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: 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

Angel’s Adventure to Guatemala

Personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, professional triathlete – name it, she’s done it!

Angel has always connected with children (and adores her 8-year-old nephew); she previously coached youth triathletes for Achieve DC, youth hip hop dancers, and for Girls on the Run.

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In her latest adventure, Angel’s traveling to Central America to teach and mentor children of rural Guatemala, and she’s thrilled about this opportunity. Before taking off, she answered a few of our questions about her trip.

Q: Why do you enjoy working with kids? What do you hope to teach them in Guatemala?

A: Kids are innocent, fun, little sponges. I enjoy working with them because I am able to communicate in a way that makes them feel both respected and loved. I’m also a kid at heart, so it’s the best of both worlds. One moment, I’m explaining how important it is to be kind to disabled people. In the next moment, I am swinging them on my shoulders pretending to be a helicopter. It’s awesome.

Q: What do you love about traveling?

A: I like being in unfamiliar situations. It builds character. Being uncomfortable is important. Getting lost in a foreign place, struggling with the language barrier, and feeling alone, all of those situations make you a better person – if you let them! Traveling expands your mind, your perspective, and your freedom. Traveling is the air I breathe.

I love Latin America, so Guatemala was an easy choice.  But I’m nervous about messing up my Spanish!

Q: What do you think you’ll miss most while you’re gone?

A: Security. I know the safer areas in my community thus, I feel comfortable taking an early morning or evening run. I will have to be more cautious in a foreign country. I will miss that freedom. Also, I will miss my 8-year-old nephew. He is the sunshine of my life. I even packed the shirt he wore the last time I saw him. That’s how much I’m going to miss him!

We’ll all miss Angel while she’s away, but she’ll be back soon with lots of stories to share with her Revolve Riders. Follow Revolve on Facebook where she’ll be posting updates from her trip.

Angel also recommends her riders listen to these songs to stay motivated while she’s away.  When you need some Angel in your life, turn these tracks up and get moving!

Best song for sprint intervals: “Let’s Go” – Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo

Best song for endurance: “Daft Punk is Playing at My House”  – LCD Soundsystem

Best song for time trial: “Otis”  – Kanye and Jay-Z

Best RIDE IT OUT AND MAKE ME SMILE song: “Don’t Wake Me Up” – Chris Brown

Don’t fall off your game while Angel’s gone. Reserve your rides now.