A Fenway Ride-Or-Die staple, Anthony has been a Handle Bar regular since we opened. His fun-loving nature makes our mornings brighter and our evenings lighter. An incredibly strong rider, we recently asked Anthony to audition for our instructor training program! But alas, he is taking is infectious energy to New York City at the end of the month.. and he WILL be missed. Congrats Anthony, and keep riding!
Tell us a little about you – where are you from? What do you do in your free time? What is your fitness background/music background, what in your path drew you to the Handle bar?
Originally, I’m from Sleepy Hollow (yes, that Sleepy Hollow), New York. I moved up to Boston to work in consulting,
where I’ve mostly concentrated on healthcare litigation. When I’m not working, exercising, or sleeping, I am often singing and playing the guitar. I’m also an amateur bartender/mixologist, so I like to try out drinks for my friends over the weekends!
I’ve done group exercise classes ever since High School, where cycling and weight-lifting helped me get in shape. I also ran track occasionally, but was never very good at it. I got into lifting and fitness programs more seriously during college, and found theHandle Bar after moving to Boston and wanting to try a new fitness experience.
Musically, I have been singing, playing guitar, and playing cello for as long as I can remember. I used to be in a few a Cappella groups and choirs in college, and definitely miss singing in groups. That music-driven group energy is probably one of the things that drew me to the Handle Bar!
What other communities are you a part of? Social groups, volunteering, athletics, hobbies?
I helped found my company’s Outing Club, and I’ve planned hiking and kayaking trips. I have also joined my company’s recreational soccer league. Besides those, mainly just hanging out with friends.
What inspires you? In fitness and in life?
I think my biggest inspiration is that we can constantly improve. In fitness, and in all aspects of our lives, we can reject that we are at a “plateau,” and push ourselves to do more, better.
What’s your favorite way to retox after a long week?
When I’m not making cocktails for my friends, I love to go out for drinks on the weekends. Whether it’s a casual night of conversation or a night of dancing, I love to get out of the apartment.
Do you have a favorite class at The Handle Bar?
Oh, don’t make me choose! I love so many of the instructors, that choosing a single class is impossible. I totally love all of the Bar Fights I’ve been to…especially the RL Grime/ODESZA one that was on my birthday! But Throwback Thursdays are also so good!
What is your favorite music to spin to?
Dubstep, trap, and anything electronic is awesome. But more than that, I love songs with strong beats that the whole room can get into!
What is your favorite music to party to?
It depends. If I’m throwing a party, I love to put as many throwbacks as possible on the list, but when I’m going out, I love to dance to house, trance, or anything else with with a beat.
To chill to?
Anything that doesn’t have words…classical music or Explosions in the Sky.
What motivates you?
I like to compete, be it with my friends in sports, or myself while working out or solving a problem. I like to try new things and find new experiences.
Anything exciting happening to you this week?
I just found out that I got a job in NYC! It’s very exciting but very sad. I don’t want to leave the Handle Bar community, but it’s a very hard opportunity to pass up.
Anything else to add?
To everyone who hasn’t yet taken a class at the Handle Bar: what are you waiting for?! To all those who have: go up and talk to theinstructors after class, and all of the staff! They’re nice, funny, and totally awesome. Plus, shout-out to Cara for dealing with my seemingly endless list of song requests!