Here’s a fun fact about celebrity trainer Holly Rilinger: She’s not a fan of road biking.

That’s despite the fact that she built a crazy-loyal following of fans while on a bike…albeit, the indoor kind.

Rilinger is currently the creative director (and a top instructor) at growing indoor cycling brand Cyc Fitness. She’s also a Nike master trainer (and you may have seen her on Bravo’s Work Out New York last year).

And while she’s a pro at motivating people to pedal faster, she also knows the benefit of slowing down and getting centered. Evidence: She’s also the creator of LIFTED, a workout that pairs high-intensity interval training with meditation.

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Turns out meditation is just one of the ways Rilinger takes care of herself while pushing her body—and clients—to the limit. Find out more, below.

How Does Holly Rilinger Live a Nutritious Life?

What’s your go-to workday dinner? Either sushi—my go-tos are sashimi and non-rice rolls—or RARE Steak and veggies.

What’s the one food you always have in your fridge? Avocado. It’s my quick fix!

The one food you’d never buy? Processed meats.

The snack you always have with you when traveling? There’s a great new bar on the market called Nutshell. Fantastic ingredients and made in small batches.

What do you eat before and after a workout? Before, it depends on the time of day and how much time I have before the workout. I like fruit in the morning before my workouts. Midday, I can eat protein, like slices of chicken or eggs. Post workout: I love a good smoothie with protein and greens. My favorite proteins right now are pea and collagen.

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Your favorite conscious indulgence? Corn Cookies and Cereal Milk Ice Cream from Momofuko! (I just got excited.)

Other than water, what do you sip regularly? Ginger Fireballs from Juice Press.

Holly Rilinger

How often do you exercise, and what’s your workout of choice? 6 days per week! I teach indoor cycling at Cyc and it’s my PASSION.

How do you stay active outside the gym? I’m a big surfer. If I could surf every day, I would. It’s HEAVEN.

What’s your go-to tool for managing stress? Meditation. I meditate every morning for at least 10 minutes.

Do you have a favorite health gadget? Lacrosse ball. It’s my portable foam roller and helps me work out the knots.

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How do you express and spread love? I share my journey through my work. People love to hear where I’ve fallen along the way. They love honesty. I’m such a work in progress. We all are. I don’t eat perfectly or feel great every day. I like to share these sides of myself so that other people feel like it’s okay to be less than perfect.

What’s your weirdest healthy habit? I don’t know that it’s weird, but I like to sleep A LOT. I also need a lot of alone time. I need to recharge by being alone. I give a lot to others during my regular day, so partying and socializing is not a huge part of my life.

Which healthy habit do you wish you had more time for? Yoga. I need to make time for it.

Lightning Round

Meditation or massage? Massage.
A hot shower or a soothing bath? Hot shower.
Almond butter or peanut butter? Almond butter.
Coffee or tea? Coffee.
A long run outside or a dark spin class? Dark spin class.


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