Puppeteer turned indoor-cyclist, Jonathan Carlucci adds special flava to Revolve. We know there’s been a lot of buzz about Revolve’s latest addition so we’re bringing you a special Q&A session with him.
Every New Yorker has a story about how and why they ended up here. What’s yours?
I moved to NYC as a professional puppeteer! I was actually in school at Shenandoah Conservatory outside DC, when I was offered an opportunity to originate a role in an Off-Broadway show. It was a chance to realize a childhood dream so I jumped on it. We ran for 18 months Off-Broadway and I was able to finish my degree from NYC. It was during this time that I discovered Indoor Cycling, picking up a job at the front desk of a studio, and the obsession began! I went out on the road with the show for the first international tour. When I came back, I knew I needed to start putting roots down in this city that has captured my heart.
Describe your teaching style. Who typically digs your style? Who doesn’t?
Chatting in the lobby I’m pretty low key, put me on a bike and drop the lights and things get intense, some would even say, dramatic (I mean… I do have a BFA in Acting). I’m going to push your physical limits and ask you to let your guard down a little to bring your mind and heart into the ride.
We all walk through the studio door at different levels and facing different challenges, but I want my riders to know, I’m their biggest fan. I want everyone to get completely immersed in this 45 minute journey, I love nothing more than seeing people break through their limits. Everyone should feel welcome and included; we all belong here. I think most of the spectrum of riders click with me; but, riders who aren’t used to investing some passion and emotion into their workouts, taking it beyond just the physical work, may initially find a new challenge they weren’t expecting.
Revolve Riders love quality beats. Where do you get your music inspiration?
I am a music fiend! I actually grew up with a very limited range of music; so I love exploring… I always laugh when I find a classic that’s brand new to me. I strive to find music that stirs something in me, whether it be a lyric, a beat, or the sheer artistry of a brilliant mashup.
I’m also obsessed with Spotify. I actually created a collaborative playlist that everyone needs to hop on, drop your favorite tracks in and look for them on an upcoming playlist! Revolve Tracks (Click on my name to launch Spotify to interact with the playlist).
NYC has so many different specialized workouts. What drew you to indoor cycling?
Hmmm, maybe Eminem said it best (NEVER thought I’d be quoting Eminem… Don’t tell my mother…)
“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment / You own it, you better never let it go.”
I grew up as a kid who wasn’t the most successful in sports (actually, the only basket I scored in 7th grade basketball was for the other team… I think that sums it up pretty well). I had absolutely no confidence when it came to fitness, and I just kinda floated through my teens and early twenties like that. When I tried my first Indoor Cycling class, I fell in love with the powerful combination of music and endorphins. Suddenly I felt empowered and took control of my ride. The 45 minutes spent on the bike are complete clarity. I also realized how incredible it was to be able to help others find that, which is exactly why I became an instructor.
Most surprising thing on your Bucket List?
Having a pet panther.
Tell us about a life shaping/changing experience.
After I graduated high school, I traveled to Nicaragua to work with children and also got to assist a medical team. Immersing myself in a developing country completely shaped my perspective. So much so, I wanted a daily reminder of that, thus the tattoo on my ankle. It’s a piece of barbed wire, which is the single visual element I associate most with my time in Nicaragua.
Any other tatts?
Yep! In plain view, but you’ll never see it, unless I point it out, or we happen to be dancing under black lights 😉
Be sure to check out Jonathan’s class this weekend for the FREE (first come, first serve) Instructor Reveal Real Ride Saturday, June 15 at 1:45PM.
You can also meet Jonathan at his regularly scheduled classes:
- Tuesday, 6AM & 7AM
- Sunday 8:30AM