Instructor Reveal: Mara Frisch

Meet the newest addition to the Revolve DC Instructor team, Mara Frisch!

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After four years of playing college tennis, Mara retired her racket in pursuit of a new new type of workout. Sampling all that DC has to offer, seven years later Mara is still in love with spin. Her classes combine up beat jams with intense intervals that will leave you sweaty and satisfied. Her passion for making fitness fun is evident in her playlists and energy she brings to the room. Off the bike, you can find Mara in the latest gear working at lululemon athletica Clarendon or exploring DC for the perfect taco.

What are some of your favorite things?

  • Top Artist: Beyonce and Jay Z (not as a duo!)
  • Favorite Cartoon Character as a Kid: Doug Funny
  • Favorite Movie: Hitch
  • Favorite Spot in Arlington: Northside Social
  • Guilty Pleasure: Nike shoes, Mexican Food and manicures

Revolve DC’s 31 Days of Sweat 2014: #Revolve31

We’re kicking off summer in DC with the 31 Days of Sweat Challenge  #Revolve31. Compete for weekly prizes from Revolve’s local partners, and in celebration of National Bike Month, our Grand Prize is a brand new Electra 7D Townie Bicycle in Fushia – we know our Riders will be tearing up the streets this summer!

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Our challenge begins May 1. The last day to earn points is Thursday May 29.

Points are compiled and updated every Friday for each weekly prize as well as totaled for the month towards the Grand Prize. Weekly winners and the top ten overall will be announced on Facebook as well as our Monday emails.

Point tracking is a mutual effort by RIDERS and STAFF (see “Tracking” below for directions). Revolve audits the top 10 forms as well as randomly selected submissions.

A #Revolve31 “week” is a considered Friday to Thursday. With the exception of week one where the week will run Thursday to Thursday.

SUBMITTING YOUR POINTS

Submit your points via the online form Revolve 31 Weekly Points Submission at the following link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG5sVEI0SjB5dTJ0WGJuYmFaeVpxSFE6MA

We HIGHLY recommend reviewing this form before our Challenge begins on Thursday May 1. 

Forms must be submitted by NOON on Fridays. No exceptions.

  • Week 1: 12:00a Thurs May 1 thru 11:59p Thurs May 8, form due Fri May 9 by NOON.
  • Week 2: 12:00a Fri May 9 thru 11:59p Thurs May 15, form due Fri May 16 by NOON.
  • Week 3: 12:00a Fri May 16 thru 11:59p Thurs May 22, form due Fri May 23 by NOON.
  • Week 4: 12:00a Fri May 23 thru 11:59p Thurs May 29, form due Fri May 30 by NOON.

REVOLVE DC POINT SYSTEM

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EARN BY RIDING

You can earn 3 points per ride for up to seven rides per week. Bonus point opportunities are available for hitting any of the following with those seven rides:

  • Attending a theme ride Friday,
  • Hitting all three ride formats (Body, Barre, and Real Ride),
  • Riding at least five times
  • Riding with four different instructors

EARN ON SOCIAL MEDIA

All social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram MUST contain #Revolve31 to be eligible for points. Earn 1 point for:

  • Each RevolveDC Metro check-in on Facebook w/ #Revolve31 tag. Up to 2 check-ins per day.
  • Each @RevolveDC mention on Twitter w/ #Revolve31 tag. Up to four mentions per day.
  • Each Instagram post of your healthy eats w/ #Revolve31 tag. Up to 2 per day. Extra point available for each Healthy Eats post that features and tags either South Block or Fuego.

EARN BY SHARING YOUR SWEAT

We love pictures! Two ways to earn big points on Social Media:

  • Share your picture of your cross-training session and tag #Revolve31. You will earn 1 point for each social media channel your share to, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for a total of three points. If any of your cross-training is with NOVA MMA, Verve Health & Fitness, or MyBootCamp you can earn an additional point per post for a maximum four points.
  • Share your post-ride pictures of you with AT LEAST two other riders and tag #Revolve31. You will earn 2 points for each social media channel your share to, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for a total of six points. If any of your pics also feature your instructor in addition to your group of three you can earn an additional point per pic for a maximum seven points.

MORE WAYS TO EARN

All members as of May 1, 2014 will begin with 10 points in recognition of their monthly commitment to Revolve. If you purchase a new monthly membership in May, you will also receive 10 points. Points are also available for the purchase of 5, 10, & 20 packs.

Earn points for bringing a new rider to class and for buying Revolve gear from the store.

Visit lululemon Clarendon or Revolution Cycles, our 31 Days of Sweat partners, and earn points for sharing your visit on social media either. You must tag our partners and include #Revolve31. This can be on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter; Earn points for each channel.

Revolve is also sponsoring three Cross Training Events in May. You can earn 5 bonus points for each event just by attending.

