Hello hello my lovely ladies! How are you guys?! It’s been a little while since the last women crush Wednesday, but have no fear we are BACK! And this one is straight fire. I mean not only is she a total smoke show, she is a kick ass instructor on the bike, and an even better person to us all. Miranda Brewer found her way to the studio through her sister in law, our beloved, Kate. Once she was introduced she was hooked. Taking classes became a normal thing for her. But that wasn't enough. Her passion and dedication brought her to the stage, to lead all of us through those 45 minutes for us. And damn, is she good at what she does. She brings a whole new level of sass, beauty, and flavor to the stage. One that is enticing and inspiring. I know for a fact she will do amazing things. This women crush, as they all do, came at the right time for Miranda. Today marks a new chapter for her. While she leaves her 20’s behind and says hello to her 30’s, she is entering into this new chapter with so much positive, love, and exciting things ahead of her. This year is going to be her year, I just know it. So today we celebrate Miranda. We celebrate the beautiful person she is inside and outside. We celebrate the good energy and vibes that she brings into the studio. We celebrate the creativity and inspiration that she sends out into the world. We celebrate our girl, for all that she is and all that she will be. Happy Birthday, beautiful know that you are our #wcw every damn day! We love you!
To read more about Miranda and her love for the studio, keep reading! As always sending so much love and happiness to you all wherever you may be! And p.s. give this birthday babe some loveee!!
Definition of TORQUE:
Torque is about forever inspiring the members of our tribe both as clients and instructors. We gather in our sanctuary to push ourselves just a little harder and reach just a little farther. TORQUE has exposed me to so many talented, intelligent, beautiful people that have and will continue to teach me new things about life and myself each and everyday. Most importantly, I think that Torque celebrates the individuality and the personal victories of all the members of our tribe and is truly committed to helping everyone further themselves in their personal journeys both in and out of the studio. My favorite memory at TORQUE to date was riding on stage with Kate Brewer in her final weeks of her first pregnancy. Not only do we as best friends have an incredible connection on stage but it was really awe inspiring to watch her kick butt while 9 months pregnant. #GOALS
Favorite quote and what it means to you:
“If you light a lamp for someone else it will also brighten your path”- Buddha I don’t want to over complicate something that is so beautifully simple in concept. This quote is a wonderful reminder that we have so much power in life to positively impact the people around us every single day! Smile at a stranger, give the compliments you are thinking in your mind, let your light shine!
Favorite workout clothing:
I am so not creative when it comes to my workout swag! You will forever find me in solid black pants and the same Lulu lemon swiftly tech t-shirt (legit have it in every color). ALWAYS taking suggestions for functional sports bras- help a girl out
Favorite post workout snack:
I am the worst most RANDOM eater. No internal time clock breakfast for diner pizza for breakfast kind of thing going on. If I had to choose my favorite post workout snack/meal I would have to say a trenta black iced tea from Starbucks- two pumps of sweetener ( they usually use 8) and a splash of lemonade with a cucumber avocado roll from Wegmans loaded with Wasabi and enjoyed on my commute home on 422 LOL-
Miranda’s Top Songs:
Last Hurrah- David Guetta
You Need to Calm Down- Taylor Swift
ME!- Taylor Swift
My Type- Sweetie
Self Control- Bebe Rexha
Cross Me- Ed Sheeran
Remember the Name- Ed Sheeran
You Come First- Zak Abel
Never Really Over (R3HAB remix)- Katy Perry
Pure Water- Migos
Good as Hell- Lizzo
I Like it- Cardi B
Hot Girl Summer- Megan The Stallion
I have more pets than I can even count!- Everything from horses to miniature donkeys and three legged cats!
I live to cook and am constantly in the kitchen- no like its actually an obsession-
My brother is married to my best friend in the entire world who is ALSO a TORQUE instructor and taught me so much about preparing a kickass class.
