WE asked. YOU answered! The #REVtribe submitted stories on how REV inspired them to step out of their comfort zones. Turns out, the #REVtribe is what makes REV so freaking badass. Tune in each Monday as we share one of YOUR stories in hopes to inspire the entire tribe to dig a little deeper and most of all to give you the courage to live the life you love!
As we sweat, we become. We become: One Team. One Heart. One Tribe.
I came to REV for the first time about 21/2 years ago. I was working in Philly and going to Flywheel and wanted to find a cycle studio here in Baltimore when I was home on the weekends. I researched and found REV. I came to a few classes and really enjoyed the energy. I was also coming off a knee injury and spinning was becoming a passion. I have been an avid Mountain biker, but had not been in the woods since my injury. Spinning helped to build my strength and endurance. Also, I struggle with the disease of addiction. I’ve been clean for more than 30 years. However, the demons in my head are always there. I use working out as a release for the struggles that go on inside my head. It really helps to be pushed through the struggle by the instructors, especially Esther. Her fire and passion for life is contagious. REV gives me a place to release the stress of life. Having never been an outgoing person, it’s hard to come out of my shell and break down walls that have been up for a long time. REV has helped me to show a side of myself that I wish I could bring out all the time. Spinning and the encouragement from the people in the room is something that is unparalleled at REV.
Over time, I met some really cool people and started to develop some friendships. I was asked if I'd like to do a Triathlon by one of my new friends (Hey, Gabby). I debated the question as I have never done anything like that before. I decided to give it a shot and with the help of my REV family I completed my first sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. I also rekindled a flame for running which I was told I probably wouldn't be able to do after my injury. I went on to run my first half marathon and did pretty well. I remember in the middle of the course someone coming up from behind and tapping me on the shoulder and it was someone from the REV tribe (Ashlee). We ran together for a bit and it was encouraging to know she was able to pick me out of thousands of others.
I enjoy riding in the front row as there is so much energy up there. I enjoy encouraging others around me to push harder. I am one of the older people in the room and it's nice to know I can hang with the younger crowd, lol. Even though I don't live close I don't mind traveling to the city as REV is such a great place to workout. From the instructors, to the other staff, and especially the people in the room, they all bring such an awesome energy to the building. I applaud Esther and Rick for creating such a great experience!! Thanks to everyone I have met and will meet for this experience. REV is a great place to be.