A new happy-hour workout mixes fitness and drinks

Rogue Female Fitness

Yoga mats are the new handbags for a night out in th city.


Lots of New York women forgo happy hour to fit in an evening yoga or spin class.

But the trainers behind Rogue Female Fitness don’t think you should have to. So they created Raise the Bar, a new fitness class ($35) that combines sweaty workouts with socializing over wine and beer.

The sweat-then-swig concept has taken off so quickly that the company, which launched less than a year ago, is opening a studio in the Flatiron District this spring. Further proof that not all healthy-types are teetotalers.

“It’s not reality to never drink and never go out with your friends, especially in New York,” says Leanne Shear, a personal trainer and one of Rogue’s co-founders, with Helena Wolin and Katie Currie. “We look at it as fitness for the real woman who really enjoys her life on both ends of the spectrum and isn’t willing to sacrifice either fitness or fun.”

Classes like “Workout and Wine” and “Bootcamp and Beer” are the busy, urban woman’s equivalent of an adult softball league. But instead of running the bases then sharing a six pack, the Lululemon-clad classmates do lunges and squats together in Hudson River Park then head to a trendy West Village bar for wine tastings together.

Rogue Female Fitness

The Rogue founders: Katie Currie, Leanne Shear, and Helena Wolin

Rogue says New York women in their 20s and 30s love it, because it caters to a few big-deal lifestyle pursuits by offering an all-in-one fitness, socializing, and relationship-building experience. “We’re really creating a community and a team mentality,” says co-founder Katie Currie.

That was apparent at a recent boot-camp-style class where afterward attendees sipped Cotes Du Rhone in their running tights, exchanged business cards, and made plans to try other workouts together.

Rogue also offers classes like “Fit & Flow,” a yoga-cardio-strength training mash-up, personal training, and nutrition-fitness programs. And in the new studio, they’ll host 30-minute lunch-hour workouts and social events, like book signings and trunk shows—all for women only.

The Rogue trainers are confident their female-empowered, fun-loving approach to fitness will continue to attract women who live “full lives” and enjoy a post-workout glass of wine instead of a smoothie every so often.  –Lisa Elaine Held

Sign up for Rogue Female Fitness’ mailing list at www.roguefemalefitness.com for updates on upcoming Raise the Bar classes.

Would you skip your post-workout smoothie for a Sauvignon Blanc and socializing? Tell us in the Comments, below!


Share This:

  • 4

13 Comments | ADD YOURS

  1. January 4th, 2012 at 9:47 am

    These girls are awesome!!! They make working out fun and something to look forward to! Rogue rocks!!

  2. January 4th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    […] • Drinks and fitness happy hour workout. (Well + Good) […]

  3. January 4th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    […] excerpt from: A new happy-hour workout mixes fitness and drinks | Well+Good NYC Amazon.com Widgets Be Sociable, Share! Tweet(function() {var s = […]

  4. January 4th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    […] Drinks and fitness happy hour workout. (Well + Good) jQuery('#what-were-reading').load('/ajax/fetch.php?section=hybrid_box'); Share This […]

  5. January 4th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Love thi!s! We got it going on in Baltimore too!!

  6. January 5th, 2012 at 1:15 am

    This is an awesome idea. It makes that Friday night workout well worth it. An idea that the traditional gyms should look more at. Great job. I think I’ll be taking it to Australia


  7. January 5th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Join the 90 Day Challenge! The Body by Vi Challenge has helped hundreds of thousands of people lose over 10 Million pounds in the last 24 months!!! Why, because it’s easy, fun and highly effective. Go here to see it;http://info.OneStepAway.net

  8. walter
    January 5th, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    You may want to look at this as well. Alot of good information and it’s FREE! Fitness e-book: http://bit.ly/v4VLza

  9. January 5th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    What a cool concept! I would be all over this idea. You never get enough time to chat in you class…it would be nice to enjoy some time on the town with the ladies in my classes :-)


  10. January 5th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Isn’t having a nice class of wine or beer the entire pint of exercising? Ride 50 miles on bike, have 2 beers….same concept and I don’t need someone to organize it for me

  11. April 3rd, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    […] location (and new name) for Rogue Female Fitness, the team of women that introduced their happy-hour workout concept last year.A large window overlooking 23rd Street lets the sun shine inTheir two-room studio on 23rd […]

  12. June 25th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    […] Wednesday, June 27 @ 6:30 p.m. Uplift Studios partners with Lole to host one of its popular Workout & Wine happy hour classes on the Upper East Side. You’ll get a total-body workout in Central Park before heading to […]

  13. August 25th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her
    ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off
    topic but I had to tell someone!

Leave a Comment (* required)