So the other day I was on my way to the beach to have some much needed time with my bestie, Beth. Dj was getting on an airplane to Arizona for a golf trip. It was the perfect long weekend for the both of us. Things were good. I was getting the last few things together to put into my car and then I was on my way. The sun was shining and the sky was clear. I got into my car, turned the music up loud, put my windows down, and was off. That feeling is one of the best. Leaving and knowing that so much fun lies ahead of you. So I am driving and I realize that about an hour into my drive, the gas light goes on. So I get off at the next exit and follow the signs to the gas station. As I am driving I thought it would be a good idea to turn the music down so it wasn't on full blast as I pulled into the gas station and thank you GOD that I did. I pulled up to the pump, slowed down, and heard the most terrible, high pitched screech that I ever heard in my entire life. I mean this was so loud that people were looking at me in the gas station. I was immediately, and I mean IMMEDIATELY annoyed. I got out, pumped the gas while a hundred and one thoughts were going through my head, put the gas cap on, and called my dad. All while this was happening I was texting DJ, who is about 30 minutes from boarding somehow blaming this on him. I know, makes no sense right? So I’m talking to my dad and he said I was not to drive it down the shore and I had two choices….to get it fixed or to go home and get it fixed. You can imagine that neither of those options were ones that I wanted to hear. Frustrated me looked up a garage, played the “it’s fine, I’ll deal with it card” and shut everyone out. Everyone being the ones who were doing there best to help me. So I got to the garage. They said my brakes were metal to metal and that they weren't able to do it for a couple of hours. That didn't settle well with me so I thanked them kindly and was on my way tot he next garage which my dad had found and made an appointment for me while I was “dealing with it”. I pulled up, signed the papers, grabbed my charger and water bottle out of the car, and waited until my car was drivable. Which was about 4.5 hours later on the side of the highway at some garage in Chester.
During that time, I was a basket case. I sat there crying, angry, frustrated, and throwing myself what I like to call them “Eeyore” parties. Feeling all sorry for myself and blaming everyone and everything for this mishap in my life. As if it was the end of the world. I was so beyond bitter at the situation. I was bitter that DJ was getting on a plane, as if he wanted this to happen. I was bitter that I was going to have to pay for this, as if it was ever going to be free. I was bitter that instead of laying on the beach in the sun I was sitting in a crappy car garage. I was bitter and it didn't make this situation any better. If anything, it made it worse. A lot worse. The problem with these situations, the ones where bitterness is the sweetest solution, is that you're the only one who cant see how minuscule these things are. To Beth, this was just a few extra hours without me being at the beach. Something so small right? But to those that are in the thick of it, it’s the world saying you thought but not this time. We make it so personal. We make it so negative. We make these natural, unplanned, bound to happen situations a part of some greater plan that our past wrongdoings have brought us. And that is where we go wrong. That is where we need to stop. These are the moments where we stop being bitter and we, in fact, become better.
I thought for days after how when it was over, it was like it never happened. That in and of itself told me how little and normal of a thing this was. These are things that are going to keep happening and its time to learn how to make the best out of the situation. So I sat there and thought what was the good? If I were to have to do it again, what would I do differently. The first thing I thought of was how I reacted. How I treated the people I loved. It is so easy for us to become bitter and spiteful towards the ones we love when stress is high. So how do we control that in these times? Well I think it comes from understanding what they are feeling. Which is mostly helpless and upset that they cant be there with you. Also, remembering why you called them in the first place. You didn't call them to unload all the anger you have, you at the root of this called them for help. So let them do just that. The other thing I thought of was to think about what could have happened if I DIDN’T get this fixed. The reality is I could have never made it to the beach altogether. I could have been in an accident on the highway or stranded in a place with no garages around. These things happen when they are supposed to for a reason and although in the moment it is so hard to remember that, it is really important to try. Finally, the last thing I would have done differently is I would have breathed a little more and yelled a little less. I would have tried to handle this with class rather than sass. I would have tried to see the bright side. Been thankful for the people who did help. And realize that its not a bad life just a bad day, or hour.
