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New class: JoyMobility!

What: JoyMobility is a new class led by fitness trainer Chris Kalisz that offers a combination of tissue work, band work and increased joint mobility work to 'reset' the body and train it to perform better and more efficiently.


How will it benefit your body?  

It will increase flexibility and movement, decrease stiffness, prevent injury and enhance performance.


When & Where:

Monday at 6 p.m. - Westport

Wednesday at 12 noon - Westport

Thursday at 9:45 a.m. - Darien

Saturday at 10:45 a.m. - Darien


Read more about The Mobility Project, led by Chris Kalisz:

Have you ever watched the way a baby crawls or how a monkey swings from tree to tree? Have you seen the way a cat will stretch itself out or how a frog can launch itself long distances with such grace? The one thing that the baby, the monkey, the cat and the frog all have in common is mobility.


Fitness is only a small piece of the puzzle that is movement and mobility. The definition of mobility is the ability to move or be moved freely and easily. Our mobility is at the center of every other fitness aspect, ranging from strength, endurance and flexibility to balance, agility and speed. When the body is able to move in the manner it was originally designed to do, pain and stiffness are reduced and function and performance increase.


The human body is one of the most complex and fascinating pieces of equipment ever designed. Imagine that we have the most intricate piece of software, the human brain, paired with the most intricate piece of hardware, the human body. We have the ability to mimic almost any animal movement pattern from climbing, crawling, running, and rolling to swimming, swinging, jumping and twisting. The software and hardware are in place; however, we seem to have lost the manual to our own equipment.


The Mobility Project introduces new concepts into the “traditional” ways of thinking when it comes to fitness, offering participants the ability to actively make a change in the way they feel, the way they move, and the way they view fitness.


JoyRide’s new class, JoyMoblity, is a foundational and functional movement and performance enhancement program that infuses a combination of yoga-like stretching, creative dance, martial arts and animal flow patterns. 




“Chris changed my life after I was scheduled to have surgery on my IT Band this Christmas. I have been a dancer my entire life, and over the last two years have been in extreme pain. After 3 doctors and 4 physical therapists, with little to no relief, surgery was offered as the BEST option. I worked with Chris for 5 sessions before going back to college and his mobility project took my pain from a 9 out of 10, all the way to a 2 out of 10. It’s the best I have felt in 3 years and I haven’t even thought of surgery since Chris!” -Allie Daut


For more questions about this new class, please contact Chris at

Posted Jan 9, 2015 0 Comments

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Spotlight on Debbie!

Debbie Katz, co-founder and Director of Operations, is a strong force behind-the-scenes at JoyRide!  Find out how this former advertising guru finds JOY – in the studio and out!


How would your friends describe you?  

Fun, funny, loyal, reliable, down-to-earth.  (I think!)


When and where are/were you most happy/ happiest?  

After a perfect day at the Cape with my family: a long morning bike ride, a great day on the beach, a sunset dinner with a nice glass of wine, an ice cream sundae, and a killer round of mini golf.


Do you have a motto?  

"I may as well be myself, because everyone else is taken."


What is your idea of perfect happiness?  

A glass of wine, a warm, empty beach, early evening, perfectly quiet, black sky and lots of stars.


What is the trait your most admire in others?  



Which living person do you most admire?  

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. I can't say enough about the courage this girl showed to stand up to violence and take her amazing message to the world.  She is truly inspiring.


What’s your greatest joy?  

My children.


What was your favorite job?  

JoyRide!  No other job has allowed me this much imagination, creativity and personal ownership.  I love to come to work every day. How many people are lucky enough to say that?


What is your most treasured possession?  



What can’t you live without?  

Coffee in the morning.   And I have a houseful of people and animals who would all wholeheartedly agree.


Do you have a tattoo?

No, but if I did, I've always like the yin and the yang, because life should be about balance.


How would you describe your personal style outside the studio?  

A giant Glamour 'Don't'


What’s your favorite belt-it-out song?  

"Sweet Child Of Mine," by Guns N’ Roses


If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do?  

Move to a ranch in Montana and ride horses and enjoy the peace and quiet.


Which actress would play you in the movie about your life?  

Sandra Bullock



Posted Jan 8, 2015 0 Comments

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Spotlight on Amy!

