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From Knee Injury To The NYC Marathon...

IMG_7764 2This week, Kelly O, our very own Prime blogger, tells her story about the challenges and successes of completing her first Marathon this past weekend. The mental strength, physical strength and motivation throughout the past year has paid off!


Running the NYC Marathon has always been a dream of mine for many years. Last year I signed up with The American Cancer Society to raise money and run the 2016 NYC Marathon. Unfortunately 2016 just wasn’t my year. Three weeks before marathon training, I started to develop major discomfort in my right knee and ended up tearing my meniscus. I remember when my doctor came in to let me know that I will not be able to run the NYC Marathon and I will need surgery, I was extremely bummed. As stubborn as I am, I refused to get surgery and decided to get a 2nd opinion. The second doctor recommended Physical Therapy to see if we can rebuild the meniscus back up. I went twice a week for 6 weeks and diligently worked my tush off every day to rebuild the strength in my knee. After I "graduated" from PT, I continued to work hard every day just so I can never hear those words that I can't do something again. I ran my first 3 miles that December with zero pain, it was the best accomplishment I made that year. I knew the hard work was paying off. 

  Fast forward a few months and I decided to enter into the 2017 NYC Marathon lottery. Knowing that it’s extremely difficult to get in, I figured why not. Well I ended up getting in! I knew that 2017 will be my year and I needed to continue working hard in order to cross that finish line.  
  
  I started my 20-week training program in the middle of June, such a great way to start my 28th Birthday! Since my schedule at Prime Cycle requires me to be there to open early in the morning and Close at night (running in the middle of the day in the summer wasn't an option either lol) the only way to get my training done was at 5AM. Some mornings I dreaded what I was about to do with the typical question running through my head, "why did I sign up for this again?" Once I hit the waterfront and saw the NYC skyline, I remembered exactly why I signed up. I decided to start taking pictures of the gorgeous sunrise during my run and send them to my family in our group chat. Little did I know that it started something that continued to motivate me throughout the training. My family is my biggest support system and if they didn’t get their picture they let me know! 

 IMG_7808 2_copyMy training went well up until a couple days before my last final long run, 20 miles. I ended up spraining my toe forcing me not to be able to run. Thank goodness for Prime Cycle and the pool in my building because that was my source of training since running wasn’t an option. The consoles at Prime helped tremendously, helping me stay on track to meet the goals I set in the beginning of class. One of the classes I was in the instructor kept saying "Don’t give up, remember why you came here." I kept those words with me through the rest of the training and during the marathon.  
 
  On race day I woke up ready and excited, I knew that all the hard work I've done in the past 17 months would pay off.  My family and friends mapped it out so I was able to see them 3 times during the race, thank goodness for them! By mile 23 my knee was giving out and seeing my family at that same moment kept me going till the end. Well, I did it and completed the TCS 2017 NYC Marathon in 4 hours and 28 minutes! Coming from a torn meniscus to running the NYC marathon in 17 months, I'm proud of myself with this accomplishment. Never give up on yourself. You're stronger than you think you are and you can do more than you think you could ever do. 


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Ride For Joe!

This Sunday we are hosting a charity ride for our instructor Caitlin's good friend from high school, Joe. Read more about Joe below and how you can help....
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Meet Ashley and Joe, my best friend in the entire world and her fiancé. Last year, Joe was in a horrific motorcycle accident that turned their world upside down. He sustained many serious brain and spinal cord injuries and needed to have multiple surgeries. After 8 weeks in the trauma neuro ICU at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Joe was transferred to Kessler in West Orange for acute inpatient rehabilitation. Joe is a true miracle and is currently back at home & working extremely hard at therapy 3 times a week on his strength, function & mobility. While we all feel truly blessed for Joe’s recovery, medical bills have begun to add up. Many times, as friends we are not quite sure of the right words to say or the right actions to take to help. So, I am asking you for your help in raising money for two people who are so close to my heart and just want to get back to their love story. 


