Winging It: A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Ride with Lena on Wing It Wednesdays!

Hey HBers – were request rides getting a little run-of-the-mill for you? Are you a thrill seeker looking to take your middle-of-the-week workout to the next level with an exhilarating, seat-of-your-pants riding experience? Well, Jess and Lena – two of the diabolical masterminds behind regularly ramping up your workout – have come up with a totally new kind of ride for you! Welcome to Wing It Wednesdays!

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 So you’re probably wondering…

 What exactly is Wing It Wednesday?

 According to Lena, Wing It Wednesdays are “a time to explore creativity, spontaneity, and freedom on the bike through music!” Unlike regular rides, Wing It Wednesdays will feature a song list generated by you and your bike-mates! Everyone will throw their favorite tunes into the ring, and riders will pick them out one by one throughout the class.

 Yes, you read that right. Jess is super stoked to introduce a riding experience with “full-room interaction,” where “with over 100 songs in the playlist, Lena has no clue what to expect next, making this a totally challenging and engaging ride not only for the riders, but for the instructor herself.”

 This is the class for you if you’ve been looking for a more participatory ride experience that, as Lena puts it, will “push everyone out of our comfort zones to create a ride together.” Wing It Wednesdays are the kind of rides that are guaranteed to keep you fully engaged from start to finish – “a true team effort.”

Ok, I’m sure this is all sounding pretty cool by now, but you have to be wondering exactly how this differs from a regular ride on Lena’s end of things.

Well, normally, Lena “choreographs the ride for every song,” carefully crafting your overall ride experience so that “everything ultimately fits into the bigger picture”. This way she creates a balanced ride with a particular feel. Plus, as Jess says, there’s normally “1-2 hours of careful song selection and planning” that goes in to each and every ride. All this is to say that Wing It Wednesday rides are going to require an instructor that is “creative, quick-thinking, and brave.”

 Who better for the job than Lena? Since her usual classes are “very much a relationship between rider and teacher” where “she doesn’t talk at the room” but “feels the energy there and speaks to it,” putting her at the helm of a class that requires constant improvisation and adjustment was truly a no-brainer. Or, as Jess says, since Lena’s improv-ing already, “why not give her a little bit of a challenge?”!

 But don’t worry; Lena is 100% on board! This master instructor is stoked to fly by the seat of her pants. Knowing that “the energy of the riders” will fuel her creative juices, she “just knows that together, we can crush anything.”

 So get ready to saddle up for the ride of your life, HB! We can’t wait to have you join us in discovering new tunes, bigger beats, and a totally new level of excitement.

See you at the ride – and we hope you’re ready to wing it!

by: Sarah Weinberg

 

Not Just a Girl Thing

I can’t figure out exactly when indoor cycling – an action-packed, sweat-inducing, heart pumping push of an exercise routine – became ‘just a girl thing’, but we all know that in the collective athletic consciousness, that adage is more than a little bit true.

And on some level I get it! Lots of girls in colorful spandex, some girl power tunes, and tons of motivational, pump-you-up talk from your high-energy, kick-ass instructor. But who says feeling good and building up a crazy sweat have to be mutually exclusive concepts? Good news, they don’t! Here’s why:

  1. It gets your ‘flow’ going

Do you know what it’s like to be totally in the zone during a workout? That mind-blanking, totally exhilarating, full mind/body meld when everything seems to click into place all at one time? If you do, I’d bet good money that spin has probably has something to do with it. If not, riding at the HB might be just the thing to help you get there. Why? According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the guy who literally wrote the book on ‘flow’- the academic manifestation of getting in the groove – hearing motivational words during your workout is a huge factor in keeping your mind on the moment. By letting your HB instructor talk you through that climb or letting Rihanna, Calvin Harris, and Lil Wayne sing you through your sprint, you actually help your brain stay in the present and achieve exercise nirvana.[1]

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  1. It increases your muscular endurance

Seasoned lifters are likely to scoff when confronted with what looks like a tiny bar resting happily next to their bike at every HB class, but don’t be fooled! The songs that utilize that bar to tone your arms are increasing your musculature in a completely different way from heavy lifting. Even Men’s Fitness (yes, THAT Men’s Fitness) extolls the benefits of low-weight/high-rep lifting as a part of a balanced workout routine.[2] While your deadlifts, squats, and intense bench presses at the gym are what help boost your muscle size, low-weight/high-rep exercises like the ones at HB are the ones that help you lift for longer!

