Monthly Archives: April 2016

Our Current Obsession: “The Man Bun” for Women

Despite the gloomy weather, we are gearing up for the summer at Tandem – and that means breaking out that warmer weather wardrobe. With that, comes humidity – which can mean major stress around what to do with our hair. This season, we are LOVING the man bun/half bun come back. Whether you are rocking it to and from the studio, or a night out with your girls, this style is so simple, yet so chic!

This is a great way to hide greasy roots, while still allowing for some length around your face. How can you pull this look off?  This article by wellandgood.com breaks it down – “If you have a shorter face, opt for the ‘mini’ version by taking a smaller section of hair from temple-to-temple and sitting the knot high on the head. If you have a longer face or narrow forehead, pull the knot from ear-to-ear to the back of the head, versus the top.”

The best part – the messier you make it, the better it looks. We recommend using some texture spray (we LOVE Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray) to help add a “fresh from the beach” look.

We are pairing this style with our favorite pair of boyfriend jeans, or harem pants, a basic white tee, and a pair of sunnies! See some of our go-to picks below:

Shop the look here:

Vimmia Harem Pants

STS Blue Boyfriend Jeans 

Chaser Beer/Lime T-Shirt

BP Basic V

Illesteva Sunnies

Try this look out, snap a pic, and tag us @tandemcycle for a chance to be featured on our social media!

Much Love,

The Tandem Team

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What Are We Drinkin’? – The Patte Special

You may have noticed our Tandem water bottles filled with an orange drink recently – let us enlighten you to the delicious #PatteSpecial. A member of the #TandemTribe, Patte P., introduced us to this nutrient rich drink a couple of months ago, and we cannot get enough! The best part? The ingredients are super simple! Check it out:

 

Patte Special
1/2 Coconut Water
1/2 H20
1 Freshly Squeezed Honeybee Orange (or whatever Orange you have available)

This drink is great pre, post, or even during your ride with us. It’s also a great recovery drink after a night on the town :). We love coconut water because it’s rich in electrolytes (including potassium which is great for muscle soreness), natural sugar, and fiber.

Give the Patte Special a try, and let us know what you think!

Much Love,

The Tandem Team

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Stretch It Out

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Although we love our dynamic stretch together after a solid 45-60 minute sweat sesh, it is SO important that you stretch on your own as well. In this post, we review some of our favorite stretches to help open our hips, chest, and hearts! When you are riding with us multiple times a week, it is crucial that you stretch (even if it’s just 10 minutes a day) to help alleviate some of the stress riding can put on your body. We’ve found that stretching is not only good for the body, but for the mind as well – we love taking those ten minutes to meditate, think about what we are grateful for, or reflect on three amazing things that happened in our day. If you focus your mind on gratitude and positivity, you’ll find that your mind will begin to shift from looking for negative points in your day, to seeking out the positive – trust us, it works!

  1. Hip Openers
    1. Downward Dog – come into a straight arm plank, pushing your booty into the air, and dropping your head towards the floor, walk your feet out, feeling the stretch through the backs of your legs.
    2. Pigeon – come into a plank position, bring your right leg up between your hands, dropping your calf down onto the ground, hold here, or let your body come forward over your bent leg to exaggerate the stretch. Repeat with opposite leg. *See photo below for reference*
    3. Butterfly – laying on your back, bring your feet together, bottom of your feet touching, feeling the stretch through your inner thigh and hip.
  2. Chest Openers
    1. Bring your arms in prayer position behind your back, even if your palms do not touch, just hold what feels comfortable for you, taking a few deep breaths in and out, heart open, feeling the stretch in your chest and forearms. *See photo below for reference*
    2. Grab a towel, holding onto each end, bring your arms up over head, moving your body gently from right to left, feeling the stretch in your chest, and down your side body as you move from side to side. Hold center, and on each side for at least 30 seconds each.
    3. Grab a towel, bringing it back behind your butt, grab each side of the towel behind you, while bringing your head and torso down towards the floor, move your arms up, feeling the stretch in your chest as your bring your arms back and up towards your head.
  3. Lower Back
    1. Sitting on your bum, legs out in front, bring one leg in to your chest, hugging it here for a few breaths, release it down across your other leg. Inhaling in, bring one arm across the crossed leg, feeling the stretch in your lower back. Repeat with opposite leg. *See photo below for reference*
    2. Laying on your back bring one foot up to your chest, leaving the other flat on the ground, hugging that leg as close to your body as feels comfortable. Repeat with opposite leg.
    3. Laying on your back, bring one leg up to your chest, and then bring it across your body, using one arm to pull your leg as far across your body as feels comfortable. Repeat with opposite leg.

As always, let any of our instructors know if you have any questions, or if you want any additional stretches to try on your own!

Much Love,

The Tandem Team

*Photo References – Click the Image to Enlarge*

 

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Welcome to the Tandem Cycle Blog!

Hellooooo #TandemTribe!

Welcome to our blog! Here you can find our favorite beauty hacks, what our instructors are cookin’ up, information about the ahh-mazing Tandem community & more.

Thank you for your support & bringing your contagious energy to the studio every day!

Stay tuned for weekly updates!

XO,

The Tandem Team

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