We have some POWERHOUSE women that join us at REBEL everyday, and Caitlyn is no different. Keep reading to learn more about how this entrepreneur and early riser rocks at life!
Hi REBEL Fam! I'm one of those weird people that actually went to college for the career I've loved for nearly a decade, marketing! I'm the CEO of a digital agency, Zenman, a company I've been with since 2011. In 2015, the Founder of Zenman and I co-founded another agency, Bigfoot Web. I spend my days (and lots of nights) making sure the culture at both companies is rich, meeting with movers and shakers in the industry, and ultimately putting strategy in place to grow both companies into businesses with impact.
Since moving to Denver about seven years ago, I've loved trying new workouts... the harder the better. Two years ago, I was looking for a new home gym and some googling connected me with Melissa. Thirty seconds into our conversation, I knew I wanted to be a part of what she was creating. Melissa even added some 5am workouts for me!
Melissa and Ryan are the perfect team. I admire Melissa for her vision, dedication to excellence, and free-spiritedness, and I connect with Ryan because he and I have a similar serious and often OCD sides. I also love the variety in the workouts and really appreciate their understanding of how my time in the studio fits into the larger picture of my life.
When I'm not working (or working out), I love trying new restaurants, taking long weekend trips to visit friends on either coast, and volunteering. I'm also a Big Sister in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and fundraise and host events throughout the year for many different charities.
1. What does a typical day in your life look like?
I'm an early riser. I wake up at 4:37am most days (I'm also weird and set my alarm on the 3's and 7's), eat a quick breakfast (usually in the car), and head to a 5am workout. Sometimes, I do a 5am and a 6am to get my day started with an extra dose of energy. I recently had hip surgery and am (finally!!) back in the gym after 14 weeks off, so my two-a-days aren't back in full swing yet.
Once I'm home, I hop in the shower, do a meditation, and check my emails for any fires overnight. I'm usually in the office by 7:30/7:45 and have a standup with my team every day at 8am. From there, my day could go any number of ways. If I don't have meetings, I work on forecasting, planning, and executing what I can from my desk. Often my days are filled with coffees, lunches, and dinners (oh my!).
If I'm not working in the evening, I love meeting friends for happy hour or dinner. Once I'm home, depending on what time it is, I catch up with my sister, Kelsey (another REBEL'er), play with my dog, Spencer, or lay comatose on the couch and watch tv (I'm a fan of anything Bravo, which I can't believe I'm admitting publicly). I'm really committed to my sleep and try to get at least 8 hours, making my bed time pretty early so I'm ready to do it all again the next day.
2. Go-to pre- and post-workout snack?
A few years ago, I was a terrible eater... as in, I didn't eat enough. My schedule can be a little hectic and I would often get to the end of the day and realize I had only had coffee, water, and a handful of popcorn that day. This pattern left me exhausted, super grouchy, and not able to get through the workouts I loved. It also didn't contribute at all to my goal of having abs. So I worked with a professional to come up with a food plan and I try to stick to it as best as I can.
In the mornings before the gym, I eat 1/4 cup oats with a teaspoon of almond butter, and 1 scoop whey protein. If I can't finish it all, I finish the rest after my workout. Depending on the workout, I often drink a protein shake right after a tough session (1 scoop whey and water). For my "real" breakfast, I am obsessed with protein pancakes or egg whites with half of an english muffin with almond butter. I eat five to six small meals a day and am getting pretty clever with ordering the healthiest option at almost any restaurant in Denver since I find myself eating out a ton for both work and pleasure. When I'm home, I'll have a big spinach salad with a protein or I've started ordering Freshly meals, which are surprisingly delicious.
3. What results have you seen since becoming a REBEL?
My idea of outdoorsy is drinking wine on the patio. But before my hip surgery, I did the Manitou incline five times and look forward to doing it again next year when I'm fully recovered!
I love to ski in the winter and ride my cruiser bike to brunch in the warmer months. I also do really love to find new workouts and try to fit in a few non-REBEL classes every week.
When I'm traveling, I always look for a workout I have never done (recently hot spin.. you spin in a 103 degree room), or something not available in Denver (SoulCycle and FlyWheel are my favorites).
4. What's the best about being a REBEL?
Although I know almost everyone answers “community” to this question, I have to add my heaps of praise to this asset as well. I've been at other gyms that don't have the same support or wolf pack and it's brutal.
The other thing I really appreciate about The REBEL Workout is the never-ending quest for betterment and learning that Ryan and Melissa live and pass along to their team. Not only do they hone their fitness craft, but they take a holistic approach to all parts of their business, setting up systems, procedures, and creating a culture that the best of the best talent wants to be a part of. I know how trying building and growing a business can be and I really appreciate their determination to create something wonderful. The REBEL Workout truly is the best place in town.