PureBYK


This class is taught by:

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

 

Svetlana Bezinyan

Name: Svetlana Bezinyan

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Why BYKlyn? BYKlyn embodies a synthesis of my two passions, the borough and culture I grew up in and high intensity endurance training. Every group of riders that fills the BYKbox feels like old friends coming together with a common goal - improvement through grit, sweat, and hard work.

What’s your class really like: Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or a beginner, I will challenge you. I encourage you to tune into your body and control ride and pace. I aim to inspire you to push past your comfort zone.

What’s your music vibe: Think broad range: from infectious electronic beats, pop, rock, and hip hop, to reggaeton, bachata and other Latin pop mixes. Maybe Deorro and Tiesto, throwback DJs like Robert Miles and Darude and plenty of Avicii, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Gaga, Bey-ce, Rihanna, Drake, etc. So much good music out there that inspires!

Life beyond the BYKbox: When not riding, in or outside, I work for a human rights litigation NGO. I support a broad range of impact litigation aimed at improving national standards for protecting human rights and uphold the rule of law around the world. Read and ride, y'all!!

Anything else you want us to know:
Last year I qualified for my first ever NYC marathon, only to get injured. The goal now is to rebuild and strategize for next year and avoide past mistakes (like running with injuries!). Meanwhile, I'm determined to get many more road miles on two wheels and welcome riding partners to join me! Oh and I like to kick and punch things, taekwondo did the trick for kicking for a few years, and I'm stoked to get into some boxing classes soon to explore that sweet punch flavor!

Social Media info:
FB: Svetlana Bezinyan
IG: Kaleidospin
Spotify: Svetlana Bezinyan

Crystal Fasano

Name : Crystal Rodriguez-Fasano
Hometown:Brooklyn, New York

Why Byklyn?
There is something so refreshing about the diversity at BYKlyn. I have worked at studios where the vibe was robotic and instructors were almost expected to be a mold of one another. BYKlyn is the complete opposite. All of the instructors have their own unique qualities and we are encouraged to be our authentic self which is truly amazing. Our members have incredible energy and they also come from different fitness backgrounds, walks of life, but what they all bring to the studio, is energy, drive, ambition and just the bad ass attitude that is Brooklyn!

What's your class really like?
My class is very much like my personality. It's encouraging and mindful of everyone's fitness level. I like to "meet my riders where they are" and I push you to work as hard as you can, or scale back if your body is not ready for it, at the end of the day, I just want you to feel successful at the end of your ride. I like vibey music and I LOVE hill work, so think of my class as a strength based ride. Your legs will work !!

What's your music vibe?
I like variety. I love old school Hip hop, current hip hop, pop music, regeatton, (so think Beyonce, Rihanna, Nikki Minaj, and then a little bit of Selena Gomez and old school Destiny's Child. Every once in a while you'll get some 90's rock to get you through a hill.

Life Beyond the BYKbox:

Outside of BYKlyn I'm a Personal trainer and Holistic Health coach with a Specialization in Pre-Post Natal exercise and women's health/hormone balancing. I have an amazing Husband who supports all of my craziness and I love him for that!!

Anything Else you want us to know?
I have a 100lb Alaskan Malamute named Elmer who I'm obsessed with!!! My favorite pass time is hanging out with him because he is the sweetest most hilarious dog ever. Warning.... if you ask to see a picture of him be prepared to see 20 pictures and then about 3 videos because I'm a crazy Malamute Mama haha!!

Social
Instagram : @crystalrf_fitness
Website: crystalfitwellness.com

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

 

Grace Twesigye

Name:Grace Twesigye

Hometown: Delaware, Ohio

Why BYKlyn:The people and the vibe, really and truly. It's an open, diverse, and non-judgemental space. It's incredibly special and there's no other place like it (which is why I keep coming back)!

Life Beyond BYKlyn: If I'm not at the studio, you can find me traipsing about New York trying to learn as much as possible (I'm a self-avowed history geek), practicing yoga, reading voraciously (I'm also a self-avowed bibliophile), or traveling to visit my very large, very spread out family in Uganda, Baltimore, Ohio, UK, and Germany.

Anything else we should know: I love the arts -- dance, theater, music, you name it. Fun fact: I had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall back in high school with my (very talented) orchestra!

Social media:
IG: twesg
Twitter: @helloiamgrace

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

Danielle Katz

Name: Danielle Katz

Hometown: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad


Why BYKlyn? Why not? What's not to like. The vibe is Brooklyn all day every day... gritty, real and diverse.


What's your class really like? It depends. One day it could be a party on the bike. The next day we're digging deep in the trenches. But it's all good!


What's your music vibe? I love music and love to channel my inner DJ in my classes so you'll always get a healthy mix of every and anything. In my ultimate cycling class I would have my fave artists performing. What? A girl can dream?!


Life beyond the BYKbox: When I'm not at BYKlyn I teach at my own art-based play-school.


Anything else you want us to know:
Cycling, family, traveling, good food.


FB: Danielle James Katz
IG: slydawtr1
Spotify: oseij

 

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:

  • Wed Oct 17 6:30 am - 7:15 am with Jo Brenner
  • Wed Oct 17 9:30 am - 10:15 am with Shane Blouin
  • Wed Oct 17 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm with Sara Hogrefe
  • Thu Oct 18 6:30 am - 7:15 am with Nicole Murray
  • Thu Oct 18 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm with Svetlana Bezinyan
  • Fri Oct 19 6:30 am - 7:15 am with Crystal Fasano
  • Fri Oct 19 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm with Kat Piola
  • Sat Oct 20 8:30 am - 9:15 am with Kat Piola
  • Sat Oct 20 10:30 am - 11:15 am with Grace Twesigye
  • Sat Oct 20 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm with Crystal Fasano
  • Sun Oct 21 9:00 am - 9:45 am with Tiffani Carter-Thompson
  • Sun Oct 21 11:30 am - 12:15 pm with Danielle Katz
  • Sun Oct 21 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm with Chi Iregbulem-McGrath
  • Sun Oct 21 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm with Kat Piola
  • Mon Oct 22 6:30 am - 7:15 am with Sara Hogrefe