Instructor Reveal: Mara Frisch

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


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

Revolve DC’s 31 Days of Sweat 2014: #Revolve31

We’re kicking off summer in DC with the 31 Days of Sweat Challenge  #Revolve31. Compete for weekly prizes from Revolve’s local partners, and in celebration of National Bike Month, our Grand Prize is a brand new Electra 7D Townie Bicycle in Fushia – we know our Riders will be tearing up the streets this summer!



Our challenge begins May 1. The last day to earn points is Thursday May 29.

Points are compiled and updated every Friday for each weekly prize as well as totaled for the month towards the Grand Prize. Weekly winners and the top ten overall will be announced on Facebook as well as our Monday emails.

Point tracking is a mutual effort by RIDERS and STAFF (see “Tracking” below for directions). Revolve audits the top 10 forms as well as randomly selected submissions.

A #Revolve31 “week” is a considered Friday to Thursday. With the exception of week one where the week will run Thursday to Thursday.


Submit your points via the online form Revolve 31 Weekly Points Submission at the following link:

We HIGHLY recommend reviewing this form before our Challenge begins on Thursday May 1. 

Forms must be submitted by NOON on Fridays. No exceptions.

  • Week 1: 12:00a Thurs May 1 thru 11:59p Thurs May 8, form due Fri May 9 by NOON.
  • Week 2: 12:00a Fri May 9 thru 11:59p Thurs May 15, form due Fri May 16 by NOON.
  • Week 3: 12:00a Fri May 16 thru 11:59p Thurs May 22, form due Fri May 23 by NOON.
  • Week 4: 12:00a Fri May 23 thru 11:59p Thurs May 29, form due Fri May 30 by NOON.




You can earn 3 points per ride for up to seven rides per week. Bonus point opportunities are available for hitting any of the following with those seven rides:

  • Attending a theme ride Friday,
  • Hitting all three ride formats (Body, Barre, and Real Ride),
  • Riding at least five times
  • Riding with four different instructors


All social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram MUST contain #Revolve31 to be eligible for points. Earn 1 point for:

  • Each RevolveDC Metro check-in on Facebook w/ #Revolve31 tag. Up to 2 check-ins per day.
  • Each @RevolveDC mention on Twitter w/ #Revolve31 tag. Up to four mentions per day.
  • Each Instagram post of your healthy eats w/ #Revolve31 tag. Up to 2 per day. Extra point available for each Healthy Eats post that features and tags either South Block or Fuego.


We love pictures! Two ways to earn big points on Social Media:

  • Share your picture of your cross-training session and tag #Revolve31. You will earn 1 point for each social media channel your share to, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for a total of three points. If any of your cross-training is with NOVA MMA, Verve Health & Fitness, or MyBootCamp you can earn an additional point per post for a maximum four points.
  • Share your post-ride pictures of you with AT LEAST two other riders and tag #Revolve31. You will earn 2 points for each social media channel your share to, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for a total of six points. If any of your pics also feature your instructor in addition to your group of three you can earn an additional point per pic for a maximum seven points.


All members as of May 1, 2014 will begin with 10 points in recognition of their monthly commitment to Revolve. If you purchase a new monthly membership in May, you will also receive 10 points. Points are also available for the purchase of 5, 10, & 20 packs.

Earn points for bringing a new rider to class and for buying Revolve gear from the store.

Visit lululemon Clarendon or Revolution Cycles, our 31 Days of Sweat partners, and earn points for sharing your visit on social media either. You must tag our partners and include #Revolve31. This can be on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter; Earn points for each channel.

Revolve is also sponsoring three Cross Training Events in May. You can earn 5 bonus points for each event just by attending.

  • Sunday May 4 1:00 PM: At Verve Health & Fitness: TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING & STRETCH: RSVP to Verve directly by calling 703-465-8100. Space is limited.
  • Saturday May 10 12:45 PM: At 11th St Park: MyBootCamp OUTDOOR TRAINING: RSVP to Revolve by emailing Space is limited.
  • Sunday May 18 1:30 PM: At NOVA MMA: Intro Women’s KICKBOXING: RSVP to NOVA MMA directly by calling 703-807-0342. Space is limited.



Instructor Reveal: Kate Karafotas

Meet the newest addition to the DC Instructor team, Kate Karafotas! 

Tell us about yourself! 
I was born in Connecticut and raised in New York City. After high school I took a gap year (and a half!) snowboarding in Aspen, CO. I couldn’t bear to leave Colorado so I decided to go to the University of Colorado at Boulder. While there I would snowboard in the winter and mountain bike in the summer. After college, my boyfriend (now husband!) and I moved to DC, and other than a brief stint in the Chicago area, have stayed here since. We have two beautiful daughters, Maya and Zoe. I spend a lot of time shuttling them around to activities and school, but my fitness time is MY time to zone everything and everyone else out and find my center. Making time for fitness has made me a saner, happier lady!


