12 Days of Revolve Success: Annie Lyons Knapp

More Revolve Success! What are YOUR 2014 goals? Check out this story from DC Rider, Annie Lyons Knapp!

Not only did Revolve kick my rear into wedding-dress shape, but it also helped me and my husband scale the Grand Piton in St Lucia on our honeymoon!  It was one ‘heckofa’ hike. Both my husband and I were on the verge of quitting when I suddenly thought of Dorothy, leaning over her bike saying “Your mind gives out before your legs do!”  I repeated this manta to my husband and when we reached the top of the mountain, well, the view and the memories were worth it!!

 Congratulations on your success, Annie! We wish you more in 2014! 

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12 Days of Revolve Success: Vera Kuipers

Continuing our 12 Days of Revolve Success! We hope it gives YOU your 2014 inspiration! Check out this story from NYC Rider, Vera Kuipers! 

Revolve became an important and integral part of my training as a distance runner and a big motivator towards my cycling goals.  Initially, I was afraid the extra cycling would hurt my running, but I loved it so much. I decided to add on the classes and I felt surprisingly strong in road races! I had some unexpected Personal Records (PRs) and had a great first sprint triathlon experience.

My body feels more balanced, defined, and less injury-prone. Revolve revived my workout routine in a very positive way.

From Revolve, and Kristin Kenney, I learned proper form and technique, but also that I’m stronger than I thought. Kristin’s inspiring mantras and affirmative comments help me to stay honest, strong, and helped improve my resilience.

In addition, I met some great people within the Revolve community and made new friends. It’s such a joy to enter Revolve and work out with them in an inspiring environment full of amazing people!

 We wish you continued success, Vera! Thanks for riding!

12 Days of Revolve Success: Kristen Rhode

Over the next two weeks we will be sharing some of the stories of our amazing riders and their success from 2013. We hope you get your ‘inspiration on’ for 2014! Here’s to the New Year and the continued #RevivaloftheFittest!

Here is what DC Rider, Kristen Rhode, had to share:

As a former marathon runner, it has been very hard to accept that as I get older, perhaps my body isn’t into my 12+ mile runs anymore.  It’s not to say that I still don’t love a good butt-kicking long run- but with a full-time job and planning a wedding; I no longer schedule my weekends around pounding the pavement for hours at a time. I still get my half-marathons in about twice a year, but I was looking for that “something else” and I certainly found it at Revolve. 

As a former college athlete (lightweight crew and lacrosse, D1 Patriot League), I was craving a more “tuned in” place to work out, with real motivators that reminded me of my past coaches.  Well, I started coming to Revolve. I have met the nicest people who really and truly want to WORK.  I have been pushed outside of my comfort zone once again by the incredible instructors. I look forward to coming to class, the set-up, the music and the overall energy of the room when class begins. 

Within the first month at Revolve, I have lost about an inch and a half and my arms are getting back in shape. It centers me. I love myself for taking better care of myself.  Revolve helps me take care of myself – mentally, physically and spiritually – it is really the best medicine.

Kristin Rhode

ANOTHER DC INSTRUCTOR REVEAL

Big changes have been happening at our DC studio over the last few weeks. Recently, we welcomed Alex, our regional manager, as a new Instructor at Revolve. Well guess what, here we are with another instructor reveal. Let’s welcome Orjiugo to the Revolve family- what a stunning name right? The best sense of humour- coupled with a kick-a** cycling routine will surely make her classes very popular in our ever expanding Revolve community. We want everyone to know a bit about her, so we asked her to answer a few questions. Some of her answers will definitely make you chuckle!

 

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You have a beautiful name! Can you tell us a bit about what it means and where it comes from?

Thank you! I am originally Nigerian and an ‘Orjiugo’ is a rare and allegedly incredibly precious kola nut. So yes, I hadn’t even said my first words and my parents named me a nut. 

What is your background/ where are you from?

 I’m originally Nigerian and I grew up in the UK. I’ve lived in DC since the summer or 2009, so I’d have to say all over the shop!

What brought you to the indoor cycling world? 

I think one of my best friends in the UK dragged me kicking and screaming to a class because she loved the spunky and energetic curly haired instructor and her music. I took a few classes and that was it, really. Indoor cycling has stayed part of my life.   When I decided to become an instructor, it was a natural choice for me, but I did not expect to love teaching as much as I do and I did not expect my style to be…you might have to come and find out. 

