If the key to an effective exercise routine is finding a workout that makes you happy, dance cardio superstar Sadie Kurzban has got a few things figured out. Kurzban started 305 Fitness—a workout inspired by the Miami dance club scene—four years ago in New York City.
Since then, she’s expanded to Washington D.C. and Boston, and classes at her two studios in Manhattan are packed to the max with young men and women having a total (cardio) blast.
Kurzban is the ringleader, teaching her followers how to shake their booties, move with swagger, and generally stop taking fitness so seriously…while still getting seriously fit.
So, it’s no surprise that she also knows the secret to eating for happiness (in our opinion), based on the food she can’t live without. Find out what it is, plus other fun facts (like the workout she’d never try) below.
How Does 305 Fitness founder Sadie Kurzban Live a Nutritious Life?
If you had to name your healthy diet, what would you call it? The Chocolate Addict’s Eat-for-Fuel Diet.
What’s your go-to breakfast? Three eggs sunny-side up with leftover vegetables and a chocolate protein shake with almond milk.
Your go-to workday lunch? A big ol’ salad usually with chicken.
Your go-to workday dinner? Lentil soup, chicken, roasted vegetables.
What’s the one food you always have in your fridge? Unsweetened almond milk and dark chocolate.
The one food you’d never buy? Fried chicken. Just not gonna make me feel good.
The snack you always have with you when traveling? Dark chocolate.
Your favorite food indulgence? Dark chocolate. Have I said “dark chocolate” yet?
How often do you exercise, and what’s your workout of choice? I exercise every day. I know we’re supposed to take a rest day, but working out for me is like brushing my teeth; it’s a non-negotiable part of my routine. I started a crazy wild workout called 305 Fitness, so I’m getting my fix there five to six times each week. I also like SLT, the Megaformer Pilates workout. And I enjoy weightlifting on my own.
Which workout would you NEVER do? Aqua anything…just not a fan of the pool.
What’s your go-to tool for managing stress? I yell at everyone in my office and kick over chairs. Just kidding. I journal. I write out my feelings. If my mind is rushing with too many thoughts, getting it out on paper—as a to-do list or as a narrative—is very helpful for me.
How do you pamper yourself when you need it? I work with a fantastic physical therapist who also does acupuncture. Her name is Megan Richardson and she’s based in New York. she is a goddess of healing!
How do you express and spread love? I’m direct and effusive with my affection. I think being a fitness instructor has helped me learn to communicate in this way. Being a (good) instructor is often about calling out good behavior when you see it. I’m proud to be that source of positive reinforcement.
What does it mean to you to “live consciously?” As women, I think we have a higher level of consciousness because we know what it’s like to be an “outsider.” We know what it’s like to be the only woman at the table, to not be asked our opinion, to not be taken seriously, and to be judged for things beyond our control. Living consciously to me means being aware of others around us and how they are being perceived unfairly by society. It means treating everyone as an equal. It also means being in touch with ourselves and our own feelings.
Meditation or massage? Massage.
A hot shower or a soothing bath? A cold shower!
Almond butter or peanut butter? Peanut butter.
Coffee or tea? Coffee.
A long run outside or a dark spin class? A dark 305 class.
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