Boston Native and Experienced Health & Fitness Industry Veteran Steve Stabile Brings Blink Fitness to Beverly

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“Blink’s premium gym experience and accessible price point is much needed in the Beverly community and will cater to all residents. We are thrilled to open our doors as the first Blink in Boston, and look forward to continuing to grow throughout the metro area” said Stabile.

Blink Fitness creates a special experience for its members, based on its Mood Above Muscle™ philosophy, which celebrates the positive feelings you get from exercise rather than just the physical benefits. This comes to life in each gym through a commitment to providing contemporary and colorful design, best-in-class customer service, and relentless focus on cleanliness, energizing music, and confidence-boosting training programs.

A Boston local, Stabile is passionate about giving back and has already gotten involved with his community. Prior to his gym opening, Blink Fitness Beverly sponsored the Pete Frates 5K, along with participating in various smaller community events and fundraisers. In celebration of the grand opening, Blink Fitness Beverly donated 50 memberships to Beverly Bootstraps, a local nonprofit that is dedicated to providing emergency and long-term assistance to families in need.

No stranger to entrepreneurship and wellness, Stabile has been an active businessman for nearly 30 years, first launching his own businesses and then entering the franchising world in 2005 with Fitness Together and Elements Massage. He opened the first franchise location for the massage concept and won numerous awards from the brand, including the Top Franchise of the Year, Area Director of the Year, and most recently, their first Legacy Award.

The new Blink facility boasts a broad offering of top-of-the-line strength equipment that includes free weights, plates, and machines for upper body, lower body, and core. Additionally, the facility offers a wide variety of premium cardio machines and a multi-use space for additional exercises, stretching, and functional training. As a gym that promises to provide a premium experience to all who join, memberships are available for as low as $15 per month with a free start-up personal training session.

“We’re excited for Steve to bring the first Blink Fitness to the Boston metro area. The passion he has for for his community, matched by the tremendous franchising success he’s enjoyed in the wellness industry, makes him a great partner to represent our brand in this new market. We’re confident that Steve shares our values and vision for providing the very best member experience as we continue to focus on expanding nationally,” said CEO Todd Magazine.

Since its inception in 2011, Blink Fitness has opened nearly 80 gym locations across New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California, and has a number of additional corporate- and franchisee-owned locations in various stages of development in major U.S. markets. The unique fitness brand has plans to enter additional markets, including Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, and Virginia, expects to surpass the 300-unit mark over the next five years.

Through its revolutionary philosophy of Mood Above Muscle™, Blink Fitness, a premium-quality, value-based fitness franchise celebrates the positive feeling you get from exercise, not just the physical benefits. Blink Fitness has been ranked by Inc. magazine’s Inc. 500|5000 list, and recognized as one of the top health clubs of 2018 by Club Industry and best budget chain by Men’s Health. With more than 90 locations open or in development across eight states, Blink Fitness has franchise opportunities available nationwide with a focus on the following markets: Atlanta, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Albuquerque, Louisville, St. Louis, Kansas City and cities throughout North and South Carolina.


Travel and Well-Being Tips Of The Rich And Famous — Part One

I’m not rich and I’m not famous, but, after 25 years of being a professional travel writer,  I have a boatload of great travel tips, which I can happily share with you. These items take the “travail” out of travel. They include Oscillococcinum — the best-selling over-the-counter cough-cold-flu remedy in France (which you can purchase at your local drugstore). Sunsweet cherry-essence prunes. A silk pillowcase. And a great pair of eye shades.

Never leave home without  Oscillo, the best-selling flu-cold remedy sold over-the-counter in France. It’s a lifesaver — and a trip-saver.Boiron USA

Plus, PBfit fat-free powdered peanut butter. This divine little delicacy has saved my life so many times. Just add water, and you have instant PB — without any of the fat (and guilt). I make sandwiches with it, or eat it on crackers, or, when I’m at home, include it in smoothies for more protein. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put it into a cup in my hotel bathroom, added some water, and made an instant snack (I always pack my own spoon.) It’s a power-packed treat — and especially good before I visit the hotel gym.  There’s even PBfit version made with — OMG, chocolate! —  so you can feel like you’re eating Nutella, but instead, your thighs will thank you.

