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Ride for Roswell 2018

March 15th, 2018

Team Hive is riding to thank Roswell for saving their lives. We would like to raise $30,000 so we can fund more success stories like theirs! Visit our team page here to sign up or donate as a virtual rider.

Our team captains, Dan and George, are both cancer survivors because of Roswell! Please take the time to get to know them and their stories below.


Left to Right: Josh Heims (Club Owner), Dan Heims (Team Captain), George Hackford (Team Captain), Justin Bingel (Club Owner)


Dan Heims

Many of us have been affected by cancer in some way. My personal journey bean in 2003 when I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. 12 days after my first 1/2 marathon I was in the hospital having surgery to remove a hardened and swollen lump on my testicle. Four days later, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 C Embryonal Cell Carcinoma. In just over one month, a lump went from barely noticeable to 1 inch in size. Additionally, my cancer had spread to my abdominal lymph-nodes.

At the time, I was living in Germany and had to decide which type of treatment (radiation or chemotherapy) and where I would want it done (Germany or Buffalo). Ultimately, under recommendation of my doctor, I made the decision to fight my battle with chemotherapy in Germany. I would face three rounds of chemotherapy, each round lasting three weeks. Throughout my chemo treatments, I lost a lot: my hair, my appetite (and weight as a result), my energy (I couldnt walk up a flight of stairs without taking a rest), the struggles of delayed treatment as a result of low white blood cell counts, and at one point my will to continue on with treatment. With the support of my family and friends, I was able to persist through the tough times and make it out on top. By the end of the treatment, I gained an inner strength, hope, and resilience.

When I returned to Buffalo, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center became my home for follow up visits to make sure I was in remission and that my cancer hadn’t returned. Fifteen years later, I continue to be a survivor; however, my fight has not stopped since being in remission. I continue to raise awareness through my efforts with Ride for Roswell. I volunteer and raise funds to fight for those who have lost their fight, for those who are fighting today and everyday, and for those who have won. The ride for Roswell helps to make a difference. Funds raised through the ride support cutting-edge research and compassionate, innovative patient care programs. Please join us on Team Hive Lifespan Center in our quest to support all of us that have been affect my cancer, to make a difference, and to raise money to find cancer cures and save lives!





George Hackford

I owe my life to Roswell Park. They developed the PSA, Prostate-Specific Antigen, test which is an early indicator of Prostate Cancer. Thanks to this test and the help of Roswell Park, I received treatment and am 18 years cancer free!

Each year I ride with Hive Lifespan Center alongside the staff and members that I consider my family. I am proud to call the club my home, and I am proud that we ride so Roswell can continue research and save more lives.

Please consider joining our family and riding with us. You can always join our team as a virtual rider and donate! We would appreciate you helping us reach our goals and funding the fight against cancer!

Thank you!




The Big Reveal: Project Thrive

July 17th, 2016


Over the past few weeks, you’ve heard bits and pieces about our planned renovation. We’ve just ironed out the final details and are excited to share full intel on Project Thrive.

Here’s what you can expect:

Throughout our transformation, you’ll continue experiencing first-class workouts.

Construction begins Monday, July 18, and will last roughly eight weeks. As we go about enhancing your lifespan center, our first priority is that your workouts continue undisrupted.

To that end:

  • Demolition work will take place in sealed plastic environments, keeping the air clean and clear.
  • All of our strength and cardio equipment will be available to you.
  • The lockers rooms will remain unchanged.
  • Our training services will remain unchanged.
  • We will continue to offer over 50 Team Training sessions weekly.
  • Ditto the physical therapy services provided by Sports Physical Therapy of NY, the nutrition services provided by Fuel, the Pilates Reformer sessions offered by Long + Lean Pilates and the spa services provided by Spa 400.

Our new functional training zone will offer you more exercise options than before.

We’re replacing the track in our functional training zone with state-of-the-art turf that’s ideal for a wider range of exercises. This area will be more spacious, too, allowing you to take advantage of better workouts minus the bottleneck.


Our free-weight zone will bring greater efficiency and flexibility to your routine.

A major plus here is the addition of a modular strength-training system with endless customization capabilities. Whereas a particular strength-building sequence would normally require you to train at four separate stations, our 40-foot Titan Rig gets you through them — and many more — in one stop.

Your Hive membership entitles you to discounted chow at D’Avolio.

