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Teacher Tuesday: Shelleen Kostabi Posted by Kristi (http://blog.classtivity.com/author/kristi/) on July 24, 2012

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Ever notice the kind of power a kindergarten teacher has over her students? Oftentimes it’s more than the mother herself—a mother scolding a child will make him indignant. Threatening to tell his teacher on him will send him flying to right every wrong. The teacher’s a source of good influence because, when in class, her students want to please. It’s been a while since we’ve had that inordinate amount of desire to please a teacher, so you know that when an instructor does have that influence over you, she’s something. This week’s winner of Teacher Tuesday is one of those rare instructors: meet Shelleen Kostabi (http://shaykostabi.com/), or simply, Shay.

“Shay is one of those instructors that I feel determined to “do well” for. She’s obviously on top of her fitness game, but she also just radiates a cool-without-trying vibe. Shay, I want to pledge your workout sorority…” (Student (http://rateyourburn.com/review/454)) Shay’s a Flybarre (http://new-york.flywheelsports.com/whyflybarre) instructor at Flywheel New York (http://newyork.flywheelsports.com)‘s Upper West Side (http://newyork.flywheelsports.com/locations/upper-west-side) location. Her students describe her as encouraging and tough, but fair. Her classes impact students enough to influence their determination, strengthen their motivation and of course, whip them into shape. Classes consist of yoga, dance, circuit training, pilates and strength building, and Shay makes sure her students get a complete body workout, from legs and thighs to arms and shoulders—you’ll leave feeling tired, but also uplifted.

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An instructor like Shay is hard to come by, so it’s not surprising her students nominated her for Teacher Tuesday: “You can tell she loves what she does and cares about you. With her energy and passion the time flies by and you will want to come back to soak up more of her.” (Student) For influencing students to want to do well for you, to do well for themselves, Classtivity gladly gives you this week’s spotlight.

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Stuck at the Office This Week? Try These Desk Exercises: Flash: Self.com

Dec 26 Fitness by Amanda  MacMillan at  12:00  PM Stuck  at  the  Office  This  Week?  Try  These  Desk  Exercises If  you're  actually  reading  this  today, there's  a  good  chance  you're  back  at work  while  many  of  your  friends  and colleagues  are  still  out  enjoying  their holiday.  There's  also  a  good  chance you've  been  indulging  in  home cooking,  holiday  cookie  trays  and  a relaxed  workout  schedule  over  the long  weekend  (Wait,  that  wasn't  just me,  right?),  and  you  know  this weekend  coming  up  won't  be  much better. So  for  the  next  few  days,  why  not  take advantage  of  your  absentee  boss, empty  office  and  relaxed  dress  code, and  squeeze  in  a  workout  while  in your  cube?  The  following  moves, created  by  Shay  Kostabi-­-­a  trainer  at Flywheel  Sports  in  New  York  City  and a  fitness  expert  for  Moore  Trainer Power  Bands  can  all  be  done  in  the office  (Most  right  at  your  desk!)  with nothing  but  a  resistance  band.  You want  the  flat  kind  that  forms  a  loop, not  the  round  tubes  with  handles  on each  end.  OR,  you  can  get  Moore Trainer's  package  of  four  Velcro  bands  for  $90.  Because  there's  nothing  like finishing  up  those  year-­end  deadlines-­-­while  also  getting  a  head  start  on  2013. LEG  ABDUCTIONS While  seated  at  your  desk  chair,  position  your  resistance  band  around  both  legs, halfway  between  your  hips  and  knees.  Roll  shoulders  back  and  sit  up  tall.  Press heels  firmly  into  the  floor  about  hip-­distance  apart,  and  pull  the  band  apart  using your  abductor  muscles.  Do  3  sets  of  20  reps. CALF  RAISES Keep  feet  hips  distance  apart,  knees  in  line  with  hips,  gently  pressing  outward  on the  band.  Lift  heels  off  the  floor  and  press  back  down,  imagine  you  are  pushing down  on  a  small  squishy  ball  to  create  some  resistance.  Aim  for  100. CARDIO  TIME! Take  a  break  and  run  or  jog  up  and  down  your  office  stairwell  with  the  Moore Trainer  bands  around  your  upper  legs.  Set  a  timer  and  do  as  many  flights  as  you can  in  10  minutes;;  if  you  have  a  iPod  handy,  make  yourself  a  10-­minute  playlist  to www.self.com/blogs/flash/2012/12/workout-‐‑moves-‐‑to-‐‑do-‐‑at-‐‑your-‐‑desk-‐‑in-‐‑office.html?printable=true

