NOTE: I will be switching my blog post schedule to M, W, F moving forward!
This past Monday I took a spin-meets-bootcamp class hosted by one of Revolve’s fantastic instructors, Grant. Grant is also the founder of (as well as a personal trainer for) a bootcamp-inspired personal training business called MyBootcamp. The class we would be doing would include around a half hour of indoor cycling followed by a quick transition to regular sneakers and a jog to a nearby park. There, one of MyBootcamp’s trainers, Nathan, would lead the group in bootcamp moves for the remainder of the hour.
Upon arrival, I found that all bikes were adorned with MyBootcamp branded goodies including an athletic drawstring bag and water bottles. Grant made excellent use of the short spinning window with an intervals-packed ride accompanied by super energizing music. Next thing I knew it was time to start the boot camp portion of the class. Once the whole class made it over to the park, Nathan divided the class into groups of three.
Each group would move together from station to station which featured a particular exercise. The exercises would be executed for a minute each followed by 30 mountain climbers before proceeding the next station. Nathan provided a demonstration of each exercise and we got down to business ultimately completing each station one time. The stations included:
- Lunges or Plyometric Jump Lunges
- Plank Arm In and Outs
- Squats or Squat Jumps
To close out the bootcamp session, Grant and Nathan had the groups do a power slam challenge with a firehose. Free shirts for each group member were on the line for the group who completed the most power slams in a minute. Our groups were allowed to rotate team members in and out however we pleased. The winning team ultimately completed 110 power slams. This was not my team however so no shirts for us womp wompppp. I did get a good change it up workout out of the class though! Trying new things is always good to keep the body guessing.
A little more on My Bootcamp…Bryan has actually done a few personal training packages with one of the MyBootcamp trainers, Billy, and learned a lot in addition to getting a ridiculous workout in. Come to think of it, some days walking was an issue following a session with Billy. I may look into some personal training or boot camp classes in the future with them myself. Interested in boot camp classes or personal training from MyBootcamp? Check out their website (http://my-bootcamp.com/) for more information.
Booty, booty, booty, booty, rockin’ everywhere! What did 26 behinds and 52 legs have in common this past Friday morning after doing it up at Thursday night’s “Kiss My Sass” Booty Ride at Revolve? My guess is soreness and a sense of accomplishment. Speaking for myself, I definitely had a sore tush. The 45 minute spin class focused on all things booty. We’re talking booty-focused songs, booty-focused technique, and booty-toning results!
I DO think you’re ready for this jelly so here’s a recap. Targeting those glutes and hammies meant the riders in the class faced some serious climbs, lift sprints, and simulated turns into wind resistance. And we (the class) did that with the help of songs like Beyonce’s Bootylicious and Bubba Sparxxx’s (remember that guy?!) Ms. New Booty. Let’s be real though- you can’t do a booty-themed ride without the most quintessential booty song of our time. It goes without saying I think, but that song is Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Safe to say that after a class like this, all of us (Revolve) babies got back. I look forward to another theme ride next week which is Summer Solstice party. It will feature a live DJ spinning during and after the class. The after party will include healthy snacks and cocktails. I’m all about it!
Have a good weekend everyone!
On Thursday night, I took the Pre-Memorial Burn ride at Revolve. You know- that awesome cycling studio in Arlington that I told you about where I did that SPINco de Mayo ride? Led by a motivational and highly-enthusiastic instructor, Dorothy, Pre-Memorial Burn ride infused those songs that immediately make you think and feel like summer into Revolve’s extended Complete Body Ride. This made for an INSANE hour of heart-thumping, muscle toning, sweat-dripping fun. The “Burn” part of this ride’s name was no joke. If you wanted that bathing suit ready bod, you came to the right spot.
The class kicked off with a warm-up to LFO’s “Summer Girls” to get those legs and behinds ready for the hour ahead. How can you not be psyched for the work out ahead with that song?! A variety of music genres like fun country song “Summer Girl” or pop hit “Whine Up” got all us riders through those climbing hills, up downs, and sprint intervals. The heart rate came down a bit and those arm muscles were put to the test with a couple upper body tracks targeting those shoulders, biceps, triceps and more. The sweet sound of Justin Timberlake’s voice in tracks like “Summer Love” or “LoveStoned” was plenty motivation to work it on the upper body front. Guy riders: you don’t have to admit it, because it’s just a fact!
Just when we wondered if we could make it through the whole ride, Dorothy was hopping off her bike urging the class to think of why they came to Pre-Memorial Burn ride and to visualize what was at the top of the big, steep hills we were climbing. Her occasional dancing on the bike or lip syncing to the songs made the ambiance all the more fun and inspiring!
This is what you can expect from Revolve rides getting you ready for milestone weekends like Memorial Day. Have so much fun this weekend if you’re beaching it up! If you’re here in the Arlington area and want to experience a ride like the Pre-Memorial Burn, check out classes on Sunday or Monday led by other fantastic Revolve instructor. I recommend that you grab your seats ASAP as these classes will be full before you know it.
