November is all about gratitude and community. This month, we’re featuring our instructors to speak about why the #FLYFAM is important to them.
Meet Sarah Pitts, a Master Flywheel Instructor in Charlotte!
When did you start teaching for Flywheel and what brought you to the company?
I started with Flywheel about 6.5 years ago in February of 2013. It is funny because my sister-in-law, who is not a fan of working out, actually introduced me to Flywheel. I would go every Sunday with her and take Flybarre. I fell in love with the vibe of the studio, the energy the classes brought and the talent of the instructors. I am thankful for Jenna Nygaard and Carrie Kaschak who were willing to take a chance on my 25 year old self and let me join the team!
What do you love about the Flywheel community?
I love the Flywheel community because it brings together people who may not normally run in the same circles and gives them a common ground. I have met some of my very best friends at Flywheel. Our community in Charlotte truly defines the hashtag #Flyfam. We have all grown together over the past 7 years adding to our team along the way from new instructors to new riders/pulsers and even new babies! (We have had over 14 babies on our Charlotte team in the past 7.5 years!)
What’s something that you’ve learned from the Flywheel community?
Flywheel has truly given me confidence in myself that I did not have before teaching. To get on the podium and teach to 50 people of all different backgrounds with various fitness abilities, different tastes in music, and a range of expectations of the class, you really have to believe in yourself and what you have to offer in order to capture the trust and attention of those 50 people. It was a very tough lesson to learn, that you can’t please everyone, but I think in the end it teaches you to be grounded in who you are and really understand where your beliefs lie and how to stay true to them.
What was it like when you first began to have ride-or-die clients?
To be honest, I don’t really remember the “first time” having ride-or-die clients. But I will tell you, we have some ride-or-dies! I respect the heck out of those clients! They are reliable, they are passionate, they make you want to be better as an instructor and truly challenge you as an instructor when they show up to your class week in / week out and some day in / day out. You better have some good jams up your sleeve when you start to find those ride-or-dies! True story, I have had someone take my class 3x in one day! Definitely a confidence booster 🙂
What’s one thing that makes your class unique? I really try to make my class a total experience mentally, physically and even sometimes emotionally. I think the stress we put on our bodies outside of the stadium is tough to manage, but if we can learn to manage that stress when we are in a controlled environment (on a stationary bike) and listen to our thoughts, control those thoughts and then apply what we learn when we leave the stadium, the Flywheel experience becomes one of more than a workout. I do that through the music I choose, the words I use to coach and the energy I deliver.
If you’ve taken or taught class outside of your market, what did you enjoy about that experience?
I love bringing my class to other markets! The riders are always so grateful to have a visiting instructor and embrace you with open arms as the #Flyfam that we all are! Teaching outside of your own market really challenges you to perform and put your best foot forward since those riders don’t know you off the bike like the ones in your own market. I love a good challenge and teaching in other markets always gives me that fulfillment!