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Tyler McRae

CORE Co-Founder, personal fitness trainer, Connoisseur of toques
Get to Know Him

What can always be found in your gym bag?  Head band, water bottle, beard comb and beard oil. Don’t judge me.

What’s something not many people know about you?  I’m afraid of birds. Maybe that’s something everyone knows about me.

Why spin?  Loud music + a team of people working together on a bike = dreamy. It’s also a great mental release and physical challenge.

What’s your favorite song to spin to?  Right now it’s a Thunderstruck remix, but really any track that gets me up that grueling hill climb with a smile on my face.

What’s your favorite place in the city to hang out?  My backyard with friends and my family.

Who in your life motivates you?  My wife and kids.

When not teaching spin, where can we find you?  In the summer: golfing, SUP’ing, cycling and in winter: the ski hill.

What’s your favourite post workout meal?  Smoothie!

Guilty pleasure?  Froot Loops

Road bike or mountain?  Road

Wine or beer?  Beer

Dogs or cats?  No contest, dogs.

Sports car or truck?  Tough one, sports car.

Tent or trailer?  Trailer

Beach or museum?  Beach

Movie or book?  Movie

Krista McRae

CORE Co-Founder, photographer, multi-tasking champion
Get to Know Her

What can always be found in your gym bag?  My gym bag is basically my van. So lip gloss, phone, shoes, hoodie, scarf, empty snack bags, Cheerios everywhere, six water bottles, dog leash, at least one kid’s backpack…

What’s something not many people know about you?  I am also a photographer and used to be an animal health technologist.

Why spin?  I love that you can take the class one song at a time.  Every class is different, and as long as it’s a killer playlist, it’s the fastest and best 50 minutes of your day!  I also love that’s it’s one of the only cardiovascular workouts where you can make it your own

What’s your favorite song to spin to?  As long as it keeps me pedaling, it’s my favorite.

What’s your favorite place in the city to hang out?  My house with my family and friends or biking in Fish Creek to Annie’s Café.

Who in your life motivates you?  My husband and my kids.  Tyler’s perpetual positivity keeps my negativity realism in check

When not at CORE, where can we find you?  Picking up kids from school, working in my home office, or at the ski hill.  Or the laundry room.

What’s your favourite post workout meal?  Chocolate milk

Road or mountain?  City bike

Wine or beer?  Vodka

Dogs or cats?  Both

Sports car or truck?  Minivan

Tent or trailer?  Neither.  Because spiders.

Beach or museum?  Museum

Movie or book?  Book first, then movie.

Misha Behnia

Dancer/Choreographer, Caffeine Addict, Lifelong Learner
Get to Know Her

Why spin? I began spinning a few years ago as a form of endurance cross training for dance. Once I was in, there was no going back! I can’t get enough of the music, lights, instructors, and fellow riders. I get an adrenaline rush just thinking about the energy in a spin studio!

Who in your life motivates you? My parents, plain and simple! They have taught me that perseverance and patience will always pay off, and to be gracious for the opportunities you are given.

When not teaching spin, where can we find you? In the dance studio, the mountains, or studying. I live and breathe for activity and knowledge!

Guilty pleasure? Red wine. Ice cream. Nike running shoes.

Favorite post workout meal? Hmmmm this is a tricky one! I LOVE food. Spin definitely works up my appetite!

Garret Dawson

Support Services Caseworker, Beer Geek, Rec League Bench Warmer
Get to Know Him

Who in your life motivates you? My parents. Seeing how far they have come always serves as inspiration for me to work harder. They are the best role models I could ask for.

What’s your favourite post workout meal? Beer. This qualifies as a meal right? After a heavy workout, nothing beats a delicious cold India Pale Ale.

Wine or beer? Well this one is obvious. Our city has an abundance of amazing craft beer options and it is only getting better. Drink local!

Dogs or cats? Dogs! I never thought I would own a small dog, but when my condo board wouldn’t allow big dogs I had no choice. I have a Miniature Dachshund that constantly keeps me entertained. While he is incredibly stubborn, Oscar has more personality and character than I ever could have imagined. Do yourself a favor, get a wiener dog.