Come ride to support Joe & Ashley Sunday, October 29th 12:30pm at Prime Cycle Uptown. $40 donation with all proceeds going to Joe & Ashley. There will also be bagels & champagne afterwards to celebrate! If you’re unable to attend and still want to help you can always donate to the cause by going to their GoFundMe page

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New Healthy Restaurants In Our Mile Square...

Our small mile square keeps on growing riders! With new resturants coming into our town it's giving us more healthy options when grabbing on the go or dining out. Check out below the newest restaurants you should fuel up at after sweating it out in the studio...


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79 Hudson Street

Right next to our downtown location, this locally owned cafe dedicates to quality food and outstanding coffee. Open from 7AM- 9PM, SunnySide offers you brunch all day, lunch and small snacks that you can grab on the go. Offering you free wi-fi and a large amount of seating selection, this place is great to do some work, study, relax or even take Insta worthy pics.





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409 Washington St

Located in Mid Hoboken, BlueStone Lane Produces the highest quality coffee and complementary foods, delivered in an engaging way. They are focused on creating environments where customers are immersed in the experience and leave feeling like a local. This is the go to place to get your avocado toast fix riders.








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227 Washington Street

Another salad bar is exactly what our town needed! Recently they opened this past weekend and we are already obsessed! Located near our downtown location on Washington Street, Quality Greens offers you fresh produce that will satisfy you. Quality greens has a wide range of salads, soups, sandwiches and meals. Giving you the option to create your own meals with a wide range of different ingredients to add into it. 




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Help Raise Money for Freds Team and get Cindy into the NYC Marathon!

Join Cindy this Saturday 10/14 12pm at our Downtown location to help Cindy cross the finish line at the NYC Marathon! $40 a bike will go towards Fred's Team. Check out below why Cindy chose Fred's team charity to raise money for the NYC Marathon...

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Famous last words....."I will NEVER do this again!" 

Okay, I lied. 

It's been 2 years since I crossed the finish line and I was certain I would never do it again. But things change. People enter your life and make you realize you can do anything. Others come into your life and show you what bravery and fight truly is. Then there is my competitive side! My worst and best quality. 

So here I am! Ready to train. Ready to take on really hot steamy mornings. Queensboro bridge nightmares. oh, and eat a lot of carbs. 


-Why did you choose Fred’s Team to raise money for the marathon? 
In 2015, I ran my first marathon with Fred’s Team. If I was going to run a marathon, I wanted to do it for a cause and contribute to something with meaning. There have been people in my family, friends of mine and friends of friends that have either been effected by cancer or lost their life to it.

I knew Sloan Kettering was one of the best hospitals in the world and two people close to me were treated there. So I chose to support Fred’s Team and run for everyone going through cancer or that has been effected by it.
 
-Did you run for a charity in the last NYC Marathon you did? If so which one & why.
When I crossed the finish line in 2015, I told myself that I would NEVER EVER run another marathon. As much as I run regularly, marathon training takes a toll on your body. Not only that, the marathon was hard for me. When I hit mile 16, (running over the Queensboro bridge), I was in a lot of pain and I knew it would be my first and last. I knew I would finish, but I also knew it was a one-time thing.

Well…never say never!  In 2016, a close coworker and someone I’ve worked with for 7 years was diagnosed with cancer. I watched her day in and day out come in with a positive attitude as she struggled to fight something that was completely taking over her life and body. She decided to go to Sloan Kettering for treatment and eventually was part of a clinical trial. They treated her with such care, knowledge and determination to help her fight it. Unfortunately the cancer was too much and she had to take a leave of absence and go off of the trial. It was heartbreaking for myself, my team and everyone that loves her.  But throughout all of it, MSK was fighting for her and I could see firsthand the great lengths they go to save lives.

That’s all I needed to experience…. So I signed up for the 2017 marathon in support of Fred’s team and MSK cancer research.
 
-How’s your training going? Have you hit a wall at all? 
Oh…I’ve hit a wall! It’s tough… the humidity hasn’t gone away and my knees aren’t cooperating anything after 13 miles. But I’m doing it!  I WILL do it.
 
