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!