12 Days of Revolve Success: Kate Beller

Day 12! There you have it! 12 stories, 12 reasons, 12 inspirations to get you going and keep you going in 2014. Here is the final story of our series featuring DC Rider, Kate Beller.

I had never been to an indoor class before my husband bought me a package as a gift in December 2011.  I’m now completely hooked and usually make 4-7 classes a week.  I had struggled adjusting from the life of a student – which left me ample time to workout on any given day – to the attorney lifestyle.  I had a hard time motivating myself to workout in the limited free time I had.  Revolve filled this void perfectly – it provided with a fun community, motivating instructors, and a great workout that only took 45 mins/an hour from my day.  Since joining, I now have found a way to balance work and working out, and have seen all sorts of results in my health and everyday life.


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!  


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!

12 Days of Revolve Success: Monica Kohn

DC Rider Monica Kohn got healthy this past year mentally and physically. Here is her story:

I had always been pretty healthy, but after two kids and a year away from turning 40, I was at a crossroads. I had gotten away from regular exercise (aside from chasing toddlers), had not been sleeping well, and had the habit of eating what I could, when I could. I did not feel week – I was tired and brain fogged most of the time.

I happened to walk by Revolve one day, and curious, I stopped in to ask what it was about. I had never taken a and indoor cycling class before. I gave it a shot. The first ride was very challenging but I was hooked.

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It took me 2 months of hard work and sticking to it to be able to ride and do the class completely. I have asthma so I took it one class at a time. Now, I feel better than ever. When I turned 40 this year and when I went for my yearly check up all my numbers where in the right place. I have more energy, sleep better, and just feel stronger.  

Like I said I was at a crossroad. Thankfully, I found Revolve and it put me on the right path. I realized you have to put yourself first and say no to other things so you have time to exercise and take care of yourself.

Keep it up, Monica! We are very happy to be part of your success! Wishing you continued triumphs in 2014! 

12 Days of Revolve Success: Karen Diener

In September 2013, DC Rider Karen Diener set out to climb Mt. Baker in the North Cascades of Washington state. When Karen came back, she attributed much of her success to her cross training at Revolve. Here is her story:

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What led you to tackle Mt. Baker? How did Revolve help you make it to the top? 

In July 2013, I attempted Mt. Rainier, and unfortunately, I did not summit like I had hoped.  I had to stop short of the top and make a decision to come down as I was too dizzy and out of breath.  It was then that I searched for something to add to my training regiment that would build my leg strength and lung capacity to tackle these much harder climbs.  One of my successful climber friends said she did indoor cycling classes several times a week.  So, when I came back I asked people where the best class was in the DC area and a fellow rider, Sarah DuFrane, told me about Revolve and how much she loved it.

I started at Revolve DC in August 2013 and came about three times a week. In September, I successfully summited Mt. Baker (which is next to Mt. Rainier and also a glacier climb) and I could not believe how much stronger I felt and how much better my breathing was on this climb.  Indoor cycling gave me the ability to control my exhaustion as I got closer to the top.  Deep cleansing breathes to push out the Carbon Dioxide in your lungs is required during climbs, I get to practice this on the bike when we go breathless on a ride and have to continue our pace and learn to breath through it.

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What inspired you to climb Mt Baker? 

I wanted to climb more technical mountains and Baker is a glacier climb where you learn crevasse rescue, ice skills, snow skills, etc.  It is a goal in itself but also a part of my training to be able to climb Cotopaxi in Ecuador and the Bolivian mountains next year.

How do you keep your head in the game during tough moments climbing?

I stay completely present with myself to get through “scary” or tough parts of climb. When you get discouraged, you look at it in sections and get to the next break.  This is also like our rides when the instructor helps you to get through a heavy climb and you know in a minute you get to recover before you go again.  You learn that you can dig deeper than you thought you could and that your body serves you if you can get your mind to push to your goal.

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If I want to climb Mt. Baker, where do I begin?

It is always best to take a week long training course with the mountain guides for that mountain.  RMI and First Ascents are two companies that take people climbing in these North Cascade Mountains of Washington state.  They send you full training schedules three months ahead of your week with them and if you tailor your daily training to that schedule you will be in good shape.  Mountain climbing takes strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility.  It is one of the most physically demanding as you need to carry weight on your back as you go up on average about 3000 feet a day varying between 25 to 45 degree elevation angles.  You move slowly, but if something happens or you are in a more dangerous zone, you will need to move quickly and respond fast while maintaining balance.