When these situations happen it is so easy to become bitter. Because they do suck. They usually aren’t fun. And 9 times out of 10 they are the last thing you want to be doing. But if we start looking at them as opportunities to become better, in all senses, then we have killed this with kindness. I know there will be more tough days ahead and there will be times when I fall to being bitter instead of better, but having the awareness to try and see the positives in these situations are the first step. I ask all of you to look at hardships, hard times, tough cards, and confusing roads as an opportunity to grow positively. That is where true change happens. When you can take the sourest lemons in a situation and make it into the sweetest of lemonade. And then later add some vodka to it because you deserve it!! We can do this tribe, I know we can. It won’t always be easy, but it is always going to be worth it! And that is a reason enough to do it! So here we go, remember don't get bitter, get better.
XO, love you!
Gooood morning loves! How are you? I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine wherever you may be in this world! Summers are a great time of year because they are full of adventures, new memories, and so much fun. But with that comes the stress of being here and there and everywhere. I know that feeling just as well as the next. I encourage you to be present in all of your endeavors this memory making season and know that everything will work out. The house will feel like home, the suitcases will be put away, the school supplies will be bought, there will be food in the refrigerator, so just enjoy the hustle and bustle right now and know that everything else will fall into place exactly how it should. But since we are all on the go I thought a playlist would be perfect. Whether this accompanies you during a car ride to the beach or you download it and listen to it on a plane or you just jam out to it at the pool or on the patio, this playlist is for you. It’s the soundtrack to the memories that you are making. So, get the speaker or the headphones, crank up the volume, and let this become part of your memories. Everything is always better with a little music. So TORQUE babes, enjoy these last few weeks of fun and sunshine. It’s a beautiful time of year to travel around, reconnect as families, visit friends, try new things, and take a much needed break from the day to day. I promise you it’s all going to be back to normal soon, so SOAK IT UP! And don’t forget to snap a pic in your favorite TORQUE swag so we can go along with you on your adventures wherever they may take you!
All my love, sunshine, and happy vibes to all of you wherever you may be!
Good morning and happy Wednesday to some of the most beautiful souls! I know that this weather is seriously getting old and at this point all I want is some type of sunshine. Remember, flowers won’t grow without rain, I guess we are all going to bloom very soon, and how beautiful it will be when it happens. I have been thinking about what I would blog about next for a couple of days. And of course, the way it always happens, the topic found its way to me. I was scrolling through Instagram and came across this quote. Not only was the picture aesthetically pleasing, but the quote was just as soothing for the soul. This message is something that is really important for all of us to hear. It is something we all struggle with. And something that we all need to be broken down for us. The quote was simple, it reads, ‘Make your heart the prettiest thing about you.”
I know, it seems simple, but how many of you read that and then felt something inside you. Whether it was a sinking feeling, butterflies, a little bit of sadness, or a smile, you felt something when you read it. I always associate feelings with reality. If you feel it it must mean something. And, luckily, you are correct on this one, because this, it means everything.
So what does this mean? How do we make our heart pretty? Well, I think it starts with our actions. It is also found in our tone of voice. It is seen in our attentiveness. It can be felt with going the extra mile. Notice how all of those are things that we cannot apply to our face, buy at the store, or go to a salon for? That is the point people. This idea of making your heart beautiful is not something that can be bought. It is something that you find well within your soul and allow it to become who you are. That saying that true beauty shines from within could not be more appropriate for this time. But I know that this is not easy. Most of us WANT to be that person with a beautiful heart, but we struggle. So, I ask again, how do we do this?
I want you all to close your eyes right now and imagine someone who has a pretty heart. Think about how that person acts. How do they greet you? How do they look at you when you are talking? How do they react to your stories, accomplishments, failures, and struggles? How do they check in on you? I want you to think of all of those things and think about how they make you feel about yourself. And then I want you to think what your perception is on that person. I can 100% guarantee that you are not thinking about their make up, or their hair, or even the clothes that they wear. Because while those things are beautiful and make people who they are, this type of beauty that we are craving and acknowledging, surpasses mascara, nail color, or pair of jeans. THAT is the message here. That is the whole point. We need to strive for the beauty that makes our soul smile. The real stuff. That’s what we are walking towards. Because when you take all those other things away, one thing remains. You and your beautiful heart. And as I have said many times before, you truly only need one thing in this life…a beating heart. So remember that as you keep walking and working towards the most beautiful, healthy, happy version of you. It all starts within and everything we need, we already have. So, let’s get to it.
