This class is taught by:

Neil Smith

| Life Enthusiast | Creator | Expeditionist | Fashion Dedicate | Oprah Obsessed | People Lover |

What motivates you about being on the YYC CYCLE Crew?
One of the most powerful things a person can do is motivate, encourage and uplift others to be the best versions of themselves. At YYC Cycle I am able to fulfill that aspiration every time I walk through the doors. Being granted the ability to work and meet new people in a positive and electric atmosphere is my biggest motivating force. I enjoy surrounding myself with the type of people that ignite a fire within me and in return I hope I can spark a flame within them. For me, the biggest success is being able to grow and learn each day, being pushed mentally and physically and most of all just having fun making the best of every day!

If you could know the answer to any question, besides "what is the meaning of life?", what would it be?
Is the juice worth the squeeze?

Cream Soda or Orange Crush?

How can we find you on #instagram?

Ashleigh Toby

| Food | Dad Jokes | Interpretive Dance | Connection | Affection |

What Motivates you about being a Motivator?
If I can get you from A to B, then I’m f** game - I don’t care how long/how hard it takes, or what your A/B looks like. A wise guy once told me that if I gave him 100%, he’d give me 200% back, and it’s given me this platform to do the same for the biker gang. No more excuses - LET’S GO!

How would you describe your classes at YYC CYCLE?
If you could bring A$AP Rocky, The Chainsmokers, and Diplo to a house party, make a slow-motion montage of cheers-ing solo cups (Swell Bottles), and end with an energizing heart-to-heart (you know, the backyard/spare room/brand new BBF ones)... but you’re really sweaty the whole time.

What's your guilty pleasure?
McDonalds. But it's not even guilty, it's an embraced lifestyle.

What's the best relationship advice you've been given?
It's not about the price tags, it's about the experiences. I've never seen the value in a fancy dinner (also in having my plate of food in arm's reach of someone else), and I've always treasured the adventures I've shared.

Your instagram handle?

Claudia Ling

| Energizer Bunny | Lame Jokester | Party Starter | Spin Crusher | Giving Ninja |

What motivates you to be a motivator?
The positive vibes, powerful energy and courage that are brought together by the Bikergang. When I first step foot into YYC Cycle in Sep'15, I had a little evil named “fear” in me. I didn’t know what to expect, wasn’t sure if I would physically/mentally be able to handle the intensity of it. I just wasn’t sure how far of my comfort zone I was getting away from, given that I never even grew up riding a bike! That 50 minutes changed my life! Within that class, I danced to the beat of the sick tracks, almost fell off a bike (Yes. That happened.), fist pumped to other Bikergang who were here for the same reasons ( sweat | be proud | laugh ), was inspired and motivated to surpass my imaginary limit and I came out feeling more energetic, up-lifted and happy than ever. I want to share that same feeling with each and every Bikergang who come through those doors. Letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be or what we’re supposed to do and spend that 50 minutes embracing who we are and what we need to do for ourselves. This is what matters to me.

How would you describe your classes at YYC CYCLE?
Cardio crusher, core strength builder and busting a laugh while doing that! A mix of EDM, drum&bass, hip-hop and old school remix will make you want to get off the saddle and dance! You are expected to show up and surpass your limit every time. And the best part is, we’re doing it together!

What is your favourite joke?
How many tickles can an octopus take?


Who is your celebrity look-alike?
Lucy Liu…minus 2 inches

Your Instagram handle?

Erinn & Nate Thomas

| Devoted Dance Parents | Workout Junkies | Wine Lovers | Sun Worshipers | Anti-Aging | Big-Hearted|

What motivates me about being a motivator?
We motivate with the ultimate hope to inspire the Bikergang… No matter where you are in life or how busy you are, you can choose to make physical fitness a priority. We are passionate about the gigantic health benefits and we want to share this passion! We get excited when we think about impacting others so much so that they make a positive change in their life! Fit people are happy people!

