A LOOK INSIDE AKIN'S ARMY'S UNLIMITED NYC

A LOOK INSIDE AKIN'S ARMY'S UNLIMITED NYC

NTC & Akin's Army

NTC & Akin's Army

There’s an army in New York trained to give nutrition, health, and powerful living tips to the city. From a humble beginning of casual conversations, the group eventually became a strong bond known as Akin’s Army. Covering the gamut of wellness, the group has pledged to find and achieve the best versions of themselves in The City That Never Sleeps. Akin, Bree and Yavuz sat with us to discuss what it means to be a vital force of the fitness movement in Unlimited NYC.

There’s an army in New York trained to give nutrition, health, and powerful living tips to the city. From a humble beginning of casual conversations, the group eventually became a strong bond known as Akin’s Army. Covering the gamut of wellness, the group has pledged to find and achieve the best versions of themselves in The City That Never Sleeps. Akin, Bree and Yavuz sat with us to discuss what it means to be a vital force of the fitness movement in Unlimited NYC.

Take us through a day in the life in your “Unlimited NYC”?

AKIN: I have very early mornings that begin at 5am when I wake up and get ready to go teach my 6am and 7am classes. The other days a week that I do not have 6am classes, I still wake up generally early because my body is accustomed to it. I typically start the day by teaching back-to-back classes and then having breakfast on the go because I have another class to teach soon after. I teach between 5 to 8 classes every day, seven days a week. In between classes, I grab some food or smoothies to fuel up and make new playlists for my next class. I also enjoy working out on my own in between classes when I can. I mix up my routine with strength training, boxing, and CrossFit because I enjoy trying new workouts and challenging my body in new areas. I usually get to go home to rest for an hour or so in between classes during the day but meetings and other modeling jobs sometimes get in the way of that so I am out and about the entire day. My days end around 9pm after my last evening class when I get to go home and eat dinner and rest for the following day.

YAVUZ: On a usual day I get up around 6 to teach at Soulcycle. I usually prepare everything the night before so I can get out of bed and go! I leave my apartment at 6.30am and I don't get back till 7pm. I teach around 3 Soulcycle classes daily and on top of that I take Akins class, go to Tonehouse or Barrys Bootcamp, and participate in Akins army bootcamps. So my day consist of working out, eating, and the occasional nap. I love what I do and the people I do it with. everyone I meet in the NYC fitness community is so motivated and determined that I am always being pushed to try new things.

BREE: On a busy day, I get up at 5am to make breakfast and take care of my dog before I go over my playlist and program for bootcamp. I like to be super prepared, so that while I'm teaching I can focus on the clients in the room- their form, what they need energy-wise, etc, rather than focusing on what comes next. After class I try to give some people some hands on attention and correction, especially if they're very close to achieving new goals. BUT I have to move quickly to run down to Brooklyn and teach at an immersive indoor cycling studio- I am a master instructor and on the creative team for IMAXShift. Again, after class I spend time talking to the clients about their fitness goals and routines, and to gauge their feedback on the visuals from the class. Usually, I stay and test any new playlists or performance technology we may have for the week before heading to the office. My team and I are constantly creating new content to challenge, motivate, and support the immersive indoor cycling workout, so we have creative meetings and brainstorms several times through out the week. I also manage the instructors, so I take care of any scheduling or continuing education needs we may have. After office hours, I try to take a nap- though it doesn't usually happen. In the afternoon/evening, it's about my workout. I love when that's bootcamp with my boys-- Yavuz and Akin are such inspirations and so knowledgeable. They will never let me slack off with lighter weights or slow reps, and we end up not only motivating the crap out of each other but having a blast. If it's not bootcamp, I'm spinning with them. The goal is to get as sweaty as possible while singing along (loudly) to every song. I can't just take one class- if I can double, I do. We always win. Then it's home to prep for the next day's workouts/meetings.

 

Take us through a day in the life in your “Unlimited NYC”?

AKIN: I have very early mornings that begin at 5am when I wake up and get ready to go teach my 6am and 7am classes. The other days a week that I do not have 6am classes, I still wake up generally early because my body is accustomed to it. I typically start the day by teaching back-to-back classes and then having breakfast on the go because I have another class to teach soon after. I teach between 5 to 8 classes every day, seven days a week. In between classes, I grab some food or smoothies to fuel up and make new playlists for my next class. I also enjoy working out on my own in between classes when I can. I mix up my routine with strength training, boxing, and CrossFit because I enjoy trying new workouts and challenging my body in new areas. I usually get to go home to rest for an hour or so in between classes during the day but meetings and other modeling jobs sometimes get in the way of that so I am out and about the entire day. My days end around 9pm after my last evening class when I get to go home and eat dinner and rest for the following day.

