The Handle Bar opened its doors this weekend, and I had the honor of teaching the inaugural ride at 9:00am on Saturday 6/15.  The class was a great mix of familiar and new faces.  Big thank you to my wonderful friends for showing up on Saturday morning to show support for the new studio!

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A good amount of thick climbing to the beat with this playlist, with some tapbacks, jumps, and speed mixed in.  Some of my favorites and a few free downloads:

“Stayin’ Hot” is a mashup up Nelly’s “Hot in Here” and the Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive”.  I discovered this mashup in Erica Bornstein’s Hip Hop Yoga class at Back Bay Yoga.  Love that girl’s playlists.  Free download here.


Erica also reminded me of Lil’ Kim’s “The Jump Off”.


“Doin’ It Good” is a mashup of Daft Punk’s “Doin’ It Right” and Kanye West’s “Good Life”.  Free download here.


“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, Q-Tip & Goonrock is from The Great Gatsby soundtrack.  Great beat for hitting the rhythm out in 3 w/ seated pickups when the chorus picks up.

One of my HW regulars told me this was her favorite playlist/ride EVER.  Lots of good beats in here, a mix of rhythm climbs and speed work.

133“Firefly” by The White Panda is a mashup of Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Lumineers.  Holy gosh I love this mashup.  Free download is here.


I am certain that any woman who watched the season 1 finale of The Mindy Project immediately downloaded M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” at the end of the episode.  What’s that?  You don’t watch The Mindy Project?  I don’t know if we can be friends…that show is my JAM.  And this song is bad.ass.


Throwback with Robyn’s “Girlfriend”.  I know this song is an oldie, but I just discovered it and I’m borderline obsessed.  So good.  Gear up, hit the bit and dance it out.

On Saturday, May 18, 2013 I taught at a Spin-A-Thon hosted by my friend Jess from Little Miss Runshine.  The event was held  to raise money for Dana Farber in order for Jess & her team to participate in the Pan Mass Challenge.  You can check out Jess’s recap of the event here.

The Spin-A-Thon was held at the Healthworks in Back Bay from 12-2pm.  I taught the 12-1 time slot, and Ali from MoveSweatLove taught the 1-2 time slot.  I had already taught my usual double that morning at Healthworks, and was concerned about pooping out during the ride.  But with a power boost thanks to a green juice from Juice and the outstanding energy of the class, I powered through and had a fantastic time!

Dance Party Spinathon

Jess had asked each instructor to select a “theme” for their hour long segment.  I chose “Dance Party” and decided to include songs I would shake my tush to on a Saturday night.  Nothing surprising here, just a lot of fun songs that people can sing (and dance) along to.  The ride hit an all-time high when I played “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and I asked everyone to respond with an emphatic “Yeah!” every time Nick Carter chimes in with his line of questioning:

Am I original? –> Yeah!!

Am I the only one? –>Yeah!!

Am I sexual?  –>Yeah!!!!

Am I everything you need, you better rock your body now!

Thank you to all who donated their time and money to another fantastic event!  The energy was some of the best I’ve experienced in my years of teaching spin–smiles all around and lots of sweat!

If you missed out on the event I’m playing an extended version of this playlist in my 9:00am Hour Ride tomorrow!  Kick your long weekend off right!

It’s official:  The Handle Bar will be opening its doors on Saturday, June 15, 2013!   Our first week of classes from Saturday, June 15-Friday, June 21 will be a “soft launch” of the studio.  We will be offering a limited class schedule of 16 classes.

Our Grand Opening Weekend will be Saturday, June 22 & Sunday, June 23.  There will be 10 free classes offered over the course of the weekend, 5 on Saturday and 5 on Sunday.  Here is our official launch announcement:

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Registration is now open for our free Grand Opening Weekend Classes here.

