Every Monday, instructor Emily Burkhardt sets out to interview members of the FLY community–from instructors, to staff members, to riders. What does Flywheel mean to them? And how do they find joy in their day-to-day? This week, meet New York rider turned instructor NICK RIVERA.
By: EMILY BURKHARDT
A year ago we opened our Astor Place studio, and I was able to meet a ton of new riders who were eager to try Flywheel. So many of them instantly bought memberships because they were hooked on a really good feeling, including Nick Rivera.
Nick would take my class 2-3 times a week, which turned into an incredible friendship! He would always come to class ready to work hard and push it to the limit.
On my birthday, Nick came to celebrate, and pulled me aside to ask me a question. He wanted to know if I thought he would be a good candidate for a Fly instructor. I teared up and said absolutely. I wanted to help him learn, grow, and accomplish this dream.
Two months later, Nick was teaching his first Flywheel class. Oh, and yesterday Nick and I were able to do a dual ride TOGETHER! Inspiring, right?? See what else Nick has to say:
WHAT FIRST BROUGHT YOU TO FLYWHEEL
I took my first ever Flywheel class in Sunnyvale when visiting my roommate in NorCal in January of 2015, but really started getting into Flywheel in March of 2016. I took Cedric Green’s class on the opening weekend of Astor. I was INSTANTLY hooked and signed up for a membership–the rest is history!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR ROLE AT FLYWHEEL:
After several months of riding, I asked Emily how she started teaching and if she thought I’d be a good fit for an instructor. 4 weeks later, I auditioned to become an instructor, followed by training and my first class this past October. Currently, I teach classes all over the city including Lincoln Square, Gansevoort Park, and the Upper West Side.
HOW DOES FLYWHEEL MAKE YOU FEEL
Flywheel empowered me to look at my body more positively than I ever have before. It not only empowers you to find strength and beauty in your effort, but it frees you to do things that make you happy. It starts on the bike and inherently manifests itself throughout every aspect of your life. Flywheel makes me feel like I can literally do anything and leaves me feeling strong and ready to party after every single class (think new puppy that just wants to play–literally me–and everyone who takes my class or works in the studio can attest to.
WHAT DOES LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE MEAN TO YOU
To me, living a healthy lifestyle is a combination of choices that enable you to feel strong, empowered, and in control. Of course eating foods that support your body and giving it the activity and conditioning that it craves are super important, but what constantly excites me about Flywheel is the mental strength that you get through riding and pulsing. It’s truly a holistic experience that empowers you to make the kind of decisions in your life that leave you feeling healthy, in absolute control over your mind and body, and stronger than the previous day/class/moment.
WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY
So many things! This sounds super cheesy, but when class starts, the lights come down, and the music and board come up, I can’t help but smile. Every single class I teach or take allows me to find a new way to experience joy in the stadium, and that spirit has made me hungrier for a similar inter- and intrapersonal joy outside of the studio as well. It can be so easy to forget how genuinely good it feels to help others feel good about themselves, but there is nothing more rewarding than sharing that energy and encouraging the release of genuine joy in others. Using energy makes energy in your body, and giving away joy manifests joy in your life, so what better way to find personal joy than to encourage and help cultivate joy in others? Oh, and tacos in bed on a Saturday morning. Every. Week.
Nick is incredible, and I hope he has inspired you on this beautiful Monday!
Peace & Love,