How did you get into Indoor Cycling?
A few years ago I was visiting my mom at the beach in NY and was trying to find an exercise class since there isn’t a traditional gym there. I had seen a studio the previous summer, but had been too afraid to try it. This time I had more courage! I had spent the last 6 months working hard to train for a sprint triathlon in an effort to shed those final pounds from my second pregnancy. I signed up for a class and 45 minutes later was totally hooked.I  loved the music, the motivation, and that I was drenched in sweat when I left – it was a cathartic experience! I went every day when I was there and when I came home I decided I wanted to pursue getting certified so I could bring my own energy and playlist!

What are you excited about bringing to the Revolve community?
I am excited to bring my enthusiasm for indoor cycling and music to Revolve. In terms of music I play a lot of current stuff, but sometimes you need a little Whitney or Michael!! I’ll push you hard and remind you that you are stronger than you think. I’ll help you reach your fitness goals and then help you set those standards higher!

Three words that describe you.
Outgoing. Relaxed (mostly!). Shopaholic.

What are some of your favorite things? 
Kale, lululemon, and Bravo TV. Seriously – I wish I was kidding. I like to fuel my body, be comfortable, and rot my brain 😉 I also love spending time outside; whether it be biking with the kids or walking the dogs. I used to love winter, but now I am spring/summer gal through and through!


12 Days of Revolve Success: Kate Beller

Day 12! There you have it! 12 stories, 12 reasons, 12 inspirations to get you going and keep you going in 2014. Here is the final story of our series featuring DC Rider, Kate Beller.

I had never been to an indoor class before my husband bought me a package as a gift in December 2011.  I’m now completely hooked and usually make 4-7 classes a week.  I had struggled adjusting from the life of a student – which left me ample time to workout on any given day – to the attorney lifestyle.  I had a hard time motivating myself to workout in the limited free time I had.  Revolve filled this void perfectly – it provided with a fun community, motivating instructors, and a great workout that only took 45 mins/an hour from my day.  Since joining, I now have found a way to balance work and working out, and have seen all sorts of results in my health and everyday life.


12 Days of Revolve Success: Heather Mumaw

We are almost there! Here is our 11th installment of the 12 Days of Revolve Success! Meet DC Rider, Heather Mumaw:

Bike #14 and I have had an on and off again relationship since the first week Revolve opened its doors.  I fell in love with Revolve during my very first class, but as often happens in life, I let work, relationships, and other commitments overwhelm my personal time, and my workouts fell by the wayside for far too long. 

In February 2013, I decided to end a long-term relationship.  I was sad, lonely, and intensely angry. Then one day, I remembered bike #14, and how on the bike, in a darkly lit room, with the music pumping, you can tune out everything else in your life and just focus on peddling and sweating for an hour.  Immediately, I threw on some workout clothes, and ran (actually ran!) to Revolve.  The first ride back at Revolve hooked me.  I became addicted.  Dorothy’s mantra “more gear less fear” resonated with me, and became MY new mantra.  I started going to class every day. I peddled so much, I’m surprised bike #14 didn’t fall apart on me mid-ride!  


I’m not sure when exactly I converted from anger-peddling in a darkly lit room to cycling for pleasure in a room full of friends, but somewhere in between Francina’s Beyonce theme ride, James’ “Best Monday Everrr,” and Saturday double headers with Angel (or as I fondly referred to them as “deadly doubles”), I learned not only about the importance of exercise endorphins, but also about the benefits of a fitness community.  

Revolve’s community is something I’ve never experienced in any other gym.  Everyday I’m grateful for and inspired by the Revolve riders, instructors, and staff and I’m so happy to call so many of you my friends! THANK YOU Revolve!  

THANK YOU, Heather, for your commitment, for riding, and for your positivity! See you on a bike soon!

Featured Revolve Riders: The Lindegren Ladies

The Lindegren sisters (Samantha, Rebecca and Jessica) grew up playing three seasons of contact sports, and their mom, Mariah, kicked her daughter’s butts from time to time. Now that the girls are older, they’ve all committed to spending more time together to feel great, fit, and live a healthy lifestyle.

Their solution? Attending Kira’s RIP Ride every Tuesday and Thursday night for the last three months. Their high energy has been so infectious that they’ve started a high five-ing trend at the end of each RIP Ride. Read about how Revolve has brought these strong, athletic women even closer.


Samantha (left), Mariah (middle), and Rebecca (right) after Kira’s RIP Ride

1. How did Revolve classes become a family affair?

My sister’s friend, April McHugh, cycles at Revolve, and she gets the credit for introducing us. We’ve been riding for about three months and it’s already a family affair! We’ll visit each other and ride together at either Revolve DC or Revolve NYC.

