Get your PJs ready for this trip to Hudson Yards in New York City! We’re having a pajama party at what the Wall Street Journal has called “The Hottest Fitness Hotel on Earth” - the newly opened Equinox Hotel.
Our hosts are Chris Reed, Director of Sales & Marketing, and Todd Anderson, Equinox Area Personal Trainer - Tier X and Nutrition/Sleep Coach.
Wait... a sleep coach? Yes! As part of the famed Equinox fitness clubs brand, the hotel at 33 Hudson Yards is dedicated to “owning sleep like no other hotel before.”
Chris and Todd take us on a must-see tour of the trendy Hudson Yards area, and of course, the gorgeous hotel with its 60,000 square foot flagship fitness club.
So put on your best pajamas (no, darlings, not the ones you’ve been working in for the past two months), grab your cookies and milk, and join us for our Real-Time Retreat! Don’t sleep through this one! ;)
Kelly McAlister from Maui Jim will be rewarding the best pajama-party clad participant, so be sure to join the fun and dress up!
Chris Reed is a 15-year veteran of the luxury and lifestyle hospitality industry, having supported the sales, marketing, pre-opening and brand launch efforts for a diverse portfolio of hotels at Langham Hospitality Group, Capella Hotels & Resorts, Morgans Hotels Group as well as Preferred Hotels/Leading Hotels of the World properties.
In his current dream role, Chris leads the sales and marketing efforts for the first ever Equinox Hotel, which debuted in Hudson Yards, New York City in August 2019. He holds certifications in both nutrition health coaching and personal training. Chris has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout five continents, bringing with him an array of cultures and viewpoints.
Having served on the Board of Directors and Committees for MPI, SITE and FICP, he welcomes any opportunity to connect with industry colleagues.
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With extensive experiences as a performance coach, personal trainer and also an ex-St. Louis Rams fullback, Todd Anderson has worked at Equinox for over 7 years, assuming the title of one of the rare ‘Tier X’ Coaches and Area Personal Training Manager.
Tier X is a lifestyle management program with a uniquely holistic approach to high-performance living, addressing the areas of Movement, Nutrition and Regeneration in tandem. Todd is well versed in physical movement, conditioning, nutrition counseling as well as elusive sleep coaching.
Equinox Hotel, Hudson Yards
Equinox Hotels was created for those who rest and play as hard as they work, for those who seek a place that matches the scale of their ambitions and a space to restore and regenerate. Every touchpoint has been designed with the traveler in mind and through the lens of our three brand pillars: Movement, Nutrition and Regeneration. The hotel embodies the same holistic philosophy as Equinox Fitness Clubs and redeﬁnes luxury as the ultimate in experience and travel as a seamless extension of a life well lived.
Situated on the west side of Manhattan in the heart of Hudson Yards, where the celebrated ‘Highline’ begins and ends, this is New York’s newest neighborhood. It is home to more than 100 diverse shops and culinary experiences, 14 acres of open public green space, The Shed cultural center and Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel, an engaging and interacve public landmark spanning 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs.
Designed by the Rockwell Group, the hotel features 212 rooms, including 48 suites, designed to ensure the optimal sleep experience of a Dark, Quiet, Cool environment is achieved. Each guest room is designed to create and enhance an environment of regeneration and rest with advanced soundprooﬁng, next-generation blackout shades, integrated technology for eﬀortless personalization, and a proprietary sleep system. The room is divided into a generous, open entry foyer and dressing room/bathroom, with a welcoming, calming sleep chamber adjacent.
The hotel encompasses a 60,000-square foot ﬂagship Equinox Fitness Club, accessible during the guest’s stay, oﬀering signature group ﬁtness classes and results-driven personal training programs complete with a 25-yard indoor saltwater lap pool, heated and cooling plunge pools and outdoor leisure pool.
