Rhodie Lorenz: cycling & pilates
Her Ride: A high-intensity, joyful challenge
Fitness Tip: Train with others and work toward a common goal.
Greatest JOY: Creating positive changes on the bike and off.
Co-founder and head instructor of JoyRide, Rhodie has been teaching indoor cycling in Fairfield County for more than 10 years. Her proprietary Pilates-based JoyRide technique maximizes the cardio and endurance benefits of indoor cycling. Rhodie graduated from Georgetown University and holds a master’s degree in education from Stanford University. Her best classes are choreographed on her kitchen dance floor with her three young sons, who are music aficionados by default.
Armond Jordan: cycling & circuit
His Class: Intense, fun and unapologetic.
Fitness Tip: Fitness isn’t about being competitive; it’s about being progressive.
Greatest JOY: Helping riders accomplish their goals. And Belgian waffles with Canadian bacon.
With an athleticism cultivated on the basketball court and the football field, Armond's coaching stresses the importance of muscle function off the bike and out of the studio. A NASM-certified personal trainer specializing in group fitness, Armond also slices a killer backhand in tennis, snowboards with gusto and is a stupendous dad.
Mackenzie Pretty: cycling
Her Ride: A killer workout.
Fitness Tip: Challenge = Change. Work outside of your comfort zone! Achieving your goals are worth all the hard work!
Greatest JOY: Challenging riders to reach their personal best ... and seeing them achieve their goals on and off the bike!
Mackenzie left Fairfield University as co-captain of Fairfield's women's soccer team and graduated to 14 hours a day in corporate finance. She craved the energy, coaching and team atmosphere of group fitness and fell in love with indoor cycling, which led her to become a top-notch JoyRide instructor and Westport Magazine cover model!
Meagen O'Connell: cycling
Her Ride: An inspiring, athletic, thoughtfully crafted ride.
Fitness Tip: Take a Tabata class and learn to live outside your comfort zone!
Greatest JOY: Watching people's lives transform from the power of indoor cycling and group exercise.
JoyRide’s resident fashionista and Parson’s School of Design graduate set her designs on indoor cycling as a co-ed. After a stint at Tommy Hilfiger, she ditched her designer duds for spandex leggings and taught cycling and boot camp along the East Coast. She is a self-proclaimed luvva of old-school hip-hop and an R & B junkie.
Julianne Mulvey: cycling
Her Ride: A fluid, graceful, sweat-infused endorphin rush.
Fitness Tip: Exercise because you want to, because you need to, because it makes you FEEL like a badass.
Greatest JOY: Taking photos of her towhead kids.
This tomboy-turned-cycling babe was named Texas’ Super Skippers (jumping rope) state champion when she was 10 years old. Other notable skills include: intramural billiards champion, soccer player, investment banker and photographer. Out of the saddle, this hip-hop gal is snapping photos, cooking or cheering on the soccer sidelines.
Mo Prester: cycling & circuit
His Class: Challenging. Very, very challenging.
Fitness Tip: Your body can only change if you believe it can. And eat green leafy vegetables.
Greatest JOY: Seeing people slamming their fitness goals.
Upon graduating from Western Connecticut State, Mo earned ISSA certification for personal training. Since then, Mo’s infectious happiness and rhythm belie his eagerness to reduce JoyRiders to quivering masses of defeated muscle groups. He loves hot sauce, computers and knee socks.
Emily Kate Swet: cycling & pilates
Her Ride: A shot of energy with a little addiction to keep you coming back for more.
Fitness Tip: Nothing makes you feel better than doing what you thought you couldn’t.
Greatest JOY: Laughing, laughing, laughing!
After seeing her body and posture transform through Pilates, she pursued her certification as a STOTT Pilates instructor. Emily kissed her corporate marketing job bye-bye and metamorphosed into a rock star group exercise instructor who survives on kick-butt music, spontaneous dance parties, and sweat, sweat, sweat.
Alison Vitolo: cycle & sculpt
Her Ride: A full-throttle workout that will push riders to their limits. If their legs are numb, she’s done her job.
Fitness Tip: Always check your form – and don’t hesitate to ask an instructor for help.
Greatest JOY: The moment the lights go down, the music turns up and the pedals start humming. And parties.
Once, Alison partied all night on roller skates. Even if the shots she pounded were wheatgrass, it’s so goofy and fun, we couldn’t resist her. She grew up on a diet of ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance, and when she found JoyRide, she found her fitness calling. If there is fun to be had, Alison will find it!
Roz Koether: cycling
Her Class: Kills it in less than an hour.
Fitness Tip: If you rest, you rust.