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Stuck at the Office This Week? Try These Desk Exercises: Flash: Self.com

keep your  motivation  going. KNEE  TUCKS Back  at  your  desk,  sans  band:  If  your  chair  has  wheels,  swap  it  for  one  without. Slide  down  to  the  front  edge  of  the  chair  and  wrap  your  hands  around  the  sides,  2 inches  behind  your  hips.  Lean  back  a  few  inches,  shoulders  back,  with  a  long  spine. Press  inner  thighs  together,  knees  slightly  bent  and  draw  navel  in.  Lift  legs  up  off the  floor  using  only  your  abdominals,  driving  knees  up  toward  your  chest.  Do  3 sets  of  10  to  12  reps. How  are  you  staying  fit  this  holiday  week?  Tweet  us  at  @amandaemac  and @SELFmagazine  and  let  us  know! Image  Credit:  Moore  Trainers

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Fantasy Home Gym: Shay Kostabi | Well+Good NYC

When during the hurricane Flybarre instructor Shay Kostabi dropped a hint on Facebook that she had a barre in her Brooklyn apartment, we got immediately jealous. We've nearly pulled a towel bar off the bathroom wall wishing we had one to practice our pulses and ab work on. (Especially that week.) Fortunately, Kostabi was nice enough to invite us over and show us her favorite living-room feature. Check it out... Photos and text by Melisse Gelula www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2012/11/22/fantasy-‐‑home-‐‑gym-‐‑shay-‐‑kostabi/#

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6 January workout programs to set you up for the fittest year ever | Well+Good NYC

Goal: Reboot your mind-body connection Program: Re: Create with Shay Kostabi and Jeannine Yoder If fitness is just one small part of the mind-body revolution you want to create in 2013, Re: Create is for you. Flybarre star Shay Kostabi (pictured) will lead you through tough, toning workouts while Yoder works her life coaching magic, tackling inner life challenges like controlling emotions, believing in yourself, and staying committed to goals. $297, www.thersvprev.com

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Teacher Talk: Shay Kostabi Posted by Kristi (http://blog.classtivity.com/author/kristi/) on October 9, 2012

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Teacher Tuesday: Ashley Turner (http://blog.classtivity.com/2012/11/27/teac tuesday-ashleyturner/) Every Tuesday, we shine a spotlight on some of New York’s most inspirational instructors. These teachers have a lot more to offer than what’s taught inside the classroom. Well-regarded as fitness experts, there’s a lot to learn from their experiences, struggles, and highest achievements. That’s why we’ve taken to interviewing as many of these exceptional instructors as we can – and they each lead pretty fascinating lives. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Shay Kostabi (http://new-york.flywheelsports.com/instructors/shay-kostabi) of Flywheel Sports (http://classtivity.com/flywheel-sports-flat-iron). Read on to learn about what drove her to lose 22

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lbs and inspired her to start teaching. Name: Shelleen (Shay) Kostabi Company: Flywheel Sports (http://classtivity.com/flywheel-sports-flat-iron) Field: Flybarre & Flywheel Personal Motto: Actively pursue the change you desire, savor the challenge, and embrace the risk. Shay’s Motto: “Shay’K it Up!” You’ve got a body and it was born to move. 1. How long have you been studying this field? Well, I grew up as a dancer, so I’d like to say my whole life. But I entered the fitness industry just over 3 years ago. 2. How long have you been teaching cycling and barre? I’ve been teaching cycling for almost 2 years. Once I arrived at Flywheel, I discovered Flybarre (http://newyork.flywheelsports.com/flybarre-schedule/flatiron)and it stole my heart. It is a wonderful blend of dance conditioning and athletic training.

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3. What initially drove you to try cycling? Hm, there isn’t a direct way to answer this. Bear with me… I came to New York to be an actress. I’d had a wonderful career on stage, but it wasn’t enough to pay the bills. I saw an ad in a trade paper looking for a “test Group to do a 90 day training program with top NYC trainer at a top NYC gym, complete with food delivery.” Um, this is a major score for a starving artist. After giving up dance, I had put on a few pounds and while I was never fat, I definitely had some unhealthy habits and literally zero knowledge about training or nutrition. You might be surprised to find out that I had a membership to Bally’s and went 8 times in 3 years and every time I did go, I either had a panic attack or ended up hysterically crying. I found the whole idea of a gym frightening and overwhelming. I was selected for the test group, did the entire program, lost 22lbs, changed my entire outlook on life, and adopted a serious passion for fitness. I was cast in the DVD and left with a strong urge to pay it forward, though I wasn’t sure how. I started by taking a receptionist position at Ride the Zone on the UES (which became Flywheel). I had never taken a cycling class before in my life, but my test group experience left me with a sense of adventure and I loved a good sweat. The instructors there noticed my skill, strength, and verve for the ride when I took classes and suggested I train to be an instructor. I was scared out of my mind. But I went for it anyway. The rest is history! 4. If you weren’t teaching, what would you do? Teaching is an absolute joy and fulfills me daily. I feel very lucky to say I wake up excited to go to work. But if I wasn’t in a classroom, I’d be on stage for sure!

