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Spring Into Change Challenge: 70 Days of Inspiration from 300+ Cyc Riders

We never could have anticipated how inspiring one 10 week Challenge could be — not just for our riders, but for our entire Cyc family. Beginning on March 23rd, Cyc riders across the country accepted the Spring Into Change Challenge Powered by Vitafusion to ride 4+ times per week, dedicating themselves to becoming healthier and stronger in the process.

Though we knew we had a lot of dedicated athletes ready to take on the Challenge, the outpouring of encouragement, affirmations, and unbelievable results from all of our riders was an incredible surprise. It was also incredibly inspiring. Here are some of our favorite quotes and stories our challengers shared with us…

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Kate Mann’s before and after snapshots

“Not to sound dramatic, but the Spring Into Change Challenge with Cyc honestly changed my life. Prior to the Challenge you would have never seen me in a gym (and if you did, I would not be happy to be there). I hated exercise, and had sworn off everything in the fitness industry as being intimidating and scary, and swore I’d never be one of ‘those people’ who loves working out and talks about it all the time. I was overweight, depressed, and lazy and had pretty much given up on the idea of ever changing. I’ve always had body image issues, but had never had any success no matter what trendy workout or diet I tried. I accepted that I would always be a chubby girl, and that I could never be fit. I tried Cyc once or twice before the Challenge and enjoyed it more than anything else I’d tried, so when I got the email I decided to go for it since I had nothing to lose. After that I was hooked. Everyone at the studio was incredibly nice, friendly, and supportive and I felt like they really cared about my progress and wanted me to do well. I felt myself getting stronger and faster (a feeling I was unfamiliar with) and was amazed at what I could push my body to do. I was exponentially happier and had way more energy. My first ride I couldn’t keep tempo to a single song and now I can keep up for almost all of class. My outlook on life has changed and I love my new healthy lifestyle and am so bummed out on days when I don’t get to work out. As I graduate from the UW this semester and start job hunting, I’m looking for a job somewhere fitness related, so I can incorporate my new found passion into work somehow. I’ve never been happier, more confident, or felt more comfortable in my own skin. I don’t even recognize the person I was before, and I’m so thankful I took this challenge.”
– Kate Mann, Cyc Madison rider

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Joshua Hall and Keoni Hudoba (at the end of the Challenge), Joshua Hall and Savannah Dew (a month prior)

“Not only has the Challenge been a physical journey but a mental one as well. At the beginning of the Challenge I thought of it as just a really good workout. But after 4 classes a week for 10 straight weeks my perspective drastically changed. Due to the frequency of classes it takes more planning and coordination… this ‘hobby’ of a workout became much more engaging physically and mentally.”
-Joshua Hall, Cyc Astor rider

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Megan Bawden Westphal and Cycologist Jenny DeMain

“My Cyc change story can be summed up by this quote: “Don’t forget to be AWESOME”… Throughout the Challenge I’ve seen great improvements. I’ve lost about 10 pounds so far and keep on losing. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and crept up closer to the front row in class (I even sat there once) and have increased my weights for all weighted sectors. Last class I was pushing the 3-4 pounders like it was my job! My Cyc rides bring a smile to my face and give me something to look forward to during my busy day of computer work. Cyc’s a place where I can focus on me (which is the whole reason for my goal declaration).”
-Megan Bawden Westphal, rider at Cyc Madison

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Amalia Goldberg’s progress

“The Spring Into Change Challenge has pushed me to a new level of physical wellness that I never dreamed I’d ever see again. After a few weeks, I noticed that I was becoming stronger. My clothes were suddenly a bit looser. People began commenting on how healthy I looked. I began to feel good about my rides, and how I could do less modified moves and actually keep up with the music. Physically, I started liking the way I looked. My eating habits became healthier and I stopped binge eating. I began to feel confident in my own skin and actually see muscles forming. I liked who I was becoming and my confidence came shining through. While the weight on the scale has only fluctuated a pound or two, I’ve lost over 3 inches off of my thighs and an inch and a half off my waist. I’ve also become an inspiration to my friends and family, and more importantly, to myself. I CAN do things if I set my mind to it! I’ve proven it to myself, and I now have the confidence to take on any challenge.”
-Amalia Goldberg, Cyc Madison rider

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Lauren Patrick and Cyc Buckhead Cycologist Annie Czarnecki

