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Monday Motivator: Meet Blair

We hope that along with enjoying the kick-off of summer, you've all been taking some time to reflect on all of those have given their lives for our country so that we can continue ours. We'd also like to introduce you to today's Monday Motivator Blair. This legal assistant had a major hang up regarding trying out a group fitness class but thanks to her BFF, she jumped in and hasn't looked back. We're so happy we get to be part of her fitness revolution!

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1. Give us a quick background on yourself.

I am 26 and a legal assistant at a small law firm. I am from Clarence, but I moved away for college in Indiana and work in Chicago for a few years. I joined Rev after trying the Thursday TRX with one of my best friends. I'm so glad she introduced me to the class. I love the workout and I look forward to it every week.

2. Describe your best workout ever in just three words.

Full body workout

3. What song(s) are you obsessed with right now?

Play That Song - Train
How Far I'll Go - Moana Soundtrack
Away Away - Moana Soundtrack
I highly recommend seeing Moana, you'll love the songs too!

4. Any healthy habits to start/end your day?

I start the day with two eggs and a cup of black coffee to wake up. I end my day with a glass of water at dinner.

5. Any indulgences you just can't live without?

Chocolate and candy!

6. Favorite workout on the bikes - hills, sprints, isolations or tap backs?

I would say sprints, but since I come for the TRX classes, my favorite moves are standing hip drops and tricep extensions.

7. Favorite Buffalo Food Truck.

The Cheesy Chick makes amazing mac & cheese and grilled cheeses!

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Monday Motivators: Meet Alyssa

Before this girl is even out the door, she's got some majorly enviable healthy habits. (Vinyasa, meditation, dry brushing and cold showers anyone?) Meet Alyssa, this week's hard-working, health-conscious, Kunis-loving Monday Motovator!

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1. Give us a quick background on yourself.
I grew up in Buffalo, and moved back two years ago after living in Boston and Los Angeles, where I studied and worked in "art" and fashion. I'm currently enrolled at D'Youville College, pursuing a career as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and I work as an activities aide with Alzheimer's patients.

2. Describe your best workout ever in three words:
Actually. Dead. Afterwards.

3. What songs are you obsessed with right now? 
"Slide", by Calvin Harris/Frank Ocean and "Told You I'd Be With the Guys", by Cherry Glazerr.

4. Any healthy habits to start or end your day?
I do 3 or 5 vinyasas every morning, followed by ten minutes of meditation, then I dry brush and take a cold(ish) shower. I try to meditate again in the early afternoon, and again before bed.

5. Favorite workout on the bike - hills, sprints, isolations or tap backs?​
Isolations !!!!!

6. Buffalo food truck you can't live without?
I've never been to a food truck in Buffalo, actually. I like to cook/ assemble salads, but my love for Kuni's is pure and true.
 

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Monday Motivators Mother's Day Edition: Meet Alisha & Mama J

Anyone that has seen Alisha & Pat (fondly known as Mama J) together in class can see that they have a really strong mother-daughter relationship. But this Mothers Day, we feel it's important to share just how strong their bond is. Trust us, we've known them for 15 years - we've had a long time to watch the dynamic! From milestone surprise birthday parties for Mama J, to nights spent out and in together, these two are there for each other no matter what. When Mama J had a heart attack a year and half ago, Alisha was her tireless and dedicated support. We will never forget the feeling the day she came back to Rev for her first class, such a huge victory!

Read on for all the details, including what TRX move Alisha has to hold for 60 seconds as a Mother's Day gift.

PS, we may have asked some leading questions in order for you all to hear about the delicious monstrosity that is Alisha's Doritos with melted cheese/banana peppers ... 
 

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1. Give us some detail on your fitness journey:
Alisha: I grew up playing a few different sports, mainly basketball and soccer. I cheered in high school and college as well. When college ended, I needed to find something to keep me active. I started spinning about 10 years ago and then picked up TRX to mix up my routine. Even though I DREAD running, I completed my first (and forever last) half marathon and Buffalo Relay in memory of my cousin.
Mama J: Alisha and I used to go to spinning a few times a week downtown at the BAC. I like taking my bike out when the weather is nice, too. When Rachel, Amanda, and Colleen opened Rev, I started going there. I had a heart attack about 18 months ago and it's very scary to get back to working out. You don't know how your body will react. But it feels great to be back on the bike!

2. What is your perfect mother/daughter date?
Spin, shop, walk our pup Hercules, and lunch at Olive Garden..soup, salad, breadsticks anyone? We've been doing the same thing for years.

