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!  

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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 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!

It’s Not Tears, It’s Your Fat Cells Crying

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make sure you’ve got a strong mental attitude for Perspire to Inspire, which Angel has described as her “hardest ride ever.” Coming from Angel, who knows what to expect. There may or may not be fireworks, explosions, and potentially melting off the bike into your own pool of sweat.

After Sandy (which I think in DC at least we’re ready to move on from), you may have some extra pent up energy from sitting inside for a few days, listless and waiting with bated breath for Revolve to open its doors back up (right?). THIS is the ride to let it ALL GO. Especially after a week with so many disruptions and added stresses to your daily routine, this is the ride to push yourself and feel inspired to discover energy and talent you never knew you had.

Angel has promised a playlist that will be the inspiration for this class to outride all classes. Sometimes we all hit a point where we just need a break, or a day off, a time to dedicate to ourselves and after this crazy week, this hour is it. Dig deep, crank it, don’t stop, don’t quit, push it, and find something you never even thought existed within you.