New Instructor Reveal: Jonathan Carlucci

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.

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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.

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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

Book your bike now. We have a feeling Jonathan is going to win over hearts and bikes at Revolve. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for regular updates!

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!

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GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 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).

TRACKING:

  • 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

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Reduce, Reverse and Rethink the Impact of Childhood Obesity with Revolve

Revolve is committed to giving back and supporting the efforts of non-profits in our communities.  We’ve worked with many inspiring organizations to host charity rides and fundraise for important causes.  However, we’d like to announce our commitment to one cause that is both incredibly urgent and especially close and relevant to us as a health and fitness focused service.

Today, the Revolve Team and Family is proud to share our commitment to reducing, reversing, and rethinking the impact of childhood obesity.

Why is this cause important to Revolve?

  • According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and has tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
  • By 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
  • Some of our instructors have overcome weight problems in their own lives.  Some also have kids and understand the daily challenge of teachings children healthy habits. We can’t think of better people than our instructors to help inspire young people to reverse unhealthy lifestyle patterns.
  • At Revolve, we strive to create an innovative and inspiring experience to help people reshape and rethink their lifestyles.  We hope to support organizations who find ways to innovate and rethink the way our nation tackles this important challenge.

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We’re excited to kick-off our commitment to this important cause by inviting you to a special ride to benefit HealthClass2.0 on Sunday, May 5th.  HealthClass is an innovative public school program, based in NYC at Eugene Lang College,  which teaches students how to transform their lives with healthy food and exercise.  Their trainers go into schools and lead exhilarating workouts, provide healthy snacks and lead educational discussions.  It’s a wonderful organization, but they need your help to grow!

To sign up for the benefit ride, led by Dyan Tsiumis, please follow the instructions HERE.

The Revolve Team is proud to support this event, and this cause.  Look for more Revolve special events and initiatives in the future focused on reducing, reversing and rethinking the impact of childhood obesity.

Anatomy of the Ride: RIP Ride

Addicted to Revolve’s RIP Ride, or curious to try it?  It’s one or the other, trust us.  The ride was co-created by Christianne Phillips and Kira Stokes.  Kira gave us the inside scoop on the RIP Ride in our new blog series, Anatomy of the Ride.

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RIP Ride Co-creators: Christianne Phillips (Senior Master Instructor) and Kira Stokes (Master Instructor)

Q: People are used to a mix of hills, intervals and sprints in class, but the RIP Ride focuses on intervals.  Why is that?

KS: The RIP Ride stands for “Resistance, Interval, Performance”, so it’s obvious from the name you are going to experience a unique form of interval training.  We wanted to make sure Revolvers would get the most out of the 60-minute class.  Interval training is proven to be one of the most effective ways to burn fat and improve speed, endurance and strength.

Q: What was the Rip Ride designed to do for riders?  How is it different from other indoor cycling classes?

KS: The RIP Ride combines cycling and upper-body strength work in a way that encourages body awareness, fatigues the body and keeps the integrity of the “form focused” studio Revolve is determined to be. Unique to the RIP Ride are two upper-body weight segments. Each segment is comprised of three exercises done three times through, circuit style.  We work in terms of progression each time through, adding slight variations to keep it fresh. The upper-body work begins and ends with upper-body back work to reset posture.

Riders admit they work harder during the cycling portions as opposed to a straight cycle class because they know there’s a short “active recovery” during the weight sections.

Q: Upper body is an integral part of the RIP ride and emphasizes posture.  What results should riders expect, and how can we get the most out of it?

KS: The upper-body work during the RIP Ride is no joke, no gimmicks, just work.  The weight segments are designed to reset posture after being forward on the bike, give riders a full-body workout, and create strong, lean upper bodies.

We recommend riders stop their legs during upper-body work to prioritize safety and body awareness.  Stopping the legs allows riders to focus 100% in order to work effectively and fatigue properly.

Q: What should we eat before and after a RIP Ride to get the most out of it?

KS: You never want to eat something too heavy pre-RIP Ride. Fruit, such as an apple, is a good choice. It provides a bit of sugar (natural energy) and hydrates at the same time. Throw in a handful of almonds for a little protein and you’re good to go!

Post-RIP Ride I love downing a protein shake with plant based protein powder with frozen fruit, water and ice (perhaps a little almond milk). This provides protein to rebuild fatigued muscles.

Ready for a RIP Ride? Reserve your bike now.

Photos: by Rachel Neville, (c) Revolve

Revolve: Featured in a Commercial Near You!

You know you’ve made it when you have your very own commercial, right?  We hope that’s true, because we’ve just released ours!  Check it out below, share it with your friends and tell us what you think.  You can catch it on NY1 through April, but we’ll also be playing it on the large screen TV in the studio.

Enjoy!

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We’ll show you ours if you show us yours

Here’s a sneak peek into the new studio in Union Square. Bikes are delivered, the sound system is in so you won’t miss a beat, our instructors are scheduled, and the staff is ready to help with whatever you need.

Revival of the fittest #rotf is. Officially. Happening. Due to some circumstances outside of our control it’s happening a little bit later than originally anticipated, but we’re making sure everything is ready for your revival.

With Master’s degrees in bad assery, our instructors can’t wait to see you in class and show how Revolve does it, form first. Senior Master Instructor Kristin Kenney and Revolve DC’s Senior Master Instructor Christianne Phillips are leading the revival with Jade Alexis, Dyan Tsiumis, Kira Stokes, Ary Nuñez, and Heidi Jones.

So now we’ve shown you ours… It’s time for you to show us what you’ve got. See you at the studio!

