#Revolve31 Success: Bethany Williams

Bethany was our second place overall finisher in our recent 31 DAYS OF SWEAT Challenge. She took the challenge on strong and received amazing mental, emotional, and PHYSICAL RESULTS. Here is her story:

For many years before riding with Revolve, I hardly ever broke a sweat.  I did not have a regular exercise routine.  I was busy with being a wife, working a fulltime demanding job, and being mom to two small kids. I could not envision how I could keep up with working out so I did not even try. Once my kids were a little older and more self-sufficient I decided that I wanted to make more time for myself and get in shape so two years ago I found Revolve. photo 1 On my first visit, I thought it was exciting to be in a dark, energy-packed room and to do something good for myself.  I found it challenging, but I was hooked. I have tried other workout classes but I often walk away with an injury or not feeling like it was a great use of my time.  I never feel that way with Revolve. photo 2photo 3  I especially loved that Revolve has 6 AM classes.  I could go and get my workout in and be back in time to get the kids up, make lunches and breakfast, get them out the door, and then get myself to work by 8:45 AM.  My friend Cathy has been a large part of my success.  She lives a few block away has been going with me almost the whole time.  I dragged myself out of bed on some days that maybe I would not have since I knew she was waiting to go with me.  It was fun to talk about the classes afterwards with her and encourage each other to go more each week. I started feeling better, stronger, healthier but I wanted more and was ready to up the load so I was excited when I saw the ‘31 Days of Sweat Challenge’ starting.  I wanted to up my game and I love being competitive, so for the month of May, to maximize my Revolve31 points, I went an average of 5-7 times a week as well as mixed in some cross-training and cleaned up my eating.  I came in second in the competition BUT I lost 10 pounds in the process! I’ve learned I can lose weight and can be an athlete. PLUS, I plan to keep going! Just this week I am signed up for four early morning rides!

Revolve DC’s 31 Days of Sweat 2014: #Revolve31

We’re kicking off summer in DC with the 31 Days of Sweat Challenge  #Revolve31. Compete for weekly prizes from Revolve’s local partners, and in celebration of National Bike Month, our Grand Prize is a brand new Electra 7D Townie Bicycle in Fushia – we know our Riders will be tearing up the streets this summer!



Our challenge begins May 1. The last day to earn points is Thursday May 29.

Points are compiled and updated every Friday for each weekly prize as well as totaled for the month towards the Grand Prize. Weekly winners and the top ten overall will be announced on Facebook as well as our Monday emails.

Point tracking is a mutual effort by RIDERS and STAFF (see “Tracking” below for directions). Revolve audits the top 10 forms as well as randomly selected submissions.

A #Revolve31 “week” is a considered Friday to Thursday. With the exception of week one where the week will run Thursday to Thursday.


Submit your points via the online form Revolve 31 Weekly Points Submission at the following link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG5sVEI0SjB5dTJ0WGJuYmFaeVpxSFE6MA

We HIGHLY recommend reviewing this form before our Challenge begins on Thursday May 1. 

Forms must be submitted by NOON on Fridays. No exceptions.

  • Week 1: 12:00a Thurs May 1 thru 11:59p Thurs May 8, form due Fri May 9 by NOON.
  • Week 2: 12:00a Fri May 9 thru 11:59p Thurs May 15, form due Fri May 16 by NOON.
  • Week 3: 12:00a Fri May 16 thru 11:59p Thurs May 22, form due Fri May 23 by NOON.
  • Week 4: 12:00a Fri May 23 thru 11:59p Thurs May 29, form due Fri May 30 by NOON.