We noticed that you like to travel! Where is your favorite place to visit?

An incredibly difficult question to give one answer. There is so much to see and explore in the world. I love somethings about different places more than others but I can honestly say I love every place I’ve chosen to go to.  My favourite city in the world has to be London (gray as it is). The best best for food – London (the best Indian, Thai, Chinese… I’ve had, but I have not yet been to India or Thailand. They are on my list), also Nigeria and Italy. For shopping, I still love London. For scenery and exploring Paris, Marrakech, Negril, Barcelona…it just depends on what one is looking for. I love them all. 

Tell us a bit about what you do outside of the studio? How do you spend your time on the average day?

 I have a really busy day job but I take the time to write. I also write health and fitness articles for a UK-based international magazine – New African Woman. I teach BodyCombat, BodyPump and CXWorx. I make quickie recipes and spend time with my friends and family. I also hunt spies and slay dragons. 😉

 

Sign up for her classes and check out her handle @ https://twitter.com/The_Orjiugo

INSTRUCTOR REVEAL

Once again, we have a new addition to Revolve! Well…not exactly :)  On top of being our regional manager, Alex is officially adding the role of instructor to one of her long “to do” lists!

To our DC Riders, let’s give her a warm welcome. 

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How long have you been indoor cycling? What sparked your passion for it?

Revolve sparked my passion!  I was being recruited for the Studio Manager position at the VA location, but wanted to familiarize myself with their product before coming on board.  After attending class with Christianne and Francina, I was immediately hooked.  I’ve been living and breathing indoor cycling ever since!

You seem to do it all! Teach, manage Revolve, plan a wedding – what’s your secret to staying on top of everything?

“To do” lists, to-do lists, to-do lists for everything.  If I don’t write something down, there’s no way I’ll remember to do it.  My dad taught me to use “to do” lists way back when –  I had my first job and was trying to balance school, job, and teaching ballet – his always starts with written down short-term and long-term goals.  I don’t know what I would do without my lists :-)

Tell us what you love about Revolve! What about us has kept you here and will continue to keep you here?

Between Revolve’s community (team, instructors, riders!), the science behind our method, and the culture – I couldn’t be more grateful to work for a company that aligns so well with my love for innovative and effective fitness.

Tell us what you’re going to add to the mix – What’s your teaching style like? What music and/or themed rides should we expect in your class?

I’ve always appreciated being pushed past my limits in all types of workouts, that’s exactly what I bring to my rides.  We’ll take advantage of every minute we have together and challenge our minds, our bodies to new levels.  Obviously, none of which can happen without motivational music that lets you get lost in time 😉 

Who has been your biggest inspiration/motivation to make this change in your life- who keeps you going?

My best friend, my partner, my love and fiancé, Chris.  He’s an inspiration every day – I’ve never been surrounded by someone as passionate and dedicated to their goals as him.  Chris holds me accountable to be my best self and is the motivation behind staying on track with my own goals.  Did I mention he makes me green juice every morning?!  You’ve got to start your day off right! :-)

Come on Riders, we want to see her classes get sold out!

Rethink Nutrition: Thanksgiving Tips

We’re so excited to have Liz Greenlaw, a certified Health Coach, back and blogging for us this month! To kick off the Holiday season, she’s giving us some tips on how to indulge in Thanksgiving the healthy way! Be sure to check out her healthy twist on a Thanksgiving dish!

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How to Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

Ever since I became a Health Coach, I’ve been a little worried that someday my family will boycott Thanksgiving at my house. It’s always a tough holiday, because it’s all about food, food, and more food!

But how you approach the holidays is a personal choice. For some of us, this is one of those “treat” days where we eat what we want, without guilt, knowing we’ll be back on our mindful eating path the following day. For others, particularly if you are trying to lose weight or live healthier, you certainly don’t want to start a “season of overeating.”

