Ever since REV Cycle Brewers Hill has opened it has become one of my favorite regular workouts.  While now I am super comfortable in the saddle, there was a time I was actually really scared of even setting foot in a studio.  Here’s hoping that these tips will help you get you on a bike in a shorter time than it took me!

Bring a friend
Know someone who’s already an indoor cycling maniac?  Tag a long to one of their classes and let them give you some pointers.  Know someone who’d also like to try indoor cycling?  Have them try a class with you, it’s so much less intimidating when you’re with someone else.  My first few classes were done with friends who knew what they were doing and it was comforting knowing they had my back if I had questions.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Not sure how to set up your bike? How do those weird shoes clip to the bike?  How does the monitor work?  Instructors and staff don’t know you’re new unless you speak up!

Give yourself time to get set up.
Show up early and give yourself time to get comfortable on the bike.  Yes it’s easy to feel rushed when the music is playing and you just can’t wait to start moving.   Still I’ve definitely been there, when I’ve rushed to set up my bike only to realize my seat or my handlebars were too high a mere 5 minutes into class.  Let me tell you it does not make for a fun class.

Know how to modify for your fitness level.
The instructor will call out two points to follow throughout the class, level {of resistance} and RPM.  The expecation is that most people in the class will be able to get there.  For example “Get to a level 6-7 and 100RPM”.  But what if you just can’t get to 100RPM on level 6?  Take it down a level.  When in doubt follow the instructor cues for RPM and adjust your level to what feels right for YOU.  Don’t be afraid to go at your own pace.

Look for a fun low-pressure type of class to get your feet wet.
A shorter class is the perfect intro to a new type of fitness, even better when there’s a social aspect tied in.  If you’re new to indoor cycling, or maybe just up for a crazy adventure, try REV Cycle Studio’s REV Shack Track & Field.  A quick 30 minute spin class is just the warm up for a short run to Shake Shack in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for a FREE beer.  Spin classes are happening on both sides of the water, everyone will meet up at Shake Shack for a drink when it’s all over.

Spin + Run + Beer.  What could be better?

If you want to WIN a free spot at REV Shack Track & Field next Thursday May 25th – check out the details below.{Your choice of McHenry Row or Brewer’s Hill studio} 

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5 Tips for Better Meal Prep

by Sara on April 5, 2017

Does the idea of “meal prep” conjure up images of endless Tupperware containers filled with chicken and rice and broccoli?  If so let me be the first to say, I’m sorry.  And second, it doesn’t have to be that way.  Meal prep is not just reserved for those trying to loose weight.  Meal prep does not have to be boring.  Meal prep does not have to take forever!

#1 – Get creative.  Try a new fruit or veggie or a different dish you would normally make.
“How can you eat the same thing every single night and not get bored?” – Almost anyone I know when I tell them I only cook once or sometimes twice a week.  Foodie friends, it’s like this.  Have you ever made something so delicious you were dreaming about the next time you could eat it again the moment you swiped the last bite off your plate? {If you’re answer is no I’m going to have to ask you go get more creative in the kitchen meal prep or not, food is amazing make more delicious things!!}  

This is part of the reason why I decided to sign up for Hungry Harvest back in January.  Half of the work is already done for you.  Produce shows up and the next part is to figure out what to do with it.  Some really tasty dishes have come as a result of figuring out how to use my weekly produce haul.

Meal prep, picking my recipes

I have experimented with eggplant, lentils, cabbage and even rainbow chard.  I’ve made coconut curried veggies, kiwi mango salsa, Mediterranean quinoa bowls, and more mason jar salads than I ever through possible.

#2 – Make a plan
This is the part I both loath and love.  I loath fighting through that phase of “ugh, what do I want to eat this week” but LOVE when I start perusing some foodie blogs and find something utterly mouth watering.  The excitement builds, I start scribbling notes down on my notebook and in a matter of minutes I cannot wait to get to grocery store.  {That’s a lie.  I never want to go to the grocery store.}

Meal Prep, making a plan

Have a plan for the ENTIRE week to make sure you aren’t prepping food that will go to waste.  Do you need enough food for dinners every week or will you be eating out once or twice? Will you cook everything all at once or just cook one small meal and prepare other ingredients for the second or third later int he week.  Will you prepare lunches ahead of time or make the day of?  Gather up all of your recipes, figure out what ingredients you already have and what you need and compile a shopping list.  I have never moved so fast through the store than when I know my list contains EXACTLY what I need.  Versus that overwhelming feeling when you go to the store to “see what’s good” and then hem and haw over what you actually want to make.

