If you didn’t know already, I am a motivator at Wheelhouse Cycle Club and I absolutely love it. Today I wanted to give you a little insight of what it’s like to be a Wheelhouse Motivator, share about some struggles, successes and overall what I experience and what it has done for me so far. If you are a motivator/spin/cycle instructor/teacher, you can probably relate to a lot of this, I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!
Disclaimer: To start. I was not asked to write this post. This comes purely from myself. All experiences and what I talk about in this post today are personal to me and was something I really wanted to share with you.
What is Wheelhouse Cycle Club?: If you do not live in Regina, you may not know what Wheelhouse Cycle Club (WHCC) -possibly even if you live in Regina, you may also not know – so simply put, Wheelhouse Cycle Club is an indoor cycling studio full of a community of amazing, inspiring people (riders, people team, owners, motivators) with a drive to challenge themselves, meet personal goals, sweat, have fun, and become stronger/better versions of themselves. I highly encourage you to read more about who we are here.
Here’s a little snippet of myself and two other Wheelhouse Motivators to give you an idea of what you might find in a ride!
What is a Motivator?: At WHCC we identify the individual leading the ride as a “Motivator.” Synonyms for Motivator that may be used in other studios include leader, instructor, teacher, spin bitch 😉 (please comment if you remember what movie that is from). As a Motivator, I develop a playlist – music that we ride to the beat to, map out the tracks in a fashion for an intense motivating workout including one weight track, and develop choreography; I set the environment, tone and energy of the ride; I create an experience (lights, candles, theme rides which may incorporate more props!); I am responsible for trying to get up to 38 people to disconnect from the outside, motivate their drive and trust in themselves so they believe that they can go longer, go faster, add more resistance and remove any negative thoughts that could be holding them back from truly crushing their goals and more…
That’s just what goes on inside of the vault (candlelit room we ride in). Outside the vault I’m developing relationships and being a member of a community, seeking feedback and inspiration, and consistently working on creating a better experience/workout for my riders.
I apologize, this post is long, but I’d LOVE for you to read until the end! (Be sure to read #9)
What It’s Like For Me To Be a WHCC Motivator and Some Personal Confessions:
- It’s much more of a time commitment than the hour riding in the vault. To accomplish everything in the description of what I do as a Motivator (which honestly isn’t everything), I am consistently working on something or thinking about something that will help my work and growth as a Motivator.
- I listen to a lot of music. And I often listen to music now with a purpose – the purpose to find a hot new track to add to my playlist. You’ll catch me tapping to the beat (1,2,1,2…) and skipping through tracks before I’m half way through the song if it doesn’t move me. Somedays I feel like they all blend together :S
- I spend a lot of time working on playlists. One of my own personal downfalls is that I have to plan or I am highly anxious. So I do end up spending quite some time on developing a playlist (often until 12am when I have to be up at 4:30am to lead my 6am ride). I also change my playlists often (almost every ride – possibly too much?). I have A LOT of playlists in my spotify account.
Some tracks I’m currently riding to:
Anarchy – Party Thieves
What the Funk (Feat. Danny Shah) – Oliver Heldens/Steve Aoki Remix
Tell Me you Love Me (Dropgun Remix) – Galantis & Throttle
How Long (EDXs Dubai Skyline Remix) – Charlie Puth
- I’m a klutz on and off the bike. I’ve slipped and fallen during my weight track, landing on my butt in front of a full room; I’ve almost completely fallen off of my bike and I’ve cracked my forehead on my handlebars during some aggressive pumps a number of times. This is day to day life for me. I’m a walking bruise.
- I get to meet and develop relationships with people I may not have had the chance to meet before. The people I’ve met since being a motivator is what makes WHCC truly unique for me. There is encouragement, smiles, high fives on the daily and because of the people, I feel 100% better about myself and the good in the world leaving than I did before I walked through the doors.
- I don’t just ride for workouts. To be a better Motivator and meet my physical goals, I have to be strong and keep my body moving. I regularly teach 5 rides per week which I consider a cardio workout for myself, try to go to 1-2 other Motivator’s rides in the week, lift weights at the gym about 4-5x per week and throw in occasional yoga, boxing classes, runs and barre. I mostly do some sort of work out everyday. If I had a rest day, it means I was just too busy with my other work…
- I am more confident on the bike. A lot of people mention that I am different on the bike than I am off. It’s true. I am quite confident in my abilities as a Motivator and feel like I can really unleash and be myself up there (most days), but off the bike I’m still a shy, anxious, socially awkward person that is highly self-critical. I’m aware of it, and am trying to drag that confident leader out of its safe place and into the rest of my world.
- I get really excited to see riders get stronger in their rides, confidently take a seat in the front row, and mirror my movements on the bike. Wow did I take part in that? Maybe I am doing my job right… I mean, you’re the one putting in the work to get yourself there, but it’s kinda cool to think I may have helped give you a push.
- Being a Motivator puts me through an emotional roller coaster. Here’s my ultimate confession. Trying to fill up my ride can sometimes make me feel like I am back to that shy socially awkward, non-athletic kid I was in highschool, trying to get people to like me.
I could feel so great one week when my rides are filling up and the energy in the vault is at another level, then to be hit the next week with small classes and no shows….honestly has taken me to a level where I’m discouraged and critiquing every ounce of myself. I try to think of things out of my control like holidays and weather (6am is hard when it’s minus 40) but ultimately I’m always ending up with -“do people just not like me?” It’s really silly when I truly think of it. I have had some really fulfilling and outrageously energetic rides with 7 people in it. Instead of taking it personal, I just have to keep being me and thinking of ways to make my rides better for the rider while staying true to myself. For me, it’s not about numbers or pay, but when there are more people in the vault, that means there is more opportunities to influence someone’s life, inspire someone, turn around someone’s possibly lackluster day, put a smile on someone’s face, help someone over a hurdle and help them believe in their own capabilities – truly that is what drives me to be a Motivator – helping people become stronger, more confident and happier versions of themselves. The more people I positively influence, the more people there are to positively influence others.
- I have not had a day when I didn’t want to motivate. Technically, it is one of my jobs but it’s something I love so much that I don’t consider it as work. Yes rolling out of bed at 4:30 am is hard, and sometimes I want to hit snooze and go back to sleep, but everytime I go to motivate a ride, I am happy and feel lucky to be there. On the day my Grandma passed away last year, I went and lead my ride that evening. On the day of my Uncle’s funeral this past spring, I lead my 6am class that morning. Riding is therapeutic to me and makes me feel so much better. So yes, being a Motivator can be mentally taxing for me at times but the overall effect of it is excitement, happiness, optimism, appreciation for the community of people I have in my back pocket to help pick me up, and an eagerness to continue to push forward.
I’m sure I could go on and on with more such as how I’m always hungry, I can thank spin for my booty and muscular legs, and that I do a lot of laundry but you have to get on with your day! Thanks for reading!
Oh and if this inspires YOU to check out one of my rides, here is my regular schedule:
Wednesdays, 6AM, Central Location
Thursdays, 6AM and 6:30PM, East Location
Fridays, 5PM, Central Location
Sundays, 10:30AM, East Location
Have you been to one of my classes? If so, leave some comments about my ride – even if its constructive feedback, I’d love to hear from you!