What are your tips to beginning Revolve riders?

What is great about indoor cycling is it can work for whatever your physical goals may be.  You can adjust the intensity to fit where you are today and increase as you go.  It is surprising how fast you get strong if you use that hour to demand things of yourself you might not have in other activities.


12 Days of Revolve Success: Kate Peterson

This is what it’s all about! Great story from DC Rider, Kate Peterson! 

My first ride at Revolve was two summers ago when I was looking for some cross-training I could do in between long runs. I attended class on and off (more when I wasn’t training for a race) until this past September when I got a stress fracture in my heel. After three miserable weeks of not being allowed to do anything, my doctor gave me the go ahead to try cycling. I went straight to Revolve (like literally… on the way home from Virginia Hospital Center)!

I started going nearly every day. It was therapeutic for me. I am someone who needs to be in motion, who needs to be sweating and moving, and Revolve did that for me. I had spent the three previous weeks feeling like all I wanted to do was crawl under the covers. Revolve picked me up, put me back on my feet, and helped me feel excited about exercising again.

Cycling at Revolve offers me that physical challenge and replicates the emotional “high” that I get from running. The instructors are challenging – they demand a lot of you, but also give all they have to each class. It is also similar to running in that it offers a great community of like-minded people. I feel a lot more positive and happy being able to hit up “club revolve” as Stephanie would say. I was also able to keep up my cardiovascular endurance.

Recently, I finally got the go ahead from my doctor to start running again. I wouldn’t say things are pretty, but I am amping up my mileage without feeling too winded. I’m excited to start running again, but I’m positively hooked on Revolve, so my training plan will include a lot more cross-training!

Kate, What a wonderful story! We are so glad we are part of it, that your experience has been positive, and still continues to evolve for you! Thanks for keeping us in your plans for 2014! We look forward to more rides with you! #RockStar

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12 Days of Revolve Success: Kristin Wagenmann

Here is more amazing success from 2013 in our 12 Days of Revolve Success series. What will YOU achieve in 2014? Today’s inspiring story comes from DC Rider, Kristin Wagenmann.


I had brain surgery a year and a half ago. I gained some weight because I was unable to workout for a while – mixed with some cookies and ice cream as my post-surgery comfort food. I started classes at Revolve in Summer 2013 and have lost 13+ inches so far over my entire body! I am so much stronger than I was before the surgery and when I go on hikes with my friends I am the first up the hills! I have more muscle definition and I’m just a happier person. Revolve helps me continue to be a stronger, more confident woman. The instructors motivate me to keep going and I push myself harder each class. It’s the first time that I’ve found a workout routine that keeps me coming back. Every Monday I rush to sign up for classes that week – and I love when I’m sore a few days after class because I know that I got a great workout!

Kristin, we are so happy you are healthy, happy, and found success in 2013. We hope we can continue to be part of your life in the coming year. Thanks for riding! 

Featured Revolve Riders: The Lindegren Ladies

The Lindegren sisters (Samantha, Rebecca and Jessica) grew up playing three seasons of contact sports, and their mom, Mariah, kicked her daughter’s butts from time to time. Now that the girls are older, they’ve all committed to spending more time together to feel great, fit, and live a healthy lifestyle.

Their solution? Attending Kira’s RIP Ride every Tuesday and Thursday night for the last three months. Their high energy has been so infectious that they’ve started a high five-ing trend at the end of each RIP Ride. Read about how Revolve has brought these strong, athletic women even closer.


Samantha (left), Mariah (middle), and Rebecca (right) after Kira’s RIP Ride

1. How did Revolve classes become a family affair?

My sister’s friend, April McHugh, cycles at Revolve, and she gets the credit for introducing us. We’ve been riding for about three months and it’s already a family affair! We’ll visit each other and ride together at either Revolve DC or Revolve NYC.

