Ryding Around Town with WGN and Real Ryder Revolution


So, in hindsight, going to a new spin studio for the first time for a two hour class and live taping on WGN during the polar vortex maybe wasn’t my best idea in the world. But, with the cold driving me stir-crazy, I was looking for any excuse to get out of the house and get my blood pumping- so hey, no regrets.

You may remember reading about Real Ryder Revolution Chicago on this very blog awhile back, and the spin studio was the recent feature of a WGN morning news About Town segment. Click through the picture below to view it, and please be kind- I had been spinning for two hours at the point of my sound bite, while the ever-perky Ana Belaval was on and off the bike at her filming leisure (I’m not bitter though, I promise).

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(Okay, maybe I am a little bitter about this being the cover photo for the segment. The profile is not my best angle)

And because nothing goes better with working out than happy hour, take note that the Real Ryders are hosting a happy hour at Stout Chicago from 5:30pm-7:30pm on Thursday. You can check out their Facebook page for more information. Meanwhile, I’ll just be over here foam rolling and hydrating for eternity. Those unstationary stationary bikes are no joke, y’all.

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About Kristen Geil

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Kristen moved to Chicago in 2011 and received her MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul while trying to maintain her southern accent. Kristen grew up playing sports, and since moving to Chicago, she’s fallen in love with the lakefront running path and the lively group fitness scene. Now, as a currently retired marathoner and sweat junkie, you can usually find her trying new workouts around the city and meticulously crafting Instagram-friendly smoothie bowls. Kristen came on to A Sweat Life full-time in 2018 as Editor-in-Chief, and she spends her days managing writers, building content strategy, and fighting for the Oxford comma.