755 Alphonso St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Membership Required: No
- 10 Class Pass w/ a 3 month expiration date: $120
- 20 Class Pass w/ a 4 month expiration date $210
- 5 Class Pass w/ a 1 month expiration date $65
- One Class Pass $15
- Unlimited Monthly Class Pass $109
- Zumba Pass $10
Cal Poly Student Special: Buy one month at $109, get the second month for $1
Distance from Cal Poly: 4.0 Miles
Studios: Spin, Dance, Weights
I passed a flyer for Rev’s 2- for- one special on my way to Journalism 285, so I felt like I’d be the world’s worst fitness blogger if I didn’t follow up. I couldn’t tell from Rev’s tagline (spin*pilates*fitness*personal training) if it was an actual gym or not. Furthermore, none of my friends or classmates seemed to know anything about it. That’s because it’s a company in the startup stages. The flyer was just one way of getting the word out.
“I can tell you what it looks like,” offered Daren Connor, assistant director for programs of Associated Students Inc. “It looks like two bright green car garages smashed together.”
I entered the curious- looking Alphonso Street studio not quite knowing what to make of the lime green paint job, chandelier light fixtures or fat bottomed Harley in the window.
“All the buildings around here are kind of this gray color, so I wanted something to make [RevSLO] stand out. That’s definitely why I did it: The wow factor,” says owner Darik Stollmeyer as he stands next to a half- painted exterior wall. “What’s neat is, my clients all helped.”
When I dropped in to investigate, I’m afraid I may have interrupted Stollmeyer in the middle of a personal training session. Regardless, he dropped what he was doing, flipped his iPod from “Moondance” to Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling” and proceeded to give me a full- scale tour. Rev SLO might look like two neon garages from the outside, but on the inside, it looks like your hip neighbor’s loft; there’s a reception area, hardwood floor studio, weight space and spin studio, with an outdoor “turf” area in the works. I asked the question on everyone’s mind.
“So… what is this?”
Derik confirmed his “all class- based fitness studio”. No cardio equipment. Studio, not gym. He explained that he build the class schedule around his clients needs; the classes are usually offered during a working professional’s down time: early in the morning, lunch breaks, after six. “They’re mostly professionals who don’t have time to, you know, go to mixers,” he jokes.
Like Julian Varela from Equilibrium, Derik fights the megagym model.
“For them it’s all about numbers- how many clients can we get.” Says Darik. “I want it to feel more homey- not like a business.”
He adds, “I kept hearing from clients, ‘I can’t handle not getting in a class!’, or showing up and getting on a wait list.” That said, Rev prefers to keep classes down to 15 or 16 people and offer more classes if needed.
“It started out with just me teaching 15- 16 spin classes a week. I lost like 20 lbs.” The bill has since expanded to include spin & abs, spin & pump, Pilates, Boot Camp, and Zumba.
The spin studio, home to Rev’s original and most popular class, looks a little unconventional. Blacklights and a disco ball fleck the floor- to ceiling black interior, with stationary bikes smattered around the Instructor Bike, which is highlighted by the green glow of tube lights. “Lack of windows & ventilation make it a no go for me,” says a client, who comes back to the studio for other classes.
I came right before 12:15 spin, and chatted a bit with spin instructor Alyse Meza.
“So how do you like teaching spin in the discotechque?” I asked her.
“It’s great, especially early in the morning. You can’t really tell who’s really awake.”
“It gets really loud,” adds Derik. “I play music [the clients] like. It can be anything from Van Morrison to David Guetta.”
Alyse and Derik are big on music, citing house, dance, hip- hop and techno as spin class staples and discussing mashup artists like Mochi Beats and GirlTalk. The clientele might lean more towards the middle- aged as of now, but Rev SLO’s staff and image reflects the young and hip. Alyse studies Psychology at Cal Poly and one of the wrestlers at Cuesta teaches Boot Camp.
Though fully operational, Derik sees Rev as a work in progress. The space currently houses
a massage therapist, and future planned tenants include a chiropractor, nutritionist, and acupuncturist. Derek hopes to outfit the outdoor area with turf, weight machines, hot and cold tubs and an ice machine by the first of January.
“It’s gonna be a full- on wellness center.”
I think Rev had a ton of potential. They actually offered me a free class, but its current schedule conflicts almost entirely with mine as a student. Its design doesn’t cater specifically to students, but in the future it might. They are having a two for one deal, after all. I’m excited to see the future of Rev.