Local Experience: Upstate Performance Project

LINDSEY BREITWIESER: NY TRANSPLANT, CYCLEBAR INSTRUCTOR AND SWEAT ENTHUSIAST. CHECKING OUT ALL OF THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OPTIONS THAT GREENVILLE HAS TO OFFER. @GETFITGVL
What:
Upstate Performance Project – If I had to sum up Upstate Performance Project in one phrase I would use the term “functional fitness.” It’s both an open gym and training center so the exact workouts you do can be customized. The space has everything from barbells to a rope climb and offers personal training, group training, and yoga.
Where:

Upstate Performance Project is right on main street near Fluor Field. 98 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601

Cost:
$10 Drop In
$30 Open Gym Membership
$60 Personal Training Session (packages available)

Why You’ll Love It:
• If you know your way around equipment you can’t beat this no nonsense atmosphere.
• The location! It’s on main street but down far enough that parking isn’t a problem.
• The trainers have some serious knowledge. If you’re looking to get smart about training, learn !

more about nutrition, and build a solid workout foundation this place is impressive. What To Expect:When I first walked in the overall athletic feel struck me. It felt more like I was walking into a training center than a “gym” and I think that’s intentional. There’s turf on the ground, recovery tubs, and an open floor plan so you can see all of the equipment throughout the space. I immediately noticed the sled, but more on that later. During my first visit I met with co-owners Pete and Chelsi for an evaluation. If you plan to use this space as an open gym, you won’t need to be evaluated, but if you have some serious goals they use the evaluation to lay out a plan and set some realistic expectations.

After my initial evaluation I went back for a full training session with Chelsi. We trained for about 1-1.5 hours and it was awesome. By the end of the session simple body weight exercises like pulling up on TRX straps had me shaking. Unlike other places that live and breathe by the clock this felt like it was all about making sure I was trained effectively. As long as we both had the time and stamina we were going to go for it.

The best thing they do here is educate you. Every move was not only explained but Pete and Chelsi took the time to explain why it was important, which muscle I should be engaging, and how I could correct my form if needed. The more they explained the more it began to click that there really wasn’t any point in going fast and being sloppy, but rather honing in on my movement and getting the most out of my effort and time. After an earth shattering session I asked to do the sled, because honestly it’s rad, and after two laps I wished I hadn’t asked at all ;).

Pro Tip:
*Ask to do the sled 🙂
*There is often a dog at the studio. I LOVE dogs so this made my workout even better, but if you’re allergic or that is a concern for you, you may want call ahead and see if the pup will be there.
*They are a drop off for a healthy meal prep business, Nutrition Solutions, so you can grab a healthy meal right at the gym too.

Check out their full site here: https://upstateperformanceproject.com/

Local Scene: Escape From New York – February Freeze Tour

If you’re in need of something to break up the February weekday drag, add this to your calendar. The Escape From New York Comedy Tour is headed to Greenville on Tuesday the 20th. They are performing at Coffee Underground (great little venue).

When Ryan Brown reached out to let me know they were coming to our little corner of the world, I asked “Why Greenville”? Ryan actually has a unique connection to Greenville. Shortly after arriving in NYC, he landed a job as a writer at Greenville-based advertising agency, EP + Co. “That’s what put Greenville on my radar. I traveled there for work a few times and I expected it to be this sleepy little town but it actually had this very unique energy that I wasn’t expecting and I loved it. When we were booking this tour I knew right away that we should do a show there.”

Ryan, Eric and Ron are all based in NYC and while they of course love performing in the city that never sleeps, they also love taking their act on the road to smaller towns and cities. Thus the name “Escape From New York”. Their first tour was in July 2017 and they hit 4 cities in 4 nights. It was a huge success, so they decided to do it again but a little bigger this time.

Doors open at 7 with the show at 8. The pre-sale tickets are just $8 and you can get them here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/escape-from-new-york-comedy-tour-at-coffee-underground-tickets-42241327949

Local Experience: The Warehouse Theatre

I have been meaning to write about The Warehouse Theatre ever since we were blown away by their production of “Clyborne Park” back in the fall. If you’re looking for something a little different to do on a night out downtown, I would add Warehouse Theatre to your list.

