REV Instructor Spotlight - Katie Blaylock

Katie Blaylock is a spitfire and if you have ever taken her classes you would agree! She knows how to motivate you even when it’s 7 AM. But we wanted to learn even more about her so we decided to feature her in our next REV Instructor Spotlight! Read on for more info on what pushes Katie…


REV: Where are you from originally?

KB: Winston Salem NC

REV: When did you move to Charleston?

KB: About 10 years ago!!

REV: How did you hear about Revolution?

KB: When Revolution was being built, the owner of oblique magazine invited me to come to the first round of tryouts!!

REV: What made you decide to become an instructor?

KB: I taught spin in San Diego and MUSC, I just wanted to teach more and the style of revolution was amazing!!!

REV: What is your favorite song to climb/sprint to?

KB: Everyone knows I’m the “climbing” instructor...Infinite by Notaker

REV: If you could pick any theme for a ride what would it be?

KB: Climbing Mt Everest!!! Haha

REV: Do you have a favorite pre/post workout snack?

KB: Since I’m the 7am instructor... COFFEE with oat milk!!!

REV: What is the best advice you can give to a first time rider?

KB: Just pedal and dance!!! It takes about 3 classes to understand what the heck is going on!!!


REV: What keeps you motivated and focused on staying healthy when you are exhausted with everyday life?

KB: Life gets so “busy” but the mornings I teach... I’ve got 45 minutes to challenge my riders and encourage them to take on the day!! 

REV: When you are in a rush, what is your favorite HEALTHY snack option on the go?

KB: I’m a creature of habit and green smoothies are my jam!!

REV: If you could cycle through any country, which would it be and why?

KB: Australia!! Never been and always have wanted to visit and if it’s on a bike... let’s gooo!!!!

REV: During your free time, what do you enjoy doing?

KB: Surfing, working out and spending time with my nephews!!!


REV: So cute!!! <3 What is the toughest physical challenge you have ever personally faced and how did you overcome it?

KB: I broke my back playing soccer in high school and was told I might never walk again...a back brace, rehab and willpower... I played college soccer!!!

REV: Damn girl. Good for you!! When you cheat, what is your favorite "bad" food?

KB: KRISPY KREME once a week!!! 2 glazed and 1 sour cream!!!

REV: haha thats awesome! Charleston is such a culinary hub. What is your favorite place in Charleston to eat?? Name one healthier choice and one when ya just don’t give a damn :)

KB: Healthy...OKU!!!!  And rarebit MOSCOW MULES baby!!!!

Thanks Katie for giving us a peak at the woman behind the badass instructor we all know and love! You are always an inspiration on the bike and you keep us pushing our limits :) See you in the saddle everyone!!

REV Instructor Spotlight - Kyle O'Keefe

From Jersey to Charleston and Acais bowls to Milk Duds, Kyle has figured out what he loves! And that includes training at REV! He has a real passion not only for the classes and how it makes him feel, but the affect he has on the people that attend his classes. His zest combined with his sick taste in music pushes you to your limits. Want to learn even more about one of your favorite instructors? Read On REVers!!

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REV: Where are you from originally?

KO: Madison, NJ

REV: How did you hear about Revolution?

KO: When I moved to Charleston 5 years ago, my sister, who lives in NYC, told me about a very cool cycling studio that opened downtown. My siblings and I grew up working out together (including indoor cycling, such as Soul Cycle) so she know I would be interested in checking this out. Once I went, I was hooked!

REV: What made you decide to become an instructor?

KO: I was actually asked by Abbey if I would be interested in trying out. At that time I had been religiously going to Katie Blaylock’s morning classes, plus one or two others a week. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone, which I was not used to, but it has been one of the best decisions I have made in my adult life!

REV: What is your favorite song to climb/sprint to?

KO: My favorite songs are definitely sprints! So many good ones, but my favorite would have to be WOW by Tiesto

REV: Love that song!!! If you could pick any theme for a ride what would it be?

KO: Any theme ride for me would be early 2000s hip hop. Now that I think of it, I will need to put that in the rotation.

