Instructor Reveal: Becky Rockey

Meet Becky Rockey! While Becky has been with the Revolve family for 18 months (we’ll have to celebrate her two years in December), you’ve probably seen her face around the studio a bunch. Becky has a strong passion for indoor cycling and we wanted to get to know more about her, so we asked….

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Tell us about yourself

What should I tell you? I am from central PA and am a lover of the outdoors. I have 3 sisters (1 older, 2 younger) and absolutely adore animals (all of them are welcome)! I moved to DC to work in financial development and have ended up…several years later…working as an economist at a national commercial real estate firm. I love complicated analysis and programming/model design, which is a large part of that. To say I’m a nerd could be an understatement.

How did you get into indoor cycling?

I actually got in to group fitness as a freshman at PSU, when I realized that my passion for sports was going to be limited by other things (like several knee injuries). I spoke with an orthopedist and was basically told that I will need to eventually give up running, pretty much entirely, which meant no more hockey long-term (except that I played club at PSU and occasionally still play with DC’s Association team, ever mindful of the stress I put on my body). Indoor cycling was one of the few cardio workouts that could replicate the “runners high” for me, so I was immediately drawn to it. The intensity of it was energizing and I loved that I could choose the music, that I could design and layout the ride. My approach to cycling is similar to how I approached running before–I used it as a way to maintain excellent cardio health, but I also used it as a gauge of how “in shape” I was. I knew my timed mile pace, my long-distance pace, my good and bad stats. Now, I have comparable measures for myself on the bike.

What are you excited about bringing to the Revolve Community?

I was most excited to bring my own style to Revolve. I love intense, mind-blowing workouts, but my personality juxtaposes with that, since I can be somewhat mellow and soft-spoken (until the warm-up is over, LOL!) Honestly, it is always a journey to find your own style as an instructor and I’ve evolved a lot here over the past 18 months (coming up on 2 years). I think, like each instructor here, my unique background in the fitness industry is one thing that I can continue to offer the Revolve community. 

Three words that describe you

Intelligent, hard-working, caring

What are your favorite things?

Well, I immediately think of food when I’m asked this question! Hahaha, I love nut butters like you wouldn’t believe. Seriously, I order most of mine from a company in North Carolina…and it’s something like $12 for an 8-ounce jar. Ridiculous, but I love it that much. Other non-edible favorite things include hiking/being outdoors, traveling (especially to the mountains, beach, or anywhere with scenic outdoor activities), cooking, and spending time with my family. I just got back from a family trip to Yellowstone/the Tetons and will be heading to Austin, Miami, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Dallas (at least) later this year!

 

Instructor Reveal: Mara Frisch

Meet the newest addition to the Revolve DC Instructor team, Mara Frisch!

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After four years of playing college tennis, Mara retired her racket in pursuit of a new new type of workout. Sampling all that DC has to offer, seven years later Mara is still in love with spin. Her classes combine up beat jams with intense intervals that will leave you sweaty and satisfied. Her passion for making fitness fun is evident in her playlists and energy she brings to the room. Off the bike, you can find Mara in the latest gear working at lululemon athletica Clarendon or exploring DC for the perfect taco.

What are some of your favorite things?

  • Top Artist: Beyonce and Jay Z (not as a duo!)
  • Favorite Cartoon Character as a Kid: Doug Funny
  • Favorite Movie: Hitch
  • Favorite Spot in Arlington: Northside Social
  • Guilty Pleasure: Nike shoes, Mexican Food and manicures

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

HOW I’M STAYING A HEALTHY AND FIT MAMA

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.

TRAINING FOR TWO

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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.

ADDING PRENATAL YOGA TO THE MIX

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!

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!

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).

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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.

A Day in the Life of Kristin Kenney

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.

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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

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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.

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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
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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.

Check out Kristin’s Revolve classes – this week, she’s hosting a special 2013 Summer Jams Real Ride to kick off summer and all the hottest upcoming hits.

For more Kristin in your life, check out her blog!

