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Elise, Master Instructor

elise master instructor                                   

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Elise is The Handle Bar's Director of Instructor Development. She is entrusted with the task of maintaining and improving the teaching skills of our current instructors. Elise's commitment to The Handle Bar mission is evident in the energy she brings to her own classes as well as the continuous development of our talented instructor team.

A born and bred midwesterner, Elise moved to Boston from Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2008 to pursue a dual Masters in Social Work/Masters in Public Health at Boston University. Elise has been a certified Mad Dog spin instructor teaching spin classes since 2007. A competitive swimmer in high school, Elise has competed in an Olympic distance triathlon and multiple half marathons, always seeking new goals and physical challenges. Elise choreographs each of her rides to the beat , rhythm and speed of the music, with a fun mix of hip hop, pop, and dance-inspired tunes. Elise fuses her passion for heart pumping music with a mentally and physically challenging ride, creating a mind-body-cardio-dance party on the bike!

what's one thing most people don't know about you?

I drive a stick shift!

what's your favorite beer? (Or drink)

My favorite beer is either White Rascal or Slumbrew Happy Sol. Favorite drink, hands down, is the Valentino at The Beehive--a blood orange vodka cocktail in a frosted martini glass = perfection.

what's your favorite sports team?

The University of Michigan football team. Go Blue!

Lena, Master Instructor

Lena master instructor

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As Master Instructor and Director of Talent Development & Programs for The Handle Bar, Lena has a wild love for the HB team and community. She hails all the way from San Diego and moved cross country to attend Columbia Unversity in New York City where she earned her MS in Nutrition & Public Health. After 2 years in the big apple, Lena moved to Boston to complete a dietetic internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and is now a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist at BIDMC providing medical nutrition therapy to patients in an acute care setting. Lena spent most of her adolescent years as a competitive athlete in basketball and volleyball. Off the court, and from an early age, she lived for the stage as a performer in musical theatre, competitive show choir, and contemporary collegiate a cappella vocal bands. Combining her athletic abilities with her natural performance talent, Lena found a love for indoor cycling that surpassed all other forms of movement. Through indoor cycling, Lena felt confident, strong, and was able to focus on all the positive qualities within herself. At The Handle Bar, Lena strives to create this positive energy for her riders and coaches them through their own journey. Lena creates a musically inspired ride where the rhythm and resistance coalesce to challenge your body and build strength from the inside out. "You have the opportunity to create self love, strength and confidence that comes from YOU. Trust your intuition and believe in yourself because you never know when you will have to rely on your own strength

Favorite post-ride treat?

My own smoothie creation that I like to call "The Lendizzle" (Yes, it's true. I name my own smoothies). 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 small banana, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 Tbsp peanut butter, and 1 scoop whey protein. BOOM.

what's one thing most people don't know about you?

I randomly went skydiving once in Zephyrhills, Florida by myself...I lost a bet, whoops!

what's your favorite drink?

A refreshing vodka soda with lime and muddled blackberries, a hoppy Imperial IPA, or a crisp New Zealand sauvignon blanc ;)



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Jess is The Handle Bar's owner and manager. She grew up a competitive swimmer and developed a love for fitness at an early age. Attending college at Northeastern University, Jess discovered her love for group exercise, specifically spinning.  Boston is Jess' home and spinning is her passion. An avid music lover and listener, Jess hopes to bring her love for music to her studios and riders.  She opened The Handle Bar to offer classes with the intensity she craves, set to playlists composed with care. Jess spins to house music, hip hop, pop and much more... Her classes are crafted to challenge riders physically, and inspire them to achieve greatness both on and off the bike. 

what's the last book you read?

Caesar Milan's How to Raise The Perfect Dog My boyfriend Sean and I will have a new addition to the family this year - a yellow lab named Brett! In preparation for the little guy I'm doing as much research as possible. Expect to see a cute new face around the studio. Is anyone else thinking the HB needs a mascot?

what is your favorite quote?
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."  (how inspiring and humbling is that?)

What is something that most people don't know about you?
I have a BS in Biology and was accepted into graduate school for Speech and Language Pathology.. I wouldn't be writing this if I hadn't changed my mind:) 




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Cara graduated from Providence College with a BA in Psychology, discovering that the combination of sweating and stretching was the best rest and release for both her mind and body. She was captain of her Cross Country team in high school and has continued that training by running in many 5k races and half marathons. While she still enjoys a good run, nothing compares to the fun, energy, and camaraderie she feels when riding at The Handle Bar. When she's not having a dance party on the bike at The Handle Bar, Cara is passionate at work teaching her students at Crossroads School for Children.