REV: Yes please :) Do you have a favorite pre/post workout snack?

KO: My favorite post workout snack would definitely be an açaí bowl. Currently I buy them made, so next step for me is to actually make it myself!

REV: What is the best advice you can give to a first time rider?

KO: The best advice I could give to a first time rider is that Rev is meant for ALL levels and it is YOUR workout. You go at whatever pace feels comfortable for you. Lights are low and music is loud! Just have fun!

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REV: What keeps you motivated and focused on staying healthy when you are exhausted with everyday life?

KO: The positive people I have in my life are what keeps me motivated. I also have such a positive and strong background of family members that stay active and have very healthy lifestyles. Sometimes it’s just to keep up with them!

REV: When you are in a rush, what is your favorite HEALTHY snack option on the go?

KO: In a rush, my healthy go to would have to be a banana with peanut butter (lots of peanut butter)

REV: If you could cycle through any country, which would it be and why?

KO: If I could cycle through any country, it would have to be Italy. The scenery and mountain ranges would make for an unforgettable experience. Not to mention, the Italian food I would have while I was there.

REV: You would have to ride all the way back to Charleston to burn it off!! During your free time, what do you enjoy doing?

KO: During my free time I like to just relax and spend time with my friends, my girlfriend, Meagan, and her daughter, Penelope. I feel like life is spent rushing so much, and when I have the free time, I just like to slow down and enjoy it. When I can, I also like to attempt to play golf.

REV: What is the toughest physical challenge you have ever personally faced and how did you overcome it?

KO: The toughest physical challenge was probably when got stress fractures in my back in high school. It wasn’t the most painful thing that has happened to me, but I had to learn to “rest my body” for the first time. I was playing lacrosse, basketball, and football so resting wasn’t really an option; however, it was a necessity. Fast forward 10 years later and it still teaches me to listen to my body and know when I need to slow it down.

REV: Important lesson! When you cheat, what is your favorite "bad" food?

KO: Oh man, I have a few cheat foods. Candy is definitely the top of the list, and I would have to say Milk Duds are currently #1.

REV: Fair enough. What is your spirit animal?

KO: I would have to say my spirit animal is a cross between a hawk and a bear!

REV: Bold choice!!

Thank you to Kyle for letting us into your life a bit. All REV riders appreciate their trainers but getting to know you on a deeper level is truly beautiful. Thanks Kyle! And he wants to see yall in the saddle ASAP! So take his advice; Listen to your body and get your booty in the saddle. See you soon REVers!

REV Instructor Spotlight - Katie Penta


Unicorns, Beyonce and Motherhood - Just a few of the topics we cover in our interview with the one and only Katie Penta. If you know REVOLUTION you know Katie P. Get to know her even better in the latest REV Instructor Spotlight!!

REV: Where are you from originally?

KP: Greenville, SC

REV: How did you hear about Revolution?

KP: Katie Blaylock pulled me aside one day and said this new studio is opening up and I think you would love it. I went to take my first class with her, basically the first week it was open. I was so nervous but I had so much fun during class and felt so great after I was hooked. Totally addicted from day one! 

REV: What made you decide to become an instructor?

KP: I was a new mom with twin girls when I started going to Revolution so I had very little me time but it was my safe haven. I would go ride and walk out ready to be better mom, a better human! When my mom became sick with ALS I realized life is short and you have to go after the things you want. So I auditioned and the rest is history. 


REV: What is your favorite song to climb/sprint to?

KP: Sprinting is one of my favorite things to do on the bike so for me it’s always going to be a sprint over a hill. I love to finish class with Coldplay “Fix You”. 

REV: If you could pick any theme for a ride what would it be?



REV: Do you have a favorite pre/post workout snack?

KP: I don’t like to eat before I workout but after I love to have a smoothie with some healthy fats added to it to hold me over!

REV: What is the best advice you can give to a first time rider?

KP: Don’t hold back and be consistent. Give it everything you can in each class and stick with it.  It takes work but it’s also so fun. 


