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NYC FIT SERIES: Dr. Laura Miranda
May 25, 2017 6:11 PM
Meet Pursuit Founder, Physical Therapist & Trainer
We’re so excited to get to experience the city through one of your workouts. Can you tell us about PURSUIT, and how you came up with the idea for this training method?
PURSUIT is an on-the-go, hybrid conditioning workout that takes place in, on, around, and through all aspects of the cityscape. PURSUIT unhinges the idea that fitness has to take place in a gym, or even in a park for that matter. Our mantra is that “NYC is your ultimate fitness playground where anything and everything is possible!” I’ve been an athlete my entire life but due to a severe injury, I was unable to play soccer in college. I was forced to reinvent what movement and pushing myself in a competitive way meant to me. I lifted weights like the best of them, but it never really matched up with what I had done for years out on the field. I knew there had to be a better way. After my undergrad degree in Exercise Science was complete I simultaneously worked on my Masters in Physical Therapy while I was working in NYC as a personal trainer. Again, the work that was being done in the gym didn’t match up with the hardcore science that I was learning in school. I knew there had to be a better way. Finally, I was out of the gym and running one of the first “boot camps in the park” in NYC back in ’07. THIS made sense to me! All was going great, until… the park cops kicked me out for not having a permit. Instead of shutting down my business, I took my crew out through the streets of lower Manhattan. As it turns out, there are endless hills, stairs, ledges, curbs, and green space that made for a more challenging and effective training session. Barreling through the streets also became more FUN than anything we could ever do in one patch of grass in the park. So, from this potential business ending run-in with the cops, PURSUIT was born. I have been lucky enough to spread this concept to trainers around the world so that they can empower their clients with this as well. I currently have PURSUIT locations in Australia, the UK, and over 13 states across the US. My goal is to change the way outdoor fitness is done on a global level. And I am honored to say that… it’s happening! PURSUIT is all about this main concept:
How do you begin your day?
I teach PURSUIT at 5:30am in lower Manhattan. So My alarm goes off at 4:24 (that’s not a typo), and I shuffle right out the door to go walk my dog, wolf. Then it’s on to a breakfast of coffee, steal cut oats, and a vegan protein and spinach shake.
Can you give us a breakdown of how we can apply your method to a quick workout?
The idea is to first survey the cityscape and see what Obstacles (as we call them in PURSUIT) you have available. Start looking at NYC through a new lens and the potential of your body through a new lens as well. The success of a PURSUIT based workout hinges on a few things. To sum it up:
How about an example PURSUIT CIRCUIT to get us warmed up ?
Let's go with the path along the Hudson River, anywhere from the George Washington Bridge, down to the bottom tip of Manhattan.
Can you recommend some workout essentials for the Urban Athlete?
You have a distinct style, how would you characterize it and what are some of the key elements that make up your style?
Distinct… ha, that’s so true! Well, along with my coaching and training philosophy, my outlook on clothing is much the same. I don’t follow the “status quo”; it’s just not me. I would say my style is “anti-establishment-chic.” I just made that up. But I know that I feel the most comfortable in a snap back hat, black. A loose cut off shirt with a motivational quote on it, black. Drop crotch sweats, black. If I am in shorts or leggings, I usually wear mid-calf socks, black. That’s the soccer player in me. For years, I tried to fit in with what my colleagues in the industry were wearing. But in that gear, I was always felt like my foot stomping, defiant, 7-year-old self when they tried to make me wear a dress. There’s nothing wrong with dresses, obviously. But for me, when I’m not living in my own skin, or my own style, I can’t be the most authentic version of myself. I have found that by being my authentic self, I am better able to help others in their journey towards becoming the best version of their truest selves. I know you didn’t intend for this question to be so deep! Sure, on the surface it’s just way easier to follow along with what everyone else is doing. It takes a brave person to live exactly the way you want to live and feel exactly the way you want to feel. “Just be you”; who knew the formula was so simple!
Laura Miranda will be leading a PURSUIT CLASS at PARAGON SPORTS at 9 am on Saturday 7/30. More info here. You can follow Laura on instagram @drlauramiranda and twitter @drlauramiranda to READ MORE visit her site www.stronghealthywoman.com
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