BUFF BRIDE works out!

Have you met Christen yet?

Christen, a member of the 14th Street Y is getting married this fall. Besides wanting to look her best for the wedding, Christen wants to have a sustainable, healthy plan for exercise and eating that she can feel good about her whole life. She has graciously agreed to let us blog about her workouts so that you can join her on this healthy journey, and get some great workouts and ideas for your own program.

Jordan, one of our top personal trainers worked out with Christen last week with this one hour workout:

15 minutes interval training on the elliptical. -4 min warm up in heart rate zone 1.
-1 1/2 min in zone 2
-2 1/2 min in zone 1
-Performed 2 sets on this interval
-2 min cool down

Strength Circuit:-Squat to press on BOSU upside down – 10lb dumbbells/20 reps
-Step up to Balance and curl (using bench) 10lb dumbbells’s/20 reps; right leg
-Alternating Dumbbell Chest Press on Swiss Ball – 15lbs/20 reps
-Step up to Balance and curl (using bench) 10lb DB’s/20 reps; left leg
-Seated Swiss Ball Band Rows – Blue Band/25 reps/ Hold last rep in contraction for 10 Seconds
-Seated Ball Dumbbell Scaption (Arm lift 45 degrees from body) 3lbs/15 reps

*Each repetition is to be performed in slow controlled fashion; 2 to 3 second concentric contraction (positive), 1-2 second pause and 3-4 second eccentric contraction (negative)

Cool Down/FlexibilityBasic Swiss Ball Stretches

Additional Recommended class or training through the week:
-Flexibility, balance and relaxation: at least 1-2 times a week: Yoga, Qi Gung, Tai Chi -Cardiovascular endurance and efficiency: at least 2 times a week.

-Resistance Training: 3 times a week.

Questions about this workout? Leave a comment here! We hope you’ll try it and let us know what you think.

Welcome to our NEW Website!

If you’re reading this on our NEW Website, then you can already see what’s different and new about it. Scroll up a bit and you’ll see easy to find highlights of what people are most looking for. Scroll up a bit further and you’ll be able to search and register for classes by age and interest. Scroll down a bit, and you’ll find our hours, address, and quick links for popular searches like fitness, aquatics, basketball and babysitting schedules (these can be found on every page!)

Mostly though, if you’re reading this on our website then you’re probably seeing the two things we’re most happy about. To your right, a schedule of everything that’s happening in the building today. Need to remember if Pilates starts at 10 or 10:30? Just go to the homepage and check the daily schedule. Everywhere else, you’ll find gorgeous photos of our best thing- our members and friends- playing, laughing, sweating, learning, swimming, creating and being a part of this wonderful corner of the East Village. Welcome to the brand new look of the 14th Street Y!

And if you’re not reading this on our website, what are you waiting for? Come take a look! http://www.14StreetY.org

Camille Diamond
Director of Community Engagement and Communications
14th Street Y

From Our Blog

Congrats to MT Works and the cast and crew of Parts of Parts & Stitches on their glowing review in Backstage!

“Grand imaginative theatricality”

“The playwright also puts an affecting human face on this epic chapter of history.”

“Parker has melded her 14-person cast into a highly responsive ensemble, unfailingly supporting the play’s delicate balance of political passion and fairy-tale atmosphere.”

For the entire review, visit Backstage.com.

Parts and Parts of Stitches

Our next show at the Theater at the 14th Street Y starts tonight. Parts of Parts & Stitches takes place in Pakistan in the year 1947. A joyous wedding turns into a time of violence, and the plays uses magical realism to bring horrific events to life. Award winning playwright Rita Sachdeva, a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, sat down with us to tell us more.

The Y: What’s the show about?

Sachadeva: The play is set in 1947 during the partition of Pakistan and India. It’s about a community that had lived together for generations, then political profiteers created tensions between Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs and those “tensions” erupted into mass violence. It’s about the protagonist’s shock of the physical and psychic displacement.

The Y: Why bring this show to the Theater at the 14th Street Y?

Sachadeva: The theater is beautiful and big enough to hold fourteen characters and an epic story. As the YHA, the community here may identify with the loss of land and community, given the history of Jewish people being expelled from so much of Europe; and the community may also resonate with the history of being allies to those who are being persecuted, given, for example, the history of Jewish-Americans support of the Civil Rights Movement. The play deals with divisions and also highlights those who cross the religious boundaries to save each other.

The Y: What makes this show relevant?

Sachadeva: It’s the 65th anniversary of the partition this year. Beyond that, the story of partition is one that exists around the world – from gentrification of communities in New York to Israel/Palestine. We grapple with issues of “loyalty,” “enemy,” “duty” in our daily lives and contemporary partitions. We struggle against the imperial/colonial strategies that divide people who are otherwise willing to live side by side.

The Y: What inspired MT Works to select this play? (Or, for the playwright, why did they choose you!)

Sachadeva: MTWorks is committed to producing new plays and challenging their comfort zones. By choosing this play they are acting on their willingness to do the difficult, sometimes awkward cross-cultural work of learning history and culture they are not familiar with and networking with artists and audiences who they had not yet worked with. At a theater level, they are doing the work that the heroes in the play do.