As JoyRide Co-Founder and the Director of Business Development, Amy Hochhauser is as familiar a face in the studio as your favorite instructor. But did you know she is also an attorney and is the mom of two athletic boys? She happily traded her demanding career and raising young kids in NYC to create a fulfilling life doing something she loved in Connecticut!   Find out what Amy is most passionate about: 


How would your friends describe you?

Hmmm.  Ambitious, Funny, Loyal, Obsessive   


When and where are/were you most happy/ happiest?  

Snuggling on the couch at home with my family.


Do you have a motto?  

Be here, NOW.  And of course, Enjoy the Ride!


What is your idea of perfect happiness?  

Accepting things the way they are at this moment and being content.


What is the trait your most admire in others?



Which living person(s) do you most admire?

My Dad.  He's the sweetest person in the world.   


What’s your greatest joy?  

Seeing the strength of the JoyRide community  -- the friendships made with customers and employees.  We've built a big, happy JOYfamily -- and that gives me great joy and pride.


What was your favorite job?  

THIS is the best job I've ever had!


What is your most treasured possession?

My iPhone :)  So sad, but true.


What can’t you live without?

My children…and my iPhone.


Do you have a tattoo?  

Um, yes.  La vita e bella (Life is Beautiful).


How would you describe your personal style outside the studio?  

Comfy cool. 


What’s your favorite belt-it-out song?  

Currently "Animals" by Maroon 5.


If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do?  

Retire?  Who me?  Never...


Which actress would play you in the movie about your life?  And what would the movie title be?  

Oh jeeeez… 

Posted Jan 7, 2015 0 Comments

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Spotlight on Rhodie!


Rhodie is a co-founder of JoyRide, the studio's creative director / lead instructor and a mom of three active boys.  You may be fully versed on her calorie-torching rides, love of costumes and theme rides. You have probably seen her driving around town in her JoyMobile, but did you know...?   

How would your friends describe you?
Creative, hard working, obsessed with music, energetic, curious, trustworthy, sensitive, thoughtful, social, thrives on challenge, wants to inspire & help people and have a good time along the way!

When and where are/were you most happy/ happiest?
Teaching classes and training instructors. Spending time with my family. Out with friends listening to my favorite bands. 

Do you have a motto?
“If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.”
“Follow your passion and you create a meaningful life.”
“Do the best you can with what you have right now.” 

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Ain't no such thing! Nothing is perfect. 

But, I would define happiness as being able to enjoy the journey - learning from our setbacks, being grateful for what we have, celebrating our accomplishments, giving back to others and the community, loving & being loved unconditionally. 

All that said, I would also take a Mojito on a Caribbean island, toes in the sand and uninterrupted time to devour a page-turning novel. That would be perfect happiness for a few hours!

What is the trait your most admire in others? 
The ability to make people laugh. The ability to inspire people to believe in themselves. Risk takers & innovators. Creativity. Decisiveness. Passion. Insight. 

Who are your role models?  
See above. Anyone who displays those traits I very much admire.

Also, any successful teacher/ instructor has had inspirational teachers or instructors who paved their path and gave them a vision. I am grateful to all of my teachers and instructors who modeled exceptional teaching and made me love learning and inspiring others so much that I made a career out of it. 

What’s your greatest joy?
Tough one to narrow down to just one! Anything that requires me to be fully present and in the moment (such as skiing, tennis, teaching, reading, writing) challenging myself to develop and improve my skills.

Oh, and my sons when they make me laugh with their funny expressions, insights or dance moves!

And - See 'perfect happiness' above!

What was your favorite job?  
I got my favorite job right now!

What is your most treasured possession?
My sons! They are mine for now :). 

What can’t you live without?
Love & music. 

Do you have a tattoo?
I wish! I have always wanted a tattoo. But, I am fearful of needles and fearful of their permanence. What if I changed my mind?!

How would you describe your personal style outside the studio?   
Pretty similar to my personal style in the studio. My job requires me to give it all I have got - so, from work ethic to personality I am pretty consistently me in and out of the studio.

What’s your favorite belt-it-out song?
“Don't Stop Believing” by Journey

If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do?
I don't want to retire yet! I love what I do. 

Which actress would play you in the movie about your life?  And what would the movie title be?  
Reese Witherspoon and “Rhode to Joy”!