As always, sending love and hugs,
Hi there love bugs, I hope all is well. This topic today that I am writing about today is something that is really important to me and something I think will relate to the majority of you as well. I am not at the stage of life where I have been blessed with children of my own yet, but I do have some kiddos that I get to call mine. So, in some sense, I am able to speak on this topic, just through a different lens. As some of you know, I am a new teacher. This fall I will walk into a classroom with 20+ little humans and start one of the most important years of their lives, first grade. The pressure I feel and the anxiety I have is immense. I imagine that it is a fraction of what new parents feel as they are expecting the arrival of their bundle of joy. Things like, “will I be able to teach them anything?”, “are they going to know how to read?”, “will they be happy?” are racing through my head. And I sit here thinking what is the best way to make sure that they learn, grow, smile, laugh, and have fun? I have turned to scholarly articles, TED Talks, podcasts, and real parents for advice on how to get kids from point A to point B; however, those of you that work with children know there is no direct route.
Today, I want to share a common theme that all of my research and education has touched on. Something that goes beyond the classroom and teachers… It has to do with what is said and done around the dinner table, in the car rides home from sports games, the night before a big recital, the reactions to papers and tests. These are the moments that shape little humans. Our words, our actions, our reactions, and our next steps are what matter. No surprise, right?
I was listening to a podcast and it talked about how ‘our children become what we say to them.’ Now for all the mommies and daddies out there, along with aunts and uncles, babysitters, teachers, grandparents and more, listen because this is important. We have a huge responsibility. One that you all know and think about probably daily…One of our biggest and most amazing privileges in life is raising these kids to be smart, successful, happy, honest, hardworking, loving, and kind individuals. Thats a long list of things to accomplish, and none of it is on a shelf at Target available to purchase. So how do we get there? Through our words, actions, and reactions.
Children are like sponges, they absorb every single ounce of anything that is available to them. So if we give them negativity, self doubt, low self esteem, anger, disappointment, and stress, that is what they will absorb. The amazing thing about this though is it is a two way street. They will also absorb positivity, self love, confidence, patience, excitement, happiness, joy, and perseverance. So what are we giving them? That is my question to you. Think back to a time with your child when they failed, something that they have probably done 100 times before and will do 100 times again, how did you react? What were your words? What actions did you take?
Every action, word, and reaction we have towards a child makes an impact on how THEY perceive the situation. So if they lose a baseball game, even one they should have won, and we react by yelling and getting upset, how does that make them feel? What does that make them think? If they bring home a test that they studied all night for and they didn't do so well on it, and then we punish them, what does that do to their perception of themselves? These are the important moments that shape their perception of the world and themselves. These are the times that we need to over-flood that sponge with positivity. These are the times that we set them up for what we hope and dream of them becoming. Because our kids are what we say to them. They are OUR words in a living and able body.
So how do we want them to grow? I know personally that this is the toughest pill to swallow. Admitting that there have been times where I was the reason they absorbed self doubt or anger. And I'm here to tell you it is okay, because we are not all perfect and that is a teachable moment in and of itself. But luckily, we have a lifetime to teach them. So I’m asking you today to think about how we want to fuel those little minds. Remember, every action, word, and reaction we have towards them makes an impact on how THEY perceive the situation. We have a big responsibility here, but I know we can do it - as teachers, parents, family, friends, and a community. I have faith in the power of positivity, love, and the goodness of this tribe. I know that we all have been that “person,” but I also know that we are sweating alongside each other to be the best we can be, for not only ourselves, but for those little ones we impact as well.
So take this today as a reset. Remind yourself right now, that they are watching, listening, and taking it all in at every moment. And instead of putting on a show for them, transform your life and mindset to shape theirs. It is a win-win for all of us. Too much love is still not enough, so love them and love them hard. Remember what we always say, what we put in is what we get out. Imagine what amazing humans beings we will be raising when we fuel them with love and positivity.
