Monday, April 11, 2016

Sweat & Sip: Ride PDX & Kure

What: RidePDX
Where: 3745 SW Bond Ave 

Katie and I haven't done a Sweat and Sip in a while, but with summer coming up and a ladies trip to Nashville, it's about time to get back on the workout wagon. Luckily enough, we had been invited by RidePDX to come try a class (well, everyone's first class is free, but still)!

Look at this funny-shaped puppy!

The cycling studio, owned by Andrea Fenton (a former competitive swimmer), is located on the South Waterfront. The classes are 45 minutes in a dim room and include hills, sprints, and a weighted arm section. Apparently the classes are often to electronic music, but we caught them on an 80's theme day, which we prefer!

One way that RidePDX differs from other classes we've tried is the screens in the front of the room that show the output being made by each bike. Andrea, who also happened to be our instructor, used this to have the rows compete and to incentivize sprints throughout the workout. As an added benefit, you can track your progress online. Your stats for each ride are available in your account and you can track RPM's, resistance, speed, power, distance, and calories burned. Unfortunately Katie and I aren't competitive enough for this to matter to us too much, but if you are, this is the studio for you!

Overall, we had a great experience, Andrea was awesome, and if competition is key for you, this is a great studio to try! Ultimately though, and I know we're a broken record at this point, but we're still Revocyclers through and through.

What: KURE 
Where: 408 SW 12th Ave - there are 5 other locations
Honeys Heart: Feelin' healthy and stuff

After a morning workout it's tempting to indulge in a big brunch, but in the end, it's (usually) more rewarding to pick something healthy! So in this vein, Katie and I headed to KURE to get an acai bowl.

KURE was founded in 2011 and has recently opened a location on SW 12th with sitting room. They serve acai bowls, oatmeal, hot drinks, tonic shots, smoothies, and organic juice. We both opted for the Sunnyside ($8.25) blended with acai berries, bananas, strawberries, vanilla protein, apple juice and topped with banana, strawberries, chopped hazelnuts, goji berries, hemp seed granola, shredded coconut, cinnamon, and agave.

Katie isn't a huge coconut fan and had asked to have her bowl without that, they forgot, but luckily it's really just a dusting of coconut. It was a pretty tasty bowl overall, though I had imagined the acai blended base being a little thicker, plus we started to get really cold coming off of our workout!

I need to try Greenleaf's acai bowls to see how they compare, but this is definitely a healthy start to the day!