“And suddenly you know: It's time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

I wish I knew how to be patient, like they do. I wish I could push harder and stand taller every time I’m shoved and pressured and slammed against immovable forces too strong to fight. I wish I knew the taste of clouds, still swollen from rainfall.

-TKG-

Hello my favourite bikergang,



Well, there is nothing like a minor surgery to make you stop and reconsider everything you’ve ever believed to be constant in your life. With my minor surgery came an overwhelming sense of doubt, doubt in the path i’ve chosen in life, doubt in the relationships i've created, doubt in regards to my self worth, and ultimately, an overwhelming emotional response to my vanity. With this sudden insurgence of doubt I also discovered a second component in my life that I hold to be my absolute saving grace.. and that my friends, is refuge.


Have you ever stopped to consider why you chose YYC over the numerous other fitness facilities available in Calgary? I have, and do continue to question why I am so undeniably committed and loyal to our beloved spin studio. This thought process got me wondering, what exactly do I love about YYC Cycle, and what truly keeps me motivated to return week after week?

In the Buddhist tradition it is understood that as individuals we are summoned to find refuge in three simple places: the Buddha ( wisdom), the Dharma ( truth), and the Sangha ( community), and to my understanding, of these three places of refuge, it is the Sangha that provides us with an undeniable sense of comfort, community, and ultimately, a sense of belonging. When I realized this, I intrinsically knew that the reason I love YYC so much is not only because of the incredible motivators , or the passion and energy of the staff, but of the feeling of complete contentment that washes over me every time I enter those doors ( even when i’m swollen and puffy faced from a super fun surgery). Well, all of this got me thinking, if I feel this way.. maybe others do as well. And so here, I offer you a small glimpse into the life and remarkable transformation of one of these above mentioned motivators, Kyle Williams.

Read on :)


Kyle Williams has made the unbelievable journey from a tumultuous life riddled with addiction to a path of wellness, health, and a commitment to the breaking of societal stigma around addiction. If you haven't yet had a chance to check out one of Kyle's classes I suggest you do, you just never know what change it may spark in you.


Kyle, what originally motivated you to walk through the doors of YYC Cycle?

I first came to YYC Cycle when I was still working at a nightclub. The classes worked with my schedule and groups of us would go and get a good sweat on. I was hooked. I think in my first two week intro package I went everyday if not twice a day. I think it was a chance occurrence that YYC happened to be the first spin class I ever went to, but the sense of community is what kept me coming back. Even if I went a month without spin, walking back through those doors always brought a sigh of relief and feeling of being home.

… and what keeps you coming back?

I think it just happened to be chance that YYC was the first spin studio I ever went to. I had plenty of friends that went to other classes at different facilities. The thing that I find compelling about the bikergang is that it's such a strong family. The support is undying but there is also a level of competitiveness that comes along with it. I'm a competitive guy and I am always trying to push myself; the bikergang is a safe place to do that. Whether I'm teaching or taking a class, there are always people around you expecting that you're giving it your all and I think the "all in this together" kind of attitude is part of what made me want to be a motivator.

What do you find unique about each studio?

I spin all over. I love all three studios for different reasons. KNST is kind of a more intimate setting, I like its rustic and original feel. MARDA is close to home for me and most of my friends spin there. AVDA is my home studio, I was brought on when it first opened and I feel like the music blasts there and classes always sound so good. You can catch me at MARDA for 7AM classes on Thursdays and twice Fridays down at Avenida. I try to pick up as many classes as I can though.

When is your favourite time to spin? What advice would you give others who find it difficult to find the motivation or time to include spin in their schedule?

I often thought that I was strictly a morning spinner. But now that I've been teaching evening and afternoon classes I've realized that anytime is a good time to get on the bike for a sweat. With the amount of classes that YYC Cycle offers it's hard to not be able to fit it in. I would say step out of your comfort zone and try a new motivator. Or someone you haven't tried in a while. Constantly pursue your favourite class... it's out there.

Lastly, how do you maintain balance between life on and off of the bike?

I feel like I'm the wrong person to be asking about balance. I am constantly on the go and very much of that seems to be on the bike. Whether it's hustling to work on my fixie, training to ride from St. John's to Vancouver or teaching a class, my life is often observed from the saddle. I wouldn't have it any other way though.

Kyle Williams

You can catch Kyle on the bike or learn more about his incredible journey here: https://www.gofundme.com/ghdf7k-aspire-to-inspire

Until next time,


Maggie

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