reps.

3. Butterfly Sit-ups: Lie on your back with souls of the feet touching and let your knees fall to the side. Sit up reaching with your hands past your toes and roll back down. 20 reps.

 

Any tips on how to stay fit while traveling during the holidays?

You can begin to lose the results from all your hard training after about 3 days of non-activity.  It’s important to keep your training going while you’re away for the holidays. When you’re on the road the workouts don’t have to be as long, but staying active is crucial.

 

How do you recommend being active on the road?

1. Short 15-20 minutes bouts of all out exercises will help combat all of the extra meals, drinks and treats.

2. Practice “Push-aways”.  After you’ve eaten an appropriate amount of food and before you go up for seconds push yourself away from the table and put your plate in the kitchen.

3. Instead of picking up more dessert make a big salad with greens and veggies.  This way you can have something to share and you will be able to control a little better what you’re eating.  Just add protein and a small amount of carbs and you are set.

 

What’s your overall fitness philosophy?

Most people gravitate to one form of training.  Some focus more on cardio or endurance while other focus mainly on lifting.  In my opinion someone that is fit can perform at a high level within both of those parameters.  I think of fitness as the ability to have strength, stamina, agility and power all in one.  To do this you must train hard and always vary the training to consistently keep your body pushing to the next level. Get plenty of rest and develop a conscience awareness of what you are eating and putting into your body.

Want to amp up your fitness routine with Torres?  In January, he’s offering 90 minute ‘Raise the Bar’ classes that include 45 minutes of strength training followed by 45 minutes of cardio.  Something I’m super eager to try as I don’t think I have enough stamina to complete, but am determined!

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Willspace in Harper's Bazaar: Better Pilates Body

Better Pilates Body

If you’ve resolved that this is the year you’re going to keep that New Year’s resolution and drop a few pounds, we’ve got several options to suit varying degrees of tolerance for hard work and deprivation.

 

Enroll in Boot Camp or boxing classes - For those who want to fully embrace an around-the-clock weeklong diet, fitness, and wellness getaway, consider the Ranch at Live Oak/Malibu (theranchmalibu.com). Picture a five-star luxury resort meets summer camp - but with extremely structured diet and exercise. Expect 5:30am wake-up calls, followed by five-hour mountainon a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet. (Don’t worry, a daily massage is included, and you’ll sleep on Frette sheets.) Be prepared to head home a few pounds lighter and with clear direction on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

 

Rally Your Friends - Instead of meeting your girlfriends for after-work drinks, sign up together for a total-body workout. For the beginner: If you’re always coveted surfer abs but aren’t much a beach lover, a good option is SurfSet (surfsetfitness.com), a 45-minute surf-inspired workout that focuses on stability, core strength, and aerobic conditioning. Anticipate sore muscles (and a few laughs) as you try to balance on an unstable, custom-made board. For best results, go three times a week for added energy and tone. Calories burned: 450 to 800 per class.

 

For the intermediate: Raise the Bar is a 90-minute class that combines cardio and strength training with core pilates and moves from boxing classes like kick-boxing and jujitsu, and can help you drop two to four pounds in nine days. “This class is for someone who is serious about getting in shape and who loves working out,” says Will Torres, creator of the New York personal training studio Willspace, where the class is held. For best results, go twice a week. Calories burned: 700 to 900 per class. 

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Willspace Personal Training Studio in Marie Claire: Holiday Game Plan

The Holiday Game Plan - Here’s how to get your hair, skin, and body primed for party season, with 30 days or just 24 hours to go from some of our favorite West Village gyms.

 

Countdown: One Month

“You can safely lose 4 to 8 pounds in a month if you exercise five to eight hours a week,” says fitness expert Will Torres, owner of personal training studio Willspace in New York City. Load up on lean protein and vegetables for the fastest results.