Elise’s Schedule for “Soft Opening” Week (all 45 minute classes):

  • Saturday, June 15, 2013 @ 9:00am
  • Monday, June 17, 2013 @ 5:45pm
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @ 6:00am

Elise’s Schedule for Grand Opening Weekend (all 45 minute classes):

  • Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 9:00am
  • Saturday, June 22, 2013 @ 10:30am
  • Sunday, June 23, 2013 @ 10:30am

Elise’s Regular Handle Bar Schedule (beginning Monday, June 24, 2013):

  • Mondays @ 5:45pm
  • Wednesdays @ 6:00am
  • Thursdays @ 7:30am
  • Fridays @ 6:00am
  • Saturdays @ 10:00am (60 minutes)
  • Sundays @ 5:30pm (60 minutes)

Mark you calendars, reserve your bikes, and get ready to SWEAT with ME at THE HANDLE BAR!

I. Love. Mashups.  The only thing better than having one great song playing is combining two or more great songs into one. This playlist is all mashups.



Many are from playlists past, and you can find the free downloads by looking through my previous POW posts.  I featured “Cooler than Gold on the Ceiling” in last week’s POW post–worth checking out, it’s amazing.  I’m going to highlight a few of them with links to the free download.  Many can also be found on SoundCloud.

“We Found Somebody That I Used to Know” is a mashup of Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know” and Rihanna’s “We Found Love”.  Free download here.


“Toxic in the Deep” is a mashup of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”.  Free download here.

“Diamonds/Midnight City” is a mashup of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and M83’s “Midnight City”.  Free download here.


“Journey Without You” is a mashup of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and David Guetta’s “Without You”.  Free download here.


I’m a little backlogged on my POW posts.  This one is from a few weeks ago.  May has been a bit of a crazy month.  I’m finally getting my feet back on the ground after some busy days at work and weekends that were packed with family and friends visiting.



This playlist was FULL of rhythm climbs and sprints.  So many good beats on this one.  Love some of the mashups, a few of which were introduced to me by the RateYourBurn blogger LittleBigBurn with her post on mashups.  

“E.T. Business” is a mashup of Paramore’s “Misery Business” and Katy Perry’s “E.T.”.  Free download here.  


“Cooler Than Gold on the Ceiling (Mike Posner vs The Black Keys)” by ElectroSound is a mashup of Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” and The Black Key’s “Gold on the Ceiling”.  Epic.  I couldn’t find a YouTube video for this one, but find the free download here.  Trust me, it’s a good one.

A couple of other favorites from this playlist that I actually had to pay for on iTunes:

“Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes.  They play the beginning of this song in The Big House during Michigan football games to get the crowd pumped.


“Shape of My Heart” is a lesser known Backstreet Boys song off of their album Black & Blue.  I think that spinning is made for playing guilty pleasures.  Nothing can get you through a tough climb better than a song that makes you smile.



I would like to officially announce that I will be teaching spin at The Handle Bar, Boston’s newest indoor cycling studio, which will be opening its doors in early June.

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The Handle Bar is an indoor cycling studio offering 45 minute classes that challenge riders to an intense and energized cardio workout. Weighted bars are used during each ride to incorporate upper body strength into the music driven, highly addictive cycling class. Riders vary from experienced cyclists to first-timers looking to spice-up (and amp-up) their fitness regiment. When a rider enters The Handle Bar, they are joining a community where self-betterment and enjoyment are as paramount as physical gains. Our riders show up ready to sweat, inspire, transform and raise the bar!  The Handle Bar is located in the Macallen Building at 141 Dorchester Avenue in South Boston, across from the Broadyway T-stop on the Red Line.  The studio will house 30 bikes, and will offer early morning, noon, and evening classes during the week and mid-morning and evening classes on Saturday and Sunday.

I will be transitioning to teach exclusively at The Handle Bar from Healthworks when the studio opens in early June.  I will teach my last class at Healthworks on Saturday, June 8.  This decision was not easy, and caused me some anxious tossing and turning at 3:00am.  The decision was difficult because I have so much love and admiration for my riders at Healthworks.  I have had the opportunity to be a part of a fantastic fitness community for the past 3.5 years.  The Healthworks Ride! studio has become a sanctuary for me, a place to leave the external world for an hour, crank up the music, sweat, and smile.  Lately in class I have been using the motivational mantra, “If you don’t challenge yourself, you don’t change yourself”.  In order to continue to grow personally and professionally I have to take on new challenges.  The Handle Bar provides a platform for me to continue to do what I love, while also providing opportunity for continued learning and growth.

