What makes Spinning® such a great workout?
The list of benefits is endless. It is an amazing, low impact, cardiovascular workout which helps to build strength in your heart, lungs and legs in a safe, weather-proof environment. Students are guided and inspired by highly skilled instructors who are focused on getting the best out of their students with the use of the best indoor cycling bikes in the industry. Students can choose to meditate and ride as if they are the only ones in the room or you can ride as a group. And of course the calorie burn, for those with weight loss as a goal, is like no other.
Why did you start taking Spinning® classes?
I started taking Spinning classes in 2008 in my search for more mind/body balance. Two years after my twins were born I realized that my mind and body were out of whack and so I began attending yoga classes, which was the perfect place to start, but then I craved a cardio challenge and a good friend of mine recommended a Spinning class. The rest is history.
What inspired you to become a Certified Spinning® Instructor and then a Master Instructor?
After my first few Spinning classes I found myself visualizing myself on the instructor bike as I thought about my class design, coaching cues and the songs that I would play. I went to Miami in October 2008 and completed the instructor training. Being an instructor has helped me to find my voice which I now use to encourage my students to be their best selves in all areas of their lives. Becoming an MI simply takes my voice to a higher level giving me the opportunity to share globally and allowing for easier access to trainings in the Caribbean. Being a member of the MI Team is such an honor.
What do you love about teaching Spinning® classes?
As a child I wanted to be a teacher, an athlete and a musician/singer. When it came time for university my pragmatic self-took over and I chose to study finance. My years of experience in banking and retail (my husband and I owned two racquet sports pro shops for several years) served me well but my dreams lived on. Being a Spinning Instructor allows me to coach and teach, using scientific training techniques, and keeps me in touch with some of the best global music of varying genres. What more could a girl want?
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.
After I had completed an Instructor Training a student approached me and said “Wow, you have really opened my eyes today. I have been teaching indoor cycling classes for a while now and you have showed me that there are two different worlds out there—indoor cycling and the Spinning program. My classes will never be the same. Thank you.”
What’s one of your favorite motivational quotes?
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” –Bob Marley.
Is there anything about you that would surprise people?
I was a fashion model for a few years and an extra in the movie Cocktails starring Tom Cruise (the bar scene that was filmed in Jamaica).