 

Countdown: Two Weeks

Body - Torres stresses strength training and boxing classes to further boost the burn. “When you do cardio activity, metabolism is spiked for three to four hours after you stop. When you do strength training, it’s spiked for 12 to 15 hours,” he explains. with two weeks to go, Torres recommends exercising for three days and resting one day for a total of six workouts a week. Four times a week, workouts should include 30 minutes of strength training (using 8-to12-pound arm weights and 15-to 20 pound leg weights) and 30 minutes of cardio. the other days can be just cardio. “Women can only put on a half a pound to 1 pound of muscle per month, so this much weight won’t bulk you up,” he assures.

 

Countdown: 24 Hours

For a final spike to your metabolism, try to fit in a 10-minute strengthening session before your party prep. “Do core exercises like planks or squats with arm exercises or kettlebell workouts,” Torres says. “Your body will be tighter and more toned for two to three hours after the workout, so your clothes will fit better.”

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Willspace in Luxury Attaché: Life. Styled.

Marc News

Volume 2, No. 12

Life. Styled.

Willspace - 254 West 10th Street at Hudson Street, Suite B

Nestled in the heart of the West Village, Willspace is Manhattan’s premiere private training facility, designed for clients to reach their maximum wellness potential. The brainchild of renowned trainer and fitness expert, Will Torres, willspace is a high -caliber training studio where clients transform their bodies, push their limits and discover their inner will. With over 15 years of experience, his reputation of “the golden touch,” has built him an impressive client list of celebrities and fashion notables.

Approaching fitness though integrated training techniques, each client is guided one-on-one through a custom-tailored program. The supercharged sessions focus on core strength, endurance and flexibility. Unique series of asymmetrical combinations utilize the body’s own weight and exercise multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Every four weeks, trainer dedicate time to discuss client’s individual progress, measuring body composition, setting new goals and celebrating milestones.

Receive 10% off your first session at willspace when booking through your Lifestyle Manager.

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Personal Training NYC in Brides: 14 Ways To Stay Slim This Holiday Season

14 Personal Training NYC Ways to Stay Slim This Holiday Season 

Even during the holidays, when you’re tempted with endless flutes of bubbly and all manner of bacon-wrapped nibbles, you can keep your wedding weight-loss plan on track

 

Sea-ing is Believing - NYC Personal Trainer Will Torres, whose Willspaces West Village gyms in New York attracts fashion types and athletes alike, is keen on seafood as a low-cal party pick. “Tuna carpaccio is a good bet,” he says. “So is shrimp. Fish generally tends to be a smart choice.”

 

Tiny Treat Spell Trouble - Whether it’s Baked by Melissa or some other purveyor of miniature goodies, the current trend for teensy versions of classic desserts can wreak havoc on your waistline. “Each of those little Baked by Melissa cupcake is super, super rich,” says Torres. “And you can easily eat five or six, which is like a big piece of cake. I tell my clients, Two, and you’re out of there.”

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NYC Personal Trainer in Esquire: Workout Style: How To Dress For Lifting And Boxing Classes

Workout Style: How to Dress for Lifting and Boxing Classes

We’re a week away from Thanksgiving, the official start to the waistline-expanding holiday season. So, in the interests of ensuring you actually fit into your pants a month from now, we introduce the first in a new series devoted to staying in shape - and looking your best in the process. First on the docket, what to wear for a session at NYC personal training studio Willspace (or, really, any time you're doing personal training NYC).

 

The Experience - Boxing classes or one-on-one training with Will Torres is an intense combination of lifting heavy weights, kettle bells, and boxing. The “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” portion acts as cardio - keeping your heart rate up and shredding excess body fat - while all that lifting pumps your muscles. Will puts an emphasis on the deep squat as a major component of a successful lifting routine. It’s not exactly easy, but it works. And that’s what you want, right?

 

What to Wear - No need to get fancy here. A good T-shirt (like one from Boast) and a simple pair of mesh shorts from Champion are all you need up top. For a foundation, Adidas sneakers designed for power lifting will give you excellent support when you’re dealing with heavy weights.

