New Instructor Reveal: Steph Nieman

A Texas native with infectious energy and rhythmic perfection, Steph Nieman is our latest addition to the Revolve NYC team. We’re so excited to share our mini Q & A with her here!

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Every New Yorker has a story about how and why they ended up here. What’s yours?  

After graduating college at age 20, I took the leap to pursue a life of theatre in NYC.  I arrived in the dead of winter and didn’t know a soul. It was hard the first few years but worth every struggle. I still remember booking that one-way flight…that was one of the best decisions of my life.

Describe your teaching style. Who typically digs your style? Who doesn’t?  

Clients tend to ask, “How do you have so much energy?!”  I think it all circles back to my theatre training. I strive to make exercise more than a workout; I want to make it an experience. Expect a LOT of energy in class!

I’d like to think EVERYONE digs my class. 😉 However, I tend to connect especially well with women. Sorry guys!

Revolve hearts Uplift.  Tell us about what you’re doing there.

Speaking of women, Uplift Studios is a women-only boutique fitness studio offering group classes, personal training and private events. I am Co-Creator and Head Instructor there, and recently launched Uplifting-Cardio.

Uplifting-Cardio is a music-infused full body bootcamp. The workout challenges all major muscle groups by alternating cardio and strength intervals. The cardio utilizes plyometrics and other high-energy movements while the music motivates you to push it to your limits. The strength portion will use light dumbbells, body weight, and anaerobic intervals. Be warned—this class is infectious!

As a theatre lover, which Broadway show would you want to star in?

I would love to play Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof…but Scarlett Johansson beat me to it!

We heard you love gourmet hot dogs.  Where’s the best gourmet hotdog in NYC and what do you order?

I’m SO glad you asked! Crif Dogs is known as New York’s #1 Weiner. As a true Texas native, I’m in love with the Spicy Redneck – a house dog, bacon-wrapped, with chili, coleslaw, and jalapenos.

Make sure you check out the phone booth and see who’s on the other end. If you’re lucky enough to get in, there’s a secret, swanky speakeasy in the back room…hotdogs included!

Best and worst things about dating an Aussie?

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Worst: Aussies are tough! No complaining allowed in his book.

Best: Everything! He is the most caring and loving person I’ve ever met.

Most surprising thing on your Bucket List?

Live in all major cites across the world.  London, here I come!

Want to try out one of Steph’s Revolve classes? She’s teaching both the Body Ride and Real Ride:

  • Mornings on Monday, Tuesday and Sunday
  • Evenings on Thursday and Friday

Grab your seat now.  We have a feeling Steph’s classes are going to fill fast! If you just can’t get enough of Steph, make sure to follow her on Twitter.

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.