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, Denise Albert
By: EMILY BURKHARDT
This week’s Monday Motivation is very special to me. Denise Albert is a rider that always stays on the brighter side of life, no matter what is going on around her. She is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met, and I am extremely lucky to know her.
Here is what Denise had to say:
What first brought you to Flywheel?
I had rarely taken ANY kind of classes in my life and then a Flywheel opened across the street from my apartment. Before Flywheel opened in my neighborhood, I started to spin at a gym nearby. After my first class at Flywheel, I was hooked. I quickly understood the importance of a class and immediately became comfortable and part of the community. Now that I’m addicted, I would travel anywhere for my #FlyFamily.
What do you do?
I am the Co-Founder of The MOMS (TheMoms.com), a media company and lifestyle brand and Co-Founder of The MOMS brand of Mamarazzi events–a unique event that brings together celebrities with moms, bloggers, and influencers around the country for a conversation about motherhood and parenting. I also appear on television and radio and contribute to GoodHousekeeping.com about my recent journey with Breast Cancer. I call myself a #FutureCancerSurvivor and #FullTimeWorkingStayAtHomeMom. I’m also currently working as an Ambassador and Advocate for Breast Cancer with many organizations. I do a lot of work with Susan G. Komen, Ford’s Warriors In Pink, Lolly’s Locks, and I’m hosting Gilda’s Club’s 10th Anniversary Luncheon in May. I’m also working with the TSA as an advocate for procedures on traveling with an illness.
How does Flywheel make you feel?
Flywheel is one of my “Cheers” places. I walk in and I’m greeted by name, with smiles and warm, friendly faces. Everyone from David to Tina to Wendy, Ruth and Emily. It’s the little things each day that make me happy… something so little as walking up to my bike and see that David has already put my bike in my settings. Flywheel is a lifestyle to me, it’s not a work out. It’s not a place I force myself to go. Many days for me begin at Flywheel. It’s part of my life! I now have friends from Flywheel including the instructors and other riders who are a part of my every day routine. During the past year, while I was in the midst of chemotherapy and other treatments, Flywheel kept me going and was a safe and comforting and inspiring place to be. It was a place where I was comfortable to go each day and didn’t matter how horrible I was feeling. For me to just get on a bike, be with my “people” there, listen to music, ride while often times barely breaking a sweat, and coming in with different wigs, different lengths, colors and hats… was a major part of my treatment. Every single person at Flywheel encouraged me, supported me and was an integral part to my getting through the worst year of my life. Flywheel was just as important to my mind, body and over all health as my treatment at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center.
What does living a healthy lifestyle mean to you?
Health is lifestyle. I wouldn’t have any lifestyle without health. I love to live, laugh, and love every day and living a healthy lifestyle is the only way to continue to do what I love with my two boys, my family, my friends, my work, and all of my passions. Over the past year, I’ve changed some things in my diet–some on purpose–some because of my changing body and tastes due to my treatment. I still enjoy my wine and enjoy life and as long as I can get to Flywheel a few times a week, it keeps me motivated to continue to live healthy in other ways.
What brings you joy?
L-I-V-I-N-G. My kids. My family. My friends. My work. I’m lucky to love what I do and who I do it with. This past year reminded me how important it is to do everything with passion. Passion has always been important to me. Now that I’m almost done with treatment (besides on going medication for years!) I want to travel more. I want to do what I want to do. And I’m excited to keep finding ways to do it all.
Denise is incredible, and I hope she can help inspire you on this beautiful Monday!
Peace & Love,