2. Who is the motivator in the group? How does Revolve help you bond?

We all motivate each other. My sisters and I are very close in age so we grew up doing everything together and still try to do so to this day. We organize weekend trips away whether it’s skiing or somewhere relaxing. The four of us are all in a group chat on our phones and are always texting/asking advice for workouts, how-to’s, etc.

Riding at Revolve is another way for us to be together. Since exercise is a huge part of our lives, we accomplish two things – spend time together and exhaust ourselves with a great workout.  We usually have dinner together after class.

3. Did you all work out together before Revolve? What made you start indoor cycling?

My sisters and I have been skiing since we were two years old, so “working out” started at a very young age. Now the four of us work out regularly; my mom and Jesse run road races together, and we all love cycling.

We visit Chatham on Cape Cod often since Mom is from there, and  we’ll usually jump on the bike path for the day. It’s a beautiful ride and so much fun. One time, I tied a rope to Rebecca’s bike and she pulled me for 30 miles on my rollerblades! The looks we got were hysterical.

Indoor cycling together is fun and challenging. I was getting bored of my usual routine (running or rollerblading) so indoor cycling got me excited again.

4. What is it about Revolve that keeps you coming back?

Kira and the friendly staff at Revolve! Also, the post-ride exhaustion, which I compare to how I feel after yoga, which is weird because they are completely different workouts. My muscles feel equally as great after both!


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!

Featured Revolve Rider: 31 Days of Sweat Finalist, Katie

Katie was not only DC’s runner-up in last month’s 31 Days of Sweat Challenge, but when we first reached out to her, we were incredibly humbled by how inspirational and motivating her fitness journey has been.


1.      As one of our Top 10 31 Days Riders, what made you excited to participate? What were your personal goals for the month of May?

I’d only been riding at Revolve for a few weeks before the challenge began, but I had already fallen in love. The challenge was an added bonus since I was already going two times a day on average. When I saw the ultimate prize for a bike, I knew I had to try averaging three classes a day.

I volunteer and cook meals at the Fisher House DC – which is where families of wounded warriors stay while their loved ones are having surgery and recuperating at Walter Reed.  I met an amazing Army Lt. Col. who lost both legs above his knees and used cycling in his physical therapy, something I could relate to. Due to his prosthetics, he couldn’t use a male bike  so I gave him my female bike without hesitating for a second.  It was the least I could do for a man who served our country and almost died doing so.  I’m now in the process of saving up money to buy another bike.

2.      What kept you motivated day after day?

I am being completely honest when I say that the prizes were not my main motivation – not at all.  Getting healthier and stronger has and will remain my number one motivator.  What also really kept me going were the friends I was making as well as the enthusiasm and guidance I received daily from the instructors.  It didn’t hurt either when riders I did not even know would come up to me and ask, are you Katie?  Then they would proceed to tell me how they loved my tweets and/or hoped I’d win the bike.  It meant a lot that folks were paying attention and that definitely pushed me, especially when I wanted to hit that snooze button.

Finally, during the month of May I led a DietBet game, where you have to lose four percent of your body weight in 28 days, and you win money! I’m happy to report that by adding Revolve to my exercise routine I went beyond the four percent and actually lost just over six percent in a month’s time!

3.      How did 31 Days change your relationship with Revolve? With your health/fitness/working out? Did you learn anything new about yourself or the Revolve community during the challenge?

I’ve never been a runner – ever – but I am a “Walker” after all 😉  I’ve tried everything to get into running, including taking expensive running lessons from professional coaches. I wanted to find a workout that was tough, that made me sweat, lose weight, and go distances that I never thought possible.

So one day a friend invited me to her gym to try cycling and after my butt recovered (cause there’s no way around it, those seats make you sore) I was like, this isn’t so bad.  Then I remember Francina, who until then was just my awesome Zumba teacher, telling me a local news channel would be featuring her  Barre Ride.  I grew up dancing and I liked that one indoor-cycling class – so after watching the segment, it just clicked and I went in and bought a monthly package at Revolve.  I started with just the Barre Ride once a week, and then bought the monthly intro package, then went all out and purchased a yearly membership.


Francina and Katie after a tough Barre Ride

I learned that it’s ok that I can still be an athlete even if I’m not a runner.  After a few months at Revolve, I am proud to say I’m a cyclist.

4.      What physical/mental/emotional outcomes did you notice after participating in the challenge?

This is a little bit of a long story, but it really explains how far I’ve come physically, mentally, and emotionally in my life.  I will be celebrating the third anniversary of surviving a terrible car crash in India this upcoming June 25.  I was on my way to see the Taj Mahal. The accident shattered both of my legs in multiple places, so I had to have rods put in during surgery.  My left lung collapsed, I broke ribs and my nose and had weird burn marks all over my stomach and arms.  The worst discovery would be finding out I sustained a traumatic brain injury – the neurological ramifications that I’ll be living with for the rest of my life.

