I don’t know about you, but working out makes me hungry. Thankfully, these local fitness concepts are putting smoothies, juice, sushi and, yeah, wine within reach immediately following your workout.
When Y2 set out to build its massive new two-story studio in Cotswold, owner Tanner Bazemore decided to salvage the existing Table 274 kitchen and build out a cafe and wine bar, which opened over the summer. Without any restaurant management experience himself, he outsourced the work to two local chefs: Cy Santos of Sushi Guru and Alyssa Gorelick of Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen. Santos and his team created the sushi menu and run the main kitchen operation while Gorelick created the smoothie, salad and sandwich menus.
MADabolic, an innovative interval strength and conditioning program, announced a partnership with modPALEO meal delivery service last week. “We love to stress how we take pride in surrounding ourselves with excellence,” they said in a blog post. “We love to collaborate with vibrant people, innovative brands and exceptional visions.” modPALEO focuses on health and sustainability, sourcing ingredients from local farmers whenever possible. The new partnership earns MADabolic clients 10% off their modPALEO orders.
MADabolic head trainer Cristina Gillespie also hosts regular nutrition seminars and consultations through her health coaching business 28toLIFE, which is based on her incredible personal transformation through food and fitness.
Hilliard Studio Method is a regular stop on the Luna’s Living Kitchen Juice Truck route. The truck sets up shop in the parking lot to sell cold-pressed organic juices to HSM clients before and after class. They’re there Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. but sign up for the HSM newsletter for schedule updates.
COREology + Raw Juice & Smoothie Bar
COREOLOGY, the new megaformer studio in NoDa, has its own smoothie bar on site. They serve pour over coffee, raw juices and, of course, smoothies. Owners Kate Curran and Chase Colston hope to make the studio a true destination for clients rather than just a place to work out.
YMCA Charlotte + Chop Chop + Flavors + Fitness Bar
A number of Charlotte YMCA branches have their own cafes on site, including Dowd, Childress Klein and Harris. The Chop Chop Juice Shop inside the Dowd has fresh pressed juices as well as a hot breakfast, lunch and dinner bar. Flavors Cafe at the Harris branch in SouthPark has the most extensive menu with breakfast sandwiches, omelets, salads, soups, quesadillas and protein smoothies. Flavors also serves local Enderly Coffee. My favorite Y cafe is Fitness Bar at the Childress Klein branch Uptown because I can run in and work out during lunch and then grab a build-your-own sandwich to go on my way out.