PBfit is an instant powdered peanut butter, with no guilt, so you can say Sayonara to Skippy (and calories).Better Body Foods

That said, I am pretty much obsessed with what the rich and famous do to make themselves more comfortable when they travel. Much of this information I recorded in my book, The Globetrotter’s Get-Gorgeous Guide, which is the world’s first beauty book for traveling women. Men, don’t despair. Many of these great ideas are pertinent to you too.

One of my favorite tips came from Georgette Mosbacher, when she was CEO of Borghese. (She is currently the U. S. Ambassador to Poland). She told me that she constantly uses plastic bags to hold everything in her suitcase, and always travels with just one pair of custommade black-velvet Shipton and Heneage slippers made in London. She told me, “I have these custommade for me, with my initials in gold on the front. I literally wear them with everything, year-round…..they’re great with everything from jeans to a silk dress.”  (The company also makes exquisite shoes and velvet slippers for men.) Also, Ms. Mosbacher always travels on planes with a baby comforter, and pillow, which she has had custom-covered in specialty linens of the finest Egyptian cotton. “Then I roll them up and put the in a canvas tote bag. People always ask me where I got them.”


Taking Care of Mental Health Is Powerful, Not Weak

Taking Care of Mental Health Is Powerful, Not Weak

November 25, 2018 2 min read

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It’s time to open up. No matter what you’re dealing with, you’re not alone.

There is nothing shameful about having anxiety. Think about this acronym for FEAR — you either Fear Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The more you confront the things in your past you don’t want to do with, the more you’ll be able to move forward. So, are you going to run from your fear, or face it?

On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about anxiety and PTSD with a man who has become an unofficial mental health advocate: Charlamagne Tha God.

New York Times bestselling author Charlamagne Tha God is best known for being co-host of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program “The Breakfast Club.” He is also a social media influencer; an executive producer with his own production company, CThaGod World; and co-host of the popular podcast Brilliant Idiots.

Charlamagne says that refining his life’s mission and examining his past helped him take control of his anxiety.

Don’t allow anxiety or depression to cause you to keep suffering. Learn about Charlamagne Tha God’s mental health struggles and what he did to restart his life on Episode 721.


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Cycling is better for health than riding a pedal-assist electric bike, but e-bikes provide a better workout than walking. That’s the conclusion of a new systematic review published in the latest International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Lead author Jessica Bourne, a PhD student in the University of Bristols Nutrition Biomedical Research Centre, examined seventeen studies from around the world. She and her associates found that e-cycling “provided physical activity of at least moderate intensity, which was lower than the intensity elicited during conventional cycling, but higher than that during walking.”

Critically, pedal assist technology can be the trigger for getting previously inactive people on bikes. “E-cycling can improve cardiorespiratory fitness in physically inactive individuals,” said the new study, stated to be the “first review to examine the physical activity intensity, cardiorespiratory, metabolic and psychological outcomes associated with e-cycling.”

The belief that e-bikes are ridden by the exercise-averse is widespread among cyclists. However, this literature review, and the studies it evaluates, shows this belief to be wide of the mark.

While those on e-bikes exercise at less intensity than if they were on traditional bicycles – industry adverts promote e-bikes as sweat-free – e-bike riders perform at “greater intensity than walking,” said the review. However, “given the reduced amount of time taken to complete a ride on an e-bike … total energy expenditure … is lower than when … walking over the same distance.” In other words, replacing a walk with a shorter ride will be quicker but offer reduced health benefits. “Individuals would have to ride for longer for comparable weekly energy expenditure,” said the study.