When D’Avolio opens their kitchen at Hive, you’ll be steps away from a mouth-watering menu of fresh sandwiches, pizzas, salads and soup. To sweeten the deal, you’ll receive 10 percent off all your food purchases.

And since a meal tastes best after working out, we’re offering on-the-spot ordering through our front desk: Just place your order with a Hive concierge before you work out, and your food will be ready when you’re done.

(P.S. If you find yourself at the D’Avolio Kitchen in Buffalo or Williamsville, flash your Hive keytag to receive the same discount.)

We’re offering new classes.

With our efficient open-flow layout comes the opportunity to develop more innovative programming. We’ll soon be incorporating cutting-edge new classes into our lineup that promise to motivate you, challenge you and produce results.

We’re expanding our retail presence.

You know that you can count on Hive for the latest performance wear from Lululemon, Splits59, Spiritual Gangster and Vimmia. When we launch our upgraded retail space, we’ll be featuring additional retail brands that blend high fashion with high function.

We’re extending our weekend hours.

For those of you who can’t get in earlier — or prefer working out in off-peak hours — we’ll be open later on Fridays and Saturdays.

Be sure to check our blog weekly and follow us on Facebook @hivelifespan for more information over the upcoming weeks!


Get 5 Personal Training Sessions for $48!

October 15th, 2013

Whether you’re looking for the perfect way to jump start your fitness routine or even if you’ve been working out, you don’t want to miss this exclusive offer!  Get 5 Personal Training Sessions at hive for only $48 on Buffalo Get My Perks today!  This package is valued at $210. Both hive members and non-members can take advantage of this awesome offer!  It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping, make sure to grab one for a friend too!

New Studio Schedule

October 6th, 2013

Make sure to check out our new studio schedule which starts Monday October 7th.  Additions include our one of a kind Lift Like a Girl class, EXPLICIT Yoga and a top secret class every Thursday evening.  (Details will be revealed soon.)

New Studio Schedule

August 23rd, 2013

Please note that our studio schedule has been updated. For a list of new classes and times please visit the studio schedule page on our website.

Get Your Pilates Deal on Amazon Local Today!

July 10th, 2013

When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is right?  Well — not today!

hive is excited to announce that we are featuring an amazing offer on Amazon Local for Pilates Reformer classes.

Here are the details…

Choose $45 ($210 value) for five Pilates Reformer classes OR $48 ($294 value) for seven Pilates Reformer classes!

Pilates will help lengthen and strengthen muscles for a lean, toned look, improve posture, and build a stronger core.  Classes are 30 minutes each.

Now is your chance if you’ve ever wanted to try hive’s Pilates reformer classes.  Get yours today.

Hurry – this offer ends in a few hours!

Click here to take advantage of this amazing offer.

Find out more about Pilates Classes in East Amherst.

Buffalo Spree 2013 Best of WNY Winner

June 21st, 2013


hive lifespan is honored to receive Buffalo Spree’s 2013 Best of WNY in the category of Best Fitness Classes in Buffalo!

Last night at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, the 2013 Buffalo Spree Best of WNY winners were revealed.  We had a blast at the summer’s “BEST” cocktail party.

We invite  you to take advantage of the best fitness classes in Buffalo.  Take a look at our studio schedule to find a class that fits into your day.  We offer spinning, power yoga, mat Pilates, tabata, gravity, TRX and many more.  We are sure that you will find something that interests you.

And if you are a new to hive, make sure to take advantage of all that hive has to offer in fitness with our $88 for 30 days Hive experience.

Call our club to reserve your spot in our studio classes today.


Easter Hours 2013

March 27th, 2013

Hive’s Holiday Hours

We have shortened hours over the holiday weekend,
so that our family, members and staff can observe
the Easter holiday.

Friday, March 29th
5:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 30th
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 31st
Happy Easter! 
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
* No classes today

Hive’s Living Social Deal Starts Today!

March 12th, 2013

Enjoy $60 to spend on active wear and accessories in the shop for only $30!

Going to the gym doesn’t have to involve donning a torn T-shirt and sweat pants — just head to Hive Lifespan Center in East Amherst to give your wardrobe the workout it deserves.  Here are the details.

  • $30 for $60 to spend on activewear and accessories
  • Browse an extensive selection of stylish, functional apparel from all your favorite brands including Splits59, BodyRock Sport, Manduka, Mondetta Performance Gear (MPG) and more!

Get your living social deal today before time runs out!

