Just start…

Today I want to take the time to talk about ‘getting started.’ What do I mean by that? Well, lately (actually for as long as I can remember) I have heard this phrase, “I will start on Monday,” or “I will take that class after I get stronger/better/faster/skinnier.” And quite frankly, this drives me CRAZY to hear. If you want something bad enough, JUST FREAKING DO IT NOW! Procrastinating when it comes to your health is one of the worst things you could possibly do for yourself.

For those of you who say, ‘I will go to the gym once I lose 5-10 lbs …” If I ever hear that again, I will literally slap you in the face, I promise you that. Let’s just think about this rationally. Let’s use yoga as an example because this is one that I hear a lot of excuses with. When I ask a friend if they want to join me for a yoga class, I get this, “But I am not good at yoga. I need to get better before I join you…” What do you think I am doing?! Do you think I was born as a yoga wizard, hell I’m still lightyears away from being considered even good at yoga. I wobble, I shake, I take breaks and sometimes I even faceplant, because I am human. You are human. Everyone in the class is human. We are all perfectly imperfect. I am clumsy, I am ungraceful, I forget poses, but I am practicing and getting better each and every single f***ing day.

I love this quote by Rutherford B. Hayes, “Every expert was once a beginner.” All I am asking you is that you start. Don’t be afraid to go into the weight room only if you can only lift 5 lb. weights. I’ve been that person. Don’t be afraid to go to yoga and faceplant. I have been that person. Don’t be afraid to sign up for a 5k even if you have to walk most (or all) of it. I have been that person. I have been that person and will continue to be that person with every new class I take and every new place I try. I will be that person proudly because I know every time I am that person I become stronger/better/happier physically and mentally. All I am asking is that you try to be that person too. If you want to take a class, just do it. Don’t let the fear of what others will think or say keep you from trying something new. I can pretty much guarantee that everyone else in the class is right there with you. No one is judging you because you can’t touch your toes, and if they are, WHY DO YOU FREAKING CARE?!?!?

I don’t want this to seem like I am ridiculing anyone for choosing not to workout. It is your choice to be healthy. What I do get upset about is when I see and hear people continually talk about bad doctor visits and negative tests results and then continue to make poor choices. When people complain about being overweight and out of shape, but put in zero effort to make a change. You don’t have to be like me, actually I don’t want you to be like me at all. You don’t have to kill yourself in the gym every single day, but you do have to do SOMETHING. I workout as much as I do, because working out to me is therapeutic. Showing myself what my body is capable of doing, takes away any angst and anxiety about what my body looks like. 60 days ago I couldn’t do crow pose to save my life. I have practiced crow over and over and now I can hold it for as long as my little heart pleases and it’s an incredible feeling of accomplishment. Had I not wobbled and face planted over and over and over and over … had I not kept trying, kept practicing, had I not started, I would never know this feeling. And it’s a great freaking feeling!

I am writing this today with a big emphasis on yoga, because I am back at Revolution Studio for another 30 days. They have a special going on right now if you sign up for 30 days of yoga during the month of November, it is only $40 versus their normal rate of $95! My goal is to practice yoga every day for 30 days straight, no if, ands or buts about it. After 30 days I will write a post on how, if at all, my body and mind has changed. I already have a few people who are trying this out with me, but if you are interested in taking the challenge too I would be more than happy to have you join me!

 

DEFINE vs. Revolution Studio – Cycling

This is the first time I have been to two different fitness studios and taken the same type of workout, so now is the time to compare. Here is my verdict on cycling at DEFINE body & mind versus Revolution Studio; Revolution Studio wins hands down and here is why.

Let’s start with staff. This is the most similar between the two. Both staffs were super friendly, energetic and supportive, so really I have nothing bad to say about either of them. I took Alison’s rev class at DEFINE body & mind on Saturday morning with a friend and she was a great instructor, but the overall class wasn’t as energetic and intense as Revolution Studio.

The atmospheres were completely different between the two. Revolution Studio makes it feel like you are in the club with blacklights and everybody is woohoo-ing and you are constantly doing something other than just pedaling. At DEFINE the room had little lanterns of just yellow light that dimmed and got brighter with the intensity, but overall I just felt like I was in my living room with a dimmer switch instead of the intense atmosphere of Revolution.

I also felt like overall workout was better at Revolution. They both followed the same jist of things, but like I mentioned early, at Revolution you are constantly doing something along with riding, like tricep dips or push-ups or touch backs or something whereas at DEFINE I felt like I was just pedaling more. There were tricep dips and push-ups and what not, but it just wasn’t the same. Both did incorporate arm weights and both arm workouts were equally as intense!

