Gina Zangrillo has been an avid JoyRider since the Darien studio opened and a faithful occupant of Bike 1. As the owner of the Darien Sport Shop and a local Dancing with the Stars contestant, she’s on her feet all day and night, and needs the added strength and stamina she gets from JoyRide! Meet Gina:
What’s your weekly Joy schedule and fitness regimen?
I take three to four indoor cycling classes a week. I complement it with yoga and I am also an avid golfer from March to November. In addition, I am training for a Dancing with the Stars competition to raise money for a local charity, ElderHouse. Currently I am practicing twice a week with my professional dance partner at the Fred Astaire Studios. That will continue to become more vigorous as we get closer to the competition date of March 1, 2014.
What were/are your fitness goals?
My fitness goals are to be strong which is important to run my business. I am on my feet all of the time. I need strength and stamina. It’s also good for me to release tension; my team likes it when I go to JoyRide and relieve some of my stress!
What kinds of results have you seen since working out at JoyRide?
My legs are definitely stronger. The bar workout at the end of class is also nice because I can do a full body workout in less than an hour, shower and get back to my office (hopefully before anyone misses me). Heading into the busy season, I am already noticing that I am more focused and happier.
Have you had to overcome any health issues or injuries?
I used to be a marathon runner and ruptured my Achilles three years ago playing paddle tennis. Indoor cycling is the first cardio-intensive workout that I have been able to do since the surgery, and it feels great. The fact that it’s low-impact training makes it easier on me.
What got you hooked on indoor cycling and/or JoyRide?
The atmosphere at JoyRide is just phenomenal. The loud music makes it so much fun. It’s also convenient so I can sneak out of work, take a class, shower and get back to work pretty quickly.
What are your favorite songs / music to cycle to?
“Timber” by Ke$ha, “Roar” by Katy Perry. But remember: I am 52 and while my kids think I am a cool mom, one of my favorite songs to spin to is “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls!!!