And just because I know some of you need this, believe me, you are doing a kickass job. You are a great parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, teacher, mentor, friend. Just keep loving, it is the secret medicine to heal all wounds. We got this TORQUE tribe!!
All my love,
Happy Friday my loves! This post is for everyone. It’s for the mama’s out there. It’s for the college kids. It’s for the twenty somethings. It’s for anyone and everyone. I recently saw a post on Instagram and immediately reposted it. It was just one of those posts that I really related to. When I reposted it, I got so many responses and I knew I had to blog about it. So here we go. I know that this post is going to relate to some of you and my advice for you is to let it. Let your mind settle when you read this. Allow yourself to be okay with the outcome.
So this post I saw talked about those 5-10 pounds. You know what 5-10 I'm talking about. The ones that happen after a vacation. The ones you can’t seem to loose post baby. the ones that regardless of how hard you work or how much you sweat never go away. And I'm here to explain and breakdown those 5-10 pounds for you. This post talked about how those pounds are simply life. Not that it is something that is bound to happen and we just have to accept it, but rather it is proof that we are living. Those 5-10 pounds are found in glasses of with long tome friends. They are found in celebrations of like such as endless brunches, wedding showers, baby showers, holidays, and girls weekends. They are ice cream cones for dinner with your littles and late night snack on the kitchen floor with your lover. Those 5-10 pounds are the cost we have to pay for the day to day memories that make life a little brighter. So I am here to tell you to cut yourself some slack. To stop skipping the ice cream and instead, cheers your cones with your babes. To order the stuffed french toast so you can share it with your bestie at brunch. Because let’s be honest, no one is asking for a bite of an egg white omelet with no cheese and just broccoli. I’m telling you to have the glass of wine, or ever three, because in that time it take to “drink your calories” you have just given your soul and heart some love and therapy. I’m asking you to start looking at those 5-10 pounds as the cost to memories, rather than the reason you get up at 5 am to workout or eat clean all week. Let yourself be okay with this, because life without those pounds…is not living. And that is our goal. We are supposed to be living life to the fullest, every single day. And if it comes at the cost of a few pounds, will we really remember it? I’m telling you the answer is no. But what we will remember is the memories we created because of them.
So today, we stop stepping on the scale. Summer is the memory making season. Keep your meals and work outs as they are, but let yourself indulge. Allow yourself to live a little. Be okay with the extra pounds and know that the purpose they served was worth it. I promise you, when you change your mindset on this, when you stop beating yourself up, when you start realizing that it is okay, there will be a sense of peace come over you. You will just feel better as a whole because those 5-10 are something that I think all of us are insecure about. So lets just be better. Lets know that they are simply a few pounds, that gave us life. When you look at it that way, they really just become pounds, and that is honestly all that they are. We can do this TORQUE Tribe, here’s to many laughs over wine, forkfuls of stuffed french toast, ice cream WITH all the toppings, and memories that last a life time. I love you, no matter what the scale reads, and I think you should too!
Infinte X’s and O’s,
OMG! Finally! Back on the blog. WOW, it has been long. This has just been such a busy time, but thankfully you all are the best and taking a 2 week hiatus was okay. BUT we are back and it is time to jump right back in the best way we know how. Yep, you guessed it…by showing our favorite women with nothing but love. This lady is seriously the best. I know I say that about everyone but she really is THE best. She is extremely talented, dedicated, sincere, joyful, and about a hundred and one other things as well. Though she be tiny, she is seriously so fierce. She is up before the sun most days, but have no fear…she is the sunshine to us all on the darkest of days. Stacey Novelli is the real deal. She gets shit done. She loves hard. She tells it how it is. She is genuine. She is loyal. She really is all that and a bag of chips. This world is a better and more colorful place because of her. I, along with so many more, am blessed to call her a friend. She is more than worthy of this Women Crush, so show her some love! Stacey, just please don't ever change! Keep being the most amazing, badass, loving, spitfire that you are. You make the world shine, and people smile. THAT is something special. And luckily, we get to call you ours! Here’s to you and all that you are.
