November 21, 2019 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas
Zephyr, according the dictionary, means soft, gentle breeze. Classes at Zephry Cycling Studio in Bozeman Montana (yes, I said Montana) are anything but soft or gentle and the only breeze you will feel is the one generated by the speed of your peddles going faster than the speed of light to the beat of heart pumping music and the energy of the skilled instructors. What. A. Ride. Literally.
It is no secret that Bobby, my B-team co-workers and I are huge fans of indoor cycling. I, for one, have been doing it since 1993. I frequent FlyWheel and Soul Cycle in NYC several times a week and anytime that I travel for work or for pleasure, I try to make it a point to try out a locally owned indoor cycling studio. When my recent travels took me to one of my favorite place on earth, Bozeman, Montana, I decided to check out Zephyr Studio. I am thrilled that I did and I can't wait to go back.
(Photo: Kimmie Geer)
Zephyr Studio is owned and operated by Carolyn Williams (who also teaches classes daily) and is one of the most popular workout studios in town and with good reason; I was pleasantly surprised from the moment that I walked in the door. The front desk staff was welcoming and helpful (even at 6:30 a.m.) the studio was brightly lit and sparkling clean (huge points) and my fellow cyclists were friendly and mannerly as they lined up to be let into the studio. (a welcome change from NYC studios.)
(photo: Kimmie Geer)
Music is everything to me when it comes to indoor cycling classes and that music (for me) has to be classic rock (preferably from the late 1960's and 1970's), show tunes and or disco (don't judge.) If I don't like the music, my workout suffers, drastically. Luckily, Carolyn (above left) feels the same way about the importance of music and gives her instructors a “three decade” rule to ensure that the tunes appeal to the studio’s wide-ranging group of cyclists. So, I was thrilled, make that ecstatic, when my instructor Jake (above right) began class with Fleetwood Mac's The Chain and continued to keep the classic rock hits coming for a solid 45 minute ride! Luckily the music was loud enough that my shrills of delight each time a new song started could not be heard by my fellow riders.
Jake Steding ( Senior Instructor and Brand Manager) taught my class (one of the best classes that I have ever taken in my 25 plus years of cycling.) He was friendly, energetic and his routine was nonstop fun, filled with hill climbs, sprints and jumps. I left rosy-cheeked, dripping in sweat and ready to start my day!
If you are ever lucky enough to find yourself in the magical town of Bozeman, Montana, make it a point to check out Zephyr Cycling Studio and give Carolyn and Jake my regards and tell them that I'll be back e'er long! (
2000 S. Third Avenue, Unit B
Bozeman, MT 59715
January 17, 2019 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell
January: 'tis the season for resets and resolutions. It's not always easy to make these great new habits stick, especially when it comes to fitness. So how do we stay consistent ALL year round? Here’s what worked for me...
October 20, 2018 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas
I first heard about Barry’s Bootcamp a few years ago when it seemed to be all the rage in NYC. Even though it debuted on the west coast in 1998 and has been the workout of choice for many celebrities (Kim Kardashian, Jake Gyllenhal and Jessica Biel) for years, it didn’t make its way to the isle of Manhattan until 2011.
June 1, 2018 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas and Elyse Tirrell
A few weeks ago, we decided to give FlyBarre a try. We arrived at FlyBarre’s Flatiron location on 21st Street in Manhattan dressed in our workout clothes and ready for the challenge… Or were we?
February 9, 2018 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas
Rolling Stone magazine named it the "hot" exercise of 1993 and indoor cycling has maintained its status as one of the most popular group classes at fitness clubs all around the world. I, personally, have been taking Spin classes since 1994 (ummm, I started when I was 10, I swear) when it arrived at my local Equinox in NYC. From the moment I adjusted my seat and handle bars and started pedaling, I was immediately addicted!. Fast forward 21 years, and indoor cycling continues to be more popular than ever and is still a big part of my workout routine (I take classes 3 to 4 times a week.) I am happy to say, it still challenges me and keeps me fit and I love it just as much today as I did the first time I tried it!
November 16, 2017 | Posted by The B-Team
An all-new cookbook is now available for pre-order! Cook, eat, and be fit with 200 recipes from Bobby Flay, whose approach to healthy eating is all about flavor—NOT eliminating anything from your diet.
January 8, 2017 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas and Elyse Tirrell
In our continued search for the hottest and best workouts in New York City, a few weeks ago we signed up for a class at CityRow in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan. A fifty-minute rowing class? We were intrigued and a bit scared, quite frankly.
