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

Yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, Bootcamp – why should our Riders cross-train?

Ever wonder how the Revolve instructors maintain their superhero strength and physique? In addition to kicking butt and sweating hard in their indoor cycling classes, our instructors make sure they add other workouts to the mix.

Cross-training off the bike offers multiple benefits: it helps prevent or rehabilitate injuryallows you to challenge other muscle groups, and enhances your core stability and overall mobility.

Our holistic approach to the Revival of the Fittest encourages Riders to go beyond Revolve to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Read on to see how some of your favorite instructors spend their time off the bike.

Revolve NYC Instructor Jason Tran

Revolve NYC Instructor Jason Tran

How I Cross-Train: Lift weights four times a week, Pilates or yoga twice a week, and swim once a week. During summer, I play tennis twice a week.

Benefits: Pilates and yoga strengthen my core and help with alignment and flexibility. Tennis and swimming improve my endurance and keep my upper body loose.

How It Improves My Ride: Strength training gets me up those steep hills; Pilates/yoga keep me limber; and tennis/swimming get me through those endurance rides!

Revolve DC Instructor Angel Stone

Revolve DC Instructor Angel Stone

How I Cross-Train: Strength train three times a week, yoga at least twice a week

Benefits: If you want to be sexy, you need to lift weights. Period. If you want to reduce aches and stress, you need to do yoga. Period.

How It Improves My Ride: The meditative aspect of yoga clears my mind, allowing me to focus on the ride. I’m able to ride better and longer because I’m mentally there. Lifting weights allows me to ride uphill like a champion. Last I checked, winning is awesome.

Senior Master Instructor Christianne Phillips

Revolve NYC Senior Master Instructor Christianne Phillips

How I Cross-Train: Running; plyometrics, weights, HIIT, and TRX at the gym; yoga; Pilates; Megaformer classes

Benefits: It wasn’t until I started adding weight-bearing exercises to my routine that I saw increased muscle definition and a significant change in my body. Yoga, Pilates and Megaformer help prevent injury and increase my overall strength. Cross-training makes my workouts more fun and challenging.

How It Improves My Ride: I ride stronger and more efficiently and feel more confident and successful – that mental piece is a huge part of any workout experience.

Revolve DC Instructor, Grant Hill

Revolve DC Instructor, Grant Hill

How I Cross-Train: CrossFit

Benefits:  I love the intensity, the competitive atmosphere, the community and the “practice” of it – being humbled with a movement that is very complex and improving over time. Most importantly, CrossFit resonates with my passion for functional fitness. Being strong is only good if it’s actually useful.

How It Improves My Ride: Training anaerobically (high intensity) improves your aerobic (low/moderate) capacity. My super high intensity 2-12 minute workouts help me maintain a faster pace for the duration of a 45-60 minute ride. Train in intervals and when it’s time to go long, you can go further faster.

Revolve Instructor Steph Nieman

Revolve NYC Instructor Steph Nieman

How I Cross-Train: I lead/take classes at Uplift Studios. I also lift heavy weights at the gym once or twice a week.

Benefits: Cross-training promotes a strong balanced body. Integrating variety also improves motivation, keeps one mentally fresh, and allows muscles to continually adapt.

How It Improves My Ride: Uplift has increased the intensity of my intervals on the bike. I can now hold an intense interval for over 1 minute! Heavy weight training for my lower back has stabilized my ride out of the saddle. I feel stronger than ever with the combination of Revolve and Uplift.

Revolve DC Instructor, Dorothy Beatty

Revolve DC Instructor, Dorothy Beatty

How I Cross-Train: Weekly strength training routine and running

Benefits: Increased endurance, strength and core balance; also prevents injury

How It Improves My Ride: Cycling is an incredibly repetitive movement; my cross-training works those power muscles in a different way, building up my overall strength and endurance on the bike.

Ready to cross-train, Riders? You’re in luck. Some of our 31 Days of Sweat prizes are the perfect way to start cross-training (awesome). If you win, you’re probably well on our way to being a superhero Grand Prize winner, too (even more awesome).

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NYC  Week 3 Prize: Who doesn’t want to ease their pains and reduce their stress levels? Open those hips and stretch out that back and mind with one month of unlimited yoga for you AND a friend at Yoga Vida. We like to workout with our friends around here!

DC Week 4 Prize: Fire hoses. Body weight. Sandbags. Kettlebells. Get in serious superhero shape and build up your strength, endurance, stability and mobility with one month of unlimited MyBootcamp.

31 Days of Sweat Challenge: May 2013

We’re kicking off summer with our 31 Days of Sweat Challenge: Rethink, Revive and Reshape with #Revolve31. Compete for weekly prizes from Revolve’s local partners (see below), and in celebration of National Bike Month, our Grand Prize is a brand new urban cruiser – we know our Riders will be tearing up the streets this summer!

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GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Points are compiled and updated every Friday for each weekly prize, and totaled for the month towards the Grand Prize. Weekly winners and the top ten overall will be announced on Facebook and in our Monday emails.
  • Tracking is a mutual effort by RIDERS and STAFF (see “Tracking” below for directions).
    • The studio will cross-check the top 10 for every week using our internal system and social media data.
  • During the first week of #Revolve31, all Revolve apparel will be 30% off (5/1/13- 5/10/13).

TRACKING:

  • The “week” is considered the previous Friday-Thursday (example: if you attend 3 classes Friday-Thursday, you earn 9 points)
  • Forms will be emailed every Thursday night and must be completed and sent to the studio by Friday at NOON. No exceptions!
Join us for our 31 Days of Sweat Kickoff Rides and earn 5 bonus points!

Revolve DC: May 1, 6:30PM Real Ride with Grant
Revolve NYC: May 1, 7:30PM Real Ride with Christianne

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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).

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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.

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