You can earn 3 points per ride for up to seven rides per week. Bonus point opportunities are available for hitting any of the following with those seven rides:

  • Attending a theme ride Friday,
  • Hitting all three ride formats (Body, Barre, and Real Ride),
  • Riding at least five times
  • Riding with four different instructors


All social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram MUST contain #Revolve31 to be eligible for points. Earn 1 point for:

  • Each RevolveDC Metro check-in on Facebook w/ #Revolve31 tag. Up to 2 check-ins per day.
  • Each @RevolveDC mention on Twitter w/ #Revolve31 tag. Up to four mentions per day.
  • Each Instagram post of your healthy eats w/ #Revolve31 tag. Up to 2 per day. Extra point available for each Healthy Eats post that features and tags either South Block or Fuego.


We love pictures! Two ways to earn big points on Social Media:

  • Share your picture of your cross-training session and tag #Revolve31. You will earn 1 point for each social media channel your share to, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for a total of three points. If any of your cross-training is with NOVA MMA, Verve Health & Fitness, or MyBootCamp you can earn an additional point per post for a maximum four points.
  • Share your post-ride pictures of you with AT LEAST two other riders and tag #Revolve31. You will earn 2 points for each social media channel your share to, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for a total of six points. If any of your pics also feature your instructor in addition to your group of three you can earn an additional point per pic for a maximum seven points.


All members as of May 1, 2014 will begin with 10 points in recognition of their monthly commitment to Revolve. If you purchase a new monthly membership in May, you will also receive 10 points. Points are also available for the purchase of 5, 10, & 20 packs.

Earn points for bringing a new rider to class and for buying Revolve gear from the store.

Visit lululemon Clarendon or Revolution Cycles, our 31 Days of Sweat partners, and earn points for sharing your visit on social media either. You must tag our partners and include #Revolve31. This can be on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter; Earn points for each channel.

Revolve is also sponsoring three Cross Training Events in May. You can earn 5 bonus points for each event just by attending.

  • Sunday May 4 1:00 PM: At Verve Health & Fitness: TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING & STRETCH: RSVP to Verve directly by calling 703-465-8100. Space is limited.
  • Saturday May 10 12:45 PM: At 11th St Park: MyBootCamp OUTDOOR TRAINING: RSVP to Revolve by emailing clarendon@revolvefitness.com. Space is limited.
  • Sunday May 18 1:30 PM: At NOVA MMA: Intro Women’s KICKBOXING: RSVP to NOVA MMA directly by calling 703-807-0342. Space is limited.



Featured Revolve Rider: 31 Days of Sweat Finalist, Katie

Katie was not only DC’s runner-up in last month’s 31 Days of Sweat Challenge, but when we first reached out to her, we were incredibly humbled by how inspirational and motivating her fitness journey has been.


1.      As one of our Top 10 31 Days Riders, what made you excited to participate? What were your personal goals for the month of May?

I’d only been riding at Revolve for a few weeks before the challenge began, but I had already fallen in love. The challenge was an added bonus since I was already going two times a day on average. When I saw the ultimate prize for a bike, I knew I had to try averaging three classes a day.

I volunteer and cook meals at the Fisher House DC – which is where families of wounded warriors stay while their loved ones are having surgery and recuperating at Walter Reed.  I met an amazing Army Lt. Col. who lost both legs above his knees and used cycling in his physical therapy, something I could relate to. Due to his prosthetics, he couldn’t use a male bike  so I gave him my female bike without hesitating for a second.  It was the least I could do for a man who served our country and almost died doing so.  I’m now in the process of saving up money to buy another bike.

2.      What kept you motivated day after day?

I am being completely honest when I say that the prizes were not my main motivation – not at all.  Getting healthier and stronger has and will remain my number one motivator.  What also really kept me going were the friends I was making as well as the enthusiasm and guidance I received daily from the instructors.  It didn’t hurt either when riders I did not even know would come up to me and ask, are you Katie?  Then they would proceed to tell me how they loved my tweets and/or hoped I’d win the bike.  It meant a lot that folks were paying attention and that definitely pushed me, especially when I wanted to hit that snooze button.

Finally, during the month of May I led a DietBet game, where you have to lose four percent of your body weight in 28 days, and you win money! I’m happy to report that by adding Revolve to my exercise routine I went beyond the four percent and actually lost just over six percent in a month’s time!

