Imagine that you’re at the studio, warmed up and ready to go, waiting for your class instructor, who…never shows up. What would you do?
If you’re this woman, you’d step to the front of the room, cue some music and teach the class yourself.
Meet Carol Scott, the reigning queen of international fitness and founder of ECA, the industry’s most high-profile trend incubator and events organization. We met for decaf skim lattes at the Gramercy Park Hotel to talk lunges, labels and what to look for at this weekend’s One Body One World (OBOW) event in New York City.
Her story: Carol has a Phys. Ed. background; having played college basketball and softball, it was a natural fit. On that day, when the instructor didn’t show up for class, she stepped up, literally, and taught it herself. Shortly thereafter, she decided to become a bona fide instructor, got her certification and started teaching high-impact, dance-based “Donna Summer” aerobics. In 1991, she took her life’s savings and put on the first ECA show, what she now refers to as “the fitness industry’s family reunion.”
What we’ll find at the event: A jam-packed, 3-day schedule of fitness classes, instructor meet-and-greets, beauty touch-ups (by Benefit!) and previews of new and improved fitness equipment like modified bosu balls and a re-designed FlyBoard to help us refine our dynamic balance.
On Sunday, lace up your Flyknits or Fresh Foams and join in on the ultimate fitness mash-up class organized by FITist featuring über instructors Shay Kostabi of FlyBarre, Noah Neiman of Barry’s Bootcamp, Layla Luciano of SLT & Barry’s Bootcamp, Natalie Uhling of NUfit and Sadie Kurzban, founder of ((305)) Fitness. Add to your Google calendar now: 11am-1pm!
And, when we started talking fashion, I was giddy to learn that Carol knows her labels.
What’s in her closet:
She’s a self-proclaimed “Nike girl” and calls it the ultimate performance brand. At the gym, you’ll also find her in gear by lululemon, Splits59 and sweats & tees by Peace Love World. Otherwise, her look is decidedly city chic: Alexander Wang, Isabelle Marant, McQ, Narcisco Rodriguez, Rick Owens & Urban Zen.
Wanna meet the hottest instructors, preview the newest fitness trends and get cool stuff? Buy your tickets here.
Two lucky readers will be selected to join me at ECA/OBOW this Sunday, March 9th, including the FITiST mash-up class (complimentary day pass: $99 value).
Let me know why you should be part of my crew by commenting below. My only requirement? You have to show up in workout gear and be ready to pose for a few sweaty selfies!