REV: What is the toughest physical challenge you have ever personally faced and how did you overcome it?

KP: Being pregnant with twins! I loved being pregnant but it was hard to carry two little humans around for almost 9 months. Once I had them I was determined to get back to feeling my best. That’s when I found Revolution. 

REV: What keeps you motivated and focused on staying healthy when you are exhausted with everyday life?

KP: I watched ALS take my mother’s life from her so I have a new outlook on life. Even when I’m feeling tired or rundown I am still so grateful to be here and have the ability to move my body. I also just want to set a good example for my daughters that being healthy is important. 

REV: You are a mommy on the go - What is the quickest best snack for someone who has no time?

KP: I like to make these energy balls.  They have dates, nuts, chia/flax seeds and cinnamon in a food processor. It’s so easy. So I eat those on the run. Or free range hard boiled eggs. I love eggs. 

REV: If you could cycle through any country, which would it be and why?

KP: I’ve always wanted to go on an African safari so I think that would be an amazing way to do it!

REV: During your free time, what do you enjoy doing?

KP: I love going to the beach with my family, riding bikes outdoors, and scuba diving. 

REV: When you cheat, what is your favorite "bad" food?

KP: I’m obsessed with The Daily’s avocado toast with a tomato on it. I could eat that everyday. So good! 

REV: What is your spirit animal?

KP: Unicorn


How to declare (& keep) your New Year's resolutions


Christmas has gone as quick as it snuck up on us… and so have a few of those extra calories! And with 2019 right around the corner it is time to check in and see how you can make the next year even better than the last.

New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t be made to be broken so how do you pick something that will lead you to a better you while still being doable? We have created a check list to help you set your goals and advice on how to achieve them. Here’s to 2019!!!

Start Small


If exercising more is your goal, schedule to go 3-4 times a week instead of 7. And don’t beat yourself up if you need to skip a day - just plan on pushing yourself harder when you can get to the gym. If quitting smoking is the plan, cut out smoking by yourself and only allow the casual social cigarette instead of cutting it out completely and ODing on those patches. And if you want to eat healthier this year, replace one bad thing in your diet for another IE trade pasta or white grains for quinoa or another brown grain. This way you won’t feel like you’re punishing yourself and you will be more likely to stick to it.

Humble Brag


Tell everyone your plan!! Friends, family, co-workers and gym buddies - everyone! The more people that know about your goals the more accountable you feel to complete them. And if you start to slip, use your support system to lift you up and remind you that you can do it!

Baby Steps - Change One Thing At A Time


If there is more than one thing you want to change about yourself or your lifestyle, don’t overdue it because that is A LOT harder to stick to. Make little improvements here and there. Sit down and prioritize what you want to change and make a checklist so to speak. That way you are tackling one thing at a time, instead of overwhelming yourself and getting nothing done.

Reward Yourself


Don’t forget to TREAT YO SELF! If you accomplish one of the goals you set, reward yourself with a pedicure or a massage or lunch with your friends. Don’t think just because you are bettering yourself that means depriving yourself of the simple pleasures in life. Treating yourself will continue to motivate you throughout your process.

Ask A Friend For Help


Since everyone you know and love will be aware of your transformation, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Your support group wants you to succeed so asking them to hit the gym with you or cook a healthy meal won’t be showing weakness, it shows strength! Just don’t get too high n mighty and make everyone think they have to change their lifestyle to accommodate your new one ;)

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Nice N Easy - 3 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas That Will Keep You Crushin'

The Holidays are always a busy time and that means you don’t always take care of yourself while taking care of family and friends. So we have 3 quick and easy recipes for a delicious and filling breakfast! These will keep you going throughout your last minute Holiday shopping and endless partying :)

1. Eggs and Vegetables, Fried in Coconut Oil


Another great use of coconut oil!!

Ingredients: Coconut oil, Carrots, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Green beans, Eggs, Spinach, Spices


Add coconut oil to frying pan and turn up the heat.