Cara loves to take on out door and adventure activities - skydiving and canyon jumping with no fear. As both a high-energy spin instructor and a go with the flow yoga teacher (RYT-200), Cara is excited to inspire the world of fitness through full body exercise and experiences. She is excited to rock out with everyone at The Handle Bar, and if you really get to know her maybe she will bust out her infamous inflatable tube man dance.

who's your favorite artist?

I enjoy a huge variety of music! Justin Timberlake and Beyonce in their entirety as well as the sounds from John Mayer, Disclosure, Broods, and MS MR... I am constantly browsing new voices, beats, and instruments to dance to and zone in to.

what's your favorite drink?

A seasonal beer in a chilled pint glass! And I cant go anywhere without my green water bottle.

what's your favorite store?

Any craft store and Trader Joe's.

what's a quote that inspires you?

I always hold on to this quote I heard once in a yoga class... "Its not where you're going, its how you're going".



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Eve, who's originally from New York, came to Boston to attend Boston University. She fell in love with the city and decided to stay in Boston after she graduated. Eve was a trained ballet dancer up through high school, and to continue her love of dance started teaching Zumba at 17! She has taught everything from Zumba, Tabata, to Ballet Barre. Thanks to her love of dancing and passion for music teaching at The Handle Bar was a perfect fit. Eve is constantly challenging herself and her class to find their "inner Beyonce". You'll be so busy having fun you won't realize by the end of it you are drenched in sweat and just set a new fitness standard for yourself. When Eve isn't teaching she works full time as an Analyst at M.Gemi.

what's your favorite sports team?

Boston Bruins! I even have a cat named Bergeron.

what's your favorite drink?

Whiskey and ginger.

what's something most people don't know about you?

I can do a rubix cube in under a minute.



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Born and raised in suburbia right outside of Washington DC, Jayne moved to Boston to attend college at Bentley University, fell in love with the city and hasn't left since. A competitive athlete since childhood, Jayne has always had an affinity for sports and fitness of all kinds. After taking her first spin class over 5 years ago, she was instantly hooked to the high energy and rhythmic experience. Now she uses her years of sports training and sense of humor to bring her riders an athletic, music driven dance party with a focus on not taking yourself too seriously. Jayne's classes are created with a "work hard, play harder" attitude and will leave riders feeling challenged, inspired, and dripping with sweat. Outside of The Handle Bar, Jayne is a PR Manager at a boutique agency in the Seaport.

what would i find in your refrigerator right now?

Hummus (lots of it), Kale, Eggs, Carrots, Apples, and Two-buck Chuck.

who's your favorite artist?

On the bike, anything remixed by The Chainsmokers. Off the bike, Ellie Goulding and Beyonce.

what's one thing most people don't know about you?

I'm fluent in "Donald Duck".

what's your favorite brunch spot?

Local 149 in Southie. Their breakfast pizza's to die for.

what's your favorite beer? (or drink)

Sam Adams Seasonal or an extra dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives.



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Jenn's passion for fitness stems from a life full of sports. Growing up just north of Boston she was involved in competitive activities from a young age. After suffering a career ending knee injury leaving her unable to play the sports she loved, and struggling to run, she turned to alternative fitness methods. When The Handle Bar opened in South Boston, Jenn knew she found her niche. The high she felt after her first class was enough to keep her coming back. It filled the void of that high intensity, low impact workout she was after. Jenn is a Mad Dogg certified spin instructor who uses heart pumping music, lively choreography and the energy of the room to drive her classes.

what would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Fruits and veggies, yogurt, eggs, cheese, almond milk, and leftovers from about a week ago.

what's one thing most people don't know about you?

I am a certified scuba diver!

what's your favorite post-ride treat?

Anything with peanut butter. Most of the time just out of the jar.

who's your favorite artist?

Off the bike, I'm a country girl, anything from Carrie Underwood to Eric Church, on the bike, cant beat artists like, Pitbull, Krewella and Kanye, just to name a few.



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Rachel was born in suburban Seattle and spent her formative teen years in Montana, where they let you get a learner’s permit at 14 1/2 and up until recently, allowed you to drive as fast as you want on the interstate. That love affair with speed continues on the bike; Rachel discovered indoor cycling four years ago while living in NYC and instantly knew she was meant to go nowhere, fast. Her classes are set to an eclectic soundtrack and are designed to make you let go, dance, laugh (with her or at her), and most of all, sweat. In her less-spare time, Rachel works for lululemon athletica, and lives in Cambridge with her extremely tolerant boyfriend Mike and their cat Izzie.

what's your favorite drink?

Non-alcoholic: lavender kombucha; alcoholic: dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives!

what do you keep in the trunk of your car?

My yoga mat, numerous umbrellas, and embarrassingly, my art history textbooks from college – my mom recently forced me to take them off her hands and apparently I’d rather spend more on gas to lug those things around the greater Boston area than carry them up my 3 flights of steep stairs.

what inspires you?

Seeing people crush goals in any area of their lives!