2. Who is the motivator in the group? How does Revolve help you bond?

We all motivate each other. My sisters and I are very close in age so we grew up doing everything together and still try to do so to this day. We organize weekend trips away whether it’s skiing or somewhere relaxing. The four of us are all in a group chat on our phones and are always texting/asking advice for workouts, how-to’s, etc.

Riding at Revolve is another way for us to be together. Since exercise is a huge part of our lives, we accomplish two things – spend time together and exhaust ourselves with a great workout.  We usually have dinner together after class.

3. Did you all work out together before Revolve? What made you start indoor cycling?

My sisters and I have been skiing since we were two years old, so “working out” started at a very young age. Now the four of us work out regularly; my mom and Jesse run road races together, and we all love cycling.

We visit Chatham on Cape Cod often since Mom is from there, and  we’ll usually jump on the bike path for the day. It’s a beautiful ride and so much fun. One time, I tied a rope to Rebecca’s bike and she pulled me for 30 miles on my rollerblades! The looks we got were hysterical.

Indoor cycling together is fun and challenging. I was getting bored of my usual routine (running or rollerblading) so indoor cycling got me excited again.

4. What is it about Revolve that keeps you coming back?

Kira and the friendly staff at Revolve! Also, the post-ride exhaustion, which I compare to how I feel after yoga, which is weird because they are completely different workouts. My muscles feel equally as great after both!


30 Days of Unlimited Indoor Cycling Classes (…and why I can’t stop talking about Revolve)

There’s something magical about every Rider’s first Revolve experience. Do you remember when you got hooked? NYC Rider Megan Conley shared her story with us in today’s guest blog. We’re so happy to have Megan spreading the #RevolveLove!

I thought it’d make sense to start this blog post by summarizing my first indoor cycling class three years ago in 14 words: it was painful, and I left with no desire to ever take another class.

The soreness in my legs left me defeated and uninspired, so I really had to push myself to get back on an indoor cycling bike.

After convincing myself indoor cycling was a worthwhile workout (and realizing how to properly sit on a bike and master the different positions!), I’ve spent the last couple years experimenting with different studios from classes at NYSC, to bikes that rotate with your body movement (RUSH Cycling) to underwater cycling, which I came across after being influenced by the Queen Bey herself (AQUA Spin!)

I can honestly say one of my favorite studios to date has been Revolve NYC, so I got in touch with them to write this guest blog post as a love letter to them!

My experience with Revolve began after I found the 14th street studio on a Classtivity pack I’d purchased. After attending my first class, I was inspired to sign up for the Intro Month Package, which includes 30 days of unlimited rides. If the immediate 30 day class pack purchase isn’t enough to convince you this studio’s amazing, then here’s a little more insight into why I love Revolve:


THE INSTRUCTORS & COMMUNITY VIBE WITHIN THE CLASSES: My favorite class of the 30 days was on this past NY Pride Day, where the studio transformed into a full out party for their Pride Ride (the photo below shows a quick glimpse of how much fun we all had!)

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THE 60 MINUTE RIP RIDE: Weights + Enthusiastic Instructors + 60 Minutes of Pushing Yourself  + Motivating Music = my favorite type of ride!

Speaking of motivating music…

THE MUSIC: All the instructors’ music kept me riding through the duration of each class (and as an added bonus, some of their music’s on Spotify so you have the option of listening to #RevolveSounds off the bike as well!)

I’ve recommended Revolve to co-workers, friends, and family (I even took my little sister with me to a class when she was visiting NYC & used the BFF code.  Here’s us after we took the 6am class!)

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Hopefully the above’s enough reason for you to try, too. Ride on!

Interested in trying Revolve? You’re in luck – our Summer Savings are still on at Revolve NYC!

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Revolve Essentials: What’s In Your Gym Bag, Jason?

Have you ever wondered how our instructors stay so fly before, during, and after rides? Check out the first post in our latest series, Revolve Essentials. We’ll take you through Jason’s gym bag and all the necessities that get him through the day.

Jason's Gym Bag

Jason’s Must-Have Items:

Jason's Essentials

  1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
  2. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Moisturizer
  3. Degree Deodorant
  4. Davies Gate Quinoa Shampoo
  5. Bumble and Bumble Sumo Tech
  6. TreSemme Extra Firm Control Hair Spray
  7. Travel-size toothbrush and toothpaste
  8. Listerine Breath Strips
  9. Hand sanitizer
  10. Maison Martin Margiela sunglasses
  11. iPhone and charger

For more Jason in your life, follow him on Instagram and Twitter!

