If there’s a workout that perfectly fuses fun and fitness, it’s spinning. Anyone who has ever tried it out will admit having fallen in love with it at first ride after getting hooked on the music and finding an empowered community that makes every spinning class unique. If you’re curious to give indoor cycling a […]
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If there’s a workout that perfectly fuses fun and fitness, it’s spinning. Anyone who has ever tried it out will admit having fallen in love with it at first ride after getting hooked on the music and finding an empowered community that makes every spinning class unique. If you’re curious to give indoor cycling a go, these female instructors will make sure you enjoy the ride!
22. Reg Sicat, 24, Saddle Row
Reg Sicat has been teaching spinning classes at Saddle Row since December 2018 after she fell in love with the community and the constant push to grow and be her best self. “With each ride, I really felt a transformation and not just physically, but mentally too,” she says. “It felt wonderful to have this opportunity to share my love for spin to anyone in their own fitness journey: to create a refuge in a place that I felt was personally life-changing.”
She currently teaches Underground classes, which is a full-body workout that lets you ride to the rhythm while incorporating upper-body dance moves. When she isn’t on the saddle, she works in a local startup called Bukas and helps provide student loans for those pursuing tertiary education.
21. Dana Uson, 25, Saddle Row
Dana Uson first came into the indoor cycling world by recommendation of a friend and instantly fell in love with its uniqueness. “I’ve always been active, but oh boy, spinning was a different animal!” she says. “I was a dancer in a former life and loved how strength, rhythm, and choreography came into play in a class, and I also appreciated how every class was different.”
Apart from teaching spinning classes, she also holds Indoor Rowing and several bodyweight classes at Saddle Row, and Barre classes at Plana Forma. She shares that she does have a corporate job, “even if sometimes being in the fitness industry can feel like my full-time job!”
20. Raisa Ver-Bibal, 30, Electric Studio
Raisa Ver-Bibal has been an indoor cycling instructor for more than five years. Her journey in spinning began seven years ago when she took her first class in New York City at the time she was based there. After coming home to Manila, she auditioned to be a teacher for Electric Studio and became among the first batch of spinning instructors to manage a boutique studio in the Philippines.
Raisa is also a trained Yoga Teacher and she spends her free time traveling, looking for digital marketing conferences abroad to attend, or just staying at home cleaning, taking naps, or watching horror flicks.
19. Nikki Bruce, 22, Ride Revolution
Nikki Bruce started spinning since 2016 but only recently became an instructor for Ride Revolution in August 2019. She shared that spinning played a significant role in helping her bounce back from the lowest point in her life and that she constantly finds refuge in it whenever she feels troubled or lost. “I became an instructor because I want to help others realize how strong they are and could be, that they could achieve anything they set one hundred percent of their hearts and minds on—inside and outside the bike room,” she adds.
Currently, she is in her 5th year of study in Applied Math/Finance minor in Data Science and Analytics at the Ateneo De Manila University. She is also a competitive athlete for most of her life and is part of the ADMU golf team. She also occasionally plays for the Philippine Ladies Professional Golf Tour as a guest amateur.
18. Alex Faustino Chan, 25, Club Cycling at The Upper Deck Sports and Lifestyle Center
Alex Faustino Chan fell in love with spinning immediately after taking her first class because of how it incorporated all of her favorite things—great music, choreography, party lights, and an incredibly challenging workout. “I decided I wanted to go on and teach it because it was somewhere I could express myself creatively, share such an uplifting experience, and motivate people to get stronger and healthier together,” she shares.
She has been an instructor since March 2018 and you can find her at Club Cycling Studio at The Upper Deck Sports and Lifestyle Center, Pasig City. She also handles a day job as an account manager in a digital agency and is currently a brand ambassador for a UK-based gin brand called Nelson’s Gin Distillery and School.
17. Angela Rayos del Sol, 23, Perigon
Angela Rayos del Sol instantly got hooked on indoor cycling when she first tried it almost two years ago, but she only recently decided to be an instructor, motivated by her passion for performing on stage and her desire to let her audience be part of that magic.
She says: “Whenever I’m up on the podium, it’s a two-way connection—it becomes less about you and more about your students; it’s not just being confident under the spotlight, but creating that connection with everyone inside that room and sharing your energy to let them shine; it’s not just performing, but igniting that inspiration in every rider’s heart; it’s not just playing DJ and putting in my favorite tracks, but using music to uplift people’s spirits; and it’s not just about dancing up there, but trying to get everyone to dance along and enjoy the ride of life.”
When she isn’t in the studio, Angela manages her swimwear brand Las Islas Swim and handles the marketing of Potato Corner, which she claims makes her living proof that you can always enjoy the best of both worlds—staying active and eating the food you love.