 

  1. It’s an individually tailored workout and a group activity – at the same time!

One of the greatest things about riding at the HB is the sense of group camaraderie you get from working out with another group of highly motivated people – just like you get on the field playing a team sport. But the HB offers something that a team sport doesn’t – the ability to tailor your output and effort to your abilities. By allowing for individual levels of resistance and speed – we rate effort on a 1-10 scale, so the level of your workout is always determined by you – you have the ability to push yourself to your limits without being held up to the limits of others.

All right guys, so now you know – spinning is definitely not just for the girls anymore. So saddle up, and come join us on the bike!  I promise – no spandex required.

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by: sarah weinberg

Berg, Michael, and Brad Schoenfeld. n.d. “Your Ideal Rep Range.” Men’s Fitness.

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. 1998. Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life. Basic Books.

 

Spinning Out Stress: A How-To Guide to Balancing School, Work, and a Good Sweat

by: sarah weinberg 

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Labor Day has passed, the leaves are about to turn, and I saw over 20 people lugging couches through the streets of Boston on an 85 degree day – you all know what that means. School is back in session! In a town like Boston – where by some estimates the population swells by over 100,000 every fall thanks to the collegiate crew – we’re always super excited to welcome students into the HB family while they enjoy their time in what is arguably one of America’s best college towns. That being said, we know that the life of a Bostonite co-ed isn’t all Sox games and Frisbee on the Common. You guys are busy – busier than you have probably ever been, and for some of you, busier than you ever will be again.

I’ve been there; my senior year contained the one-two punch of an honors thesis and an internship, plus two jobs, a full-course load, and the fun of figuring out what exactly I was planning on doing with the rest of my life. Trying to cram a workout into that mess sometimes felt like an exercise in futility. But over my four years, I came up with a few tips and tricks to getting my workout in.. that I hope can help all of you!

  1. Invest in a planner

It may seem silly, but that overpriced Lily Pulitzer day planner you’ve been eyeing could make the difference between checking everything off of your to-do list and being in the weeds. Besides the fact that it’s proven that writing things down by hand (sorry iCal!) helps you remember them, having the ability to visually lay out your day can also help you find the time to fit in your workout. Here at HB, we’re super excited to have ramped up our class schedules to give you more offerings. So if that empty space is at 6 AM before the dining hall opens for breakfast or at noon right between Gen Chem and Cultural Anthro, we’ve got you covered.

  1. Give yourself a break!

Some days it probably feels like the only way to get everything done is to load up on the sugar-free Redbull and bust through 300 pages of reading all at once. But your overloaded brain will have a much harder time powering through those problem sets if you don’t give it a break every now and then. Take an hour or two to build up a sweat – a workout will give you the switch of focus and the endorphins you need to study more effectively. Plus all of those happy brain chemicals that you’re reading up on in Neuro and generating at HB will make you feel more relaxed and better able to tackle everything coming your way.

  1. Find a Friend

Working out between jobs, classes, and – oh, yeah – a social life, can seem like an insurmountable obstacle, especially at the beginning of the year when it seems like every afternoon boasts a lecture, club meeting or activity fair. Don’t be afraid to recruit your friends and have them workout with you! Having a workout buddy will help you keep your fitness commitments and ensure that you’re not neglecting your friends by the time the due date of your dreaded thesis prospectus rolls around.

I guarantee that these three simple steps will help you on your way to minimal stress throughout your fall semester! Navigating the balancing act of collegiate life can be tricky, but carving out time for yourself throughout the week for things that are fun and functional – like a killer class or three at HB – will have you feeling the burn only at the times you really want to. Good luck with the fall semester Bostonites, and we can’t wait to see you at the studio with your stellar transcript in hand soon!

P.S. We’re not kidding on the transcript. Bring in your current transcript or class schedule and we’ll give you 20% off on almost all of our packages! Now you have no excuse not to get your spin on.

#HBSummerShare Finishers!

