INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: ERICA

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

I’m originally from a super small town in Northern Wisconsin. I came to Milwaukee in 2008 to attend school at UWM. I never felt like small town life was for me, and ever since I stepped foot in Milwaukee, I’ve felt like I’m home.

What got you interested in spin?

A cute instructor.

What made you decide to become an instructor?

I used to be a personal trainer and bootcamp instructor. I also had been certified to teach spin, but never utilized my certification. The gym that I trained at had a need for a short term cycling instructor to fill-in while another instructor was out on pregnancy leave. So I thought why not...and I ended up loving it and continuing to teach on a regular basis.

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

When I’m not at SPIRE I’m most likely lifting weights, reading books, listening to podcasts, doing yoga, creating kick-ass websites or cooking up some mean grub at home.

Who or what has inSPIRED you?

Endless capabilities inSPIRE me–knowing that every choice I make could influence my life positively or negatively–gives me daily inspiration to be the best version of myself that I can be. My mom has always been a source of inspiration as well, even in my youngest years I remember her telling me to follow my dreams, listen to my heart, and over everything else, take care of my body. At the end of the day your health is truly all that matters in this life.    

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

“Calm Down” by G-Eazy

What kind of music will we be listening to in your cycling class?

I have a pretty eclectic taste in music, but no matter the genre, you can always expect high energy tunes that make you want to sing along. I’m a sucker for the Beibs--- so you can expect that to be a frequenter.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Celsius. I fricken' love Celsius.

What are some things on your bucket list?

Visit as many countries as I can and experience other cultures. Pay off my student loans :)

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

A little over six years ago, I went to the doctor for what I thought was a bug bite after a vacation outside of the U.S. I found out it was a Staph infection and I was told that if my body didn’t respond to treatment or if we caught it too late, I would have to have part of my leg amputated.  The treatment worked and the perspective I gained was priceless. I know that everyday that I can move and be active is a privilege–one that not everyone gets. So, it doesn’t matter if I’m tired or if I’ve had a long day...I keep pushing hard because I CAN.

What is some of the best advice you have received?

“Stay in your lane.” It took me a bit to fully grasp this concept, but it is something I try to apply to all areas of my life. One of the reasons I love cycling is because it allows people to “stay in their own lane”. Unlike other group fitness classes that drive competition against other participants, cycling enforces you against you...working harder than you did in the previous class with no regard to what other people are doing.

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

I’m known as the “fun facts” girl at my office. I’m constantly spewing out, “Did you know…” throughout the workday and have created a reputation for myself.

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

Travel, eat well, live comfortably

What is your favorite workout clothing/brand?

Nike-forever and always.