Iron & Silk Personal Fitness
155 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009
Iron and Silk is a true fitness community -- a very special and exceptionally rare find anywhere.
During one training session a few month back, Stu was telling me a bit about how it was when he was coming up as a boxer (I believe this was before the bodybuilding but not 100% sure): that colleagues rooted for each other; that rather than strutting or aggression, there was a sense of camaraderie and support; that when you really showed achievement/effort/heart, always someone there giving you props; likewise, when you were slacking a bit, someone was def going to kick you back on track.
Story stuck with me, because it is so obvious that this is exactly the kind of old-school atmosphere of support and guidance that Stu and Christina have worked so hard to create for the athletes, aspiring athletes and (like me!) at best ""athlete hopefuls"" that train each day at Iron and Silk. At its core, I think this comes down to two things:
1. There's no hiding in a corner at Iron and Silk. Full staff keeps in the loop on each member's progress -- so whether or not you train with, say, Hugh, Hugh is going to catch you and let you know if you're dropping the ball a bit. (Yup, don't join Iron and Silk if your plan is to merely PRETEND you are working out; lots of other gyms for that!)
2. Just as there is no slacking at I&S, there's also no a**hole-ishness. In every context, the atmosphere is always comfortable, accepting and welcoming, irrespective of one's level of fitness or skill.
In short, I&S rocks. I recommended it with highest confidence and without single reservation. And I'm in better shape than I have ever been in my life.