The immersive 27,000-square foot Spa by Equinox Hotels emphasizes recovery-based treatments that feature the latest in science-grounded technology, timeless regeneration and relaxation techniques. Guests can choose from various integrated circuits including cryotherapy, infrared sauna, a quantum harmonics wave table session, along with massages, facials, body work and skin therapies.
Starr Restaurants’ Electric Lemon, by acclaimed restauranteur Stephen Starr, showcases Equinox Hotels’ approach to food and drink as part of its 360-degree lifestyle philosophy by bringing together exceptional seasonal ingredients. The space encompasses an 8,000-square foot outdoor terrace, the largest of any hotel in Manhattan, which is open seasonally.
AM + PM RITUALS
Equinox Hotel released their ‘AM + PM Rituals’ to the public during this difficult time, previously only available in-room for hotel guests. These guided sessions have been developed by Equinox experts to bring balance, focus and positivity to daily life. We are so excited to bring this in-room experience online for you to enjoy, from the comfort of your very own home.
These rituals have been extremely helpful in preparing the body and mind each morning and also promote sleep each night. Chris hopes this brings some relaxation to everyone’s daily roune.
IF I CAN MAKE IT THERE, I’LL MAKE IT ANYWHERE
What to make for a pajama party? Cookies and milk, of course, Retreats Resources style!
Makes 8 small cocktails
- 8 ounces dark chocolate
- 1 cup heavy cream, divided
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon each: nutmeg, ground clove
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1.5 ounces coffee liqueur
- Fill a mixing bowl up with ice cold water, and place a strainer or sieve into the center of the bowl and set aside.
- Heat 6 ounces chocolate in a mixing bowl set over a double boiler, stirring continuously with a rubber spatula, until barely melted. Remove from heat, and immediately add the remaining 2 ounces of chocolate and continue stirring until all of the chocolate melts, or return briefly to the double boiler to finish melting any remaining pieces.
- Transfer melted chocolate immediately into a squeeze bottle fitted with a fine tip, and gently squeeze chocolate in a zigzag pattern into the sieve in the ice water. Allow to set for about 30 seconds, and remove from the ice and onto a plate fitted with paper toweling. Repeat until there are eight chocolate squiggles, and store refrigerated until needed.
- Combine cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Set aside.
- Combine 1/4 cup cream and 1 tablespoon sugar in a mixing bowl, and whip into soft peaks. Set aside.
- Pour vodka, coffee liqueur and 3/4 cup heavy cream in a small saucepan. Heat until barely warm.
- Rim small, 2-ounce glasses with the spice mixture. Pour drink into the glasses, top with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate squiggle.
Salted-butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 5 minutes
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
- 1-1/2 cups (packed) light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 6 oz. semisweet chocolate (at least 60% cacao), chopped
- Whisk all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, 3–4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition to incorporate before adding the next. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add dry ingredients, beating until just incorporated. Add oats and vanilla and beat just to combine. Fold in chocolate with a spatula.
- Turn dough out onto a work surface and flatten to a disk. Freeze 15–20 minutes to prevent dough from spreading too much as it bakes, or ideally chill 24–36 hours.
- Meanwhile, place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Drop 1/4 cupfuls of dough onto prepared sheets. Bake cookies, rotating sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through, until just golden brown around the edges, 12–15 minutes (cookies will firm up as they cool). Let cookies cool on baking sheets 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks and let cool completely. Let baking sheet cool completely before lining with fresh parchment and spooning on dough for third batch.
- Do Ahead: Dough can be made 3 months ahead. Wrap tightly with plastic and freeze. Cookies can be made 1 day ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, or freeze up to 3 months.
Multigrain Almond Pancakes
For a rainy sleepy Sunday, nothing is better than healthy, delicious pancakes. Mixing the almond flour with the multigrain pancake mix makes it fluffier and super tasty.
