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Foam Rolling – Why Do We Love to Hate It?

We’ve recently been reminded of the importance in foam rolling DAILY if you’re participating in vigorous exercise at least 4x a week. A lot of us own a foam roller, but for one reason or another, rarely use it. Whether we convince ourselves we’re too busy, or the three minute stretch post-class was enough, we ALL could use a little more foam rollin’ action in our lives. At Tandem, we’ve got regulars dancing (& sweating) it out with us 7 days a week. So, we thought, let’s spread the word on the benefits of foam rolling – you’ll be surprised at what we found!

According to an article in Shape Magazine, using a foam roller to slooooowly roll out your muscles will aid in speeding up the healing and recovery process by breaking up adhesions and scar tissue. Essentially, when you foam roll, you are giving yourself a FREE deep tissue massage!  This article on MindBodyGreen sites cellulite reduction, better sleep, and improved metabolism as some other major benefits from foam rolling. We’ve also found (through experience) that foam rolling can provide a great little ab workout – just focus on pulling that belly button in, keeping your core tight and engaged through each exercise! With so much to love, where do you start? Below find some of our favorite foam rolling exercises, all you need is your #tandembod & a foam roller (any type will work!).

Remember in each exercise, SLOWWWWW is key – make sure you are slow and controlled through each movement.

  1. Hamstrings – Place foam roller beneath right thigh. Holding yourself up using your arms, and your left leg, roll the back of your thigh over the foam roller. 30 seconds on each leg, minimum.hamstring
  2. Quads – Holding yourself in a straight arm plank, place foam roller beneath right thigh. Lower yourself so your right thigh connects with the foam roller, roll your body back and forth – 30 seconds each side minimum.quad
  3. IT Band – From the quad position, transition yourself so the foam roller is hitting your outer thigh. Focus on the area between your butt and a couple of inches above your knee. 3o seconds minimum on each side. itband
  4. Lower Back – Place the foam roller right above your bootay, keeping your knees bent, and a slight bend in your elbows. Move the foam roller up and down on your lower back. 1 minute minimum here. This is great after a class with any STEEP climbs!lowback
  5. Upper Back/Shoulders/Neck – Place the foam roller so it is parallel with your spine and find a comfortable position with your neck and head resting on the foam roller (do not let your head hang off). Bring your hands in front of your face, elbows bent in almost a prayer position, and then open your arms up. Continue this sequence with your arms for 1 minute. You should feel this in your shoulder blades, through your spine and in your neck. This is great after a class with a long arms sequence, or if you ever feel you’re holding stress/tension in your neck or shoulders. upback

If you’re interested in more foam rolling exercises, have any questions on any of the above info, or want more detailed instructions, just ask a member of our team, or email ridetandem@tandem-cycle.com, and we will help you out!

XO,

The Tandem Team

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Sweet Tooth? #SAME

Here at Tandem Cycle, we are all about the 80/20 rule when it comes to nutrition. We love fueling our body with things that keep us healthy, and help us perform at our best. That being said, we also LOVE letting ourselves indulge here and there. Recently, we’ve been on the prowl for healthy alternatives when that sugar craving hits.

We were lucky enough to participate in the 1st Annual WE Forum Conference back in May. At the event, we attended a lecture led by Dr. Nicole Avena – she shed some light on the truth about sugar in our diet. For example, the average American consumes 22.2 tsps of sugar a day – the recommended daily value? 7-8 tsps. We were blown away by her research around the impact of sugar on the brain, and how it really can be an addiction (see more on her research around this topic, here). So, we thought – let’s tackle this problem together #tandemtribe!

We asked some of our instructors, and members of our tribe for some of their go-to sweet tooth fixes, and they do NOT disappoint!

Alicia R. – Vans frozen waffle with almond butter and few chocolate chips, or I now make protein ice cream – my new favorite flavor is pumpkin:

Pumpkin Protein Ice Cream

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2-3 tablespoons almond milk ( unsweetened)
  • tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • scoop of canned pumpkin

Blend, and top with cacao chips – YUM!

Kate M. – Overnight oats are my new addiction!! My favorite recipe is oats, chia seeds, chocolate almond milk, and brown sugar.