Each week I pick one {sometimes two} main dish for dinner, and one lunch for me.  Sometimes I’ll make one lunch for Ralph + me but he usually does his own thing for lunch.

#3 – Mis En Place
I learned this term recently, although it turns out I have been doing it for years.  Mis-en-place is french for ” to put in place”, think of it as the prep before the prep.  {If you’re thinking this sounds like a lot of work, stay with me}.  You’ve planned, you’ve shopped, now it’s time to cook something fabulous.  Take the time to get out all your ingredients.  Chop all your veggies at once.   One thing people ask is how long my whole process takes.  Or they say that must take forever who has that kind of time.  It’s really not that big of a deal to chop 1 pepper or 3 so I figure might as well do it all at once.  Then I only have to do the dishes once.  {That’s not true either, Ralph does the dishes}

meal prep, mis-en-place

#4 – Have the right containers
Nothing sucks more than preparing a large meal only to realize you have nothing to store it in.  Plan a head and get a vartiey of containers.  I like small pyrex containers or mason jars for lunches and large pyrex containers for dinner meals.  Containers that have sturdy lids and are relatively the same size so I can stack them up in the fridge its a huge plus.

meal prep, containers

#5 – Find a way to break up the week
Well if you ARE the type of person who gets bored no matter how amazing a cook you are, I would suggest breaking up the week with a night out or take out or prepping multiple meals.  Many weeks I make one large casserole or one pot/pant type meals.  However there is nothing wrong with making ahead a few smaller meals, or doing most of the prep work for something you will cook later in the week.  I also like our standing tradition of weekly date nights, not just to give us a break from food but as something to look forward to in our work lives as well.

So there ya go.  If you were previously afraid of or didn’t understand meal prep and why it’s so great I hope this helped.

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What are your tips or meal prep tricks?

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Megaformer Fitness Comes to Baltimore – MEGAfit

March 22, 2017
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I have had my eyes on Megaformer fitness studios for a while now.  Although the massive piece of equipment with all it’s springs and handles might look a little intimidating, it’s supposed to be an insanely effective workout.  Also known as the Lagree Method {after Sebastian Lagree who invented this fantasical piece of equipment} think of a pilates […]

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Hungry Harvest – Get Creative & Fight Food Waste

March 20, 2017
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I first learned about Hungry Harvest through a work volunteer event.  Giving back to the community is a huge piece of what it means to work for Under Armour.  This past summer my team was able to participate in a week long giveback event at one of the cities schools. We helped fix it up, host […]

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9Round Baltimore – Kickboxing Fitness

March 15, 2017
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“Be stubborn about your goals.  Be flexible with how you achieve them” People who achieve goals have a unique trait that sets them apart from people who easily give up.  When things don’t go as planned they reevaluate the plan and change the course if necessary.  When I laid this plan out three weeks ago […]

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Embrace Your Flaws and Learn to Love Yourself

March 13, 2017
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A few moths ago I reconnected with an old college friend over lunch.  Actually we reconnected when I read a recent blog post of hers {check her out here!} about balance.  Yea I know, my favorite subject. {more here, here and here} Despite having great jobs, home lives, supportive families and relationships we both admitted something felt… off. […]

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M Power Yoga & Barre

March 8, 2017
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When I first started this challenge for myself, I didn’t give much thought to how hard it would be on my body.  My previous schedule was so predicable that I didn’t realize how used to the routine my body was getting.  Spoiler alert – new fitness routines will make you SORE.  This doesn’t mean you […]

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Rev Cycle Studio Brewer’s Hill

March 1, 2017
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New fitness journey week one – check. You can read a little bit more about what led me to this challenge here.  If you want to read about my experience at the Rev Cycle Studio McHenry Row location you can read about it here. When you think of bad ass indoor cycling studios in Baltimore, […]

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