As they say about themselves on their website, Warehouse Theatre doesn’t shy away from challenging topics and they aren’t afraid to push the envelope. All of which I can say has been true of the shows I’ve been able to see, which have made for good theater and have sparked some interesting conversations after the show is done. The theatre itself is intimate (a converted textile warehouse) and located in the heart of the West End downtown. So go get those reservations at Husk and then walk down for a 7:30 show!

“A Moon For The Misbegotten” is playing now until February 10th, after which is coming the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Flick” starting March 9th that I’m really looking forward to seeing. If you’re in the Young Professionals crowd, make sure to check the dates for YP Night–$10 off the price of your ticket and a free drink/light hors d’oeuvres.

Find out more about supporting local theater, the current season and more of the awesome stuff Warehouse Theatre does here.

–Courtney

Local Experience: Lash Extensions at Organic Tan Face & Body

Lash extensions frightened me.

But I was still intrigued because hey, I am a female and lashes are having a bigger moment than usual right now.

I see ladies with extensions that look so good it makes you wonder if they just have really good genes or have discovered the mother of all mascaras.

Then I see ladies that look like they have tarantula legs trying to attack their faces.

I hear rumors that they will ruin your real lashes (untrue if cared for properly) or make your real lashes fall out (same as above).

So right before the holidays I paid a visit to Organic Tan Face & Body to watch a session in person. The owner, Lindsey, is a very cool chick (you can follow her here) and I remember going to see her several years ago when she was working out of the upstairs of a house on McBee Avenue and perfecting her art of the “organic tan”. Since then, she has continued to grow her business to a spot right on Haywood Road and is just a major girl boss to admire. She even published a book  recently.

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I started getting tired ten minutes into the process, which can take anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours. So I can only imagine how our lash model felt. You literally just lay there and relax, which is extremely enticing to me. There are a variety of different lash looks you can go for at Organic Tan, however today our model was looking for something that still looked natural and not over the top.

90 minutes later….

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They turned out absolutely perfect and will last about 2-3 weeks. At that point, if you want to keep them up, you just schedule a fill-in appointment. The Organic Tan team also understands a busy schedule and offers online booking to make an appointment even at the last-minute.

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These babies are for sure an investment for those who want to keep the look going for longer than just a special event or photos. The initial extensions can run anywhere from $150-$230 and fill ins from $60-$100. Which is why they offer memberships and packages for frequent lashers. And if extensions aren’t your thing, they offer a Lash Lift option and also sell an eyelash growth serum.

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Go support a great locally owned business and check out Organic Tan if you are looking for not only lash services but also tanning, massage, make-up, waxing, nails or esthetic services.

— Courtney

Local Experience: Studio 17

 

Lindsey Breitwieser: NY transplant, Cyclebar Instructor and Sweat Enthusiast. Checking out all of the health and wellness options that Greenville has to offer. @getfitgvl
What:

Studio 17 offers traditional Pilates, Pilates reformer, and yoga. There are classes all the way down to personal sessions.

Where:

Studio 17 is right in the heart of downtown Greenville!
17 West North Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Cost:

$15 for group Pilates mat classes all the way up to $65 per private reformer session.

Why You’ll Love It:

• Whether you’re new to Pilates or a pro there is something at this studio for everyone. You can take an intro mat course or work on your skills on any of the reformers.
• There is flexibility in class size. You can take a group class, a semi-private class, private, or arrange a group with your friends.
• The location. It’s right downtown and walkable from a lot of office buildings.

What To Expect:

I took a private reformer session and it was unlike anything I had ever tried before. When I first found the reformer I was dying to try it because it seemed like it would be challenging, I was right. The workout required constant focus and Erin, my instructor, coached me on tiny adjustments the entire time. I can’t imagine being able to do some of the moves that her advanced students are able to do!