3.      How did 31 Days change your relationship with Revolve? With your health/fitness/working out? Did you learn anything new about yourself or the Revolve community during the challenge?

I’ve never been a runner – ever – but I am a “Walker” after all 😉  I’ve tried everything to get into running, including taking expensive running lessons from professional coaches. I wanted to find a workout that was tough, that made me sweat, lose weight, and go distances that I never thought possible.

So one day a friend invited me to her gym to try cycling and after my butt recovered (cause there’s no way around it, those seats make you sore) I was like, this isn’t so bad.  Then I remember Francina, who until then was just my awesome Zumba teacher, telling me a local news channel would be featuring her  Barre Ride.  I grew up dancing and I liked that one indoor-cycling class – so after watching the segment, it just clicked and I went in and bought a monthly package at Revolve.  I started with just the Barre Ride once a week, and then bought the monthly intro package, then went all out and purchased a yearly membership.


Francina and Katie after a tough Barre Ride

I learned that it’s ok that I can still be an athlete even if I’m not a runner.  After a few months at Revolve, I am proud to say I’m a cyclist.

4.      What physical/mental/emotional outcomes did you notice after participating in the challenge?

This is a little bit of a long story, but it really explains how far I’ve come physically, mentally, and emotionally in my life.  I will be celebrating the third anniversary of surviving a terrible car crash in India this upcoming June 25.  I was on my way to see the Taj Mahal. The accident shattered both of my legs in multiple places, so I had to have rods put in during surgery.  My left lung collapsed, I broke ribs and my nose and had weird burn marks all over my stomach and arms.  The worst discovery would be finding out I sustained a traumatic brain injury – the neurological ramifications that I’ll be living with for the rest of my life.

I was on complete bed rest for four and half months.  I’ve gone through multiple physical therapy sessions, neurological rehabilitation, and counseling to deal with depression.

There were many times I thought how much better it would have been if I had just died during that accident, it would have been better than the physical, mental, and emotional toll the accident took on me.  Then I thought about the people who have overcome more than I have and I knew that part of becoming healthy again meant being active both physically and mentally.  I used to be a “the glass is half-empty” kind of person before the accident, but today I’m just happy to get a sip of water.

5.      How will you continue to sweat hard?

After the accident, along with some other hard things that happened in my life, I gained 70 pounds in two and a half years. Since October 2012, when I was finally cleared by all my doctors to start working out again, I’ve lost 40 pounds, including 12 during May’s 31 Days of Sweat Challenge!!  I still have about 40-50 pounds more I’d like to lose.  In addition to Revolve classes, I have continued to take Zumba classes, do lap swimming, and take long walks on the Custis and Mt. Vernon Trails.  Recently, I’ve taken up tennis lessons and joined a doubles tennis league.  My endurance on the court has skyrocketed since I started Revolve.  I’m also looking forward to using one of my prizes – a month-long MyBootcamp membership with Revolve instructor, Grant.

Katie and Patrick - Tennis

Katie and her doubles partner, Patrick, two and a half weeks post Challenge.

6.      What tips do you have for other people facing down challenges in and out of the studio?

It’s really quite simple. LIVE YOUR LIFE ONE DAY AT A TIME.  While it’s good to have long-term goals, it can be especially daunting if you don’t celebrate small victories, whether it’s a few ounces of weight lost to increasing the resistance on your bike.  We all have bad days – from eating what we shouldn’t to not getting any exercise in. That doesn’t mean you quit your journey all together, it just means the next day you vow you’ll get back on track.

Featured Revolve Rider: 31 Days of Sweat Finalist, Brianna

Meet Brianna, one of our fiercest competitors in last month’s 31 Days of Sweat Challenge. We were so impressed with Brianna’s whopping 468 points at the end of the month, so we asked her to share her secrets on how she kept her head in the game and stayed motivated.Image
1. When you learned about our 31 Days of Sweat Challenge, what made you excited to participate? What were your personal goals for the month of May?