“This summer I’m turning 30, which made me do a reality check in regards to how out of shape I’ve become. Since I got married almost five years ago, I put on 20 pounds and just didn’t feel like my best self. So I set out on a quest to lose 15 pounds before my 30th birthday, calling it my #15in15. (You can read more about it here.) When I heard about the Spring Into Change Challenge, I was motivated to see the results I could achieve over 10 weeks. This has been an awesome journey.”
-Lauren Patrick, Cyc Buckhead rider

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Lauren Unger’s before and after snapshots

“This Challenge is just what I needed! I haven’t missed a ride, and as a matter of fact, I’ve even added on rides because I feel so good when I’m on the bike. During this Challenge I took the majority of my rides with Natalie and I’m so grateful for her. She is a rockstar both on and off the bike and is committed to her riders and making sure we’re getting what we need. I’d mentioned to Natalie how I wanted to tone my arms and she made sure we did just that!!!”
-Lauren Unger, Cyc Astor rider

“I give total credit to my Cycologists, particularly Caroline, Lillian, and Julianna. I do most of their classes and feel pushed in every class because of their amazing playlists and passion for the job. I finish each class feeling much better about my day and stronger about life in general.”
-Joe Morelli, Cyc Buckhead rider

“At my first ride, my goal was just to make it through class! A month later, I did two classes back-to-back and made it through both of them. (You can bet I didn’t drop those weights!) My reason for even going to my first ride was to regain the self esteem I had lost. It’s been a process but I’m gaining it back. My body is stronger and healthier, and my energy is higher than it’s been in years. Cyc has helped me reach my goals in a healthy and exciting way.”
-Fiona Wakefield, Cyc Madison rider

And many, many more…

Thank you, Cyc family, for your dedication and constant inspiration!

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Spring into Change Q+A with Jessalyn Keywork

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What’s motivating Jessalyn Keywork to amp up her own fitness game? Our challengers! Jessalyn shares what has surprised her most from the challenge and more in our final Spring into Change Challenge Q+A:

Cyc Fitness: Jessalyn, you are our last Cycologist Q+A of the Spring into Change Challenge. What surprised you most over the course of the challenge?

JK: The dedication, drive, and push each challenger has shown. I feel like so many people sign up for things and don’t follow through with them, but all of my riders are even more motivated than when they started. That is such a cool thing to be a part of! Being a mentor for 120 New York challengers has been a tall task. I try to keep all of my rides fresh, so that the challengers always have something new to look forward to.

Something else that has surprised me is how emotionally connected I feel to the challenge. Whenever I hear that someone met or surpassed a goal I go home and tell my husband right away! I’m so proud of all of our challengers for pushing through their goals and not giving up. Keep Going! Only 2 weeks left!!

CF: You grew up playing soccer, running track and dancing competitively. Do you bring these forms of physical activity into the studio? How do they come through in your classes?

JK: Absolutely! Dance has played a huge role in my knowledge of music, which is how I am able to come up with the playlists for my rides, especially when I include songs that are atypical, but work. As for the athlete in me, I am very competitive and super motivated to make each class better than the last. I think all of me shines through in my rides because I  try to show grace on the bike, as well as strength and power.

CF: What do you love most about your riders and what have you seen in this challenge that maybe you weren’t expecting from them?

JK: First thing first: I cannot believe so many people are participating in the challenge! It is because of this that the energy at Cyc has been nothing but positive and uplifting, confirming that this is a community I am so proud to be a part of. I think each challenger brought something special to the table when they signed up for #springintochange; I met some who were spinning for the first time, others who are focused on weight loss, making positive lifestyle changes, wedding prep, and even some who just want to conquer the Cyc method. It is unbelievable when I look at the room of riders and see so many familiar faces who are very visibly stronger than before.

Something else that’s awesome (and forcing me to step up my own game) is that many challengers have moved up to the 3,4 and even 5 pound weight bins. These same riders were using the 1 and 2 pound weights when they started and all I can think is DAYUM!

CF: What are you hoping to continue seeing from your riders?

JK: Even when the challenge ends I want our riders to stay motivated. I hope I can always be around for them, to keep my rides interesting and physically demanding. We have so much to gain from each other. #buddysystem

CF: Has the challenge been a positive experience for you as a Cycologist? Have you met any specific goals that you set for yourself?

