Always begin the weekend on a high note…

Known as the transportation hub and fitness mecca, Union Square, is hosting it’s second-annual week-long fitness festival, Union Square Sweat Fest.

Get a jump start on the festivities this Saturday February 20th, with an opening event featuring three 45 minute classes at the Gibney Dance Studio, with an all-star lineup of celebrity instructors including Jenna Wolfe, Personal Trainer and Lifestyle & Fitness Correspondent from the Today Show, leading a HIT workout, Kerri Verna aka BeachYogaGirl and Instagram sensation, teaching Yoga and Amanda Kloots, professional Broadway dancer and former Rockette, leading a dance cardio and mat workout. The series kicks off a week of wellness activities and special promotions, the district’s best athleisure retailers and gyms, giveaways at featured studio classes, and plenty of social media prizes.

For those interested in a free workout with renowned instructors, and access to popular classes at top gyms and special in-store workouts, this is your best week ever. With more than 100 fitness studios and gyms, Union Square’s community of health and wellness is bigger and more bad-ass than ever this year. Lululemon debuted its 14,420-square-foot flagship in the district this fall, the brand’s largest store to date. Athleta opened a behemoth studio beneath its existing retail, and Bandier opened it’s first permanent New York City brick-and-mortar location on Fifth Avenue (a.k.a. fitness row) this month. All of these powerhouses will be hosting workouts as part of a new “Drenched in Sweat” studio series; participants may sign-up and pay for select classes at featured studios where they will be surprised with Sweat Fest swag. It’ll be glorious.

A whole week’s worth of fitness festivities? Fagettaboutit!

All of the classes and activities are first come, first serve with the exception of the paid studio classes which require sign-up through the studios website or via link on Union Square Sweat Fest website.

Forecast is cold, with a good chance of perspiration.

Be sure to hydrate with a hot toddy post-workout. Winter’s Gatorade.


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Samantha Datz graduated from The University of Tampa with a BS in Exercise Science and Sports Studies. She is a fitness expert with a passion for motivating and inspiring others. Samantha’s versatile teaching style combines many fitness trends, keeping her on the cutting edge. Her certifications include Level II Peak Pilates Instructor, Xtend Barre™, TRX Suspension Training, SpringTone® and the CoreAlign® method. Today, Samantha’s business includes private training, small group training and teaching expert level fitness classes at New York’s elite Pilates studio Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates, as well as world renowned health clubs Reebok Sports Club/NY and The Sports Club/LA. Samantha’s regimen involves sports specific training, and post physical rehabilitation. She has trained top professional athletes such as Aubrey Huff of the San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Reggie Brown. She has also trained celebrities such as Sir Ian McKellen and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Victoria’s Secret runway models, and dignitaries such as Prince Osman of Turkey. Samantha has appeared on various media outlets; she was showcased in South Tampa Magazine with “The Best of the Best Fitness Instructors” mentoring a competitor in the Biggest Loser Competition. She has been featured as a Pilates expert training co-hosts Jerry Penacoli and Cyndi Edwards of the nationally syndicated Daytime television show. Samantha’s newest endeavor is becoming the Fitness Director for Sharetheglam.com. Samantha’s fitness training means achieving fitness and balance on three levels: the emotional (The Mindset), the spiritual (The Motivation), and the physical (The Movement). She helps her clients reach their full potential by focusing her training on utilizing proper body mechanics when exercising to help the body operate at peak efficiency without hurting itself.Contact her at sDatz@sharetheglam.com!