I was on complete bed rest for four and half months.  I’ve gone through multiple physical therapy sessions, neurological rehabilitation, and counseling to deal with depression.

There were many times I thought how much better it would have been if I had just died during that accident, it would have been better than the physical, mental, and emotional toll the accident took on me.  Then I thought about the people who have overcome more than I have and I knew that part of becoming healthy again meant being active both physically and mentally.  I used to be a “the glass is half-empty” kind of person before the accident, but today I’m just happy to get a sip of water.

5.      How will you continue to sweat hard?

After the accident, along with some other hard things that happened in my life, I gained 70 pounds in two and a half years. Since October 2012, when I was finally cleared by all my doctors to start working out again, I’ve lost 40 pounds, including 12 during May’s 31 Days of Sweat Challenge!!  I still have about 40-50 pounds more I’d like to lose.  In addition to Revolve classes, I have continued to take Zumba classes, do lap swimming, and take long walks on the Custis and Mt. Vernon Trails.  Recently, I’ve taken up tennis lessons and joined a doubles tennis league.  My endurance on the court has skyrocketed since I started Revolve.  I’m also looking forward to using one of my prizes – a month-long MyBootcamp membership with Revolve instructor, Grant.

Katie and Patrick - Tennis

Katie and her doubles partner, Patrick, two and a half weeks post Challenge.

6.      What tips do you have for other people facing down challenges in and out of the studio?

It’s really quite simple. LIVE YOUR LIFE ONE DAY AT A TIME.  While it’s good to have long-term goals, it can be especially daunting if you don’t celebrate small victories, whether it’s a few ounces of weight lost to increasing the resistance on your bike.  We all have bad days – from eating what we shouldn’t to not getting any exercise in. That doesn’t mean you quit your journey all together, it just means the next day you vow you’ll get back on track.

Featured Revolve Rider: 31 Days of Sweat Finalist, Brianna

Meet Brianna, one of our fiercest competitors in last month’s 31 Days of Sweat Challenge. We were so impressed with Brianna’s whopping 468 points at the end of the month, so we asked her to share her secrets on how she kept her head in the game and stayed motivated.Image
1. When you learned about our 31 Days of Sweat Challenge, what made you excited to participate? What were your personal goals for the month of May?

I am always up for a challenge so when I found out Revolve was doing this May challenge with awesome prizes I figured this was a great way to step up to another fitness challenge with some incentive. My goal throughout this month’s challenge was to go to class every single day I was in town for the month (sometimes even 2!) and it was not easy but totally worth it!


 2. What kept you motivated day after day? 

I am a very competitive person especially when it comes to fitness, so this was a challenge against others as well as a challenge against myself. I wanted to see how many classes I could go to when I had the time without killing myself. Also, the Top 2 riders in NYC kept me motivated since they were going to 3 classes in one day sometimes! Definitely makes you want to push yourself harder. Also, the instructors have so much energy and play great music which made me excited to keep going back for more.


 3.  How did 31 Days change your relationship with Revolve? With your health/fitness/working out? Did you learn anything new about yourself or the Revolve community during the challenge?


The challenge really made me develop a relationship with the Revolve staff, the amazing instructors and the participants in the challenge. It built a sense of community which is always nice to have and Revolve became a second home.
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This challenge phased out my other workouts because I decided to cycle as much as possible in the month but my endurance and my energy sky rocketed throughout this month which really felt great and made me want to come back for more the next day.


4. What physical/mental/emotional outcomes did you notice after participating in the challenge?


I felt stronger mentally, physically, and emotionally. I was energized and felt great and wished the challenge wasn’t over. I miss going to multiple classes throughout the week – it was a lot of fun and I look forward to the next challenge!


5. How will you continue to sweat hard? 


This month I decided to bounce around to a bunch of boutique fitness studios in Manhattan and try them out to see what they are all about. Last week, I went to 5 different studios. It’s great cross-training! I am also planning on going to a lot of the free fitness classes held outside for the summer – there are a ton!


6. What tips do you have for other people facing down challenges in and out of the studio?


I have an extreme passion for health and fitness.

I created a blog called B FIT FEEL FAB to provide insight into living and leading a healthy lifestyle and also, to challenge and motivate my followers to get out of their comfort zone and have fun while sweating and moving their bodies! Every month I challenge my followers in some way to be healthier and live a happier life in a body that they love. Some things I encourage people to do when working towards a challenge are:

  •         Do it with a buddy – hold each other accountable!
  •         Write down your goal for the challenge – it makes it more real!
  •         When you get unmotivated, think about why you decided to commit to the challenge in the first place!