So here are a few of the tips I like to share this time of year:

  1. Try Thanksgiving grazing. Load your plate with vegetables and lean turkey (the protein from the turkey will keep you feeling satisfied for hours). When the rest of the dishes and desserts are passed, choose one or two that you really want, but put just a spoonful of each on your plate – not an entire serving – think of it like a workout and pace yourself! That way, you will get a taste of the holiday foods you love most, without overeating or feeling deprived. (Two foods I always skip are white potatoes and bread, since they have little nutritional value. What foods are you willing to skip this year?)
  2. Try alternatives, not abstinence. I’ve roasted sweet potatoes with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg instead of marshmallows for a lighter, healthier dish that still shouts “Thanksgiving!” This year, maybe you can try making something like my Farro, Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Pomegranate Seeds to serve as a hearty grain salad in place of stuffing.
  3. Don’t drink your calories. You don’t have to imbibe spirits to get into the spirit! Why not try having a glass of red wine with dinner, then switch to sparkling water with lemon? This year, I’m going to muddle fresh raspberries and drop them into my water glass, stir, and sip!
  4. Take a step back and consider your emotions. Remember, Thanksgiving kicks off a “season of eating” – but only if you let it. Food temptation is only one stress of the holidays. House guests, family dynamics, and travel – these can all send you running to the refrigerator. Try to be aware of your relationship with food and how you feel after indulging. Headache? Bloated? Exhausted? Moody? Why ruin your holiday by not feeling your best? Reducing or eliminating sugar and processed foods will help you avoid these symptoms, feel better and have more energy.
  5. Don’t throw it all away. Even if you do over-indulge on Thanksgiving Day, remember: it’s just one day. Don’t throw away all of your hard-earned health and wellness by turning one day into a long-weekend marathon of eating. Stock up on disposable containers and send guests home with all of the leftovers, or find out if a shelter will let you bring uneaten pies, cakes and casseroles (you can’t eat it if it’s not in your house!)
  6. Find other ways to enjoy the holidays. Bundle up and take a brisk walk after the big Thanksgiving meal (or if you’re feeling ambitious, run a Turkey Trot!) Pull out the board games and close down the kitchen. Build a fire and tell stories, or watch old family videos (remember those?) Another idea is to go around the table and share with your guests what you are most thankful for this year. It will give everyone a chance to slow down for a minute and remember what the holiday is truly all about: Giving Thanks.

*What are some of the things that you do to survive the holidays and stay healthy? Do you make dish substitutes or run a Turkey Trot? Or do you treat it as a one day splurge and get right back to your healthy routine the very next day? Please share with others by commenting below!

If you would like supportive, expert one-on-one support to help reach your health or weight goals, please email Liz at livewellwithliz@gmail.com today!

Revive Recipe: Kristin’s Green Juice

Kick off the holiday season healthy and green! We’re all about sharing tips on how to stay healthy this holiday season.  Start your days with Kristin Kenney’s famous green juice that will leave you craving healthy foods all day long.  Even her kids are hooked on it.

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Kristin juices everyday and uses her trusty Breville juicer.  She says it keeps her energy high and stable, gets very few cravings, and rarely gets sick! What a perfect time to start juicing to defeat that seasonal cold.

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K’s Juice (makes approximately 32oz):

  • 1lb kale
  • 1 cucumber
  • Knob of ginger
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 pineapple (for anti-inflammatory properties and sweetness)

Store for up to 12 hours.

If you start by juicing the kale first, you can and add it into soups, meatballs, etc, for its dense nutrition and fiber.

Let us know if you love K’s juice recipe as much as we do. Tell us what your favorite juice recipe is in the comments below!

Anatomy of the Ride: SoftGrip Weights

One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Revolve is why we use the SoftGrip weights over dumbbells. We sat down with Master Instructor and co-creator of the RIP RideKira Stokes, to discuss some of the benefits of the SoftGrip weights and came up with 3 simple reasons why these SoftGrip weights trump traditional dumbbells.

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1) Easy Grip:

These SoftGrip weights conform to your grasp and are easy to hold. They are comfortable and soft, yet not floppy and overall, un-intimidating. However, you still get the efficient upper body strengthening in every class.

2) Used in Physical Therapy:

Believe it or not, SoftGrip weights are used in physical therapy for patients with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. It also helps prevent these conditions so this is good for those who are stuck in front of a computer all day!

3) Safety:

Your safety is our biggest priority when Riding at Revolve. The SoftGrip weights give you a safer option to alternate between two different sized weights and is also a lot safer to drop than a dumbbell. Due to it’s soft but flexible shape, it’ll hurt less if you accidentally drop it on your foot or someone else’s hand.

Tell us in the comments below what you’ve enjoyed so far about our SoftGrip Weights or Tweet us @RevolveDC or @RevolveNYC with any other questions you may have!

