My Pre-Spin Routine: Anna

CASSIE SHORTSLEEVE

In My Pre-Spin Routine, instructors open about how they get pumped up for class — and exactly what they’re doing before they’re on the stage in front of you. From their go-to snacks to the little-known rituals that keep them going, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at your favorite HB leaders.

Up next: Anna Sise.

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On pre-class eats …

I like to eat a lot, but usually after class! Before morning class, I’ll have an egg or a banana; before night class, I’ll grab a chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar. After class in Fenway, you’ve gotta love Pavement for their yogurt, granola, and fruit bowl. One of my favorite re-fuel meals to whip up at home is salmon, asparagus, and wild rice with a mustard dill sauce. Now I’m hungry!

 

On how she warms up …

I channel my old cross-country days: Before each race, I would get into the zone mentally and physically. I do a lot of bouncing around. I’ll stretch out my upper body and back and cycle out my legs a bit on a low resistance. If you peeked in the studio, you’d also see me dancing out the choreography!

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On reaching the right mindset for class …

Confidence is key. I make sure I’m channeling my good vibes from the day. We all have long days outside the studio; the key is to let go of stress and negative energy. While I’m on the bike, I think about all of the positive influences in my life and how lucky I am to be here.

 

On her go-to pump-up song …

It’s a throwback — and not the most bumping beat — but I’d say “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers. It never fails to cheer me up and get me grooving.

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On finding motivation …

The riders inspire me. I used to work the front desk in Fenway and Southie, so when I’m feeling tired or overwhelmed, I’ll look up who’s signed up for my class. I always see a familiar name or two! It’s inspiring to see how many people take time out of their busy lives to work on making themselves stronger. That motivates me to want to do the same.

 

On something you may not know about her …

When I was 10, I got hit by a car while riding my bike. I only needed a few stitches, but I didn’t ride again until college. They say you can’t forget how to ride a bike — you can. Though I re-learned. you’ll only see me on a stationary bike these days!

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On advice to new HB riders …

First and foremost, you rock! Starting a new routine can be difficult. Just showing up shows strength and commitment. Keep coming back — it gets easier with each ride. As you get to know your fellow riders, desk staff, and instructors, riding becomes more fun, too.

 

On her favorite part about HB …

The positive, welcoming environment. Everyone is here for the same reason: to better themselves, mentally and physically, by working hard together. Positive energy is contagious; and it’s the reason I’m so proud to be part of the amazing HB team.

Catch Anna in the saddle in Southie on Sundays at 5pm, and subbing on the schedule at all three studios!

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