RevStaff Spotlight: Mandy
Our favorite part of every Monday? Reading about the amazing lives of our Monday Motivators, and feeling so inspired by each unique story. We’re excited to expand that to staff highlights. Keep an eye out for these posts to learn about our ever growing RevFam where you’ll get to learn all about a featured staff member.
We’re kicking off our Staff Blog Posts with the only RevStaff to have a smoothie named after her so far. The one, the only, the beloved: Mandy!
You’re a beloved part of the RevFam! Tell us a little about who you are- outside of the Rev walls!
A lot of my regular clients already know this, but my experience of living with chronic back and nerve pain for 10+ years has most definitely shaped who I am and why I chose fitness as my career. Long story short, a severe lumbar herniation led to a hasty back surgery when I was 19 and a lack of post-operativeknowledge & physical therapy started me down a path which led to years of pain management and, eventually, walking with a cane in my early twenties. Hearing that my last options for pain relief involved more invasive surgeries, I knew I needed to figure out an alternative. Core strengthening, retraining myself to do functional movements, and eventually becoming a client in the old carriage house days of Rev 1.0 were my stepping stones to recovery. It’s mind-blowing to see how far I’ve come since then. Earlier this year, I became a NASM certified corrective exercise specialist so that I can knowledgably help others suffering from chronic pain and limiting injuries. Outside the studio, you’ll typically find me hanging with the fam or with a camera glued to my hand planning out my next big adventure. I’m an avid photographer specializing in landscape and wildlife (I do family portraits, too!) & I love to travel and hike as much as I can. (Hitting all the US National Parks is my new goal. Yosemite is next on the list!) I’ve been happily married to my biggest cheerleader for almost four years, have an awesome stepson, and the cuddliest rescue pup, Luna, you’ll ever meet.
Ok…now, for the really important things…like:
1. Amanda vs Mandy- which do you prefer? (Do you have any other nicknames?)
I’m cool with either! Growing up my family called me Mandy, but to everyone else I was always Amanda. When I first started teaching classes at Rev, we had so many Amandas that I decided to permanently switch to Mandy to stand out and to avoid any confusion!
2. Favorite way to spend a morning?
Saturdays are my only morning off, so being able to sleep past 5am is pretty amazing! Most Saturdays, I try to lounge in bed and snuggle with Luna as long as I can until I get too antsy. (I don’t know how to relax, guys.) Then, I’ll head out to the EV (Elmwood Village) farmer’s market or out for a hiking adventure.
3. We all know you’re already doing your dream job at RevBUT if you could do anything else, what would it be?
Oh, that’s an easy one- traveling landscape and wildlifephotographer.
4. What’s one piece of advice you love to give?
The most beneficial thing you can do for your physical and emotional well-being is to surround yourself and your life with positivity. Stay close with the people that make you happy, those that know how to make you laugh, & the ones that can help bring out the best in you. Cherish those who genuinely care & will be there to push you towards your goals and dreams, even if they may seem out of reach. When you are surrounded by that love and all those positive vibes, you can do absolutely anything.
5. You’re a great adventurer, what’s one country you’d move to, to live for a year?
I absolutely love Costa Rica. Specifically, the Osa Peninsula which is not the typical travel destination. It’s laid-back & low stress but also full of adventure, amazing nature, and the most delicious fruit ever.
6. Is there any type of exercise/fitness that you would NOTtry? If so, which one?
Hmm…at this point, I’ll try anything once. BUT on that note, Kathleen still hasn’t been able to fully convince me to do a run class yet! Baby steps…I’ve hovered over the “book now” button on several occasions and I’m almost convinced I won’t die.
7. If you could eat only one food for a week, what would it be?
To maintain a relatively balanced diet- Perfect Bars, but if healthy is out the window/doesn’t matter in this hypothetical scenario definitely give me ALLLLL the ice cream sundaes.
8. Favorite piece of clothing in your closet?
My Lululemon Fast and Free leggings are hands down my favorite article of clothing. They feel like you’re not wearing anything, they look amazing, AND they have pockets! Being able to basically feel naked but still have pockets for all my things was life changing.
Blog written by: Emily Ryan