JK: It has been unbelievably positive and it’s been tough… but tough in a good way! The challenge has helped me to grow as an instructor and a person. I’ve been teaching at Cyc for just under a year and a half and I am very proud of how far I have come since starting. It was a huge step to walk into the fitness industry and I have loved every minute of it, thank you to Cyc and Keoni for their nonstop support and love. We truly are a #cycfam, riders included! I feel so blessed to have been asked to mentor our challengers and that ‘job’ will never end for me!

CF: Summer is here! Any fun plans??

JK: My lil sister’s wedding is only a few weeks away, so I am headed to La Jolla to take on the important duties of maid of honor. After the wedding my husband and I plan on hanging in LA and catching up with old friends. There’s plenty more to be excited about, including my own one year wedding anniversary over Labor Day Weekend. Super pumped for it all!

– Compiled by Leslie Steinberg

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Spring Into Change Q+A With Jess Clark

Austin’s healthy girl-about-town, Jess Clark, knows a thing or two about making change happen. A few years ago, this fearless Cycologist chose to leave her role as Marketing Director for a large firm to start her own health and wellness business. What she has learned can’t be taught behind a desk. It took a ton of work and even more courage to get to where Jess is today: founder of Pump & Shred, and one of Austin’s hottest Cycologists! We talked with Jess about how she made her dreams a reality:

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Cyc Fitness: What does being a Cycologist mean to you?

Jess Clark: Teaching classes at Cyc gives me an outlet for coaching that is just as much about having fun as it is about getting a great workout. I love that Cyc encourages balance and places a great deal of importance on the social aspect of fitness. Cyc is a place where we can come as we are, and dance, sing, sweat, and leave feeling like the best version of ourselves. No judgement, no competition, just good vibes.

CF: What are you hoping to get out of the Spring into Change Challenge?

JC: I am hoping to get to know more of our riders and help them achieve their health and fitness goals throughout the challenge. I want to provide more support to our tribe in Austin and guide them through change and overcoming obstacles. In return, I hope to gain a new group of fit friends to help me reach my personal fitness goals. By going at it together we can increase our chance for success exponentially. Accountability is what this challenge is all about.

CF: One of your biggest life changes was to leave a safe corporate job to pursue your dream career in health and wellness. How was this challenging for you?

JC: The decision to pursue my dream career in health and wellness was super challenging. First of all, it was tough explaining my feelings to family and friends who were more traditional in their beliefs about career and life. I got the vibe that everyone thought I was crazy but deep down I trusted my gut and decided to take the plunge with or without their support. I think the hardest part was learning not to second guess myself. Learning how to trust my instincts and not rely too much on what other people think has been transformative. And best of all is that I wake up every day knowing that I’m doing what I love and helping others improve their health and wellness!

CF: You said that once you started teaching group fitness your outlook on life improved, as if you were happy for the first time; your physical and emotional self was in harmony. Can you explain that a bit?

JC: When I started coaching group fitness I didn’t know if I’d be any good at it. But I learned that mentoring and coaching come naturally to me, and I really get so much out of it. I love seeing my clients get the results they’re looking for. Whether it’s a big or small change, I’m helping transform people’s lives for the better. Once I started helping my clients I noticed that I developed a greater appreciation of others. Seeing vulnerability in my clients revealed to me my own weaknesses and the more I help other’s the more accepting and kind I become to myself.

CF: Starting over professionally couldn’t have been easy. What were some of the most difficult things starting out?

JC: I think the most difficult part of starting anything new is the fear of failure. Risk is scary because you’re afraid of what will happen to you if it doesn’t work out. And most of the time settling for ‘good enough’ is easy, comforting and familiar, but there’s nothing exciting or great about it! I also feared being judged by my peers; I used to think that people would think less of me if my business didn’t work out. There are setbacks, for sure, but you learn so much from these experiences. What I’ve learned is to keep believing in myself, to continue working hard and to never give up on the things that matter to me. Be fearless.

-Compiled by Leslie Steinberg

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How to Take a Successful Selfie: Before + After

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Hey Challengers! We know you’re going to be working hard over the next few months and we want to help you properly track your success. So we’ve gone ahead and put the ultimate before/after selfie guide together. Submit your own photos throughout the challenge for a chance to be included in our results photoshoot!

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