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Willspace in Well + Good: The NYC Personal Trainer Who Texts You

The NYC Personal Trainer Who Texts You

Will Torres, NYC Personal Trainer, had a client who knew he had to cut back on alcohol in order to reach his fitness goals. “I told him he could have one glass of wine at night, and that’s it,” he says.

One Saturday evening, Torres texted the client. “I know you’re going for that second glass. Just one!” He didn’t get a response, but at their next personal training session, the client looked baffled. “How did you know?!” he asked.

This level of around-the-clock coaching and encouragement isn’t because Torres is a control freak—it’s become typical among elite trainers from West Village gyms to go the extra mile for their top-dollar clients. “So many clients’ schedules are really intense with traveling or work demands,” explains Torres. “I always make myself available to show them I’m committed to results.”

And texting is the tip of the iceberg.

DING DONG, THIS IS YOUR WAKE-UP CALL

Many trainers, especially in Hollywood, double as human alarm clocks, providing an in-person wake up call with a doorbell ring. Trainers are literally rousing clients from sleep in order to work out, explains celeb trainer Lacey Stone. Stone says Jennifer Garner is one example of a celebrity she knows tapped this resource when preparing for her athletic role in Alias.

“When you’re an actress, especially if you have to be naked on camera, it’s really important that you have extreme help with your fitness and food,” says Stone. This is just one level shy of having a full-time trainer living with you, which is a service many celebs—like Madonna and Oprah—take advantage of.

AND THE LADY WILL HAVE…

Will Torres, one of New York City’s top fitness trainers, had a client who knew he had to cut back on alcohol in order to reach his fitness goals. “I told him he could have one glass of wine at night, and that’s it,” he says.

One Saturday evening, Torres texted the client. “I know you’re going for that second glass. Just one!” He didn’t get a response, but at their next personal training session, the client looked baffled. “How did you know?!” he asked.

This level of around-the-clock coaching and encouragement isn’t because Torres is a control freak—it’s become typical among elite trainers to go the extra mile for their top-dollar clients. “So many clients’ schedules are really intense with traveling or work demands,” explains Torres. “I always make myself available to show them I’m committed to results.”

And texting is the tip of the iceberg.

DING DONG, THIS IS YOUR WAKE-UP CALL

Many trainers, especially in Hollywood, double as human alarm clocks, providing an in-person wake up call with a doorbell ring. Trainers are literally rousing clients from sleep in order to work out, explains celeb trainer Lacey Stone. Stone says Jennifer Garner is one example of a celebrity she knows tapped this resource when preparing for her athletic role in Alias.

“When you’re an actress, especially if you have to be naked on camera, it’s really important that you have extreme help with your fitness and food,” says Stone. This is just one level shy of having a full-time trainer living with you, which is a service many celebs—like Madonna and Oprah—take advantage of.

AND THE LADY WILL HAVE…

Aside from motivation to work out, food is the next biggest thing trainers help with. “I have done grocery shopping, helping my clients to buy the right food to stock their fridge for a healthier diet,” says David Kirsch, who has trained Heidi Klum and a slew of Victoria’s Secret models.

Stone has made meals and shakes for clients, and Terri Walsh, creator of the A.R.T. Method, will send her clients out the door with breakfast and order their groceries for them on Fresh Direct.

“I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!”

And then there’s fitness clothing. All the trainers we talked to said they had either advised clients on their workout wardrobe, gone along as a shopping buddy, or gone shopping for them, so that fashionable, functional workout wear would be waiting for them at the studio.

At Walsh’s studio, she’ll even do her clients’ dirty fitness laundry (a level of service that must trump the slightly shabby appearance of her space). So a clean set of workout apparel awaits them the next day.

“Clients get my immediate attention and consideration no matter what I’m in the middle of,” Walsh explains. “It’s expensive, but some people need this kind of support.”

