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It’s not just a workout…

July 16th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin SOULCYCLE schedule 2014

 

It’s a lifestyle.  Anyone with even a small athletic sensibility knows that exercise is about more than just being fit.  

What we ALL have is a responsibly to find our own happiness.

I believe that through exercise, pushing our bodies until our muscles burn, will prove to our head that we are strong enough to get whatever it is we want in life.  It’s an analogy: the burn will change your body, the willpower you use to get there will change your life.  SoulCycle, or your favorite form of exercise, is the training to do that consistently….with confidence. When you accomplish one thing that makes you happy, you move on to the next.

Under this photo on my instagram I wrote:

#SoulCycle, it’s not a workout, it’s a lifestyle. Pop the ride into your calendar and hit “Repeat Weekly.”#SoulFamily #DanceYourAssOff #AthletesBecomeWarriors #FaithLoveFight #JoinThePack 

I try not to take it all too seriously, just acknowledge that everyone in the room is after the same thing and will support you in your effort.

(Thanks for the background and shout out @checkoutamanda x)

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May 5th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin SOULCYCLE scheudle May 2014

 

Gone for a week, now back in the saddle like crazy!

Please note new Sunday and Monday classes.  Excited to get back into BTWD :)

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“You have to know your own strength before you can use it.”

April 16th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin driving 2013

This is what I’ve been working on with my riders.  Knowing you are “strong,” knowing you can walk, talk, breath is one thing.  But when life tests you, do you know HOW STRONG you are.  Just like with anything else if you’re not tested, you’ll never know how good you are.  So we train ourselves in the safety of the room, with the support of the bike, with faith that we can overcome things out of love.  At that moment, we push our limits.  Then when life gets ugly, we don’t freak out, we breath, we plan, then we attack it head on with confidence because we KNOW we will make it through.

That’s why I’m smiling in the picture…in the midst of total devastation, I was confident I would make it and find a life that I loved.

Knowing my own strength was a realization and it didn’t come to me until last year.  When I was tested as an adult.  I shared the story with SOULCYCLE for their blog.

Mary Rambin SOULCYCLE blog post on strength

 

The whole story is pretty interesting.  I called it, “The Journey Back To Me.”

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Because his hands are all over your….

February 24th, 2014 No Comments

 

Recently I’ve been going on my fair share of first dates.  Clearly there are plenty of patterns I can discuss on this topic, but only a couple that revolve around fitness.

If you think about it, on a first date, there are TWO places  your date touches.  First, probably your hand when your getting out of the car or at the table.  Then at the end of the date, what happens.  There’s usually a hug, if it went well, a kiss then a hug. But always a hug, right? Which means, his or her hands are ALL OVER your back!

So, I contend, as I tell my SOULCYCLE classes during the 7 minutes weight section of class, that those of us who are single need to focus on toning our backs, just as much as our fronts.  Now, obviously there are plenty of other good reasons to strengthening your back (posture being the big one), but my date stories are better for distraction when the burn settles into your lats, rear delts, and rhomboids.

I’m happy to report that several of my recent dates have made very nice comments about my back.  I must be doing something right :)

So, what do I do?  

  • Light weights lots of reps pulling: this would be during my classes, but you can do the same thing ANYWHERE at any time.  The point is that you focus on squeezing when you reach the farthest point of you pull, whether that is backwards in a row, or down in a pull down.
  • Heavy weights less reps.  Pulling until you’re muscles are fatigued.
  • Yoga, downward and upward dogs are great for toning your back.

Click here to see my favorite back workout in the gym. 

Vanessa Hudges, an avid SC rider, is a great example of a lovely backside :)

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Exercising on a juice cleanse

January 27th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin SOULCYCLE BVHL 6am crew

First of all, meet some of my regular “rooster” riders who get up at 5am to rock out with me at 6am in Beverly Hills.  These are some of the strongest people in town, and the best part is that they have KNOW their own strength!  That, my readers, is harder than it sounds, so I’ll get to that later.

