Meet Willa!

Willa came to Boston from New Orleans where she had developed a healthy little addiction…spinning.  She recently completed the RS Mentorship Program and is now ready to take the stage.  Willa’s debut ride will be this Saturday at 4pm at RSSE.

Meet Willa…

If I’m not in the studio you’ll find me…b4b8bcb3-9178-4fc4-9617-231ee9d57357
Walking my dog around Fresh Pond, exploring the Seaport district during coffee breaks at my job at an energy intelligence software company, browsing the cheese samples at whole foods, gchatting with my sister or best friend, visiting my alma mater in my second home New Orleans, or having a glass of wine out with friends!

If I’m not in spandex and cycling shoes…
My uniform for fall/winter is black skinny jeans, a gray sweater, and boots (but let’s be honest, the jeans are stretchy and feel like spandex….)

My favorite drink on a night out…
There is never a bad time for a glass of red…specifically Cabernet! (Unless dancing is involved – then vodka-anything).

If I had to make a single artist playlist…
I wouldn’t choose a specific artist but if I could do a single genre it would be a Motown ride!  Stay tuned for that…it’s on my list of things I want to do now that I am teaching.

If I had to pick a favorite move…
I love climbing out in third– especially when the whole class is lost in the music and totally in sync. Nothing pumps me up more than seeing everyone moving and sweating together.

My favorite pre-workout snack…
Whole wheat toast with peanut butter and banana. I love working out in the morning so I’ll usually have a few bites before class then finish it off afterwards to get some protein.

My goal for my rides…
For everyone to have fun and SWEAT. I want people leaving with a smile on their face, knowing they left it all on the bike. Whoever says you can’t have a tough workout that’s also fun clearly has never been to Recycle.

My goal for myself…
To be a little more self-forgiving. I’m my own toughest critic and it’s easy for me to lose sight of how far I’ve come, or where I want to go, by focusing on small hiccups along the way.

Quote I live by…
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” –Leonardo DaVinci

Best advice I’ve gotten…
Follow your bliss. My mom always tells me this when I’m feeling a little lost, and it has never failed – it’s also the reason I decided to take a risk and try out instructing!10335827_10202131191981302_2058849710_n copy

Meet Our Newest Recyclista, Erin!

10253820_10203410301520854_7946175476863967255_nErin recently completed the RS Mentorship Program and is ready to rock the stage.  Get to know her and then join her Fridays at 5:30pm!

If I’m not in the studio you’ll find me…Running! Running here…there… and everywhere! If you don’t believe me check out my Instagram handle: 30miles_b4_6am fitness is a passion.

If I’m not in spandex and cycling (or running) shoes…I’m popping my collar working at Brooks Brothers! If I’m home its leggings a warm XL sweater and fuzzy sock!

My favorite drink on a night out…Jameson and Ginger! Extra Jame-o ;)

If I had to make a single artist playlist…FOO FIGHTERS ALL DAY! Oh, and 30 Seconds to Mars is a close second!

If I had to pick a favorite move…Sprinting in the saddle or position 3. Especially on an aggressive rock song. I get so lost in the moment and I love the feeling of pushing through that threshold right when my body starts sending signals to stop! It’s where you can really test yourself and find out just what you’re capable of mentally and physically.

My favorite pre-workout snack…If I have a snack its usually 1-2 hours before. Either an apple or Cool Mint Chip Cliff Bar (YUM!). I can’t stand feeling full before a workout so I keep it simple and light!

My goal for my rides…I want riders to feel like they were motivated to give 110% so they leave knowing they got an ass-kicking mental and physical workout. I hope everyone ends class breathless and sweaty — looking like they just jumped in a pool. A smile on the rider’s face is another must because obviously they had a blast too!

My goal for myself…My goal for myself is to continue my journey as someone who wants to motivate/inspire and help people better themselves. I want to be that person that people feel is not only an instructor but someone who can help them find what it is that drives them. When you find your passion it makes you want to work hard and bust your ass everyday — sometimes it’s just a matter of digging it out!

Quote I live by…“Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat.”

Best advice I’ve gotten…Believe that you have something to offer people.. let it come through in your routine and let your personality and message shine.10734179_10204937989992111_5615736581202144830_n

Dream Big with Recycle Studio + Katie B!