In fact, Walsh is often so involved in clients’ lives, she doesn’t have to text them. They text her.

“I monitor all their meals, and advise them on their choices,” she explains. “This sometimes involves responding to texts at dinner that say ‘ Terri, danger, danger! Can haz bread?’” Her response? “Terri sez: NO.”  —Lisa Elaine Held

Does your trainer go the extra mile? Would you welcome texts from your trainer? Would it or other nudges make a difference in your training? Tell us in the Comments, below!If you’re Heidi Klum, your trainer will even share nutrition bars with you.

Aside from motivation to work out, food is the next biggest thing trainers help with. “I have done grocery shopping, helping my clients to buy the right food to stock their fridge for a healthier diet,” says David Kirsch, who has trained Heidi Klum and a slew of Victoria’s Secret models.

Stone has made meals and shakes for clients, and Terri Walsh, creator of the A.R.T. Method, will send her clients out the door with breakfast and order their groceries for them on Fresh Direct.

“I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!”

And then there’s fitness clothing. All the trainers we talked to said they had either advised clients on their workout wardrobe, gone along as a shopping buddy, or gone shopping for them, so that fashionable, functional workout wear would be waiting for them at the studio.

At Walsh’s studio, she’ll even do her clients’ dirty fitness laundry (a level of service that must trump the slightly shabby appearance of her space). So a clean set of workout apparel awaits them the next day.

“Clients get my immediate attention and consideration no matter what I’m in the middle of,” Walsh explains. “It’s expensive, but some people need this kind of support.”

In fact, Walsh is often so involved in clients’ lives, she doesn’t have to text them. They text her.

“I monitor all their meals, and advise them on their choices,” she explains. “This sometimes involves responding to texts at dinner that say ‘ Terri, danger, danger! Can haz bread?’” Her response? “Terri sez: NO.”  —Lisa Elaine Held

Does your trainer go the extra mile? Would you welcome texts from your trainer? Would it or other nudges make a difference in your training? Tell us in the Comments, below!

By Wellness Wire

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Willspace in Vanity Fair: Work Out Like An Olympian NYC Personal Trainer

Work Out Like an Olympian NYC Personal Trainer

It seems to me that everything these last couple of months has had something to do with the Olympics: from ship windows to billboards, to bars and even nightclubs. Last month on Fire Island I saw a sassy troop of drag queens re-enact the entire 1996 U.S.-women’s-gymnastics-team floor exercise. (You haven’t seen true drag until you’ve seen a fortysomething man do vintage Kerri Strug.) Naturally, after my trip to the Super Bowl earlier this year, I just assumed I’d soon be wining my way to London to see the games of the XXX Olympiad. But, to my shock and disappointed, Vanity Fair told me they’d rather spend the money on making a magazine. So I decided to take things into my own hands. I had the Olympic bug and I had it bad. I wasn’t about to miss out on all the fun and frenzy. I decided to do my own Olympics, here in New York. Since I’m workout-obsessed, I’d take every exercise class I could find that was Olympic-themed. A chance to humiliate myself in front of my friends and peers? Check. An opportunity to throw on a bathing cap and synchronize swim with a bunch of sassy gals? Hell yeah, game on! Oh, and you would like me to wear the actual uniform fort the purpose of the pictures? O.K., what could possibly go wrong.

So I tackled the sports head on had some great workouts, some good laughs, and little agony along the way. What I take away from this experience? That at 37 I am little long in the tooth for every sport and that I wasn’t so comfortable being photographed in a Speedo (but I like it now).