-What motivates you to keep training and raising money for charity? 
The impact of the money raise! I have seen it firsthand. Patients are going through more than a challenging run.
 
With so many social media posts, people asking for $ for various charities and donating to recent devastation, it’s been hard to raise the money just through social channels and emailing friends/family. In 2015, I didn’t really have a hard time raising the money. It was also my first marathon, so I think people were more willing to donate. Now that it’s my second, I definitely have to ask multiple times. I finally got to a great number and just have to close the gap!

 I absolutely LOVE Prime Cycle. The community, the owners, the instructors. Everything about it. I recently just moved out of Hoboken after living there for years and I’m going to make  it a point to get to a class every week. Prime supports so many of their clients, organizations and local business which is also super important.  I knew if I was going to get support, it would be from the Prime Team.





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Instructor Spotlight...Meet Danielle!

Hoboken resident, Danielle Fucci, just joined our Prime Cycle team. Don't let this sweet heart fool you riders, she's determined to make you sweat! Learn more about Danielle and how it all started below..

IMG_2352Why did you choose to instruct here at Prime Cycle?
I absolutely LOVED coming to the classes.  It's a friendly environment where you can be yourself, focus on you, and get a great workout in all while listening to amazing music! The energy and motivation you feel when riding and post workout is different from any studio I've ever gone to before. 

Have you always been into fitness?
Yes!  Soccer was always a huge passion of mine growing up, but as I got older I started exploring other fitness activites such as TRX, Barre and of course indoor cycling. 

What do you love about Prime Cycle?
The warm welcome you get from our staff when you enter the building, to the energy and encouragement each instructor brings to your ride. It's a place to let loose, blow off some steam and have fun as you ride to the beat of the music! 

Who inspires you to be the best person you can be?
My family inspires me most. They're my greatest support system, biggest fans and best real life coaches out there. 

What do you do for your 9-5?
I work in sales for a Learning and Development company, helping organizations provide pieces of training to ensure their employees implement best practices and become more effective and successful in their roles.  

What would you like to check off your bucket list?
I would love to go on an African safari to meet the real-life Simba 

What is one of your biggest accomplishments?
Running in my first 1/2 marathon last year and pursuing my goal of becoming a fitness instructor 

What do you enjoy doing on your down time?
Spending time with my family and friends, exploring new places and who doesn't enjoy a good nap?

Favorite restaurant in Hoboken?
My favorite restaurant in Hoboken is Grand Vin - (you can't go wrong with the Stuffed Chicken or Homemade Gnocchi) :) 

One fun fact about you…
My family owned an Italian restuarant in Newark, NJ for 73 years.

            .::Check out Danielle UPTOWN Tuesday & Thursday morning 7AM::.

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Buffalo Turkey Meatballs Made By Our Instructors Alex!

Football season is here riders! Whether you’re cheering on your team from the comfort of your couch or screaming from the stands, chances are it just doesn’t feel like football season without game day snacks. Trouble is, the vast majority of classic football apps are pretty high in fat and calories, and nutritious choices are often slim. Our instructor, Alex Kramer shared with us her favorite game day treat below...

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1 lb of lean ground turkey 

1/3- 1/2 cup hot sauce. Use to match the spice you want(Frank's RedHot Original hot sauce is all natural and Paleo!)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 egg


Put all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix with a fork until everything is completely mixed.
Roll the meatballs into tablespoon-golf ball sized balls. Depending on size, you'll end up with 20-24 meatballs.

You can either pan fry the meatballs or bake them at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes.



Follow Alex's Instagram for more delicious and healthy recipes! @reinventthewheelnyc


















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Squad Goal Champions, Meet "Hell On Wheels"

255 Rides in 62 days, yes, you're reading that correctly. This team was no joke when it came to our summer challenge. From July 4th until Labor Day, teams of 5 had to complete 120 rides in order to win the challenge. "Hell on Wheels" defines #squadgoals, teaming up together to strategically plan out their rides in order to be the Prime Cycle Summer champions. Read below how Emily, Heather, Jenny, Kelly and Mark were able to do a combine total of 255 rides in only 62 days...
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1. What kind of method did you guys use in order to dominate the challenge?