3. What's her weirdest healthy habit?
A: In the cold weather she would walk around the garage to make her Fitbit steps for the day.
Mama J: Alisha meal preps obsessively during the week.

4. ​Favorite healthy meal?
A: Sushi from Kumo or egg whites and baked sweet potatoes.
Mama J: Chopped salad from Cheesecake Factory or an Olive Garden light fare chicken dish with breaded zucchini .

5. Favorite UNhealthy meal?​
A: Doritos, cheese, and banana peppers. Heat all three up together and you'll be surprised by the end result.
Mama J: I love French fries and Imperial pizza

​6. Who is the ringleader when it comes to signing up for class?
A: Definitely me. I set an alarm to make sure I get into class.
Mama J: Alisha. She reminds me to sign up.

7. What is your favorite song to spin to?
A: Right now I would say Yellow Claw, "City on Lockdown" or "Believer" by Major Lazer
Mama J: Anything fun and upbeat.

8. Tell us one fun fact about yourself:
A: I've been to Cuba!
Mama J: I live on the waterfront and there is always something fun going on. I love to participate in the many local activities.

In honor of Mother's Day, what's one TRX move you'd make Alisha do for 60 seconds straight?​
Mama J: Planks or push ups. Alisha hates both!


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Monday Motivator: Meet Natalie

When someone's boyfriend nominates them for Monday Motivator because he "doesn't know anyone who loves Rev more than she does," you make them Monday Monday Motivator. Not only does Natalie love Rev, she totally kicks ass at everything Rev-related. She bikes, she rows, she TRX-es. And she does it all with a giant smile and positive attitude. Get to know this rockstar below!

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1. Give us a quick background on yourself.
I'm a Buffalo girl born and raised and came back home after college to work at New Era Cap for the NFL (Go Bills)! My boyfriend and I live around Elmwood and he just moved back home from NYC so I love exploring all the new Buffalo places with him. We try to get outside as much as possible - we loved Citi Biking down the West Side Highway in the city so I'm excited to try the ones in Buffalo this summer! I got into Rev about a year ago and now I love incorporating in my daily life and bringing my friends. As we lose our 21-year-old metabolisms, it's fun to get together and do a class (and then head to brunch & mimosas) for a different activity.

2. Describe your best workout ever in just three words.
"That was fun." - I love trying to get the best out of myself every day and even when I'm exhausted I can smile a little knowing that.

3. What song(s) are you obsessed with right now?
"Body Like a Backroad" - Sam Hunt
"This Feeling" - Alabama Shakes
"That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars

​4. Any healthy habits to start/end your day?
Every morning I try to start my day with a cup of hot lemon water and just relax on my couch for a few seconds and enjoy the calm before heading out the door.

5. Favorite workout on the bike - hills, sprints, isolations or tap backs?​
Tap backs!

​6​. Buffalo food truck you can't live without:
I'm obsessed with any and all variations of mac and cheese so you can usually find me at Macarollin' or The Whole Hog at Larkin on Tuesdays.

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Monday Motivator: Meet Courtney

April showers bring..badasses like Courtney. Kick off May by getting to know this spunky, strong lady who loves dancing it up on that bike. She revs it up almost everyday and ALWAYS takes the option to make that TRX move as tough as possible.

Courtney

1. Give us a quick background on yourself
Born and raised in Buffalo!  Currently living downtown, but I grew up in Angola where my family's hot dog stand of 74 years is, Connors, with 7 siblings and a TON of my cousins.  People always ask what it was like growing up in a household with that many and I always say I can't imagine growing up any other way.  When you have that many siblings you grow up not having any fears and are constantly trying new things.  Even to this day they are teaching me and pushing me to do great things.  My REV connection is Rachel! I am very lucky to work at Rich's where I met Rachel which in turn brought me to this awesome REV Community.  

2. Describe your best workout ever in just three words.
Endurance. Lifting. Shaking.

3.  What song(s) are you obsessed with right now?
I LOVE a good DJ- take the Ultra Music Festival and Coachella- with some throwback remixes

4. Any healthy habits to start/end your day? 
There is nothing like starting or ending your day with a good sweat!  Anyone can be a morning person! Give it two weeks and you will be hooked.  Now that it's warm out, I will try and end each day with a walk or a bike ride to see the awesome Buffalo sunsets.

5.  Favorite workout on the bike - hills, sprints, isolations or tap backs?
Hills!  I like the tension and the challenge of a heavy hill.  Hills make you sweat and definitely whittle your middle!! :)

6.  Favorite Buffalo food truck
Get Fried! Who doesn't love french fries!!!