Healthworks Blogger Bash

May 21, 2010

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Wow, do I love my gym Healthworks! Not only did they get voted 2010’s best women only club in the country by Fitness Magazine but they know how to treat the bloggers πŸ˜‰

Here’s the thing about Healthworks. I’m not really a gym kinda gal but a few years ago I decided to suck it up and go on the hunt for my perfect gym. I was working downtown Boston and knew that Healthworks was around the corner from the office. I went in, went on a tour, fell in love and signed up immediately. So much for the “hunt”. The gym was gorgeous and didn’t smell like a typical gym (or boys, hehe) which is pretty much what sold it. The staff was all friendly, the club was so clean, and the locker rooms had flowers and spelled like a spa. Oh, and they had state of the art equipment and all that important stuff too πŸ˜‰ So that’s my Healthworks story… I love the gym and what they stand for. It’s a judgement free zone and a place where women of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to be their best and be STRONG.

Last night Healthworks hosted one of my favorite blogger meet-ups! We all gathered at the Healthworks location in Back Bay for some light snacks (popchips, my favorite!), mocktails, and a spin class! I’d never taken spin before because it sort of intimidated me! I’d always walk by the dark rooms with music blasting and these ladies just cranking on the bikes! So when Judith, of Healthworks, told me they were thinking of doing spin for the blogger event I thought it was a great idea… It’s always nice to try something for the first time with a group of people you know and can have fun with! πŸ™‚

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There was a table set up with RIPE, my newest obsession…

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… and popchips. An obsession that will last a lifetime.

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We all headed to the locker rooms to get ready and put our stuff away before the spin class started. I’m so glad Alicia and Julie were there! Love when blogger friends turn into real friends! πŸ™‚

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Alicia and I starred and watched Julie fiddle with her key-card for a while before deciding to help her πŸ˜‰

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The Back Bay location is 2 levels of cardio goodness…

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We all met in the lobby before heading into the spin studio…

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“Before” shot of all of us nice and clean. We refused to take an “after” photo of all of us dripping sweat. Not internet appropriate πŸ˜‰

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Post workout coconut water thanks to Vita Coco!

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Healthworks also has a full cafe featuring some healthy wraps, sandwiches, and salads!

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And also a work station with some macs set up! πŸ™‚

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After the workout we all hit the showers to get ready for a night on the town at one of my favorite places to hang out, Alibi at the Liberty Hotel. I realized last night that I’ve actually been to Alibi three times in the past three weeks. Awesome. Quick side story about The Liberty Hotel… it used to be a historical prison and when they remodeled it the architecture and design teams kept a lot of the original parts of the prison in tact… which is why you see all the bars and other prison paraphernalia floating around! And they played on the prison idea by hanging celebrity mug shots all around Alibi, too! It’s fun!

Some more of the ladies who weren’t able to make it to the spin class met us out at the hotel so it was nice to see lots of familiar faces! I think there was close to 20 of us total!

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This portion of the evening was sponsored by Double Cross Vodka and RIPE. They mixed their deliciousness to create three refreshing adult beverages for us ladies to try! A Strawberry Collins (which had basil, yum!), a Bloody Mary, and a muddled raspberry drink. Check out Double Cross Vodkas site for some interesting and creative cocktails!

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Alicia’s in the clink! πŸ˜›

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And hello Bill Gates mug-shot!

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The men from both RIPE and Double Cross spoke to us about the drinks they created for us, too!

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And then there was food! Mozzarella, tomato and basil pizza…

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Caprese Salad

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Artichoke, prosciutto, and pear pizza

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And tuna tartare. Check out all the drinks in the background HA! Thank goodness for cabs and public transportation, sheesh.

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Kind of think whatever I burned off in that spin class I quickly gained back by eating and drinking so much… and it was worth every last bite and sip!

Since Sues is away I invited Kate to join in on the fun πŸ™‚ “Susie the Second” is what she is called in these situations πŸ˜‰

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With the lovely ladies of Healthworks Hannah and Judith. They’re so much fun πŸ™‚ And I’m gonna assume Judith was the one making me laugh which required us to try the photo again πŸ˜‰

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At the end of the night I dug through my completely awesome Siggis swag bag! In it I found a gift card to Healthworks for a 50 minute massage (YES!), popchips, a City Sports Boston t-shirt (I have a huge crush on City Sports!), Mad Hectic Oatmeal, a NUX sports bra, Siggis coupons, gift certificate valued at $65 for a spray tan at SkinHealth Centers (will be re-gifting this one, hehe), complimentary hair makeover from Rocks, Paper, Scissors Salon, along with some other fun stuff!

If any of you are interested in giving Healthworks a trial run they’re offering We are not Martha readers a special 3-Day Pass! Just click here and fill out your information to receive your pass! They have locations in Chesntnut Hill, Brookline, Boston, Cambridge, and Salem MA. Have fun!

Thanks so much to Judith, Hannah, and everyone else at Healthworks, RIPE, Double Cross Vodka and Alibi for putting on such a terrific event for some very grateful bloggers!

Happy Friday!

[Chels]

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15 Responses to "Healthworks Blogger Bash"

  1. Sounds like this event was a blast!

  2. Erica says:

    What an event! Love that you got to workout, sample fabulous products, and go out on the town- what a perfect night. I still haven’t tried that vita coco water- I really want to. You look adorable!!

  3. Melissa says:

    It was nice to see you at the event last night! πŸ™‚

  4. Julie Q says:

    HAHA loving all the pix, can’t wait to post all the identical ones since i was following you around at Alibi taking the mug shots πŸ™‚ omg we need to start having activity blogger events, cos it was a ton of fun! i love laughing during workouts

  5. Julie Q says:

    And I’d like to thank Alicia for letting me use her napkin/skirt in that picture!!

  6. megabrooke says:

    how did i not hear about this!? bummer, because it sounds (and looks!) like so much fun!

  7. Susan says:

    So fun! I wish I could have gone! The woes of working so far away πŸ™

  8. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your giraffe shorts! Those are so cute. I must ask where you got them from?

  9. Chels says:

    Hi Amanda! THANK YOU! πŸ™‚ And to everyone else who was complimenting my shorts last night: They are from J.Crew… I got them in the Winter/Early Spring 2009 season! I feel like J.Crew always has adorable printed shorts though! [Chels]

  10. delia says:

    Sounds awesome! I wish I lived in the Boston area so that I could try out this gym!

  11. Simply Life says:

    wow, I’ve never been so envious of someone going to the gym! πŸ™‚

  12. sophia says:

    Gosh!!! What a GREAT event! They really DO treat bloggers like gym queens!!!

  13. Colleen says:

    Great post and great pictures!!!

  14. Emily says:

    how did i not hear about this!? bummer, because it sounds (and looks!) like so much fun!

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