Certifications: Keiser M3, Madd Dog Spinning.
Brigid Lossing had a more difficult road to health and fitness than many of us. Not only did Brigid turn her entire life around in terms of her weight, her diet, and her fitness, but she has successfully battled cancer – twice.
Brigid considers herself a coach to her indoor cycling clients, striving to inspire Ryders to investigate their potential, set goals, then find pathways to achieving them. “There are many subtle nuances involved in cycling. When planning a Ryde, I strive to highlight one or two aspects so participants will leaving feeling as though they have gained a little more knowledge and are working their way toward mastering specific skills.”
Brigid developed the concept of Training for Life as a focus for RydeOn!'s work. To her, Training for Life means that it's important for everyone to embrace the idea of “training” as something that's not just for athletes. “Consider all the physical activity we engage in on a day-to-day basis. Then think how much better we will feel when we can move through our day without aches and pains. How wonderful to be able to go up and down stairs without being winded!” Through her blog series, “The Keys to Success in Health and Fitness,” (see the first installment here), Brigid has created a complete guide – one that goes far beyond indoor cycling – to help clients reach their goals.
Brigid her husband Rob have worked to make RydeOn! indoor cycling studio a huge presence in the greater Ann Arbor community.
Brigid on RydeOn!:
"My life has been so enriched by all the wonderful people I have met. I truly feel like I have an extended family with all my RydeOn! friends."
Certifications: B.S., Exercise Physiology, Neuromuscular/Myofascial Massage Therapist / NCTMB, Madd Dog Spinning instructor, FitTour Pilates,Group Fitness and Indoor Cycling instructor, American Heart CPR, ACSM Exercise Specialist
Malissa is another RydeOn! instructor who isn't “just” an indoor cycling instructor but also an overall fitness professional. With her background helping people train – and recover from training – Malissa shares her knowledge about how to get the most out of a workout without incurring an injury.
When it comes to her work with RydeOn!, Malissa sees herself as a “trouble shooter” who enjoys exploring options for helping her indoor cycling clients achieve variety and balance in their health and fitness routines. Knowing that no one is an island, Malissa stresses getting the whole family involved in the health and fitness journey. “It's about the big picture – about your overall lifestyle.”
For Malissa, Training for Life is about that balanced lifestyle and, “..a varied approach with small goals leading to the big ones.”
Stemming from her experience in strength and conditioning for high level athletes, Malissa does volunteer work with youth athletes in Saline including strength/conditioning for soccer and basketball players. Her work developing the Saline area Girls On The Run program has also provided the foundation for many of our young ladies to explore their own paths in heath and fitness.
Malissa on RydeOn!:
"Group fitness like indoor cycling produces an energy not found in individual training modes. This energy becomes addictive and is a very powerful source of an unspoken (and sometimes really excitedly spoken!) bond between participants. It is also very individually powerful for many to see others' improvements whether in physical appearance, health or ability level – particularly along the wide spectrum of age, gender, shapes and capabilities we have at each RydeOn! class."
Certifications: Madd Dog Spinning, Keiser M3, AAFA Group Exercise Instructor
Susan has been involved in health and fitness since childhood and had been a certified group fitness instructor for more than fifteen years when she joined RydeOn! as an indoor cycling instructor in the fall of 2011. Even as a mom and a woman with a vacation rental business in Florida, Susan tells herself – and her clients – that a major key to health and fitness is to just “Keep Trying!”
Susan considers herself a coach, a trainer, and a cheerleader to her clients. She works hard to give the people in her indoor cycling classes the individual attention they desire, “Sometimes by giving them a friendly smile, other times providing an ear to listen to their troubles, and other times by being a cheerleader to keep them motivated.”
When it comes to Training for Life, Susan believes that the health and fitness journey is a process to extend our lives and make them better and more productive – not a short term commitment, but a lifelong one.
Susan on RydeOn!:
"I feel like the community aspect of RydeOn! is what makes us successful – this is what separates us from every other fitness facility in Washtenaw County. This is a friendly place where everyone, regardless of their fitness level, can feel comfortable. This is also a place where our clients come because their friends are coming. The idea of grabbing a cup of coffee after a Ryde and chatting with friends (old and new) is something that no other gym or studio offers. RydeOn! is a no-judgment zone."
Degrees and Certifications – AFAA Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Spinning, YogaFit levels 1,2,3, CrossFit Level 1, Red Cross First Aid and Adult CPR/AED
I have been involved with the field of fitness for over 20 years, beginning with high school athletics. As a freshman in college I discovered the world of group exercise. I have instructed group exercise classes of every kind and worked with both individuals and small groups as a personal trainer.
It is my passion in life to teach. I use fitness as a tool to coach people to discover something new about themselves, something that will make them better in all areas of their lives. I believe that a strong person is better equipped to face life’s challenges and exercise is a great tool to make us stronger physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Fitness need not be a separate category in life; it should be an overall lifestyle. My husband, three sons and I all participate in various athletic and fitness endeavors. As a family, we prioritize movement as a part of our daily lives. To me, Training for Life, means functional fitness–being able to participate fully in life.