Geeks Give Back: It’s time for the technology community to step up and give!

This is embarrassing to admit. While the Seattle area is first in the nation in percentage of residents who give to charities — over 65 percent donate more than $25 annually — the tech segment remains an elusive donor group within the region.

Non-profit development officers — faced with a divided city of extreme wealth and extreme poverty — routinely ask: “How do we crack the code? How do we get the average tech worker to give?”

And this is why GeekWire — in partnership with Bank of America — launched our Geeks Give Back effort three years ago. We wanted to encourage everyone in the tech industry — from the software developer to the CEO — to think deeply about helping those in need. This year, we are tackling the thorny issues of homelessness and poverty, and we ask you to go here to donate to Geeks Give Back.

Alleviating homelessness, poverty and a lack of access to education in King County are issues we can all agree on. And I believe — subtracting the highest levels of philanthropy from the likes of Bill and Melinda Gates; Connie and Steve Ballmer; and more recently Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos — the tech industry is not pulling adequate weight compared to other industries. As innovators and creators, we should be punching well above our weight.

We need to do more.

A well-researched analysis on homelessness from McKinsey indicated that much of poverty exists because of wealth creation.

Don’t get me wrong. I love tech, but the facts are clear. The robust influx of tech workers to the Seattle region — with great benefits to the overall economy, intellectual capital and culture — has contributed to housing affordability problems. With every $100 increase in average rent, homelessness rises by 15 percent. Cause and effect. No judgment here. It just is.

While the rising tide has lifted many boats, some people don’t even have boats.

So what’s the answer?

Here’s my simple ask: How about giving a little?

There are so many things we say “no” to each day, but we need to tackle these societal problems head-on. And we can’t just keep pushing them under the rug. And so I challenge you to say “yes.” That’s not always an easy path, given the constraints on time, budgets and a wide array of noteworthy organizations.

The Geeks Give Back program — which has raised more than $2 million over the past three years — offers an easy path to do some good, supporting organizations such as Mary’s Place, Mercy Housing, DESC, Plymouth Housing Group and Housing Development Consortium.

And it’s time for our community to step up and do more.

If you are still on the fence, let me offer this. Giving back provides multiple dividends — you feel more connected to your community; you shift perspectives; you pay more attention to issues that matter; and you join an effort to be part of the solution. I’ve personally seen these benefits as campaign chair for the United Way of King County.

As author Sue Monk Kidd notes: “Empathy is the most mysterious transaction that the human soul can have, and it’s accessible to all of us, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to identify, to plunge ourselves in a story where we see the world from the bottom up or through another’s eyes or heart.”

So, c’mon geeks. On this day of giving and thanks, take the plunge with us. Please, consider GIVING BACK!


BMW M2 Competition: Now in pictures

BMW M2 Competition: Now in pictures

The BMW M2 Competition is now available in India with prices starting at Rs 79.90 lakhs (CBU, ex-showroom). This makes it the least expensive M performance car in the country. The M2 Competition is a two-door sports coupe, which is a one of a kind luxury sports sedan in the segment. Let’s take a look at this picture gallery of the car which currently has no competition at all.

BMW M2 Competition

BMW is offering the M2 Competition in an alpine white non-metallic and four other metallic colour options including sunset orange, hockenheim silver, long beach blue and black sapphire.

BMW M2 Competition

As against the standard M2, the M2 Competition features a gloss black twin kidney grille and adaptive LED headlights at the front. It features M side gills with M2 badges and M ORVMs.

BMW M2 Competition

So the standard M ornamentation can be seen inside out with badging, but what makes it very appealing is a rear spoiler and quad exhausts with black tips.

BMW M2 Competition

What’s more interesting is that the car gets electronically controlled flaps for the exhaust system which will deliver a fantastic aural experience every time you rev that engine.

BMW M2 Competition

The cabin features M Seat belts, illuminated M2 badges, sport seats and M steering wheel. There’s gloss black and pearl chrome trim finishes, while the headliner is finished in Anthracite.

