Kelly Weier is a friend of mine and owner of a spin studio – Cycle Bar San Elijo in San Diego. I had the chance to chat with Kelly and get some insight on her journey thus far as a new business owner and busy working mommy of two.
Congrats on your studio opening last year! How did you decide to become a Cycle Bar owner?
Thank you! I left my job 8 years ago to take care of my daughter who was born with down syndrome so I could be around for the years of therapy and surgeries. Now that she was thriving I decided to go back to work and do something that made me happy. I have always been into fitness and been in marketing and sales for years. My husband and I wanted a partnership in something we could both enjoy. He is an avid road cyclist so this seemed to be a boutique fitness fit that we could both get into.
Spin has become such a boutique fitness phenomenon. What do you think it is about it that sets it apart from other workouts out there?
I Think that fact that is a total body workout in 45 minutes with meditative aspects makes it all-encompassing. Its group fitness but everyone can go at there own speed, nobody is left behind and at the end of the 45 min although the bike never actually went anywhere, it takes you so many places! We have riders from ages 15 to 75.
Do you have any advice for new riders who are clipping in for the first time?
Yes, show up 15 min early so you can get properly set up on your bike. This will make or break your experience. Also, commit to 3 times. It can be overwhelming at first and around the third time, everything starts to click. Also, get rid of any expectations you have on yourself. Trying something new can be great if you let it. Let your journey be independent of what everyone else around is doing.
What has been the biggest challenge in owning a studio thus far?
The biggest challenge is always the things you can’t control such as technology issues. With everything being so high tech it is great when everything works but when it doesn’t there are lots of problems that can arise. But this is with everything that involves innovation and technology so we just have to ride the wave.
Being a working mom-boss, how do you find balance?
Ha I don’t balance I juggle. And when things fall I pick them back up and keep on going until I drop the next thing 🙂 I go to bed each night and ask myself, ” did I do the best I could do today?” If the answer is yes than I feel content even if everything didn’t get done that need to. If no, I commit to trying better tomorrow.
What is your favorite part of class? Climbs, runs, jogs, sprints, arms and why?
I love a good jog with a great beat and a good ol’ Tap Back. But I also LOVE a heavy climb where I can get out any frustration or aggregation that I may have and let it all go on the bike. But my favorite part of class is the journey that the ride takes you on. So many emotions happen in that dark, safe room that it allows everyone to be their most vulnerable self. When this happens, courage takes over, confidence grows, and a person leaves feeling so empowered and strong like they can take on anything, because they can.