Cast Your Vote: Summer Fridays!

We truly are a community at Recycle and the opinions of our riders mean everything to us. As the warm weather approaches, we want to make sure you get a chance to ride before getting out of town for those weekend beach trips! So tell us…

 

STUDIO SACK CONFESSIONS

Ever wonder what your favorite instructor is toting around in her studio sack? We caught up with spunky instructor, Lydia Quinn, who let us take a peek into her Pi Phi tote and shared all of her essentials for her busy day as a Recyclista on the go.

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The goods:

  • The old Pi Phi tote gives this Recyclista character. It even helped to spark early conversations with one of her closest spin sisters, mentee Julie Webman. It may be time to upgrade to a Recycle Studio Sack, though…
  • Lydia always has one of her collectable RS long sleeves on hand to warm her up pre and post sweat-sesh.
  • Multiple bondi bands are a MUST. They ensure that her microphone stays in place while she moves quickly around the bike throughout class.
  • Quest Nutrition bars energize this instructor before a ride and refuel her body after a sweaty, kickass workout. They come in yummy flavors like cookies and cream and cookie dough!
  • As a music enthusiast, her iPhone and earbuds are always on her. Lydia is constantly searching for new tunes and listening to recent playlists so that her choreography and cues are on point!
  • Face wipes, deodorant and aquaphor chapstick are the minimalistic beauty essentials to ensure a clean(ish) and comfortable Recyclista.
  • And who can resist… a few gin gins for the road! Admit it, we’re all guilty of taking a handful of these spicy little chews after a tough class.

Have you tried Reflex Yoga yet?

In case you haven’t noticed, we are now giving you 5 chances a week to stretch and flow with our in-house yogi, Aly Raymer. We wanted to give you a little more information about Aly’s journey and why Reflex is a perfect addition to your Recycle routine.
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Q. How did you first fall in love with yoga?
A. I first fell in love with yoga when I was facing sleeping issues my junior year in college. I sort of fell off of the practice until I moved home and started training at YAS in Orange County. I fell in love with the concept that yoga is truly for everyone. I loved the simplicity of power yoga and how it not only challenged me physically, but built up my mental strength.
Q. Why did you decide to get your teaching certification?
A. I decided to get my certification because I knew that this was a passion that was worth sharing and investing in. In order to fully offer my students the benefits of yoga, I needed to prepare and learn as much as possible.
Q. What do you want your students to get out of your classes?
A. I want my students to feel better mentally and physically. We are hard on our bodies and yoga really does a body good. From stretching in all the right places to mentally calming the senses, we can totally change our day and body through the practice of yoga.
Q. What makes yoga at RS different than anywhere else?
A. Our students will walk out feeling the same way they do when they get off the bike: recycled, renewed and better about themselves. I sequence my classes to cater to an athletes body (we are all athletes when we sweat!). I know what it feels like to push the body’s physical limits, so I can truly give the students what they need on the mat. Strengthening, core work and a good deep stretch are always on the agenda. We heat the room, turn up the music and light the candles. It truly is Recycle Yoga.

Introducing: Reboot Buff Ride!

REBOOT BUFF RIDE

You have questions about the NEW Reboot Buff Ride?  We have answers!
We sat down with Katie B to chat about the Reboot Buff Ride which is making its debut this Tuesday at 7pm.  Katie is going to be the first RS instructor to teach this style so we were excited to hear her take on it.
Q: What exactly is a Reboot Buff Ride?
A:  Reboot Buff Ride is a 60 minute Reboot Ride that includes 3 tracks with arm weights. It’s designed for those looking to add some extra toning into their routines.
Q: What was the inspiration behind the Reboot Buff Ride?
A: At Recycle, we are always looking for new ways to challenge riders and help them reach the next level of fitness. We wanted to introduce a ride with an even more intense arm burn, prepping that upper body so that riders are ready to show off in their sleeveless shirts come Memorial Day…and wedding season!
Q: What’s your favorite arm move to do on the bike?
A: Double time arm pumps! There is something about pumping the handlebars to a quick beat that gets my entire body fired up.
Q: We always see you rocking 4lb weights: What advice do you have for Recyclists who are stuck in the 2lb safe haven?
A: Just grab them! Start with the 4 lb weights, but keep the 2 lb weights nearby so you can switch if your arms get too tired. Challenge yourself in each class, but remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Q: Favorite arm move off the bike?
A: I’ve got to go with the classic push-up. People often think of this move as cruel and unusual punishment, but the truth is, push-ups work almost every muscle in your body. Chest, back, abs and arms are all involved in this tried and true exercise. Start from your knees and work your way up. Soon enough you will be able to drop and give me 20!
See you in the saddle Tuesdays at 7pm at RSBC for some serious burn!

Q&A w/ Recyclista Rockstar: Brianna!

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1) How would you describe your music?

