April TBFer of the Month: Lucas DeForest

Meet Lucas, our TBFer of the Month for April. He splashed onto the scene with a second place finish in our TBF Sweet 16 tournament, but not as a total surprise. He’s been dominating coach workouts for the past two months, not to mention our last few Throwback parties with his slick dance moves. When he hacks the music, it WILL be all Spice Girls and Lady Gaga. You’ve been warned. 

Say hello and congrats to Lucas when you see him around the studio! 

Lucas
  • Name: Lucas DeForest
  • Hometown: North Attleboro, MA
  • University: University of Pennsylvania
  • Favorite Exercise: Box Jumps
  • Favorite Throwback Recess Game: TBF Corn Hole
  • Favorite Movie from Childhood: The only three movies my brother and I would rent from Blockbuster - Spaceballs, Airplane, and Bluestreak (honorable mention: Spiceworld)
  • Favorite Throwback Jam: 'Wannabe' - Spice Girls (what else??)

1. What inspired you to want to make a change in your exercise habits?

I was doing Classpass and nothing was really drawing me in - until I came to Throwback and ran out of my allotted three classes the first week of every month. I love the balance of competition and camaraderie that I get every time I come - plus I get to make up for how terrible I was at all the Recess games when I was younger (except for Dodgeball which I'm still terrible at). 

2. What changes (in your body and fitness level) have you noticed most since starting Throwback / your new exercise routine?

My rowing ability has definitely been the biggest change, along with the endurance that comes with it. When I started at Throwback I was more of a runner/spinning person and didn't know which end of an erg was up. Now I'm doing the rower in my spare time!

3. If you could share one diet tip, what would it be?

Everything in moderation - including moderation. Set realistic limits and don't be hard on yourself if you're not perfect - it's ok to go for cake on your birthday (or a celebrity's birthday, or to celebrate the anniversary of a release of a Spice Girls song). 

4. You can't be perfect with the diet all the time... What is your favorite cheat food? 

I have an intense sweet tooth, so anything that will give me a mouth full of cavities. Preferably a pint of Ben and Jerry's. 

5. What do you enjoy most about Throwback?

It's hard to pick one thing, but probably the Recess game every time. It feels like a reward for getting through Phys Ed even though I'm still actually working out. Especially if it's a game I like and we win!

6. Any workout ideas, contests or events you'd like to see incorporated? (serious or humorous)?

Well trivia is my jam, so the more types of that the better (I'm still waiting for Mean Girls trivia). Beyond that, maybe TBF Jenga - but the pieces have exercises on them, and if the tower topples you do double!

December TBFer of the Month: Lindsay Willig

We’re starting to think she was born with those dumbbells in hand! Meet TBFer of the Month, Lindsey Willig! Chances are good you’ve seen her around the studio as she’s leading the pack in two-a-days since joining us last summer. She’s been inspiring to all as she crushes Coach Workouts, continuously reaches for heavier weights, and consistently holds a sub-1:50 pace whenever rowing is involved. Congratulations, Willig! 

Lindsay before and after
  • Name: Lindsay Willig
  • Hometown: Avon/Canton, CT
  • University: Bucknell University
  • Favorite Exercise: Jungle gym / TRX exercises
  • Favorite Throwback Recess Game: TBF Wild Wild West
  • Favorite Movie from Childhood: Cinderella (did you know you could wear out a VHS tape from watching it too much?)
  • Favorite Throwback Jam: Ace of Base – The Sign (from my first audio cassette)

1. What inspired you to want to make a change in your exercise habits?

Before joining Throwback, I was doing a slow burn strength workout where you work to true muscle failure, but only once a week. While effective at building strength, it made me realize how much I missed and enjoy working out on a regular basis. My good friend/avid-TBFer, Shelley, had been raving about Throwback for 2+ years to me - I had taken a few classes with her, but was originally intimated by the TBF games (throwing Ninja Turtle balls gives me mild anxiety!). I decided to take myself out of my comfort zone and committed to a one month unlimited package. I quickly became a TBF convert and my next purchase was a 6 month unlimited :) 

2. What changes (in your body and fitness level) have you noticed most since starting Throwback / your new exercise routine?

Most notably, my rowing has definitely improved. I admit that I’ve made zero progress on throwing a ninja turtle ball, but if I can compete in CWOW 2x/week, I call it an overall win.

For me, a workout is so much more than just physical results, it is the mental and emotional clarity I gain from leaving the stress at the door, pushing myself and my perceived limitations, and having a little fun while I am doing it. Throwback has been the ultimate find for me to achieve all of this and I’ve been a much happier person since I joined!

3. If you could share one diet tip, what would it be?

Whole30. I find it to be a healthy, versatile, and enjoyable way of eating. More generally, cut out sugar and embrace healthy fats.

4. You can't be perfect with the diet all the time... What is your favorite cheat food? 

My true weakness…Ralph’s Italian cream ice! Instead of a champagne toast with my bridesmaids before my wedding ceremony, we clinked spoons of peanut butter cookie dough cream ice. It was a sad day when the only Manhattan location closed, so now ice cream or gelato will attempt to fill the void.