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5. When you’re not teaching classes, how do you like to spend your time? I enjoy hiking with my husband – this is also a surprising newly discovered passion. I make my own jewelry. I LOVE to cook. I am total foodie but since I am also into health and wellness, I love experimenting with recipes and meals, trying to find the perfect balance between the pleasures of taste and the benefits of a clean, nutrient rich diet. 6. Do you take any classes yourself? If so, what types? What’s the craziest class you’ve ever taken?

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YES! I take class all the time. I feel it’s very important to continue to be a student in the field you have chosen, whether or not you are considered a master. There is always something more to learn and someone out there who can challenge you. Lately, I’ve been taking a lot of Pilates. I adore Zumba and Bootcamp style classes. My trainer and mentor, Brett Hoebel (http://www.BrettHoebel.com), has sparked an interest in Capoeira which is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music (just up my alley). I’d have to say the craziest class I ever took was Insanity Live with Shaun T (https://www.facebook.com/shauntfitness). Holy cow, every muscle was vibrating from the burn for like 3 days.

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7. There may be too many to list, but who would you call your greatest mentor? I have to give a shout out to Brett Hoebel, who is the creator and trainer of RevAbs which changed my body, my purpose and my life. He has become my mentor, friend and now, I am proud to say, a peer! But beyond training, my greatest mentor, hands down was my grandmother Rita Kostabi. An Estonian immigrant, she had an old world European mentality – a rock of a woman, very hard working with unfailing virtues, with a strong perseverance and self-preservation. She was also a rhythmic dancer in her youth and a master pianist. She taught me the importance of staying true to yourself and holding firm to your beliefs while still maintaining a sense of curiosity and wonder. She sparked my passion for music and art, fashion and culture, a thirst for travel as well as the respect for a hard earned dollar. She somehow managed to imbue frivolity while adhering to custom. I am very much the same. She was in fact, my soul sister. Her guidance continues to inspire every endeavor I embark upon. We’re accepting nominees for our next Teacher Tuesday feature! If there’s a teacher or instructor who has inspired you, be sure to leave a comment on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Classtivity) or find us on Twitter @classtivitycom (https://twitter.com/#%21/classtivitycom). Like

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Flybarre with Shay and the moment of believing… Posted on January 19, 2012

On Tuesday morning, not so bright or very early, I showed up at Flywheel Flatiron for another session of Flybarre, this time with showstopper Shay Kostabi. I have wanted to try one of Shay’s classes for a while now, after stumbling across her blog “Shay’k It Up” a few months ago, and hearing raves about her awesomeness from Jesse Alexander. She just seemed like someone I would like. However, until recently, I had been actively avoiding Flybarre (and every other Barre class out there.) But after my great class with Kara last month, and my goal to get more barre class into my schedule this year, it suddenly seemed like the perfect time to get in a class finally with Shay. I settled onto my mat a little early and waited for class to start. I was surprised by how full it was for a 9:30am class on a Tuesday, with only a few mats open. Maybe I shouldn’t have been, since the newest fatbottomslim.com/tag/shay-‐‑kostabi/

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round of the Flybarre challenge had just started. The class was filled with Challenge people committed to getting their 4 classes in a week, and so I had a moment of “Oh, damn! I really am going to be the clueless ass again!”

Shay is stunningly charismatic in person and the whole class seemed to hang on her every word. There is an “I will be whisked away any minute to make a fitness video” quality to her that is palpable – she just has that “I should to be on camera” quality. Shay is a dynamite, engaging, group instructor – every explanation was clear, right on the money and I never felt lost. However, when we got to the arms section, I was fully expecting to be totally, embarrassingly lost again. The Dynamic Arms sections are routines that you learn and do for 3-weeks at a time, however, it turns out this week was “wildcard arms” – meaning that every teacher would be teaching a different dynamic arms section. As Shay was telling us that, all I could think was “sure, still going to feel like a spaz” and while I am really ok with spaz-dom, that first class of Flybarre dynamic arms made me feel really uncoordinated. So, as she started, I just steeled myself for embarrassment and mistimed moves. Then, an amazing thing happened. As I listened to Shay’s instruction and watched, I was almost right on-time for most of the moves! Shay made me believe, for at least a brief moment, that if I had time to learn the moves, I might actually be able to do the dynamic arm sequence and look like I had MOVES. fatbottomslim.com/tag/shay-‐‑kostabi/

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Thank you, Shay, for giving me a moment of believing. (P.S- Next week, a new arms section is happening, just in case a little slow breakdown is right up your alley too! Maybe with a full three weeks of training, I can have moves too! A girl can dream, right??)

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