Busy people get it done! We are proud parents of two beautiful, busy girls. Between shuttling our girls to and from dance, school and social activities, and managing demanding work schedules, fitness always remains a priority.

Being in a position to positively impact and invoke change through Spin is an incredible blessing.

How would you describe your style of class at YYC?
Action-packed, no-holds barred, energizing 50 minutes. Lot’s of sweat, lot’s of hard work, and instant gratification. We don’t take ourselves too seriously – we laugh often, pump out the high-powered tunes, push hard and get it done as a team.

If you turned into each other for a day, what would you do?
E: I would stare at and feel my abs all day long and enjoy not having to do my hair!
N: Just look hot in my Lululemon’s and pray that I don’t have to make a ballet bun for one of the girls…
If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Take a deep Breath. Become professional philanthropists. Move into Marda Loop. Open a dance studio for our daughters. Motivate more.

How can we find you on #instagram?


Chris Scruggs

| Alberta Ballet Dancer | Indiana University Hoosier | Ski Patroller | Sushi Fanatic | Go-Getter | Beat Catcher |

What motivates you about being a motivator?
The People, The Biker Gang! The people in a room make an enormous impact on the energy in the space. I will always give 200% of myself on that bike and I love love love feeling that energy, commitment, power, and fire back from the biker gang throughout the ride. I love that each of us has our own unique journey or individual story, and we all still come together and ride those 50 minutes as one group, one community--that really inspires me. Being able to lose yourself in the music and let everything go, that is the beginning of growth and change. The ability to be on the bike with you all and kill that beat and of course DANCE it out together!….Just a few reasons why I love being a motivator :)
How would you describe your style of class at YYC?
Music PUMPING, Lights BLAZING, Sweat DRIPPING, Energy on FIRE, and Dancing on that bike! WOO! I would for sure say that my class is based on music, I LOVE a sick beat. I always promise to deliver music that will let you sing along to your favourite top 40’s remixes and also allow you to lose yourself in new tracks. Theres a time in my class for each and everyone of you! Wether its Dancing our butts off throughout the ride on the bike, an arm burning weight track, a sing along to tracks we all know, discovering and chasing that beat with some new top 40’s or EDM remixes, or a quiet moment for reflection and growth—There is a time for everyone in my class! The time is now, Lets ride y’all!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
...and Pinot Grigio.
3 things you couldn't do without?
Music, Mountains, Laughter
How can we find you on #instagram?

Rachel Morrison

| Professional Chameleon | Sweat Seeker | Jetsetter | Connection Generator |

What Motivates you about being a Motivator?
Ultimately, being a YYC motivator provides me with the ability to contribute to a community that positively infiltrates my life everyday. I strive to create an alternate reality with no restrictions and no judgment, but simply infectious energy. I cherish each and every relationship fostered within four sweaty walls and I am blessed to be able to promote the fundamental foundation of fitness, movement.
How would you describe your classes at YYC CYCLE?
Throwing in the towel, without it getting sweaty is not an option in my class. I provide the YYC bikergang with the perfect variety if spin culture. I have a passion for music and find myself getting lost in the beat and you will too while pushing to your absolute limits. My goal is to connect with each and every biker gang member and inspire you to reach the brink of absolute fatigue while leaving the room refueled and refreshed.
Name one item you can always find in your gym bag?
A brown, squishy banana (great source of potassium).
Things you can't live without?
David's Tea, my glasses (for safety reasons) & a fuzzy blanket.
Your Instagram handle?

Jessie Watson

| Coffee Fiend | Squeeze-Hugger | Sweat Addict | Eternal Optimist | Crazy Cat Lady

What Motivates you about being a Motivator?
To have the opportunity to give someone the same experience that got me hooked on spin myself, as a rider. Spin literally changed my life, and it gives me goosebumps to think that I've been given the platform to be a catalyst of change in the lives of the bikergang!

How would you describe your classes at YYC CYCLE?
The 50 minutes you'll spend with me are extremely energetic and fun, while at the same time hard hitting, intense and challenging. We will be able forget about our stressful day, week or month together, and push ourselves to the limit. All this, while remembering to have a few laughs and to never take ourselves too seriously. We will walk out of the room a stronger, happier (and sweatier) version of ourselves.