To read more about Stacey and her love for TORQUE, keep reading! As always, sending love and hugs to all of my babes, no matter where you may be!
Favorite TORQUE memory:
Ummm how do I pick just one....
Ok so OF COURSE I love doing Chambongs and eating tequila strawberries while peeing on a bus on our way to Soul Cycle with all these badass, hilarious babes on my bday. That one goes without saying and was one memory for the books! But, I might have to get a little sappy here and say my favorite moment was witnessing Summer’s journey to success when she went on her own and opened TORQUE and brought every amazingly awesome instructor we could ever ask for to make TORQUE what it is today. I was in her very last class the day she decided to go on her own and can remember how sad I was to see her go as she had become my favorite instructor ever, her energy was indescribable and I told her Im going wherever you land lady!!!!!So then, next chapter.....she created this space that is hands down THE BEST!! I initially came to Torque to just lose some extra baby lbs. and to clear my mind while going through the devastating loss of my mom to cancer but soon I found it to be my sanctuary for sanity, TORQUE gave me an outlet to let it out, dance, cry, whatever you need, lights out and let it all out, it was a recharge like no other!!I have been so fortunate to meet so many incredible women who share a common love for the Rooster hour at TORQUE, my morning crew (love you Kate) is no joke, so motivated, dedicated and inspiring beyond words. There aren't many things Id wake up for at 4:50 and drive 20 minutes for at the 5 am hour besides this crew!!
Favorite quote and what it means to you:
Stop the world and get off- just as it says, take a minute to be present, express gratitude, be positive, laugh a lot, appreciate the beautiful things in this life and not let the negative things consume you.
Favorite workout clothing brand:
I like to try out all kinds of brands along my travels and I might have just a few pieces of Lilly Pulitzer thats for sure!! I’m also a sucker for anything that Insta tells me I need, but my all time fave and go to are my Lulu pants and TORQUE swag.
Favorite post workout snack:
1-Im a STARBUCKS addict-Coldbrew coffee as much as my brain can handle on a daily basis
2-Any quick protein fix like eggs, smoothies, peanut butter rice cake with banana or greek yogurt with honey.
Catch & Release- Matt Simons
Life’s Too Short- DENM
Rhythm is a dancer- Breathe Carolina
Burn Fast- Bryce Fox
A Sky Full of Stars- Coldplay
Rise- Jonas Blue
True Colors- XO Cupid
Be Right There- Diplo
Feels- Calvin Harris
Right Here- SWV
No One’s Gonna Love you- Band of Horses
Carry Me- Kygo
Call on Me- Starley
Stacey’s TORQUE schedule:
As my travel schedule allows, this is my ideal schedule:
Tuesday-5:45 TRX with Brooke
Wed.-5:45 Spin with Kate
Thursday-5:45 Spin with Summer or TRX with Julie depending on mood and body pain!