SPINco de Mayo
My Cinco de Mayo included a nice mix of a hardcore spinning class at my favorite local spinning studio and a food truck/live music extravaganza at RFK stadium with great friends. I hope everyone enjoyed their Cinco de Mayo fiest-ivities as well!
Revolve Fitness is Arlington’s first indoor cycling studio. It is the epitome of a chic, well-oiled machine of an exercise studio! As soon as you walk in the door, you are greeeted by friendly Revolve staff as you check-in on one of a few iPads that remind you of the seat you reserved online. For right around $2 each, you can grab rental cycling shoes or a variety of cold drinks like Smart Water, Coconut water, or Vitamin Water. Then, you proceed into their studio room where you’ll find around 40 top of the line bikes and a friendly, energetic instructor ready to help you set up if you’re a newbie. I have taken two of their 3 formats of classes offered, Complete Body Ride and Barre Ride, which are both unique compared to a traditional spin class. Complete Body Ride offers the intense cardio experience characteristic of a traditional spin class and adds a strengthening component by incorporating an upper body workout with your choice of 2, 3, or 5 lb dumbbells. Barre Ride, the ride I chose for SPINco de Mayo, offers that intense cardio cycling as well as lengthening barre-based exercises. You essentially complete your ride portion in around 40 minutes, hop off the bike, and using your bike’s handlebars proceed through a unique set of Barre series movements that aim to sculpt your guns into a lean dancer-like shape. You use a small, squishy ball as well as dumbbells during the series and tone that behind, legs, and arms as you plié (bent) or relevé (lift) at the instructor’s request. Barre Ride kicks my butt everytime, but I keep going back for more. What made this week’s Barre Ride class even better was the inclusion of the Cinco de Mayo theme. We had battles during the class where one side of the room was competing against the other or where individuals were competing to hold positions the longest during the Barre series movements to win free classes. All that while our special guest drummer drove the energy in the room along with our fabulous instructor, Christianne. Afterwards, free smoothies and Vitamin water with gummy worms (mimicking a tequila-type cocktail) were offered. Additionally, funny photos in sombreros were being taken which would be posted to Facebook. If you tagged yourself, the promise of a free class was upon you. It was a great time! The class and atmosphere at Revolve got me all the more pumped (and hungry) to take on some serious eats at Trucko de Mayo. Let’s discuss shall we?
Trucko de Mayo involved 40+ DC food trucks, beer, and live music by RFK Stadium. Admission was free, but you are left with the tough decision of where you want to spend your money before your tummy fills up. Luckily, I am not new to this environment. I have attended Truckeroo which is a smaller (20-ish food trucks), similar type of event held monthly across the summer at Das Bullpen by Nationals Park. Typically, selections at the various food trucks will run $5-10 from my experience. The food truck vendors often offer tastings of their larger meal offerings so you can feel it out before you buy a bigger entree. This is to your advantage at food truck festivals because you can enjoy a wider array of the truck cuisine! This time Bryan and I went with our good friends Fahad and Arfa who were new to the food truck festival concept. I’d say both couples tried about 5 different spots this go around. Here’s a list of what Bryan and I chowed down on:
- Fojol Bros of Merlindia- Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice (tasting)
- Sinplicity- Black and White Sinwich. This is without a shadow of a doubt my FAVORITE dessert ever. It occurs second in this list because I was having anxiety that they might run out so after one savory tasting, I was in line for my sinwich. A sinwich involves two generously-sized macaroons with creamy, sinful ice cream in the middle. The black and white features blackberry flavored macaroons, berry compote, and vanilla bean ice cream. It has some crunch but then you hit the soft middle of the macaroons followed by the creaminess of the ice cream. I’m drooling on myself typing this so I’d better leave it at that. In sum, you MUST try one!
- PORC (Purveyors of Rolling Cuisine) – Pulled pork (tasting)
- TaKorean- Korean BBQ Tacos. They offer 3 for $9 so we did 2 Bulgogi steak and 1 chicken. These are worth talking about a bit more. My favorite savory item would be these guys for sure. The deliciously marinated meat is place on corn tortillas and topped with Sriacha, lime crema sauce, fresh cilantro, sesame seeds, and your choice of slaw (spicy kimchi style or napa romaine- I prefer the first one myself.) The line alone is an indication of how crazy tasty these are. Ok, I’m experiencing the onset of drooling again. NEXT!
- Dangerously Delicious Pies – Chicken Pot Pie with side salad. I have visited the DC restaurant location of DD Pies before and it did not disappoint. They offer a broad selection of savory and sweet pies that leave you with that just had a homemade meal feeling. This particular chicken pot pie recipe was unique compared to the chicken pot pie one usually thinks of. It was good and hearty with large chunks of chicken and vegetables (potatoes, carrots, peas, and corn) and less emphasis on a creamy gravy. As I said, it is no doubt the definition of comfort food.
I’ll close with the top food pics of the day!