Meet Anna-Ruth! AR is the newest member on the Recycle team, but you won’t find her on the instructor bike. Instead, you’ll find AR manning the front desk and insuring that everything in both studios is running smoothly. Read on to learn more about our head Desk Diva:
1) How did you discover Recycle?
I learned about Recycle through my good friend Emily, Recycle’s very own! We worked together at the time she discovered Recycle and went through their mentorship program to become an instructor. I avoided taking her classes at first—because, well, I hated spinning. I had some pretty dreadful gym spin class experiences, and it just wasn’t my thing. I finally went to a class of hers because it was a special, private ride for my agency. During the ride I was in 3rd when we were supposed to be in the saddle, I was in the saddle when I should’ve been booty-tappin’ in 3rd. I felt like she was directing all her energy at me and I was failing…miserably! I pretty much died. And never wanted to come back.
But quitting just isn’t my style. I decided to stop whining, and completely changed my attitude. I’m in shape, I work-out, what’s so tough about a little spin? Once I put my mind to it and let my body do what it was capable, without my better judgement getting in the way, I was 100% hooked. The energy at Recycle is unequivocal—I recognized what an amazing workout it is and how incredibly passionate the instructors are.
2) What made you want to become part of the team?
I started working at the front desk for the opportunity to take morning classes a couple times a week. I fell in love with the atmosphere at the studio and what Recycle represents. I love seeing familiar and new faces come into the studio at sunrise, ready to put their mind and body to work. What a way to start the day, and that attitude is contagious—and addictive.
3) What do you do outside of Recycle?
I work full-time in Advertising as an Art Director. My 2 jobs are a good combination of working out and being sedentary, utilizing my mind/creativity and then enhancing my physical abilities. Outside of work (whenever that happens!) I like trying out any new restaurant or social scene in Boston. I go to the movies religiously, go for runs and visit my family in Utah.
4) Favorite moment in the studio
My favorite moment in the studio was when we had that really bad snowstorm and everything shut down, except a couple bars here and there. Not only was that a surreal experience to be in Boston as a whole, it was a true testament to Recyclistas! We unfortunately had to cancel our classes because of the driving & parking bans, but due to popular demand we scheduled two afternoon classes last minute for anyone who was close enough to trek there on foot. The class I took was full, steamy and had the most amazing energy. We were all so in sync, many still say it was the best class they’ve ever taken at Recycle (and Juliet, Emily was so into it that she actually did swear at us this time…)
5) What keeps you motivated to workout, even with your busy schedule?
I’m going to rephrase this question as my answer: I’m motivated to work out because of my busy schedule. I can’t imagine working the way I do in advertising with the extreme deadlines, last minute changes, crazy hours, and not have time to myself to let 1) my body sweat it out and 2) my mind wander.