Meet the Team: Abby

Watts is so exited to welcome Abby to the team! Check out her bio below and come ride with her on Tuesdays at 6:15 am! Sign up here!

abbyAbby is a lover of all things sweat-inducing. She got started in the fitness industry after completing her 4-yr. degree from University of Illinois in 2003 and has never looked back. She knew sitting behind a desk would suffocate her free spirit and steal her passion. She loves helping people realize that they can, not only reach their goals, but far exceed them. When she’s not kicking butts in spin class you can find her running a mobile personal training business, adventuring with her husband of 10 years, spending time cooking and trying new culinary delights, and giving her life away to some orphans who’ve stolen her heart in Zambia.

 

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Meet the Team: Emily

EmilyIt is with great pleasure, that I get to introduce you all to the newest member of our team. Emily fell in love with teaching fitness classes as a high school senior, jumping in as an aquatics and bootcamp instructor at her local health club before joining the group fitness team at the University of Illinois. While there, she taught a range of classes during her four years of undergrad.  Following a move to Boston, she taught cycling at Boston Sports Club and Harvard Business School’s Shad Hall. Emily is also passionate about public service, and works for a local non-profit organization called Hear Indiana, which empowers and supports Hoosier families with hearing loss.  She is pumped to have the opportunity to teach at Watts and loves to share that excitement with her classes!

Sign up to ride with Emily here!

Members of the Month: Nadia and Sam

Sam and NadiaIt has been such a joy to see the smiling faces of this month’s co-members of the month in the front row this summer. Whenever they come to class they are ready to go, give every ride all they’ve got, and they’ll even throw out a few “whoops” and “yeahs” to sweeten the pot. Friends and fellow riders, meet Nadia and Sam. I am so pleased to announce that they are this month’s co-members of the month! I asked them a few questions about themselves and their time at Watts and this is what they had to say:

Q: How did you get into cycling?

Sam LlamaN: I started cycling during my junior year at FSU to become more active and fit, and to relieve stress!
S: When I was a freshman at Notre Dame, I discovered cycling classes were offered through the RecSports program. I had never taken a cycling class before, but after one session I was hooked!

Q: What keeps you going back?

N: The proud feeling I get after completing such a tough workout, how much better I feel about myself mentally and physically, how much fun I have during class, the awesome instructors, and the music!
S: I love that cycling incorporates great music and intense cardio in a group setting. Being surrounded by fellow cyclists and encouraged by the instructor really motivates me! One great aspect is that everyone is in control of their bike and can ride at their own intensity. Everyday is different and I am able to adjust my workout accordingly.

Q: WHy do you love Watts?

N: I love Watts because of how friendly and Nadia
welcoming the instructors are! The instructors make the classes very easy to follow and the workout goes by very fast because of the amazing music! The classes are tough but the instructors keep you motivated throughout and you feel great at the end!
S: Watts is a hidden gem of Indianapolis. I am new to the area and happened upon Watts while searching for a downtown cycling studio. The instructors are very motivating and positive during every workout. Whether I come for a 6:15am or 7:00pm class, the instructors are energized and ready to kick off the workout. I think it is important to workout in a comfortable, supportive setting, and Watts is just the place!

Q: What is your favorite song to ride to?

N: Trap Queen by Fetty Wap! I also love anything by Pitbull and I can’t wait for another 90’s throwback class!
S: I would have to say “Fireball” by Pitbull. It speaks to me.

Q: Any advice for someone trying indoor cycling for the first time

Nadia PuppyN: “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of
the person you are.”

“Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

S: During my last ride, the instructor (Lauren) mentioned a quote that I really loved:

“We do not workout because we hate out bodies. We workout because we love our bodies. ”

Too often we focus on all of the things we dislike about ourselves. We need to remember all of the great things we bring to the table and give ourselves a little lovin’!

Q: Tell us an unknown fact about yourself.