Megan S. – Almond butter, banana, and honey on a rice cake. Quick to make, & delicious!

Katelyn S. – Either an apple with fresh ground honey, and roasted peanut butter from Whole Foods, or a whole wheat waffle with low fat ricotta cheese and a drizzle of honey!

AK – I LOVE a piece of Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin bread with Justin’s Hazelnut spread, honey, and banana! The protein content will keep you full, so you are not looking for additional snacks after!

Lexi A. – Protein powder mixed with greek yogurt & blueberries! 

Catherine M. – I love making my own dark chocolate peanut butter cups! It’s actually super simple. I just buy one of the big dark chocolate bars from Trader Joes, and the TJ peanut butter that’s just peanuts and salt. First, melt the chocolate, and fill half of an ice cube tray with chocolate. Then, add a scoop of PB, & top with another layer of chocolate, & freeze. Just make sure you keep them frozen, or they melt since there is no “bad stuff” holding it together!

With that WINNING recipe, we will leave you to get cookin’!

Thanks so much to everyone for sharing their favorites, & hope you can enjoy one (or all) of these healthy sweet treats!

XO,

The Tandem Team

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Our Favorite #BeautyHacks

We are always looking for new ways to stay fresh after a sweat sesh – here some of our instructors share some of their go-to beauty routines.

KENDALL Z. – I keep a big pack of baby wipes in my gym bag, and immediately wipe my face after class. You’re sweating out bacteria and gunk and if ya don’t get it off quickly it’ll stay and form a pimple. Andddd baby wipes can help you feel clean all over 😳😂🙈! I also keep Dove Dry Spray in my bag so I can freshen up quickly!

AK – My recent obsession is Coconut Oil – twice a week I leave it in my hair overnight, teach in the morning, and then shower (make sure you sleep with a towel down, shower cap on, or an old pillow case as some will transfer onto the pillowcase)! I also LOVE Coastal Salt & Soul’s Blushing Peony scented anything – especially the Blissful Body Butter to help my skin stay moisturized from all the sweating/showering.

CHELSEA K. – My newest go to is Makeup ForeverPRO > BRONZE FUSION– it’s waterproof, so I’m not dripping brown drops during/after class!

KATELYN S. – Post class, I use oil-free makeup remover wipes to remove sweat and left over makeup. I follow up with Mario Badescus Rose Water Spray on the my face and neck to refresh and get skin glowing, then apply Laura Mercier Radiance Primer and my post workout glow is perfect!

MC – I swear by Klorane Dry Shampoo to counter the post-ride ponytail.

ALICIA R. – I am obsessed with Honest Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes post-sweat! I also cannot live without Batiste Dry Shampoo, this Vita Liberata bronzer & this moisturizer by Charlotte Tilbury!

Have a beauty secret you think the #TandemTribe should know? Email us at ridetandem@tandem-cycle.com for a chance to be featured in our next post!

XO,

The Tandem Team

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#TandemTribe Feature – Annmarie F. & Kristina M.

For our first #TandemTribe article, we could not think of a better duo than Annmarie & Kristina. These two have supported us unconditionally and continue to bring their incredible energy into the studio every single day. It seemed only right that we reflect on their past year here at Tandem, a little bit about their friendship, and what they love about the Tandem community. Check out our interview with these two #frontrowlocals:

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TC: We love you two! It’s been so amazing watching your growth over the past year at Tandem – seeing your faces in the front row makes our day. Can you tell us about some of the initial challenges you both dealt with when you first started tapping it back with us?

KM: I faced quite a few challenges when I first started at Tandem: I couldn’t ride to the beat, my legs were all over the place, I kept unclipping out of the pedals, I couldn’t stand up, or do a tap back. I kept trying so hard  to keep up with everyone else, when instead I should have slowed it down, and listened to my own body. Once I started to do that, I became stronger, faster, and more confident, and now I love pushing and tapping!

AF: My initial challenge was getting in the door at Tandem – I was convinced I would not like spin. I like outdoor activities: riding my bike, walking, and running. I came to my first Tandem class with my daughter, Michele, just to spend more time with her. Once I started riding regularly, I had a very hard time keeping up. It took me a while to feel comfortable on the bike, especially not hurting my tailbone during arms – but MC gave me a few tips, and now I can’t get enough!