Boxing Classes

Of all the workouts I tried, this one was my favorite, and the one I am going to continue. And it was the one I was most reluctant to try in the first place! I went to Willspace Boxing gymoff of West 10th Street one of Manhattan’s West Village Gyms, where they specialize in Mui Tai, a combination of boxing and kicking, or as we call it in america, kickboxing. Boxing classes are one of the few sports that I actually don’t watch, and even though I was really good at Mortal Kombat 2 when I was 12, actual fighting was also never one of my strengths. So I was intimated to start this workout. My teacher was named Little Mike. (Twist: he is not little. At all.) He set right out making me feel comfortable - despite his giant frame, he was actually a total teddy bear. A teddy bear that could kick the living shit out of anyone. (By the way “little” Mike Medrano will be headlining in Atlantic City on September 12). We started off with a series of moves named after animals: the scorpion, the bear, the bullfrog, and the seated gorilla. Don’t know the animals yet? Trust me, they are bitches and you will be exhausted before you even start your boxing/kicking combos. For the seated gorilla, for example, you must crab-walk across the floor using only your fists and you ass - you’re feet can’t touch the ground. Sound hard? the floor is harder. Once those were done, I learned how to perform some offensive and defensive moves, with Little Mike reminding me to protect my face and shuffle my feet all the way through-as though I would ever use these for actual fighting. Kickboxing is a great workout because it keeps your heart rate elevated while boosting your endurance and the strength in your fast-twitch muscle. (Think the ones that help you sprint, not run muscle.) I left feeling tired, with my back and arms completely worn out. Though these skills probably won’t frequently translate to real life, the next time a shitty fashion-P.R. person thinks about not giving me look #27, he might want to think about this story. 

By Michael Carl

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Boxing Gym in Well + Good: 6 Ways To Hydrate Better

6 Ways To Hydrate Better, From Your Favorite Boxing Gym

Every fitness professional out there tells you to drink water, water, and ore water. Including the ones in this article. But after a summer boot-camp session or boxing classes on a scorching sunny pier, your hydration stores ay be drained into a poll of sweat around your Nikes. We asked two of New York’s top personal trainers - Will Torres, owner of Willspace and NYC personal trainer, and Joel Harper, celebrity trainer to clients like Dr. Oz - for their tips on how to give your hydration levels a boost for those 95-degrees-days. Get out your water bottle. Here’s what they had to say...

Will Torres, owner of Willspace

Avoid dehydrating - Coffee, tea, and energy drinks sap your hydration away, since caffeine is a diuretic and will cause your body to release water. “An air conditioned environment can also be dehydrating,” Torres sys. Use that as an excuse to take an out-of-office mid-day walk. For, um, a bottle of water. 

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Willspace in Well + Good: Class Action: Boxing Classes At Willspace

Class Action: Boxing Classes at WillSpace

Boxing classes follow fashion. The city’s  West Village gyms and studios constantly launch new “It” classes. In Class Action we dish on what we’re trying, or what we really want to. And please tell us what classes you’re excited about in the Comments section, below! Friday, June 29, 2012

Will Torres, NYC personal trainer and the trainer-owner of WillSpace, is known for his personal training of models and moguls (always a potent mix).

Torres also has a small studio space adjoining one of the best West Village gyms, where he envisioned a group fitness concept that was stellar and signature enough to justify a $55 per class price tag. (Classes max out at 6 people, hence the hefty cost.)

Now he’s hit on just the thing, with WillTKO, which stands for Total Knock Out, and is poised to put WillSpace on the group fitness map for boxing classes.

Mike Medrano, a mixed martial arts champion, created WillTKO as class to help cardio junkies tone up. If you’re a veteran boot camper like me, who loves a grueling workout but has burpee and mountain-climber fatigue, then you’ll find this class utterly refreshing and addictive.

Medrano, a 5’3″ dynamo, plays the parts of boxing coach, self-defense guru, and personal trainer. Weaving together different forms of martial arts, WillTKO alternates between fresh-feeling floor work, and using the punching bags and shadow boxing. I loved the moves with names like seated gorillas, side monkeys, flamingos, and bullfrogs. The ultimate testament is that when class ended after an hour, I thought we were at the half way point. —Alexia Brue

Who’s it for: Burnt out boot campers in search of a new moves, anyone looking for a super personalized and premium group fitness experience.