Friday-Im a gypsy all over the place, sometimes Strength class or the 5:45 Spin or when able to get in one more with Summer I’ll do spin or TRX
Saturday- DOUBLE DAY !!TRX with Julie 7:30 Spin with Summer 8:30
Sunday-Ass and Abs with Kristin
Happy Friday my loves. Wow this was a WEEK in the studio! There was so much love flowing for everyone we need to keep that shit going! Life is so much better when we let love into our hearts and allow happiness to flow through us. I know that sometimes it seems like that is such a task, to open up to the world, but we really have no excuses. I know you are probably rolling your eyes right now thinking of the hundreds of reasons why it isn't “that easy”. I can agree with you to some extent that this life is busy, it’s demanding, it can be harsh, and exhausting, BUT this world, our world, has a little slice of heaven in it. This studio that we all call home is the reason why we can’t make an excuse. It is the perfect outlet for the busy life that we live in. It accommodates about almost any schedule, any situation, any person. You can go burn 400 calories in a class or go scroll through Instagram on the window sill while laying on a pillow. We don't care, we just want you there. We want you present. Because when you are there your cup is being refilled and maybe you forget that sometimes. That’s okay, because I do as well. By just being there you are surrounded by love. You are listening to music, the souls favorite medicine. You are laughing with people that don't have runny noses or four paws (sometimes we all need a break from that!). Do you know how many benefits a good laugh has on you? I don't either but I think we can all agree that after a good belly laugh there is this feeling that runs through your body that sometimes we need. You get in a good sweat. You turn your brain off. You just get to reset and refill. It’s the best reality check meets workout meets therapy session all in one beautiful studio that we get to call home and THAT is why we have no excuses. If 5:45 am is the only class you can make it to, get up. They want you there. You wont regret it. If evening classes work better, bring the kids. They will be just fine for an hour trust me. But don't make the mistake of making an excuse to miss out on love, laughter, and bettering yourself. That is how we need to look at it. It isn't just a spin class, a barre class, or a trx class, it is a reset and refill. And I think if we change our perspective of WHAT we go to the studio for, those excuses become less and less. We are in the drivers seat on this one. It is our life. We have the choice every single day to define the day or have it define us. So let’s start defining the day and in return we will be defining our lives. When we plant the seed of putting ourselves first and making an effort to be our best selves, we will grow into who we were intended to be. And let me tell you, there is nothing more beautiful, sexy, attractive, amazing, or beautiful than someone who is happy with themselves, grateful for their experiences, and head over heals in love with their life. A little reminder sometimes is all we need. We start today. No more excuses. Its time to just do the damn thing. Because we deserve it and that is the only reason we need. I can’t wait to do this all with you! (in a week because I am going on a cruise…I know the timing of this post was not perfect BUT I promise when I get back it’s no excuse time!!)
As always, sending love and hugs to you all no matter where you may be! See you soon TORQUE tribe!
Squeezes and smooches,
P.S. Love yourself. You deserve it. XO!
Good morning beauties! It’s a Wednesday, you all know the drill! Wednesday’s in this studio are my favorite. Not only are there some kickass classes BUT they are the days that we get to shine a light on the strong, badass, beautiful women in this tribe. This TORQUE babe that I have for you this week is definitely strong. She may very well be the definition of a badass. And she is not only beautiful on the outside, but even more so on the inside. This week I bring to you Kim Harrison. I can’t even begin to describe the amount of respect, love, and happiness I have for this special lady. The person she is and the life that she has built for herself is amazing. I have a special place in my heart for the “do-ers” in this world. The ones who put others before themselves. The ones who go the extra mile even if they didn’t have to. The ones who are thoughtful and kind. Kim is that person. She cares about the people in her life. She wants them to be happy. She wants them to know that they are loved. And as a result of that, she has found peace and happiness. But it wasn’t that simple. Everyone in this world has a story, but not everyone has Kim’s perspective. She has fought some of the toughest battles with the most perfect mindset. She will tell you that it wasn’t always this easy or beautiful. But she believes to her core that your life is a reflection of what you put out in this world. And she has made a commitment to make her output love. (I mean does it get any better than that?!) When Kim started putting love out into the world, the universe gave it right back. She first found TORQUE, then she found a love for herself, and then she found Summer. The love they have for each other is beautiful. The life they are building is beautiful. The story they have to share is beautiful. And if that isn’t what this studio is about, finding yourself, loving yourself, and finding the most joyous things in life and being able to experience them with the ones you love then I don’t know is. When I look at Kim, I know she is exactly where she needs to be. (Which 99% of the time is in the spin room, front row, looking at her love do her thing!) Kim is an amazing example of someone who really practices what they preach. It truly is so beautiful to watch how she loves others and lives her life. Kim, don’t ever change. Your happiness, dedication, kind hearted, old soul is needed in this life. We are SO lucky to call you ours! Here’s to you and all you do for so many!
To read about Kim’s love for TORQUE keep reading! As always, sending hugs and so much LOVE to you all no matter where you may be!