The session lasted 1 hour and while I didn’t get that sweaty I felt that I was working deeply into my muscles. For me, this was all about building strength and doing the movements correctly rather than hammering out a ton of reps just to get sweaty. If you’re someone that needs a lot of distraction to workout like music, lights, or a fast pace this is not for you. This workout required constant focus and attention to detail.

As for the space, don’t expect a ton of frills from this studio. The studio is right off of Main Street on West North and you have to buzz to get in. Once you arrive you’ll head to the second floor, where there is a small waiting area outside of the main studio room. The main studio room is the primary space and it’s on the interior of the building so it’s a little darker than some, but on the bright side you can completely lose track of what’s going on outside and focus on your workout.
I do wish there were group reformer classes as the price of personal sessions can be prohibitive to most. As someone that likes to workout multiple days a week $65 per class can add up quickly. If you’re interested in trying a reformer, book a session to see what it’s all about by emailing info@studio17greenville.com.

Pro Tip:

*The studio doesn’t have mind body so currently email or phone is the best method to reserve space for a class.
*The yoga instructor also manages Downtown Yoga Greenville, which offers Saturday morning flows at Topside Pool Club (with mimosas!)

Check out their full site here.

***NOTE FROM STUDIO 17: The group reformer classes are offered for clients who have similar goals and needs. An Intro to Apparatus group class will be starting in January. And for those who want a private class but can’t afford the hour-long class, half hour classes are also offered.***

Local Experience: Orange Theory Fitness

LINDSEY BREITWIESER: NY TRANSPLANT, CYCLEBAR INSTRUCTOR AND SWEAT ENTHUSIAST. CHECKING OUT ALL OF THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OPTIONS THAT GREENVILLE HAS TO OFFER. @GETFITGVL
What:

Heart rate based high intensity interval training. There is a rowing, weight, and treadmill portion to each class.

Where:

Orange Theory is currently located on Woodruff Rd, but the website lists a downtown location as coming soon.

1143 Woodruff Rd.
Greenville, SC 29607

Cost:

First class is FREE!
Memberships and packages available ranging from $59-$159 per month.

Why You’ll Love It:

• When you walk in they set you up with a heart rate monitor, it all feels very high tech and exciting.
• Rotating between stations made the workout fly by.
• It’s great for all levels and it’s easy to monitor progress thanks to the points system, which are emailed to you after each class.

What To Expect:

When you arrive the friendly staff will show you through the various stations and if you arrive early enough you can even pop on the rower and get a little coaching on proper technique before you begin.

Once the class begins you’ll start at one of the three stations and the coach will guide you
through that portion of the workout. Once it’s go time, you GO! If you’re competitive (guilty) you may catch yourself trying to keep up with the people working out near you and peeking at the displayed screen to see how others are doing, but for the most part you’ll be busy keeping track of your own time and reps.

The constant movement between stations made the workout fly. The key to the workout is the coach and monitor combo. The coach is telling you when to push and what zone to be in and it almost gamifies your workout. It makes it easy to focus on achieving one goal — getting into your zone — while you workout and helps push you harder than you may realize.

Pro Tip:

*Don’t walk out with the heart rate monitor on (unless you purchased it to keep). You’ll forget that it’s on while you’re working out and it’s an easy mistake!
*Don’t focus too much on the fact that your stats are on display and definitely don’t let it
discourage you. Everyone is really only looking at it to find their points!
Check out their full site here.

Local Love: Liability Brewing Co.

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Got a sneak peek of Liability Brewing Co. this week, which will be one of the anchor spots at the historic Westone development (you drive by it all the time on Stone Avenue but is easy to miss right now unless you used to frequent the old Battery & Electric Company). Joining Liability will be a second Coffee Underground location and a Moe’s Original Bar B Q. The last spot is still up for grabs.
Beer, coffee, BBQ– a Southern grand trifecta. All in one great spot within walking distance to downtown.
I love the bones of this building and am looking forward to see Terry Horner’s vision come to life. And of course, I am all about another great brewery coming to Greenville.
Side note: this is my new favorite tee, locally made by The Graphic Cow, another company I think is awesome. It is super soft, fits like a dream and you want to be able to say you were rocking this before anyone else was, so head to Liability’s site and pick up yours!