TC: What advice would you give to a new rider?

KM: Stick with it! It’s going to take a few rides before you actually “catch the beat”, or master how to work your resistance, all while simultaneously listening to the instructor – but once you do get it (and you will!) you’re going to love it – it just gets better and better!

AF: Don’t give up. These classes are not easy, especially if you’re new to spin, but with the help/motivation you receive from the instructors, you will settle right in! Give yourself time – spin at your own pace – have patience – I can promise you before long you’ll feel like a much healthier/better version of yourself.

TC: Talk to us about moving from the third row to the front row.

KM: I used to really like the third row because I could see what everyone else was doing, and follow along.  However, as I got more comfortable on the bike, I was told I should try the front row. I finally gave it a try, and it was a game changer! I like the front row because I am able to see myself in the mirror, allowing me to really focus on my technique, and see how I move my body. Now, I can’t imagine not riding in the front row.

AF: Moving from my comfy spot in the 2nd row to the front row terrified me. I felt that I needed someone in front of me to follow, and to hide behind if need be :). Not true! MC asked us to move one day, so, of course, we obliged. Not so scary up there! In fact, I think having a clear view of the instructor, and the ability to see yourself in the mirror makes for a better ride when you’re speeding along, or huffing and puffing through the class.

TC: Did you two know each other before Tandem?

KM: I never knew Annmarie before Tandem. When I first started here we were both new to spinning, and were going to all the same classes, so we would talk before and after class. As time went on, we became closer and now we’re great friends – I’m really glad I met her!

AF: Kristina and I did not know each other – we met at Tandem. We both started spinning mid-summer. After seeing each other almost every day, we started talking and haven’t stopped since! At first we talked about challenges we both faced regarding spin class. We discussed the instructors and agreed on what our favorite classes were. We moved on from there to everything from mutual friends, children, family, and the challenges life throws at you. We usually find something to text each other about during the day as well. I consider Kristina a special person and a friend, a very important part of my day, and just one more wonderful thing I have gained from Tandem.

TC: In your own words, what makes Tandem different from other gyms/studios?

KM: The people behind Tandem make it different from any other gym I’ve been to.When I first came into the studio, I knew nothing about spinning, and was a bit nervous about starting something new. From the very beginning, I was welcomed and encouraged, and because of that I’ve changed not only my whole look out on exercise and health, but also my life! I don’t feel like it’s a place I just come to workout, you can tell the instructors really enjoy what they’re doing,  and want you to reach your goals. You feel like you’re apart of something, and that’s what makes Tandem above the rest!

AF: Tandem is different from other gyms/studios in so many ways. I have joined quite a few of the years, and never felt so at home – such a sense of belonging/inclusive atmosphere. Everyone here is so welcoming and friendly. During class, you can feel the energy in the room – its as if we are all working together, regardless of your age or athletic ability – we are working towards one common goal – to leave everything else behind for that short time, and just do your best.

TC: Thank you both for the kind words!  What’s your favorite song to hear in the studio?

KM: I’m loving Indian Summer by Jai Wolf!

AF: I love a lot of the songs that were played when I first started: Cake By the Ocean, Run Away With Me, Try Me, and Ex’s & Oh’s.

TC: Any go-to healthy snacks you refuel with after a class?

KM: I love making a Raw Fit Chocolate Protein shake with 1/2 of a banana, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tsp of almond butter, and 1 tsp of coconut oil over ice.

AF: My go to breakfast after spin is a hardboiled egg with avocado, sliced tomato, and Frank’s hot sauce.  I also love to grab a Strawberry Fields shake from Rejuicenation.

TC: We can’t wait to try all three of those! What about outside the studio – where can we find each of you when you are not killing it in the front row?

KM: If I’m not at Tandem, you can find me at work for a for a local dentist in Spring Lake, or enjoying the beach life with my husband and 3 year old twin boys!!

AF: When I am not at Tandem, you can find me at work with my hubby, walking my dog, Sophie, or – when it finally warms up- on the beach! I also love to bake, cook and feed people, so check my kitchen!

TC: Thank you both so much for your time, continued support, and great energy in the studio!

Much Love,

The Tandem Team

 

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