Add vegetables. In my case, I use a frozen mix so I need to let it thaw in the heat for a few minutes.

Add eggs (I use 3 or 4).

Add spices. I use a spice mix, although salt and pepper work great too.

(Optional) Add spinach.

Stir fry until ready.

Recipe Here

2. Chia Seed Pudding


This recipe includes 1/4 cup of diced mango and pepita seeds, but feel free to top the pudding with your favorite fruit and nuts.

Ingredients: 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1 cup light or full-fat coconut milk, depending on preference, 1/2 tablespoon honey


Mix chia seeds, coconut milk, and honey together in a small bowl or glass mason jar. Let it set in refrigerator overnight.

Remove it from the fridge, and make sure your pudding looks thick and the chia seeds have gelled. Top with fresh fruit and nuts, and enjoy immediately.

Recipe Here

3. B.E.A.T Salad


Ingredients: 1 ripe avocado, chopped into chunks, 2 boiled eggs, chopped into chunks, 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped into chunks, Juice from one lemon wedge, 2-4 cooked pieces of bacon, crumbled (optional), Salt and pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together, stirring not too much, but just enough to make some of the avocado and egg into mush (I know doesnt SOUND great but sure tastes great!!)

Recipe Here

Get your butt in the kitchen and try these out - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and keeps you going so we get lucky enough to see ya in the saddle REVers!!! Happy Holidays!!!

Winter is Coming...

Which means family, friends and celebrations galore!! And while that’s all good and dandy, if you aren’t careful the Holidays can undo all the hard work you have done the rest of the year…sh*tty right? We are here to help!

We aren’t Mom and Dad, we know you are going to drink! But with that in mind, we all know how fattening alcohol can be. We got your guilt-free guide for enjoying healthy Holiday libations ;) Responsibly, of course

Apple Cider Moscow Mule


Yes, half the fun of the Moscow Mule is the super cute copper mug you get to put it in. But with this recipe for Apple Cider Moscow Mule from Sugar and Charm it will be double the fun!!!

2 ounces ginger flavored vodka (but plain will work too)
2 ounces apple cider (we love homemade!)
1 small lime wedge, juiced
Ginger beer to top off, to taste
Cinnamon to sprinkle

Directions: In a copper mug, add the vodka, apple cider, and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, sprinkle cinnamon over the ice, and top off with ginger beer. Stir well and garnish with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

Pomegranate Mojito


This recipe for a Pomegranate Mojito from Peanut Butter and Peppers basically looks like Christmas in a glass!! And with the champagne, it’ll taste like a party too! And if that wasn’t enough, this recipe uses lighter ingredients that keep it low-cal and low-sugar. Done and Done!

1/3 cup light pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 ounce rum
1/4 teaspoon Stevia or sugar
1/2 cup champagne
Pomegranate seeds

Directions: In a glass, add pomegranate juice, lime juice, rum, and sugar. Mix well. Fill the glass with ice cubes and top it off with champagne and pomegranate seeds

Good Ole' Bloody Mary


Everyone loves “The B” from Real Housewives of New York CIty, so you’ll really love her version this classic recipe with a Skinnygirl twist!!! Not to mention, the Bloody Mary is already one of the healthiest cocktails you can drink so you are already starting ahead!! (It delivers roughly 22 milligrams of lycophene, an antioxidant that may improve heart health! Drink On REVers!!)

2 parts Skinnygirl™ Cucumber Vodka
2 parts low-sodium tomato juice
Splash of fresh lemon juice

Directions: Squeeze of fresh lime juice, dash of Worcestershire sauce (to taste), dash of hot sauce, sprinkle of celery salt. Garnish with lime, cucumber, and celery stalk.

Rosemary Gin Fizz


This crisp Winter beverage, the Rosemary Gin Fizz from Cookie and Kate, is one of the quickest and cleanest beverages you'll enjoy this time of year! Trust us…

3 sprigs rosemary
1 small lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 ounces gin
3 ounces club soda

Directions: In a small drinking glass, muddle the fresh rosemary, lemon juice, and honey. Fill the glass with ice, then pour with gin and top with club soda.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate


Every woman’s favorite four words. Give your favorite beverage(s) a heart-healthy upgrade with Imma Eat That's Red Wine Chocolate.

