Kira Stokes is someone that you feel you’ve known your whole life, just by walking into her room for the first time. She is kind and her energy emanates from her contagious smile.
I will admit, I was slightly biased going into meeting Kira since I had heard so many incredible things about her, especially from one of my MOST trusted fitness experts, Miss. Fat Bottom Slim. But, there really is no way to not adore this woman and, also, completely respect her at first sight. Her body is a masterpiece of hard work and dedication and in meeting her you know that in no way will there be an easy moment in her class. Score!
I’m not into easy moments, I want hard work, I want to be pushed and I want to be motivated. I was not let down for a moment.
I walked into Revolve having bike #16, assuming I would be in the second row, boy was I psyched when I realized I was front and center. I really enjoy being in the front row in spin classes, I feel like with the right teacher you just feed even more off of their energy AND LET ME TELL YOU there was SO much energy to feed off of.
The RIP ride, which is Kira is the co-creator of, stands for Resistance, Interval, Performance and that is exactly what this encompassed. The class was amazing, Kira’s ability to really have you push your hardest, while engaging you, keeping you aware of your form, breathing and overall well being is incredibly impressive. The music was excellent and it definitely kept me going throughout the whole 60 minute ride. However, this ride is unlike most others because there are serious arm segments – Flywheel has one arm segment that I LOVE, but Kira’s had THREE separate and serious arm segments each one seemed a touch more difficult than the previous. Generally, when doing the arm segments, Kira told us to completely stop moving our legs and just focus on the arms. This was definitely a new concept for me, but for how we were doing arms, it completely made sense. Kira explained exactly how to work the arms, correcting any form issues you may have while she explains exactly what body parts/muscles you are working.
The 60 minutes truly flew by and, this only happens once in a blue moon, but I really hoped it was a 90 minute class.
I can’t wait for Kira to get back from her vaca so I can take it again!