By: Amy Frankenthaler
We hope you were all able to add a class over the class week and SWEAT. Now that it’s April, we must continue our SWEATY adventures, but also think INSPIRATION. This flows beautifully into the next step of our mantra journey of “Sweat, INSPIRE, Transform, Raise the Bar!” So yes, we’ve been incredibly SWEATY this week, but why?…why do I SWEAT? What and who INSPIRE me? We did a little research with Handle Bar instructors and staff to get to the bottom of what inspires them and how they inspire others. It is officially April and we are here to INSPIRE you!
What inspires you to get on the bike and ride?
JESS: In my original business plan I included the following sentences: “The Handle Bar will be more than a gym. It will be an environment infused with energy and positivity. When a person enters the Handle Bar they are joining a community where self betterment and positivity are just as important as physical gains. From the moment you walk in the door, you’ll be greeted with enthusiasm, you’ll be inspired to work hard, and you’ll leave feeling accomplished and ready to take on the world.” At the start of this journey, my inspiration came from that notion. It came from my desire to create this world where feeling good is #1. Now, my inspiration comes from the riders and the staff that have made this idea a reality. The Handle Bar in itself is my source of inspiration and fuel.
EVE: For me it’s music and the choreography. I love music and I love dancing so when I hear a good song and I’m at work it inspires me to want to get on the bike and ride to it! Also concerts and music videos, I love watching music videos and concert footage and in a way when I am riding I feel like I am in a music video or at a concert in my head!
NICOLA: I have always been really intense about going for my run or getting to the gym – but it was a routine and not necessarily something I got really excited about. Once I started going to the HB last summer, I noticed a difference in my approach to my workouts – I got the same adrenaline rush I would get going to frat party or something in college. I was so excited to see everyone at the studio, hear some new music, and dance my butt off on the bike for an awesome 45 minutes. I have to force myself not to go every single day, I swear I’d be doing back-to-back classes all of the time otherwise.
MAURA: Motivational instructors, good music, killer workout, high energy and being challenged every single time.
ELISE: I think that health is multi-faceted. Mental, physical, and emotional health are all intertwined, existing within each other. When I clip in for a ride, whether I’m riding as an instructor, or a student, I am riding for myself as a whole. If you are truly working hard on the bike, that is the only thing that you can focus on for those 45 minutes. It’s good for the body and the soul.
LAUREN T: When I am at The Handle Bar, I am there to sweat, but to do so as part of an incredibly energetic community. From the instructors to the bar staff to my fellow riders, I feel part of a community that all shares a common goal, to leave the studio better in some way than when we walked in. I also highly appreciate the inspirational aspect of The Handle Bar, particularly the mantras and quotes shared during my ride, as well as the success and achievements shared by the studio of my fellow riders. I know that when I spend forty-five to sixty minutes in class, I am constantly inspired to do my best and to become my best self.
JESSI: I am inspired to ride at The Handle Bar for a few reasons. I started spinning after suffering multiple knee injuries and surgeries due to college field hockey. I started to feel whole again with my new cardio on the bike. Running is too hard on my joints, and I never feel the same high like I do when I am spinning at the HB. The sense of community, energetic instructors, awesome music, and constant encouragement to ride to the beat keeps me going every time! I’m forever hooked!
How do you inspire others (in life or at the HB)?
HALLEY: I have always been a happy person. There were times when I was younger and people would ask my parents why I smiled so much, yes that happened. I just realized early on that going through life miserable brings down not only yourself but everyone around you. Its amazing what a smile can do to a person’s attitude. If I can brighten one person’s day every day thats enough for me.
ALLYSON: I try to keep it simple and realistic. Everyone has their own stresses and problems and it’s much easier to spot a doable solution when you’re coming in as an outside opinion. When it’s at HB I make sure any rider knows it’s just 45 minutes and to enjoy themselves when they are on the bike. Push yourself, but love the class & make sure to have fun!
RACHEL: If I do inspire others, it’s only because I’m paying it forward! I take a ton of inspiration from music and try to bring that to riders through my playlists. I also get a bit preachy on the bike from time to time – I am really passionate about people finding out and celebrating how badass they already are, so I talk about that a lot. You will never ever hear me say anything about how we’re going to look better in our bikinis or anything strictly appearance-related like that, because we’re so much more than what we look like.
JESS: Through example! I offer the energy that I hope to receive in return. I work hard, I have fun, I don’t take life too seriously, and I value people above all else. In doing so, I have been able to create an environment teaming with these characteristics. Not only can I inspire people with my personal actions, but now I can use The HB to spread this sentiment even further.
How do you inspire your riders? What do you think keeps them coming back to your specific class?
EVE: For me I think its not only the music but my reactions to the music. I only use songs that I REALLY love and that reads across my face and body language. I really let myself get loose and sing and dance and I think that inspires the riders to do the same, if I am up there making a fool out of myself and doing crazy Beyonce moves and facial expressions the riders will be inspired to loosen up and have much more fun in the class!
ELISE: I don’t see the people in my classes as riders. I see them as individual human beings, on a journey of self-betterment. Every single person that clips into my of my classes at HB has a reason for being there. It’s my job as the instructor to tune into each person’s journey, motivating them to raise the bar for themselves both in and outside the studio walls.
CARA: We all inspire each other at the Handle Bar. When you sweat, dance, breath, wooo, sing, sprint, climb, cleanse, burn, bounce, and recover with a group of people… there is a serious connection of energy and emotion going on between complete strangers… we are proud of each other, find something better within ourselves, and carry that with us outside of the studio as well.
RACHEL: I am probably an acquired taste – haha. I have a big personality and a very specific musical viewpoint so I think those that continue to ride with me probably dig my music, and like to laugh (with or at me!).
SARAH C: To the first question: I think it’s in those moments I least expect it. When I hear them laugh, or see them correct their form before I even say the words I’m thinking – I know I’m connecting with them, and it’s the coolest feeling. I think there are certain people you just naturally have a strong connection with in class, and they’ll come back because of it. I know for me, once I find an instructor who just GETS me musically, then we’re a match made in heaven. Music is a huge part of the connection – I only choose songs that make my heart sing, and if my riders feel the same, then we’ve got a bond you can’t break!