This spin instructor Q&A session is taken from an interview with Boston Spin Instructor, Stephanie Greenstein. Stephanie started teaching after having taken indoor cycling for 6 years. She would take different classes with different instructors, and found that what worked best for her was just an all out, 45 minute, intense class that had AMAZING music. She pursued her certification so she could offer that type of class everytime someone walked into the room.
What’s your favorite post-workout snack?
SG: It will depend on the time of day – sometimes I teach (or workout) in the morning, and sometimes at night. If it’s the morning, I’ll make a smoothie with fruit, almond milk and protein powder. If it’s the evening, I’ll eat something to hold me over before dinner – so maybe a Kind Bar or a piece of fruit and a few slices of cheese, peanut butter and an apple/banana, etc.
If you could lead a spin class anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
SG: What a great question! I once had an ex pro hockey player take my class and he told me that the free weight songs were the hardest part! It was quite satisfying hearing someone who has gone through years of training say that my class was challenging. I think it would be so fun to hold classes for professional athletes as part of their workout regime – so maybe in the middle of Gillette Stadium or Fenway Park. I know that’s not too exotic, but I do love this city and it would be fun to really give athletes a different, tough workout – and see how they do! Just set up a bunch of bikes, get the music bumping, and give some of those players a run for their money.
As the weather gets warmer, what are you looking forward to doing in Boston?
SG: LONG RUNS OUTSIDE! I’ve been training for the Boston Marathon again and this winter (as all the runners will tell you) has been COLD. I can’t wait to just run out my door in a tshirt and shorts … and not 4 layers of clothing, a hat, gloves, etc.
What’s one article of fitness apparel you simply couldn’t live without?
SG: I’m not sure if this constitutes as ‘apparel’ but my Nike GPS watch. I am obsessed. It tracks your distance, pace, average pace, calories burned, time elapsed – everything. I literally wear it during every workout – whether it’s during spin class, a long run, or even yoga. It’s helped me become a better runner and also a better instructor. I’m able to watch my heart rate during class and determine at which times I’m really pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I want to make the most out of those 45 minutes.
If you could offer one piece of advice to someone who has NEVER taken spin before, what would it be?
SG: You can do it. Literally – I think spin is one of the most universal workouts. So many people think it’s intimidating from what they’ve seen at the gym, in the media, etc. But like I say at the beginning of every class I teach, go at your own pace. No one is turning that resistance knob but you. You control your entire ride and if you can ride a bike, you can complete a spin class.