Have you ever found yourself wondering if grocery stores were workout studios/platforms, which ones they’d be? Us either … until we hit two months in quarantine where our only outings for the foreseeable future consist of weekly trips to the supermarket. We might be losing our minds, but we swear – there are some serious correlations here. You be the judge…
BODEGAS = YOUR LOCAL PILATES REFORMER SPOT.
They’re all over the city, small, and very bare bones – but they’ve got the essentials and are convenient. You don’t go here for the ambiance, but you love it anyway. There’s no shortage of them in the city and everyone has their go-to spot.
TRADER JOE’S = CLASSPASS.
The love/hate relationship is astronomical. While it’s often hard to get in and the lines are incredibly long, no one can deny the value. There’s a lot to navigate and new items pop up each week that are the talk of the town… Everyone has their TJ’s favorites. And like Classpass, it holds a special place in our hearts.
WESTSIDE MARKET = FLYBARRE.
Very under hyped … but always, always delivers. Westside seems to be the only place that’s currently line free, fully stocked and surprisingly has all the good brands that are sold out elsewhere … it simply doesn’t get enough credit.
GRISTEDES = CRUNCH GYM.
Large space, has everything you need, but absolutely no frills. This is not a place you go for a leisurely experience, but you don’t care. You’d rather save the money and get what you need.
CITARELLA = TRACY ANDERSON METHOD.
If you’re an Upper East Sider that has no problem dropping a pretty penny on your weekly shopping trip, join the Citarella club. Everything is beautifully displayed, and while they don’t have the most expansive selection, the things they are known for (i.e. cheese + fish) do very well. Some are die hard loyalists and say it’s the freshest fish ever, others think it’s overhyped (and we frequently get the same feedback about TAM) … you decide!
FAIRWAY = BARRY’S BOOTCAMP.
The product selection is solid and they cater to a wide variety of people … However, the layout here is a bit of a fire hazard (very congested aisles). The biggest perk of this place is the self-checkout Fairway app (kinda like Barry’s with its smoothies…)
FRESH DIRECT/FOODKICK = OBE FITNESS.
You don’t have to leave your home and the products are great! It’s an easy and seamless experience, and they’ve got great first time deals.
WHOLE FOODS = SOUL CYCLE.
While many resisted the urge to shop here at one point, once you cave, there’s really no turning back. You walk through the doors and instantly feel expensive and healthy. Tribeca moms are no longer the only ones who frequent these spots.
FARMER’S MARKET = YOGA.
It’s not uncommon to walk out of this place saying, “I should shop here more.” You instantly feel like you’ve done something good for not just yourself, but also society. And those who shop at Farmer’s Markets will definitely let you know they’re a FM person.
EATALY = PROJECT BY EQUINOX.
This is for the shopper who wants niche products with an elite experience. While they don’t have an abundance like most grocery stores, everything they have is impeccable. You certainly get what you pay for here, and the vibe is on point
We hope you enjoyed our round up of comparing grocery stores to workouts! We also wanted to extend a big thank you to all the essential workers out there – putting themselves at risk day after day to make sure our grocery stores are up and running. THANK YOU ESSENTIAL WORKERS!