Why BYKlyn? Did you know that BYKlyn is where I got certified to teach indoor cycling? It’s true! In that certification, I met Amy, other instructors like Kat, and Eric, and the ever so cute Penny! It was, as cliche as it sounds, love at first sight. I fell in love with the other instructors, the riders, the studio, the community as a whole. I couldn’t deny it, couldn’t stay away from it. Even after moving to Harlem, I’ll still do the commute down here to ride or to teach!
What’s your class really like: I truly believe that we are all athletes. And so we train like one! No push-ups. No tap-backs. It’s sprints, hills, and drills all to the beat of the music with some bad jokes thrown in. Please laugh. It makes it SO much less awkward for the both of us.
What’s your music vibe: Top 40’s, techno, trap. But hey! If you’ve got a song in mind…come slide in to the DMs ;)
Life beyond the BYKbox: I’m currently finishing up my degree in human biology and chemistry, with a minor in psychology and Spanish. On the very rare occasion I’ve got some free time, I love to go hiking upstate, play ultimate frisbee in Central Park, and check out new coffee shops.
Anything else you want us to know:
I collect books and succulents.
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FB: Ifrat Syeda
Why BYKlyn? The diversity within the BYKlyn community is a beautiful thing and it's a big part of why I love this studio. People of all races, cultures, fitness levels, ages, sexes, etc can come together for 45min to just sweat it out, and it truly connects us. You can feel that positive energy, that "spread love" vibe, that Brooklyn spirit... it's unlike anywhere else I've taught and it's quite inspiring.
What’s your class really like: I coach a dynamic, high intensity ride. Music is important to me so I create beat driven rides that also have purpose and result-oriented programming built into them. I encourage you to feel an array of both physical and emotional ups and downs as we move through the workout. It's a journey... clip in and enjoy the ride!
What’s your music vibe: Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic... some of my fav artists are Imagine Dragons, Galantis, Demi Lovato, Beyonce, Major Lazer, Kendrick Lamar, The Chainsmokers
Life beyond the BYKbox: With a background in fashion & fitness, I am developing my own fit-leisure brand...coming 2018! Socially, I enjoy eating out with friends, exploring NYC, and I'm all about spontaneous dance parties... no shame in my dance party game! I also enjoy doing hot yoga & strength training. Can't live without Coffee and PB. I love to travel and I'm always down for a road trip in my red car, which I've named Esmeralda because she's a little gypsy, hippie soul like me. :)
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I spent most of last year living on an island... from Ometepe, Nicaragua to St Croix, USVI... yes, it was amazing and no, I will never take a hot shower for granted again!
FB: Kathryn Piola
Spotify: Kathryn Piola
Why BYKlyn? BYKlyn makes me feel like part of a smaller, more intimate community within a borough of millions of people! The connection among instructors, staff, and rider is super strong and that’s what drew me to leave most of my Manhattan classes and grow roots here.
What’s your class really like: I try to channel my inner coach and push riders both physically and mentally, but I’m not a drill sergeant - You will sweat! You will laugh!
What’s your music vibe: Music genres vary each week. I’ve been known to follow-up Jay Z with Dave Matthews band. Rihanna with Rage Against The Machine. And so on...you’ll have to come and experience for yourself.
Life beyond the BYKbox: I was a D-1 college lacrosse player (go Hofstra!) and have always been a passionate athlete. In addition to cycling and fitness, travelling is an obsession. Recently married, my husband and I have experienced 8 countries together and will hopefully be hiking Patagonia or Kathmandu in 2018. We enjoy fostering kittens, drinking coffee..like a lot...cooking spicy meals, and exploring all that NYC has to offer.
Anything else you want us to know: Cycling. Cats. Coffee. It’s that simple :)
FB: Sandy Wasserbach
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