November's Instructor Spotlight

Posted on: October 29, 2017
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Instructor Spotlight

Amy Brewer

You've certainly seen Amy around Power Ryde. Whether she is there early in the morning to do check-ins, or ryding in the front row of class, you've seen her! But did you know Amy also teaches some HIGH-ENERGY classes for us at Power Ryde? That's right! She is loud, she is motivating, and most of all, she is fun.

Amy taught for us a few years back. She got busy and took and teaching hiatus. We (and YOU) are so lucky she is back, rocking that front bike side to side! 

Keep reading to learn more about our "second Amy!"

When did you start ryding at Power Ryde? Did you like it? If not, what made you come back for more and want to be an instructor?

My first ride was on April 23, 2013 with Erinn Whitehead.  Four years ago; that’s crazy!  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was nervously waiting in the lobby for the previous class to end.  When the riders walked out and were drenched in sweat, I thought, oh my God, what am I doing?  I mean, these people are soaked!  But I managed to get through the class and then I thought, well, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever done.  I hated the bike.  I hated it because I had absolutely no control over it.  I could not stand to save my life.  And shake?  You want me to shake?  I was like, no way, not coming back.  But I did.  I did come back to conquer that bike.  And it only took me about three classes to figure out I could do this.  About a year later I decided that I wanted to teach.  I really fell in love with the workouts and how the rides are choreographed to music.  I became certified and taught for about 6 months but other commitments kept me from devoting the time that I really needed to put in to it to become the type of teacher I wanted to be.  But I kept on riding! It was always my goal to return to teaching some day.  I maintained my certification and just waited for the right moment.  Then in the spring of 2017 one of our teachers was unable to make the class and so I offered to “wing it” to prevent a cancellation.  So I got back on the instructor bike and taught the class.  And just like that, I’m back and loving every minute of it.  Sometimes it’s all in the timing.  I am grateful to Meg and Casey for giving me this opportunity once again.

^^^We are so grateful to have Amy!

When you are not ryding in class or instructing a class, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy spending time with my husband and our kids.  In the Summer we spend a lot of time golfing, boating and camping.  My son, Max, is a freshman at UC and will be playing lacrosse in the spring.  I’m looking forward to watching him play.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I love politics and serving my community.  I’ve been on Milford City Council for 12 years now and I’m currently the Vice Mayor.  It’s amazing though how many people do not know that about me.  I can also operate a forklift as good as the guys that I work with.

What is your favorite music (or artist) to play in class? What's you favorite "activity" to do on the bike?

I like songs that are familiar, that allow you to sing or just get lost in the song and forget about the fact that you’re working out or that there is still 20 more minutes to go.  Some of my favorite artists are Bruno Mars, Kesha, Elle King, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Jason Derulo, Muse, and Imagine Dragons.  I try to mix in classic rock and country too, where I can; I’m a huge Keith Urban fan!

My favorite activity is up and shaking.  I love songs that push you to the limit and test your stamina.  Hills do that too, but if you’re up and shaking you push yourself to stay up so as to not be that person that sits down in the middle of the song.  I think songs like that hold you accountable and push your limits. 

45-minutes later, class is over. What/how do you want your students to feel?

When my class is over I want my students to feel the same way I feel at the end of every class: exhausted, de-stressed, rejuvenated and victorious!  I want them to feel 180 degrees different than they did when they walked in the door.  I want them to love my style and music so much that they are looking forward to the next ryde. 

What motivates you?

Fear motivates me probably more than anything.  Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”  Now I don’t know that I am scared every day but every day that I teach I’m scared.  I have a fear of failure, fear of disappointment, and fear of rejection.  If you haven’t noticed I’m not in my twenties and I don’t wear a size 6.  I have the same insecurities that most women my age deal with every day.  I am motivated to represent those women of all shapes and sizes because healthy comes in all different sizes and fitness levels, and it’s okay to not be a size 6 or 8 or 10.  What’s important is that we are doing something to improve our physical and mental health and hopefully having fun while doing so!

^^^We LOVE this!

Make sure you sign up for one of Amy's classes this month! Everyone gets ONE FREE ryde with Amy!

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