 

Book it or skip it: Book it.

Will Space, 254 W. 10th Street, Suite B, at Hudson St., Greenwich Village, www.willspace.com

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West Village Gyms in Food Republic: Will Torres Is Not A Fan Of Liquid Diets

Will Torres Is Not A Fan Of Liquid Diets - The NYC personal trainer tells us to chew something

Will Torres, personal trainer NYC, knows a thing or two about getting fit. As the powerhouse owner behind Willspace, the discreetly low-key personal training studio in NYC frequented by Bravo’s Andy Cohen, among many other stylish gents bearing jacked physiques under their fitted suits, workouts are his love and labor. But what we didn’t expect when we stopped by his newly opened 2,000-square-foot gym in the West Village, was to find someone who’s as equally passionate and knowledgeable about food as he is about total body conditioning. A self-professed Brussels sprouts lover and peanut butter addict, Torres gives us the rundown on his daily calorie intake, and explains his beef with juicing.

What neighborhood do you live in?

I used to be in the West Village, but now I live in the Financial District.

That’s often labeled as no man’s land for dining. Where do you eat down there?

(Wall & Water at) the Andaz. They have a good restaurant in the hotel, and a cool cocktail area. You find a lot of suits there, but the food is good.

What are some of your favorite spots in the city?

I really like Zio in Chelsea. It’s Italian. The food’s amazing — the detail and attention to flavors. Another favorite is Red Farm. Those guys are great. Also La Promenade des Anglais and Scarpetta.

How strict are you with your diet when you eat out?

I’m a creature of habit when I go out to eat. I try to get an appetizer that has a lot of vegetables in it — not heavy on the cheese — then I’ll get an entrée that’s usually a fish and vegetable.

How many calories do you consume a day?

I probably try to eat 2,500 to 3,500 calories. It depends on how active I’ve been, and how long or busy my day is. I try to eat something every 3-4 hours — smaller meals.

Do you drink protein shakes? Smoothies?

I used to be big on smoothies, but it’s probably one of the worst things you can do for yourself. If you look at the ingredients, anything with fruit is going to have a lot of sugar. As a meal replacement, it’s really hard to burn off that much. As far as protein goes, you’re better off getting it from natural sources like meat, dairy and vegetables.

Noted. Avoid the smoothie bar at the gym.

But after an intense workout, especially weight training, I do recommend some sort of a liquid supplement to help get your energy levels back up. Food takes 3-4 hours for your body to digest it. If you don’t refuel immediately, you’re dying for food a couple of hours later. And then you’re eating and overeating throughout the rest of the day.

What would you choose?

We’ve had really good results with Amplified Recovery Protein. It has about 15 grams of carbs and 15 grams of protein. Put it in water, and you drink it after your workout. Then about one to two hours later, have a meal.

While we’re talking about liquids, what’s your take on juicing?

I do juice. I’m a big fan of incorporating it into a healthy diet. But it can’t be the only thing. Your body needs a certain amount of calories, and if you’re getting them from those liquid cleanses, they’re probably under 1,000 calories.

But isn’t that the point if you’re trying to lose weight?

When you start starving yourself, your body freaks out — it’s called the starvation response. It slows down the metabolism, starts to store more body fat to give you enough energy to burn later. So when you start eating normally again, you’re actually storing a higher percentage of body fat. If you do that once or twice it doesn’t matter, but doing that every so often for a lifetime can completely destroy your metabolism.

So what do you do when you need to trim down?

When I’m getting ready to be photographed or do a tv appearance, my diet becomes very clean and lean. In the morning I’ll eat an omelet with spinach. For lunch I’ll have a piece of protein with bigger vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, grilled zucchini, and then a similar thing for dinner. After a couple of days, my appetite is controlled, I’m not looking for sugar and my energy is through the roof. And then you start seeing the physical results from it. It’s not as fun eating that way, but you feel incredible.

