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As two 20-something fashion assistants in Manhattan, you can often find us working late and raiding the vending machine (Cheez-Its, anyone?) instead of hitting the gym or at home whipping up a healthy meal. In an effort to finally get fit, we have armed ourselves with a mission to test out the hottest workouts around, while learning how to recreate the experience at home.
First up is SBC, aka the hardest class we’ve ever done (we couldn’t walk properly for a week, true story). Russell Bateman is the London-based trainer and owner of SBC, and he is high in demand (he counts top British models, like Daisy Lowe, Chelsea Leyland, Edie Campbell, and Bradley Cooper’s girlfriend Suki Waterhouse, as his clients).
His method of training is crazy intensive and completely out of the box. Let’s just say, he had us doing moves that used muscles we never knew we had. Since his London classes are always sold out (and also across the Atlantic), he gave us his top four SBC moves that you can do at home, demonstrated by yours truly. 
— Rebecca Carhart and EJ Briones, InStyle Editorial Assistants
1. Can-Can Kicks (above)
"Can-can kicks are intense cardio and a killer for the triceps, legs and core. Get the rhythm in sync and it can be really explosive and is a great tool to increase fitness."

2. Clock Lunges (above)
"Imagine you are on a clock face: Lunge to 12 o’clock, then to 6, 3, and 9. The variability of movement and the dynamic motion of the lunges will work every part of your lower body. It can look very cool when synchronized to perfection. When you perfect the move, add weights and hold them above your head!"

3. Primal Jump Crawls (above)
"This is called primal crawl jumps with a twist. These work your core and legs with a very human movement pattern. Wearing the SBC bands around the knees also help to fire the butt muscles!"

4. Inverted Wall Climbers (above)
"These really challenge your heart, core, and whole body coordination. This a move designed to take you out of your comfort zone. Try for 30 seconds!"

As two 20-something fashion assistants in Manhattan, you can often find us working late and raiding the vending machine (Cheez-Its, anyone?) instead of hitting the gym or at home whipping up a healthy meal. In an effort to finally get fit, we have armed ourselves with a mission to test out the hottest workouts around, while learning how to recreate the experience at home.

First up is SBC, aka the hardest class we’ve ever done (we couldn’t walk properly for a week, true story). Russell Bateman is the London-based trainer and owner of SBC, and he is high in demand (he counts top British models, like Daisy Lowe, Chelsea Leyland, Edie Campbell, and Bradley Cooper’s girlfriend Suki Waterhouse, as his clients).

His method of training is crazy intensive and completely out of the box. Let’s just say, he had us doing moves that used muscles we never knew we had. Since his London classes are always sold out (and also across the Atlantic), he gave us his top four SBC moves that you can do at home, demonstrated by yours truly. 

— Rebecca Carhart and EJ Briones, InStyle Editorial Assistants

1. Can-Can Kicks (above)

"Can-can kicks are intense cardio and a killer for the triceps, legs and core. Get the rhythm in sync and it can be really explosive and is a great tool to increase fitness."

2. Clock Lunges (above)

"Imagine you are on a clock face: Lunge to 12 o’clock, then to 6, 3, and 9. The variability of movement and the dynamic motion of the lunges will work every part of your lower body. It can look very cool when synchronized to perfection. When you perfect the move, add weights and hold them above your head!"

3. Primal Jump Crawls (above)

"This is called primal crawl jumps with a twist. These work your core and legs with a very human movement pattern. Wearing the SBC bands around the knees also help to fire the butt muscles!"

4. Inverted Wall Climbers (above)

"These really challenge your heart, core, and whole body coordination. This a move designed to take you out of your comfort zone. Try for 30 seconds!"