Tent or trailer? Tent! Nothing beats throwing everything on your back, making a trip out to the mountains, and setting up in the middle of nowhere!

Kasey Gardner

Public Relations student, slurpee lover, small town girl at heart with big city dreams
Get to Know Her

Why Spin? I love the idea of a nice hot sweaty workout and that’s exactly what spin brings. Nothing better than being drenched in your own sweat. I also love the concept that someone can get such a solid workout by simply finding the beat of the music. The loud music, dark room, flashing lights and someone there to push you can be quite motivating.

Favorite song to spin to? Anything Justin Bieber

Who in your life motivates you? My mom, dad and brother. They’re the reason i’m the person I am today, they continue to support, push me and feed me with unconditional love.

When not teaching spin, where can we find you? Probably at Mount Royal being a nerd, making an epic playlist or facetiming my mom or dad at the club  

Guilty pleasure?  Five cent candy and a slurpee

Movie or book? Always movie

Kate Brown

Mother of three, Lover of all things fitness 
Get to Know Her

Why Spin? Spin pulled me out of a dark place in my life… postpartum baby number three, over weight and on a handful of meds at 33. I was able to lose the weight, get off the meds, and hang onto the lifestyle change. After 13 years of being overweight and trying every fad, my success was only 30% about the great calorie burn spin offers. The other 70% is because spin is about community. Likeminded people riding together is a beautiful thing. The positive energy flows and fills the room and over the years I have met so many incredible inspiring people and I have been able to inspire others! That’s the good stuff, the real meaningful face to face connections that hold people up when it gets tough and push people forward when it’s hard to go it alone.

What can always be found in your gym bag? Everything!!!  I never carry a purse but I have a huge gym bag.  My computer, with a playlist and a couple backups, face wipes, lip gloss, spin shoes, cross trainers, socks and extra socks, an extra change of workout clothes for times you just need to do a double!! And a healthy snack, always a snack!

That’s just what’s on top, I could survive a couple days out of my gym bag.

Favorite post workout meal? Is it a cheat day or not?? 6 days a week I would reach for a ¼ cup of almonds and a scoop of protein powder mixed with water, on day 7 it’s a completely guilt free burger extra cheese extra bacon!

What’s something people may not know about you? I have the words “you are beautiful” tattooed across my shoulder. If you are sitting behind me in a spin class or standing behind me in a line up then those words are for you. We are all way too critical of ourselves and people should be reminded that others think they are beautiful, inside and out!

Wine or Beer?  Bubbly, I am fancy like that!

Tent or trailer? Trailer, I love to camp but preferably where I can get a hot shower, a warm bed, and a great latte, after a long scenic hike.

Katherine McLeod

Group Fitness Instructor, Medical Eduction Manager, Ultra Marathon Addict, Self Proclaimed Loud Talker
Get to Know Her

Why Spin?  Because I love to dance, and there is nothing better than feeling like you are on the dance floor while getting an amazing sweat on!

Favorite song to spin to:   Zombie (by the Cranberries) remix… like reliving University all over again!

Who in your life motivates you?  My dad – because no matter what life throws at him, he always makes the best of it and ensures he has fun while doing it.

When not teaching spin, where can we find you?  Chauffeuring  Happily driving my children around.

Dogs or cats?  Dogs

Wine or beer?  Wine makes me HAAAAPPY!

Guilty pleasure?  Licorice

Joey Braunwarth

Dancer, Model, Hype Man!
Get to Know Him

What’s something people may not know about you?  I love to meditate and make music!

Why spin? Cause running suckssssssssss

What’s your favorite place in the city to hang out?  Misson/17th

When not teaching spin, where can we find you?  The dance studio!

