When did you first discover YYC CYCLE, and what were your thoughts?
R - I heard of YYC CYCLE at the Running Room last spring. I was hesitant to try spinning, because everyone was so young. Remarkably, somehow Aniko managed to convince me to try it “only once”. One day I “took a deep breath” and did. I was swept off my feet by the warm welcome at the front desk and by the helpfulness of motivators. My first class was with Dan. Spin felt like a dance inspired “group ride” rather than a workout, it was fun! I was hooked right away, and the rest is history.
A – March of last year. My friend Melanie and I thought maybe this is something we could do once or twice a week but it instantly became so much more than that. We were hooked after our very first class with Alex and couldn’t get over how awesome we felt. Alex and the motivators at YYC are strong, down to earth, and are the reason I have become a “morning person” (which I never thought was humanly possible).
N – I first discovered YYC last summer because my sister kept harassing me to go with her and try it out. To be honest, I wasn’t super excited about it because I had attended spin classes at other studios and I really didn’t see what the big deal was. Needless to say, the experience at YYC was completely different. There are no clocks, no digital displays of how fast you are going, what your heart rate is at, etc. The focus is first and foremost on having fun, smiling, and staying on beat to the music. The health benefits (although very important) come secondary, and resultantly you never leave a class feeling inadequate because you didn’t achieve a target that someone else has set for you. You set your own targets, and whereas they may be tangible such as calories burned or heart rate, the focus is to set targets that focus on your mental and physical well-being as opposed to numbers.
What does being part of the YYC CYCLE Bikergang mean to you?
R - Belonging to a group of amazing and inspiring people. A class is always much more than a workout. It is an opportunity to symbolically leave one’s “baggage” outside, focus on the present, and to believe in own strength. Classes leave me feel happy, energized and ready to face challenges. In toastmasters, if I have chance in table topics, I speak about our spin experience and weave in some of the inspirational quotes. It has always been very well received!
A – It represents a community of dedicated likeminded people. In my life I consciously choose to be around people who inspire me because that is what allows me to realize my full potential. YYC is a hub of positivity. The path I carve for myself is highly influenced by the energy I get from my mom, my sister, my workout buddies, and YYC. Working out by myself is completely different from working out surrounded by positive and determined people.
N – One word: strength. Since I have been part of the YYC CYCLE Bikergang I have not only achieved an increase in my physical strength, but more importantly I have achieved mental strength. Whether its Alex finishing off her class with an inspirational quote or Andrew telling you to visualize that you are like a river that is capable of conforming to surpass obstacles, every single class leaves you feeling elated. YYC holds a special place in my heart because it makes me tap into a higher level of consciousness and the messages we receive from motivators while we spin make me realize just how blessed I am. When I see my mom and sister riding along beside me I always think of how amazing it is that our little family has become part of a much bigger family (the Bikergang) that is growing in numbers every day. It’s such an exciting journey and we couldn’t be happier to be part of it!
The YYC CYCLE Bikergang is all about supporting each other and our goals. What are some of your big goals?
R - Joining YYC CYCLE turned out to be a life altering experience. Since we joined the “Bikergang”, my daughters and I spend so much more time together than before moving to Kensington. We draw from each other’s energy, hold each other accountable, and always look forward to our “rides”. It also feels great to see more familiar faces by each passing day, and to belong to a health-conscious, positive minded and supportive community.
A – Starting out, my goal was to just workout once or twice a week, and now working out 5 or 6 times a week is routine and something I look forward to. I get so much more in (and out) of each day and my relationships than I imagined was possible. I would love to do an official outdoor bike ride, like the MS Bike Tour, with my mom and sister in the very near future.
N – That’s a tough one….I could list off a bunch of things but it would all seem superficial. At the end of the day the only thing that really matters to me is my health, my family, and my relationships. As long as I have those 3 strong pillars in my life I know that I am capable of achieving anything that I will set my mind to.
What would you tell people who are wanting to get into spin, but may be afraid to attend a class?
R - “Take a deep breath” and try! Once you talk to one of the motivators, you are in good hands!
A – Find a buddy and go … you will feel unstoppable for the rest of the day.
N – I would say “give me a call and I would be happy to go with you!” It’s always easier to go with a friend, and if you can’t find someone to go with I guarantee that you will make at least 1 friend after your first class J
Last, but not least, what is your favourite guilty pleasure?
R - Sea salt chocolate caramel
A – I’m a huge fan of chips … I consider myself more of a chip “purist” and enjoy plain 9 times out of 10.
N - Ohhhh that’s easy....individually wrapped Lindtt milk chocolate with the creamy center.