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!

Power in Numbers with STRENGTH+Sole

Not all of us grew up athletic varsity athletes. In fact, many of our Riders struggled to connect to fitness for a long time before discovering something that felt right. Our philosophy at Revolve is that fitness is about people – finding that connection with the people around you will make or break a fitness experience.
One of our favorite fitness bloggers, Rachel, found that connection by introducing herself to instructors, sharing her fitness experiences with people online, and bringing friends and family along for the rideWe love Rachel’s blog, STRENGTH+Sole – check out how she went from fearing fitness to embracing the power of numbers with our first Guest Blog!

As a kid, I played one season of T-Ball and that was enough for me. In middle school P.E. class, I was THAT girl, who faked having to go to the bathroom when my turn inevitably came to serve in volleyball and turned bright red when the teacher inevitably yelled “Out!” after three strikes at bat in softball. I’ve always loathed the idea and caved under the (mostly, self-imposed) pressure of team sports.

Until now.

Through my fitness blog STRENGTH+Sole, I’ve done everything from CrossFit, boxing and indoor cycling to indoor rock climbing, trampoline jumping, bowling and skee ball. Every week, I make it my mission to push past my comfort zone–taking risks, climbing to the top, joining the team–and, loving it.

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At Revolve, we’re never riding alone!

I have amazing friends in fitness.  And, you can, too:

With dance cardio instructor Sadie, in Madison Square Park.

With dance cardio instructor Sadie, in Madison Square Park.

CrossFit coach Will and me, showing off our muscles post-WOD.

CrossFit coach Will and me, showing off our muscles post-WOD.

Saturday morning cycling at Revolve with my sister, Kara.

Saturday morning cycling at Revolve with my sister, Kara.

Because when it comes to staying motivated, learning new ways to work out and having fun, there’s definitive power in numbers.  See you at Revolve soon!

For more Rachel and STRENGTH+Sole, follow her on Twitter: @fitgirlrachel and Instagram: @rachelbeckernyc

Featured Revolve Riders: The Carlin Twins

Sweat first, sweet potato fries after —  this weekly ritual keeps two sisters dedicated to their fitness. Meet Ilana and Samantha Carlin, twins who meet at Revolve NYC every week to keep each other committed to their healthy lifestyles.

IMG_20130420_124019_887Ilana (L) and Samantha (R) love meeting for sweat dates at Revolve!

Do you have twin workout styles, or are you different?

Ilana: I’m competitive and Samantha is more easy-going. I used to run track and cross country, and still occasionally run 5Ks, so when I exercise I’m always trying to beat someone else, or just myself! Samantha is into yoga and I’ve never been able to handle that!

Samantha: My workouts are “me time”– to refresh after work and reconnect with myself. I definitely don’t have Ilana’s competitive edge when I exercise. I’m balancing a full-time job, working on a writing career, and volunteering for a non-profit — exercising recharges my creative energy.

Who pushes the other?

Samantha: Ilana definitely pushes me as a role model. She’s so in shape and keeps to her workout schedule — even heading to the gym during her lunch hour at work — it’s inspiring!

Why does working out together motivate you?

When we lived together, we’d always see and expect each other at the gym after work. If one of us didn’t show up, we knew we’d be held accountable. Now that we live in separate neighborhoods, we don’t have that physical, in-your-face proof.

We miss the constant togetherness, so we meet at Revolve. We’re depending on each other to be there, and we never want to let each other down, so it adds a level of commitment to showing up for the workout.

Tell us about your post-workout ritual. Be honest, do you refuel with something healthy, or indulge a little? 

We always go out to dinner after class. Lately, we’ve been heading to Grey Dog on University Place for some simple and healthy post-ride options. The ride makes us feel so good that we just want to continue the healthiness!

We can’t resist the sweet potato fries, though — do you call that indulging? So, still in our workout gear, we’ll eat together, debrief the workout, talk about how much our legs hurt and chat about life.

Why does it help to workout with a friend in class that doesn’t let you talk to each other?

Ilana: Just knowing that she’s there, sharing the same experience, is enough to motivate me. After class, we talk about how we did and how we felt, and encourage each other to push harder next time if need be.

Samantha: And, with separate jobs and lives, at Revolve we get to know the same great people, the awesome teachers, listen to the same music…in New York, where we’re all so scattered pursuing our own things, indoor cycling together brings us to common ground, which usually feels nearly impossible to find in this city, even for twins!

How do you keep up with your workout dates together?

Ilana: We compare calendars on the weekends, and plan what day works for us. Since we’re both super committed (addicted?!) to exercising at Revolve together, we never skip out, unless one of us is out of town. No matter what, we will make it work! I’ll text her Monday at 8:25am: “RESERVE YOUR BIKE!”.