 Emily-It was all about teamwork. I know I pushed myself bc I wanted to make my squad proud. We all went into the challenge knowing we wanted to win, but that we wanted to surpass the goal. When we got to 120 in a few short weeks we said double it. We did that and kept on going. Work work work.
Mark-Started with the official draft notice from Heather. From there the sense of ownership we felt toward each other was the glue that bound us together thru the duration of the challenge. 
Heather- At the outset, we all decided to put in 110% and be the best squad we could be.  We checked in on a group chat almost every day, planning out classes to take and our counts for the week.  Once we figured out the 120 was attainable by the end of July, we pushed to make it happen, and then we set our end goal, which was 240 classes.  It was fun waiting to see the numbers every Friday morning.
Kelly- We had a group chat and constantly talked about who was going to what class. Seeing everyone going to classes made me want to go and see my squad! 


2.What were the most classes you did in one day?
Emiy- 3 
Mark- 3
Heather-2 
Kelly - 3

3.How did your body feel after the challenge?
Emily- Tired but all worth it. 
Mark- A little fatigued of course but it's because I found the new high water mark
Heather- Great!  After an injury in March, I sort of lost my mojo because I wasn't able to spin as often or as intensely as I had before.  This challenge helped me get back in the game and built my cardio endurance back up.  I lost some weight, too and overall have felt leaner.
Kelly- Good my running has been a little faster (Due towards injury)


4.Did you hit a wall at all?
Emily- The last 2 weeks were more challenging for sure. I def didn't do as many classes as I did at the beginning. 
Mark-  Yeah then you take the time to reenergize and reignite - we had each other's backs 
Heather- I started to get tired during the second week of August, but since I was going to be away the last week of the challenge, I had to get my classes in.  So I just kept going!
Kelly- At the end once we got to 240 I was like I'm done 


5.Did you lose any weight from the challenge or feel like you had more energy throughout the day?
Emily-  I was down about 7.5lbs and Labor Day eating happened. Gained a few but committed to staying on top of my spin game. The challenge definitely pushed me personally. I was eating right and committed to my workouts. It was awesome to get back in a good groove. 
Mark- Both! 

Heather- Absolutely.  Spinning every day helped my energy levels and helped me sleep better at night.  
Kelly- I felt stronger overall (thats a win)
 
6.What motivated you to keep coming?
 Emily- First and foremost my commitment to my squad. I wanted to do my part, but I was pushing myself personally bc this was an opportunity get a head start on loosing weight and feeling healthy. It definitely worked. 
Mark- Yeah then you take the time to reenergize and reignite - we had each other's backs 

Heather- Knowing that my attendance at class wasn't just for me, it was for the squad too.  

7.How did you motivate each other?

 Emily- Lots of group texts. Lots of laughs. We also are all crazy competitive so I think that always helps.
Mark-We built our own little prime community. We were proud of each other and what we were doing. We saw each other as equals and that in itself gives a sense of welcome 
Heather- When Emily is doing 3 classes in a day, you definitely feel motivated to be there with her!  Seriously, though, I think we all wanted to be sure we were pulling our weight and working together, so knowing that I had 4 people depending on me really helped.  We got to know one another pretty well over the summer, too.  Also, matching shirts. There's nothing I won't do for a cute tank top. 
Kelly-Seeing my squad and not wanting to let them down

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Why Do You Ride Prime?

A couple weeks ago we asked you, Riders, Why you ride Prime. From new Clients to the OG's check out below why our riders ride Prime...
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"Right from my very first class, my instructor learned my name and made the experience very personable! Every instructor is your own best inner self, cheering you on for getting up for a 6AM class or making it there after work. Everyone is in it together!"  -Pam K.

