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JoyRide Indoor Cycling Studio

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Photo by Julianne Mulvey

25 Old Kings Highway North, Darien
1200 Post Road E, Westport
62 Danbury Road, Ridgefield

I love JoyRide.

Robin’s Note: Before JoyRide, I couldn’t stand indoor cycling. Spin classes at my cheap gym left me cold: humid concrete room, extended remix of “Rocking the Casbah,” and sweaty male bodies inches from my face. The instructor invites us to “crank up the resistance to 10 while you feel the stress of your day leave your body.” Sure enough, the stress of my day leaves my body and is replaced by the stress of sensory torment, sore muscles, and claustrophobia.

So on my list of “things I want to do,” JoyRide hovered between “cage-free swim with sharks” and “charity surrogate for sextuplets.”

In short, I wasn’t their target market.

But despite these obstacles, JoyRide has made a spinner of me! The spin room is spacious and blessedly well-ventilated, and the music selection is well-balanced, upbeat, and energetic. While each instructor has his/her own style, they all tease a hard-core work out of everyone by managing expectations, focusing on fun, and inspiring cyclists to, literally, burn their b*tts off.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 • Permalink

Rhodie Lorenz

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Westport Pilates
420 Post Road West, Westport
(203) 227-7969

 Years of pounding my feet against hard surfaces have my knees quietly sobbing for mercy.  My hip has recently joined their cause and I sit on my sofa at night feeling their impassioned battle for reprieve in the form of a persistent dull ache. I need a Better Way to Exercise. I need Pilates. So I asked around for a good instructor and I heard the name “Rhodie Lorenz” almost as often as I hear my joints crack when I walk down the stairs each morning.

So I signed up for a private class. Now, many of you are familiar with Pilates, but for the uninitiated: imagine walking into a Pottery Barn-designed S&M Club in broad daylight. Now imagine having to contort one’s body upon the equipment in this Club in broad daylight. (Note to those who think S&M is a common stock index: it’s not.) So… yeah. I felt kind of awkward.

Fortunately, Rhodie came right over and put me at ease: she is super-fit, engaging, and smart, smart, smart. Guiding me through each decumbent crouch and curl, she offered helpful advice and encouragement until I was quite comfortable in my new surroundings. So comfortable, in fact, I felt like a budding Pilates rock star. And I loved getting a complete workout without the sweat, joint ache, and gasping for oxygen I normally associate with a fitness routine. 

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Thursday, January 20, 2011 • Permalink

Susan Mudd, MS CNS

61 Sherman Street, Fairfield
(301) 661-9222

I assume I’m healthy because I shop at Whole Foods. But a fistful of organic chocolate chip cookies doesn’t qualify as a “meal” even if it’s all-natural, free of preservatives, and the closest thing to a vegetable I’ve eaten in 4 days. Which kind of made me wonder if my eating habits (in addition to my weekly expenditure at Whole Foods) contribute to my persistent stress and fatigue.

So I met the nutritionist most recommended to me: Susan Mudd, MS CNS. She’s a board-certified, licensed nutrition expert who confesses, “I don’t have a turn off switch when it comes to pizza.” She had me at hello.

Her success stories are incredible, with clients overcoming fertility, krohn’s disease, even bi-polarism, in addition to the usual litany of complaints: fatigue, constipation, hair-loss, allergies, and much more.

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Monday, January 03, 2011 • Permalink

Detox Diet Diary

Detox Diet

Below is the diary I kept while on Susan Mudd’s 21-day “Detox Diet”.

Day 1
11:50 - Miserable. I’ve had three bananas and hot lemon water. Having difficulty expanding my health food repertoire.

7:03 PM – The more I think about it, I realize I felt pretty good before and I may not need to detox.

7:33 PM – Looking forward to my glass of wine and fistful of organic oreos. Then remember I can’t have either.

7:34 PM – Maybe I’ll have the wine anyway.

7:35 PM – Not sure what it says about me if I can’t go three weeks without refined sugar and alcohol. And all of my other favorite food groups.

10:30 PM – Really happy to go to bed.

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