Rev Monday Motivators: Meet Christina

Welcome to our newest edition to the RevBlog and social-sphere: Monday Motivators. Each week we’ll be highlighting the people at Revolution that we just can’t get enough of. Their all-around awesomeness needs to be shared with the world! We’ve always got our eyes open for people who inspire. If you’ve got a RevDude or Revinista in mind who is your “Monday Motivator” let us know and we’ll do whatever we can to get them featured here.

We are so revved up about our first ever Monday Motivator! Meet Christina and read her Q&A.

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1. Describe your ongoing fitness journey.
“My fitness journey has been a rollercoaster for many years. However, I feel like I am finally getting a grasp on it thanks to some very patient instructors/trainers, educating myself on nutrition, having great support at home and overall having more self-control. Being a short Italian who has an endless love affair with carbs, I always struggled with my weight. If I was ready to diet I never wanted to have to diet for long. I also never understood the people who had all this time to work out, loved it while they were doing it, and fit it into their daily routine. In late spring of 2014 I was introduced to something that changed my outlook on working out and helped me realize what I was capable of doing.

Colleen reached out to me on Facebook and asked me to try her TRX class at Fierce Fitness. I couldn’t believe she reached out and thought I could handle a workout like that! I didn’t feel strong, I felt out of shape, I didn’t have cool workout clothes and I literally knew no one in class. To say I struggled during my first class is an understatement. But Colleen helped with every move, gave me modifications and just made me feel as comfortable as possible. Everyone in the class was really focused and didn’t seem to mind my lack of skill level. 

I came home after class and told my fiancé Sean I would never go back because I not only embarrassed myself but probably Colleen, too. I felt bad taking up everyone’s time with my inability to do things. He stressed how important it was to go back, to keep trying and explained how everyone has had a “first class” at one point or another. Colleen reached out to me that night and encouraged me to come back, too. So I did. 

That was in March of 2014. From that day forward I have developed such a different mentality to working out, challenging myself and overall taking better care of myself. Healthy is now my lifestyle and I completely understand what all the “buzz” is about. I found something that I really enjoy doing; it’s hard but incredibly rewarding and I not only feel the results but see them, too.”

2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
“For working out, anything hip hop and I love a good 80s remix! For in my car or at home it’s DMB, Sara Bareilles and anything Frank Sinatra.”
3. What’s your favorite Rev class, and why?
“This is tough because I love them all. Some options at Rev incorporate both TRX and spin which allows for an awesome overall workout in 60 minutes. My favorite class still has to be TRX (at both Fierce Fitness and Rev). It is an hour that incorporates the challenge of strength training, cardio bursts, balance and a huge focus on core work which I will forever need in my life. I always leave that class feeling incredible.”

4. Fave post workout fuel/snack?
“After my Saturday morning Revolution workout our go-to is Acropolis for healthy options that are delish and satisfying after class. During the week, depending on the time of my workout, my favorite post workout fuel for dinner is a yummy piece of fish over a spinach salad with tons of veggies.”
5. Ice cream flavor that best describes your personality?
“I would probably say Ben and Jerry’s “Everything but the….” It’s a flavor that has so much going on in it and wants to satisfy a lot of different cravings. I can relate because I am always trying to do whatever I can to give back in my life and help to assist in anything people need. I put my all into what I do, whether it’s at work, at home, in the community, with my friends, at the gym, etc.  I love to work on projects both professionally and personally that can benefit our community and our city. I really try to be a “people pleaser” no matter how much I have going on. I want to fix whatever I can for someone and work hard every day to help to raise awareness for projects and people that are important to me.”

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Just can’t get enough of this girl. Have a motivated week, everyone!


T-minus 10 days to RevCommunity Ride!

We are over-the-moon happy to announce that not only is our first RevCommunity Ride just 10 days away, we are partnering with the very respected and community-driven Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo, NY!


What is a RevCommunity Ride?
Cycle as a team for 60 motivational minutes. Then head (as a team) to a special Revolution volunteer event in the Buffalo community. Do something good for your mind, your body, and those around you.

RevCommunity Ride, January 31st: The Game Plan
8-9am: Ride the bikes!
9am-9:20am: Refuel & refresh. (Snacks/shower/changing rooms will be provided.)
9:20am-9:30am: Walk 1.5 blocks to Ronald McDonald House on West Ferry St.
9:30am-11am: Volunteer work at Ronald McDonald House.

We’d love to have you join us for this special opportunity to better our bodies, our minds and the community. (Sound familiar?) A RevRide generates a whole lot of feel-good, do-good energy. Let’s share the love!

If you’d like to be a part of this exclusive Rev event, please reserve your spot here. While we’d like to offer this opportunity to everyone, please reserve a spot only if you can attend both the ride and volunteer portion of the event. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, bond with your current friends (yes, they can come too!) and support a local organization that helps families and children feel at home in our community.

If you can’t make this RevCommunity Ride, keep an eye out for events this Spring with Grassroots Gardens and Habitat for Humanity.

About RMHC
“A strong mind. A strong body. And a safe, supportive place to grow. These are things that every child needs and deserves. Helping to provide these things is what we do.
Our cornerstone, Ronald McDonald House® of Buffalo, opened in 1983 with the single focus of providing a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. Since that time, more than 17,000 families from Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, the country and the world, have benefited from the comfort provided by the our House.
Additionally, RMHC WNY funds a Community Granting Program that supports not-for-profit organizations whose programs directly improve the health and well-being of children in our WNY communities. Financial support for these grants comes from the local McDonald’s Owners/Operators of WNY and NWPA, McDonald’s Corporation (RMHC National), and our WNY community.”


Oh, Kale Yeah!


Kale. This nutrient-rich superfood of 2014 has been calling my name for months from the produce bins at Wegmans. Love eating it (especially in those addicting salads from Newbury Street). But prepping it? Please. No time for that.

I don’t know what changed inside of my heart, but I finally bit the bullet this past weekend and bought a bunch of the curly-leafed suckers. I washed, chopped and prepped. And it really was not as painstaking as expected. I made kale chips. And I’m hooked.

Learn a little more about this crazy-healthy superfood and how to make your own kale chips at home.

The Deets
Peak season: Winter
1 cup:
Approx. 36 calories
90 mg fiber
Good source of vitamins A and C, Calcium and Phytontrietients that help fight cancer.

The Prep
Pick stalks with firm, dark green leaves. Refrigerate in loose plastic wrap and rinse in cold water when ready to prepare. Chop off stems, remove leaves from rib (stem going down the center of the bunch) and tear or cut leaves into pieces.

The Dish
After prepping your kale, place in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil to coat. (I’m an eyeballer, but 2-3 tbsp. should do the trick.) Sprinkle with salt & pepper. I did 4-5 twists each from my pink Himalayan salt grinder (Oooh, that sounds so fancy!) Same from the pepper mill. Throw generous scoopfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet and cook for approx. 15-20 minutes at 325°F. Bake in two separate batches. (Giving the kale some room to breathe on the pan helps it crisp up.) 

Store in an airtight container for up to five days.