 

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Local Experience: Barre3

 

Lindsey Breitwieser: NY Transplant, CycleBar Instructor and Sweat Enthusiast. Checking out all of the health and wellness options that Greenville has to offer. @getfitgvl
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What:

Barre3 is an exercise all to itself. It’s a combinations of ballet barre, pilates and yoga so the are lots of different moves and ways of working the body included in one class. The workout includes a standing component and mat work and like other barre classes small dumbbells and a ball (“props”) are used.

Where:

There are two Barre3 locations right here in Greenville. The Augusta Rd location is the original, but with the second one opening you’re probably not too far from one of them!! (Five Forks – 2815 Woodruff Road, Suite 103, Simpsonville or Augusta  Road – 3014-A Augusta Street, Greenville)

Cost:

$99 for one month (new client special). A la care, membership and flex packages ranging from $23-$159.

Why You’ll Love It:

Most of the moves feel very natural, you won’t find yourself needing to contort into hard to hold poses.

The Barre3 community is much more than just the workout, there are natural beauty products recommendations, an online workout subscription option, and recipes.You’ll get a cardio and toning workout in one, which definitely helps maximize your time.

What To Expect:

When you arrive you’ll leave your shoes and bags in the front and head into the studio. The Augusta studio is a bright and open space with a wood floor. With the floor not being carpeted sticky socks are completely optional. Before picking your space at the bar you’ll grab 1-3 lb dumbbells and a ball.

The biggest Barre3 difference is the inclusion of larger movements. There are large range of motion squats and stretches mixed in with isometric work. The larger movements help increase the heart rate and introduce a cardio component which helps bring your heart rate up. If you’re anything like me, when you’re heart rate comes up you’re going to get sweaty, luckily Barre3 provides towels. As far as workouts go, I’ve never left Barre3 not feeling challenged. The classes are mainly good for toning, but flexibility and core strength are among the other major benefits.

Pro Tip:

They offer childcare (there is a charge), but you can bring the kiddos while you get your class in.

Check out their full site here: http://barre3.com/studio-locations/greenville

Local Experience: CycleBar

Lindsey Breitwieser: NY Transplant, CycleBar Instructor and Sweat Enthusiast. Checking out all of the health and wellness options that Greenville has to offer. @getfitgvl

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What:

Indoor Cycling

Where:

Cyclebar is centrally located downtown in the newly renovated Keys Village. It’s right between the McBee Station shopping center and Main Street on McBee Avenue.

307 E McBee Ave B, Greenville, SC 29601

Cost:

Your first class is free! A la carte classes are $20 each. Additional package options available as well.

Why You’ll Love It:
  • It’s one killer workout. Riders burn anywhere from 300-800 calories in one 50-minute class.
  • There are lots of special and themed classes to keep it fun: mashup Monday, express classes, concert rides, happy hour rides and many more.
  • It’s high tech. Each bike is synced with your account when you sign up to ride. You’re immediately emailed your workout stats and playlist after each class.
What to expect: 

Expect to work hard, but leave smiling. Cyclebar has a party atmosphere, you’re “dancing” and cheering the whole time you’re working out. There is a fun dynamic lighting system, loud music, music videos, and a stats system. With so much going on you’ll probably forget that you’re working out. During the class there is one arm segment, you can choose either a four or six pound bar, where the instructor will lead you through various movements. While four and six pound bars may seem light, holding them up for 3-4 minutes is definitely a challenge!

If you’re someone that needs some distraction and entertainment while exercising or thrives on a pumped-up crowd, definitely give this a go!

Pro Tip:

*Bring your phone charger! The lockers have a USB port built in to them so you can charge your phone while you’re in class.

*Just bring yourself (and socks!). Once you arrive everything is taken care of for you: shoes are provided, water, bananas, towels, after class wipes…if you need it, they’ve thought of it.