Please join Recycle Studio this Saturday for a special charity ride with Katie B to benefit Dream Big! A non-profit in Massachusetts that helps girls from low-income and homeless situations overcome financial barriers that prevent them from participating in sports and physical activities.  Dream Big! Equipment Grants, Program Scholarships, Sports Clinics and the Dream Big! Leadership Conferences have had a direct impact on over 5000 girls in need since 2010.  Registration is $35 a bike and all proceeds will go to Dream Big!
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Rise ‘n Ride :: Anni’s tips to help you become an early bird!

Not an early bird?  Many of us weren’t either. Until we took our first morning ride and realized the feeling of fitting in a sweat before starting a busy work day is addictive.  Here are tips from Anni on how to help get yourself out of bed and onto the bike!

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Tuck yourself in early. You can’t go to bed at midnight and expect to rise and shine at 5 a.m. with energy for a kick-butt morning workout. Get into the habit of going to bed early enough so you get at least eight hours of zzz’s.

Pack your gear in advance. Before bed, set out your clothes, grab a water bottle, and leave your kicks (and spin shoes) by the door. With everything ready and waiting, it will speed you on your way.

Do what’s necessary to wake up. Sometimes if I’m feeling particularly sleepy at night I’ll plug in my phone (also doubling as my alarm) across the room so that I have to get up out of bed to turn it off. Once I’m up, lights are on, and so is the music!

Use the buddy system. Have a friend who also likes to get their sweat on in the morning? Pick a class, put it in your iCal with alerts, and be there. You will hold each other accountable.

Make it non-negotiable. Make it a strict no snooze rule. When it comes to getting up for those 5:30am and 6:00am classes, getting up and out of bed is the hardest part of working out in the morning. Procrastinating and hitting the snooze button won’t do anything but make it more likely that you miss your workout.

I promise, getting up and getting after it in the morning is the best thing you can do to start your day – mentally and physically. You’ll feel so much better after. See you in the saddle my early birds!

XO, Anni #dawnpatrol

Drink Pink: Pamplemousse Juice

As we enter Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are ecstatic to announce a month long fundraising initiative with The Ripe Stuff. We are carrying a very special Pamplemousse Juice in the studio for all of October. Proceeds of this kale, spinach, cucumber, and grapefruit blend will benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Young Women with Breast Cancer Program. The inspiration for this juice was a brave friend of the studio named Erin. We caught up with Erin in hopes that sharing her story would help raise awareness of breast cancer in young women and encourage all of our female riders to remember to do a self-check exam.

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1. When were you diagnosed with breast cancer?

I was getting dressed the day after my 34th birthday and felt a lump in my breast. I called my gynecologist and she immediately referred me to get a mammogram and ultrasound, which ultimately revealed a mass. I had a biopsy a week later and got the results while on vacation with my mom and sister in Paris. While I was away, new patient coordinator, Judy O’Brien, did an amazing job assembling my ‘dream team’ to take care of me as soon as I got home.

 

2. How did you get involved in the Dana-Farber Young Women with Breast Cancer program?

I was introduced to the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer on my very first appointment there. I used it at first primarily as a sounding board for questions (they have an online community) and then attended their annual Forum. There I met a friend Judy who has been my buddy ever since- someone who had my same diagnosis and was a year ahead of me in treatment.

3. What advice do you have for young women?

Know your body and be proactive about getting something checked out when things seem off! The fact that I felt a lump, got diagnosed two weeks later and had surgery 4 weeks later contributed to my great prognosis. 

4. Has fitness or nutrition played a role in your recovery?

I have always kept really healthy- exercising and eating well- but after my diagnosis that became more and more important. Food is my medicine and exercise keeps all my cells strong. It was hard after I was diagnosed when people would ask “are you going to change anything drastically?” I kept saying and thinking- no, I was pretty darn healthy. Some friends would say “the healthiest person they knew”. But even still, I knew I could make better choices about a few things- taking fish oil and Vitamin D every day, hydrating, drinking a few cups of green tea every day, being more careful about dairy and meat and ingesting hormones, getting good sleep, and changing up a few things in my home- lessening my use of plastic, choosing more organic skincare, and more natural cleaning products. I figure I better not put more stress on my body. I need all the fighting power I can get!

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Erin and her team have been all-star fundraisers the past few months, already raising just over $24k through their participation in the Jimmy Fund Walk. Let’s help them smash their goal of $25k!