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.
Ilana (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.