As a former ballerina, modern dancer, and competitive road cyclist, Revolve NYC Senior Master Instructor Kristin Kenney is no stranger to constant motion. Kristin’s international childhood (she grew up in Asia, and her family traveled all over the world) turned traveling into her way of life. Now, as a wife and mother of two, Kristin is always on the move balancing work, family and fitness. Check out Kristin’s typical day.
5:15AM Wake-Up Call in Montclair, NJ
Between personal training clients and morning cycling classes at Revolve, I always get an early start to my day. I’m out of the house and on my way to the city by 5:30AM, with a double espresso in hand.
8AM: Real Ride vs. Morning Meditation
In between teaching indoor cycling classes at Revolve, I’m recruiting, auditioning or training incoming or current instructors. I’ll also answer emails, and my favorites are ones with feedback and questions from our Riders; it’s really important to me to maintain solid relationships with them! Every week, I pick a “Real Rider of the Week”, which I promote on Facebook and Twitter.
My indoor cycling career began at a tiny strip mall gym in New Jersey, where I had Bobbi Brown as a student. I’d seen a lot of cycling all over the world, which sparked my interest in teaching. I saw a huge need for indoor cycling to recreate the thrill, fitness and incomparable fun of road cycling, but no one was doing it.
I had just started competing in road cycling races, so I started bringing my past training rides/races from abroad and the U.S. into class. People loved it. Teaching indoor cycling made me compete and train more outdoors. Now my road experience and indoor cycling teaching nurture each other, delivering a compelling classroom experience.
If I’m not teaching, I meditate for an hour at the Jivamukti Yoga School. If I miss that, I make time throughout the day to meditate.
12PM: Fresh Juice and Eats
Even Baby John loves Mommy’s green juice!
I make fresh juice every day, and use kale, pineapple, ginger, lemon, apple, cucumber and celery. If I need a quick juice or bite to eat while at the studio, I go to Whole Foods Union Square. I also love JivamukTea Cafe. Throughout the day, I eat small meals with lean protein like fish, chicken and legumes. At home, I’m big on making quick, healthy meals like grilled salmon and easy sides.
Maybe it’s because I grew up in Asia, but I’m always craving Asian food! As a family, we love going to Oriental Garden in Chinatown for Dim Sum. My husband and I lived in the East Village for a while and for a treat, I’ll bring home takeout from East Village Thai.
2:30PM: Bonding Time with My Babies
I make time to visit my eight year-old daughter’s school as much as I can. On my last visit, I gave a fun wellness class for the 2nd grade!
After I pick her up, we look over her homework while we play with my one and a half year-old son. There’s no TV allowed during the week at my house, so we play a lot and keep our lives simple and organized.
6PM: Time to Ride
I get out on my road bike for a quick ride or I’ll go see my colleague, Mark Mogavero, who is an amazing strength and conditioning coach. I do hard workouts only three times a week.
After almost two years off from competitive cycling, I’m thrilled to be on the Colavita women’s cycling team. Racing and riding outside has taught me perspective and given my life balance. This is why I ride and why I practice meditation: to stay present, grateful and calm.
10PM: Early Bedtime for the Kenneys
My children go to bed by 7:30PM and I’m in bed by 10PM at the latest. My husband and I spend some quality time together at the end of the day and go out alone twice a week.
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