CONGRATULATIONS HB SUMMER SHARE PARTICIPANTS

You have made it through your first Handle Bar challenge! We loved sharing our summer with you and enjoyed seeing what you had to share… no shortage of fun with this group! Below are those who have completed the Summer Share Challenge and reached 75 points or more and earned their #HBSummerShare Tank Top! If you would like to be apart of the Summer Share Ride, (Friday at 5:45pm at both studios) email maura@handlebarcycling so she can sign you up with your complimentary class! At this special class the top three finishers will be announced and receive their complimentary month of unlimited riding! You can pick up your tank tops at this ride or a time convenient to you the following week. Once again, congratulations and thanks for sharing!! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
Abeille, Valerie
Ariagno, Katelyn
Blake, Jessica
Blasczyk, Melissa
Bonofilio, Jean-Marie
Caddy, Sara
Carifio, Chrissy
Casagrande, Jennifer
Castillo, Nicole
Conner, Anissa
DaGraca, Jen
Delaney, Katie
Dezak, Amanda
DiCarlo, Vanessa
Downing, Brenna
Evert, Lauren
Ferguson, Courtney
Goff, Melissa
Grozalsky, Jill
Isley, Dayna
Kovach, Alisun
Mayer, Lauren
Mellone, Erica
Meyer, Lauren
Moss, Molly
O’shea, Brittany
Oliva, Lauren
Passkiewicz, Katherine
Rebhun, Andrew
Ruggiero, Andrew
Spagnoletti, Quincy
Suk, Lois
Sullivan, Kelsey
Thompson, Catharine
Thornton, Lauren

An important note for our riders

Dear Riders,

As summer comes to a close, we pack up our beach chairs, put away the flip flops and get back to our autumn routines. It has been a summer to remember here in Boston- sunshine and low humidity have made for some great sunsets at the Barking Crab and daytime lounges at M Street Beach. We hate to see it go… but we do love thick sweaters and brisk walks on Newbury Street..#silverlining

The Handle Bar has certainly had a summer to remember.

We opened our 2nd studio in the Fenway neighborhood, hosted a kick ass Summer Share competition, and were named Boston’s Best exercise class by the Improper Bostonian. We are ecstatic that our classes and studios are so well received by our riders and community, and want to continue bettering our facilities, equipment, and class offerings. We have listened to your feedback and suggestions and want to continue to improve your experience at The Handle Bar. This fall you’ll be seeing several changes for the better, at both studios and online!

1)  Southie renovations - in September our home base studio in South Boston will undergo some minor renovations in the entrance, bike room, and restrooms. We think you’ll be pleased with the upgrades.

2)  New website and booking system – Also in early Fall, we’re giving our website a facelift. Tired of rushing into the bike room to secure your favorite bike? You’re in luck. The new system will include a layout of the bike room and you will select and reserve a specific bike when you book your class. Front row riders – this means you better sign up early! The new website will also include a mobile version of the site for easy smartphone booking. And lastly, no need to worry about your account. All of your login information, packages, and visit history will remain intact.

3)  Student Discount – we’re thrilled to unveil student pricing to all of our undergraduate and graduate students within the HB community and beyond. With a copy of your current transcript, you can purchase any of our class packages or unlimited pricing options at 20% off. The discount is only valid when you purchase in-studio, and cannot be combined with any other discount.

4)  Price increase- Effective September 2nd shoes will be included with every ride! With improvements on both studios and significant class additions in September, we have a need to raise some of our pricing options by a few dollars. The single, 5 and 10 packs are increasing by the amount shown below effective September 2nd, 2014.  The unlimited pricing options, 20 and 40 packs are not changing!

New Pricing

Single Class w/shoes – $24

5 Classes w/shoes – $115 ($23/class)

10 Classes w/shoes – $210 ($21/class)

20 Classes w/shoes – $340 ($17/class)

40 Classes w/shoes – $640 ($16/class)

1 Month Unlimited – $175

5)  Labor Day Sale – We understand that increasing prices on some of offerings is bad news for you as a rider. To thank you for your continued support and loyalty to our brand and mission, we’re offering a 3-day sale good for 25% our existing pricing options. For this sale only, these packages will have no expiration date.. we encourage you to stock up! The sale details are outlined below:

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CODE: LaborDay25

Single Class – $20 $15

5 Classes – $95 $71.25

10 Classes – $180 $135

As always, we encourage feedback and questions regarding these changes and beyond. It is our mission to continue offering exceptional service throughout your Handle Bar experience. We believe that these updates are a necessary step to maintain the level of quality and consistency that you’ve come to appreciate.

