I love a good indoor spin class. But, it’s even better when you have a kick-ass instructor who plays heart-thumping tunes—from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Lorde—rocks tattoos and has the coolest purple hair. We talk to Eve Lynn Kessner about that funky hair, her diet and favorite places to eat, drink and hang in one of Brooklyn’s hippest neighborhoods.
You are instructing multiple days a week. How do you stay healthy and strong?
I do my best to eat clean, sleep enough, drink lots of water, and take my vitamins. I get deep tissue massages regularly to work out any kinks and do my best to listen to my body. Some days I really need an Epsom salt bath (I like to add in lavender, peppermint, and arnica oils). Some days I need deeper hydration and load up on watermelon or coconut water. Some days I need to rest more. And some days I just need more food.
What is your favorite thing about teaching SoulCycle classes?
I love that I am giving my riders an opportunity to test their boundaries, step outside their comfort zone, and expand their capabilities both physically and emotionally.
Can you give us a glimpse into your diet and what you eat in order to have energy to teach?
As my schedule and life changes so does my diet. I’ve been vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, macrobiotic and ayurevedic. In the end, a combination of these things work for me today. I try to include dark leafy greens, fresh fruits, loads of green tea, lemon water, vegan protein shakes (I’m a sucker for the peanut butter split from Juice Generation), tofu and fish (salmon is my favorite and feels the cleanest in my body).
Let’s talk about that hair. Why did you decide to go purple?
I like purple and so do my daughters. Before purple I was blonde, red and pink. Not sure what will be next.
Any special products you use to keep your hair healthy and color fresh?
I shower at work more than I do at home so I mostly use what they have at the studio. That said, whenever I can remember, I use coconut oil or Moroccanoil in my hair and when I’m going out I use John Masters Organics sea salt spray.
Do you do any other fitness besides spinning?
Unfortunately, not as much as I’d like. I teach so much and try to keep up with my kids, cook dinner and so on, but when I can squeeze it in, I love a barre class—strengthening, lengthening and stretching. I also do yoga at home every morning and night. Yoga resets my body and helps me energize in the morning and settle down in the evenings.
You are raising two young children in Williamsburg after moving back from the suburbs. Why do you love raising your kids in this neighborhood?
I LOVE BROOKLYN! I can say that confidently having lived both around Brooklyn and outside of it. I believe it is the very best combination of city and community and that’s exactly the environment I want to raise my girls in.
Can you share some of your favorite places in Williamsburg to eat, drink, shop and take the kids?
I love eating at Cubana Social, Sweetwater, Cafe Mogador and Fabiane’s Cafe & Pastry to name a few. My best friend Ali Zablozki owns Zablozki’s Bar and it’s an old-school laid-back Brooklyn bar with good music, a pool table and solid drinks. When the weather is nice, we head to McCarren Park with the kids and meet friends. We wind up there for hours while the kids play and adults talk.
You can find out more about Eve at: www.lovelifeandlollipops.com
Photo taken by Vix Walker on location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.