Meg and Casey Hilmer

Meg & Casey Hilmer

We’ve all heard the saying, “When one door closes another door opens.” I don’t know that I ever truly believed this mantra. I used to think people, myself included, said this to make themselves feel better in the wake of failure or rejection. But then I realized, when one door closes it allows the opportunity for another door to open. The difference being, we have to be active in opening that door.

This is how Power Ryde came to be. After being turned down from medical school, I was both relieved and frightened. Relieved, because I didn’t know if I was truly passionate about medicine or, if it was a path I had put myself on four years prior and was scared to deviate from. Frightened, because if I wasn’t going to medical school, what was I going to do? My mom was in a similar boat. After working at a Cincinnati Bell for 31 years and being retired for two, she was looking for something to do…but what?

Health and fitness are two things we are both very passionate about. Although my dad was the one who first sparked my interest in fitness through running, I can remember from a young age going to aerobics and kickboxing with my mom on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

I never thought I would own my own fitness studio, although I will admit I had dreamed about it. From the time I fell in love with RealRyder “spinning” in Ann Arbor, Michigan, there had always been a part of me that wanted to share my love for these bikes with friends and family in Cincinnati. But it wasn’t until early October 2012 that my mom and I decided to take a leap of faith and turn that doorknob to see what a future as studio owners had in store for us. So welcome to Power Ryde; we are very excited to share our love for fitness with you.