How did you become an indoor cycling instructor?:
I found SoulCycle by way of the West Coast. Fitness has always been a passion of mine and I fell in love with riding in that dark room...the candles, the music, the energy, the inspiration, for me it felt like the perfect storm and it wasn't long before I was hooked. I didn't initially see myself in the role of Instructor but decided to audition on a whim, was selected to do the program and it was definitely meant to be because nothing in my life has ever felt more right.
What do you see as the biggest fitness benefits of indoor cycling?:
I always say that people can step into my room and clip in with me for whatever they need mentally, physically, spiritually OR emotionally. Emphasis on the or because you don't necessarily need to be there for fitness, I like to believe that what I do in that space and what people are capable of in that space goes far beyond the physical. However, if I had to choose what I believe the greatest fitness benefit of indoor cycling is, I would have to say the interval training dynamic. Sometimes we go fast and sometimes we go slow, the resistance is heavy and other times light, which allows you to continue to burn calories long after the workout is over!
What are the essential elements of a good indoor cycling class?:
The essentials for me would include, first and foremost, finding an instructor that I trust. Someone who is knowledgable about what they are doing and genuinely has my best interest at heart. I think authenticity is key. From there, I think it's important for there to be layers to the class that you are taking, it needs to be challenging but never something that leaves you feeling defeated. You should always walk out of the room feeling stronger and more empowered than when you walked in.r
How do you curate playlists for class? Share one with us!:
It's sort of like Willy Wonka's chocolate bars, they're delicious but the recipe is top secret and cannot be shared! There definitely is a method to the madness. I love The Weeknd, Bieber, Beyonce, Drake, Disclosure for my newer age songs, but I always have something for everyone in within my classes, so you could also expect to hear The Eagles, Coldplay or Elton John as well.
What is the biggest mistake you see cyclers make in class?:
We are our own worst critics! The biggest mistake I see people making is focusing far too much on trying to be perfect. Perfection is boring, I really try to get people to a place where they can let go and check out of whatever is happening outside of those four walls. That means just feeling the music and taking the pressure off.
Please offer advice for someone considering indoor cycling as a form of exercise. Any first class tips?:
Know that every person around you also stepped into that room for the first time at a certain point. So my advice is simply to stick with it! Don't give up on yourself, indoor cycling is for EVERYONE!
Do you have an essential article of indoor cycling-related gear? What is it?:
Supportive sports bra and I use two hair ties ALWAYS. You don't want to miss a beat because you have to fix your hair!
Where/when can folks come take a class with you?:
You can find me at SoulCycle in Georgetown, West End and Bethesda!