A Day in the Life of Francina Segbefia

Former figure competitor (think bodybuilding) turned indoor cycling and Zumba queen, Revolve DC instructor Francina Segbefia is also a lawyer-by-day extraordinaire. She’s of Portuguese and Ghanaian descent, speaks Portuguese and some French, and dreams of someday living on a sunny farm. Fascinating, right?  Check out Francina’s typical day.

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5AM: Rise, Shine and Sweat

On weekdays, I’m up by 5AM either to teach an early morning indoor cycling class, workout with my trainer, or on my own. I’m a big fan of early morning workouts. On the weekends, I get up around 6 or 7AM to meditate and do yoga.

Many people don’t know this about me, but I struggled with my weight for many years.  One day, I hired a nutritionist and personal trainer to help me train for my first figure competition. I’ve now competed in three competitions, and while I’m glad I did it, I don’t have plans to compete again anytime soon. It’s an extreme lifestyle!

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9AM: Attorney Segbefia

I love my job as as a full-time lawyer (I’m a judicial law clerk for the federal government), but it can be hectic. Between conference calls, writing legal documents, attending hearings, and traveling, I grab every opportunity to brainstorming playlists for my weekly classes. Music helps me relax and focus, and I’ve been caught dancing in my chair plenty of times at work!

Clean Eats

I’m a big believer in finding a diet that works for you because I used to obsess over it. Once I learned to relax and listen to my body, I realized that it naturally tells me what it needs. I’ve kept the excess weight off for almost five years just by learning how to listen to my body!  Here’s a typical day of eats for me:

Breakfast: Boiled or scrambled egg whites, oatmeal (or grilled red potato hash), coffee and fruit

Lunch: Soup and a HUGE salad

Dinner: A HUGE salad with lean proteins and tons of veggies. If I have time, I’ll sauté a bag of spinach, kale, or roast some veggies.

I probably stop at Trader Joe’s in Clarendon at least 3-4 times a week. Weekend treats include a visit to Bakeshop (I have a major sweet tooth) and sushi with my girlfriends.

 5:30PM: Sweatin’ Pretty

On weeknights, I either teach an evening Zumba or indoor cycling class, and typically teach between 8-10 classes a week.

From sparkly headbands, and fun/funky fitness clothes, to eyelash and hair extensions, I’m all about lookin’ good while working out hard.  Someday, I’d love to create a natural makeup line for women who work out that gives you that pretty workout glow and won’t damage your skin. I’d call it “Sporty Girl” – you heard it here first!

10PM: Lights Out!

I wind down by watching TV (Biggest Loser, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol and Judge Judy) and get to bed as early as possible. I’ve been known to fall asleep as early as 7PM. I need my rest to keep up my schedule!

But on the weekends, I let loose!  One of my go-to spots in DC is Cuba Libre. I go early for dinner and then stay until it becomes a Latin Dance club. My friends and I will dance for hours into the night if you let us! For a few more of my favorite spots in DC, check out this Pinterest board.

Check out Francina’s Revolve classes and read all the DC fitness blogger love.

For more Francina in your life, like her page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

New Instructor Reveal: Steph Nieman

A Texas native with infectious energy and rhythmic perfection, Steph Nieman is our latest addition to the Revolve NYC team. We’re so excited to share our mini Q & A with her here!

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Every New Yorker has a story about how and why they ended up here. What’s yours?  

After graduating college at age 20, I took the leap to pursue a life of theatre in NYC.  I arrived in the dead of winter and didn’t know a soul. It was hard the first few years but worth every struggle. I still remember booking that one-way flight…that was one of the best decisions of my life.

Describe your teaching style. Who typically digs your style? Who doesn’t?  

Clients tend to ask, “How do you have so much energy?!”  I think it all circles back to my theatre training. I strive to make exercise more than a workout; I want to make it an experience. Expect a LOT of energy in class!

I’d like to think EVERYONE digs my class. 😉 However, I tend to connect especially well with women. Sorry guys!

Revolve hearts Uplift.  Tell us about what you’re doing there.