BMW M2 Competition

Another USP is the M style instrument cluster with red needles and white illumination. Then, there’s an 8.8-inch colour infotainment Harman Kardon audio system paired to 12-speakers, iDrive controller etc.


Next-generation Maruti Ertiga spied undisguised ahead of launch

Next-generation Maruti Ertiga spied undisguised ahead of launch

-Second generation Ertiga
-New petrol engine
-Beige interiors with wood inserts
– Six petrol, four diesel and five colour options

The next-generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has been spied undisguised just ahead of its launch tomorrow. The new Nexa Blue colour of the new Ertiga is also seen for the first time. As we have said earlier, it’s the second generation Ertiga and this time moves to a new platform with a revised design both on the inside and outside.

As expected (and revealed by Maruti Suzuki themselves too) this 2018 Ertiga sports a completely new face in the form a new grille, headlamps and bumper, the last of which gives the car that extra sporty touch. A profile view reveals the new design for the alloy wheels as well as a really strong shoulder line that extends all the way to the tail lamps which are a vertical design and go well with shape of the vehicle.

The Ertiga shares its interiors with the Dzire and Ciaz and thus gets an all beige cabin with faux wood dashboard as well as faux wood inserts on the steering and door cards. The car in the pictures is a top spec model and so it gets climate control, touchscreen infotainment system with steering controls and TFT display for the infotainment system.

This new gen Ertiga will be offered with a 1.5-litre petrol motor producing 103bhp/138Nm or the 1.3-litre diesel producing 90bhp/200Nm. Both get a five-speed manual but the petrol is also being offered with a four-speed AT.

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New 2018 Maruti Ertiga launched in India at Rs 7.44 lakhs

New 2018 Maruti Ertiga launched in India at Rs 7.44 lakhs

–  The second-gen Ertiga moves to Heartect platform from the Swift and Baleno.

–  Gets the new K15 petrol engine along with the tested 1.3 DDiS motor. 

–  Additional features, modern looks and increased dimensions make the new Ertiga more upmarket than before. 

–  Available across four trims and two engine options along with automatic transmission offered in two trims. 

Maruti Suzuki has finally launched the much-awaited new-gen Ertiga in India for a price of Rs 7.44 lakhs (ex-showroom). The second-gen Ertiga is introduced in 10 trims – LXi, VXi/VXi AT, ZXi/ZXi AT and ZXi+ for the petrol and LDi, VDi, ZDi and ZDi+ for the diesel. It now gets a new Pearl Metallic Auburn Red body colour joining the range.

The new Ertiga moves to the Heartect platform, sharing it with the likes of Baleno, Dzire and Swift. The MPV is slightly bigger than before, measuring 4395x1735x1690mm, but is also lighter. It sits on the same wheelbase with newly designed 15-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 185/65 section tyres. The carmaker also claims that the new Ertiga has an improved NVH performance along with strong and rigid construction.

Appearance wise, the new Ertiga adopts a bold new styling which is more upmarket as well. The most prominent highlight is the new grille flanked by sleeker headlamps which with projector units and LED daytime running lights. The bumpers have stylish elements around the fog lamps and contrasting black surrounds. The silhouette gets a floating roof design similar to the Swift. And at the rear, there is an L-shaped taillight extending to the D-pillar and a revised tailgate.

Moving inside, even the cabin is more upmarket than before. It gets the new 6.8-inch infotainment screen with all the connectivity features available in the Swift and Baleno. The flat-bottom steering adds a sporty touch to the cabin along with a twin-pod instrument cluster. The dual-tone cabin gets a beige-black finish with wooden inserts running across the dash.

