Dr. William Kapfer at Barry's Ride in Chelsea

Out With Dr. Bill – The Adrenaline Push of Barry's Ride & Elmo's Comfortable Vibe

Dr. William Kapfer READ TIME: 8 MIN.

What a way to kickstart my weekend: I swapped my usual Netflix marathon for the pedal-pushing adrenaline of Barry's Ride!

If you thought Barry's was just about high-intensity treadmill intervals that make you feel like you're in a chase scene from an action movie, think again. They've spun into a whole new league, introducing Barry's RIDE x LIFT, a 50-minute cycling HIIT class that's poised to make Peloton and SoulCycle sweat a little harder. Barry's RIDE x LIFT is offered at the company's Chelsea studio.

Aging joints and Macarena-level coordination mean high-impact workouts are more fear-inducing than exciting for me. That's what makes Barry's Ride a match made in fitness heaven: it's got all the heart-thumping, muscle-ripping intensity but without the looming dread of face planting on a treadmill.

But let's get real: the star of this high-octane show was none other than our instructor, John Thornhill.

We've all had that awkward experience of wrestling with clip-in shoes and adjustable seats in a new spin class (I'm giving you side-eye, SoulCycle), but John took all that stress away. Not only is he a specimen of physical fitness, but he's also incredibly adept at making newbies feel like they truly belong. From helping me set up my bike to giving me individualized encouragement throughout the class, John was the real MVP.

John Thornhil
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I'm not sure I'd be eagerly booking my next Barry's Ride session if it weren't for John's encouraging and personalized teaching method.

The man didn't just guide me through a workout; he created an entire experience. So, naturally, I'm already signed up for another round tomorrow morning.

John, you've officially converted me!

What was also enlightening? Having my life partner Eric join me on this electric experience.

As someone who's been with his life partner for years, our journey has been filled with shared experiences and evolving together. Eric has been a Barry's enthusiast for quite some time, and I've often found myself intrigued by his dedication and the positive effects it's had on him.

Barry's Manager Colton Manley

We've navigated many seasons of life together, and as we reach a certain age, keeping our relationship invigorated takes on new layers of importance.

What better way to keep things fresh than to break a sweat together and invest in our health? When I learned about the new Barry's Ride, it seemed like the perfect entry point for me–a lower-impact but still invigorating option that aligned with my own fitness comfort zone. I saw it as a fantastic opportunity to not only join him in something he loves but also to share a new kind of quality time. The prospect of being each other's cheerleaders while simultaneously focusing on our long-term well-being felt like a win-win for both our relationship and our health.

Elmo in Chelsea: Where Community Gatherings Sparkle with Style and Stellar Service

Get ready to have your socks knocked off because Elmo in Chelsea is the spice your life didn't know it was missing! This Chelsea staple has been adding flavor to New York City life since 2006, transforming casual dining into an extraordinary affair. The staff? Think Calvin Klein models serving up more than just looks.

Imagine the kind of service that feels like family, but with cheekbones that could cut glass.

The Concept of a "Third Place"
The patio at Elmo

The Concept of a "Third Place"

Before I dive into the delicious details, let me introduce you to a term that has profoundly changed my perspective on life: the "third place." This isn't my genius discovery; it's an idea popularized by sociologist Ray Oldenburg and embraced by Starbucks since the chain's inception. A "third place" is neither home nor work; it's that other locale where you let your hair down, be your unapologetic self, and genuinely connect with people.

Elmo's Irresistible Atmosphere
Elmo at Pride

Elmo's Irresistible Atmosphere

As soon as you walk into Elmo, it feels like you've teleported onto the set of Bravo's 2018 original series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" (and no, I'm not talking about Netflix's latest take on the show). Expect a whirlwind of pure charisma and eye-catching flair, from the staff to the décor. You're not just entering a restaurant; you're stepping into a visual wonderland. Picture psychedelic banquettes, kaleidoscopic tiles, and lighting so flattering, your smartphone might just ask you to slow down on the selfies. But Elmo is more than just eye candy; it's a sanctuary of style where soulful chats are as essential as the gourmet sweet potato fries on the menu.

Service that Makes You Feel Like Royalty
Elmo at Pride

Service that Makes You Feel Like Royalty

But here's the game-changer: Elmo's staff treats you like a long-lost cousin at a fabulous family reunion. Imagine Uncle Bob looking like he just wrapped a GQ shoot and Cousin Frank behind the bar mixing martinis like a pro. The servers here elevate the entire experience from mere dining to a soul-enriching gathering. They don't just fill your glass; they fill your evening with joy and thoughtful conversation.

So, if you're looking for a place that's more than just a spot to grab a bite, Elmo is your go-to. It's a cultural hub, a gathering place, and a culinary delight all rolled into one unforgettable experience. Trust me, after a night at Elmo, even your Netflix queue and takeout menus will seem mundane. I'm privileged to experience this magic week after week, and I encourage you to join the family. Your seat at this fabulous table is waiting for you!

by Dr. William Kapfer

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