Why did you start taking Spinning® classes?
I started taking Spinning classes in 2005, that was my first contact with a fixed gear bike and group teaching.
What inspired you to become a Certified Spinning® Instructor and then a Master Instructor?
I wanted to share my love of this sport with others. It brings me joy to help them become healthier and happier.
What do you love about teaching Spinning® classes?
The connection with people and seeing the smile on their faces while riding.
What are your top three favorite songs to play during your Spinning® classes and why?
- "Superstylin" by Groove Armada, it reminds me of my beginnings as an instructor.
- "Sunchyme" by Dario G, it builds up nicely and it's optimistic and old school.
- "Say Hello," Paul Van Dyk Remix, a nice melody and the beat that can be followed or not.
What makes Spinning® such a great workout?
For me it is mind and body connection, knowledge that is based on science and that it is for everybody, and simply fun.
Share a memory from your experience as a teacher/coach/presenter that embodies the value of being a Certified Spinning® Instructor or Spinning® Master Instructor?
When people come over and say thank you with a smile, for some it's just a fixed gear bike, for some it is something more, but we know that any activity, and specifically those that engage power of the mind can be life changing.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a Certified Spinning® Instructor?
Learn, be patient, be humble.
What’s one of your favorite motivational quotes?
Believe. Don’t give up. Go!
Do you have a hero in the Spinning® community, someone who deserves recognition for their leadership?
There are many amazing people and Luciana Marcial-Vincion is one of them.Iwona "Iwa" Stanek is a Master Instructor for the Spinning Program since 2010. Iwona is a former basketball player and downhill skier. She has over 10 years of experience working as a Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Professional Skiing Instructor and has a degree from Wroclaw's University. Road biking and mountain biking are one her biggest passions. She also likes good music, travelling around the globe and teaching barbell classes.