"Each ride is an amazing journey, the instructors push me over my limits and gives me confidence. I feel stronger and proud of myself after each class." -Emilie N

"I ride at Prime Cycle because it's a guaranteed 500-600 calorie burn in an efficient 45 minutes!" -Catherine L

"I tried Prime Cycle for the first time over 2 years ago. I never did spin class before but a friend convinced me to give it a try. I was skeptical beforehand because I thought spinning was just pedaling the bike for 45 minutes. I didn't realize it was going to be such a full body workout, and that the atmosphere would be so amazing! Now over 2 years and 1 kid later - I look forward to my Prime Cycle workouts! The energy of the room, the music, and the instructors are so motivating. I don't mind trading my late nights out for an early morning session.  It's the one consistent, results producing workout I can rely on each week." -Amanda K

"I love that there are a variety of different instructors – all with different personalities, play lists and work outs. It’s great getting to know each one!" -Leigh Z

"I Love Prime Cycle because they make cardio workouts enjoyable and the friendly staff makes you feel welcome!" -Dan K

"I ride Prime because it feels like I am attending a fun dance party instead of a boring workout!" -Amanda K

"Prime Cycle provides a sense of community and camaraderie in each class with a variety of instructors who put their own "spin" to the cycling experience." -Lauren S

"I am not as athletic or fit as many other riders, but I don't let that stop me. When I finish a class I feel such a huge sense of accomplishment that I just did the same intense workout as everyone else in the room. Maybe I was in a lower gear than others, or I skipped a few crunches, but I DID IT! When the instructor calls out my bike number during a sprint I get so excited! I was shocked when I realized that my favorite instructors knew my name, it really makes the experience personal and makes me want to keep coming back! See you soon Prime!" -Jodie F

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5 Reasons Why It Helps To Work Out With A Buddy...

You know exercise is good for the body, but did you know that having a workout buddy can go a long way when reaching your goals? We have 5 reasons why working out with a buddy is better for you...FullSizeRender-11.You're Most likely going to achieve your workout with a buddy rather than alone
Your friend is counting on you to be on track with them. It makes you more accountable to show up to a class that you both have signed up for.
 
2. Working out will be more fun
Working out can be fun! Especially with a buddy. The more fun your workouts are, the more you’re going to look forward to and be committed to them over the long-term. 

3. Easier to try new workouts
When you’ve got someone else with you it’s much less intimidating to start a new workout!

4. Competition makes you perform better
Most of us have at least a little competitive streak, and healthy competition is a good thing because it makes you perform better. 

5. Motivates and supports you
For most people, having someone in your corner makes a huge difference to how motivated you are. Having a good workout buddy, who motivates and supports you will boost your commitment to your fitness goals and your confidence that you can achieve them.

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5 Water Bottles That Won't Break The Bank...

Hydration is key riders, especially during these hot summer days {Summer isn't over yet!}. The water bottles that stay hot/cold for up to 12hrs are the newest craze on social media these days, I must say they are AMAZING. Even though these water bottles are a life savor, they can be a bit pricey. We have 4 water bottles that you can get for under $25 that are just as good {even better} than the pricey brands...
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.::Simple Modern Wave water bottle {$15-$20)::.
These bottles are vacuumed sealed & 18/8 Stainless steel. Comes in 4 sizes and a wide range of colors to choose from.

.::Polar bottle insulated water bottle {$7-$15}::.
They are insulated sports water bottles. Dual-wall insulation keeps drinks cold twice as long. Available with the Zipstream® high flow, self-sealing cap. Comes in more than 60 unique colors and graphics. It is also BPA and Phthalate free

.::Uter EQ insulated stainless steel {$15-$18z}::.
Double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 6 hours. Made of 18/8 stainless steel. High quality powder-coated matte finish exterior that never sweats. Lightweight design will fit snuggly in most vehicle cup holders, bicycle and backpack carry cages. Comes in 4 different colors.

.::Thermos Nissan Intak Hydration {$9-$17}::.
Made from BPA-free, impact resistant and dishwasher durable. Easy opening hygienic push button sipper lid with locking ring. Comes in a wide range of colors.

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