Monday Motivator: Meet Joyce
Ever wondered how your Rev workout can actually change your DNA? This week’s Monday Motivator, Joyce, can tell you how! From her super cool job at Roswell Park to her honest Q&A, we love everything about this wonderful gal. Read on to get a quick hit of inspiration to kick off the week.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am relatively recent transplant, but my move to Buffalo in the summer of 2016 was a homecoming of sorts. I had never lived here, but my mom was born and raised in South Buffalo, and we used to visit when I was a kid. I am a scientist/professor at Roswell Park specializing in cancer epigenetics. If you ever want to be bored to tears, ask me how things like your Rev workout can actually change your DNA. (And maybe even your kid’s DNA. And your grandkid’s DNA!) My research lab focuses on soft tissue sarcomas, a rare, but aggressive group of cancers that predominantly affect children and young adults. I have a miniature dachshund mix who thinks he is the king of the jungle (when he’s not licking the sidewalk outside of Betty’s), a border collie who paces the streets of Buffalo trying to herd squirrels, cats, and plastic bags, and I still have a baby tooth. We’re a weird, motley little family.
What does #RevLife mean to you?
I had zero intention of getting hooked on Rev. I am, at best, a former high school athlete who (according to every coach I ever had) always had more heart than talent. And even that was… 26 years ago. (Pause. Do the math. Yes, I am old.) Then, life happened. I have always stayed somewhat active, but if I am being honest with myself, I have to admit that I haven’t really pushed myself in decades. I slid into my forties a few years ago, happy, but considerably softer, rounder, and confused by (yet resigned to) the observation that the person looking back at me in the mirror didn’t look like me anymore. But, I am doing the 46 mile Canada route on the Ride for Roswell again this summer, and my original plan was to just take a few spin classes until it stopped snowing and I could get outside on my bike. My first class was Lauren’s Friday 5 pm RevRide class. I went in thinking “This should be fun.” I left thinking “What the &*%k just happened?” I felt like reality had just smacked me over the head with a 2×4. I don’t like being told that I can’t do something, but that is exactly what my body told me for virtually every single one of those 45 minutes. I needed a kick in the ass, and I got mine handed to me. So… I came back the next day. And I’ve been coming back almost every day since then. I usually do a wonderfully restorative flow+bliss yoga class at LIM on Monday nights, and I sometimes take Friday off, but otherwise, you’re stuck with me. Rev is fantastic for reminding me that the woman in the mirror is decidedly still a work-in-progress, and I am determined to focus on strength and endurance instead (to help me train for the 2019 Empire State Ride – my new goal!).
We all get in the zone in different ways. Where does your head go during a workout?
I’m not sure an exact translation of my inner monologue is appropriate for this audience, but thankfully, my muscles usually start to scream after about 37 seconds (sooner if there are burpees involved) and my brain shuts up.
What’s your favorite class at Rev?
If I have to pick a favorite, it is probably Mandy’s Wednesday night Indo-Row class. I always leave there with my body exhausted and my brain reset. Otherwise, my schedule pretty much dictates my classes and is responsible for me trying some things (like TRX) that I would have been too chicken to try otherwise. I’ve settled into a fairly steady rotation of RevRide, RevRow + Strength, Indo-Row, RevMvmt, and TRX. The whole thing just works for me. Every class is different, so I am never bored, and the instructors are all pretty wonderful. I try to remember to schedule my workouts as soon as they open up, and I love that the confirmation email automatically dumps them on my calendar so my time gets blocked off. All I have to do is show up. Perfect.
What’s your favorite meal/snack to eat after a tough workout?
I do mostly evening classes during the week, so if I am hungry afterwards, it is often popcorn, air popped, with just enough butter and salt to make it delicious. On the weekends, I sometimes treat myself to a trip through the Starbucks drive-thru after class for an iced, cinnamon, almond milk macchiato – tastes just like a cinnamon roll, but with plenty of caffeine and significantly less calories.
What’s your favorite dinner spot in Buffalo?
I could never choose just one. I love Roost, Rowhouse, Dapper Goose, Winfield’s Pub, Mulberry, Kuni’s, the Bar Bill, and on and on, but my aunt’s kitchen table still beats every last one of them.
If you could choose your superpower, what would it be?
Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
People used to tell me that I looked like Marisa Tomei, and My Cousin Vinny was a great movie, so… maybe her?