Congratulations to Josie, our rider of the month!

Just in time for her birthday, we’re celebrating Josie – our rider of the month! Congrats and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Josie!
Josie has been a loyal HB rider and supporter since August. Her enthusiasm and infectiousness is what we’re all about.. so we thought she deserved the spotlight this month! Our Bar Staff and instructors know and love her… she even crafted a hand-knit hat for our manager, Maura! Helping us stay warm with hats and positivity, Josie is a pleasure to have in the studio. Her online support of The HB in the social media world is not overlooked, and we can’t thank her enough for sharing the HB mission and spirit with her own friends and followers. Congratulations Josie!
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Everyone has their own unique fitness journey. What has your journey been like with spinning?
One of my best friends had been spinning for years and she never shut up about it.  When another friend in the neighborhood suggested trying out one of the recess rides at The Handle Bar over the summer- I caved and tried it out.  I think it was with Jess- and I loved it!  I knew I needed something to become addicted to – this was it.   I now try to go about five times a week.  Many friends have joined The Handle Bar and we now go together!
You’re extremely active on social media – what inspires that? Do you have any favorite follows to share with us on Twitter/Insta?
I have always been extremely outgoing in real life and it has spilled onto social media. I worked in public relations before teaching – and have always made strong connections with all kinds of people.  Everyone I follow is my favorite- but I especially love looking at photos of food… and paintings.. and crafts… and vacations.. and animals…
What did you do for fitness prior to joining the studio?
I didn’t do anything.   I had only lifted the remote control.  The last time I hustled was for last call at the bar.   This is truly the only time I’ve ever done any exercise in my life.  My family and friends are shocked.
What other communities are you a part of in Boston? Social groups, volunteering, athletics, hobbies?
 I am a BPS teacher so I feel like I am surrounded by work for 10 months out of the year.  I love reading (old school only!), my two rescue dogs, trying out new restaurants, knitting, and I can’t wait to roast on the beach this summer.
What’s your favorite way to retox after a long week?
After a long week, I try to make a spin class, and grab cheap buckets of beers with my friends at a dive bar. 
Or, I attempt to go to spin, then take a nap and I never wake up.
Do you have a favorite class at The Handle Bar?
I can’t choose a fave- everyone is so good and different!  I have become used to attending Elise’s Saturday, a double with Rachel on Sundays.. I squeeze in everyone else during the week whenever my work schedule allows it.  I look forward to Sarah coming back too!
What is your favorite music to spin to?
Top 40s, with a few old school throwbacks mixed in. 
What motivates you?
Thinking about summer vacation.
What words do you live by?
I need to look back and find a cheesy quote on my Instagram……. Couldn’t find one.. So I’ll just put some lyrics I like– 
“i’m not all bad, but i’m a faithful sinner,
i might get lost, but i’ll be home for dinner,”
Anything fun planned for the weekend?
It’s my birthday the 9th! I am heading to NYC on the 14th with my three best friends.
Anything else to add?
Just a big thank you to Jess who thought of me and everyone who is has been so friendly.  If you’re thinking about trying out a class, I definitely recommend it- you’ll be hooked!  Say HI!

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