Taking names and kicking ass — our NYC instructors

Christianne Phillips

Christianne began teaching at our Washington, D.C. location and it was all we could do to stop riders from fighting one another to get into her class (almost…). You’ll see energy, passion, and dedication on a bike like never before with her – mother, dancer, fitness freak, runner. She does it all. And she’ll make you leave it all on the bike.

Ary Nunez

Want to look like a rock star? Ary will get you there, but just make sure you come to class. She helped get Rihanna camera ready and she’ll make you love any and all random photos that you get tagged in. She knows how to keep things fresh so expect anything but routine from her.

Kira Stokes

Get stoked to ride with Kira at Revolve. She developed her own training technique, The Stoked Method, and has been featured in morning talk shows and fitness magazines galore. She was even a consultant for “Body By Jake.” HE wanted HER to consult him. Get ready… Get set… Get Stoked!

Jade Alexis

Ever watched an ELLE cardio body DVD? Jade was the fitness guru behind it. This Canadian native has been a boxer, tennis player, and trainer and definitely knows how to get you to push yourself outside the box. Download her apps Jade of Spades and 20 Down to get some of her fitness insider info.

Heidi Jones

CrossFit. Runner. Cyclist. Those are the activities Heidi loves (especially running) and does to stay in shape. Versatility, agility, mobility, and demonstrably an amazing athlete, we’re excited to her join the revival.

Dyan Tsiumis

Dyan found herself both physically and spiritually on her path to fitness. A graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, she is also a Holistic Health Coach and is committed to her clients and riders feeling as fit and fierce as she does. Be ready for your mind and body to be revived.

 

 

Become a (bad ass) cycling instructor with Revolve + Schwinn!

Rachel Buschert is certified in almost everything, featured in tons of fitness DVD’s, teaches classes all over NYC, competes, and is working on her Master’s. That’s a bad ass, and this bad ass is coming to Revolve to teach all of YOU how to BE a bad ass.

Rachel is a Master Trainer with Schwinn Training and she’s coming to Revolve on Sunday to teach a certification course for us! If you love indoor cycling and think you’ve got the energy to motivate a room full of people you need to sign up for this class. And we mean, like, REALLY energetic (you’ve all seen what Francina is like at 6 am).

What to expect? You’ll be at the studio all day with the entire Revolve crew! All of our instructors will be there right alongside you as Rachel gives you the tools and tips you need. Rachel will draw from her background in yoga, pilates, kettle bells, racing, and of course cycling, giving you an incredible wealth of fitness knowledge to begin you on your path as a cycling instructor.

Sign up here: http://www.stairmaster.com/registration/schwinn-indoor-cycling-instructor-certification-program-225.html?continent=north-america&country=usa&state=virginia

Learn more about Rachel on her website: http://rachelvfitness.com/Welcome.html

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Sweat as St. Pauli, Lunge in Lederhosen, and Burn to Earn: OktobeRIP 2012

Ahhhhhctober. That great month where pumpkin makes a triumphant return flavoring everything from pancakes to lattés, the weather finally cools off, and you can wear costumes for no reason at all. We’re giving you one great reason – OktobeRIP! Get fit while being festive, as we want sweat and we want it with a theme.

Your favorite fitness studios in Arlington have combined forces to bring you one ridiculous workout. Join lavabarre, MyBootcamp, and Revolve for squeezing, squatting, and cycling in ONE workout. Here are the dirty details:

Where: Start at Revolve, 1025 North Fillmore Street

When: SATURDAY at noon

What: Barre, Bootcamp, and Cycling. Two groups will head out, one to lava barre and the other to the park for MyBootcamp with Grant, for 30 minutes. The two groups will switch for another 30 minutes, and then head to Revolve to finish the day off with Francina. Then we’re all heading over to Ri Ra for our celebratory after-party with $3 Heineken pints.

Call Revolve at 703-567-4516 to register. $50 gets you 3 different workouts, after-party at Rî Rå and an OktobeRIP T-shirt and beer mug. Bust out the lederhosen, the best theme costume gets you a FREE ride at Revolve and a three-class package at lava barre!

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The Joy of Cycling

All those spinning classes you do are great for all those butt and leg people in your life (unfortunately not as much on the achem other parts of the body achem).  And as for numero uno, isn’t it more fun to see a tight touche and leg physique as you get ready each day whether you’re a chick or a dude?  Your rides at Revolve aren’t just carving detail in those quads and lifting/tightening those hot booties though. 

So what else are you taking away from spinning?  Well, it is truly the gift that just keeps on giving.  You put in the work for 45 minutes to an hour- and VOILA- you are physically, mentally, and emotionally WINNING!  Physical benefits are abundant.  As you likely know, besides toning lower body muscles, it’s a low impact (your knees and feet thank you very much!), high intensity way to send fat a packin’.  It doesn’t end there.  You snooze better, strengthen your heart/lungs, and have higher energy levels from your rides at Revolve!  And did you know that yoga is not your only ticket to satisfying the mind?  Keep on doing those Sun Salutations and Warrior I’s, but know that centering yourself via other workouts is also possible.  Stress reduction, anxiety relief, and improved confidence in your appearance are mental and emotional benefits you can expect. 

We hope your skinny jeans (literally and figuratively for the ladies and figuratively for the gents) are ready for you this fall/winter because they will be the only kind that your sexy backside and legs will be willing to hang with.  Oh and sorry we’re NOT sorry for all that awesome restful sleep and lack of stress you’ll be experiencing with your regiment of spin either!  Be sure to thank yourself, bike, and friendly neighborhood Revolve staff the next time you’re admiring those fantastic glutes in the mirror.