1 1/2 cup skim milk
1 cup red wine
1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks

Directions: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine milk and chocolate chips. Whisk until chocolate is melted into milk and you have thick, creamy chocolate milk. Pour in red wine and heat until everything is hot.

Alo, is it me you're looking for?

We know Cyber Monday just ended and you might be all shopped out…but that only applies to buying gifts for other people, right?

In the Rev Studio we have just received a new shipment of delicious athleisure pieces by Alo!


Alo makes gorgeous, soft, trendy pieces that can go from your workout to brunch in a snap, without compromising cuteness :) Not to mention, they are eco-conscious! They are 100% sweatshop free and have a certification from WRAP, which verifies that their factories and offices operate in the most ethical and humane ways possible. Pretty cool right? So you can not only look good in your new Alo gear, but feel good too!!

You can mix and match pieces not only with each other, but they also pair really nicely with street clothes. Come check out the new goods and get yours before they are gone! These pieces will definitely up your closet game ;) Check with a friendly Rev staff member for pricing. See ya’ll in the saddle!!

Rider Spotlight - Meagan Pastorchik

Meagan Pastorchik is one badass little lady. She has a career, a kid and somehow manages to still have a life!! Not to mention a rockin’ body!! And how did she get so fit within a year of having her beautiful little girl? Read on…Prepare to be inspired!!


REV: How did you hear about Revolution? 

MP: I heard about Revolution through Kyle, an instructor. I also knew of Revolution from just being from Charleston!

REV: What was your motivation to get back in shape after the baby?

MP: My biggest motivation to get back into shape was wanting to get my confidence back after having Penelope. I was a new, single mom and my life had changed so fast so drastically. I was scared no one would want me with the situation I had and wasn't sure if my friends would still stick around. Ultimately I wanted to have something to focus on to not stress. And when you're not stressed it's easier to be confident in whatever situation your life is in.


REV: What was the biggest struggle when it came to getting back to your goal weight?

MP: The biggest struggle is understanding that it doesn't happen overnight and that I wasn't going to get back to the pre-baby weight with one workout. It would take time, and dedication to see the results that I wanted. 

REV: What about Revolution made you stick with it when the going got tough?

MP: HONESTLY, Kyle is the reason why I stuck with it....I knew he was who I wanted to be with, so I wanted to keep up with it for him. Other than that, I stuck with it because at the end of the day I know how I wanted to look and feel after the baby. I wanted to feel confident in my own skin, which is extremely hard to do after having a baby. 

REV: What is your favorite song that comes on during your ride? What gets your blood pumping!

MP: My FAVORITE song is WOW by Tiesto! Just listen to it, and you'll love it too!

REV: How much weight did you gain with the pregnancy and how much did you lose since? 

MP: I gained 59 pounds from my first doctors appointment, to the day I gave birth. I've lost about 65 pounds since she was born over the past 11 months. It wasn't a short and easy journey! It took a lot of time and hours to get where I wanted to be. 


REV: Wow!!! Thats amazing! What was your goal weight to get back to and how long did it take you to get there?

MP: After the baby, I don't recall ever having a specific goal weight. And I'm a big believer is not having a goal number weight. I just new how I wanted to look and feel in clothes after, and that's what I worked towards. People get so caught up on a weight they want to reach and obsess over it, instead of how they feel when they look at themselves in the mirror. I probably didn't even step on a scale until about 6 months after having a baby! 

REV: Did you have a support system during this time that helped motivate you?

MP: YES! Having support makes a huge difference in my opinion. Whether it's from a friend, boyfriend, family member etc. it was important for me to have support. Kyle always pushed me in the early mornings when I was "too tired" or being lazy to make time for it. He always told me "you're beautiful just they way you are, at this moment" and that was great to hear even before I lost all the weight. If you don't have a boyfriend or friend to workout with, go to a workout studio, and socialize. It's a great place to meet people working towards the same goal and lifestyle you are. If anyone ever needs a workout partner, message me on Instagram and ill go with you!! 