I got teleported! Last Friday, Marriott Hotels parked a giant teleportation machine outside our midtown skyscraper, and a team of InStyle staffers headed down to check it out. The contraption featured Oculus Rift 4D technology, which basically means you voluntarily strap a virtual reality visor on your face that’s filled with 360-degree live-action CGI (computer generated imagery) video.
I volunteered to go first. After signing my life away on a waiver, the Marriott team locked me into the booth. I couldn’t hear or see anything at all—the visor completely silenced the noisy NYC streets and filled my vision with only virtual images.
Immediately, I felt like I was dropped into a video game. I landed in a Marriott Hotel lobby and then pushed into a vortex that sent me to Hawaii’s Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach in Maui. I remember looking all around and thinking: I WISH I WAS REALLY IN HAWAII RIGHT NOW.
Before I could finish my thought, I whipped back through a vortex and was sent to the edge of London’s Tower 42, where I peeked up, down, and all around. It felt like I was really hanging off a building, and the machine even blasted wind to emphasize my virtual height. Then the floor of the transporter moved, which got me so spooked, I reached for the poles on the machine (pictured above).
After two minutes, the whole experience was over. Sadly, it meant I had to go back to the real Real world—a.k.a. work.
—Sharon Clott Kanter, InStyle Senior Editor
Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

I got teleported! Last Friday, Marriott Hotels parked a giant teleportation machine outside our midtown skyscraper, and a team of InStyle staffers headed down to check it out. The contraption featured Oculus Rift 4D technology, which basically means you voluntarily strap a virtual reality visor on your face that’s filled with 360-degree live-action CGI (computer generated imagery) video.

I volunteered to go first. After signing my life away on a waiver, the Marriott team locked me into the booth. I couldn’t hear or see anything at all—the visor completely silenced the noisy NYC streets and filled my vision with only virtual images.

Immediately, I felt like I was dropped into a video game. I landed in a Marriott Hotel lobby and then pushed into a vortex that sent me to Hawaii’s Wai’anapanapa Black Sand Beach in Maui. I remember looking all around and thinking: I WISH I WAS REALLY IN HAWAII RIGHT NOW.

Before I could finish my thought, I whipped back through a vortex and was sent to the edge of London’s Tower 42, where I peeked up, down, and all around. It felt like I was really hanging off a building, and the machine even blasted wind to emphasize my virtual height. Then the floor of the transporter moved, which got me so spooked, I reached for the poles on the machine (pictured above).

After two minutes, the whole experience was over. Sadly, it meant I had to go back to the real Real world—a.k.a. work.

Sharon Clott Kanter, InStyle Senior Editor

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com

A few weeks ago, I got to live the life a celebrity thanks to the Row NYC Hotel and its Paparazzi Package (yes, such a thing exists!), which includes a one-night stay in a gorgeous two-bedroom penthouse suite, a hair and makeup artist to make you look camera-ready, and a Getty photographer to follow you around and take your photo. I’ve always wondered how it would feel to be trailed by the paparazzi, so I decided to give it a shot. Read all about my experience on InStyle.com. 
— Rita Kokshanian, InStyle.com Editorial Assistant
Photo credit: Rommel Demano/Getty Images for Row NYC

A few weeks ago, I got to live the life a celebrity thanks to the Row NYC Hotel and its Paparazzi Package (yes, such a thing exists!), which includes a one-night stay in a gorgeous two-bedroom penthouse suite, a hair and makeup artist to make you look camera-ready, and a Getty photographer to follow you around and take your photo. I’ve always wondered how it would feel to be trailed by the paparazzi, so I decided to give it a shot. Read all about my experience on InStyle.com

— Rita Kokshanian, InStyle.com Editorial Assistant

Photo credit: Rommel Demano/Getty Images for Row NYC

Behind-the-Scenes: Testing Adidas New Springblade Sneakers

“It was so much fun playing guinea pig last week when I tested Adidas’s Springblade sneakers (available on adidas.com starting August 1). The company sent me a pair in neon pink so I could try out the shoe’s new “blade technology,” which uses 16 blades on the soles to spring your movement forward. Together with InStyle.com’s photographer Alex Reside, we went to Rockefeller Center to pound the pavement for a Friday afternoon impromptu photo shoot. Alex made me run in circles around him for 30 minutes just to get the right shot. But it was worth it! By the end, we amassed a mini crowd (so I showed off my new kicks to a bunch of New York tourists) and he took some fun action shots. As for the shoes? They felt as cool as they looked.”

Click here to read “Editor Tested: Adidas Promises More Energized Runs With New Springblade Sneakers, But Do They Work?”

— Sharon Clott, Fashion News Editor, InStyle.com

Photo credit: Alex Reside for InStyle.com