To close up Love Your Body Week, we checked in with your favorite instructors to ask how they feel when they’re up on stage. Not being able to look at themselves in the mirror means they really have to tune in to their emotions, their bodies, and the riders. Turns out, they’re all pretty inspired by the faces in front of them… Read on:
Rachele: When I’m on stage, I feel like make-up doesn’t matter. In the darkness before dawn, before anyone else is up, I ride to strengthen my legs, harden my core, and steel my mind. I can be a total sweaty mess without caring for one second about how I look, because I feel amazing.
Erica: When I am on the bike I feel powerful. I could have had the WORST day, mentally, physically and/or emotionally, but there is a moment about 10 minutes into class, after I have promised a group of passionate students that I will make them leave feeling stronger and better, after I have managed to silence the clutter of noise in my own head, after the first drop of sweat has fallen, and after our hearts start pounding and we are moving in sync to the beat of a pounding song…the energy fills the room, you let out a loud exhale, and you feel like conquering the world is just one more thing checked off your to-do list.
Katie A: When I’m on stage, I feel like I belong. I was never an athlete, a dancer, or a competitor. I was never a member of a team. But when I hit that stage, I feel like a leader. My confidence on the bike doesn’t come from the mirror behind me – it comes from the faces I see in front of me.
Emily: When I’m on stage, I feel like myself (a slightly sweatier version of myself). I come alive on that bike, and become the person that I strive to be throughout the rest of my day- confident, motivated, strong, energetic, powerful. That feeling of leaving EVERYTHING on the bike, of completely letting go and letting your body take control, that moment when it all clicks, when you get goosebumps even though you are dripping in sweat and the room is dripping with you… there’s nothing like it.
Melinda: When I’m on stage teaching I feel IN THE MOMENT!!!! I quickly without effort forget everything before I walked into the studio and anything I need to do after! I am COMPLETELY present and its an amazing feeling. There are very few times for me that this happens, that something or someone can make me feel this way!! Its VERY freeing and it truly makes me feel ALIVE …. just living IN the MOMENT for those 45 minutes, I feel like its a gift I’ve been given and I enjoy EVERY minute!!
Meredith: When I’m on the bike I feel like I am the beat of the bodies in the room. Growing up as a dancer, my favorite part of the day was rehearsal. No matter what was going on in my busy academic schedule I was always deeply involved in dance while in school. Upon graduating from college, I felt a huge void in my life where dance used to be. When I became a spin instructor, I found the void became less and less apparent. People often say that they feel like my classes are choreographed– often times they are! I literally see music in my head and I can picture riders moving in a certain flow– one body, one piece of consolidated energy– and that is what I strive for in every class. Looking out at a crew of riders, all ages, all shapes and sizes, women and men, and seeing them move as one– I sometimes lose my breath at that sight. There is nothing more powerful to me than the concept of moving as one. It is often one of my favorite accomplishments in any given day.
Ann: When I’m on stage, I feel … energized and inspired. No matter how tired I am or how long my week has been, the second I hit the saddle and see 17 hard-working and motivated people in front of me, I am immediately invigorated. It makes it easy to forget everything else going on and focus on becoming a stronger, healthier person and a more motivational and dedicated instructor.
Christina: When Im on stage, I feel…..INSPIRED. The combination of the music and the energy generated by all the powerful riders in the room INSPIRES me to push beyond my limits. I forget about “life” and truly live in the moment – pedal stroke, hill, sprint, or jump. My body…and mind…feel grateful after each class and it is THAT feeling that keeps me coming back for more.
Aly: When the first bead of sweat drops from my body I think “I am grateful“. Grateful to move, grateful for my students, grateful for music. This life we live is so incredibly fulfilling and I get to share that experience with so many people!
Katie B: When I get on the bike, I feel more alive than ever. I feel everything all at once; my breath moving in and out, my muscles contracting, my sweat forming on my brow, the music resonating through my body, and a flood of emotion, power, and strength. When I am on the bike, I am the best version of myself and I want everyone riding with me to feel the same.