16. Pia Lopa, 25, Electric Studio
Pia Lopa swears that her first ride at Electric Studio in 2015 changed her life, and she has been an instructor for the studio for three years since. She shares that her love for spinning is driven by three things: the overall good vibe it spreads in the room, the chance to be her true authentic self, and the opportunity to meet a diverse set of people.
“I am constantly reminded that being an instructor isn’t really about me getting that workout done but it’s all about reaching out to others and learning from one another,” she adds. “In Team Electric’s words, STRONG ON OUR OWN, UNSTOPPABLE TOGETHER.”
15. Jaq Chua, 29, Electric Studio
Jaq Chua has been teaching at Electric Studio for two years. A self-admitted “serial workout trialist,” she is always on the lookout for a new workout to try, which eventually led her to indoor cycling. Although she struggled through her first class, she says that the music and the energy got her hooked. “Since then, I made sure I got to take 1 class a week as an outlet from the daily grind,” she shares.
Whenever she isn’t teaching, she works at her corporate day job and spends her relaxation time binging crime and thriller shows on Netflix (with a glass of wine in hand) or planning her wedding.
14. Abby Jose, 24, Club Cycling at The Upper Deck Sports and Lifestyle Center
Abby Jose is the current Indoor Cycling Head Coach of Club Cycling Studio at The Upper Deck Sports and Lifestyle Center, Pasig City. She shares that fitness has been an important part of her life and so she’s always craving for a challenge to see what her body can do. It was after taking her first class that she immediately fell in love with spinning and how stress-relieving it actually is. “You somehow forget all your problems, worries, and anything that bothers you when the first beat drops in class and after 45 mins, no matter how bad your day went, you’ll feel SO MUCH better plus you were able to finish a great workout!” she says.
She is also the Unit Head of The Upper Deck and handles the operations and business work for its facilities. Whenever she isn’t teaching, she takes other classes too, such as yoga and strength training.
13. Carla Isabel Paredes-Gadi, 37, Electric Studio
An instructor at Electric Studio for three years, Carla Paredes-Gadi was drawn to spinning primarily because of the music and the endurance it builds in the body. “Music is such a big element in my life—it can really enhance my mood, and in this case, amp up my spin classes,” she says. She loves that spinning doesn’t feel like a workout, and yet the physical impact it makes is exceptional. “I teach to pay it forward, to share the wonderful experiences I’ve had riding in Electric Studio, and to help riders feel the power and the beauty that they all have inside,” she shares.
When she isn’t teaching spinning, she’s teaching and practicing yoga, slow resistance training, and athletic coaching. She’s also into martial arts and movement arts, namely Capoeira and Pole Dancing.
12. Kris Sy, 35, Electric Studio
Kris Sy is the notable Girl Boss of Electric Studio. Her love for indoor cycling began at her favorite place in New York City where she took classes three times a week for three years before she eventually convinced herself to open up her own studio in Manila in 2014.
“I created Electric because I wanted to create a fitness experience that empowers; a place that can transform you physically, mentally and spiritually,” she says. “The belief that our workout can transform and empower your life is something I try to bring in each class. After teaching for almost 5 years, I can honestly say that I fall in love with the craft and the community we’ve built more and more each day.”
Apart from managing the studio, she is a crazy dog mom to her 2-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Ollie (@olliebearsworld).
11. Cara Gonzales, 29, Electric Studio
Cara Gonzalez describes her first indoor cycling ride as an “out-of-body experience.” Not being able to shake that feeling off is precisely what drove her to be an instructor at Electric Studio where she has worked for 4 years now. In every class, she tries her best to share the same feeling she felt the first time. “The connection we make in our [Electric] community is authentic and deeply rooted in sharing good energy and vibes with everyone else. It’s so beautiful to feel that whatever happens inside and outside the bike room, it’s a shared experience for everyone,” she says.
Cara is also a dentist by profession and lives by her mantra to always elevate the dental experience for her patients.
10. Jam Muñasque, 29, Electric Studio
Jam Muñasque has been teaching at Electric Studio for three years. Like many others, she got curious to try spinning because of friends who’ve tried it but what ultimately got her hooked was the themed rides that the studio offered from time to time. “When I saw that there was a Taylor Swift themed ride, I knew this was definitely the studio for me,” she jokes.
As an avid music lover, Jam ensures that each class she teaches tells a story. “I grew up listening to musicals and country songs, so my rides also have an element of storytelling—with the beats, timing, and choreography all working together.”
Outside of the studio, she works as a corporate brand manager.
