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::.

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...

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

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...

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
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

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...
"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