Favorite TORQUE Memory:
My favorite TORQUE memory is the day that I reconnected with an old friend who is now my very best friends (Stacey Armor) and met a client who I hadn’t previously met, but I now call one of my best friends (Jill Hopkins). I came into class excited and pumped because I had a good friend coming into town and Michelle had just so happened to play both me and my friends favorite song and artist; Kesha’s “Blow”. This is when I then discovered the remix of this song and discovered my love for “beat drops” I went a little crazy during weights when the beat dropped which almost made Jill Hopkins fall off her bike and made the instructor Michelle laugh hysterically. After class they both approached me to see why I went so crazy and I said it just made me feel so good and excited and I couldn’t contain it so I let it out. From then on I got into more “beat drops” and wanted the music louder and faster and to have more BASS! I found myself screaming next to Jill Hopkins more frequently and well the rest is what you can call history.
My favorite quote is “get out of your head”- A lot of instructors say this and coming from an athletic background it really works for me and is a good reminder to just shut my annoying brain off sometimes and just let go and ride.
My definition of TORQUE:
TORQUE is a place that any individual can go and walk out feeling different. Whether the different is good, bad, in between it allows people to actually evaluate themselves physically and emotionally and then puts the ball in their court to make the decision to either come back or not, but lets them know they “have them” and it’s a “safe haven”, judgement free place where everyone works together to make each other better.
Favorite Workout Clothing Brand:
I love Adidas everything but whatever I find at Marshalls is what I end up with! Not too fancy here ;
Favorite Post Workout Snack:
I love my shakes, either protein or vegetable shakes!
Bring the Beat Back-
Hands on me: White Panda
Scrape- Party Favor
Walls- Sultan +Shephard
Free the Madness- Steve Aoki
Work it out-Party Favor
Both of Us- Yellow Claw
Give it up- Knife Party
My sweet loves! Hi there! Tis the season of being busy! Between finding out we were moving (yay!!), to school coming to an end, to vacation in a few days, it’s just been really busy over here. I miss you all and the connection we share through these posts. I had to remind myself multiple times that when life gets busy, it is okay to take a step back and prioritize. Everything will come back to normal once the fast paced life passes and it is important to remember that. So here we are. Things are starting to slow down and it feels like I can breathe! I realized though last night a key detail in that thing called prioritizing. Funny enough it is the FRIST one to get cut and the only one that should be a constant. I want to take a moment to stress the importance of “you” time. the most important priority. I got caught up with putting myself on the back burner this week and I know we can all relate to it.
When life gets busy and stressful, for whatever reason, we decide to cut all the things that we love and need because we don't have time. We have somehow convinced ourselves that there is no way we can make it all work. So we sacrifice ourselves for the temporary stress. And while the logic can make sense in solidarity, that isn't reality. If we were stressed ONE week out of the year and we put ourselves on hold then that would be okay. But not one person is only stressed for a week. It is a constant cycle that creeps up on us throughout the days, months, years. So we need to figure out how to keep ourselves strong and healthy to face the stress. The best way to do this is to make a commitment to yourself. I know it is hard. It feels selfish. It feels like a waste of time. But an investment in yourself is something that will never have a price. It is something that cannot be picked up at the grocery store while you're running errands. It is something that we must make time for. Because we all know what happens when we give up on ourselves during stressful times. To start, we crumble. Our lives get messy. The fridge gets empty. We eat on the go, or just forget to. Nothing gets done. We start arguing with the ones we love. We forget how to smile. We lose all sense of happiness because we cut the one thing we absolutely need, ourselves.
So I’m here to tell you that it is okay to fall of the wagon. I was a perfect example this past week. But what is not okay is to recognize that we have failed ourselves. Have a conversation with yourself, your partner, you family etc. that you need your you time. It is so incredibly important to keep yourself happy and healthy, in all the domains. You deserve it. And that alone is the only reason you need to make a commitment to better yourself. I just wanted to send you all some love this week and some encouragement. Just remember that what ever you are facing right now, what ever thoughts can’t seem to exit your mind, whatever it is, just remember that this too shall pass. We got this TORQUE tribe. Together we can face the hardest and most stressful of times.
All my love,