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Sarah grew up on the beaches of Southern New Jersey where she was introduced to the sport of rowing. After being recruited by schools around the country, Sarah accepted an athletic scholarship to Northeastern University where she was a coxswain on their Division I Men's Rowing team. After graduating, Sarah used yoga and indoor cycling as a way to stay fit. She soon realized that leading a spin class and coxing a boat share many similarities. Because of this, Sarah's classes are infused with high energy and organized choreography. Her unforgettable playlists set the rhythm, and her lively demeanor (not to mention a mouth like a sailor) get you laughing and working HARD. Sarah lives in Southie with her husband and English Bulldog named Stella.

what's your favorite drink?

The Cucumber Cooler at Legal Test Kitchen.

if you were a tree, what kind would you be?

A Weeping Willow. I love their shape, they're so massive and majestic, all the other trees definitely respect them.

who's your favorite artist?

Bob Marley. Instead of singing us lullabies when we were babies, my dad sang us some Bob.

what would you find in my fridge right now?

Lots of fruits and veggies, Yogurts, left-over Thai food, 3 different kinds of pickles and a lot of cheese. I love cheese.

Sarah C

Sarah C

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It's not all that surprising that after dancing competitively for 15 years, Sarah fell in love with the fast-paced energy of cycling studios like The Handle Bar. She first discovered indoor cycling at her neighborhood gym in South Boston and was instantly hooked, knowing she wanted as many people as possible to feel that same "I've never sweat so much in my life" jolt she got after a class. That's when she decided to teach. Certified through Mad Dogg Athletics and a graduate of The Handle Bar Training Program, Sarah believes "comfortable" is a dirty word and challenges her riders to fly out of their comfort zones during every spin session. She loves staying on the pulse of new music and hopes her riders will discover their new favorite song in her next class.

what's your favorite time of day?

Morning. I never feel more prepared to tackle my day than when I wake up to run or teach an early bird spin class. And if I'm lucky, I get to catch the sunrise.

what's your favorite workout to balance spin class?

I do love running, but hot yoga has swiftly become a favorite. I'm a group fitness junkie, and hot yoga makes me sweat just as much as spin! Plus, nothing feels better than stretching it out after spin.

what are your words to live by?

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves."



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Candice grew up just North of Boston and was a competitive swimmer for 14 years. She competed at the 2008 U.S Olympic Team trials and swam at the University of Wisconsin, serving as team captain her senior year. Candice retired from swimming in 2010, but she still craved the high intensity training and turned to running to stay in shape. After running the New York City Marathon in 2013, Candice needed a mental break from competition and decided to try indoor cycling at The Handle Bar. She was instantly hooked and knew leading a room full a people who love to have fun while working hard was right up her alley.

Candice is a graduate of The Handle Bar Instructor Training program and tries to create a journey on the bike with lots of hip hop and EDM beats (sometimes the occasional alternative rock song thrown in there!) that will leave you feeling strong and confident. Off the bike Candice works for an investment management firm in downtown Boston and can often be found running around Southie with her beloved black lab, Scooter.

what's your favorite time of day?

Early morning hands down. I'm talking like 5am. I love being the first one awake in the morning. I feel like I am at my best before noon but don't expect me to be awake past 9pm on a weeknight!

what's something most people don't know about you?

Helping local animal shelters has always been very important to me. I grew up with rescue dogs and helped my family foster a few until they were ready to be adopted. I always try to find a way to support local animal welfare organizations and even adopted my pup from the MSPCA.

what would I find your refrigerator right now?

Lots of almond milk, cheese, veggies, yogurt, and champagne that has been sitting in there for over 2 years. 



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Ashley grew up in Sudbury, MA, and at a young age developed a love for all things active. In high school she was a three-season athlete, and went on to play field hockey in college. After college she moved to Boston, where it was natural for her to look for the next thing. She began road cycling and fell so in love with the sport that she rode her bike across the country (yes….that’s 4000 miles in the saddle). Upon her return she found spinning and the rest is history! She is currently working on her MS in Nutrition at Boston University, and works in cardiopulmonary research at Boston Medical Center. At The Handle Bar Ashley’s class fuses road cycling fundamentals with the energy that comes from a music and rhythm driven ride into a challenging and powerful ride.

what's your favorite song to climb to?

I am a Machine, by David Guetta hands down. This song could pull me up a mountain all day. I have actually listened to it for 30 minuets in a row climbing on my own before. It is that good.

what's your favorite thing about indoor cycling?

The energy. It can be 6am or 6pm doesn’t matter, the energy that comes from a class working together is invigorating, it is that best perk of the job.

what is your favorite pre-class snack?

I bounce around a lot during the day, so anything that is portable. I usually have a few clementines stashed in my bad. They are quick, delicious and easy to carry.