Sincerely,

Jess and The Handle Bar Team

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Who raised the bar in July?

Alisun Kovach!

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A leader in the #HBSummerShare Challenge, our July Rider of the Month, Alisun Kovach has proven her self a loyal and committed HBer. She challenged herself to prioritize fitness this summer, and as a result has become a fitter, stronger, and healthier rooster rider. In addition to tapping it back at the HB, Alisun has shared her summer with friends, spending most of her time outside – either on a paddle board or patio. Congrats, Alisun! Keep up the #WorkHardPlayHard mentality as the Summer Share comes to a close!

Everyone has their own unique fitness journey. What has your experience/journey been like with spinning?

I tried spin a few years ago at my gym. I really enjoyed it at first and it quickly became my favorite class. However, there wasn’t any continuity between the instructors, some were great and mixed it up, others did the same thing the whole time and weren’t very motivational.  Eventually, I stopped going and hadn’t been back in the saddle for about two years until the Fenway Handle Bar opened. 
 
How do you keep up with your fitness on a regular basis?
I strength train 2-3 times a week . I love outdoor fitness activities, like kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking and going for long bike rides. 
 
Tell us an unknown fact about yourself
I’m obsessed with the color turquoise. If I see something in that color I feel like I need it to live!
 
How has fitness become part of your everyday life?
Before, it was something I did only if I had the time, and usually got skipped over for a Real Housewives marathon. Now, I make the time. No matter what I have planned for the day I fit 45-60 minutes of exercise in. It feels great to do something good for yourself on a daily basis and even better when you start seeing your hard work pay off.
 
Why do you come to spin at The Handle Bar?
Because even when you’re soaked in sweat and thinking the instructors crazy for asking you to gear up (again!!) or pulse the bar when you’re convinced your arm’s about to fall off, it’s still fun! Every time it’s different, every time it’s challenging, and every time it’s fun, that’s a hard combination to come by.
 
What did you do for fitness prior to joining the studio?
Oh gosh, I’ve tried a little bit of everything. Boxing, kickboxing, Zumba, yoga, running, countless fitness DVD (those infomercials are really convincing!) Basically, if there was a Groupon for it, I tried it.
 
What goals has The Handle Bar helped you achieve?
The Handle Bar helped me finally become a morning workout person. I’ve tried a lot of things, but none of them were worth waking up before 6am for. One of my main goals for this summer was to prioritize fitness, which the Handle Bar had helped me do, and as a result, I’ve lost lost quite a few lbs and gained some muscle definition (yay!).
 
What drives you more – working out solo or with a friend?
I definitely push myself harder when I’m working out with a friend.
With spinning though, it’s more of a solo thing, my friend may be peddling faster, but my resistance may be up higher, so I just try to focus on my feet on the mirror and challenge myself with the resistance and pace.
 
What have been the hardest and most fun parts of your experience during the HB Summer Share?
The hardest part was trying to get used to working out in the morning. I still pout a little when my alarm goes off at 5:30 am, but I enjoy getting my workout done and over with before most people have gotten out of bed. The most fun has been getting to know everyone at the studio.
 
What’s your favorite way to end a long week?
 A 5:45 Cara class followed by dinner or drinks on a patio with friends. I try to spend the majority of the weekend outside, but I always schedule a little quality time with my DVR on Sunday to veg out before a new week begins.
 
What is your favorite music to spin to?
I love throwbacks! I get really excited when a song comes on that I used to love and had forgotten about, you can’t help but pedal harder. I’m also a huge country music fan,  every now and then the girls will throw a country song into the mix and it is awesome! 
 
What motivates you?
Progress. When I notice myself getting better at something or doing something that I wasn’t previously able to do, it motivates me to stick with it and keep giving it my all.
 
What words do you live by?
Work hard, play hard!
 

She’s Preggers!

Congrats, Sarah! You’re the HB first born’s mother-to-be. Setting the bar for the next gen of HBers – a pretty tall order, but we’re confident you’ll set the bar high in mommy standards.

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When are you due?
January 14th.

Girl or boy?
It’s a boy!

Do you have any names picked out?
Yes, we have a first name. We are currently struggling with a middle name. Suggestions are welcomed!