Anatomy of the Ride: Real Ride

Our Riders know we like to keep it real. Revolve Senior Master Instructor Kristin Kenney keeps it so real that her Real Rides are actually outdoor routes adapted to the indoor cycling experience. Kristin gave us the inside scoop on the Real Ride and how our Riders (like Mara Berde, featured below) can use it to improve their ride indoors AND outdoors.

Revolve Senior Master Instructor Kristin Kenney

Revolve NYC Senior Master Instructor Kristin Kenney

Q: How has your experience as a competitive road cyclist helped shape Revolve’s Real Ride?

KK: Training for competition involves countless hours on different types of road. I always bring my riding experience into the studio, with the route, terrain, length of hills, flats and so on.

I’ve learned from years of bad mistakes and races gone awry. Great form, being relaxed and focused, and the willingness to let everything that doesn’t matter, GO, are all crucial. Winning is not always the goal, but doing your best is important to the whole group!

Q: How is Revolve’s Real Ride different from other indoor cycling classes?

KK: We communicate a clear, focused ride plan in each class by drawing the route on our wall of mirrors to demonstrate terrain and engage our Riders in a deeply compelling way. Our instructors coach Riders one-on-one and as a group, and motivate the entire “team” to stay together as a pack and slay every part of it. We invite you to be a part of the team atmosphere and put what doesn’t matter aside.

Q: How should Riders approach body awareness and form during the Real Ride?

KK: Relax on the bike, keep movement out of the upper body and torso, and simply ride with what cyclists call a “fluid” pedal stroke. There is no “push” or “pull”. Rather, the pedal stroke is executed by the gluteal muscles, quadriceps and hamstrings. There is no bend in the wrists and the elbows are soft. The whole body works only on pedal stroke and that moment’s goal.

Q: What are your tips for improving our Real Ride? What mistakes do you often see Riders make?

KKWorking out with friends makes the experience great. Everyone who comes to Revolve is welcoming and warm, so it’s also easy to make friends in class.

As far as mistakes go: making up your own positions on the bike, especially with your grip on the handlebars, is a common slip-up and easily corrected. Not letting us set up the bike or not listening to coaching would be a mistake, but very few of our Riders do that! :)

Q: How does the indoor Real Ride translate to the outdoor cycling experience?
KK: Our Riders are often suprised at how strong they are when they return to the outdoor road experience. Don’t forget, I’m delivering a REAL outdoor ride that cyclists around the world repeat again and again for its challenges and rewards, so Riders get incredible workouts curated for them multiple times a day at Revolve. Our Riders are therefore strong, confident and great when they ride outdoors.

But you don’t have to just take Kristin’s word for it. We asked Mara, a Revolve Rider and competitive cyclist, how Revolve’s Real Ride has improved her performance outdoors.

MB: As an avid outdoor cyclist looking to take my cycling to the next level, I started riding at Revolve last winter. Craving the intensity of a day-long road biking adventure, I took one of Kristin’s Real Rides and knew instantly that riding at Revolve would improve my conditioning for the upcoming spring season. When I got back on my bike and started training for my first century (100 mile ride), I was in better shape for riding than I’d ever been.

All of Revolve’s rides offer a perfect combination of hills and intervals that enabled me to reach a level of fitness and strength that I never thought possible from an indoor cycling class. Revolve classes mimic outdoor riding in terms of cadence (RPMs), but actually allow you to push yourself further than training outdoors because there are distractions.  The intervals and intensity of Revolve rides offer something unparalleled and I urge every outdoor cyclist to try a Revolve class.

KK: We have many Riders, like Mara, who race in cycling, many who have started cycling outdoors because they love the Real Ride and still others who use the Real Ride as cross-training for their existing sports. So much of the Real Ride is about letting go of everything in an all-out effort to do your best, and that translates to nearly everyone’s lifestyle.

Ready for a Real Ride? Book your bike now in DC and NYC.  And if you’re ready to take your Real Ride outdoors, Kristin is hosting our first Real Riding 101 Workshop at Revolve NYC this Saturday, July 20 at 2PM.