EJ on RydeOn!:
"At RydeOn! there is a community of individuals encouraging one another on toward better health, and more fully enriched lives."
Certifications: Sydney Technical College Associate Diploma in Nuclear Medicine, Mad Dogg Spin Instructor, CPR.
Andrew went for his Mad Dogg Spin certification and joined the RydeOn! team because his wife (and RydeOn! instructor), Jocie, encouraged him. Since then he's found his RydeOn! experience so motivating that, when the weather permits, Andrew rides his bike to and from the classes he instructors – for a total thirty-five mile ride!
Saying that “You have to have fun working out!,” Andrew sees himself as a coach, motivator, spinning technique advisor and “entertainer” who believes good fun is a major key to good health.
When it comes to Training for Life, Andrew finds it an easy concept because he and Jocie use indoor cycling as a cross training tool for their running. “Spinning is so easy on our joints while also engaging our prime running muscles.”
In the past year Andrew has improved his half marathon time to less than eight minutes per mile, and completed his second marathon at the end of September at a sub-nine minutes per mile pace – “A race distance I said I would never run!”
Andrew on RydeOn!:
"I have been surprised, more than a few times lately, to be introducing myself to someone (teacher, kids' running coach, local parent, banker) and hearing the reply 'Oh...you're the Spin teacher!,' … then I realize they are a RydeOn! client. My points being that spinning is for EVERYONE, and I am super happy to be providing a service that is accessible to this diverse a group."
Degrees and Certifications: BA, DDS, M.S., Madd Dog Spin Instructor, CPR
Jocie is yet another of our RydeOn! indoor cycling instructors who has chosen to pursue health and fitness as her profession as well as her passion – in Jocie's case, she has her own orthodontic practice in addition to her work with our studio.
She also practices what she preaches when it comes to her health and fitness journey. When we first profiled her on our blog, Jocie said that a main component of her fitness philosophy is to keep the company of like-minded friends. She has definitely done so, running almost daily with her office staff and encouraging her husband, Andrew (who is also one of our instructors), in his own running efforts.
Jocie reports that Training for Life is, “incorporated into all of my training routines. … Anyone who gets into a good fitness routine knows how great it can make you feel and how much better other aspects of your life become when you are healthy.”
Jocie has been very busy in the past year, completing her first full triathlon, the Full Rev, at Cedar Point (where she won for her age group!), completing the 6.2 mile Swim to the Moon, and running five half-marathons, the Ann Arbor marthon, and an fifty-mile ultra-marathon in Florida. She is currently training for a 100-mile ultra-marathon, and says that “Spinning has helped my running tremendously. I recommend spinning as a training routine for all runners!”
Jocie on RydeOn!:
"I absolutely love the family feel at RydeOn! I always look forward to both teaching and being taught by the other great instructors. Everyone motivates me to do my best, and I am proud to be part of the RydeOn! team!"
Certifications – Mad Dogg Spinning, CPR, Speech Language Pathologist / M.A. CCC-SLP
Emily has always incorporated some type of fitness into her life, including spinning here and there, but before RydeOn!, she never had a consistent fitness plan. “I joined RydeOn! one month after they opened in 2011, and from the first class, I was hooked. I knew I had found a place I could stick with for the long haul. The people, the Keiser bikes and the studio were what kept me coming back. Within 2 months, I knew I wanted to get certified to teach; I loved it that much.” Getting certified was on Emily’s 2013 bucket list. In June 2013, she completed the requirements for certification. She began teaching at RydeOn! in July. As a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist, Emily motivates her clients to communicate, and has now found a new way to do so. “I have been so inspired by every teacher at RydeOn! Now I am loving being in front of the class, motivating others to push just a bit further and encouraging the concept of Training for Life in each class I teach.” Emily hopes to provide a positive health model for her two young daughters, to encourage fitness as a way to improve self-esteem, reduce stress and increase overall happiness and enjoyment in life. “I share with my girls the idea that I don’t exercise because I have to, I exercise because I want to; it makes me a better mom. It’s a win-win situation; what can be better than that?” In addition to cycling at RydeOn!, Emily participates regularly in power yoga and local outdoor running races as a way to balance out her fitness regimen.
Emily on RydeOn!:
"In this studio you’ll find a place without judgment; a place with encouragement and motivation. You’ll find people who are happy and energetic and enjoying life. It’s an amazing community of instructors and clients both and I am so thrilled to be a part of it."
Certifications – Mad Dogg Spinning
Laura pursued Mad Dogg Spin certification after being a part of the studio for a year after her sister introduced her to indoor cycling after an injury. Laura is a professor in the University of Michigan system and is an educational psychologist and administrator in the area of education, health and human services, and sees the importance of healthy lifestyle choices on a daily basis in her work and research. Laura's experience in teaching and designing curriculum and learning environments and plans has transferred to her love of indoor cycling - "I love planning the rides and creating experiences and playlists that will help clients enjoy the experience and meet their goals.
As an instructor at RydeOn!, Laura views her role as working with people to both have fun and push themselves
Laura on RydeOn!:
"The combination of music, friendship, and exercise has such a positive impact on health and wellbeing - RydeOn is a perfect example of an environment that creates the opportunity for people to truly train for life."