What fears or anxiety (if any!) do you have?
I have a new fear and anxiety every day. I keep my husband up at night talking about them. He thinks I am absolutely insane. If you had never baby sat, changed a diaper or held an infant before you’d have anxiety too! I am working on letting go of things that are out of my control and not allowing the unknown to hinder the joys of pregnancy.

What are you most excited about?
Shopping and decorating the nursery, duh.

Contrary to popular belief, it is actually completely safe to ride while pregnant. Does it still make you nervous like it did Charlotte on Sex and the City or are you totally okay with it? Fit mom, fit kid #amiright?
Totally ok with it! Teaching and riding 5+ times a week is probably one of the only things keeping me sane right now! I’m big on routine, and for me, it is super important for me to keep my routine as normal as possible. My husband and I were both college athletes so getting this baby started while still in the womb was inevitably going to happen! Ryan (my husband) wants him in skates and on the ice by 1…and you guys thought I was the crazy one.

How long will you continue to teach at The HB?
I hope to teach up until the very end! I’d love to teach the New Year’s Day resolution ride like I did this past year and then have that be my finale. What better way to start 2015, right?

So this means Stella won’t be an only child [dog] anymore. How’s she dealing with the news?
Anyone who knows me, knows that Stella is my first born and my #1 girl. And if you follow me on instagram (@sar_maguire) you know Stella was obviously the one who broke the baby news to the world. In all seriousness though, she totally knows there’s a baby on the way. She snuggles even closer now (didn’t know that was possible), puts her head on my stomach (drool and all) and doesn’t let me out of her sight. I think she will be happy to have a new companion, and of course she will benefit from all the extra food falling on the floor eventually.

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Any advice for moms-to-be who also love to stay active?
I think it’s important to find a work out routine that works for you and makes you happy. Riding might not be your thing, but it’s imperative that you stay active. Even if it’s simply going for a walk once a day, and eating healthy is just as important! #sweatonceaday

Thank you Sarah for sharing your big news with us! We’re so excited to watch you grow and are thrilled that you’re sharing this exciting time with The Handle Bar riders and team. Now for those HB onsies… 

Meet the HB Desk Staff!

They greet you with a smile every day, they work hard and play harder, they know your names so here’s a chance for you to learn theirs!

Our desk staff is an amazing team of young professionals and students who live and breathe the HB culture and put their all into making each ride a special one for you – our riders. They show up before the instructors and are the last ones to leave the studio each night… their hard work can often go unnoticed, so we want to highlight just how special we think they are.

Meet the team, put a name to a face, and learn a few fun facts about them that you didn’t know before:)

Candice

Candice

Candice is a rooster team member. She works in Southie on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Elise and Sarah M’s regulars know her well!

What you didn’t know:

1. She competed at the 2008 US Olympic Team trials (swimming) in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke.

2. She completed her first marathon in November 2013–NYC marathon

3. She has a 5 year old black lab mix named Scooter… rescued last year from the MSPCA.

Alexa

Alexa

Alexa is another rooster team member.. she opens the doors in Fenway on Mondays and Thursdays.. but she’s also a weekender, running the show on Saturday mornings. Think she’s satisfied working at just one studio? Nope, Alexa also crushes the Monday night shift in Southie.. she and Julie should run a “Bachelorette” talk show… ask them anything about the series.

What you didn’t know:

1. She works full-time at a PR/Social Media firm in the Seaport.

2. She once got stuck on the top of Mount Capri in Italy (during a thunderstorm) and had to hike the whole way down in flip flops.

3. She has a 20 pound cat named Charlie who enjoys going into the shower.

4. She is a huge British boy-band fan girl

Julie

Julie

Julie is Alexa’s partner in crime. She started as a rider in South Boston and quickly turned into a member of the family. Julie works Monday nights and Sunday mornings, and rides regularly!

What you didn’t know:

1. She works full time as an Office Manager at a consulting firm.

2. She played soccer at Roger Williams University

3. She ran her first marathon in San Francisco this month!

4. She moved to Hawaii after college and farmed lettuce in Kona

 

Rose

Rose

Rose is The Handle Bar’s most experienced employee! She opened the studio alongside Jess on June 15th of 2013, as a part of the grand opening team. Rose can be found working Monday ams and Saturdays in Southie… we hope she’s with us for a long long time!