Approx. 6-10 pancakes depending on size
- 1 cup Almond flour super fine (Rob’s Red Mill)
- 1 cup Multigrain Pancake and Waffle Mix (any store bought - Whole Foods, Fairway)
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 pinch Salt
- 2 Eggs
- 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 4 drops of Vanilla Extract
- 1-1/2 cup Almond Milk
- 1 cup of blueberries (optional)
- Sift the Almond flour, multigrain pancake mix, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
- In another bowl beat the eggs with a whish until pale and thick.
- Add the egg mixture, maple syrup and the milk to the dry ingredients and stir until JUST combined - meaning just lightly mix it in do not over whisk (tip that’s how the pancakes will come out fluffier).
- Gently heat a non stick frying pan and drop large spoonfuls of the mixture onto the pan.
- Add blueberries to the mixture (if desired - can also top the finished pancake with blueberries or none at all)
- When bubbles start to burst on top of pancakes, turn them over and cook the second side until golden.
Immune-Boosting Antioxidant Smoothie
(makes 1, double ingredients for 2)
- 1 cup Spinach and Kale mix (can use only Spinach or Kale as well)
- 1/2 cup chopped Apples
- 1/2 cup Berries (mix blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries or any one type of berry if others not available)
- 1 cup low fat Kefir (can use vanilla or berry flavored)
- 1 tsp Acai powder
- 1 tbsp Nut butter (I mix almond butter, peanut butter and flax seeds of use any nut butter you like)
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 tsp Reishi mushroom powder or any type of mushroom powder such as Chaga
- 1/2 tsp Maca powder
- 1 scoop preferred Vanilla Protein powder (I use Burn and Build Body Optimal healing plant formula and I also change up with clean Whey as well)
- 1/2 cup water or more or less depending on consistency
- Ice if needed (better to cut and freeze fruit so no need to use ice then)
- 1 tsp Manuka honey - optional (if needed to be sweeter/optional. I don’t like my smoothies too sweet so I don’t use any sweetener)
- In a blender add Spinach, Kale mix, then add the Kefir, Berries and rest of the ingredients (do not add the protein powder)
- Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until all ingredients are combined well and desired consistency.
- Lastly add the protein powder then blend on medium for 30 seconds until all mixed.
- Pour in a tall glass and enjoy
Wash, cut and freeze fruit separately in ziplock bags so will make the smoothie creamier and perfect temperature without having to add ice.
- Kale and Spinach - vitamin C, K, iron and zinc.
- Apple - great for lung health. Berries- high in antioxidants.
- Acai powder - antioxidants, boost brain function.
- Chia seeds - high in Omega 3, fiber, iron and good for heart health.
- Maca root powder - improving mood and fighting free radicals.
- Reishi or Chaga mushrooms - improve the immune system and reduce stress.
- Turmeric - anti inflammatory, prevents heart disease.
- Nut butter - protein, magnesium, healthy fats.
- Low fat Kefir - powerful probiotic, improved gut health, antibacterial properties.
Calming Lavender Latte
Another recipe for a sleep/nighttime functional latte. I have been doing this a few times a week at night to help put me to sleep and calm the nerves. This is perfect during this time.
- Lavender tea bags (found at any health food grocery store in the tea section)
- 3/4 cup of Almond milk
- 1/4 cup hot water steeped with Lavender
- 1/2 tsp Blue Spirulina
- 1 tsp/small scoop Magnesium powder mixed into warm milk (I use Magnesium powder from Pure brand or Sleep Inner Beauty Powder from the Beauty chef)
- 1/2 tsp Manuka honey (optional if you want it sweet, I use without)
- Steep dried Lavender or Lavender tea bag in hot water to make a tea base.
- Blend/froth or stir in the rest of the ingredients with milk and enjoy.
Kelly McAlister, Maui Jim
Kelly McAlister of Maui Jim will be with us on the calls each week as judge and jury to see which planner really goes all-in with the theme. So engage, be creative, and have fun... and you may be the winner!
She’ll be doing some gifting that will surely lift your shelter-in-place spirits!