I remember Brittany and Jason's first ride in the Fireblocks space. It was back when we had 10 bikes, we had just upgraded the computer speakers to some old ones Britt had gotten from her Dad that were just sitting in her garage, and we were starting to have people come ride that weren't even my friends' friends. I remember that ride, but what I remember more is Jason's instagram video reviewing the ride. The words 'I think my calf is going to explode' were used. They came back the next week, the week after that, and again and again. Then from just Monday's, they added Friday's, and then added Sunday. It is really cool to see people progress as riders, it is even cooler when you get to know them as people. With a whole lot of confidence, I can say these two people are some of the greatest in Dayton. Huge supporters of local businesses, they give back to their community, and are genuinely kind, encouraging, and total badasses. As a team, we have had the pleasure to get to know them and now you can learn a little bit more as well. Thank you so much for bringing a whole lot of love, positivity, and passion to RINSE Brittany and Jason!
What do you do for your 9-5?
B: My 9-5 is Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center in Vandalia. After teaching 3rd grade in the public school system, I knew the classroom wasn’t for me but I still wanted to be involved with helping kids feel successful. I struggled a lot academically and remember far too many late nights at the dining room table with my dad trying to help me with my math homework. Although I do not teach anymore, I love interacting with our students in grades PreK- College. I manage academic programs, conferences with parents, take new inquiries, enroll families, and train our 30+ teachers on staff.
J: I am the social marketing program manager at Premier Health. I oversee digital content strategy and production, social media, and videography for Premier (in addition to a variety of other project management functions). I’ve been in my current role just over two and a half years.
If your bestie were to describe you in three words, what would they be?
B: Black-wearing, caring, funny.
J: Passionate, creative, and nice.
How long have you been coming to RINSE?
B: I started coming to RINSE in the temporary space in the Fireblocks District on September 18, 2017. I’ve been hooked ever since!
J: Brittany and I have been coming to RInse a little over a year now. We started on 9/18/17 to be exact and I can’t believe it’s been that long already. It’s very difficult for me to put into words what amazingness RInse has brought into my life.
What motivates you to get your ass to class?
B: With my late work hours I am limited on what days I can ride and I don’t think I could drink enough coffee to make it to a morning ride. Jason and I have a consistent schedule that works for both of us and I stick to it every week. At 5 p.m. on Sundays we book all of our rides for the week. It has become our routine and it’s never a question if I am going to class.
J: Knowing that I will feel better the moment that I step off the bike after a ride and give the instructor a high five. Not only do I feel better physically, but I feel better mentally and emotionally. I’m also motivated by my beautiful wife that I know will be sitting right next to me. She’s amazing and if it wasn’t for her, I don’t know that I would’ve started riding.
How has RINSE impacted your life?
B: RINSE has been a life changer. There are so many ways it has impacted my life for good! I still remember my first ride (with Kari) and I was sore for a week! I remember thinking there’s NO WAY I will ever make it past a pre-rinse class. I did, and I love thinking back to how far I’ve come. RINSE has taught me that I can’t give up mentally because my body is so much stronger than I imagined. I have also learned the ride isn’t about anyone else but me. I still have to remind myself to leave my ego at the door from time to time and just feel the music and the bike beneath me.
J: RINSE has impacted my life in so many ways. First and foremost, it has impacted me physically. I’ve lost between 25-30 lbs since coming to RINSE and I’m in the best shape I’ve been in all of my adult life. In addition to that, I feel more present during the day, I have more confidence, I get to enjoy another activity with my wife, and I’m now connected to this amazing group of individuals that kick ass daily.
Outside of your 9-5 – tell us about all the badass things you’re up to:
B: I am a huge fan of antiquing and interior design! I love hunting unique gems for our 1903 Victorian home. My biggest project to date was that I stripped a rusted, lead painted, 1923 claw foot bathtub all by myself!
J: I volunteer for UpDayton, which is an organization dedicated to inspiring and engaging young professionals to create the Dayton that they want. I am the chair of the marketing committee and I also serve on the board. In addition to that, I teach digital marketing at Edison State Community College during the fall semester.
In your opinion, what makes RINSE's community so unique?
B: I think the community of RINSE is magic. I have never been very social in large groups but there’s a comfortableness stepping into 760 S. Patterson Blvd. At RINSE, I feel a sense of community. We are all in the ride getting something out of it. We are on individual journeys but we are all in it together. People are friendly and accepting. I’ve met some of the nicest people at RINSE and it’s a reminder of why I love Dayton.
J: First and foremost, it has two of my favorite things: badass, genuinely good people and music. Add to that a workout environment that is devoid of all the reasons people avoid the gym. Regardless of whether it is your first ride or your 100th ride, when those lights go off, we’re all in it together for the next 50 or so minutes. We’re all on our own journey, but we’re on it together.
Favorite Instructor and why?
B: I would say every instructor has been my favorite ( AND least favorite :) at some point! I love all of the Rinse instructors and I love the fact that every time I ride its different based on the instructor.
Kara: Known to slay in braids and perfect hair before, during and after class. She has that clear, calm and focused ride. She pushes herself and she pushes you in the most gentle way possible. She’s an AM ride rockstar with the biggest heart.
Kari: The bad ass boss known for all the electronic music. Kari rides the bike like she stole it and she just won’t stop! She’s the energizer bunny. She is talking calmly one moment and yelling loudly the next with some random “Woooooo” cheers that can be heard from Old Scratch. Every move has extreme purpose and she’s fun to watch.