Check out their full site here and Instagram here.

 

Local Guide: Lindley Russell

Lindley Russell    The Greenville Graze

IG: @thegreenvillegraze 

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Hey there! I’m Lindley and I am the face of The Greenville Graze. I have always been biased towards this city and all it had to offer. In the past few years, people from far and near have also began to take notice of all Greenville has to offer and, as a result, it has quickly transformed into a total hub for new restaurants, bars, bakeries, breweries, food festivals, etc. My exploration of Greenville is never ending and I am truly having the time of my life discovering all the things that make Greenville the city it is. Sharing it is half the fun so check out my Instagram to see all my yummy finds (@thegreenvillegraze).

 

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But First, Coffee:

101 Espresso Bar – This little coffee shop recently opened over the summer but it already has my heart. Before taking my first sip, I was completely won over by the staff and their passion toward the business. They are all very knowledgeable in what they are selling and are very eager to educate the customer. Aside from the impeccable customer service, the coffee, made using beans from Panama, is so incredibly delicious (and I am very picky about my coffee!). They offer the usual lattes, cappuccinos, frappes, etc. but my favorite is their Greek Nescafe Frappe. It’s a little different than your average coffee but I promise it’s insanely good.

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Greek Nescafe Frappe @101espressobar

 

Swamp Rabbit Stops:

TReats – On the Travelers Rest end of the Swamp Rabbit, my absolute favorite stop is TReats. They offer a HUGE selection of smoothies (my favorite is the Main St. Mango) and fresh pressed juices that are perfect for an on-the-go treat after biking or running the trail. Another perfect quick treat are their protein energy balls made with oats, honey, peanut butter, coconut, dark chocolate, and whey protein. They are seriously so good that it’s hard to believe they’re healthy.

Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery – Towards the Greenville end of the trail, my favorite stop is without a doubt Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery. They also offer a large variety of quick, yummy treats including (but definitely not limited to) smoothies, sandwiches, scones, doughnuts, and other baked goods. If you happen to pass by Thursday-Sunday, their brick oven pizza is a must-try. Best of all, it’s all locally sourced!

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Strawberry Donut @swamprabbitcafe

Diamond In The Rough:

Irashiai Sushi Pub – When a sushi craving hits, most people look to Downtown Greenville to fill their void. However, just ten minutes from the bustling streets of Downtown Greenville is where you will find my all-time favorite sushi restaurant. The size of their menu and rolls (seriously, they’re huge) is second to none. If I had to narrow it down to my favorite rolls, I would suggest the Red Dragon, Big Chill, and Godzilla. If you weren’t already convinced, they also have a hefty appetizer selection. My top picks are the Ahi Hawaiian and Mussels Yaki (pictured below).

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Mussels Yaki @ Irashiai Sushi Pub

Healthy Eats:

Southern Pressed Juicery – SPJ offers a gigantic selection of cold pressed juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, and other healthy yummy snacks. My love for SPJ blossomed after trying their smoothie bowls. Their bowls are super thick and loaded down with good-for-you toppings (no skimpy toppings, here!). My absolute favorite bowl is The Green Monstah, which is topped with the most delicious cacao-kale granola. I never knew kale could taste THAT good. Aside from smoothie bowls, SPJ also offers sweet snacks like donuts and brownies made with clean, wholesome ingredients so there’s no need to feel guilty.

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Green Monstah @southernpressedjuicery

Cheers To The Weekend:

Downtown Greenville – If you’re only here for the weekend, I highly recommend you spend your time Downtown Greenville. I know that’s a bit broad but this little city has so much to offer at all times. There are fun, upbeat workout classes at CycleBar or coffee and a yummy breakfast at Caviar & Bananas in the morning. You can explore the beautiful Falls Park in the afternoon. The night brings a slew of things to do; you can eat at one of the many award-winning restaurants or spend the night at the ballpark watching the Greenville Drive play. Downtown Greenville seriously has so much to offer (much more than a weekend can hold)!