From reading this blog you must think I just loooove to spin. Spinning this, cycling that, I love to sweat, sometimes I roll around in my own vomit just for kicks. Okay, NO. Actually, I used to absolutely HATE spinning. Like, bain of my existence. The only reason I started doing it again was this stupid blog. Here's a list of the people who remove the "suck" from "suckling". I mean cycling. Take one class with each of them and you, too, can be a born-again indoor cyclist.
1. Jesse Alexander [for full profile, teaching locations and reviews, click here.]
Oh, Jesse. The original converter. When I first started blogging for RYB, I had this massive lump in my throat because I knew this meant that I would eventually have to get back into cycling classes. Oh, did I say "get back into"? False. I was never into cycling. I actually HATED cycling.
Lucky for me, Jesse was my first instructor at Fly. He did what every instructor should always do, EVERY TIME there is a new student - he took extra care of me. "You're new?" "What's your name?" "Let me help." "Looking good, Lactic!" "How'd you do?"
Jesse is a master of personal connection, both in and out of class. If you let him into your 'network', he will tweet you, friend you, and pretty much love you in every way electronically possible. If you don't show up for class, expect a DM. If you haven't been back in a few weeks, expect a DM. He's a group instructor with the follow-up of a personal trainer. And that's why he is #1.
Plus he has a dirty mouth. And a hot wife. And the cutest baby ever. I digress...
2. Danny Kopel [for full profile, teaching locations and reviews, click here.]
Pure joy. Danny is just the goofiest, loving-est, happiest instructor I've taken from. He's ridiculous - and so freaking FUN!
Danny has mastered the art of group fitness instruction as performance. Don't be surprised to see a bubble machine, strobe light, or bejeweled spandex.
Oh, and expect a hip-thrust or two 26.
3. Darryl Gaines [for full profile, teaching locations and reviews, click here.]
The original crazy. Darryl's intensity will push you right through your comfort zone. He will yell at you in an alarmingly loud, crackly sounding voice, but you somehow simultaneously feel intense love coming from him.
His music is amazing, his theme is "batshit crazy", and his students are soaked from head to toe. LOVE.
4. Charlee Atkins [for full profile, teaching locations and reviews, click here.]
You know how I always say, "if your students give you energy, give it back"? Charlee is a perfect example of how it's DONE. Screaming at the top of her lungs, dancing, getting rowdy. Doin' it, basically.
Plus, her abs would like, actually break your fingers if you tried to punch her. This kind of Atkins diet is just as effective, and way more delicious.
5. Holly Rilinger [for full profile, teaching locations and reviews, click here.]
A silly, amazingly high-energy bundle of cycling instructor. Standing (short) at 5'4, she was once a professional basketball player. Need we say more?
Yes, we do. Holly changed my mind about female instructors. Her positive outlook and joyful victory dance will leave you buzzing all day.
6. Wil Ashley [for full profile, teaching locations and reviews, click here.]
Wil is seemingly serious in his teaching style, but he also has the completely charming habit of lip-syncing the words to all of his music. While keeping a straight face.
His ride is deliberate, pre-planned, and strong, but he's also freaking awesome to be around. And his music. Amazeballs. (or, "AMAZEBALLS" as my iPhone likes to autocorrect)
7. Carl Hall [for full profile, teaching locations and reviews, click here.]
Carl, my Jekyll and Hyde instructor. Carl is totally serious when he walks in, but the next minute he's dancing around like a goon, and the minute after that he's getting up in your face yelling at you to "BE THE VICTIM". His class is 45 minutes of perfectly choreographed performance. Silly, intense, angry, sexy - the only emotion you won't feel in this class is sad.
Except when it's over, that is.
8. Jamie Norcini [for full profile, teaching locations and reviews, click here.]
Jamie! Another master of the "now I'm silly, now I'm not" look. Jamie comes in looking very serious, but when the beats come on, out come the dance moves.
Jamie does a great job of matching the music and lighting to cadence. He sets the mood and this class flies by.
9. Tomas Mikuzis [for full profile, teaching locations and reviews, click here.]
I would like to invite you to the pants party - the spandex bike pants party, that is. Riding with Tomas is straight-up fun, fun, fun. His music is amazing, and the ride is timed so perfectly to the pedal strokes that you feel like you're in a pool full of synchronized swimmers.
Not to mention that Tomas is awesome, cute, and funny.
10. Jaime Morales [for full profile, teaching locations and reviews, click here.]
ENERGY: he has it. Jaime is a wonderful instructor both in and out of the spin classroom. And he always has a smile on his face.
A tip: if he asks you, "YES OR NO???" the answer is always "YES!"
Plus, he reminds me of this guy.
11. Michael Macneal [for full profile, teaching locations and reviews, click here.]
The original MONSTER.
This guy might not look like a spinstructor, but watch out! His energy is off the hook. Plus, he's known for mapping out the whole ride on the wall (that is, when he's allowed to write on the wall) which makes the ride much more digestible.
Okay, so I guess he's not THE original monster...