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

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!

Get (h)Appy!

With new apps coming out each and every day, it can be easy to start filling up your iPhone screen. But which health and fitness apps are worth your precious storage space? Our phones are constantly in our hands, and technology is making it even easier for our health to be too! We asked our staff to weigh in on the wellness apps they love to use.
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Ounces: Studio Manager, Anna-Ruth, uses this simple app to track her daily water intake. Just choose a goal, track your progress, and get reminders to keep hydrating throughout the day!

 

 

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Map My Run: Instructor/marathoner, Kelly, swears by this running app. The GPS helps to track your mileage and pace, telling you exactly how fast you are going every mile. Of all of the running apps out there, this just might be the most accurate one.

 

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Rise: Director of Team Relations and Registered Dietician, Katie A., recommends the Rise app. A personal nutrition expert provides feedback on your diet, habits, exercise, and overall lifestyle through pictures of your meals and real-time chat.

 

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Nike Training Club: Instructor and trainer, Katie B., loves the 15, 30, and 45 minute workouts on this free app. Choose from over 100 full-body routines (complete with step-by-step demos) as a complement to your indoor cycling routine.

 

 

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Recycle Studio: The best health and fitness app out there (we may be biased) is our very own! This app allows you to access class schedules, read descriptions, and get studio locations and contact information. Save time and effort by signing up for your favorite instructors’ rides at the touch of a fingertip!

 

All of these apps can be found in the iTunes app store… and the best part: they’re free!

Emily’s Whole Detox Recap

This Monday, along with a few other RS instructors (Elyse, Anni, Lindsay & Denva), I finished the 14 Day Whole Detox. As with any detox or cleanse, I definitely had my ups and downs, but overall, really enjoyed this program and am feeling 110% better than I did 2 weeks ago!

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(Tom and I had some battles in the fridge. Kale vs. Beer)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had been over indulging this summer, and was coming hot off a bachelorette party weekend in Austin when the detox kicked off. I felt great for the first 5 days- tons of energy, was sleeping better, and my skin cleared up. It was the motivation and push I needed to get back on track with eating well. Then Phase II began… this wasn’t as much fun.

The program is broken down into 3 phases: Phase I is the initial elimination when you cut out all processed foods and common allergens like dairy, added sugars, alcohol, gluten, corn and soy. Phase II is a “deeper cleansing” period where you cut out all animal protein and follow a vegan diet for 5 days. During Phase III, you slowly start adding back in dairy, gluten, caffeine to see how your system reacts.

I was nervous about the vegan phase to begin with. I followed a strict Paleo diet for 2 years, and still stick to it about 80% of the time, which means I hardly ever eat any grains or legumes. During the vegan phase, I was relying heavily on brown rice, quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, black beans, and tons of veggies. While these foods are still healthy and clean, my body does NOT respond well to large quantities of grains and legumes. I had zero energy, was sleeping 10-12 hours a night, was super bloated, my face broke out… there are more details that I’ll spare, but my body was not happy about the vegan portion. I ended up adding back in eggs and chicken after the third day, and I snapped back pretty quickly.

The 2 weeks flew by (minus the vegan portion, which felt like purgatory… sorry all vegan friends out there) and I learned a ton of new information about how to fuel your body in ways that work for you. I had never done an elimination diet like this, and it’s a great way to figure out what foods work best- and everyone is different. For me, it was a good reminder that my body functions best when I’m following a Paleo way of eating, while others may favor more of a vegetarian/vegan approach.

Besides getting tons of recipes, meal plans, shopping list, and general information about nutrition, my favorite part of the Whole Detox was doing it with friends and being accountable to a group of people going through the same things you’re going through. There was an active Facebook group from people all over the country participating in the detox (it’s a virtual program, so you don’t have to live in Boston), and I really felt like I was part of a team. Even though the detox has ended, we’ve all been sticking with it! It’s been a reminder that when you eat well, you feel good.

Team J+A have an upcoming program in August, and if you rally 2 of your friends to sign up with you, J+A will give all three of you 15% back once you register. Just send them an email (hello@teamjanda.com) once all three of you have registered to notify them.

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(Because being a vegan with friends is better than being a vegan without friends) 

The program starts on August and you can register at www.wholedetox.co. Additionally – they are hosting a full day Urban Retreat in Boston (on September) and if you’re a program alum, you’re invited for free. If you have any questions about the detox or want to hear more about our experiences, grab me, Denva, Lindsay, Elyse or Anni in the studio!

#LocalLove: Maple Water

With all of the sweating we do in the studio, we are always looking for new and delicious ways to rehydrate after a good reboot ride. That’s why our ears perked up when we heard about Maple Water, a completely natural and nutrient-rich beverage brought to Boston by two local triathletes. We had the chance to catch up with one of DRINKMaple‘s founders and sports nutritionist, Kate Weiler, to learn about the birth of Maple Water and why we should be giving it a try.

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Q. Where did the idea for Maple Water first come from?

A. My triathlon training partner (and DRINKMaple co-founder), Jeff, and I were in Canada for a race and found a form of maple water in a coffee shop there. Always curious to try new health foods, we purchased some and instantly fell in love with the hydrating effects. After searching high and low when we got home, we realized there was nothing like it in the United States. Extensive research on both the beverage and maple industries and a lot of hard work brought us to our launch this past May. We got our first batch from maple trees in New Brunswick, Canada, but are making the moves to source our maple sap from New England trees for 2015.

Q. So what makes Maple Water different from any other sports drink on the market?

A. Maple Water isn’t created in a lab like many other sports drinks. We simply tap the trees for their sap, pasteurize it, and put it right in the bottle. Nothing is added. It is naturally packed with 46 nutrients like iron and zinc, antioxidants, electrolytes, and contains half the sugar of coconut water. It is a functional fuel for maple trees as they start to bloom every spring, so imagine the possibilities it holds for us! Unlike many sports drinks, the calorie content is extremely low, only 20 per serving, so you can really drink it throughout the day to reap all of the nutritional benefits.

Q. If you had to give advice to anyone chasing a dream, whether it be an athletic endeavor or starting a new business, what would it be?

A. I would say “live your passion.” Starting this company was hard work, and Jeff and I spend long hours working every single day. The fact that we love it and are passionate about what we are doing really makes the difficult stuff a lot easier. The amount of time and effort we put into this really reflects on our company and brand.

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You can buy Maple Water online at drinkmaple.com/store/ . And make sure to follow them on twitter and instagram @drinkmaple !

Tattoo Tuesday

Many of our instructors have adorned themselves with their very own wearable art. For all of you wondering what the stories are behind these bodily masterpieces, we give you Tattoo Tuesday.

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Katie Barrett‘s elephant tattoo is a constant reminder that the world is only as big as you let it be. After her freshman year of college, Katie took her first international trip to Scotland to visit her older sister who was there getting her master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh. In the heart of Edinburgh is a little coffee shop called The Elephant House. Inside, there are elephant figurines and pictures from every country. Katie and her sister went for brunch one day and sat at a table by the window with a view of Edinburgh castle. All of the furniture at The Elephant House are mismatched antique pieces. The table that the Barrett sisters sat at had a drawer full of letters and postcards from people every corner of the world. Katie wrote one and left it in the drawer and decided that she wanted a constant reminder of the feeling she had whenever she visited a distant place by getting The Elephant House logo on her wrist. It has served as a good luck charm ever since!