Samantha: I treat our workout dates like any other appointment I can’t break…if I get an invitation to something on an evening when I’m signed up for Revolve, or know that’s the one day that week we’ll be able to make it to class, I tell friends or colleagues that I have plans.

When Ilana isn’t at Revolve, you can catch her running loops around Central Park, reading, and trying new restaurants and bars with her friends. In between indoor cycling classes, Samantha mixes up her workouts with kickboxing and regular gym time; she also volunteers as a Writing Mentor with Girls Write Now.

Featured Revolve Riders: The Workout Wonks

“A pair of fitness geeks in our nation’s capital”, the Workout Wonks (otherwise known as Lexie and Kristine) have taken over the D.C fitness scene one workout at a time.  As co-workers and co-bloggers, Lexie and Kristine love to work and workout together.

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You two went from co-workers to co-bloggers. What prompted the creation of the Workout Wonks?

Workout Wonks came about very organically. We both enjoyed trying new workouts and just wanted an outlet to express ourselves. We expected our only readers to be co-workers, friends and family members.

Thanks to the awesome Washingtonian article “9 DC Fitness Bloggers to Read Now“, things have really taken off! We’re having a blast and love seeing the blog grow. A special shoutout goes to the readers as well as our favorite fitness studios (Revolve is at the top of the list!) that have encouraged us along the way.

How are your workout styles different?

We do very different things. Kristine is obsessed with indoor cycling and Lexie is a yoga fanatic, but we aren’t married to one location or activity. Kristine tests out indoor cycling classes all over the DMV, while Lexie just joined a gym and started working with a personal trainer.

Kristine uses workouts to relieve stress from her day job and help maintain a work-life balance. For Lexie, exercise is more about habit and journey. Starting with yoga and through teacher training, physical activity has now become an integral part of daily life.

Who pushes the other?

We act as each other’s pseudo-life coach. Pushing each other isn’t just about workouts. It’s also about encouraging healthy life choices, whether it’s walking to a meeting instead of taking a cab, or eating a salad for lunch rather than something less healthy.

Why does working out together motivate you?

It holds us accountable. It’s hard to skip a workout when you’ve made plans to meet someone there. There’s also a social aspect to exercising together. We chat and catch up before and after class, and have now found ourselves part of a great fitness community in DC.

Tell us about your post-workout ritual. Be honest, do you refuel with something healthy, or indulge a little?

Food and shopping. South Block in Clarendon has delicious smoothies as does Protein Bar in Ballston. We’re itching for the new location to open just around the corner from our office!

We’re usually sipping on a delicious, often green, smoothie as we stroll through shops. Unfortunately for fellow shoppers, we often don’t smell lovely, but working out makes you feel hot! And a new outfit never hurt.

How do you keep up with your workout dates together?

Because of our job, we’re always bouncing around town. Morning meetings and evening events often force us to work out as individuals. We plan in advance and make our fitness goals a priority. We’re big fans of calendar invites, and honor them as we would any other meeting.

For more Lexie and Kristine, follow them at @KristineinDC and @lexie1218 or follow their workouts on Facebook and Twitter!

Reduce, Reverse and Rethink the Impact of Childhood Obesity with Revolve

Revolve is committed to giving back and supporting the efforts of non-profits in our communities.  We’ve worked with many inspiring organizations to host charity rides and fundraise for important causes.  However, we’d like to announce our commitment to one cause that is both incredibly urgent and especially close and relevant to us as a health and fitness focused service.

Today, the Revolve Team and Family is proud to share our commitment to reducing, reversing, and rethinking the impact of childhood obesity.

Why is this cause important to Revolve?

  • According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and has tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
  • By 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
  • Some of our instructors have overcome weight problems in their own lives.  Some also have kids and understand the daily challenge of teachings children healthy habits. We can’t think of better people than our instructors to help inspire young people to reverse unhealthy lifestyle patterns.
  • At Revolve, we strive to create an innovative and inspiring experience to help people reshape and rethink their lifestyles.  We hope to support organizations who find ways to innovate and rethink the way our nation tackles this important challenge.

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We’re excited to kick-off our commitment to this important cause by inviting you to a special ride to benefit HealthClass2.0 on Sunday, May 5th.  HealthClass is an innovative public school program, based in NYC at Eugene Lang College,  which teaches students how to transform their lives with healthy food and exercise.  Their trainers go into schools and lead exhilarating workouts, provide healthy snacks and lead educational discussions.  It’s a wonderful organization, but they need your help to grow!

To sign up for the benefit ride, led by Dyan Tsiumis, please follow the instructions HERE.

