PureBYK


This class is taught by:

Tiffani Carter-Thompson

Name: Tiffani Carter
 
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
 
Why BYKlyn? BYKlyn is home to a kick-ass community of warriors who come in every day with positivity. It feels like home with no judgements and the instructors are all phenomenal.

 

What’s your class really like: Party time! I plan new playlist rides every week and I channel my inner DJ to create a mood that is funky, fun, and fierce. You will hoot and holler and you will sweat!

 

What’s your music vibe: All deep house and hip hop/soul with a little old school mixed in. You'll hear Missy Elliot, Jay Z, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar along side lounge house tracks by Black Coffee, Medina, and Disclosure. I create a rhythmic ride because I basically like to dance on the bike!

 

Life beyond the BYKbox: I love fitness, beauty and fashion. My other passion is leading public relations, social media and digital for the skincare brand Shiseido as Vice President of Integrated Communications. And I'm a morning person! If I'm not teaching or prepping for a big meeting, you can find me at Crossfit Prospect Heights in the neighborhood most mornings. My husband and I love to travel to sun-filled beautiful beaches a few times a year - I like to say I'm 'solar powered' because summer is my favorite time of year.


Anything else you want us to know:
I'm an Instagram junkie, I love candy and wine, and I now have three tattoos (Japanese symbol for soul, 'fitforlife' words and an 'Unalome' symbol for the path to enlightenment). I recently started a more regular meditation practice and I love it.

 

Social Media info:
FB: Tiffani Carter
IG: TiffDCarTom
Spotify: Tiffani Carter-Thompson

Kat Piola

Name: Kat Piola

Hometown: Waterbury, CT
 

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. :)


Anything else you want us to know:
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
IG: katdp925
Spotify: Kathryn Piola

 

Jo Brenner

Name: Joanna “Jo” Brenner

Hometown:Frederick, MD


Why BYKlyn? BYKlyn is a lot of things — friendly, personable, diverse, down to earth, tough, spunky (I could do this all day) — but, at its heart of hearts, it's about YOU. It's not about trends; it's about celebrating individuality, whatever your fitness intentions are. It's hard to feel out of place when there are so many different kinds of people supporting each others' goals, and I dig that.


What’s your class really like: I like to fuse high intensity, sweat pouring down your face drills with humor. Think of it as pushing yourself beyond your perceived limitations by embracing discomfort rather than shying away from it ... while I say goofy things into a microphone :)


What’s your music vibe: Like the fitness version of Coachella, with the occasional 80s/90s throwback party. My class is music-driven, so when in doubt, find the beat.


Life beyond the BYKbox: I'm a journalist by day, passionate about stories with moral force and very clean style and grammar. I have a beautiful and slightly diabolical orange cat named Gouda ("Gooey") and in my spare time I like running and yoga, reading the internet, and eating.


Anything else you want us to know:
Ask me about my bullet journal.


Social Media info:
FB: Joanna Brenner
IG: JoannaDanielle
Spotify: JoannaDanielle

 

Sara Hogrefe

Name: Sara Hogrefe
 
Hometown:River Edge, NJ

 

Why Byklyn? BYKlyn has the vibe of the dance studios I knew as a kid. Ferocity, fun, and family. It’s a non-judgmental place where you can breathe and sweat it out with friends and just completely let go of the outside world. You walk out high-fiving each other and feeling on top of the world.

 

What's your class really like? You will ride to your edge in every class and then finish wondering where the time went. I want you to see results with pumping music that takes you on a journey. At the end of the day though, I'm a goofball, not a drill sergeant, so we'll laugh a little, groove a lot, and sweat like crazy.

 

What's your music vibe? Anything with a beat that drives you forward: electronic, classic rock and roll, hip hop, indie, disco, UK drum and bass and African drums. You can count on fresh tracks, exciting synchronized drills and new adventures.

 

Life beyond the BYK box: Working actor/comedy writer and lover of mountains, lakes, and all types of pie. My boyfriend Mike and I live on the border of Gowanus/Park Slope and love to explore Brooklyn as much as possible. Favorite spots: Sunny's Bar (oldest in the city! sailor bar), Four and Twenty Blackbirds (pie, duh), and Pizza Moto (more pie).