The Handle Bar is a boutique cycling studio and its classes are offered a la carte, similar to a yoga or barre studio.  This “pay as you go” model allows increased flexibility for your fitness schedule.  It is my hope that my friends, Healthworks riders, and my eat.sweat.balance. readers will visit me at The Handle Bar, allowing our fitness community to flourish.  The sound system and bikes will be brand new and state of the art.  You can check out The Handle Bar class packages and pricing here, and sign up for classes here.  The Handle Bar Class Schedule is posted on the website as well, and the specific instructor schedules will be posted two weeks before the studio opens.  The Handle Bar bikes will require everyone to wear cycling shoes with SPD cleats, you may rent cycling shoes for an additional $2 if you do not have your own.

I look forward to seeing you at The Handle Bar in early June!  Please let me know if you have additional questions about The Handle Bar or my transition to the studio.

Sweat. Inspire. Transform. Raise the bar.

Lately I’ve been eating my fair share of hummus.  My favorite hummus is Cedar’s Original Hommus.  I normally pick up a container that looks like this,


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which I believe contains 8 servings.  But once I open it and start dipping into it, leaving it in the refrigerator between snack sessions, I find that the hummus turns old before I can finish the whole container.  You can imagine my joy when I found snack size portions of my favorite hummus at Whole Foods.

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Each container contains 2 tablespoons of hummus, which I believe is about 60 calories.

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Easy to throw in my lunch bag!  Definitely one of my new favorite things.

Sad news:  when I went to Whole Foods this weekend to buy more of the snack packs, they didn’t have them.  I would think these little guys were a myth if I didn’t have photo evidence.

Love these.  Whole Foods near Symphony station, please keep these in stock regularly!

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to teach a Boston Strong Ride at Healthworks Back Bay.  All proceeds went to The One Fund Boston.  I created a special playlist for the ride.  The playlist includes some oldie-but-goodie Boston songs, some songs about going through a difficult time and coming out the other side stronger, a few songs that are thought-provoking about world events, and a few songs celebrating strength and freedom.

Boston Strong Ride


Obviously “Dirty Water” by The Standells:


And “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by Dropkick Murphys:


“Cease Fire” by Christina Aguilera is a great heavy climb song:


Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, which highlights important historical events in the world starting the year Billy Joel was born.  I think if Billy Joel wrote this song today the Boston Marathon tragedy would be included on his list.

I haven’t posted about the tragic events on Monday, April 15, 2013, or the aftermath because I needed time to process it all.  I will say that my emotions have run the gamut the past week and a half:  sadness, gratitude, numbness, anger, fear, confusion.  I was not born and bred in Boston, but my love and admiration for the city where I have spent the past 4.5 years of my life is real.  The sense of community and pride that has come out of the Boston Marathon attack is palpable in the city.  From tragedy positivity has grown.  A resurgence of gratitude for life, health, and the human spirit has surfaced among my fellow Bostonians.

The formation of The One Fund Boston, the official fundraising organization for those most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, is an opportunity for Bostonians to unite in support of the victims of this tragedy.


On Sunday, April 28, 2013, at 9:00am I will be hosting a 45 minute Boston Strong Ride at Healthworks Back Bay.  Sign up will be available on the Healthworks MindBodyOnline scheduling system under the “Events” tab starting Thursday, April 25, 2013.  Each rider is asked to make a $10, $25, or $50 donation in order to participate in the ride, all proceeds will be donated to The One Fund Boston.  This event is open to members as well as non-members (women only, no men allowed at this event, unfortunately).  I will create a fun and inspiring Boston Strong-themed playlist for this special spin class.

Let’s come together as a community of women in Boston to sweat, smile, and show our gratitude for our city and our health.  Encourage all of your loved ones to join in on this special event.  The more riders we have in the studio, the more money we will raise for The One Fund Boston.  If you have additional questions about this event please email me at  I look forward to seeing each of you in the saddle!

Boston Strong.


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