9. Ytle Cruzado, 26, Peragon
Unlike others, Ytle Cruzado admits that she wasn’t into indoor cycling at first. Having been used to dancing and circuit training, spinning seemed like a different thing altogether. However, becoming an instructor at Perigon earlier this year changed her mindset. “Now I crave the rush and energy that spinning gives me. I get to meet a lot of amazing people inside and outside the bike room and it’s definitely a different kind of fulfillment to watch your riders’ progress and growth,” she shares. “It’s literally dancing on the bike!”
Ytle also prides herself on being a performing artist, teaching dance classes occasionally and joining local and international competitions with her team Aftermath.
8. Ella Fortun, 28, Ride Revolution
Having been a dancer her whole life, Ella Fortun says that it’s the fun fusion of dance, music, and fitness that keeps her going as an instructor at Ride Revolution where she’s been teaching for three years now.
Ella also shares that spinning is her way of destressing and enjoying herself, especially with her full-time job in the fashion industry.
7. Dani Cornejo, 25, Saddle Row
Dani Cornejo has been a fitness instructor for years now but has only recently started teaching spin classes. According to her, spinning has always been a challenge and she admits that she did not start out strong. “But I eventually learned to love it so much because as a dancer, I really appreciate music and movement! And I also really appreciate my students! All those factors really help me get through teaching an intense class,” she shares.
Apart from this, Dani is also an instructor at Plana Forma and holds dance classes at several dance studios in Metro Manila. She also created Women Beyond Dance PH (@WomenBeyondDancePH), an online platform that features the thriving women in the Philippine Dance Community.
6. Yessa Yu-Caparas, 34, Electric Studio
Yessa Yu is among the pioneers of Electric Studio and has been a spinning instructor there for four years since. When she isn’t on the saddle, she works as a travel consultant for A2A Journeys, customizing luxury safaris to Africa. She also spends her downtime chilling at home with her husband and adorable frenchie Pintxo, with a big glass of red wine in hand and her nose buried in a book.
5. Stefanie Chung, 25, Perigon
Stef Chung got into spinning when she was looking for a way to put the fun in working out. She has been an instructor at Perigon for five months now, enjoying the opportunity she gets to curate playlists and to connect and meet with people.
Stef also does circuit training and boxing, and occasionally takes a hot yoga class during her downtime. She’s also busy being a furmama to her 1-year-old corgi named Cooper.
4. Bianca Floirendo, 23, Ride Revolution
Spinning came into Bianca Floirendo’s life during a time when she needed an anchor to hold onto. A self-confessed introvert, it was a big step for her to decide to become an instructor at Ride Revolution, but she knew she needed it to grow. “I decided that this movement is a lot bigger than I am,” she shares. “Spinning is more than just an exercise. It’s an avenue to feel, to question, to push forward, to dive deep, and inevitably, to grow as a person. Whatever it is you’re going through. Wherever you are in life, whoever you are.”
Now, she tries to spread that message to all her students by giving them the most empowering rides she can possibly give. When she isn’t on the saddle, she works a corporate day job at an FMCG company.
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3. Jana Mahusay, 24, Ride Revolution
Jana Mahusay took her first spinning class in December 2017 and it immediately ignited a spark within her. She decided to teach it beginning mid-2018 because of how much she fell in love with the atmosphere, the people, and the magic that was created inside the bike room. “It really is hard to emulate anywhere else,” she says. “I loved that I’m able to help other people achieve their fitness goals in such a fun way! I loved that I am used as a vessel to help make people’s lives better through fitness.”
Other than spinning, Jana is also a member of the A-Team Philippines dance troupe since 2011 and teaches dance classes at their home studio Zero Studio. She is also the head instructor at Rise Nation Philippines. All of this, she shares, while being a photography major at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. “As you can probably tell, I am an absolutely active person! I cannot stay still!” she adds.
2. Billie Capistrano, 27, Ride Revolution
Billie Capistrano instantly got hooked to indoor cycling as it was everything she could ever want in a workout. “[It was] challenging, unpredictable, upbeat and fun,” she shares. She knew it was something she wanted to do in the long run and, after two years of being an instructor at Ride Revolution, she has never looked back. “Indoor cycling has helped me become better and stronger in all aspects of my life, and I want my riders to feel the same,” she says.
Aside from spinning, Billie also teaches at Rise Nation and BARE Manila and is a sportscaster for ABS-CBN Sports and Action.
1. Patricia Prieto, 29, Electric Studio
You may know Patricia Prieto as a blogger and vlogger, but she is also one of the strong ladies of Electric Studio where she has been teaching for two years. She shares that she never really got into working out until she tried indoor cycling, and she immediately fell in love with it. She had been a regular rider at the studio for more than a year when she tried out to be an instructor. “And the rest is history!” she says.
Patricia also dabbles in fashion design and manages her minimalist clothing line called Paradigma.
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