For more info, visit the 2nd floor theater lobby for a postcard, or visit http://www.mtworks.org.

Try our BUFF BRIDE Workout!

Our Buff Bride Christen worked with Jordan last week with exercises that addressed strength, balance and core.  Here’s what she did this week. 

Warm Up:Opposite Arm/leg reach: Balance on all fours in a kneeling position, and slowly reach out opposite arm and leg. This stretches and strengthens the lower back, engages the core and warms up the arms and legs.

Prone Cobra: Lying on your stomach, slowly raise both arms and legs while engaging your core. Again, strengthening and stretching your back and engaging your core.

Exercises in Circuit (two times through):

Dumbbell Squat to Press: Christen used 8 lbs in each hand, and 15 reps for each set. For all these exercises, choose the weight that allows you to do 15 reps, working to fatigue.

Dumbbell Chest Press: Christen used 15 lbs in each hand, 15 reps for each set.

Machine lat Row: Christen used 25 lbs, 15 reps each set.

Dumbbell Step-Up (right side) 8lbs in each hand, 15 reps per set
Dumbbell Step-UP (left side) 8lbs in each hand, 15 reps per set

After working through this circuit 2 times, Christen moved to the elliptical trainer for her cool down.

Elliptical workout:Warm up for 3-5 minutes keeping Heart rate in the 151-164 zone
Then push for 1-2 minutes with Heart rate in the 170-176 zone
Recover back to 151-164 for 3-5 minutes
Repeat 3x, then cool down for 2-3 minutes.

Try it and let us know what you think!

Japan Earthquake: One Year Later

Sunday, March 11th marked the one year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and destruction that hit northeastern Japan.  Many in our own community were deeply affected as they worried about their relatives, friends and homeland.

As the Y continues to think about ways to be green, we acknowledge the reasons why.  Reprinted today from The Atlantic, their deeply moving photos and article about Japan, one year later.


Japan Earthquake: One Year Later


This Sunday, March 11, will mark the one-year anniversary of the horrific earthquake that struck northeastern Japan, spawning an incredibly destructive tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In the year that has passed, much has changed. Mountains of rubble have been cleared, but not fully disposed of yet. Nuclear power has fallen out of favor, and confidence in the government has been shaken. Japan mourns the confirmed deaths of more than 15,850 people, and still lists 3,287 as missing 12 months later. Questions remain about rebuilding villages, cleaning up the nuclear exclusion zone, and deciding the future of nuclear power in Japan. Collected here are recent images of those affected by the disaster, coping and moving on one year later. [Photos 25-29 are interactive before/after photos, be sure to click to see the transition. See also Japan Earthquake: Before and After, featuring more interactive photos.] [45 photos]

Read the full article here. http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/03/japan-earthquake-one-year-later/100260/

TEEN CAMP at the Y



This summer- our first Teen camp is coming to the 14th Street Y!


The 14th Street Y’s artist fellow program, LABA, the National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture, joins with top downtown theater talent to offer a unique teen theater experience in the heart of New York’s East Village.


Only blocks from where Jonathan Larson was inspired to create his modern day Bohemian characters from Rent, the 14th Street Y is the home of a state of the art black box theater and arts program.  Also a home for innovative Off-Off Broadway theater companies, the 14th Street Y is joining with some of our community partners to bring the downtown theater experience to New York teens. 


For two weeks, teens will study with Theater experts from a variety of fields and perspectives.  LABA artists will bring their experience with ancient texts, providing inspiration for contemporary work to the teens in a series of workshops.   Programming by Amas Musical Theatre, MCC Theater, and Red Fern Theatre Company will provide discipline-specific instruction in the areas of musical theater, acting, playwriting and theater for social justice (or Tzedek).

Teens will be able to customize their program with the choice of classes and focus.    TTSI is the only summer program where teens can get a variety of expert instruction from award-winning theater companies, plus cultural programming from innovative 14th Street Y artists, in one place.


While we incorporate Jewish Values, you do not need to be Jewish to attend! Our programming is open to all who wish to participate, and all LABA programs take place in a non-denominational, non-religious setting.


Teens participating in the TTSI will receive a Summer Teen Membership to the 14th Street Y, which includes more than 40 fitness classes a week, and access to our gym and pool.


More info?

All registration forms are available : www.14streety.org/teens.

Or to get a registration packet, you can email or call the Institute office:

Email: Artists@14streety.org

Phone: 646-395-4322



Becky Skoff

Manager, LABA and The Theater

The BUFF BRIDE Assessment: How was it done?

Some of you have been asking about the Buff Bride’s Fitness assessment.  What exactly did she do and what did it all mean?  Here is more information about Christen’s fitness assessment!

Firstly, Jordan (our personal trainer extrordinaire)  checked Christen’s resting heart rate.  This is to ensure that her heart rate,  when not exercising began at a healthy level.  You can click here to see a great heart rate chart.

Next, Jordan conducted a Standing Postural Assessment.  This helps to see Christen’s natural posture, how she might be slouching or overcompensating during exercises.  Jordan can use this information to  design a workout especially for Christen, helping to address anything that needs to be corrected.

