Instructor Profile: Melanie

Tell us a little bit about yourself - where are you from & what brought you to Milwaukee?

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I grew up a little bit of everywhere, but I consider myself a Nashville native. I moved here from Atlanta, GA (HOT-lanta) in 2016 for a job with a sports marketing agency. Milwaukee has surprised me in all the good ways - from the eclectic, yummy restaurants to all the unique festivals and lakefront, I've come to really enjoy this little-big town. 

What got you interested in cycling?

Group fitness just started to catch on when I lived in Atlanta, everyone was joining in on the fun, including my friends and I. Working out became a social event for us and a way to spend time together outside of the usual bars & restaurants. Attending my first cycling class was a totally new & transformative experience for me. I loved the choreography to the music, the heavy bass that kept you moving, and the energy the instructors brought that motivated you to leave it all on the bike. From then on I was hooked!

When you're not at SPIRE, where are you and what are you doing?

When I'm not at SPIRE, you can find me trying new restaurants around town and checking them off of my #MKEbucketlist.

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Who or what has inspired you?

I am constantly inspired by my friends. Their dedication to their own family & friends, along with their professional drives, positive spirits, & creative energy have pushed me to always be the best version of myself. I got lucky in finding a solid #girlsquad that I can look to for both support and motivation. 

 

What is your go-to song to work out to?

Spectrum by Zedd

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What are the top 3 items on your bucket list?

Hike a 14-er in Colorado, travel to Asia, and ride in a hot air balloon. 

Where did you have your best travel experience?

I took a trip to Lake Tahoe for 5 days. I ended up traveling by myself, it was the best experience I could have asked for. The scenery and environment at the time was perfect for some self-reflection and inspiration to reinvigorate me. 

What motivates you to keep pushing hard, especially in the gym?

The satisfaction of knowing I've left it all on the bike, at the gym, on the pavement, etc. keeps me pushing hard. There's no better feeling than being able to grind through & successfully complete a tough workout.

What is some of the best advice you have received?

Some of the best advice I have received is to embrace the season of life that you're in. Each year, each age brings different learning moments along with different opportunities to grow and discover yourself. This advice is also a constant reminder for me to slow things down and appreciate each moment as it comes. 

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Favorite ways to sweat?

Cycling (duh!), running and hiking. 

What is a unique fact that few people know about you?

I have multiple creative outlets that keep me busy & entertained in my spare time including jewelry making, painting, and writing a food blog. 

 

If you could support only one charity for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? 

I would support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. Ovarian cancer hit close to home for me a few years ago, and I remember thinking how incredible it was that many people and women (including myself) had limited insight into the disease. I also was shocked to find out there are hardly any early detection or prevention measures, thus supporting OCRFA in their mission to advocate & support scientific research into such matters as well as support those who have been affected by ovarian cancer has become extremely important to me. 

What is your favorite Milwaukee restaurant?

This is a tough one because I have a few depending on the occasion! Gypsy Taco is my go-to casual spot; Hotel Madrid is my favorite social setting with great cocktails; Urban Beets is hands-down the best health-conscious spot; and Odd Duck is my number one for any special occasion. 

Why should clients come to your class?

Clients should come to my class because the positive energy will leave them inSPIRED long after the class is complete. My class will be a time to break from the daily grind and a time to reset their mind & body for the day/week. 

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