  • Sunday May 4 1:00 PM: At Verve Health & Fitness: TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING & STRETCH: RSVP to Verve directly by calling 703-465-8100. Space is limited.
  • Saturday May 10 12:45 PM: At 11th St Park: MyBootCamp OUTDOOR TRAINING: RSVP to Revolve by emailing clarendon@revolvefitness.com. Space is limited.
  • Sunday May 18 1:30 PM: At NOVA MMA: Intro Women’s KICKBOXING: RSVP to NOVA MMA directly by calling 703-807-0342. Space is limited.

 

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Instructor Reveal: Kate Karafotas

Meet the newest addition to the DC Instructor team, Kate Karafotas! 

Tell us about yourself! 
I was born in Connecticut and raised in New York City. After high school I took a gap year (and a half!) snowboarding in Aspen, CO. I couldn’t bear to leave Colorado so I decided to go to the University of Colorado at Boulder. While there I would snowboard in the winter and mountain bike in the summer. After college, my boyfriend (now husband!) and I moved to DC, and other than a brief stint in the Chicago area, have stayed here since. We have two beautiful daughters, Maya and Zoe. I spend a lot of time shuttling them around to activities and school, but my fitness time is MY time to zone everything and everyone else out and find my center. Making time for fitness has made me a saner, happier lady!

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How did you get into Indoor Cycling?
A few years ago I was visiting my mom at the beach in NY and was trying to find an exercise class since there isn’t a traditional gym there. I had seen a studio the previous summer, but had been too afraid to try it. This time I had more courage! I had spent the last 6 months working hard to train for a sprint triathlon in an effort to shed those final pounds from my second pregnancy. I signed up for a class and 45 minutes later was totally hooked.I  loved the music, the motivation, and that I was drenched in sweat when I left – it was a cathartic experience! I went every day when I was there and when I came home I decided I wanted to pursue getting certified so I could bring my own energy and playlist!

What are you excited about bringing to the Revolve community?
I am excited to bring my enthusiasm for indoor cycling and music to Revolve. In terms of music I play a lot of current stuff, but sometimes you need a little Whitney or Michael!! I’ll push you hard and remind you that you are stronger than you think. I’ll help you reach your fitness goals and then help you set those standards higher!

Three words that describe you.
Outgoing. Relaxed (mostly!). Shopaholic.

What are some of your favorite things? 
Kale, lululemon, and Bravo TV. Seriously – I wish I was kidding. I like to fuel my body, be comfortable, and rot my brain 😉 I also love spending time outside; whether it be biking with the kids or walking the dogs. I used to love winter, but now I am spring/summer gal through and through!

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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.

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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!

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: 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.

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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.

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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!

 

Healthy and Fit Mama: Every Little Bit Counts!

This week we’re checking in with our favorite healthy and fit mama, Francina, to see how she’s adjusted her workout routine through the second trimester, and how she’s making an extra effort to maintain her health and fitness.

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Well, I’m officially 20 weeks! Time is flying by and I can’t believe I’m already half way through my pregnancy. I took a much needed vacation last week, got lots of rest and was spoiled by my family. This week, it’s back to my normal schedule. I’ve been feeling a little more fatigued, and it’s a little harder to move around, but I still feel great. Everyone says I look really happy and I am. :)

An update on my workout routine: I’m still on my normal workout schedule, although I am noticing that I’m getting a little more winded during my indoor cycling classes. To adjust, I take a few more breaks to catch my breath. I’ve also been experiencing a lot of foot and leg cramps. As my Riders witnessed during one of my classes, both of my feet completely cramped up. Once I got home and took my potassium supplements, the foot cramps completely disappeared. I take a daily potassium supplement now and have far fewer foot and leg cramps. Lesson learned!

I’ve also done research on target heart rates for pregnant women and learned that there is no one “target” heart rate that is right for every pregnant woman. Most experts now rely on the RPE, or rate of perceived exertion as a guide, and that’s the standard I’ve been using anyway. I was very active before getting pregnant and sometimes it was actually difficult to get my heart rate up to a good working zone. I haven’t been too concerned about my heart rate getting too high, especially since I’ve significantly reduced the intensity of my workouts.

For the remainder of my second trimester and for the third, I feel the right approach is to slowly wean myself off of my higher impact cardio and focus more on strengthening my core through either barre classes, Pilates, yoga, and/or weight lifting, and concentrating on great nutrition. Indoor cycling and walking will be my primary cardio since I feel that my balance has been a little bit off with the extra weight gain, and the jumping and lateral moves in Zumba make me off balance.

Early this year, I purchased a Fitbit, a fancy activity pedometer that tracks your daily number of steps, sleep patterns and how many stairs you climb. You log on to the Fitbit website and Facebook and connect with friends who are also using it to see how everyone is doing with their daily step challenge. At Revolve, I have several Riders/friends who use the Fitbit and we challenge each other every day. I definitely make it a point to get extra steps in so I’m not in last place! It’s a great and fun way to stay active.

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That’s all for now – we need a nap!