YAVUZ: On a usual day I get up around 6 to teach at Soulcycle. I usually prepare everything the night before so I can get out of bed and go! I leave my apartment at 6.30am and I don't get back till 7pm. I teach around 3 Soulcycle classes daily and on top of that I take Akins class, go to Tonehouse or Barrys Bootcamp, and participate in Akins army bootcamps. So my day consist of working out, eating, and the occasional nap. I love what I do and the people I do it with. everyone I meet in the NYC fitness community is so motivated and determined that I am always being pushed to try new things.

BREE: On a busy day, I get up at 5am to make breakfast and take care of my dog before I go over my playlist and program for bootcamp. I like to be super prepared, so that while I'm teaching I can focus on the clients in the room- their form, what they need energy-wise, etc, rather than focusing on what comes next. After class I try to give some people some hands on attention and correction, especially if they're very close to achieving new goals. BUT I have to move quickly to run down to Brooklyn and teach at an immersive indoor cycling studio- I am a master instructor and on the creative team for IMAXShift. Again, after class I spend time talking to the clients about their fitness goals and routines, and to gauge their feedback on the visuals from the class. Usually, I stay and test any new playlists or performance technology we may have for the week before heading to the office. My team and I are constantly creating new content to challenge, motivate, and support the immersive indoor cycling workout, so we have creative meetings and brainstorms several times through out the week. I also manage the instructors, so I take care of any scheduling or continuing education needs we may have. After office hours, I try to take a nap- though it doesn't usually happen. In the afternoon/evening, it's about my workout. I love when that's bootcamp with my boys-- Yavuz and Akin are such inspirations and so knowledgeable. They will never let me slack off with lighter weights or slow reps, and we end up not only motivating the crap out of each other but having a blast. If it's not bootcamp, I'm spinning with them. The goal is to get as sweaty as possible while singing along (loudly) to every song. I can't just take one class- if I can double, I do. We always win. Then it's home to prep for the next day's workouts/meetings.

 

Being Unlimited means reaching new heights in performance. What sessions and neighborhoods inspire you to push further than ever before?

BREE: Akin's classes have been my most challenging to date. I've never worked harder or gained more- that's partially because he knows our bodies, our mindsets, and what we need from him to do more. Downtown seems to be where all the fitspos hang out-- Flatiron obviously is full of spandex, but lately Soho as well. I have to give it up for DUMBO though- it is such an outdoors community, everyone is walking, running, cycling, skating, kayaking-- you name it, Brooklyn Bridge Park is nailing it.

YAVUZ: My brothers classes are the best. Like I said before he is always coming up with new moves, new workouts, things that i did not think were possible. Same goes for Bree classes.

AKIN: I believe in pushing every workout to the fullest regardless of who you are with or where you are. Doing a 100-person bootcamp and doing a one-on-one boxing session are equally as much of an adrenaline rush because every workout has something different to offer. I love doing workouts outside because it's not as common in NYC but I don't discriminate between neighborhoods and boroughs. As long as there's motivation and high energy, I can get amped for a workout anywhere at anytime.

 

Being Unlimited means reaching new heights in performance. What sessions and neighborhoods inspire you to push further than ever before?

BREE: Akin's classes have been my most challenging to date. I've never worked harder or gained more- that's partially because he knows our bodies, our mindsets, and what we need from him to do more. Downtown seems to be where all the fitspos hang out-- Flatiron obviously is full of spandex, but lately Soho as well. I have to give it up for DUMBO though- it is such an outdoors community, everyone is walking, running, cycling, skating, kayaking-- you name it, Brooklyn Bridge Park is nailing it.

YAVUZ: My brothers classes are the best. Like I said before he is always coming up with new moves, new workouts, things that i did not think were possible. Same goes for Bree classes.

AKIN: I believe in pushing every workout to the fullest regardless of who you are with or where you are. Doing a 100-person bootcamp and doing a one-on-one boxing session are equally as much of an adrenaline rush because every workout has something different to offer. I love doing workouts outside because it's not as common in NYC but I don't discriminate between neighborhoods and boroughs. As long as there's motivation and high energy, I can get amped for a workout anywhere at anytime.