TORQUE Tribe! Happy Wednesday! It's mid week and what a week it has been. (I mean seriously, the Birds did it! History was made!) It's amazing how quickly life can take those crazy turns from time to time. Whether it is something as amazing like the Eagles winning the Super Bowl or something that turns your life upside down. They come and go on their own time, and it's moments like these that we need to really to reflect on just how blessed we are. I like to think that in these crazy times, the beautiful thing is the people we find ourselves walking through them with. Take a second right now and think of a time that your world went crashing down. Who was with you? Who picked you up? Who told you it was going to be okay? I know you all have an image of someone in your head and it's time to celebrate them. Saturdays may be for the boys, but Wednesday's, they are for the strong women that make up this tribe. So many of us have found peace and love within the beautiful souls that make of this tribe. It's time to give them the love they deserve. This week, I am so happy to give you an inside look to one of my favorite people to have ever walked this earth. Melissa, you are a gem. Your energy is electric, your love is infinite, your strength is inspiring, and your heart is oh so giving. Melissa feeds off good vibes and positivity. She wakes up each morning with one goal; to be a better person than the one who woke up (even if she woke up 5 minutes late! LOL!). She accepts any and all challenges that are placed in her life. She brings others up and reminds them of their purpose in this world. I know all of this, because she done it for me numerous times and has shown me the kindness of her heart since.day.one. Mel, you're simply amazing and an inspiration to us all! Thank you SO much for just being you and letting your heart shine each and every day!
Read more about our girl Mel below! To my OG spin mama, this one's for you! As always, sending this entire tribe love and good vibes, wherever you may be!
Favorite TORQUE memory
"Hands down, favorite memory was during our one year anniversary ride. I was just flooded with so many emotions looking around that room. So many stories in there and beyond, so many people who have dealt with so many different kinds of ups and downs. I was totally overcome with how far everyone has come and the incredible love and support for one another. I just looked at Summer and lost it…that sobbing, body-shaking kind of cry of everything that has ever hurt us and elated us, and everything in between that we’ve shared together. The admiration, awe, and appreciation I have for who she is, what she stands for, and what she has built for all of us is literally just pure goodness, love, loyalty, and truth. And we just hugged, and cried, and hugged, and it was everything."
Top 5 songs:
"Well, these are ever changing as life changes. Music is such an amazing therapy - release and celebration of emotions. My go-to special ones that are always relevant regardless of what my mood is::
1. Light That’s Never Fading - Dyve, Paul Aiden. The Lyrics…the beat…the opportunity to SPRINT! The idea of the beautiful and unique light that every single person has is just everything - it ties into my fav quote (below)
2. Live Your Life - Headhunterz, Crystal Lake.
3. Grateful - Rita Ora. (No explanation needed.)
4. Jump - Rihanna. That beat drop…you just feel it in your bones.
5. Off The Hook - Hardwell, Armin van Buuren. One of my most favorites ever. Without a word you feel all the feels - the calm, the high, it runs through your veins!"
*check out the playlist below!*
Favorite quote and what it means to you / my definition of TORQUE:
“All of the darkness in the world can not extinguish the light from a single candle.” (St. Francis of Assisi) Come on guys - we need to be the candle! We all have our struggles and life can be dark sometimes. But here's the most beautiful thing - light triumphs darkness - Every. Single. Time. You can brighten the dark by inserting a candle, but you can’t stick darkness into the light. We all have this beautiful choice. TORQUE is my light, my happy place, my people, my home. OUR home. It’s made of incredible instructors and clients who choose to be that positive, bright light. On the days when some might be down, we are a tribe of loving, genuine, giving souls who use his/her flame to reignite and brighten one another. This tribe is an inspiration to me every single day and I’m forever grateful."
Favorite workout clothing brand:
"I really do love Lulu…the style, the fit, and the quality are the best in my opinion. That being said, the price tag dooooes put a little damper on things! I like to get some good staples there and then fill the rest in with fun finds from Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, or TJ Maxx!"
Favorite post workout snack:
"I usually need some time to settle down from my post workout high before I can eat… But when I do, I want something that I can sink my teeth into (LOVE smoothies and juices in the morning, but I’m more of a savory than a sweet-toothed girl). I love to have some kind of protein…my go-to is chicken (grilled or rotisserie) on a wrap or in a salad with hot sauce, avocado, and crunchy almond slices. This allows me to get all the nutrients my body needs, but at the same time fulfills all my post work out cravings!"
Melissa's TORQUE schedule:
Tuesday's: Spin at 8:30 am and Spin at 6:00 pm
Wednesday's Spin at 9:30 am and Barre at 10:30 am
Friday's Spin at 9:30 am
Saturday's Fusion Spin/Barre at 9:30 am