What is something the bikergang doesn't know about you?
That my hair colour is natural, I've never dyed it (I could write an ENTIRE book of blonde jokes... I've heard them all)

If you were a ice cream flavour, what would you be?
Obviously rainbow superhero - it's clearly delicious, I love the bright colours, and I never take myself (or anything, for that matter) too seriously...

Your instagram handle?

Mandy Balak

| Dream Do'er | Hustler | Motivator | Date Connoisseur |

What motivates you about being a motivator?
Teaching spin is one of the most positive things in my life. I love the people, the energy and I love being able to make a difference in someone’s day. When someone comes out of class and says “ I needed that” or tells me that something I said made them motivated- there is no better feeling. The challenges you overcome on the bike set you up for how you take on challenges in your life. Confidence to reach your goals and overcome anything life throws at you starts with the buzz you get when you crush a class.

How would you describe one of your style of classes at YYC?
I spread passion, good vibes and dedication into everything I do and I’ll make sure you bring that into every class. My approach to teaching is commanding and motivational -we can all push ourselves that little bit further when someone encourages you to break through your limits. Amazing things happen outside your comfort zone and I want to help guide you there. You can expect a remixed track by Notorius B.I.G and some high energy house beats.

What phone App do you use the most?
My business is very social so you’ll find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook a lot!

What is your favorite 5 cent candy?
Fuzzy peaches. Duh.

How can we find you on #instagram?

Jessica Dumont

| Spin Addict | Music Lover | Sweet Tooth | Perpetual Smiler | True Virgo |

What Motivates you about being a Motivator?
The first time I came to YYC Cycle, I felt exhausted from my work day, very intimidated, and to be completely honest, apprehensive about walking into the spin room altogether. Although I’m sure I wasn’t on beat (at all), and just generally all over the place, I left the studio with a big smile on my face and way more energy than I had walking in. I remember feeling inspired, and I was hooked instantly! Whenever I’m having a bad day or stressful week, I can always count on that time inside the spin room to reflect and unwind, and come out of class a stronger person with a better perspective. YYC Cycle is so much more to me than just a workout studio, and if someone left one of my classes feeling the same way, I’d be so happy.

How would you describe your classes at YYC CYCLE?
Fun, upbeat, and energetic with a few heavy grinds in between. I love a lot of different music genres, so there’ll always be a good mix of tunes. It’s important that you feel challenged in that spin room but still walk out proud of what you accomplished.

Favourite Food?
Guacamole! I even own a shirt that says “Guac This Way”.

Which fictional TV character are you?
Charlotte from Sex and the City – Optimistic, Sensible, Sweet-Natured, and I love a good Fit & Flare skirt or dress.

Your instagram handle?

Elle McAndrews

| Go-Getter | Spin Obsessed | Vintage Seeker | Clumsy as Hell | Kitchen Queen | Booty Shaker | Music Therapist | Fun Fact Sponge| Potato Chip Addict |

What motivates me about being a motivator?
Knowing that I get to ride with a community that is seeking wellness and energy. Spin is a game changer for me and it brings me such joy to observe others working hard toward their goals.

How would you describe your style of class at YYC?
Music is a motivator in itself. In my profession, I observe music eliciting responses in people that I didn’t think were possible. It reaches people in incredible ways. The music I bring to my classes is chosen with the intent of encouraging you push a little harder and have a blast at the same time! Imagine I’m your partner in crime at the club getting you to do a dance up on the bar, or talk to that person you’ve been crushing on - or maybe dirty dance with them. #mischief

What can make you laugh until you cry?
The answers my girlfriends give when we play the game “Things”

Top 3 things you couldn't forgo in life?
Love, chablis, and music

How can we find you on #instagram?