REV: Are you dieting along with this workout and if so what is your new favorite new mommy-on-the-go snack?

MP: To be honest, I do not diet much. And I wish I had some magic meal plan to offer for advice. I just ate what made me feel good. If I wanted pizza, I ate it. If I wanted a salad, I ate that too. I pretty much listened to my body and ate that way. I've never done crazy diets because I knew I would never stick to them. And I felt that If I did a crash diet and lost weight, the moment you stop and eat the way you used to, your body gains it all right back. Consistency is key when it comes to food I think.

REV: With your schedule changing so much, how do you make time now for working out being a brand new mom?

MP: I don't give myself another option. Everyone in life, especially MOMS, need to make time for themselves. If I didn't make time for me, my sanity, and my health to be and feel my can I expect to be the best I could be for my child? Everyone is busy..I work full-time and raise my daughter and I make time. I may not like waking up at 4:30 am to drive to drop Penelope off at a babysitter, to make a 6:15 am spin class before work..but I just do it. Even if I'm exhausted. And every time after my workout I feel 10x more awake, alert and ready to start my day.

REV: I would say you are an inspiration to women around you struggling w the same issue - what is the best advice or insight you can give women going through the same thing as you?


MP: "If you want something, you will find a way. If don't, you'll find an excuse". And take it one day at a time. Have a goal in mind for yourself for that day only. Like today I'm going to eat this way, take this workout and make it an accomplishment each day. Next thing you realize is that a few months have gone by and you see results!

Do You Dare To Take The Challenge?!?!

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We have the first week of October under our belts and that means 2 things:

1) You better have your Halloween idea all worked out because every store-bought costume will 100% be combed through already and

2) It is a good time to check in and see how you are doing in your REV October Challenge ;)

What a better way to kick off a new month than to challenge yourself to riding with us?! Pushing yourself to reach a new goal can really surprise you! Unveil that version of you we know is in there <3 Set goals, challenging goals, and reach them so that you are always pushing yourself, always growing and evolving.

So you have roughly weeks left to ride 10, 20, 25 (or more if you DARE) times! Also we will have prizes for you at the end of the finish line! Commit to finding a better you for you, or if not that then these awesome prizes…

10 Rides = 1 free ride
20 Rides = 5 pack
25 Rides = 1 month of unlimited rides

Once you have completed the challenge, email us HERE! 

So don’t let sweater season get you down!! Beach season will be here before you know it so keep yourself motivated and get that cute butt in the saddle :) See ya soon REVers!

<3 Click below to start the challenge and see what you are capable of <3


Stop Stressin' Baby


School is back in session! And while that means parties and friends it also means class, teachers and stress. Ease back into the school year by taking good care of yourself. This includes eating right, making time for fun and working out!

Working out can be a wonderful way of coping with the stressors of everyday life. From getting is the saddle with us to taking a yoga class to going on a hike with your best bud, any movement can help. Not only does it allow you time to meditate and reflect on the day/month/year It also is a natural source of generating endorphins triggering a positive feeling within the body, some say even similar to that of morphine.

We all know that stress can be brought about in any way, even with something positive. Proposal, promotion, marriage, even being in a loved one’s wedding - all amazing life events! But even the good stuff sometimes comes with stressful moments. So make sure you continually check in with yourself and take time to get right.

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Revolution is a wonderful place to let go of the day and sweat away your worries. Bring a friend, co-worker, family member or significant other to enjoy in the experience. Treat yourself afterwards and go shopping, grab a smoothie (or a drink if you really crushed class) Take time before or after class to chat with the Trainers and all of Rev staff. They are there to not only enhance your experience but also to share in your success! So after you have crushed your day/week/month, come and get in the saddle with us and feel as the stress melts away. Come in or sign up today and take on this school year with Greatness REVers!!!