May 13, 2015 | Posted by Sally Jackson
Looking for a new, refreshing, and healthy snack? Try this Mexican street food fave: jicama and cucumber spears doused with fresh lime juice and sprinkled with salt and chile powder.
May 6, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas
The B-Team is happy to announce that we are teaming up with New York Health & Racquet Club (NYHRC) in our continued search for the perfect workout experience and our never ending desire to be fit and healthy.
May 4, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas
Have you seen many out of shape boxers? I haven’t. So, a few weeks ago, I, along with my colleague and fellow B-Teamer, Elyse, headed over to Title Boxing Club located in Hell’s Kitchen to take a boxing class and what we got.well,.pardon the pun…was one Hell of a workout!
Of all sports, boxing is one of the most physically demanding. It requires a blend of power, speed, balance and focus combined with excellent overall conditioning that results in a body that is lean and sculpted. .
March 19, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas
A few weeks ago, I had the great fortune to leave the freezing, cold, gloomy, Northeast weather behind and escape to the sunny, warm, happy West Coast weather (thanks to my very generous boss, a.k.a Bobby Flay). My partner in fitness Elyse Tirrell came along for the (plane) ride and one of the first things we did, after shedding our down coats and winter boots for tank tops and sandals (and eating a plateful of Cha Cha Chicken), was search out a hot LA workout. Hello, Training Mate…or should I say G’Day!
March 17, 2015 | Posted by The B-Team
Oh March, the beginning of the long-awaited thaw (or, for those of us living on West Coast, a minor dusting off of our flip-flops will do) and the lead-up to the greening of spring. Green veggies return to the market and I am ready for smoothie season to begin. I never really make smoothies in the winter, maybe because it’s chilly out and I am not terribly inspired to make a cabbage smoothie, so I get pretty darn jazzed when spring comes around. I love making green smoothies because it’s a stealthy way to add more fiber, vegetables and just general goodness to my diet.
March 5, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas
I am in love, some may even say obsessed, with a chair. Yes, a chair. However, you won’t find this particular chair at your local furniture store or online at Pottery Barn. This chair wasn’t designed for kicking back and relaxing – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. This chair was created to tone and strengthen almost every muscle in your body, and enhance posture and balance too!
January 30, 2015 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell
Starting a new year with resolutions to be healthier is great -- but the resolution is the easy part. Making healthy choices that we can realistically maintain for the entire year -- and, well, forever! -- is harder. I found something that can help: a mobile app that tests your knowledge about health, fitness and all things healthy living. With it, you can learn facts about health and fitness that will help bring about long-lasting results.
January 28, 2015 | Posted by Charlotte March
Okay, I admit kale chips seem like a somewhat dated concept. I’d say they “jumped the shark” right about the time Cheezy Chipotle Kale Chips landed on the shelves at Whole Foods at a whopping five bucks a bag. That being said, if you just take a step back, turn your oven to 275º, and give yourself a half hour, you’ll remember why these healthy and delicious snacks became a craze in the first place.
January 9, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas
One of my favorite drinks in the world is the Blueberry-Pomegranate Milkshake that is served at Bobby’s Burger Palace. I love the glorious color, the fruity scent, and the creamy texture -- it’s so thick that you have to use an extra-wide straw to drink it! I wish I could drink one every day. So I decided to do an experiment: Could I take my favorite milkshake and make a wholesome version of it, with a similar flavor profile and texture, that’s healthy enough to drink on the regular?
August 5, 2014 | Posted by The B-Team
Few ingredients spell summer better than a ripe tomato if you ask me. And on a hot summer day, a delicious, cool Gazpacho made from August tomatoes is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to enjoy them.
July 28, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas and Elyse Tirrell
Is there anything more boring than walking or running on a treadmill…or as we like to refer to it..the dreadmill! Endless hours of staring at a wall or worse..staring at yourself in a mirror while you listen to your favorite playlist for the hundredth time! We have found a new class that takes your basic gym treadmill and gives it an Extreme Makeover.. Say hello to Fitwalker!
July 18, 2014 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas
I admit it: When I was in high school, I did everything to get out of gym class. And, I mean everything, from forgetting my gym clothes at home to convincing my family doctor to write me a medical excuse to get me out of PE class (for my entire senior year). Yes, I was a shallow cranky, out of shape teenager.
July 10, 2014 | Posted by Elyse Tirrell
As a New Yorker, my main form of transportation is often my own two feet! Health and fitness are important to me, so I love that I live in a city where getting around is also a way to help me stay fit. There's a great mobile app that I use regularly to keep track of all my city walking and my workouts too.