Dan MacKinnon

| Strategically Impulsive | Creator | Moment Embracer | Sarcasm Extraordinaire | Dream Enforcer |

What motivates me about being a motivator?
Simply - the opportunity to give. Not often in life are you granted the environment and platform to harness such raw and powerful energy. The intrinsic passion of motivating is not only the impact I hope to have on others, but the impact I wish to receive from every individual.

How would you describe your style of class at YYC?
The tipping point between physical limit and personal achievement. Harnessing inner strength through a high energy, fun, and engaging experience.

Is it criminal to wear socks and sandals?
It’s a crime if you don’t own Birkenstocks paired with socks

What is your preferred swimming stroke?
In a floatie with a beer.

How can we find you on #instagram?


Christine Slaunwhite

| Chocoholic | Philanthropist | Self-Deprecating Humour | Disney Enthusiast | World Traveller |

What Motivates you about being a Motivator?
I’ve been obsessed with maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle since losing my dad to a preventable heart disease (emphasis on “balanced” as I will never turn my back on chocolate). I aim to live each day vivaciously, learning something from each person that I cross paths with. Being a motivator provides me the opportunity to meet and learn from so many people while sharing my experiences. The YYC Cycle community has been my saving grace through some difficult times and I hope to manifest that nondiscriminatory family-like environment in my classes. Whether you’re new to spin or you’ve attended 500 classes, I look forward to learning from you.

How would you describe your classes at YYC CYCLE?
Bootylicious! I love music that makes you want to break out into a booty-poppin’ dance frenzy. Despite the fact that I was a competitive dancer for years, my dance moves are akin to the Carlton dance. When you attend my class, I hope you leave your inhibitions at the door and leave my class feeling lifted - whether that’s your spirit, energy or booty. I have an eclectic taste in music - playing everything from rap to Disney remixes but you’ll always know when one of my favourites is playing cuz I’ll have a geeky grin from ear to ear.

Who's your favourite Disney character?
Stitch - slightly destructive and misunderstood but he means well and he's friggen cute (in an "ugly blue alien" kind of way).

What's your Bucket List Item?
Travel to two new countries each year!

What's your Instagram handle?



Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Jul 22 8:00 am - 8:50 am with Neil Smith
    at YYC Cycle - Kensington
  • Sat Jul 22 8:00 am - 8:50 am with Ashleigh Toby
    at YYC Cycle - Marda Loop
  • Sun Jul 23 8:00 am - 8:50 am with Claudia Ling
    at YYC Cycle - Kensington
  • Sun Jul 23 8:00 am - 8:50 am with Erinn & Nate Thomas
    at YYC Cycle - Marda Loop
  • Mon Jul 24 6:00 am - 6:50 am with Chris Scruggs
    at YYC Cycle - Kensington
  • Mon Jul 24 6:00 am - 6:50 am with Neil Smith
    at YYC Cycle - Marda Loop
  • Mon Jul 24 6:00 am - 6:50 am with Rachel Morrison
    at YYC Cycle - Avenida
  • Tue Jul 25 6:00 am - 6:50 am with Jessie Watson
    at YYC Cycle - Kensington
  • Tue Jul 25 6:00 am - 6:50 am with Neil Smith
    at YYC Cycle - Marda Loop
  • Wed Jul 26 6:00 am - 6:50 am with Mandy Balak
    at YYC Cycle - Kensington
  • Wed Jul 26 6:00 am - 6:50 am with Richelle Jimeno
    at YYC Cycle - Avenida
  • Wed Jul 26 6:00 am - 6:50 am with Jessica Dumont
    at YYC Cycle - Marda Loop
  • Thu Jul 27 6:00 am - 6:50 am with Elle McAndrews
    at YYC Cycle - Kensington
  • Thu Jul 27 6:00 am - 6:50 am with Dan MacKinnon
    at YYC Cycle - Marda Loop
  • Fri Jul 28 6:00 am - 6:50 am with Christine Slaunwhite
    at YYC Cycle - Kensington
  • Fri Jul 28 6:00 am - 6:50 am with Jessica Dumont
    at YYC Cycle - Avenida