What a difference a year can make. You can change where you live, what you do, who you’re with… you can change anything. When Flywheel opened one year ago in Boston’s historic Back Bay, it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in my life. I had been working seasonal jobs on and off for a few years since graduating college. However, as the summer sailing season came to a close, I decided it was time to search for more permanent employment. That’s when I saw the posting for Club Coordinator for Flywheel Boston.
Curious to learn more about Flywheel and intrigued by the opportunity to be involved in the opening of this “highly anticipated” fitness studio, I applied for the position. I landed the job, and soon after, was asked to be the Boutique Coordinator— a title I shortened to “BC.”
Having never been on an indoor cycling bike in my life, I was excited to see what all the hype was about. My first class was with none other than co-founder Ruth Zukerman, and man, was it HARD! I consider myself a decently-fit outdoor cyclist, and I could not believe how hard it was—and how easy Ruth made it look, motivating riders to not only push themselves to their limits, but then go past them! From that point on, I was immediately hooked and started taking all the classes I could.
That’s when I really discovered the beauty of what could be accomplished in those 45 minutes. Not only do you get an insane physical and cardio workout, but it’s also a time to shut the world out and just focus on you.
Inspired by how much stronger (and better!) I had become at riding, I started to wonder if maybe there was a chance I could do it… I could be an instructor here. The thought was slightly terrifying; I had no idea where to start or who to talk to. So I dug through the email contact list and I emailed Master Instructor John Wellmann who I had met at the Grand Opening. He told me that the infamous Kate Hickl was coming coming to Back Bay in two weeks and I could audition then. I spent the next two weeks crafting the perfect playlist and prepping myself as best I could.
Audition day came. Kate arrived at the studio with a huge smile and great attitude. As we went into the stadium, I realized that in all my preparation, I had forgotten a bandana to hold back my hair. So I used the only thing I had, an old beat-up baseball hat, and turned it around backwards. By the end of the audition, Kate told me I was totally trainable, and ironically, she loved the the “bro look” of the backwards hat, which has since become my signature look.
The training process of becoming a Flywheel Instructor is intense. When Ruth, Danielle and John came up to visit, I took advantage of having three of the best minds of Flywheel at my disposal. I used this time to talk with them all about how they got to the point of having great classes, ones that leave riders feeling mentally and physically better than when they first walked in. The answer was simple: be yourself up on the podium, no matter what.
In class and in life, I always say, “You can always be better.” No matter who it is or where you are, you always learn something new. I have developed amazing friendships with my fellow instructors and riders, and getting to know their stories and why they ride has been the most rewarding part of my job. I’ll be honest, there are times where I’m tired or just having a bad day. But when those lights come down and the music turns on, no matter what I was feeling before, it washes away and it is on!
It’s amazing to see what just one year can do; I have a completely new life, and am happy to say I’ll be staying in Boston, a city I have called home for so long. So if you’re out there and you want to change anything or everything, get going. All it could take is one opportunity to try something new, like a Flywheel class, and who knows where you’ll be. You can always be better! #nevercoast