During Lockdown, A Joyful Ride

When the COVID quarantine began in March, we lost our routines. For many, the lack of daily exercise — the Y, the gym, the spin studio, whatever — was toughest.

But we missed more than just the physical workout. We longed for our suddenly severed social connections too.

Early in the lockdown, a dozen women from Westport, Weston, Fairfield and Norwalk gathered on Zoom for what they figured would be 2 weeks of planks and push-ups. Their friendships had been solidifed at JoyRide. The group included one of the owners, an instructor, even one of the member’s sister-in-law and her friend, both in Denver.

Planking via Zoom.

What started as a temporary fix turned into much more. They do 75 push-ups and 5 minutes of planks daily (that’s over 7,000 push-ups and 8 hours already– and they have not missed a day).

If a group member can’t make the designated workout, someone joins her on FaceTime. No one works out alone.

After planking, they do another, member-inspired workout together. They track their favorites on a Google Doc.

More than exercising together though, the group is a support system. They laugh (“a lot,” says one member). They’ve shared their children’s college acceptances (and rejections), graduations from college, high school and 8th grade, and a pair of 50th birthdays.

After working out virtually for weeks, the group (minus their Denver members) got together for a 50th birthday celebration.

They created a logo, and designed a shirt, water bottle and (of course) face masks. They ordered the same leggings and workout equipment (including mini-trampolines). They had (multiple) happy hours.

They also gave back to the community, both as a small group and in conjunction with JoyRide.

These past few months, everyone needed something to keep sane and connected. These women may be back together — in person — soon. They’ll be fit and fresh, both physically and emotionally.

And they’ll have those very cool t-shirts, water bottles and face masks forever.

(Hat tip: Lauren Burg)

3 responses to “During Lockdown, A Joyful Ride

  1. Amy Hochhauser

    Thanks, Dan!!!! Great story. Appreciate it Today is actually our first day OPEN!!! Limited bikes (have to be 12 feet apart) -so we can only have 8 in Westport – but everyone is so excited to be back together!! All our classes this weekend sold out. In Westport, that crew of women was lined up outside and ready to go!!

    Here’s more info about our opening: http://eepurl.com/g6Ku81

    You can see all the safety procedures: http://www.joyridestudio.com/covid-info

    Thanks again! Any updates on summer soccer?!

    Amy

    Amy Hochhauser Co-Founder Chief Brand Officer JoyRide Cycling + Fitness 917-750-7207(cell) amy@joyridestudio.com

    Book your sweat: http://www.joyridestudio.com facebook.com/joyridecycling Insta: @joyridestudio

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  2. Amy Hochhauser

    Thanks!!

    Amy Hochhauser Co-Founder Chief Brand Officer JoyRide Cycling + Fitness 917-750-7207(cell) amy@joyridestudio.com

    Book your sweat: http://www.joyridestudio.com facebook.com/joyridecycling Insta: @joyridestudio

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  3. J. Scott Broder

    Thanks Dan for this poignant and uplifting Joyful piece on a unique group of women at Joyride. I’ve
    witnessed this special fitness studio as an active member since it’s inception and can tell you it’s a very special place. Joyride is more then a spin studio, it embodies togetherness no matter the skill level of a member and many special friendships develop. There have been many charities events raising money for worthy causes and local community support of various businesses.
    One of the mottos of Joyride; “we are stronger together then on our own”! Thanks for including this article that embodies the very best of our community, especially now ❗️

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