Nick Accaro's Training Blog

One of our newest Ambassadors at higherpower is Nick Accaro. You will be learning more about Nick in the coming weeks. Nick is a competitive long-distance runner at the world level. Here is his first training blog.

In teaming up with higherpower CYCLE | YOGA, I'm trying to maintain an elevated heart rate without putting the physical wear and tear on my body that running extended periods of time does.

On Tues: 1/20/15 I did a run/race walk hybrid workout in the early a.m. for 2 hrs. 30 min., mid morning I went to the practice track at Tad Gormley and did 5x400 m with a 200 jog recovery and 10 push ups after each rep in 65,66,68,65,64. Then I headed over to Higher Power NOLA for my first bicycling Buddha class, felt good on the bike and unbelievably tight during the yoga

Wed.1/21/15- A run/race walk hybrid workout in the early a.m. for 2hrs. 30 min., mid morning I went to Power NOLA for Yogalates. I've got a lot to learn as a beginner in both yoga and Pilates. Then I headed out to the "Hill" in City Park off of Harrison Ave. and jogged very slowly up and over that in a loop I've got for an hour.

Thurs. 1/22/15- A run/race walk hybrid for an 1hr and 40 min in the early a.m. then at noon, warm up with 5 x 5 minutes fast with a 4 min break and 10 push ups after each rep and cool down.

Fri 1/23/15 - A run/race walk hybrid workout for and 1hr and 40 min and relaxed the rest of the day

Sat. 1/24/15- My family and I went to the Northshore and I raced and won Forge Racing's Dirty Soles 10k

Sun 1/24/15- As training run for the upcoming 100k National Championships in April, I tried to run the New Orleans Rock & Roll Marathon at goal 100k race pace (6:35 min/mile). That would've come out to a 2:53 marathon. I was all over the place between 6:20 and 6:40. Ended up running right at 2:51. Not perfect but a good lesson in pacing. (7th overall)

Mon 1/25/15- Went for an 1 hr. and 40 min run/race walk hybrid then headed to Higher Power for my first Power Yoga Class, getting a little bit better.

Cycling Instructor Laura Plante

Bike Side
Laura grew up in New Orleans and absolutely loves the city. She began taking cycling classes nearly 10 years ago and fell in love with the challenging sport. Participating with others gives her the extra push to continuously work hard, she likes the energy of the group exercises. The sound of the wheels spinning is encouraging and helps her focus on speed and power. Her main goal is for her students to walk away exhausted, but not defeated. Laura wants them to have fun in class she prepares new playlists for each class and incorporates lots of interval work to challenge students in a way they might not do on their own. Sign up for one of Laura's classes today!

Grand Opening Party 1/29

Thanks for all the support through the first two months of bringing you this fresh fun fitness concept. In a few days we will celebrate the Grand Opening of the studio. We will have lots give-a-ways and announcing something many of you have been waiting for. See you Thursday!


Nirvana Meditation Workshop

On Sunday February 22 at 6:30 PM, Join Cre8Life, Yoga Power Play and Higher Power NOLA for an evening of yoga, meditation and goal setting. This two hour workshop will stretch your mind, body and soul for the ultimate opportunity in holistic growth and personal development.

The evening will begin with Yoga & Meditation, led by the amazing Lauren Darnell, to get you centered, balanced and present to the possibility of living a life you truly love. Then, when you are in your most creative and productive state, Brad Showalter will lead you through a goal setting workshop that will help you to get really clear on what you truly want and write out the specific goals that will help you to get there.

The investment is $30. Please RSVP on the event page, as the workshop is limited to 50 participants and requires pre-registration by signing up here.

Online Cycling Registration Tutorial

It is month 2 at higherpower CYCLE | YOGA and we are really getting into the swing of things!

Our classes are really starting to fill up and we are excited to be in Mid-city and sharing our yoga and biking experiences with the GNO community.

Over the last month, many have asked us what is the best way to sign-up and register for classes at higherpower. The answer is online at! You are always welcome to drop into any class but to guarantee one of our 30 bikes, we recommend registering for cycling classes online through our website.

In the next two-months, our iPhone and Android aps will be live. In the meantime, here is a step-by-step tutorial on booking a class at

Step 1 - to access the week’s classes, click on the following link:

It should look like this on your computer:

Or, on your mobile phone, the schedule should look like this:

Step 2 - To learn more about a particular class, click on the class name and it will take you to the class description page:

The description page will also show you all available class times, the instructors that teach that particular class, and a link to sign-up for upcoming classes.

Step 3 - On either the class description page or the schedule page, click on the “Sign Up” button for the class you are interested in. If you are not logged onto the site yet, you will see the following:

If you are not a client yet, please complete the form on the right and sign the studio release at the bottom of the page.

If you are already a higherpower client but have forgotten your password, click on “Forgot your password?” and you will be taken to a password reset page that will send you instructions to your email.

Step 4 - Once you are logged into the site, you will see the bike selection image. The bikes that are in grey are unavailable and the bikes in blue are available for reserving.

Click on your desired bike. Important note - on your phone, this page may require you to drag the image to select a bike. We find that if you turn your phone to the side (placing the phone in landscape mode), the bikes are easier to see.

Once you select your bike, you will see the following:

Step 5 - Once you click OK, you will be taken to the confirmation screen. If you do not have any credits for the class, the following page will automatically appear.

Select your desired package and click next. You can also purchase our 5 Cycling & 5 Yoga Multi-Pack by clicking on the BUY NOW button at the top of the page. Please follow the instructions to purchase your desired package or drop-in in our online store. When completed, you will see the following screen:

Step 6 - You are done! You will also receive a confirmation email with your bike assignment and some additional instructions.

We hope this helps. If you have any additional questions about registering and securing your bike or anything else, please email

Or please call us anytime!