Meredith, a practicing attorney, began taking indoor cycling classes as a way to relieve stress. Those occasional classes quickly developed into a love for cycling and the health benefits and sense of community that it provided. Having a healthy heart for Meredith, means taking the time to invest in yourself and not taking your body for granted. February is Heart Health Month and Meredith reminds us that you can never assume that you will always be healthy. Start taking preventative steps now, just 3 hours of exercise a week can help reduce one’s risk of stroke. You only get one heart and one body, so treat them well!
Tell us, why do you cycle?
Exercise, and in particular cycling, is a huge stress reliever for me. I generally work out first thing in the morning, and it's a great way to clear my head and get rid of any worries. I'm always in a great mood for the rest of the day thanks to the healthy dose of endorphins!
What type of class do you teach & what can riders expect from your class?
I like to think of my class as an escape. For 45 minutes you get to listen to fun/good music and focus on themselves. I like to push encourage my riders to push themselves past their comfort zones in order to achieve their goals. You're not going to achieve your goals by remaining comfortable and always choosing the easy option. Riders are always shocked by what their bodies can do when they push themselves just a little harder. I love watching my riders get stronger week after week.
Have you always been into fitness? What inspired to you to get into fitness?
No, I have not always been into fitness! When I was in high school, I was overweight and out of shape. I remember trying out for the lacrosse team I feeling like I was going to die while running a mile. I didn't like the idea that I was so out of shape at such a young age, so I decided to start exercising and changing my eating habits. I began working out with exercise videos and within a few months, I had lost a few dress sizes and could run a mile without feeling like I was going to go into cardiac arrest. When I entered college, I was surrounded by people who were very involved in fitness and self-care. I was introduced to spin and I immediately fell in love. The more I worked out the happier I became and the more I became comfortable in my own skin. As I continued on with law school and my career, fitness and still is HUGE stress reliever and way to keep me grounded.
What were the hurdles that got in your way?
My eating habits! The hardest thing that I have learned on my fitness journey is that you can't out exercise a bad diet! I use to think that because I was working out more, I could eat more cookies, cakes, french fries etc. When I was eating poorly and not seeing the results that I wanted to see it was incredibly frustrating. Finally, someone told me "you can't out exercise a bad diet" and something clicked. If your diet is poor, your results will be poor. Once I changed my diet and began feeding my body the appropriate foods, I began getting closer and closer to my goals.
How do you curate playlists for class? Share one!
Generally, something during the week will inspire the type of music that I want to play during my class that week. For example, seeing Justin Timberlake perform at the Super Bowl, inspired me to play some N'sync and other boy bands this coming week. I also like to have a mix of sprints, hills, jumps, and intervals
Favorite current hit song and artist?
Finesse by Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B
Fitness tip for 2018?
Consistency is the key to success. I heard this on a fitness video when I first began working out, and it has always stuck with me. Be consistent and the results will come.
When/Where can folks take class with you?
Mondays 6am in Takoma Park, 6:30pm in Silver Spring. I’m also teaching a special class on Friday, March 9th at 6pm!