Now, I will say this. My friend Montana came with me and said this was exactly what she was looking for. She has been looking for a high intensity, energetic cycling class and she was thoroughly pleased with rev at DEFINE. She has not tried Revolution though so I’m going to get her to try it out and see what she thinks. I am not saying I didn’t get a good workout. I mean I was drenched from head to toe and my legs and arms were burning. I am just giving my opinion between the two and my opinion is Revolution wins this round. 

So overall, I would pick Revolution Studio over DEFINE body & mind for cycling, any day. BUT keep in mind that Revolution only offers cycling and yoga whereas DEFINE offers cycling, yoga, bounce, body and one more that I can’t remember and am too lazy to look up. So that is definitely something to take into consideration.

Last 3 quick things to mention. 1) I was still never approached to join DEFINE or even shown what the pricing and packages are…I find that strange. 2) I feel like even though the instructors are really nice and attentive at DEFINE, the overall comradery is nothing compared to what I feel like during a Revolution cycling or yoga class. 3) Both studios are REALLY GOOD about interacting with you on Social Media if that is your thing. I have been posting pics from my workouts on Instagram and both Revolution and DEFINE always like, comment or share which is really nice!

 

DEFINE body & mind

To find the location closest to you, visit: http://definebody.com/fitness-studios/

I went to the location at West University here: http://westuniversity.definebody.com/

West University Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Define-Body-Mind-West-U-295810803833845/

West University Instagram: @define_houston

 

Revolution Studio

To find the location closest to you, visit: https://www.revolution-studio.com/

River Oaks Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/revolutionstudioriveroaks/

Instagram: @revolutionstudio

Revolution Studio 2-week Summary

So, it has been a while since I have posted, but I promise I have been hustling! I just finished my 2-week trial at Revolution Studio in River Oaks and here is what I have learned:

  1. I have NO rhythm … and that is completely OKAY
  2. My body can do more than I think it is capable of.
  3. I have a new appreciation and complete LOVE for yoga.
  4. Cycling is NOTHING like I expected it to be.
  5. People are NICE 🙂
  6. I am sad now …

1 –  I always thought I had pretty good rhythm, but put me on a bike and ask me to pedal to a beat and it’s like the beat in my head and the beat everyone else is listening to is COMPLETELY different. What I loved about the classes though were how the instructors and other participants didn’t care! No one made fun of me. No one judged me. It was such a friendly, high-fiving, encouraging environment. Throughout the class the instructor continually says something along the lines of “one pack that rides together” and I love that comradery.

I took classes with Zach, John, Stephanie, Ally, Kris and Kristina. Kristina and Stephanie were my favorite!

2 – There were so many times in yoga where I looked at the instructor and was like, “Yeah … Noooo. I can’t do that.” And then I did it! It may not have looked as clean or poised, but it didn’t even matter because my body did something my mind didn’t think it could do!

3 – Yoga will now be in my weekly, if not daily practice. I loved the feeling I had of freedom after yoga, complete freedom and release from the stress of the day.

4 – I mentioned this in my previous ‘Revolution Ride’ post, but cycling is nothing like I expected. It is sooo much fun and although it completely drains me, it also completely energizes me.

5 – Everyone I met at Revolution, from the people at the front desk to the instructors to the members, everyone was just so nice and approachable. I truly felt like each instructor was working specifically with just me and really wanted the best for me. Revolution treats you like family.

6 – Now I am sad. Why? Because my 2 week trial is up and although I want to continue going, and will most likely be back for some more classes in the future, I really do need to move on and try some new places to blog about.

All in all I went to 7 cycling classes and 7 yoga classes in 2 weeks. Wish I could have made even more classes but it’s time to move on to new adventures. I will, however, be participating in Revolution’s Grow Your Flow Workshop on July 30th at 1:30PM. Contact info@revolution-studio.com or visit www.revolution-studio.com for more info. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Revolution Studio – Ride

Are you looking for an insanely fun dance party on a bike?! That is exactly what you will get with Kristina at Revolution Studio with her 45 min. ‘Ride.’ I have never cycled before, and honestly didn’t really think I would like it. I have never been a great outdoor biker (it kind of scares me) and I just thought biking on a stationary bike for 45 min. would be boring, and boy, was I misled. This class was high intensity and energetic from start to finish. What I was most surprised about though, was how much of an arm workout I got, but I will get to that in a minute.

So at Revolution Studio you have to make reservations for both the cycling and yoga classes. (Side note: If you make a reservation and cancel within 6 hours of the class you get charged $10. If you don’t show up you get charged $15. All of this is disclosed on their website. Also, just FYI, they have bike shoe rentals for $2 a class and yoga mat rentals from $5.) So I made my reservation about an hour before class, which was fine, but it was pretty full already. Something like 45/51 bikes were filled for the class. I picked my bike and showed up about 15 minutes early to get my shoes and find my bike.

