By now, many of you have probably seen the recaps of this event from many DC-area bloggers. Remember when I told you last week that was going to be attending a meet-up with some fitness bloggers from the area? The wonderful people at Revolve DC were so kind and offered to host all of us for one of their famous Body Rides. Their studio has a couple of options available and this one was a combination of intense cardio and some upper body strength conditioning with weights (go here for a description of all of their classes).
I took the metro over with Allison and we got to meet some of the other people riding with us before the rest of the group arrived.
The instructor leading our ride was the lovely Francina, who also teaches Zumba, in addition to her day job as a lawyer. I was talking with some girls after the event and just amazed at how much she manages to fit in one day. Are you sure your day is only 24 hours, Francina?
Anyway, she was so much fun and gave us a few minutes before the ride to introduce ourselves. It was the most bizarre feeling to meet people for the first time in person, yet already know intimate details about their lives from reading their blog. Each time she introduced a blogger I follow, I thought to myself “wow, I probably wouldn’t have recognized her on the street but I know what she ate for breakfast.” Strange.
It was so, so fun to be able to meet the people behind the blogs I have been reading. I was seated next to Allison, whom you all know by now, and on my right was Molly from Heart, Sole & Cereal. I had only discovered her blog about a week before this event, but she is hilarious both in writing and in person. We rocked out to some awesome jams and I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one who knew all the lyrics to Kanye’s Gold Digger. You best believe we all “want pre-nup”.
The ride itself was such a fun experience! I had never been to a proper spin studio before and had only taken the spin classes offered at my gym. At this studio, spin shoes are required (you can rent them for $2 at Revolve) and it makes a huge difference in the ride. I felt much more comfortable and secure while riding in the spin shoes. Usually I find myself “gripping” the pedals with my toes to get more control, but the spin shoes take out all that mumbo jumbo.
Francina was a fabulous instructor. She confessed to us that she was super nervous about the ride because she knew we would all be writing about it afterwards, but she was wonderful – seriously. She was upbeat, fun, and motivating. The time flew by – rare for me because I’m almost always looking at the clock during spin class. Before I knew it, the 45 minutes were up and it was time to socialize!
After the ride, Gouter was on hand to provide us with delicious post-workout libations and snacks. Because we are fitness nuts and food bloggers, we had to have an awesome post-workout happy hour. Gouter is a company specializing in raw vegan tonics and treats and they sold me on them as soon as I tried the Mexican “hot chocolate”. It was made of raw cashews, coconut nectar, cacao, vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and sea salt and it blew me away. Who knew cashews were so creamy in liquid form?
Before everybody went their separate ways, I got to chat with the other bloggers who were all so nice and friendly! I loved getting to see more of their personalities outside of their blogs.
The three of us with Anne of fANNEtastic Food and Francina, our wonderful instructor, on the far left!
There were so many other wonderful people I didn’t get a chance to talk to and I am looking forward to the next opportunity to see all of these inspiring bloggers. Despite the initial weirdness of meeting people from online in person for the first time, I had a total blast and I can’t wait for the next meet-up!
Thanks again to Revolve DC for being so kind and offering to host us at your beautiful studio!