Have you seen the ads around town for Shape Up NYC? Bloomberg has stepped up to put this program together for 8 weeks this summer to offer fitness classes to people who aren’t currently in a position to afford a gym membership. I feel so fortunate to be part of this program!

Here’s a snippet from the website:

Shape Up New York

“Shaping Up has never been this easy! Starting May 17, Shape Up NYC will be offering FREE fitness classes every week at dozens of NEW locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba. No pre-registration is required, so just find the location in your neighborhood and start to Shape Up today!”

I am happy to say I am one of the teachers chosen for this very special and important program. I just returned home after teaching my first class for the 8 weeks. It was a kickboxing class at Harlem Hospital. I didn’t know what to expect so I brought my cd’s and planned an intro to kickboxing class. I have to admit, I am used to people not taking me up on my free offers. WHY is that? I offer free stuff all the TIME and people just don’t take advantage of it.  I was on a course to discontinuing my efforts to help people who say they want help and then don’t accept it when it’s offered. Seriously, people, comment on this. Answer this question so I can understand.

Anyway, point is- I wasn’t expecting more than 5 people to show up because of my past conditioning mentioned above. We were PACKED!!! Not only were there at least 30 people, but they were all smiling and ready to engage! Excited people who appreciated the chance to have a free class! I was thrilled. Beyond thrilled. I don’t know what your perspective is, but from my perspective, as a teacher, I WANT to help you. I WANT you to get stronger! The physical ALWAYS leads to the mental- so you end up empowering yourself by taking the time to build up your physical strength and endurance. I WANT to help!


Seriously. So, I was VERY excited that so many people were taking advantage of this program and I have to say it blew my mind a little. It is still a little blown. They were a hardworking crowd. It wasn’t easy for many of them to finish the one hour class, but they worked hard and they did it.

And they appreciated it. No one showed up in order to be grumpy and take it out on the rest of the world. They took responsibility for themselves and they appreciated the opportunity. Enough said.

The 2 free classes I am teaching are

Wednesdays at 6pm at Harlem Hospital 506 Lenox Ave – kickboxing

Fridays at 11:30am at Hunt’s Point Rec Center 765 Manida Street in the Bronx – sculpt

There are free classes all over the city taught by other Equinox instructors. Check out this link for more information:


Get up and move it!!

Your Fitness Coach,

Miranda Zukowski