Do you like to cook?

I do. My favorites — I love Brussels sprouts. So delicious, and really simple with some oil. Quinoa is so amazing. It’s very filling. Carbs aren’t really the culprit. Portion sizes are the culprit, but quinoa is something that you can have a portion of, and it’s satisfying. I love fish too: salmon and Chilean sea bass. The bass, I roast it in the oven, with tomatoes, olives, capers and red onion. Just so delicious.

Wine or beer?

Wine. We went to Cape Town for the New Year, and the wines there are epic. There’s this one producer, Diemersfontein, and they have a Pinotage — you can really taste the chocolate, the coffee, the flavors.

What about cocktails?

I’m a big fan of vodka soda and actually, also Tanteo tequila, which is jalapeño-infused. It has this great kick. With lime, a little bit of maple syrup — just a little — it’s so good. It’s a treat.

Speaking of, any guilty pleasures, or foods that bend your will?

Peanut butter. I looove peanut butter. I used to eat it on a spoon. I live with my girlfriend, and normally I don’t bring it into the house because it’s such a weakness, but she gets it, and we share it…I have to really control myself.

What are your top three eating tips to supplement an exercise regime for the average guy who wants to get fit?

{C}1.        {C}Drink water. In general, you should drink half your body weight in ounces per day. Sometimes the brain confuses dehydration with being hungry. In the afternoon, when you’re feeling sluggish and might want a snack or a pick-me-up, more times than not, you’re dehydrated.

{C}2.        {C}Have an apple before lunch and/or dinner. They’re water-rich and high in fiber, so they’re filling, and you’ll eat less of the meal because you’ll be satisfied sooner.

3.        Chew your food — at least 20 times. Digestion starts in the mouth. If you don’t chew your food well, it’s just harder for your stomach to break it down. That makes you sluggish too, because you’re making your body work harder. Plus, by slowing down you’ll eat far less, and you’ll be more satisfied.

By Laura Neilson

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Willspace Personal Training Studio in WWD: Where The Fashionable Get Fit

Where the Fashionable Get Fit at West Village GYms

In November, NYC personal trainer Will Torres christened his new training studio in New York’s West Village as one of the premier West Village Gyms with a party that drew Bravo’s Andy Cohen, designer Doug Burkman of Burkman Bros., former Bergdorf Goodman men’s fashion director Nick Friedman - all acolytes of the stylish sweat temple. Since opening, Willspace has become a magnet for fashion types, with a client list that also includes A/X Armani Exchange chief marketing officer Tom Jarrold. Interview magazine president Dan Ragone, actor Mark Consuelos (husband of Kelly Ripa) and Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, who works out with Torres when he’s in town from Paris.

“My fashion clients work really hard. They’re in the media eye and they have to look good, so they really push themselves,” says Torres, who grew up in Jersey City and moved to Manhattan in 2003 to open his first personal training studio in a one-bedroom apartment that doubled as his home. He slept on his massage table for several months as he built up his business.

The buff and bronzed Torres built his fashion following through word of mouth - and delivering results for his image-conscious clients. “There guys have a lot going on. When they come in to work out, they want to be effective and efficient,” he notes.

Rather than superfancy machines or faddish routines, Torres emphasizes exercises that often utilize the body’s own weight - such as TRX suspension - and asymmetric combination that have one side of the body pushing and the other pulling, while also engaging the core. His favorite exercises for men include the dead lift, plank rows and kettle bell cleans. “If you have to push a car, you’re not going to have a padded bench at your back,” he says.

Torres and the three trainers on his staff wear shorts and formfitting T-shirts by Number:Lab on the job-and he bans baggy workout gear on clients. “You want to feel good and feel sexy when you’re working out. And I need to be able to see your movements,” explains Torres, who says working with fashion clients has boosted his own style quotient. Still, Torres likes to follow- and teach-his own style dictum: “You can wear great clothes, but you have work on the hanger first.

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