Greatest JOY: Sailing with Sting (in her dreams...)
The tomboy-turned-barrista of beauty and brawn is JoyRide’s esquire of cycling! Roz first courted indoor cycling to shake off her lawyerly woes. She worked her way up to instructor and has been motivating JoyRiders -- and dispensing sound legal advice -- ever since.
Selina Santos: cycling
Rebecca Crawford: cycling
Samantha Duda: cycling
Her Ride: A varied and intense, fun and challenging ride.
Fitness Tip: Never doubt yourself. If you believe you can do it, you’ll do it.
Greatest JOY: “Having a job I love!”
JoyRide rule #143: Never wear anything louder than you laugh. Which means Sam can wear purple plaid and a tiara if she wants to. So you two will have a lot talk about, if talking coherently is possible after her scorching workout. If you’re too wiped for conversation, just smile: you made it through her musical journey workout!
Robert Newmark: cycling
His Ride: Rob will take your fitness to new levels.
Fitness Tip: The power of indoor cycling can transform your body if you make the commitment.
Greatest JOY: Hot yoga, NFL football and staying in touch with his nerdy, tech-junkie side.
Thanks to indoor cycling, this high-tech instructor lost 100 pounds and rediscovered his competitive edge and inner athlete. This lean machine will tell you he doesn't get a year older, he gets a year better -- and JoyRide has been a huge part of that mantra.
Sara Beckert: cycling
Amanda Shortt: cycling
Her Ride: A dance party on a bike that will leave you gasping for an oxygen tank.
Fitness Tip: Focus on the results and do your best.
Greatest JOY: Running outside with her dog.
Amanda’s passion for health, nutrition and fitness led her straight to indoor cycling. She’s a Mad Dogg-certified spin instructor and a self-described “obsessive” music fan. Off the bike, Amanda pursues her love for road races (anything from 5K to a marathon is fair game) with her canine pal, Diesel.
Kelvin Smith: circuit
His Class: Kelvin will ache, burn and rip your body into a masterpiece.
Fitness Tip: Shut up and put up: If you can talk while you exercise, then WORK HARDER.
Greatest JOY: Sweat angels on the floor
Not only has this seasoned fitness instructor chiseled his body to perfection with weight/resistance training and a Paleo diet, but Kelvin’s many tattoos are near-perfect replicas of Renaissance originals. And he has almost as many fitness certifications as tattoos, from sports medicine to DVRT. Now, all of this doesn’t mean he’s perfect. (Actually, maybe it does.)
Tony Hernandez: circuit & sculpt
His Class: always unique, always spicy, always demanding.
Fitness Tip: Train insane or remain the same!
When Tony and his wife aren’t coaching the Greenwich girls’ high school basketball team to victories, he’s shredding JoyRiders’ muscles. But don’t fret: the basketball coach/bodybuilding champion/trainer-of-athletes adds so much levity to his hardcore workouts, you’ll forget you’re in pain!
Brian Herman: joygroove & cycling
His Class: A contemporary dance class combining an intense cardio workout with heart-thumping hip-hop choreography.
Fitness Tip: Make it fun and mix it up.
Brian Herman, JoyRide's international celebrity, adds a unique “flava” to Studio 2 with some seriously flavorful groovin'. Trained by famed choreographers from NYC, L.A., and Europe, Brian has travelled the world and shared the stage with some amazing artists including: Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Sean Kingston and Sean Paul.
Heidi Freyer: pilates
Meeghan White: pilates
This former JP Morgan financial guru brings her smarts and sparkling smile into the Pilates studio, training clients to get leaner, longer, and stronger. Prior to her career in fitness, Meeghan worked 18-hour days crunching numbers on Wall Street and flying on airplanes to advise clients in different parts of the country. Now, she crunches abs on the reformer and teaches a mean Flying Leg Springs exercise on the Cadillac. The nature of her finance job led to her becoming "a mess, and I felt like a ball of stress." Meeghan began taking Pilates classes to alleviate back pain and reduce stress, and fell in love with the method. Soon enough, this math whiz left her corporate job and attended the Kane School of Core Integration in NYC. Now, she is a super-duper, rock-star JoyRide instructor who adds classical and contemporary Pilates flair to her training. Multiply that by fun, plus results, and that equals a mind/body transformation!
Vicki Lopez: pilates
Her Class: Excellent for body balance, as a rehab tool, and a great workout.
Vicki Lopez loved her three workouts a day, but sadly, her back didn’t. Then she turned to Pilates, which made her strong enough to take on teenagers on the basketball court! If you’ve taken Pilates with Vicki, you know she likes to say, "now just for fun!" right before it’ll be anything but.