5. What do you enjoy most about Throwback?

The coaches, coach’s workouts, and the TBF community. Brian, Ryan and Java are truly awesome -  the personal attention they give to each of their members/class participants makes all the difference. I love that Throwback is an “ego-free” gym…setting them apart from the pretentious class environments that seem to dominate the fitness market. I made more friends in the first week of classes at Throwback than in multiple years at other fitness studios. You can feel the difference in energy just when you walk in the studio.

6. Any workout ideas, contests or events you'd like to see incorporated? (serious or humorous)?

TBF Slip N Slide (or Crocodile Mile) in the summer! Indoor idea: Burpee Leap Frog.

November TBFers of the Month: David Rozinsky & Millie Villalobos

Meet David and Millie. Since joining our Throwback morning crew this fall, we’ve noticed several things this couple has in common: 

  1. An apartment
  2. A dog
  3. They’re both California natives and love The Max (obvi)
  4. Baseball - Millie currently works for the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, and David used to play baseball, and he still has the rocket arm to show for it. Just ask anyone who’s faced him TBF Dodge!
  5. But most noticeably… 

They’ve EACH lost around 15lbs!! 

Join us congratulating David and Millie on their great success. Here’s a little more about this duo! 
 

David and Millie at the Max
  • Name: David Rozinksy
  • Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
  • University: California State University, Northridge
  • Favorite Exercise: Push-ups
  • Favorite Throwback Recess Game: TBF Dodge (Really any game involving throwing though)
  • Favorite Movie from Childhood:  The Sandlot
  • Favorite Throwback Jam: Hypnotize by Biggie
  • Name: Milagros (Millie) Villalobos
  • Hometown: Glendale, CA
  • University: UCLA
  • Favorite Exercise: Runnling
  • Favorite Throwback Recess Game: TBF Relay
  • Favorite Movie from Childhood:  The Princess Diaries
  • Favorite Throwback Jam:  Say My Name by Destiny's Child

1. What inspired you to want to make a change in your exercise habits?

David: I used to be an athlete, but when Millie started law school last year, I sort of fell off the wagon.

Millie: I started law school last year and my exercise habits just went out the window. I went from running 6-minute miles to spending a lot of time sitting in the library, so 1L was kind of traumatic in that way. As I was about to start my second year, I realized how much weight I had gained and knew it wasn't healthy. We decided to join ClassPass and after our first Throwback class, we were hooked!

2. What changes (in your body and fitness level) have you noticed most since starting Throwback / your new exercise routine?

David: I can see my abs again! I have lost 14 pounds since starting Throwback in August. Overall, I just feel better both physically and mentally. As far as a change in new exercises goes, it is between burpees and rowing. During the first few weeks of Throwback, I had to crawl back to a standing position to complete a burpee. Now, I feel like I can fly through them. As for rowing, I feel a lot more confident in my technique. In the beginning, I felt like I was flailing about on the rower. Now, I can feel myself rowing harder and with less effort. 

Millie: My rowing time has improved by about a minute since I started and honestly, I never thought I was going to get any faster because rowing is crazy hard. Other than that, I feel a lot stronger and most of the time, I don't feel like I'm going to pass out after class. I've also lost 17 pounds since August! 

3. If you could share one diet tip, what would it be?

David: Drink more water.

Millie: Try not to cut something out 100% because you will end up eating 12 donuts. 

4. You can't be perfect with the diet all the time... What is your favorite cheat food? 

David: Taco Bell, but I have to sneak around so Millie won’t see. Any junk food really, though- burritos, nachos, burgers, fries, pizza, chips. I love it all.

Millie: Anything with sugar, really. I can say no to burgers and fries, but I will never be able to say no to a cupcake. Pick your battles.

5. What do you enjoy most about Throwback?

David: The instructors and the community. Brian, Ryan, and Java are all fantastic. You guys make working out fun (really fun), which has always gone understated in the workout environments I have been a part of in the past. In addition to the fun, Throwback’s environment is comforting, something else that I have rarely seen in other gyms. The people I have met in class are amazing. Everyone is always welcoming, friendly, and we all share the same level of enthusiasm for Throwback! When I first considered the unlimited early riser package, I had a lot of doubt in my level of commitment because I have a bit of trouble rolling out of bed in the morning. Waking up at 6:00 a.m. has never been so easy. 

Millie: Hands down, the community that it fosters. We usually go to the 6:30 a.m. class and it is always so impressive to see how many people show up. People are funny, supportive, and always super helpful! They really push us to be better every day (especially during relays). I also loved that the instructors wanted to get to know us and help us improve- that was different from a lot of places we had been to. We definitely wouldn't wake up at 5:50 a.m. and walk/take a cab all the way from Gramercy just for any group. 

6. Any workout ideas, contests or events you'd like to see incorporated? (serious or humorous)?

David: I know it is cold right now, but maybe when it warms up outside, some kind of race or obstacle course might be fun!

Millie: A TBF 10K!