What you didn’t know:

1. She’s from a small town in Maine but has been in Boston for the past 8 years. She loves the city, but goes back home whenever she gets the chance. Nothing beats the Maine in the summertime or getting snowed in during the long winter.
2. She adopted Ollie, a black lab puppy, in May. Ollie was in found in a shelter in Georgia and New England Lab Rescue saved him and brought him to her! He’s her new best friend and they’ve have been having the best summer together, hiking, swimming, and….cuddling.
3. She loves to cook and am always whipping up something new in the kitchen. She follows a (mostly) vegan diet, but sometimes indulge on cheese or seafood. I mean, who can resist a pizza from Picco in the South End or fresh Maine lobster?
Divya

Divya

 

Divya holds it down in Fenway on Sundays. A regular rider and neighbor of our Fenway studio.. she can also be spotted on a bike roaming the city!

What you didn’t know:

1. If you’re ever watching Paul Blart: Mall Copy (likely on ABC Family!) pay attention to the character Parisa! When Divya was a sophomore at Boston University, she took a one-semester acting elective and was cast in the movie which was filmed in Burlington, MA.

2. She’s from Redmond, Washington and loves the Pacific Northwest. If you’re ever traveling to Seattle, ask her for reco’s – she has tons!

3. Wouldn’t consider herself an athlete, but rather active and competitive. On nice days in Boston she’ll go on a long distance bike ride or hike. She completed the Nations Olympic distance triathlon in Washington DC in 2012 and this Summer is learning how to sail.

4. When she’s not working at the Handle Bar, she works full time in Digital Marketing at a content agency doing real-time relevant marketing.

 

 

Caitlin

Caitlin

Caitlin started as a Southie regular and has been a welcomed addition to the team since the winter. She works on Sunday mornings, and Tuesday/Thursday evenings in Southie! This lawyer is both a brain and a beauty.

What you didn’t know:

1. She’s a lawyer for the Commonwealth by day, HB addict/desk diva by night

2. She has run the Boston Marathon twice for charity as part of the Dana Farber Marathon Team

3. She played collegiate lacrosse

4. She’s addicted to reality TV shows like the Bachelor/Bachelorette/and any Real Housewives show

5. Ss a child she considered herself an amateur sleuth and used to “research” crimes/court cases such as the OJ Simpson case and write “book reports” for her Dad to read. #nerdalert

6. Her biggest (irrational) fear is that she will be the victim of a shark attack

 

Ellie

Ellie

Ellie has been a great summertime addition to our team! This brainiac works rooster shifts in Fenway on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays!

What you didn’t know:

1. She is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Boston University

2. Her favorite sports team is the New York Rangers

3. She loves the water and will always live near the ocean

 

 

 

Erin

Erin

Erin rocks the Fenway desk on Monday nights! She is a welcomed addition to the HB team and a joy to be around.

What you didn’t know:

1. She studied abroad for a semester in Florence, Italy
2. She’s a cat lover! She rescued a street cat named Jax, who lives with her now :)
3. She’s a long distance runner, participating in cross country in middle school, high school, and still enjoys running in her free time. 
Katie

Katie

 

Katie started as a Southie regular and transitioned to an important member of the team this summer. You can catch her on Tuesday and Wednesday nights in Fenway, Thursday and Friday nights in Southie!

What you didn’t know:

1. She has biked down an active volcano in Hawaii.
2. She was born in California, went to college in Ohio, and was raised in Georgia and Massachusetts. Southie is now my home.
3. She is a third grade teacher in Southborough, MA at Fay School.
Danelle

Danelle

 

Danelle found The Handle Bar through friend, fellow dietician and instructor – Lena! She started off helping us clean bikes and now she is one of our most trusted hands on deck in both studios! Danelle can be found on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and Sundays at Fenway.

What you didn’t know:

1. She was born and raised in Minnesota (proud to have eliminated any hint of an accent), attended college in Wisconsin, now transplanted in this amazing city as a clinical dietitian at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
2. She played golf in college, part of a national runner-up team
3. She was active in musical theater in high school, combine that with her love of music makes the HB’s “dance party on a bike” her favorite way to stay active, and she’s only mildly addicted to spin ;)
4. She has a pretty good memory (try memorizing the key notes in every Bath and Body Works fragrance or learning names and facts of 70 residence hall students), so she might learn your shoe size in addition to your name
Norah

Norah

 

HB owner, Jess, met Norah during a chance encounter last winter.. immediately she knew Norah would be a welcomed addition to the team. You can catch Norah in Southie on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings!