I am always up for a challenge so when I found out Revolve was doing this May challenge with awesome prizes I figured this was a great way to step up to another fitness challenge with some incentive. My goal throughout this month’s challenge was to go to class every single day I was in town for the month (sometimes even 2!) and it was not easy but totally worth it!


 2. What kept you motivated day after day? 

I am a very competitive person especially when it comes to fitness, so this was a challenge against others as well as a challenge against myself. I wanted to see how many classes I could go to when I had the time without killing myself. Also, the Top 2 riders in NYC kept me motivated since they were going to 3 classes in one day sometimes! Definitely makes you want to push yourself harder. Also, the instructors have so much energy and play great music which made me excited to keep going back for more.


 3.  How did 31 Days change your relationship with Revolve? With your health/fitness/working out? Did you learn anything new about yourself or the Revolve community during the challenge?


The challenge really made me develop a relationship with the Revolve staff, the amazing instructors and the participants in the challenge. It built a sense of community which is always nice to have and Revolve became a second home.
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This challenge phased out my other workouts because I decided to cycle as much as possible in the month but my endurance and my energy sky rocketed throughout this month which really felt great and made me want to come back for more the next day.


4. What physical/mental/emotional outcomes did you notice after participating in the challenge?


I felt stronger mentally, physically, and emotionally. I was energized and felt great and wished the challenge wasn’t over. I miss going to multiple classes throughout the week – it was a lot of fun and I look forward to the next challenge!


5. How will you continue to sweat hard? 


This month I decided to bounce around to a bunch of boutique fitness studios in Manhattan and try them out to see what they are all about. Last week, I went to 5 different studios. It’s great cross-training! I am also planning on going to a lot of the free fitness classes held outside for the summer – there are a ton!


6. What tips do you have for other people facing down challenges in and out of the studio?


I have an extreme passion for health and fitness.

I created a blog called B FIT FEEL FAB to provide insight into living and leading a healthy lifestyle and also, to challenge and motivate my followers to get out of their comfort zone and have fun while sweating and moving their bodies! Every month I challenge my followers in some way to be healthier and live a happier life in a body that they love. Some things I encourage people to do when working towards a challenge are:

  •         Do it with a buddy – hold each other accountable!
  •         Write down your goal for the challenge – it makes it more real!
  •         When you get unmotivated, think about why you decided to commit to the challenge in the first place!

REVIVE Recipe: Rubbed Skirt Steak from Tortaria’s Chef Danny Lachs

Located just steps away from Revolve NYC, Tortaria offers freshly made tortas, guacamole, and margaritas – who wouldn’t want to refuel there after an indoor cycling class? We asked Chef Danny Lachs, a partner at Tortaria and former competitor on the Food Network’s Chopped, for a healthy Mexican recipe…and boy did he deliver. Enjoy, Riders!

Chipotle Rubbed Skirt Steak with Sweet Potato, Corn and Guacamole
Serves 2
1 lb Skirt Steak
1/4 c chipotle in adobo
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
Pinch of salt

1 sweet potato, cut into wedges
1 ear corn, cut in half
1/4 c olive oil
Pinch of salt

1 avocado
1/4 c tomatillos
1/4 c white onion
1 lime

In a bowl mix together chipotle, lime juice, and salt and rub on steak. Allow steak to marinate for 30 minutes at a minimum or overnight if you wish.

Heat grill pan to medium high heat. Rub sweet potatoes and corn with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place sweet potato wedges and corn into grill pan and allow cook for 4-5 minutes before flipping. Remove from grill pan and place on the side to rest. Place steak on grill pan and allow to cook for 3 minutes on each side, allowing for nice grill marks. Remove from pan and allow to rest.

While the steak is resting, cut avocado in half and scoop out flesh into a mixing bowl. Mix in diced tomatillo and diced onion along with a pinch of salt and the juice of one lime and mix well.