Ride

I was greeted by an energetic and bubbly instructor who helped me set up my bike and get clipped in. The atmosphere was dark with what I am assuming was black lights, or something similar, just like a club would be. I am not lying about it being like a dance party on a bike. We started slow and Kristina explained the basics to us newbies, then we kicked it the f*** up. I didn’t realize how many moves you could do on a bike. We went from standing to sitting to paced riding to sprinting from side to side and front and back in various combinations and sequences, it was a whirlwind, and it was fantastic. We even incorporated arm weights into the mix which was surprising to me. I stuck with the 1 lb. weights because I wasn’t sure what we were going to be doing with them, but I am not sure I could have used higher weights to be honest … I mean I have noodle arms … there is very little strength in them … and the 1 lb. weights were hard!

So I already mentioned the atmosphere a bit, but it really was just fun. The music was like 90s/00s hip hop and pretty loud (and they do offer ear plugs). Kristina was motivating and energetic. The lights changed colors and people were hooting and hollering as we kicked up the intensity, it was just fun. There is no other word to really use to describe it.

I say it was very intense though because I really like to push myself, so I did my best to hike up the intensity and resistance and keep up with the more seasoned riders, but you could easily keep the resistance down and stay seated if it gets to be too much for you.

Today was day 1 of the 2 weeks of unlimited classes so I also did the Yoga (Power Flow) class with Angie immediately after cycling. Today the music was working in the Yoga room and really helped to focus and drown out any other noise from the studio or outside traffic. Angie was great! Again, I felt like I had just left the spa after I finished class.

We did our Flow sequence and I was completely drenched, but then we ended in our corpse pose where Angie came around and placed that refreshingly cool towel on our foreheads. It is basically like the best part of yoga class :/ It is a nice little touch that I look forward to with every session.

Like I said today was day 1 of 14 so I will keep track of the next 14 days and create a summary of my experience when I finish up my trial period. I did already book another Ride and Power Flow class for tomorrow and I can’t wait to get back in there.

For more information, pricing and locations, check out https://revolution-studio.com/ or check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/revolutionstudioriveroaks/ (I go to the River Oaks location. There is also a location in Memorial City and Sugar Land.)

Revolution Studio – Yoga

I am going to say this again. I am not a morning workout person. I’ve always wanted to be, but I just have no energy in the morning. Anyways, my schedule has been very VERY busy lately and I have been wanting to try Revolution Studio because someone recommended it to me, so I bit the bullet and signed up for a 5:30 AM class on Thursday. My choices were yoga or cycling … so obviously I chose yoga and boy did it change my perspective on morning workouts!

After my class with Frances, I felt so awake and focused and ready to tackle the day. The class I took was very small, only 3 people total, probably because no one is silly enough to wake up at the ass crack of dawn to workout. However, small classes are my favorite, as I have mentioned before.

Now, I’ve never really been a yoga person before. The extent of my yoga is one yoga class at the YMCA about a year ago and a couple of Beachbody video here and there, but I always really enjoy it when I do it. Frances was a fabulous instructor. She walked around and made sure everyone was in the best pose they could be in and really helped me realize how absolutely awful my posture is. I’ll work on that.

The room was so serene, too. The lights were low and candles were lit. It was warm but not enough to make it uncomfortable. Frances couldn’t get the music to work for class which had it’s pros and cons. Pros were that it made us focus more on our breathing and really helped us be in the moment. Cons were that the cycling class in the next room was so loud and upbeat that you could hear the music through the wall. I am not sure if our music would have drown that out, but It was definitely a distraction. There was also what I think was like a truck that passed below a few times and kept startling me, but I guess there is nothing to really do about that.

The class I took was called “Power Flow.” We went through our vinyasas and sequences for about 45 minutes and ended in Corpse Pose, or Shavasana where Frances came around and put a nice cool towel on our forehead as we let our muscles sink into the ground. I honestly felt like I woke up and went to the spa for 45 minutes before heading home to start my busy day.

Revolution Studio has a 2-week pass for first time clients for $35 where you can take as many cycling and yoga classes as your little heart desires. I was warned though to not sign up until the day of your first workout because the day you sign up is the day it starts, not the first time you go workout. After your 2-weeks is up it gets quite a bit more expensive. You can find all of their prices here https://www.revolution-studio.com/Buy/PurchasePackage.aspx.

I went to the River Oaks location and I can’t really speak on traffic or parking because there was practically no one on the roads yet. The River Oaks location does have a parking garage but I am not sure how fast it fills up because there are tons of other shopping and restaurants sharing the garage. The studio itself was very nice. Free locker usage and after you take a yoga class you can just leave your mat and they will clean it up and store it for you until next class. I don’t know much about the cycling aspect yet but I will hit on that when I sign up for the 2-week trial, so be looking out for more info on Revolution Studio towards the middle of July.

For more info or to sign up for a class, visit https://www.revolution-studio.com/