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Welcome to our search for New York City's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile twenty-two smoking candidates who work at local gyms and studios. Once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which you get to vote for your favorite.
This year, instructor Ashley Lively relocated from her home state of North Carolina to Brooklyn to open SYNCSTUDIO's third outpost. She holds the title of VP of Operations, but she definitely doesn't sit behind a desk all day—Ashley is one of SYNC's Elite Instructors, and has been teaching cycling classes since she was sixteen years old. After taking a break while in college and living in China, she decided to make fitness her full-time gig.
What made you want to become a cycling instructor? Did you have a different career path in mind?
At 16 I'm not sure I had a clear career path, but teaching people to dance on a bike seemed like a natural fit at the time, and I absolutely loved it. After college, the opportunity to open a studio where I could continue teaching, blasting beats, and encouraging people to enjoy exercising was a dream come true. The only other career that would take me away from teaching is if I could trade careers with the Bosco Boys.
What classes do you teach, and which is your favorite?
I teach SYNCCYCLING and SYNCCYCLING The Basics. I love both classes for different reasons. The Basics is inspiring to teach because I have the opportunity to convert non cyclists into riders. The open level SYNCCYCLING class gives me the opportunity to push my riders to places they never thought they could go with dancing on a bike. Nothing like getting an entire room to move together to the beat.
Describe your training style.
I'm a fairy-haired beat blaster booty master.
What's one piece of advice everyone should hear before beginning a new workout?
Stop judging yourself when you walk in the door. Push yourself, stay positive and be happy with what you achieve. Guaranteed you will want to go back for more.
Tell us a fun fact about you.
I can speak Chinese! ??????!
Want to cycle with Ashley, or learn more about SYNCSTUDIO? Check out the links below.
· SYNCSTUDIO BKLYN [Official Site]
· SYNCSTUDIO [Facebook]
· SYNCSTUDIO [Twitter]
· Meet the Team [SYNCSTUDIO]
· All Hottest Trainer 2013 Contestants [Racked NY]