Anything else you want us to know? You can check out some of my many zany characters on my YouTube channel- Franny and Sam. Think I Love Lucy meets Key and Peele.


Social Media info:
FB: Sara Hogrefe
IG: sarahogrefe
Spotify: Sara Hogrefe

 

Nicole Murray

Name: Nicole Murray

Hometown: Brooklyn by way of Trinidad :-)


Why BYKlyn? I like BYKlyn because this studio knows riders are diverse with different needs. So there are a variety of classes and instructors to accommodate that. Want a standard ride? You got it. Prefer a longer class? We got that too. Need a Total Body Conditioning component? Done. And the instructor team, while all committed to real ride, represents this diversity as well. Also, because it’s a smaller studio, you get a chance to know the riders personally - everyone feels like extended family.


What’s your class really like: I like my ride to feel like a party. Hills, drills and thrills. Laugh, have fun, make that weird face, scream if you need to. Whatever kind of day, week, or month you’ve had, use my class as your outlet to get it allllll out.


What’s your music vibe: Pop, rock, soca, reggae, hip hop and dance. I look to find ways to bring it all together, to take you on a musical journey while you ride.


Life beyond the BYKbox: I’m a runner. I was a racing fanatic from 2009 to 2014. Anything with a half a bagel, half a banana and a medal at the finish line and I was there. I’ve done Half Marathons in all 5 boroughs and the NYC Marathon twice. I even used vacation as an excuse to lace up. I’ve done Paris, Canada, and Jamaica races so far. The Great Wall Marathon is on my bucket list.


Anything else you want us to know:
M&Ms and Cheetos are my kryptonite.

Social Media:

FB: Nicolefitfocus
IG: Nicolefitfocus
Spotify: Nicole Murray

 

Chi Iregbulem-McGrath

Name: Chinemere "Chi" Iregbulem-McGrath

Hometown: New York, NY


Why BYKlyn? I met BYKlyn when I joined the Instructor mentorship program and I was hooked! I really enjoyed the laid back, non-judgmental, community feel. I credit the program with jumpstarting my cycling instructor career and am really happy to be back, now as an instructor!


What’s your class really like: I like to think of myself as the cheerleader with the bullhorn (mic?) as we ride, challenge ourselves and sweat together to some cool beats!


What’s your music vibe: Musical potpourri. I am driven by beats and rhythms. I espeically like sounds from around the world: from Jamaica, Queens to Jamaica, West Indies, from Brooklyn to Belgium.


Life beyond the BYKbox: When not at BYKlyn, you'll find me at the gym (Zumba, weight training), in Fort Greene or Prospect Park, walking (I love walking, so therapeutic!), at the beach when it's warm, traveling (next up for 2018: Iceland, back to Nigeria, South America), or home with a good book.


Anything else you want us to know:
I hope to retire in Costa Rica.


Social Media:
IG: AChiGrowsinBrooklyn
Spotify: ChiChi726

THE BYKlyn Experience: 45 minutes of high intensity cardio in our BYKbox to AMAZING music fitting the ride. Hills, Flats, Sprints, Intervals. This is a "no push up zone".

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Aug 21 6:30 am - 7:15 am with Tiffani Carter-Thompson
  • Tue Aug 21 9:00 am - 9:45 am with Kat Piola
  • Tue Aug 21 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm with Kat Piola
  • Wed Aug 22 6:30 am - 7:15 am with Jo Brenner
  • Wed Aug 22 9:30 am - 10:15 am with Shane Blouin
  • Wed Aug 22 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm with Sara Hogrefe
  • Thu Aug 23 6:30 am - 7:15 am with Nicole Murray
  • Thu Aug 23 9:00 am - 9:45 am with Kat Piola
  • Thu Aug 23 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm with Kat Piola
  • Fri Aug 24 6:30 am - 7:15 am with Sara Hogrefe
  • Fri Aug 24 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm with Kat Piola
  • Sat Aug 25 8:30 am - 9:15 am with Kat Piola
  • Sat Aug 25 9:30 am - 10:15 am with Chi Iregbulem-McGrath