Speaking of women, Uplift Studios is a women-only boutique fitness studio offering group classes, personal training and private events. I am Co-Creator and Head Instructor there, and recently launched Uplifting-Cardio.

Uplifting-Cardio is a music-infused full body bootcamp. The workout challenges all major muscle groups by alternating cardio and strength intervals. The cardio utilizes plyometrics and other high-energy movements while the music motivates you to push it to your limits. The strength portion will use light dumbbells, body weight, and anaerobic intervals. Be warned—this class is infectious!

As a theatre lover, which Broadway show would you want to star in?

I would love to play Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof…but Scarlett Johansson beat me to it!

We heard you love gourmet hot dogs.  Where’s the best gourmet hotdog in NYC and what do you order?

I’m SO glad you asked! Crif Dogs is known as New York’s #1 Weiner. As a true Texas native, I’m in love with the Spicy Redneck – a house dog, bacon-wrapped, with chili, coleslaw, and jalapenos.

Make sure you check out the phone booth and see who’s on the other end. If you’re lucky enough to get in, there’s a secret, swanky speakeasy in the back room…hotdogs included!

Best and worst things about dating an Aussie?

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Worst: Aussies are tough! No complaining allowed in his book.

Best: Everything! He is the most caring and loving person I’ve ever met.

Most surprising thing on your Bucket List?

Live in all major cites across the world.  London, here I come!

Want to try out one of Steph’s Revolve classes? She’s teaching both the Body Ride and Real Ride:

  • Mornings on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday
  • Evenings on Thursday and Friday

Grab your seat now.  We have a feeling Steph’s classes are going to fill fast! If you just can’t get enough of Steph, make sure to follow her on Twitter.

Angel’s Adventure to Guatemala

Personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, professional triathlete – name it, she’s done it!

Angel has always connected with children (and adores her 8-year-old nephew); she previously coached youth triathletes for Achieve DC, youth hip hop dancers, and for Girls on the Run.

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In her latest adventure, Angel’s traveling to Central America to teach and mentor children of rural Guatemala, and she’s thrilled about this opportunity. Before taking off, she answered a few of our questions about her trip.

Q: Why do you enjoy working with kids? What do you hope to teach them in Guatemala?

A: Kids are innocent, fun, little sponges. I enjoy working with them because I am able to communicate in a way that makes them feel both respected and loved. I’m also a kid at heart, so it’s the best of both worlds. One moment, I’m explaining how important it is to be kind to disabled people. In the next moment, I am swinging them on my shoulders pretending to be a helicopter. It’s awesome.

Q: What do you love about traveling?

A: I like being in unfamiliar situations. It builds character. Being uncomfortable is important. Getting lost in a foreign place, struggling with the language barrier, and feeling alone, all of those situations make you a better person – if you let them! Traveling expands your mind, your perspective, and your freedom. Traveling is the air I breathe.

I love Latin America, so Guatemala was an easy choice.  But I’m nervous about messing up my Spanish!

Q: What do you think you’ll miss most while you’re gone?

A: Security. I know the safer areas in my community thus, I feel comfortable taking an early morning or evening run. I will have to be more cautious in a foreign country. I will miss that freedom. Also, I will miss my 8-year-old nephew. He is the sunshine of my life. I even packed the shirt he wore the last time I saw him. That’s how much I’m going to miss him!

We’ll all miss Angel while she’s away, but she’ll be back soon with lots of stories to share with her Revolve Riders. Follow Revolve on Facebook where she’ll be posting updates from her trip.

Angel also recommends her riders listen to these songs to stay motivated while she’s away.  When you need some Angel in your life, turn these tracks up and get moving!

Best song for sprint intervals: “Let’s Go” – Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo

Best song for endurance: “Daft Punk is Playing at My House”  – LCD Soundsystem

Best song for time trial: “Otis”  – Kanye and Jay-Z

Best RIDE IT OUT AND MAKE ME SMILE song: “Don’t Wake Me Up” – Chris Brown

Don’t fall off your game while Angel’s gone. Reserve your rides now.