Monday Motivator: Meet Sarah & Colleen

Catch some crazy-good Monday Motivator vibes from besties Sarah and Colleen. They keep each other accountable for working out - and brunching it out  - after! Pretty much inseparable, they sweat together, bike to work together and even carpool to Rev together. Find out why sweating together really is better, in their fun Q&A below.

1. Give us a quick background on yourself.
Colleen: I moved to Buffalo from Ann Arbor, Michigan just about 2 years ago to work for Campus Labs. That’s where I met Sarah! Not only is she a great friend and motivator, she is an exceptional Buffalo ambassador. I am happy to call Elmwood home and love to cook and try new recipes in my tiny apartment. Over the past years I have grown to love this city and becoming a part of the Rev community has definitely played an important role in that. I love this positive, supportive community of folks who work their butts off!
Sarah: I’m a Syracuse native, but have long considered Buffalo home – I am over-the-top in love with this city. I live on the west side with my husband and our pit bull, where we’re painstakingly renovating a 117-year-old home (we haven’t had a fully functioning kitchen for almost two years!). As a former college athlete, I’ve struggled with fitness since graduation, since it was no longer scheduled or done as part of a team, but Rev has certainly fixed that problem. The last six months have been so much more enjoyable and successful than anything else I’ve done, so huge props to Colleen for suggesting we "give it a try!"

2. Describe your best workout ever in just three words.
Colleen: Maxed-out and sweaty.
Sarah: Sweating. To. NSYNC. (I’ve been loving the boy band classes!)

3. What song(s) are you obsessed with right now?
Colleen: I love Latin pop and reggaetón in the summer. Right now there is a lot of Chantaje by Shakira ft. Maluma, and Hasta el Amanecer by Nicky Jam in my life.
Sarah: Colleen is way hipper than I am – I have no idea what any of that is. Honest answer? I practically have Harry Styles’ new album on repeat at work.  I’m also super obsessed with Bruno Mars.

4. Any healthy habits to start/end your day?
Colleen: If I’m not just barely rolling out of bed before Sarah picks me up for a morning Rev class, I start my day by turning on NPR, drinking a big glass of water and making a pour over. In the evenings I am a chamomile tea addict.
Sarah: Rev on many mornings! Colleen and I often bike into the office, which is always a nice way to start and end the work day. 

5. How do you help keep each other motivated to work out?
Colleen: I’m not going to lie, there are moments when we’re on our way home from work and say “Man, what if we just stopped and did happy hour downtown instead of working out?” However, in the end we always show up and hold each other accountable because we know how good it feels after a class. We know we can still make time for patio drinks and Sunday bloody marys after we get our classes in.
Sarah: A gentle reminder about the bloody marys we’ll be consuming that weekend usually does the trick. Having a workout buddy, in general, does the job for me. If I know Colleen is waiting for me to pick her up for class, then that means I have to peel myself out of bed and get there! 

6. Favorite workout on the bike - hills, sprints, isolations or tap backs?
Colleen: I’m really learning to love hills. "Resistance is your friend," as Lauren would say!
Sarah: Tap back/pushups, for sure. It definitely taps into my competitive side – I refuse to fall behind the instructor!

 7. Buffalo food truck you can't live without?
Colleen: Lloyd is of course a classic. I also like O.G. Woodfire – it’s hard to beat a good pizza.
Sarah: I had a meal from Lomo Lomo that changed my life. Also a huge fan of the veggie dog from Frank and the fish tacos from Lloyd.