Posted Jan 6, 2015 0 Comments

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Setting New Fitness Goals for 2015

By Rhodie Lorenz, JoyRide Co-Owner and Creative Director

Happy New Year, JoyRiders!  A new year is the perfect opportunity to renew your fitness goals and pledge to make a fresh start.  Out with the old bad habits or excuses for not working out -- and in with a new, positive outlook and a renewed commitment to becoming healthier, stronger and more fit.


You’re ready to make a change, but how do you start setting fitness goals that are actually do-able? Setting goals and meeting them requires a strategy. Here are some of our tips at JoyRide:


1. Make a list. It’s important to first write down everything you want to accomplish, whether it’s on a Post-it, in your phone or as a Facebook manifesto. Next, break it down further by assessing which are short-term goals and long-term goals.  


2. Set one goal at a time: I usually have a hard time narrowing down my lengthy list of self-improvement resolutions and goals: increasing my patience level, improving attention to detail, being present, understanding fantasy football and trying golf.  I am self aware enough to know that if I tried to tackle too many of these goals at once, I would rapidly become overwhelmed and likely throw in the towel. But, ask me to pick one goal, such as taking a deep breath to improve my patience level, and it seems much more do-able.


3. Break it down into bite-sized chunks. Saying you want to work out six days a week seems lofty if you currently only work out six times a month.  Instead, try setting a short-term goal of adding one more workout a week to your schedule.  Or, try to commit to taking an indoor cycling class every Monday. Once it becomes a habit, you’ll start looking forward to that class and you’ll miss the energy boost when you can’t go.


After you’ve made that Monday class a habit, try to add another workout to your schedule, like a JoyCircuit or Pilates class. Once you’ve built up your regime gradually, it becomes part of your every day routine -- and hopefully a lifestyle.


4. Commit publicly:  Announce your goal(s) to your friends and family.  Sharing your goals and resolutions makes you accountable and helps keep you motivated to stay the course. No one likes to quit in front of an audience.  Spread the word!


5. Buddy Up. Talk to friends and see if they have similar fitness goals. Make a plan together!  Knowing you’re meeting someone at a cycling class (or even for that inaugural Tabata attempt) is the best motivation and keeps you accountable. You don’t want to let her/him down if you don’t show!  [Note: look out for our new Buddy rides in Darien!]


6. Try a new class or cross-train.  You’re addicted to your biweekly cycling class, but you’re a little nervous to kick it up a notch with Tabata or Interval + Endurance.   You’ve heard that high intensity interval training is an excellent way to burn fat and torch calories, but let’s face it: you’ve seen those sweat-drenched riders leaving class gasping for breath and you’re not sure if you can hack it.  Yes, you can!  The only way to make real progress is to reach outside your comfort zone.  After that first new class, you’ll feel stronger physically, and mentally, you’ll be able to tackle that next challenge with more confidence.


Cross-training is also crucial for your overall fitness and reaching your goals. Whether you’re looking to increase muscle strength or shed a few holiday pounds, strength training is a key element to toning and/or weight loss. The more lean muscle you have, the faster your metabolism is and the more calories you burn all day long.  So, add in a circuit or Pilates class to your cycling routine, and you may see results even quicker.  [Read more about the importance of cross-training here:]


7. Put your money where your mouth is.   With a new pair of cycle shoes or pack of classes, you'll be more inclined to show up and less inclined to see that money go to waste.

8. Think about the benefits, not the difficulties.  A common problem we sometimes have is thinking about how hard something is.  An indoor cycling class is so difficult! I am not in good enough shape to take an Interval + Endurance ride! Instead of thinking about how hard it is, think about what you will get out of it: lose weight, build confidence, feel great, get stronger, find fortune, and fame, etc.  Congratulate yourself on small successes and stay positive.


9. Do your personal best: Whatever your 100 percent looks like, give it. It feels great to find your personal best. Whether you are painting a landscape, running a race, playing an instrument, or completing your first indoor cycling class without turning green, do it with gusto and give it all of you've got!


10. Don't sweat the slip-ups: It will happen. Rome wasn’t built in a day!  The good news is every moment is a chance to re-set. If you fall back, pick yourself up and get right back in the saddle.  Don’t dwell, move forward and save your sweat for the studio.


No matter what, success is earned. There are no shortcuts to being the best you can be. No one is born successful, even if you have a natural ability. Put forth the effort, add in a positive outlook, and you will feel stronger, healthier to confidently reach your goals. 


Start today and create healthy habits for the new year!  Book your JoyRide here:




Posted Jan 2, 2015 0 Comments

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