How I Get Sh*t Done: Sweat in the Six
When it comes to getting your sweat in Toronto- Sarah Berman and Elinor Quint know their stuff! This dynamic duo runs @SweatinTheSix, an instagram account where they review gyms, studios, new workouts and more all over Toronto! They’ve gained a huge following- over 19,000 followers on Instagram- with their honest and personal reviews. HIH sat down with Sarah and Elinor to talk about upcoming projects, why they live by the Google calendar, and their recommendations for anyone looking to switch up their workout routine!
How did Sweat in the Six come to be?
Elinor & Sarah: We were both members of an all women’s gym and hated it. We found it so boring and couldn’t stay motivated. We discovered ClassPass and decided to join to change things up. We started traveling around Toronto trying out all these new studios and we thought to ourselves, why don’t we review these classes on instagram to help others who are struggling with finding a class they enjoy.
Have you always been interested in fitness?
Elinor: I wasn’t always interested in fitness. My love for fitness started a few years ago after I finished University. I wanted to get in better shape and feel healthier.
Sarah: Growing up I’m not sure if I would call it ‘interested in fitness’ but I was always active - whether it was dance after school or participating in track and field etc. As I got older and gained the dreaded freshman fifteen, I grew an interest in fitness and wanted to live a healthier lifestyle!
It’s your average day, what does your morning routine look like?
Sarah: My morning routine is pretty simple! I've ALWAYS been a morning person but NEVER a workout in the morning kinda person. Since I work 9-5, I don't like being rushed or sweaty before work - I usually stick to night time workouts! I wake up around 6:45am, scroll through Insta, make my morning tea, pack my breakfast (oats or yogurt with berries) and lunch (salad or quinoa) and I'm off for the day!
Elinor: Depends if I’m working out in the morning or not, but when I do I usually wake up around 6:15am. I make a glass of lemon water and walk to my class which is usually pilates or barre (something that isn’t super sweaty, so I can just throw on some dry shampoo). I head home and that’s when I have a coffee and breakfast which is usually yogurt, granola and berries or toast with pb and banana and then head off to work.
How do you like to stay scheduled? (planners, lists, etc)
Elinor: I’m a huge google cal advocate. If it’s not in my calendar it doesn't exist. I schedule everything that’s going on in my life in my calendar including workouts. I will usually schedule my workouts for the week on Sunday so I can see what my entire week will look like and juggle things around based on other priorities.
Sarah: To stay scheduled and organized for work / sweat in the six we always use Google Cal - we schedule our workouts together, sponsored posts and things we need to do so we don't forget and stay on top of our shit #businessbabes! However, when I'm working out alone, I typically like to schedule my workouts the day of to see how I'm feeling - whether i want to do hiit, spinning, barre or reformer!
What’s your go-to exercise on a time crunch?
E&S: Recently we’ve been loving at home workouts that require little to no equipment on a time crunch. We started doing the Melissa Wood Health pilates workouts that range from 15-40 min. They’re super easy and can literally be done anywhere.
What do you think it is about working out in a group or with a partner that keeps us motivated for longer rather than working out by ourselves?
Elinor: Working out together has always motivated us (and mainly the reason we created this account together). We find that booking a workout with a friend really holds you accountable. Knowing that someone is relying on you to show up pushes you to be there.
Sarah: I think it all has to do with mindset. When we're surrounded by people who have the same reason and passion for being there, it makes us push ourselves harder! I love working out with friends and I'm so grateful Elinor and I are on this journey together and motivating each other along the way!
You’re both based in Toronto, what workouts, gyms, studios, etc would you recommend to anyone visiting the city?
E&S: If you’re visiting Toronto we highly recommend you check out Lagree (pilates on crack), Ride Cycle Club for an amazing vibe and guaranteed good sweat and Misfit for a chill pilates or reformer class.
Why is it important for you to keep your posts very personal on your Instagram?
E&S: We want to provide value to our followers and think being real has allowed that. We’re always trying to stay on top of the newest trends, or workouts in Toronto and we’re not afraid of giving our honest opinion - that’s why we think people resonate with our account!
How do you combine creativity with your passion of fitness?
E&S: This account started with a passion for fitness, but over the years has evolved our creativity. Our account is all about about our fitness and health journey but showing it in a creative way. It’s made us think outside the box, and has pushed us to come up with new and creative ways to share content and make our posts more engaging.
Self-care is a huge trend right now, but it looks different for everyone. What does self-care mean to you?
Sarah: For me, self-care means putting yourself first such as taking care of yourself and your body. Drinking enough water, getting enough sleep and eating the right nutrients while finding time for yourself to relax.
Elinor: Self care to me means taking the time to listen to your body and your needs. Everyday that can mean something different. Some days I feel like I need a really good sweat, and other days I feel like I need to put on a face mask, make a tea and watch tv.
What’s your bedtime routine?
Elinor: Bedtime routine always consists of a shower, skincare routine (face mask 2x week, vitamin c serum, moisturizer and I sometimes add a few other products into the mix), and then Netflix or YouTube in bed.
Sarah: By the time I get home from work, I'm usually very tired but I always make sure to get a workout in at least 2-3 times a week! When I get home from the class around 730, I make a quick dinner and relax. I start getting ready for bed around 9:30 and take off my makeup / start my skincare routine - remover, serum, moisturizer the whole shebang and then in bed by 10pm binge watching Netflix!
Do you have a favourite quote or mantra?
E&S: “If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn’t change you”
Do you have any exciting upcoming projects you are collaborating on/working on?
E&S: We’re working on providing more video content on our channel! Easy workouts that can be done at home or outdoors with a workout partner.
What does Healthy is Hot mean to you?
E&S: It’s all about being the best version of yourself and taking the time to prioritize that. When you take the time to focus on your health it really shows - you feel better, you’re happier, you’re more confident and the list goes on.
Follow Elinor and Sarah’s journey on Instagram: @SweatinTheSix