Abby: Get ready for electric guitar riffs, knee slides, and Kris Kross jump around style. This girl is 100 percent fun. She’s loud, crazy, and jazzed. Her off the bike exaggerated demos are everything. Don’t be surprised if she asks for crowd participation and her Sunday funk rides leave you ready to put on your best leisure suit.
Britt: Gritty Britty. The most intimidating until you get to know her. She’s no nonsense, no frills, solid form. She’s the only instructor that can pull off a heavy hill on song 1. She keeps the resistance heavy, the hills plenty, and the music unpredictable. I’m waiting for the day she puts 4 sprints in the final rinse. She’s your girl if you want to ride and grind without sprinting every song.
Kelsey: #Workhorse. This will forever be my nickname for her. She’s going to give it her all every ride. She’s got this fun-loving, laid back vibe and she tells you what to expect in her ride previews. Her legs are in fast forward mode and she often apologizes for not finding clean rap. She keeps me on my toes and starts my Mondays off on a high.
J: That’s an unfair question. Every instructor is amazing and they bring their individual style to every ride.
Kari is the one that I started my Rinse journey with. She’s extremely motivating and she’s like the energizer bunny - her rides keep going and going and going - but in the best way possible. Plus, her choreography is off the hook. I’ll never forget how positive her ride was that first night and she made Monday nights in the Fireblocks something special.
Kelsey is the workhorse. At least, that’s our nickname for her. She gets after it at the jump and the ride is like a soccer match - it’s all about endurance. She has taken over the Monday night ride and she’s added her own flavor. I love her rides so much.
Britt is awesome. I love her gritty Friday rides. You know you’re going to have a lot of hills and you’re going to push further than you ever have before, but it’s so satisfying when you high five her at the door. Her rides are the perfect way to end my week and start my weekend.
Abby is so much fun to ride with. Her energy is unmatched and i love the little stories she tells as she starts the ride. Her Sunday Funk days are killer and I love when she jumps off the bike, dances through the rows and screams “hit, hit, hit.”
Kara is the “centered ride.” She brings an overwhelming calmness to her rides and you know you’re going to walk out in a good headspace.
I have so much respect for all of you - thank you!
Best RINSE memory?
B: A glow stick ride for Jason’s birthday including a Kanye vs. Jay-Z playlist, Fireblocks elevator selfies, the first time I rode with my cycle shoes, the first ride on Patterson and the energy in the cycle room, September challenge, the after ride party in the parking lot with the garage doors up and just about every class!
J: The very first ride in the new space, my birthday ride (Kanye vs. Jay-Z) at the Fireblocks with glow sticks, my nine rides in 10 days during the September BTS challenge, and the cookout after the challenge.
What other workouts do you do outside of RINSE?
B: I do not do any other organized workouts besides RINSE.
J: Nothing. I’m a Rinse ride or die.
Song you’ve got on repeat?
J: I’m not much of a song on repeat guy, I’m more of an album guy. However, I’m digging the two new singles from Anderson .Paak, “Tints” and “Who R U?” His new album drops on Nov. 16 - don’t sleep, it’s going to be killer. I’ve also been digging the new Julia Holter album “Aviary” and I’ve been celebrating the 25th anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Midnight Marauders” and Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the 36 Chambers” by listening to those a lot.
If you could brunch with any male/lady boss (past or present), who would it be?
J: This was a tough one for me, but I would have to say my grandpa on my mom’s side. He passed when I was in sixth grade; however, he had a stroke when I was a baby and he wasn’t able to speak. He could only say a few words like “yeah,” “yes,” and “no.” So, to brunch with him and have a conversation as an adult, that would be nice.
If you were to give a s/o to a local entrepreneur, who would it be?
B: Lisa Scott-owner of Beaute Box. Lisa knows her stuff and she’s an example of someone who has worked hard to build a successful business. She treats her clients like royalty and always makes you feel at home. I love hearing her talk about the journey she has been on with her business and all the ups and downs. She mentors young women and continually gives back to her community. Keep it up, Lisa!
J: Gus and Sara at The Barrel House have been killing it since they took over the spot.
Indigo Life Media for shining a positive light on Dayton using video.
Belle of Dayton Distillery for amazing spirits and their new craft cocktail spot, the Van Buren Room.
Describe your ideal Saturday in the DYT.
B: Ghostlight coffee, lunch at Lucky’s, catching a movie at the Neon or a show at Blackbox Theater, Taqueria Mixteco to go and a walk around the District.
J: I would start my day with a chemex of coffee using Woodburl beans and spinning some vinyl.
Then, Brittany and I will grab lattes at Ghostlight and we’ll grab lunch at one of our preferred spots (Canal Street/Trolly) and catch a flick at the Neon.
Then, we’d have a nice dinner at Lily’s, grab beers at Warped Wing (or a bourbon at The Century), walk around the Oregon District, and then head home to chill on the couch, watch TV, and fall asleep.
Who motivates you?
B: Jason- my husband and my riding partner. He is my rock and my calm. His dedication to health is so inspiring. I’m forever grateful we both share a love for Rinse.
Fave quote or words to live by?
B: Dayton inspires. I love my city so much. Dayton has come so far since I moved to Ohio and it has me in awe of the talented, inspiring people that make up this community.
J: Work hard and be nice to people.
Last book you read was….
J: Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin. One of the most unsettling books I’ve read. I highly recommend it. When this publishes, I will probably have also finished The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers.
What does RINSE mean to you?
B: It means health, community, tribe, pack, stress relief, exercise, heart, soul, mind, body. It means showing up and giving it your all. It means pushing yourself both mentally and physically and not giving up.
Let’s RINSE, Dayton.
J: Rinse means hustle, dedication, confidence, and knowing that while we’re all on our own unique journey, we don’t have to go it alone.