My EP “Illusions” consists of four experimental alternative- indie songs that are vocally driven. My music consists of a lot of layering, ethereal and ambience sounds and visual lyrics. The four songs, ‘See Right Through’, ‘Overboard’, ‘Plastic Words’, and ‘Illusions’ each have their own story to them, but the overall theme and message I was trying to portray with my record played into my title ‘Illusions’: that everything is not what it seems unless we become completely aware and honest with ourselves and our surroundings.

2) Who are your biggest influences?

My all time favorites are Beck, Radiohead, The Beatles, Crosby Stills and Nash, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, and Patrick Watson. While my favorites are changing every week, I’m currently very into Daughter, Phantogram, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Tame Impala, and Other Lives.

3) Favorite outfit to rock on stage

I love anything that involves lace, sequins, and kimonos but most of the time you will see me in some printed dress/skirts with some wedges or heels. I also almost always wear a couple pieces from my sister’s jewelry line- Lux Divine Jewelry as well!

4) Any pre show/pre recording rituals? 

I like to keep the days of my shows free because usually the day becomes such a blur with warming up or sound checks, but one weird ritual I always do before a show is drink a bottle of Kombucha. I’ve been doing it for so long that it’s become more of a mental ritual than anything else.

5) How does your music/stage presence influence your rides?

Weirdly enough, performing on stage and teaching at Recycle are very similar. While both are different kinds of performances, they both allow me to bring some impact on my audience and the rush I get after both are incredible. At Recycle, I’m given this amazing opportunity to mentally and physically challenge people through music, beats, and vocal cue-ing. Because the foundations of my instincts are in music, I will never play a song in my class that I do not enjoy and always put thought and consideration into all of my playlists. Just like a performance on stage, everything needs to be natural and genuine!

Brianna will be releasing her first EP “Illusions” tonight on Bandcamp- link coming soon! Be sure to check out her Soundcloud page and also stop by her performance Thursday night at Cafe 939.

Q&A w/ Lydia Quinn

Meet Lydia, our other newest instructor to the RS team! Lydia has been riding at Recycle for two years, and after rocking out in the front row and completing the mentorship program, she is ready to take the stage. Don’t be fooled by her huge smile and bubbly personality- she will kick your butt in (and out of) the saddle. Check out her rides this weekend and look for her on the schedule full time starting in January!

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If I’m not in the studio you’ll find me…

Traveling across the globe to lead consulting projects for client implementations of Talent Management systems. The work that I do helps organizations manage their most valuable asset – their people.

Favorite Artist:
I’ve always said that I want both John Mayer and the Ying Yang Twins to perform at my wedding; my music taste is pretty versatile! My plan is to always surprise my riders with refreshing tunes that incorporate a great beat and, most importantly, songs that speak to me in hopes that they will also resonate with my students.

If I had to pick a favorite move…
Isolations in 2nd position balancing with no hands. There’s nothing like the pinnacle of a song when every single body in the room is quieted and all riders are required to check in with themselves and to be present.

My goal for my rides…..
My goal is to leave you feeling empowered, with a sense of discovery that you have the ability to achieve more than you thought you could upon walking through the studio doors. I want you to constantly set the bar higher for yourself and never to stop growing. Oh, and to help you channel your “inner Lydia.” You’ll understand what that means soon if you don’t already!

My goal for myself……
To begin each day optimistically, striving to conquer whatever I set my mind to — to end the day at ease with myself, knowing that whatever I didn’t finish can be put to rest until tomorrow. I struggle with the second part, and sometimes I have to literally say to myself, “shut up, Lydia – go to bed”….. but it works!

My goal for others…..
I strive to be a positive influence in people’s daily lives. If I’ve made you smile, helped you find beauty in a unique quality or experience, or driven you somewhat crazy (my colleagues will confirm this), I know that I’ve done my job for the day.

My favorite drink on a night out…..
Patron tequila (silver). Duh!

IMG_3174Quote I live by…..
Oh geeze, you’re speaking to the Queen of quotes and the ultimate lover of inspiration. However, I think this quote speaks to my development over the past year and is something that I’m constantly reminding myself of:

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Best advice I’ve ever gotten…..

1. Fake it ‘til you make it, baby!

2. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.

3. Done is better than “perfect.”

4. Always tell the truth.

Q&A w/ Anni Lierhaus

Meet Anni, one of the new instructors on the RS team. In addition to being a recent graduate of the Mentorship program, Anni is also a competitive soccer player and a brainy scientist. Her 5:30AM rides will wake you up ASAP and your legs (and mind) will thank you later. Read on to learn more about Anni and check out her rides at both studios!

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If I’m not in the studio, you’ll find me…

At Boston Children’s Hospital conducting orthopedic clinical research, sitting through a daunting
organic chemistry lecture, getting my booty kicked by Emily at Barry’s Bootcamp, or checking out a new restaurant, I love trying out new places (and…I also love food).

Favorite Artist:

So tough…definitely cannot pick one, no way no how. My playlists consist of everyone– a little pop and a little rock. I love finding those unique beats to jam out to.

If I had to pick a favorite move…

Powering through those pedals in 3rd during a straight hill climb. There is nothing more energizing than getting the entire room in sync on that beat to conquer a heavy hill.

