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 Flywheel employee, Rob McMullen.
By: EMILY BURKHARDT
I am very excited for you to meet a good friend, rider and colleague of mine: Rob McMullen aka Bobby Westside.
Bobby brings an incredible amount of energy in and out of the stadium. You can’t interact with him without feeling good inside.
During the holidays, Bobby made up his own challenge and rode 30 days in a row. You won’t see him in the same studio with the same instructor, because he loves to share the love with all of New York (and other cities when he visits.)
I feel lucky when I see Rob McMullen on my roster (especially if it is next to his other half, Paige).
Here is what Bobby had to say:
What first brought you to Flywheel?
I actually got into Flywheel when I was living in Charlotte (great city), at our studio in the Myers Park area down there. I was raised on competitive sports (which faded into more important things like co-ed intramural softball) so when I heard I could do my cardio with an actual score, I had to give it a shot. 100 or so rides later and the rest is history!
Tell us about your role at Flywheel.
I work for Flywheel in the corporate office! I’m on the Finance team, managing our studios’ performances nationwide, and providing our teams with the right tools to continue bringing an A+ experience to our riders and pulsers. We’re also cooking up some vvvvery exciting projects, so keep an eye out!
How does Flywheel make you feel?
Before I joined the FlyFam, I read an article from our amazing founder, Ruth Zukerman, about how she always gets on a bike when she needs to find motivation. I didn’t really understand what she meant back then, because most of my exercise was lifting or jogging a few miles. Now, after riding pretty much nonstop for the last six months, I relate in a major way: motivated. There’s this rush of inspiration you get after a 45 or 60 (maybe even a 90) that extends beyond the studio and into your general, daily routine. Flywheel acts as a means to reaching our life’s goals, by empowering and energizing other components of our lives. It makes me feel like I can conquer my dreams.
What does living a healthy lifestyle mean to you?
The absolute 100% truth is even though I was an accomplished athlete in high school, I was scrawny and pretty short and wanted to finally get this thing people called a “girlfriend.” At least that’s how it started. After a few months of staying committed to a healthy diet and staying active, I saw results come through in ways I didn’t expect. I was adding good weight and looking better in the mirror, but I was also getting sick less, feeling a lot better overall, and most importantly to me, just attacking life with a lot more confidence. That’s when being healthy became all about me, rather than other’s perception of me. It was a really awesome moment when I realized I’d shed a lot of that complex. Now, it’s become a necessary habit, so my healthy lifestyle is really just about maintaining and facilitating other things I like to do, like *occasionally* drinking in excess for #sports or eating back-to-back-to-back burritos when my buddies say I can’t. The one rule I made early on was that living healthy wouldn’t take away from the little things in life (be it those above, or sharing some birthday desserts, blah blah you get the point), and I’ve always tried to stand by that.
What brings you joy?
People! I love getting to know people and connecting with them at a really personal level. I come from a more serious finance background, where I was told I treated everybody with the same chummy approach (I don’t think they were complimenting me back then haha). But what I love about Flywheel, both at corporate and in the studio, is that it’s a great equalizer. Everyone is a rider, and we all have different perspectives and personalities to offer. We thrive on that diversity, that energy, and it makes the time we spend together unique for every ride we take. For me personally, individual accomplishment is great, but it’s exponentially more satisfying when I can share it with my wonderful girlfriend (we did it fam!!) and others.
AND ALSO: the Queen of Mean, the Goddess with a Boddess, the Hustle Behind the Muscle, Emily Burkhardt. Mostly her. She didn’t make me type this.
Well, if this doesn’t motivate you to have an incredible week, then I don’t know what will!
Bobby, thank you for being true to who you are and always putting a smile on my face!
Peace & Love,