Anatomy of the Ride: Barre Ride

Curious about Revolve’s Barre Ride? Created by Christianne Phillips, the Barre Ride is a revolutionary hybrid workout that’s gained popularity in DC and was recently featured on ABC7.

Dorothy Beatty, Francina Segbefia and Grant Hill are DC’s Barre Ride experts. Christianne, Dorothy and Francina gave us the inside scoop on the Barre Ride and why this unique combination benefits our Riders.

Dorothy Beatty, Revolve DC Instructor Francina Segbefia, Revolve DC Instructor

Barre Ride Instructors: Dorothy Beatty and Francina Segbefia

Q: Where did the idea of creating a hybrid barre/cycle class come from? Why do these workouts go together? 

CP: While creating classes for the DC studio, I wanted one of the rides to uniquely combine cardio and strength in one hour. As a former dancer and avid cyclist, I realized that fusing cycling and barre into one class would be a home run.

Barre is full body: your body is constantly working and engaging in multi-muscle movement. Our barre movements also incorporate a lot of stretching, and allow you to reset your posture.

FS: If a rider cycles for hours and hours, week after week, year after year, their muscles get very accustomed to the riding position. A rider needs cross-training exercises, and the barre exercises do a great job of creating muscle balance.

Q: What was the Barre Ride designed to do for Riders? What impact does it have on their bodies and how is that different from other cycling classes?

DB: Barre Ride strengthens our cardiovascular system and improves our body’s ability to effectively use oxygen and fuel. Our barre work strengthens muscles that assist cycling, and lengthen muscles that get overworked while riding.

FS: Think about the cycling posture. Most riders get tired after time, which often sacrifices cycling form. Barre exercises open up your chest, back and hip muscles that have been in a contracted position during cycling, and activate different muscle fibers that are not necessarily used in the same way while riding.


Christianne teaching Barre Ride at Revolve DC

Q: What are your best tips for improving our Barre Ride?

DB: On the bike, Barre Ride is a great opportunity to push to new levels. It’s a shorter ride, so go for a bit more intensity – add more resistance than you normally would!

Off the bike, think big and full ranges of motion. Challenge yourself to go a little deeper or lower than last time; your body will adapt. PLEASE ask us questions, and watch your form in the mirror.

FS: If it’s your first Barre Ride, take frequent breaks and stretch. Most first-time Barre Riders have a difficult time completing every repetition. Be patient with yourself. Strength comes with time.

Attending Barre Ride regularly will strengthen the muscles we use in class. As your muscles get stronger and the exercises become easier, a Rider should focus more on form, contracting and flexing muscles a little tighter to continue to strengthen the muscles.

Q: What habits should we create and maintain to continue our lean muscle build once we leave the studio?

DB: The best thing you can do off the bike is eat a clean, balanced diet and drink a TON of water. Fuel your body with protein, veggies, and some fruit, as well as some smartly selected grains/carbs on our very intense workout days (e.g. brown rice or sweet potatoes). And, obviously, eat lots of kale to get Kira’s Kale Abs… 😉

FS: Refueling with the right combination of lean protein and carbohydrates post-workout is critical to building muscle. I teach Barre Ride in the morning, so my regular breakfast is usually egg whites, fruit and oatmeal. Eat protein throughout the entire day because your body is constantly rebuilding muscle. Finally, stretch and strength-train outside of the studio!

For more fitness and cycling tips, follow Dorothy and Francina on Twitter and like them on Facebook: Dorothy B Fit and Cycling with Francina.

Ready for a Barre Ride? Reserve your bike now and then mark your calendars for April 18: Dorothy’s teaching a special Beach Booty Barre Ride to get Riders ready for summer!

If Superwoman Were a DJ: A Day in the Life of Christianne Phillips

Here’s a typical day in the life of our favorite former professional dancer, wife, and super-mom of identical twin boys: Revolve NYC Senior Master Instructor Christianne Phillips. Take a peek into Christianne’s daily whirlwind of PKL: playlists, kids and laundry, (the super-mom’s version of GTL).

Christianne's Life5:30AM Wakeup: A Playlist is Born

Typically, in the middle of the week I get up between 5:30 and 6 AM, and check email. I work on upcoming Revolve events and marketing, while also creating the day’s playlist. I like to check out music blogs and find new artists/music to blend the new stuff with tracks I’ve already played. I have that alone-time for about a half hour before my kids wake up.

Breakfast and Break-Dancing

Making breakfast for my boys is my absolute favorite time of day. We talk and hang out; they tell me about the day ahead, and show me their latest dance moves. I usually make them eggs or oatmeal with milk, brown sugar and cinnamon; they’re also really into bagels and lox right now. I make myself a kale-based smoothie.

5-minute Beauty Ritual (Hair-Brushing Optional)

I get the boys ready for school while sipping my coffee, which I can’t go without. I spend about 5 minutes getting ready. Sometimes I don’t even have time to brush my hair. I just throw on some workout clothes and take them to school. The other parents at the twins’ school have never seen me in street clothes – only workout gear.

Once a month I get my lashes done at JJ in Soho. I don’t have time to spend on my day-to-day look, and this is the one thing that makes me feel somewhat put together on crazy days.

Breaking News: Revolve Instructors Don’t Just Workout on the Bike!

After dropping the kids off, I head back to the apartment for a workout in my building’s gym. I get in some weights and plyometrics while listening to the class playlist I made earlier that morning.

On days when I don’t teach classes, I go for a run, then either Pure Yoga, SLT, or Kula in Williamsburg. I try to do at least one yoga and one SLT class every week.

Midday: The Urban Hunter/Gatherer and Her Evolving Playlist

I head back to the computer for a couple hours to mix the day’s playlist. I don’t just make playlists, I actually mix the music together. I’m also constantly working from home with the Revolve team, helping other instructors with music and special events, and creating programs and workshops. Revolve has the most talented instructors in the city, and it’s an honor leading and supporting them.

During this time, I also do laundry. I do laundry every single day because of my kids and all the clothes I use working out.

When I have lunch out, my favorite places are Jivamuktea CaféHu Kitchen, and One Lucky Duck. I try to have lunch with friends or schedule my Revolve meetings for lunch. I make dinner about 5 nights a week.  It’s not absurd for me to spend a couple hours making dinner.

Every week, I go to stores all over the city to source ingredients for my cooking – I’m very particular. Check out this Pinterest board of some of my favorite places.

Early to Bed…

After I teach classes in the evening, I try to meet up with friends. We hit up wine bars and keep it low-key. At least once a month we go dancing – I love checking out local DJs, and I’m usually so excited that I don’t drink because I’m afraid to muddle the experience!

On nights I teach, I do about another half hour more of emails after getting home, then get to bed by 10:30PM. But when the hubby’s home and not traveling for business, we try to have alone time after putting the kids to bed.

Check out Christianne’s Revolve Classes and read all the buzz they’re creating on RateYourBurn.

For more Christianne in your life, follow her on Twitter and check out her blog for recipes, music, and class updates!

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.

Christianne Phillips, Senior Master Instructor         Kira Stokes, Master Instructor

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

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!