So, if you are a huge football fan like me … or you just happen to live in Buffalo and know the terms Bills Mafia and One Buffalo, then you know that the Bill’s Home Opener was yesterday. If you don’t live under a rock, you know that our team doesn’t play particularly well. However, Buffalo is known around the world for the supportive fan base that it has. Win or lose, all (most) of Buffalo always shows up and supports their Bills. One of the things I love about football is the sense of community that it creates. It breaks down the walls of so many diverse backgrounds and brings everyone together for a common purpose. We aren’t trying to win or lose at VIBE, but as I talk about it often, we are all human and have our good and bad days. We always show up for ourselves and have one of the most incredible, supporting communities in Buffalo. Being at the game, in the blazing heat, surrounded by a sea of red, white, and blue, hot and sweaty fans, it made me think of classes at VIBE. We might not be rocking jerseys, but we ride together as a team and we fight through the burn of barre, yoga, and cross spin. Like the Bills Mafia and One Buffalo, we are the VIBE Tribe, a team, all working towards a common goal — a better, healthier, and happier version of ourselves. And I don’t think there is anything more beautiful than that.
Every now and again life gets crazy. When it does, I get caught up in it and forget to slow down. I bite off more than I can chew, start working on another project, and it’s 11:49 pm on a Sunday and I’m like where did my weekend go? Actually, where the heck did the past three weeks go? I get sick, can’t go attend my VIBE classes, and then bam I’m burned out. Hopefully, if you are reading this right now you haven’t been hit with a burn out, but I’m sure we can all relate to getting to that burn out point… or as I like to call it a case of VIBE deprivation. It is the WORST.
Last week I discussed ways to complement your VIBE workouts in order to keep your body healthy beyond your VIBE time. This week we are bringing it back home to VIBE. Many people are apprehensive to workout because they are afraid of the limitations that their bodies create. However, if you set your mind on those limitations, you start to create them yourself. When I first started working out I was nervous. I couldn’t run anymore after my accident, it was too harsh on my joints, but I needed physical activity and life is too good to let one moment of my life control its outcome. VIBE took all of my fears away. The instructors really focus on what I like to refer to as Modifications NOT Limitations.
“To keep our body in good health is a duty… otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~Buddha
I hope that we can all agree that we all come together at VIBE to maintain or achieve health of some sort. Whether it’s body, mind, or spirit (or maybe the trifecta!) keeping our bodies in good health is our duty in order to maintain health all around. While working out it’s completely normal to get a post-workout ache while your muscles heal. Everything you do in life should be balanced. We love seeing all of your faces each and everyday, but how do you keep your body healthy beyond the walls of VIBE?
Whenever anyone asks about my cycling shoes I get really excited. Yes, I’m that girl in class that wants to pass the torch of cycling shoe wisdom onto the next member of the VIBE Tribe. Like most people that start spinning, you don’t anticipate how often you will go to class until your first few classes that get you hooked. I made a commitment to myself to kickstart my fitness goals but spinning was just something I thought I would just try for a month (how habits start!). I started off with my regular go-to workout sneakers, but there’s always that traumatic moment that just does it for you and makes you want to leave your usual kicks out of spinning for good.
Real women empower. They empower each other. They empower men. They empower their communities. What does it mean to empower? It means to see everyone as equally capable of being his or her truest version of themselves. Being able to pull out the most awesome version of everyone they encounter. Valuing each and everyone’s unique qualities that make them different and ultimately beautiful. Never judging, looking down upon, or belittling anyone. Going out of the way just to lift someone up. Unraveling all of the negative thoughts that have engulfed so many people into believing they aren’t good enough. Creating a space where all of this can be done and welcoming with open arms and an open heart. That’s empowerment. (I also just described the VIBE Squad in a nutshell; they empower me each and everyday.)
To our loyal riders,
Wow. I am at a loss for words. My heart is so full. Saturday was a celebration of many things but most importantly it was a celebration completely for YOU. We hope you felt that. For the many beautiful, beautiful souls who were unable to attend -we celebrated with you in spirit. You were missed.
Let's talk more about you. Your energy is indescribable and contagious. You never JUST show up. You show up as the raw and real you. You have brought down your walls and have allowed us in. You walk through those doors, hop on those bikes and you give the room your ALL. You give each other your all. We see you. We feel you. You make us so proud.
A lot of life situations give you these two choices: You can choose to get better or you can choose to get bitter. I like to talk about things that everyone is going through but no one actually talks about. It’s what connects us on a spiritual level. Whether it’s heart break, chronic pain, an illness, depression, anxiety, a betrayal of trust or any life altering event (big or small), we’ve all been there. “Life is hard but you’re harder, faster, stronger.” It’s a message you will hear from our VIBE instructors, not just from Kanye, in one variation or another.
Have you ever had a friend that berates themselves when they are feeling down? Of course you have. They start saying things like “I’m so stupid, I suck at this, I’m lazy…” and the list goes on and on. It hurts you to hear them say those words and it upsets you so you tell them not to talk like that. You get mad at them, but then you’re thinking and saying those same things about yourself the next day. What’s the difference between your friend saying stuff like that about themselves and you? NOTHING. Something we often forget about is self-compassion.
When I spin, I feel like I’m on top of the world. Instead of getting a runner’s high, I get a spinner’s high -a VIBE high. That rush is addictive, spinning has helped me stay in shape, and my heart is in the best shape it’s ever been. After my accident, I never thought I would be able to get the cardio and physical activity I need, but VIBE proved me wrong. However, I’m only human and I have my good days and my bad days (that sometimes turns into a week). We all have those days and it’s perfectly normal. Just because you have a bad day doesn’t mean you have a bad life.