Under the hood, there is the all-new K15 petrol engine which debuted in the updated Ciaz. It generates around 103bhp and 138Nm. The diesel is the tried and tested 1.3-litre DDiS 200 producing 90bhp and 200Nm. Transmission is a five-speed manual, with an option of four-speed automatic for petrol. Both the engines now get Maruti’s mild hybrid technology, thereby making it more efficient as well.  The claimed fuel efficiency of the diesel is 25.47kmpl and 19.34kmpl for petrol manual and 18.69kmpl for the petrol automatic

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga launched in India: Top 4 exterior highlights

2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga launched in India: Top 4 exterior highlights

Maruti Suzuki has launched the new second generation Ertiga in India at Rs 7.44 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The change has come after a significant length and thus is a big step up from the outgoing model and here are the top four exterior design highlights.

Grille and headlamps
The first element we want to highlight is the new grille and headlamps. The Ertiga might be a common sight on our roads but it is in a niche of its own thanks to the growth of SUVs across price brackets. The top spec model sees the car get a grille that is chrome heavy while headlamps are now projectors with LED DRLs.

New roofline 
The added length is very visible in the profile view and puts a new perspective on the design of the Ertiga. The roofline slopes to the rear and sits just above the vertical tail lamps. However, the pillars have been blacked out thus giving the impression of a floating roofline.

 Alloy wheels
In their previous iterations, almost all the Maruti models shared a very similar design for the alloy wheels. However, with this new Heartect generation, every one of the models have got a unique design and it is no different with the Ertiga. The wheels are a five-spoke star design on the higher spec model while in the lower spec version we expect a similar pattern for the wheel covers.

Tail lamps
One of the most striking exterior design highlights for this new Ertiga are the tail lamps. They are vertical units and have zig-zag pattern with LEDs for illumination. The reversing lamps have been inserted into the horizontal section of the lamp assembly just above the number plate slot


Maruti Suzuki Ertiga: What else can you buy?

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga: What else can you buy?

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is here in its new avatar. It is an all-new car with a fresh upmarket look and is larger than before. Along with more space inside, it also gets a new interior, which is premium especially with that wooden garnish and the new tablet screen on the dashboard. The new Ertiga also gets a new 1.5-litre petrol engine and it starts at Rs 7.44 lakhs ex-showroom while the diesel price tags begin at just over Rs 9 lakhs. While the Ertiga in its new avatar is a great package, here is a list of cars that are also available for the money the Ertiga demands.

To start with, at about Rs 7.5 lakhs there are a bunch of fully loaded petrol hatchbacks available from the Hyundai Grand i10 Asta or the Sportz AT, the Maruti Suzuki Swift ZXI AT and of course, the Ford Freestyle Titanium Plus petrol. These are smaller cars, but fully loaded ones at that with a touchscreen display, electric mirrors, all four power windows et al.

Moving on to the next bracket of about Rs 8 lakhs to Rs 8.5 lakhs brings the choice of a fully loaded compact sedan or a premium hatchback. Among compact sedans is Maruti Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Volkswagen Ameo and the Tata Tigor. The compact sedans offer the aspirational quotient of a three-box car with a dedicated boot and top-spec trims in almost all cases. Among premium hatchbacks, the choice is between the spacious Honda Jazz, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno, the Hyundai Elite i20 and the Volkswagen Polo.

The next set of prices, about Rs 9 lakhs ex-showroom, are for the entry-level diesel trim of the Ertiga. For this amount of money, you could go for the petrol-powered full-size C-segment sedans like the Hyundai Verna, the Honda City, Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Or you could opt for diesel versions of the premium hatchbacks and compact sedans that we have mentioned before.

For the price of the mid-trim Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VDI, you could also opt for the compact sub-four metre SUVs like the Tata Nexon, the Ford Ecosport, Honda WR-V, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza along with the Mahindra TUV300. For the price of the top-spec diesel Maruti Ertiga, the likes of the Mahindra Scorpio or the petrol mid-trim of the Hyundai Creta or the Renault Duster are a pretty close match. But none of these, except for the TUV300 Plus, will offer you seven seats whenever you want.