Certifications – NASM Personal Trainer Certification; Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning® Instructors certificate; CPR; Human Resource Management (McGill University)
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Sharon Hillenaar has had the good fortune of being able to live in 5 different countries over the last 10 years; the US being her most recent relocation. Whilst living overseas Sharon had her own craft supply import/export business, she to fostered a love for health and fitness with many hours of training for 1/2 marathons and attending cyling classes; her two favorite activities. After selling her business in 2013, she soon found herself longing to get involved in the health and fitness industry. Often thinking of her mother's advice of "following your heart and the rest will fall into place" she enrolled in a Spinning® course and became a certified Spin® instructor.
"Helping others to achieve their goals is so rewarding for both the individual and myself. It is an intrinsic part of who I am and being able to play a role in guiding individuals towards health and wellbeing provides me with so much happiness.”
Training for life is about setting yourself up for long term success with realistic goals and determination. Providing tools, ideas and support to make that success a reality is what helps feed that long term goal and that's what Sharon believes her biggest role is within the health and fitness industry. "Seeing proud, smiling confident faces is what I hope will be the end result of any training support I provide".
Sharon on RydeOn!:
Wow!!! What can I say? I walked into RydeOn! back in April 2015 just to find out about taking some indoor cycling classes. One of the instructors (Malissa) welcomed me to into the club with an incredibly friendly smile and an open ear. The following week I attended one of her classes; it was immediately apparent that RydeOn wasn't your typical spin studio, it was a community. It was I that moment I knew that's the community I wanted to be part of."
Certifications – Mad Dogg Spinning, CPR, Keiser M3
Kelly’s interest in health and fitness started in high school while playing women’s varsity basketball. “I love playing sports! But that all led to sports related injuries, and I needed to find an activity that didn’t risk further injury.” Kelly knew she was onto something when she took her first spin class 13 years ago. “I love being able to compete with myself on the bike. I‘m able to ride and get a great workout without needing ice bags that night. And I love being part of a positive community.”
Over the past 10 years, Kelly has worked intermittently in the fitness industry and became a certified spin instructor in 2012. “I chose this path for myself so I could share my passion for spinning and make a positive impact on other people’s lives.”
When it comes to Training for Life, Kelly feels that it is important to embrace fitness as a lifestyle and take a more fluid approach than a short-sighted one. “When you subscribe to the Training for Life concept, you start taking deliberate steps, one at a time, until you reach your goal. No shortcuts- just hard work and fun, while staying focused on a healthy lifestyle.”
Kelly on RydeOn!:
"I love being a part of this great community! The instructors, the community, and the bikes are what make this place special. The RydeOn! team of instructors are the best! They, along with the rest of the ryders, are very supportive and non-judgmental. And riding the Keiser bikes helps improve your fitness since you are able to track your progression with the onboard computers.”
Certifications – Mad Dogg Spinning
Nicole has been a client at RydeOn! since shortly after the studio opened in 2011. She earned her Madd Dog Spinning certification in May 2015. After participating in the RydeOn! Tour de France challenge in the spring of 2012, Nicole became hooked – so much so that her fiancé proposed at RydeOn! during the New Year’s Eve 2013/2014 ride!
Indoor cycling has driven her to make other changes, including running her first 5k and 10ks last year with plans for more this year (something she never saw herself doing), and becoming involved with a local Wish A Mile team who rides at the studio as well.
Nicole on RydeOn!:
“As important as the health portion of RydeOn!, are the friendships I’ve made here. I’ve done things I’d never thought I would do, including becoming an instructor, because of the relationships I’ve built here. That energy and dynamic is what keeps me coming back and promoting the studio to my friends and co-workers. I also appreciate the community involvement – whether it’s supporting local events or hosting fundraisers, RydeOn! and its staff are active in the community.”
Certifications – Mad Dogg Spinning, Keiser M3, CPR
I began taking classes at RydeOn! shortly after the studio opened in 2011. I had always wanted to see what all the buzz was about! As soon as the class started, I knew exactly why people loved spinning. The instructors, atmosphere, energy, music, and the hard work, I was hooked! In 2012 I decided to get certified to teach so I could help and share in peoples’ journey to better themselves.
I have always been into athletics since I was young and when I started going to classes at RydeOn! in 2011 I had also started training for my first 5k. I thought spinning would be a great way to compliment my training and prevent injury. Many races later, from 5k's to half marathon's and even a full marathon scheduled in late 2017, spinning still is my go to exercise for cross-training.
If you have ever felt hesitant to try something new like spinning, RydeOn! is the place to go for your first experience. The bikes are top notch quality, the instructors are knowledgeable and motivating in their own different ways, and the other clients are incredibly supportive. You will feel right at home the minute you walk through the door.
For me, Training for Life, means finding something you enjoy and produces results so that you stick with it. Something that pushes you to be the best version of yourself day in and day out. There is nothing more rewarding for me as an athlete and an instructor to see people working hard and accomplishing things they never thought they could do.
Believe you can a you're halfway there!