This week for the second of my ‘never miss a monday’ series, I sat down with athlete and trainer Holly Rilinger. She played basketball from the age of 6, and focused her whole life on going pro. Only 5’4″, she told me she always had to be ‘faster, quicker, stronger’ than everybody else. This mindset has informed every aspect of her life. She played in New Zealand, Germany and France, before coming back home to play for the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA. When an injury ended her pro basketball career at 28, she was lost.
For a short time, Holly decided to try being a personal trainer, because fitness was all she knew. She felt out of place. She didn’t want to be the coach, she had always been the player. So she left and went into real estate, but quickly realized she felt way more out of place there. After attending a Tony Robbins seminar about your purpose in life, Holly came to the realization that she wanted to help people now.
She became one of the founding instructors at Flywheel, and says spin is 100% therapy (agreed). From there, she developed a method called Lifted that she teaches at Bandier in the flatiron district during the week. Holly describes the premise as being therapeutic. She’s creating a mind, body, spirit connection by combining meditation with training. The class is rhythmic and the ‘music is the wave that you surf.’
My goal is that you walk out happier than you walked in.
She’s teaching Lifted every sunday this summer at Gurney’s at 10am. She’s also teaching her signature bootcamp class at Studio 89 in Sag Harbor every Saturday. You’ll flip tires, and slam sledgehammers, guaranteed you won’t be bored.
Some of Holly’s Hamptons faves include Duryea’s for the lobster cobb salad, the Clam Bar, and Ditch Plains (where she says she lives), for surfing. Her favorite places to shop are Henry Lehr and Lifestyle in Sag Harbor. Right now she’s listening to Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Dave Matthews Band. And her newest find was Wild Belle in a concert at Surf Lodge.
Holly attributes her motivation to wanting to feel stronger, clearer, and happier every day. She plans her week of workouts in advance. Her diet is very plant based. She does eat meat, but makes sure it’s been sourced well. But she tells me, “I like ice cream, I like tequila. If I go to an amazing Italian restaurant, I’m definitely going to have the pasta. Everything in moderation.” Sounds like my kind of girl.
Don’t miss Holly’s book: Lifted: 28 Days to Focus Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Elevate Your Spirit, which defines her 4 week program focused on the power of combining mindfulness with high-intensity interval training (HIIT).