What you didn’t know:

1. She was born and raised in Dublin, moved to Boston January 2014
2. She joined HB team in March, works in finance by day
3. She has 4 sisters and 2 brothers, suffers from middle child syndrome
4. She speaks Irish (Gaelic) fluently and plays Gaelic football for a team in Boston
5. She captained highschool field hockey team
6. She passed her driving test on the 4th attempt (Really good driver…)
7. She wants to stay in America indefinitely!
Maura

Maura

 

Maura is The Handle Bar’ assistant studio manager and is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable faces around. You can catch Maura on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights in Fenway, and Saturdays in Southie. Ask her anything about the studio and the classes, she’s here to help!

What you didn’t know:

1. She has hiked up a waterfall in Jamacia; Dunns River Falls
2. The number one thing on her bucket list is to sky dive
3. If she could live anywhere it would be Croatia
4. An Audi convertible is her dream car  (its happening… she’s determined)
Rebecca

Rebecca

 

Rebecca joined the Southie team last winter and has become a regular rider and HB enthusiast! We love having her at the desk AND in class! Rebecca works on Tuesday nights in Southie.

What you didn’t know:

1. If she could choose one artist to spin to exclusively, it would be Drake
2. She’s a rising junior in college studying French, Political Science, and Urban Studies—and is OBSESSED with cities.
3. She likes biking outdoors (almost) as much as she like riding indoors!
JIll

JIll

Jilll has been with us for almost an entire year.. time flies when you’re having fun… and she knows how to! This beauty works in Southie for Tuesday and Thursday rooster rides.

What you didn’t know:

1. She doesn’t like movies. But absolutely loves documentaries.
2. She’s obsessed with Jackie O. She even has a Warhol of her at her desk.
3. She shops mostly consignment. (Don’t tell anyone she works with at Rue La La).
4. Shoes. Period.

 

Jen

Jen

 

Jen has been holding down the mid-day classes in Southie since the winter. She loves to take class, she knows how to manage a rush of recess riders, and she’s as sweet on the inside as she is on the outside! 

What you didn’t know:

1. She’s a nurse
2. She was born on Friday the 13th! spooky
3. Besides spinning she also loves yoga!

A MidSummerShare Update

Well, that was quick! Summer Share riders, you are officially half way through your ten week challenge! We’d love to say congrats, but your journey is not yet over. Take this moment as an opportunity to check in with yourself. What progress have you made so far? Have you surprised yourself at all? What (if anything!) do you wish you could have done differently these past five weeks? Seriously, take a second to honestly answer these questions (and maybe share your answers with a friend, twitter, your dog – somebody!). If you find things you wish you could change or have doScreen Shot 2014-07-24 at 12.31.56 AMne differently, well, you’re in luck. You’ve still got five whole weeks to improve upon or change whatever it is you aren’t satisfied with. If you are content with your progress, I dare you to take the next step. Set a goal for the next five weeks that makes your hair stand on its ends. What will push you to the next level – mentally, physically, emotionally, socially? Find the thing that scares you most and then go do it.

Top 3 overall:Bre563QCYAAfWom
1) Alisun Kovach (82 points)
2) Brittany O’Shea (82 points)
3) Andrew Rebhun (79 points)

Top 3 hashtaggers:
1) Brittany O’Shea (56 points)
 2) Alisun Kovach (54 points)
3) Andrew Rebhun (44 points)

Top 3 Riders:
1) Andrew Rebhun (35 rides)
2) Erica Mellone (33 rides)
3) Courtney Ferguson (33 rides)

Don’t forget – at the very end of the competition, we are going to triple check the standings for accuracy to be sure that hashtags are equivalent to rides (i.e. 2 #points for every 1 ride). This is especially important for our top 3 riders to earn their well-deserved complimentary month unlimited package. Keep sweating, sharing, and having fun this summer – you’ve still got 5 whole weeks left!

How will you #ShareYourSummer?