Are you a health fanatic, but still like to go out for the occasional drink? I enjoy sports, food, and a good glass of wine or a nice beer. I love working up a sweat in the kitchen, on the playing field, and at the gym.
Even though exercising can be a rewarding private self-motivating experience, I also enjoy the social experience of a bar. I like going out for drinks to hang out with friends, catch up and talk, and I love being around lots of people having a good time. Does that make me partially a social drinker? Perhaps, yes. It never occurred to me that this social element of sharing conversation over drinks could be found at a gym.
According to the article, "Uplift Studios: Open-Bar Gym Gets You Boozed and Buff" in the Huffington Post, Uplift Studios which is located in Manhattan, is a gym that combines exercise and alcohol with their "Raise the Bar" classes. The gym has programs such as "Cardio and Cocktails" and "Workout and Wine."
They are not suggesting you get trashed after a hard workout session. The gym discovered that having a glass of wine with other gym goers is a good opportunity for people to meet, socialize, and in many instances find new workout partners or friends. The atmosphere creates a better social environment at the gym. It's a way to appreciate two different elements, alcohol and exercise, together.
Initially, the idea of a bar in a gym seemed absurd to me. During and after a tough workout I like to hydrate and focus on drinking lots of water. But I love relaxing at the end of the day by having a couple beers or a glass of wine.
Why not have both? After a tough workout you can drink your water and sip on a glass of wine. There is no better reward after pushing yourself to the limit at the gym than a nice drink to help you relax. Alcohol, like the majority of food and drink, when used moderately, can be perfectly fine and in particular instances beneficial to your health.
I think Uplift Studios has stumbled upon brilliance with their creative and social exercise programs. For me, the one downfall is that Uplift Studios is a woman's fitness studio. A gym needs to start exercise classes that include something along the lines of basketball and beer or body building and beer for men.
Do you want your gym to have an bar?