Olivia has been inspiring us since we met her in June. She works every day to make herself 1% better. Working out has not always come easy for her, but since finding The Handle Bar, Olivia has managed to stick with her routine and has become one of our most frequent riders. At one time, Olivia began her days with a diet soda and a cigarette .. now she’s kicked bad habits and uses her own personal achievements to motivate her to continued success!
“Motivation can be a struggle for me, but I have to stop and think of what I have achieved.. and own it.”
Everyone has their own unique fitness journey. What has your experience/journey been like with spinning?
A few years ago I started to workout. After years of smoking it was time to kick the habit, so I decided to work out. Six weeks in I quit – and what a mess I was! But I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Along my fitness journey I did boot camps and I tried running, cause it just looked so easy (yikes how wrong was I!?) and was doing ok but then i injured my Achillies Tendon so the owner of gym suggested Spinning and I loved it! I made great friends and participated in a Spin-a-Thon. As my work schedule got busier and the gym began to change class times, it wasn’t working out but I continued to fit them in on occasion.
You know how some people are good at everything? Well I am not like that. Most gyms intimidate me which makes me shy away from trying new things. Then this summer I heard about The Handle Bar. I was so excited for many reasons, but the biggest reason was the variety of times!
How do you fit fitness into your everyday life?
This is something I am still working on, but I book my classes in advance and writing them in my date book along side my work schedule keeps me accountable and on track. My goal is to continue to work on this especially as the winter comes.. but thanks to the Black Friday Sale I stocked up on classes and I am ready to continue to improve my fitness!
Why do you come to spin at The Handle Bar?
I go to The Handle Bar for the variety of class times.. and I love how they teach- dark room and high beat music. The Handle Bar is small but I think this makes it more personal and i don’t feel overwhelmed. You walk in and the staff are friendly and they get to know your face and name.
What did you do for fitness prior to joining the studio?
Living in South Boston we are lucky to have Castle Island to walk, the local gym, or workout videos. But who was I kidding? Set that up… or watch an episode of Real Housewives of somewhere!?
What goals has The Handle Bar helped you achieve?
Its always so easy to talk myself out of going to the gym especially if I am tired or just lazy but having to book classes in advance doesn’t allow for me to flake. I have on occasion for work reasons.. but my clients know that and have to pay for the loss of my class! And this past week I blew off a class to go see Rod Stewart , HA!
As a nanny I give times outs. Luckily this doesn’t happened too often, but this summer I had to give myself a time out to address my migraines and daily headaches. I found out some stuff about my body and how I was giving myself headaches from taking to much Excedrin. So with a few tweaks I am happy to say both my migraines and headaches have been reduced and its a proven fact that exercise is key to migraine and headache sufferers. As I learn more about my body and what causes migraines and headaches The Handle Bar has and will continue to be the go-to workout for me.
What’s your favorite way to retox after a long week?
I like to juice, more so in the hot summer than the winter helps the body cool off. But I love food maybe too much at times! I prefer to cook than go out and trying and sharing new recipes is always fun.
Do you have a favorite class at The Handle Bar?
Jess, Elise and Lena, there are times the classes get so pumped up that all the glass fogs over and your sweat is ON! I believe this is great detox for the skin too.. gives you a glow! Elise gets my week going on monday Evening at 615pm.
What is your favorite music to spin to?
Anything thats keeps the beat up, and every now and again they have a 80s song remix now who doesn’t love the 80s music, is this my chance to request some Bon Jovi and Guns and Roses? hehe.
What are your thoughts on using bike shoes? Had you ever used them prior to riding with us at The Handle Bar?
I used to spin in sneakers when I stared out… but after my injury i invested in the shoes. It helps keep my posture and balance in check, l couldn’t ever go back to sneakers.
What motivates you?
Motivation can be a struggle for me, but I have to stop and think of what I have achieved and own it. I was a smoker and a drinker and I used start my day with diet soda and cigarettes. At the time i didn’t know how bad I felt. So I continue to use these achievement to motivate me. My last hurdle is losing a few pounds but i know its a slow procedure because I refuse to starve myself. I am approaching the big 40 in 2015 and I want to continue to become stronger and fitter!
What words do you live by?
“i know and own my faults but I need to recognize my good qualities too”