Jordan then conducted movement assessments, including single leg raise, and overhead squat.  This gave Jordan information about Christen’s range of movement, how high she can stretch and how low she can go! 

Christen next performed a 3 minute step test to check her cardiovascular efficiency (how quickly her heart rate recovers after exercise) and then a rather difficult series of  muscular strength & endurance tests.  These included body weight squats, pushups, inverted body weight row, curl ups and plank hold. 

They ended their session as we all should with some stretching in the form of flexibility tests.  In the end, Christen had a great workout and Jordan had all the data he needed to create a workout just for her. 


Remember, if you’re interested in an assessment of your own; use your FREE personal training session and schedule yours today!  Adja_Diarra@14StreetY.org can help you with that.

You can learn more about Jordan at http://www.jordanforth.com/

Check back next week for more workouts with the BUFF BRIDE!







Cain and Abel and Us

The 14th Street Y is proud to be the home of LABA: The National Laboratory for New Jewish Culture. LABA is a laboratory where artists, inspired by Jewish texts create art, poems, essays, and great conversations with our members and friends. Today we are reposting from LABA Journal a wonderful set of interviews from LABA artist Karen Loew.
The entire journal can be found here: http://www.labajournal.com/cain_abel_community/

Cain and Abel and Us
by Karen Loew

Mountain meadows are fields. So are rolling prairies, and farmers’ plots. In the Biblical imagination, these grassy, open spaces are places of wildness, where the unexpected can happen. (Think of the untamed forest in Grimms’ Fairy Tales.) In Genesis, fields are fresh, still-forming places, wet with creation, and are prominent features in a number of stories. A field is where Cain, the older son of Adam and Eve, kills his younger brother Abel in chapter 4.

Having lived in the country as well as the city, to me the freedom that fields offer is oxygen for the soul. Whether frolicking under a full moon, treading the long lanes between trees in an orchard, dancing to live music outside, or observing what nature does all by itself, time spent in fields is sublime.

I spoke with Y members about their experiences out in the wide-open, whether at a national park or a farm.


What’s a wild experience you’ve had in a field?

Moriah, left, and Tsameret Ruedenberg-Wright

Fraternal twins, 6 1/2

From the East Village

At the Y: We go to Family Swim

The word “field” immediately brought to mind their family’s other home in rural northeast Pennsylvania.

Tsameret: We’ve seen deer, raccoons. I’ve once seen a wild horse come up my driveway. A short little chubby horse. It was blond.

Moriah: When we were, like, young, we would go down in the field.

Tsameret: We would see grasshoppers and toads and raccoons.

Moriah: And treefrogs.

Do you like to run in the field?

Both: Yes.

Tsameret: You can easily get lost. But it’s very nice and peaceful.

Moriah: We can go outside without our parents.

Tsameret: Next summer we’ll go back. We’re getting new baby chickens. We also have a goat called Goldenrod.


Myrthas Proios


At the Y: Attends Silver Sneakers class

My husband and I did a lot of traveling around the United States, seeing the open spaces. At Mount Rushmore, when we were going in, they had a lot of buffaloes. … My husband wanted to see an elk. We tried so hard, looking all over, trying to see, and nothing happened. And then suddenly, we see something very far away. So we make a sharp turn, to go see it…it was a man-made one, a piece of art. He was so disappointed. You know, they did that on purpose, to fool people like me.

Traveling through the country is so beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I recommend it. We went cross-country, to California, all over. Two trips like that, like five or six weeks on the road. I remember the sunflowers, how they turn around. At the same location, at another time of the day, they follow the sun.


Stacy Laureano, 30

East Village

At the Y: Plays pick-up basketball, works out, takes son to activities

My grandparents owned a farm in the Dominican Republic. I can remember, summers, going over there. Feeding the animals, milking the cows, things like that. I was about 6,7,8, around those years. My grandparents came to the States, so they sold their land. They live here now.

At first, I remember it being kind of boring. But after a while you get used to it and it’s actually pretty fun. You wake up to the roosters in the morning, and the sunlight hits, it’s not the alarm or your parents waking you up, saying ‘it’s time for school.’ So it was different. It actually got pretty fun once you knew what you were doing. You know in the morning you have your chores to do.

It felt, I guess, free. Being in the city, it’s so cluttered and stuff. There you wake up and you can run around, whatever you want to do.


Anna Gurfinkel and Masha Rybalov, 11 months

Stuyvesant Town

At the Y: We go in the pool

I don’t know about a field, but I once almost froze to death in Yosemite National Park. It was like five years ago. My husband and I like to hike. So we were hiking out there, and they told us beware of bears. So we were all prepared to fight the bears. I was really scared. I was not a big fan of bears.

And you know, we were wearing light clothes. And we had summertime sleeping bags. So when we pitched the tent, the temperature went down to, like, zero Celsius, from 25 Celsius, in 30 minutes. [From 77 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit.] It was August. And we didn’t have anything. And there was very little water.

I slept for an hour. I was exhausted, it was really scary. There was ice on the water and everything. I’ve never seen anything like it. Nobody told us. They were going on and on about the bears. They could have explained to us that the temperature goes down.

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