On Thursday evening Revolve hosted a group of local bloggers and fitness personalities for a special spin class. There have been quite a few recaps of this event from other bloggers out there, but I wanted to throw in my two cents because it was such fun and unique evening.
First things first, let’s clear the air. This was an enormously bizarre experience at first. Picture it: walking into a room full of people you have never met in real life, but know everything about. I could have hovered around the room and yelled out excruciatingly-specific details about every single one of their lives. Like how I loved their wedding invitations, drooled over what they made for dinner last night, also enjoyed watching reality tv while foam rolling, or wondered if that new puppy was still chewing their running shoe collection. And yet, I have never spoken a word to any of them. Utterly bizarre. So very 2013.
Introductions went something like this: “Hi, my name is Meaghan” *blank stare* “…I write DC Fit Crasher.” *eureka* It was wonderful to finally meet the personalities behind those blog posts and tweets that fill my queue each morning. Call me old fashioned, but there’s just something lovely about good-old-fashioned talking. I wish we had more time to mix and mingle and meet – but since this was an event geared toward fitness fanatics, the clock struck 7:45 and it was time to strap on our bike shoes and get down to business.
Tonight’s activity: a “body ride” class with Francina, who totally owned us for 45-minutes of leg-spinning, iron-pumping, music-blaring craziness. The class is about 40 minutes of spinning followed by 5 minutes of arm exercises with free weights. While Francina confessed to being nervous leading a class full of reviewers, once the lights went down, she led like a total pro. From the awesome music playlist, the verbal cues, the singing-along karaoke moments, and the dancing on stage…I was sold. It was so much fun and honestly one of the most enjoyable spin classes I’ve been to. It takes a special personality to lead a class that feels more like a party than a pain-train. Hats off.
Seated to my left was Deanna Jefferson, owner of the Fab Body Factory and a Nike personal trainer. I first met her at a free Monday night workout at the Nike store in Georgetown where she worked me into a puddle of sweat in under five minutes flat. Impressive. And to my right was Anne from one of my favorite healthy-lifestyle blogs, fANNEtastic food. After reading her blog for a few years, I was a bit star struck to see her jump off the Internet pages and into real life. Bloggers really do exist!
And one more shot of a few other bloggers and fitness personalities posing with our fearless leader, Francina. This was after the class, mind you. Who looks that fabulous after a spin class…WHO? You ladies are unreal. I’m a fan.
There were many other awesome guests at the event who I didn’t get a chance to snap a photo with. What does that mean? It means we obviously need to do this again, stat. And perhaps with a built-in happy hour after. Speaking of which, we were all treated to some delicious post-sweat treats from local vegan sensation Goûter. I reviewed a few of their tonics back in December and have been a huge admirer since. It’s been fun watching their family-owned small business grow and thrive – can’t wait to see what else 2013 has in store!
V brought a few of her best-selling tonics for us to try, including my favorite Mexican “hot” chocolate and a brand new blue concoction called “Protect.” That’s not blue gatorade you’re looking at, it’s a hand-craftic tonic with high-grade spirulina. How cool is that?
Nothing like ending a sweaty evening with a sweet nugget of raw, vegan goodness. Thanks Revolve and Goûter for the wonderful evening!