The Revolve Team is proud to support this event, and this cause.  Look for more Revolve special events and initiatives in the future focused on reducing, reversing and rethinking the impact of childhood obesity.

7 Reasons to Workout with a Friend

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You know why exercise is important, but do you know why it’s better to get your sweat on with friends? Check out seven reasons why working out with a buddy (or buddies!) is one of our favorite ways to rock the #revivalofthefittest.

  1. You train harder and longer

    We all get by with a little help from our friends. So why not workout together? A recent study shows that exercising with a friend helps you train harder, longer, and more regularly than exercising alone.

  2. Friendly competition does a body good

    A little friendly competition doesn’t hurt; in fact, working out with someone at a slightly higher fitness level can encourage you to work harder and constantly give yourself that extra push.

  3. Their success becomes your success

    Your workout buddy’s fitness accomplishments can also encourage you to achieve the same goals. Seeing someone you relate to achieve, and watching the process that gets them there makes it feel more possible for yourself.

  4. Limit the pain, get the high

    Working out releases endorphins, which intensifies when you work out with others. Research indicates that exercising with a friend elicits a “natural high”, making your workout seem easier and less painful. Bonding over burpees never sounded so good!

  5. Experiment with new workouts

    It’s easy to get stuck on auto-pilot when you workout alone because it can be intimidating to try something new. So set a date to try out a new class and invite a friend. Going with a friend makes the experience less scary, more comfortable and more fun.

  6. The workout you won’t cancel

    Once you set a workout date with a friend, it’s more difficult to cancel – who wants to be the flaky friend? Committing to exercise with a friend makes you more socially accountable to your health. Making a habit of hitting the gym together regularly eliminates the question “Should I or shouldn’t I work out today?”, which is where most people fail.

  7. Rituals and rewards

    Research suggests you’re more likely to adopt healthy habits if your friends are, too; you’re also more likely to make healthy choices if you build ritual and rewards around them. Make a habit out of weekend workouts and brunch and it could be the perfect ritual to enjoy with your friends.

Need more reasons to workout with friends? Bring a Friend or Tell a Friend from now through April 28 to earn Revolve Rider Rewards! Details below:

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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.

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.

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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.

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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!

Featured Revolve Rider: Paul Fishman

Meet one of our first die-hard Revolve Riders, Paul Fishman.  He sat down to share his Revolve love story, advice to new riders and more!

Before and After Paul Fishman

What’s your Revolve love story?  How did it happen?

I joined Revolve on opening day. I was super nervous; I had been pretty negligent of all physical activity before Revolve came into my life. I was overweight, miserable and lacking motivation, and I pretty much had an anxiety attack when I was setting up Bike 31.

The second Kristin Kenney walked in, my mood instantly changed and something clicked. Although I thought I was going to die from that first ride (I pretty much drowned in my own sweat), I found myself coming back every day to get my daily dose of endorphins. It wasn’t long before I was riding in the front row (Bike 17, you have my heart). Revolve was home, a place that I felt welcomed, safe and inspired.

How has Revolve helped you Rethink, Reshape and Revive your life?

Revolve helped me see that with the right environment and support system I could accomplish anything. Three months later, almost 70 rides at Revolve and close to 30 pounds lost – I could not be happier!  My love for Revolve has even blossomed into my trademark hashtag on Twitter: #frontroworDIE. Believe me, if you haven’t ridden in the front then you haven’t lived! Revolve has not only been a place for me to workout, but a place where I feel a part of something.

What’s your advice for other Revolve Riders who are searching for that break-through?

Set realistic goals you can achieve and celebrate your milestones wholeheartedly. Give yourself the permission to be 100% committed to your reason for getting on that bike! I also think it’s important to connect with the instructors. Believe me, they probably want your success just as much or even more than you do. Say hi, friend them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. The thrill of having them call out your name in class is pretty awesome!

Pro tip for newbies?

My number one tip is to try every single instructor at least once. The beauty of Revolve is that even though the core of their rides are the same, each instructor has different ways of getting results. Don’t neglect your water bottle and pay attention when the instructor talks about form. The way you ride determines how good a workout you get and will keep you from getting injured!

What are your favorite songs to get your cycle on to?
I am all about a dirty hip hop beat – I love that feeling of wanting to move to the beat! Anything by Ludacris or Missy Elliot kicks my heart rate into high gear.  I tend to request songs with ridiculously fast RPMs.

If you haven’t run into Paul in the studio yet, you probably will soon! When Paul isn’t cycling at Revolve, he works in luxury retail, blogs, and participates in other fitness activities and songwriting. You can hear more about Paul’s life and his #revolvelove by following his blog at www.mixtapeluxury.com or on Twitter . #frontroworDIE

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.