Healthy and Fit Mama: Nearing the Finish Line

Revolve DC We have one more update from our favorite mom-to-be and Instructor, Francina! Find out some changes and additions she’s made to her daily routine during her third trimester and how she’s been inspiring her riders to set some great fitness goals!

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Here I am, at 30 weeks, with just 10 weeks to go until I meet my little one.  I have to admit that this trimester has been a little more uncomfortable than the previous two and my ever expanding belly is definitely noticeable and making me a little clumsy!

On October 20, 2013, I had my baby shower given by one of my Revolve riders and attended by many, many of my regular riders.  It was such a perfect day, a perfect party and I felt immense gratitude and love from everyone.  It’s amazing how close I’ve gotten with my riders and the consideration and kindness I’ve received is simply amazing.  To say that I am lucky would be a great understatement.  I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life.

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At 30 weeks, I’m still teaching 7 classes a week although this is the month that I will be dropping all my Zumba classes and strictly teaching cycling.  As soon as I feel too uncomfortable on the bike, I will be teaching off the bike more and I will see how long I can make it.  I enjoy teaching the barre ride especially because I feel like those barre moves help my posture, ease the pain in my lower back and help with flexibility.  The increase in the hormone, Relaxin, during pregnancy has made stretching feel wonderful!

I am experimenting again with my bike position in class and found that raising my seat a little higher than normal gives me belly and my legs a bit more room and has helped me to be able to ride more comfortably.  I have no doubt that I can continue to ride the next month, but the only thing preventing me from actually riding a whole class is that my lungs are a little squished and it’s definitely getting harder to talk and cue through class while riding.  Unfortunately, there are no adjustments that will help that!  My body has adjusted somewhat to allow me to make it through class though and it’s simply amazing what the human body does to allow us to function.  It never ceases to amaze me.

I’m still doing my best to eat healthy, take my vitamins and get lots of water.  I’ve experienced no leg swelling, no heart burn, no indigestion, not a lot of fatigue and for the most part can still sleep comfortably.  I do get tired now and then, but the fatigue is not nearly as overwhelming as I expected and can be eased with a good night’s sleep.  I do owe this to having an active and healthy pregnancy.  I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to treat yourself well during pregnancy – what’s good for mom, is also good for baby!

I think one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had and am still having is when my students, members, and riders tell me that I motivate them and they are inspired day after day by watching me teach my classes.  I really never thought about how I would be able to motivate so many, and it makes my “job” so worth it.  I’ve heard repeatedly that the only reason someone got out of bed to make it to a 6am class because they knew that I (big belly and all) managed to get myself up and out to teach class.  It is truly rewarding to know that I helped someone get up and work out that day.

Well, my next update will be right before I give birth or shortly after the baby is born.  I’ve got a few more weeks to go, so please come on out and ride with me for the last weeks in 2013!

Eat Clean with Dyan!

We’re all about sharing healthy habits and each other’s passions, especially as we head into the holiday season!  Read how Revolve NYC instructor, Dyan Tsiumis , has created a clean eating plan with Gingersnap’s Organics (GO) that supports her busy lifestyle and love for working out.

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“I did my first 3 day GO cleanse and LOVED IT and made it through like a champion! Now 2 months after my first 3-day cleanse I have done a 4-day and a 5-day cleanse and periodically do a day or two here and there”.

Dyan starts eating clean on November 11th, she welcomes everyone to join!  The plan is crafted for people with an active lifestyle so there is NO STARVING. On day 1, you’ll start with a liquid day, to get you started on a good foot. Days 2 to 5 will include the “GO cleanse,” which is all gluten free, raw, and organic! A typical “GO Cleanse” day starts off with chia pudding for breakfast, a large salad for lunch and a dinner with side salad and pudding. Jamie (Gingersnap’s owner) has added another drink during with the 4 days to help us maintain our energy level to hit up Revolve!

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What does the GO Cleanse include?

1 day of liquids  and 4 days of  he GO cleanse with the drink changing daily on the GO cleanse (heat, GO green, GO kick, GO ginger lemonade).

Cost: $305 (Normally $320)

If you’re interested in eating clean with Dyan, you can sign up HERE. Be sure to sign up by Thursday, November 7! You can select additional items (at a per item cost) if you feel like you need a bit more sustenance.

To find out more about GO, check out Dyan’s Blog or tweet her @DYANgetfierce with any questions!