Ending Childhood Obesity Begins with You

March 6th, 2013

By, Aaron Powers

Childhood obesity is a serious epidemic facing our children today. The American Heart Association and CDC (Center for Disease Control) report that one out of three kids is overweight or obese. That is roughly three times as many overweight or obese children than there were almost 50 years ago. As a result , children today are at more risk to develop heart disease such as high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, as well as type II diabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, depression and low self-esteem as a result of their weight gain. Not only is this a problem that effects individuals in the childhood years, but it has also been shown that children that are obese are more likely to become obese adults.

ID-10034755-kid runningWhat is the difference between being overweight and being obese? Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat. Excess body fat is the result of a “positive caloric balance” which means that more calories are consumed than are being expended, therefore resulting in stored energy in the form of fat.

Why such a dramatic increase in the last 50 years? One reason is the ever increasing sedentary lifestyle of the American family. Here are some of the factors that have contributed to this increase:

  • Fewer kids walk to school.
  • Increase in schoolwork leads to less time for activity.
  • Advances in technology have garnered kids attention more than outdoor play.
  • The increase in two income households leaves less time for parents to play with their children and monitor their eating habits.
  • The on-the-go lifestyle of many Americans leads to increased consumption of heavily processed foods that are high in fat and sodium content.
  • There has been an increase in consumption highly processed sugar drinks by children and adolescents.

What can be done to prevent my child from becoming overweight or obese (or to get my kid back on the right track)?

Here are some suggestions from the Mayo Clinic:

  1. Eat healthy. When grocery shopping choose to buy more fruits and vegetables. Offer fruits and veggies as snacks to your children. Len Saunders of the US News says in his report “Understanding Childhood Obesity” that parents should encourage their kids to eat more veggies by dipping them in low-fat yogurt or pudding, and then slowly ween them off this strategy to where they are only consuming the veggies.
  2. Limit sweetened beverages. Empty calories from added sugars and solid fats contribute to 40% of daily calories for children and adolescents from 2-18 years old. This includes sodas and fruit juice as there is little nutritional content compared to the high caloric intake. Instead, try getting your children to drink more water by adding a lemon slice or lemon juice for taste.
  3. Eat together as a family. Eating together as a family not only promotes family bonding but also prevents children and adolescents from eating in front of a TV or computer screen, which promotes fast eating and lowered awareness of how much one is consuming.
  4. Cook your meals. When you cook your own meals you can control what ingredients are used. When you eat out, food is prepared more for taste rather than nutritional value and therefore is often high in fat and calories.
  5. Watch your portions. The increased size of meals, utensils and dinner plates make it easy to overeat. Fill your plate with mostly veggies and a small amount of protein. Avoid getting up for seconds.
  6. Make sure your child gets enough sleep.  For adults, people who get at least seven hours of sleep per night tend to have less body fat than people who don’t.  And kids need even more sleep than adults.

Don’t forget to move!
While nutrition is an extremely vital aspect in reducing childhood obesity, don’t forget about physical activity. While video games are fun and TV is entertaining, parents should limit their kids to no more than 2 hours of screen time per day.

Simply having your child take a brisk 30min walk a day can significantly reduce the chance of your child of becoming obese. However, seeing as how children are reluctant to walk for no reason, physical activity should be made fun in the form of a game such as hide and seek, capture the flag, kickball, or jump rope. Also you want to make sure you do a variety of activities such as swimming, biking, hiking, and playing games so that your child will develop a variety of muscles as well as coordination while keeping activity new and exciting.

Parents are role models
Finally, the most important aspect in helping your children become active and healthy so that they can develop into active and healthy adults is taking care of yourself and modeling healthy behavior. Children often emulate their parents, so if you are active along with them they are more likely to enjoy physical activity and healthy eating habits even into their adult years than if you chose sit on the couch.

AaronP3About the Author
Aaron Powers is part of our coaching staff at hive lifespan. He is a personal and group trainer and also teaches some of our specialty classes at hive. He earned both his BS and MS in Exercise Science from University at Buffalo and is a NY State Licensed Athletic Trainer. Additionally Aaron holds certifications as a NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Gravity Personal Training Instructor, Power Plate Level I and is a AHA Basic Life Support Instructor.

Sources used to write this article:
Child Obesity Facts by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Understanding Childhood Obesity by Len Saunders
Childhood Obesity by Mayo Clinic
Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

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