When I did my 4-day juice cleanse, 5-day total cleanse (one day juice and vegan), I had to teach my SOULCYCLE classes.  Thankfully that week I only had 6 classes which is a cake walk for me.  Because my tolerance is so high, I scheduled other forms of exercise: yoga and lifting with a trainer.  As most people said, “You’re crazy.  How can you do that?”  My body is admittedly unique in that my fitness level is really high.  Throughout all of the activities, I never felt fatigued.  Later in the day, of course my energy would drop so I would schedule naps.  Thirty minutes of napping for each hour of exercise.  Everyday I slept an hour.

What I’m trying to prove to you is not that you have to push yourself on a cleanse to get results, but that you shouldn’t be afraid to maintain your normal routine. 

STAY STRONG MENTALLY TO BE STRONG PHYSICALLY. 

Be confident in your own strength and keep your exercise routine.  If you worry about being hungry and losing energy, you will be desperate and depleted.  Your mind, not your body, will make that happen.  Also know that you can always STOP.  No one says you have to finish each workout or that you have to continue your routine.  Do what makes you feel good.

A lot of you don’t have the ability to take a mid-day nap, which is why I call it a luxury and don’t advise straying from your routine.

BENEFITS OF EXERCISING WHILE ON A CLEANSE

Exercise keeps your metabolism revved up to burn the sugar (from fruits) in the juices.  There is A LOT more sugar than you realize involved most cleanses so your calorie intake is high.  As you won’t have fiber in your diet, staying active helps your digestive system move along the stuff your colon sluffs off as well as the toxins your lymph system releases.   Sweating is another powerful way to expel the toxins.

Remember, you can always take a day off or stop altogether.  But I truly believe that if you keep your days the same, you’ll worry less about the cleanse and feel the benefits of it more when you’re done.

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Playlist of awesome “new” bands

January 8th, 2014 No Comments

Breakout Bands of 2014 SOULCYCLE

 

 

SOUCYCLE  asked all of the instructors to submit our favorite indie bands’ songs.  They filtered it down and came up with a killer Spotify playlist.  Honestly, what I love most about it….no remixes :)

A few of my picks made it on: Atomic Tom (rock), Portugal The Man (indie rock), SOL (hip hop), The Neighbourhood (sexy scary rock), Valerie June (sultry and mellow).  All sooo good.

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“This is how strong people start their year.”

January 6th, 2014 No Comments

@BiteSizeArtist SOULCYCLE

 

I have two riders Nicole (above) and Amanda who rock out with me several mornings at 7am.  Before they can even wipe of their sweat, they’ll insta-everything and say “This is how strong people start their day.”  Words they hear from me and make it a reality for themselves. Way to go ladies.

In the past I’ve proclaimed (yes, proclaimed) how I don’t do resolutions because I believe each day I should try to improve myself, grow stronger in some way, allow  change, etc.  But this year, I actually feel like I need to set a fitness goals for myself. It’s too easy to just teach 10 classes a week.  Seriously, it is.  I really feel like now that body is comfortable with that, it wants a new challenge.  So here’s how I feel strong starting out this new year.  I will:

  1. Wear my heart rate monitor.  It’s the smartest thing I can do and will help guide me through my workouts.
  2. Lift weights one day a week.  This is to build strength.  My muscles have endurance by riding, but they aren’t getting stronger BECAUSE I take it easy so I can teach all week long.
  3. Yoga 2 days a week.  I don’t want to get back to where my muscles are so tight they ache.  That’s how I felt before I left for vacation.
  4. Boxing one day a week.  First of all, it’s fun and I miss it.  Also, the activity is a great way to push my heart rate to its limit.  Again, SOULCYCLE will do that, but I can’t push myself to exhaustion when I have to talk.

Ambitious, but I’m going to give it a shot!

Now your turn.  Go ahead, don’t be afraid of what you want. I believe most people fear change in some way, even if they want it.  As I always tell my riders, the only thing holding you back…..is you.

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She works hard on the holiday

December 23rd, 2013 No Comments

Mary Rambin SoulCycle Holiday schedule 2013

 

If you’re in LA, you can either pound the pavement to run off those holiday cookies OR rock out with us.  Your call ;)

To book a bike, click here.  Mention this post and your shoes and water are on me.

I’m working hard until Dec 30 and then taking off until Jan 6.

See you in 2014!

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