Place a scoop of avocado mix in center of plate, slice the steak on a bias and lean against the avocado mixture.

Place potato wedges and corn directly behind on the plate. If you’re really hungry, don’t waste your time making it pretty and dive right in!

For more delicious news from Tortaria, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

REVIVE Recipe: Goûter’s Overnight Vanilla Oats

DC-based raw vegan company, GOÛTER, has taken over the healthy living/foodie scene one unique tonic at a time. Their mission? To make snacking as healthy, unprocessed, energizing and EASY!

Goûter’s dynamic duo, Steve Mekowski and V Orban, often hear complaints that eating healthy takes too much time. Here’s one of their go-to recipes for breakfast (it’s also great as a snack!) that proves eating healthy can be quick AND easy.


Not only is this recipe for Overnight Vanilla Oats quick and easy, but it’s full of nutrients you’ll need throughout the day.

Chia seeds contain fiber, protein, calcium and omega-3s. The oats give you protein and fiber, and they help reduce hunger cravings.



  • 1 bottle GOÛTER Nourish Melk (our signature dairy-free melk made with hemp seeds and dates) – one bottle has about 12 grams of complete protein and is full of omega-3s and 6s
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • Optional: add a pinch of vanilla bean or cinnamon
  • Seasonal fruit to top off
Grab your jar or container and put all the above ingredients (except for the fruit) inside. Whisk briskly for a few minutes then let sit a few minutes. Stir again. Repeat several times so that the chia seeds and oats don’t stick together. Put the lid on and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning or for a snack to bring to work, open up your jar, grab a spoon, taste and give yourself a pat on the back…SUCCESS!  Don’t forget to add some seasonal fruit to top it off.
Make this recipe in the evening (it should take you about 5 minutes to put all the ingredients together in a jar) and when you wake up the next morning…VOILA!


For more ways to “goûter” your way to a raw vegan life, follow V and Steve on Twitter and Instagram. Arlington Riders can find their tonics at South Block Cafe and Lava Barre.

Yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, Bootcamp – why should our Riders cross-train?

Ever wonder how the Revolve instructors maintain their superhero strength and physique? In addition to kicking butt and sweating hard in their indoor cycling classes, our instructors make sure they add other workouts to the mix.

Cross-training off the bike offers multiple benefits: it helps prevent or rehabilitate injuryallows you to challenge other muscle groups, and enhances your core stability and overall mobility.

Our holistic approach to the Revival of the Fittest encourages Riders to go beyond Revolve to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Read on to see how some of your favorite instructors spend their time off the bike.

Revolve NYC Instructor Jason Tran

Revolve NYC Instructor Jason Tran

How I Cross-Train: Lift weights four times a week, Pilates or yoga twice a week, and swim once a week. During summer, I play tennis twice a week.

Benefits: Pilates and yoga strengthen my core and help with alignment and flexibility. Tennis and swimming improve my endurance and keep my upper body loose.

How It Improves My Ride: Strength training gets me up those steep hills; Pilates/yoga keep me limber; and tennis/swimming get me through those endurance rides!

Revolve DC Instructor Angel Stone

Revolve DC Instructor Angel Stone

How I Cross-Train: Strength train three times a week, yoga at least twice a week

Benefits: If you want to be sexy, you need to lift weights. Period. If you want to reduce aches and stress, you need to do yoga. Period.

How It Improves My Ride: The meditative aspect of yoga clears my mind, allowing me to focus on the ride. I’m able to ride better and longer because I’m mentally there. Lifting weights allows me to ride uphill like a champion. Last I checked, winning is awesome.

Senior Master Instructor Christianne Phillips

Revolve NYC Senior Master Instructor Christianne Phillips

How I Cross-Train: Running; plyometrics, weights, HIIT, and TRX at the gym; yoga; Pilates; Megaformer classes

Benefits: It wasn’t until I started adding weight-bearing exercises to my routine that I saw increased muscle definition and a significant change in my body. Yoga, Pilates and Megaformer help prevent injury and increase my overall strength. Cross-training makes my workouts more fun and challenging.

