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Who Brought the POWER in July?

Posted on: July 15, 2019
Student of the Month Jenna Swanson

Jenna Swanson

July's Student of the Month is a newer Power Ryder who has only been ryding with us since April and has already completed over 50 classes. In such a short time, Jenna has made herself part of our Power Ryde family; she's friendly, hard working, inspiring, and loves a challenge. I should also mention, in her two-and-a-half months as a Power Ryder, she has averaged about 20 classes a month; WOWZA! 

She started with Erinn's Tuesday 30/30 class (30 mins of cycling followed by 30 mins of strength). Jenna mastered both the biking portion and mat portion of the class so well that Erinn didn't even realize she was a new ryder! I have also had several clients come up to me and ask how long Jenna has been ryding. When I say only a couple months, they are shocked, because she has done such a great job of getting to know other ryders and ingraining herself in our Power Ryde community; it's like she has been a client/friend for years!

After her first class, Jenna definitely did not shy away. In fact, she dove in full-force and embraced all things Power Ryde; attending 19 classes in her first month. Jenna is a regular participant in our Off the Bike classes, cycle classes, 30/30 classes, and she has attended several Theme Rydes! While the number of classes she has attended is commendable, we love that Jenna is up for anything (and everything), always gives 100%, works hard, and inspires the ryders and instructors around her.

We are excited for and impressed by this bride-to-be! Keep reading to learn more about Jenna, her fitness journey, and some of her favorite parts about Power Ryde!

What brought you to Power Ryde?

I tried spinning for the first time with my fiance's dad on Thanksgiving Day last year. It was embarrassing! I put too much resistance on the flywheel, had trouble keeping up, and was out of rhythm the whole time, but I enjoyed the workout and the camaraderie. When I was training for the Flying Pig Relay this year I started having knee problems. I bought a Groupon for an unlimited month of classes at Power Ryde thinking that it would be a good way to keep training while limiting the stress on my knee...and it worked! I finished my leg of the relay and helped our team take 44th place.

Do you remember your first ryde and how you felt after?

My butt was so very sore! But I loved the energy of the studio and how friendly everyone was. It was a great 30/30 workout with Erinn and it felt like a good fit for me.

What has kept you coming back for more week after week?

It's exciting to notice how quickly my fitness level has increased. I definitely want to keep pushing myself to improve. Oh and having an unlimited membership doesn't hurt! ("Oh my gosh, if I go to 60 classes with this three month plan they will each be five dollars!").

What goals are you hoping to achieve in 2019?

Feel great in a wedding gown!

Do you have a favorite moment that you remember at Power Ryde?

I don't have a single favorite memory but all the things I complain about during class are the things that make me smile when it's over! Like all the good natured griping and groaning during Casey's Off The Bike classes... Carrie Underwood legs... how long Erin's sprints are... the instructors' counting...

What is your favorite music to ryde to?

Classic Rock!

Tell us a fun fact about your yourself.

The number one thing on my bucket list is to hike the Grand Canyon, rim to rim.

What motivates you?

Over time I've found that consistent exercise keeps my depression and anxiety at bay. Since starting at Power Ryde, I have felt so much healthier, both physically and mentally.

When you are not Power Ryding, what can we find you doing?

Eating ice cream and rolling out my quads. Seriously.