By Christina CastañedaWhen Carlos Uribe was invited to his first Spinning® class by a friend, he was skeptical. As a hardcore mountain biker, he thought he should be out in the wilderness, not “in a room looking at walls.” But after getting off the bike three times, he realized that Spinning classes offer more than just a ride. It could be a catalyst for a whole new life.Although he went mountain biking every week and participated in some races, Carlos weighed over 250 pounds. Suffering from cardiovascular problems and high blood pressure, each Spinning class he took afterward made his breaths less agitated and more connected, his blood pressure and heart beat dropped, and he lost over 100 pounds. He continued to see better health benefits, but he soon realized the real benefits of the Spinning program.Carlos’ transformation won the attention of everyone in his club, including the owner, who encouraged him to become a Certified Spinning Instructor. Carlos remembers the owner telling him that he was “living proof that Spinning does work” when she noticed how his journey could inspire others.When Carlos first began teaching, he feared being judged or not motivating his riders to the best of his ability. Instead, Carlos’ riders continued to show their support and offered encouraging words after every one of his classes. That energy and enthusiasm from his riders motivated him more as a competitive cyclist. In 2005, Carlos participated in his first World Cup racing experience at the UCI World Cup in Angel Fire, New Mexico and finished 6th.