#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!

Healthy and Fit Mama: Every Little Bit Counts!

This week we’re checking in with our favorite healthy and fit mama, Francina, to see how she’s adjusted her workout routine through the second trimester, and how she’s making an extra effort to maintain her health and fitness.

Francina 20 Weeks

Well, I’m officially 20 weeks! Time is flying by and I can’t believe I’m already half way through my pregnancy. I took a much needed vacation last week, got lots of rest and was spoiled by my family. This week, it’s back to my normal schedule. I’ve been feeling a little more fatigued, and it’s a little harder to move around, but I still feel great. Everyone says I look really happy and I am. :)

An update on my workout routine: I’m still on my normal workout schedule, although I am noticing that I’m getting a little more winded during my indoor cycling classes. To adjust, I take a few more breaks to catch my breath. I’ve also been experiencing a lot of foot and leg cramps. As my Riders witnessed during one of my classes, both of my feet completely cramped up. Once I got home and took my potassium supplements, the foot cramps completely disappeared. I take a daily potassium supplement now and have far fewer foot and leg cramps. Lesson learned!

I’ve also done research on target heart rates for pregnant women and learned that there is no one “target” heart rate that is right for every pregnant woman. Most experts now rely on the RPE, or rate of perceived exertion as a guide, and that’s the standard I’ve been using anyway. I was very active before getting pregnant and sometimes it was actually difficult to get my heart rate up to a good working zone. I haven’t been too concerned about my heart rate getting too high, especially since I’ve significantly reduced the intensity of my workouts.

For the remainder of my second trimester and for the third, I feel the right approach is to slowly wean myself off of my higher impact cardio and focus more on strengthening my core through either barre classes, Pilates, yoga, and/or weight lifting, and concentrating on great nutrition. Indoor cycling and walking will be my primary cardio since I feel that my balance has been a little bit off with the extra weight gain, and the jumping and lateral moves in Zumba make me off balance.

Early this year, I purchased a Fitbit, a fancy activity pedometer that tracks your daily number of steps, sleep patterns and how many stairs you climb. You log on to the Fitbit website and Facebook and connect with friends who are also using it to see how everyone is doing with their daily step challenge. At Revolve, I have several Riders/friends who use the Fitbit and we challenge each other every day. I definitely make it a point to get extra steps in so I’m not in last place! It’s a great and fun way to stay active.

Fitbit Dashboard

That’s all for now – we need a nap!

Healthy and Fit Mama: Working Out While Pregnant

We’ve got exciting news – Francina is on her way to becoming a mama for the first time! We wanted to share the experience with our Riders, so we’ve asked Francina to host a mini-series on the blog about how to stay on track as a healthy and fit mama.


I’m so glad Revolve asked me to do this blog series on my first pregnancy. Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I’ve been thinking about reviving my personal blog as a way to remember this incredible experience.

I’m happy and honored to share my journey with you and answer any questions. One of the most asked questions I get is how I’m staying healthy and fit through my pregnancy, how pregnancy has affected my regular workout routine, and what adjustments I’ve made so far.


I’ve been on a consistent workout schedule for years, and my OB-GYN is fully supportive of me staying active through the pregnancy as long as I listen to my body, properly hydrate and eat nutritious foods to fuel my workouts. Eliminating that activity would actually be an abrupt change in my normal schedule, possibly causing excess weight gain, a more difficult labor and a tougher time taking off the weight after birth.

Many of my OB-GYN’s patients have run marathons, teach classes like I do and stay very active during their pregnancies. He completely assured me that there is nothing to worry about and I’m taking all precautions necessary to make sure everything is safe for my baby and me.



I’ve kept my normal workout schedule so far, teaching five indoor cycling classes and three Zumba classes a week. Indoor cycling is non-impact and very easy on my joints, which makes it a fantastic exercise to do while pregnant. The only thing I’ve needed to adjust is the handlebar height to accommodate for my growing belly.

When I teach indoor cycling, I take frequent breaks because it’s become a little harder for me to catch my breath and talk into the microphone while I cycle. When I’m riding as a participant, I don’t feel the need to take as many breaks.

Zumba is a bit more challenging. I’m eliminating high impact moves and trying to learn how to teach my classes without much dancing. That’s been more difficult because participants usually need more guidance and visual cueing in Zumba, but I’m trying my best. One or two days a week during my mornings off, I also do some fairly easy incline walking on the treadmill and light weight-lifting and stretching.


I’ve also started prenatal yoga and I absolutely love it. I haven’t been a big fan of yoga because of my lack of flexibility, but prenatal yoga is slower and focuses on stretching muscles that we need to prepare us for birth, especially in the hips and lower back. We also focus on meditative breathing. I walk out of my class feeling like a million bucks and it feels great being in a class full of pregnant ladies. :) I take classes at Mind the Mat once a week and hope to add more classes in the future.

I’ll also be providing more frequent updates on my own blog about my fitness journey through pregnancy, so check there for more updates!