So the thing about spin is – at least for me – when you find an instructor you like, you follow them around. I’ve been following a couple of my favorite instructors around the city from studio to studio, and I stumbled upon Stax Cycle Club. This little spin shop has been open for a few months now, and I wanted to share a little bit more of their story.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your work. Where are you from? What do you do?
I’m originally a kiwi, shipped over here from New Zealand in high school. Katie and I actually met playing basketball and volleyball at Mount Royal College back in ’07… we instantly became good friends (perhaps due to our height…but more so how our senses of humour just clicked!). I then headed to the University of Saskatchewan to finish my degree and volleyball career, and Katie headed over to Spain on a professional basketball contract. When we both ended up back in Calgary together again, we couldn’t help but start to curate a business plan to help keep our washed-up athlete bodies in shape!
What inspires you to do what you do? How did you start doing this work?
I’ve been instructing spin for 5 years now, and Katie has always been a spin addict, hitting up amazing studios all over the world. We wanted to create a hub for all Calgary’s favourite instructors, where they could be creative with their music/playlists and marketing programs. We knew that the secret for happy clients was providing a space for instructors where they can thrive, and have some freedom, rather than being locked into a regimented spin program.
What inspires you most about your community?
Stax is a place where the health and happiness of our instructors come first, because, at the end of the day, it’s them that pulls people to walk through our doors. We’re all about balance, and we love the hard-core, intense side of our friends, clients and instructors, but also love that we can crack a beer after class and stick around for some high fives and good conversation. We’re not pretentious in any way, and we try not to take ourselves to seriously and keep things light hearted!
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