How It Improves My Ride: I ride stronger and more efficiently and feel more confident and successful – that mental piece is a huge part of any workout experience.

Revolve DC Instructor, Grant Hill

Revolve DC Instructor, Grant Hill

How I Cross-Train: CrossFit

Benefits:  I love the intensity, the competitive atmosphere, the community and the “practice” of it – being humbled with a movement that is very complex and improving over time. Most importantly, CrossFit resonates with my passion for functional fitness. Being strong is only good if it’s actually useful.

How It Improves My Ride: Training anaerobically (high intensity) improves your aerobic (low/moderate) capacity. My super high intensity 2-12 minute workouts help me maintain a faster pace for the duration of a 45-60 minute ride. Train in intervals and when it’s time to go long, you can go further faster.

Revolve Instructor Steph Nieman

Revolve NYC Instructor Steph Nieman

How I Cross-Train: I lead/take classes at Uplift Studios. I also lift heavy weights at the gym once or twice a week.

Benefits: Cross-training promotes a strong balanced body. Integrating variety also improves motivation, keeps one mentally fresh, and allows muscles to continually adapt.

How It Improves My Ride: Uplift has increased the intensity of my intervals on the bike. I can now hold an intense interval for over 1 minute! Heavy weight training for my lower back has stabilized my ride out of the saddle. I feel stronger than ever with the combination of Revolve and Uplift.

Revolve DC Instructor, Dorothy Beatty

Revolve DC Instructor, Dorothy Beatty

How I Cross-Train: Weekly strength training routine and running

Benefits: Increased endurance, strength and core balance; also prevents injury

How It Improves My Ride: Cycling is an incredibly repetitive movement; my cross-training works those power muscles in a different way, building up my overall strength and endurance on the bike.

Ready to cross-train, Riders? You’re in luck. Some of our 31 Days of Sweat prizes are the perfect way to start cross-training (awesome). If you win, you’re probably well on our way to being a superhero Grand Prize winner, too (even more awesome).


NYC  Week 3 Prize: Who doesn’t want to ease their pains and reduce their stress levels? Open those hips and stretch out that back and mind with one month of unlimited yoga for you AND a friend at Yoga Vida. We like to workout with our friends around here!

DC Week 4 Prize: Fire hoses. Body weight. Sandbags. Kettlebells. Get in serious superhero shape and build up your strength, endurance, stability and mobility with one month of unlimited MyBootcamp.

31 Days of Sweat Challenge: May 2013

We’re kicking off summer with our 31 Days of Sweat Challenge: Rethink, Revive and Reshape with #Revolve31. Compete for weekly prizes from Revolve’s local partners (see below), and in celebration of National Bike Month, our Grand Prize is a brand new urban cruiser – we know our Riders will be tearing up the streets this summer!


  • Points are compiled and updated every Friday for each weekly prize, and totaled for the month towards the Grand Prize. Weekly winners and the top ten overall will be announced on Facebook and in our Monday emails.
  • Tracking is a mutual effort by RIDERS and STAFF (see “Tracking” below for directions).
    • The studio will cross-check the top 10 for every week using our internal system and social media data.
  • During the first week of #Revolve31, all Revolve apparel will be 30% off (5/1/13- 5/10/13).


  • The “week” is considered the previous Friday-Thursday (example: if you attend 3 classes Friday-Thursday, you earn 9 points)
  • Forms will be emailed every Thursday night and must be completed and sent to the studio by Friday at NOON. No exceptions!
Join us for our 31 Days of Sweat Kickoff Rides and earn 5 bonus points!

Revolve DC: May 1, 6:30PM Real Ride with Grant
Revolve NYC: May 1, 7:30PM Real Ride with Christianne