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Guest Blogger: Joanie Landau's Snowcrastination

Snowcrastination 2015!

By JoyRider Joanie Landau


I'm a whiner, I admit it. “I do not like the cold, I do not like the hot, I’m too tired, too busy, too bored...” I’m a downbeat Dr. Seuss. Last week I went into hibernation and missed all my spin classes. By day seven I was going crackers. 


Years ago I was the Supermom of Snow Days, naively driving the kids around in our beast of a Land Rover. It may have looked like an ugly white refrigerator but I miss that 4-wheel drive. Now I find myself in a perpetual state of winter dread, surrendered to captivity in my New England igloo.



Then this happened: I got an email from kickass Spinstress, Rhodie Lorenz. She was just "checking in,” probably wondering if I croaked under a pile of snow. Zapping me out of my malaise, I promised I would attend class on Saturday even if a zombie apocalypse loomed. !

The night before class I was a hole 'nother planet of nuts: I’m cold, I’m bloated, I’m fat....!

It was hell getting out of bed after a week’s snowcrastination. Finally at Joyride, Rhodie dedicated a song to me, appropriately called “The Fight.” Overrun with endorphins, I danced with myself on bike 8, fantasies of crowd surfing in my head.


Rhodie and I are “musical twin sisters.” I’d swap a vial of blood with her if she asked. She’s the Simon to my Garfunkel. The only thing that comes between us is her undying love for mashups. Rhodie will start an amazing song (I call it “The Tease”) and it quickly changes. Like Homer Simpson, I want to shout Do’h!!

It might start like this :  

Hey little girl is your daddy home, did he go and leave you all alone, hmm hmm, I have a bad desire, whoa whoa whoa "

I'm on Fire ..." "

BRUUUUCE!!! But just then the song morphs into this:! !

Lay where you're laying, Don’t make a sound" I know they're watching, Watching"
All the commotion, The kiddie like play"
It has people talking, talking"
You, Your sex is on fire..."

As if separated at birth, Bruce Springsteen is expertly mashed with Kings of Leon and somehow it works. I ask Rhodie to send it to me and when I get home it’s already in my inbox. Lesson learned: it’s loony to hole up and be wretched when there is a Joyride in my cosmic universe. Peace Out, Winter!

Photo credit: Janet Samuels


Posted Mar 6, 2015 0 Comments

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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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