Sam engagementN: am the proud mama of a one year oldShih tzu puppy named Bilbo Baggins! 
S: I recently got engaged while kayaking off the coast of Hawaii! I’m just glad my fiancé didn’t drop the ring in the ocean 😉 

Congratulations Sam! Thank you so much, Sam and Nadia, for being a part of the Watts family. We are so happy to have you in class!

Meet the Team: Kim Shrack

KimKim is a Mad Dogg certified instructor who recently moved to the Circle City from Philly. For her, spinning was love at first revolution, and she hopes to spread that love to her students. She made the switch from student to instructor in 2013, and has a love of sweating to eclectic playlists. From bluegrass to hip hop to bhangra and everything in between, you’re sure to hear something to get you pumped up! By day, she is a calligrapher and illustrator for Manayunk Calligraphy. When she isn’t cycling or doodling, she is exploring her new city.

Member of the Month: Corinne

Here at Watts, our community is really important. We want you to be able to walk in and know the staff AND your fellow riders. Each month we will be featuring a member of the month who killed it in the saddle and is a vital part of making the Watts community what it is. This month’s member of the month is Corinne.

corinne2Corinne emailed me before Watts opened its doors dying for classes to start. She showed up day 1 and has been back many times each week since then. We can always count on her to be right on the beat, pushing the limits and never backing down. I sat down with Corinne to ask her about her background in cycling, why she loves it, and why she keeps coming back to Watts.

Here’s what she said.

Q: How did you get into cycling?
A: A friend. I went to a class with a  friend when I lived in New York and then to another class with another friend. I guess you could say that it’s friends that got me into it.

Q: What kept you going back?
A: I loved having fun while getting in a great workout. They’re always fun, and the music is probably what really keeps me coming back.

Q: Why do you love Watts?
A: I love the community at Watts. It’s awesome that when I walk in, everyone says, “Corinne!”. It has a tight knit, family atmosphere that is really special.

Thanks for being a part of Watts, Corinne. We love having you in class!

To sign up for a class at Watts, please click here. And you can view our schedule here.

Be powerful today! Paige

Recipe Review: Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles

I love riding bikes. I love riding outside, and I love riding at Watts. And I also love eating. Part of being able to exercise and maintain your desired level of intensity is properly fueling your body. This is where nutrition becomes so important to your lifestyle. With summer upon us, Watts will be reviewing recipes and letting you know which ones we think will be great ones to add to you summer menu!

I heard of the blog Annie’s Eats when Annie herself came in for a ride wearing one of her shirts. It cracked me up so I asked her and we got to talking a bit about her blog. I checked her out and she posts great recipes and beautiful pictures of all of them. In honor of the first *hot* summer-ish day, here is what I hope is the start of a great series of posts!

First up: Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles from Annie’s Eats

This recipe was right up my alley. Put ingredients in a blender, pour into mold, freeze, eat.

Meet the ingredients: strawberries, lemon, IMG_2098vanilla, plain greek yogurt. For this recipe you need:

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped strawberries
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 c. Greek yogurt

There were a few options for different flavors, and one was a strawberry lemon version which I used. I have no zester so I used all of the juice of the lemon instead of the recommended 1 1/2 tsp.

So basically once you have all of these ingredients assembled,  you put them all in a blender, but here at my house, we’re too cool for blenders, so we have a make shift magic bullet. **Fun Fact: a glass thread on the bottom of a blender is a standard thread which is the same as on the regular size mason jar**

That means you can take a jar, and the blade and blender attachment and screw them on… flip them over… and presto, homemade magic bullet!

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So once all the blending was done, I poured the mixture into my super awesome crayola popsicle molds, popped them in the freezer and tada!

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The result was a tart, refreshing frozen treat with about 30 calories each. These will definitely be a regular on my summer menu. I might add a little honey or something to sweeten it a bit in the future or maybe a little less lemon because mine turned out a tad sour, but overall they were delicious. Thanks so much, Annie, for the great recipe!