My favorite pre-workout snack…

Well at 5:30am it’s just a serious cup of coffee : ) but I usually like to get in a handful of almonds, a spoonful of almond butter (my fave) or a banana before a workout for that extra boost of energy to push it to the max.

My goal for my rides…

Is to always bring the challenge by making every ride harder than the last. I strive to inspire my riders to push themselves right out of that comfort zone. That being said, I also want my riders to have FUN! Breathless, sweaty, sore, and happy = that rewarding recycled feeling that just makes you want to smile and take on that day!

My goal for myself…

Is to never be afraid to make mistakes. A lot of success in my life has been the product of struggle and failure.

Quote I live by…

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Best advice I’ve gotten…

Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.

 

Q&A w/ Elyse Winer

Meet Elyse, another new addition to the RS team! You’ve no doubt rode next to her in class over the past 2 years, and now she’s moved her way up to the instructor saddle.  Read on to learn more about Elyse and be sure to check out her Reboot/Reboot Advanced rides at both studios!

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If I’m not in the studio you’ll find me…
Working for MC10, a start-up in Cambridge whose mission it is to make humans more superhuman through the implementation of wearable electronics.  I am passionate about consumer health. Check me out on Fox & Friends talking with my colleague Isaiah about the Reebok CHECKLIGHT, a revolutionary head impact indicator we just launched with Reebok.

Favorite Artist:
I can’t name just one!  I’m drawn to strong women with major chops including Beyonce, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding …..you’ll find that my rides are likely to include one of their songs!

If I had to pick a favorite move…
Rocking out to heavy resistance out at 3rd… I love when the entire class is coordinated on the beat. I feel like I’m back in 8th grade dance class with my friends!  I get energy from the sense of community and camaraderie that can be inspired in our little studio.

My favorite pre-workout snack…
Gotta go with some protein and I prefer au naturale to the processed stuff. Almonds have always been a favorite.

My goal for my rides…
is always two-fold: Sweat it out and rock it out! Any workout can be enjoyable if you are having fun!! My classes will work every muscle and I promise you’ll break a sweat, but you’ve also got to be ready to laugh and dance your butt off – literally! I work hard by playing hard and I promise you will too!

My goal for myself…
I strive to live each day to it’s potential. To never be afraid to make mistakes, stumble, or fall. Some of the greatest rewards in my life have come from the things that have scared me the most.

Quote I live by…
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

Best advice I’ve gotten…
Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.

 

Q&A w/ Brianna Conroy

Meet Brianna, one of our new instructors and recent graduates of the Mentorship Program. Brianna comes to us from LA with that infectious West Coast energy and some serious vocal chords (check out some of her jams here… right now). Read on to learn more about Brianna and snag a saddle in one of her classes to welcome her to the team!

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If I’m not in the studio you’ll find me…
Probably at my school Berklee College of Music. I am a songwriting and music business major so when I am not teaching I am studying and recording my music!

Favorite Artist:
All time favorite: Radiohead Current Favorite: Lorde

If I had to pick a favorite move…
Isolations or booty taps!

My favorite pre-workout snack…
ANYTHING with peanut butter (it’s kind of a problem) or some fresh fruit. I also love coffee way too much, so majority of the time my pre-workout snack will include a warm cup of coffee.

My goal for my rides…
To give an ass-kicking workout, reset the body and mind, and provide a fun environment so that people can let go and rock out.

My goal for myself…
Is to always continue to push myself and know that no matter what, there will always be room for improvement and success.

Quote I live by…
“A negative mind will never give you a positive life.” That is the beauty of Recycle. You can walk in after having a shitty day and leave feeling rejuvinated and liberated from any unwanted negativity. Anytime that I need to get out of my head, Recycle is the first place I’ll go to unwind.

Best advice I’ve gotten…
Is to do whatever makes you happy. I know its cliche, but it resonates. Life is too short, so figure out what makes you happy and pursue it with all of your heart.

Q&A w/ Denva Jackson

We would like to officially, OFFICIALLY welcome the newest member of our RS instructor team, Denva Jackson. Denva is a former mentee and long time Desk Diva, and we could not be more pumped about her taking the stage. Look for her on the schedule starting next week!

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If I’m not in the studio you’ll find me…
Probably at the library researching 14th century illuminated manuscripts. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the History of Art and Architecture. My field of interest is medieval art. Getting out of the library to Spin gets me out of my head into my body.

Favorite Artist
Beyoncè, hands down.

If I had to pick a favorite move…
BOOTY-TAPS!

My favorite pre-workout snack…
I usually have a banana before working out or an apple. I try not to get too full before rocking out.

My goal for my rides…
To have fun and a make a connection with the music. You come back to Recycle because of the infectious energy. It’s why I kept coming back and I want to do the same for my riders.

My goal for myself…
The same that I have for my riders: to have FUN!  I desire to shrug off the stress of everything else that consumes my life and be present for the joy that being a member of Recycle brings.

Quote I live by…
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit” – Aristotle

Best advice I’ve gotten…
Don’t let the perfect outweigh the good.

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