Guilty pleasure?  Gourmet Gummies, Movie Theatre popcorn

Jennifer Lavery

Certified Group Instructor , Sweat Enthusiast, Event Coordinator for 3 kids, Maker of Ridiculous Facial Expressions
Get to Know Her

What can always be found in your gym bag?  Crunchy old socks (What? I forget about them in the outside pocket!), Chapstick

Who in your life motivates you?  My 3 crazy kidlets remind me daily that we can always learn something new

When not teaching spin, where can we find you?  Playing soccer, teaching Zumba, running around with the family…

Wine or beer?  Neither, I am a cider girl.

Dogs or cats?  Dogs. I have 2 labs, Toca and Nanuk

Tent or trailer?  I have a tent trailer so can I say both?

Beach or museum?  Definitely the beach!!

Robb Cutt

Importer/Exporter, aspiring MasterChef, Diehard Flames Fan, Dogowner, Wearer of Many Hats (figuratively and literally)
Get to Know Him

Why spin?  The feeling at the end. When your all done, legs burning, lungs aching, sweat everywhere. You know after that your stronger than you were when you came into that room.

Who in your life motivates you?  My wife Danielle keeps me focused and motivated. My constant desire to stand out to her keeps my engine firing. She is my rock.

What’s something people may not know about you?  If you’ve sat in a room with me for 10 minutes you probably know more than you ever wanted to know about me…. Hockey Canada commercials make me emotional.

What’s your favourite song to spin to?  That’s something that’s always changing; the harder the song, the better. I love a good challenge. If I don’t hit the drop, keep on beat, finish the jog, or I drop the weights, it pushes me to make sure the next time its perfect. A lot of my playlists have songs that I didn’t think I could do. And then I practice and push myself until I can. I’m always on the hunt for something unique to spin to, whether its classic karaoke songs or banging metal tracks. Most of all I want everyone to enjoy it.

When not teaching spin, where can we find you?  My day job allows me to play hockey and golf quite a bit throughout the week. You can find me face washing clients in the city rinks over noon hour, or like a sasquatch in the forest looking for my errant drives.

 

Guilty pleasure?  I’m shameless when it comes to singing in my truck. Driving with the windows down and I’m screaming Toto’s Africa at the top of my lungs…

 

Wine or beer?  Can I answer both? This is probably going to sound snobby, but whatever. Wine for dinner pairings, or a nice crisp white on a hot day. Beer for general consumption. I do love me a good ipa.

Dogs or cats?  Both. We’ve got two cats Rocky and Harley, and Franklin our golden retriever.

Jacqui Mmono

Fitness Instructor, AFLCA Certified, Ball of Energy, Wine Lover
Get to Know Her

Why spin? Well apart from the fact that it’s an excellent form cardio if you aren’t much of a runner like myself, I need an outlet for my abundance of energy and spin does just that!

Who in your life motivates you?  Ok without getting too sentimental.. My mum!!! She is the most hard working person I know. She made sure what we needed growing up, we got. She wore many hats and kept strong through the tough times. She inspires me everyday to always strive for more!

Guilty pleasure? Mmmmmmm….. Pho!!!

Wine or beer?  Did someone say WINE???  Red, White, not picky! (It’s been known to make me fall asleep…)

 

Natalie Arnieri

Communications professional, dog mom, wannabe co-ed soccer star
Get to Know Her

What can always be found in your gym bag? My spin shoes; training shoes; a towel (I wash it, don’t worry!); random toiletries; a Ziploc bag full of batteries for my headset mic; and granola bars that are surprisingly not yet reduced to crumbs. Maybe because they’re more chocolate than granola.

What’s something people may not know about you? In a nutshell: I’m an introverted extrovert who is highly food motivated. I think I should credit that to some meme on the Internet. I also love a good pun.

Why spin? Although spin is you and your bike, you’re surrounded by incredible energy from equally committed riders. Not only does that energy help you push yourself each class, but we’re crossing the finish line together. And when the doors close and you have the next 50 minutes to yourself with awesome music pumping, I can’t think of a better way to take a break from the day-to-day and focus on you.

What’s your favorite song to spin to? My favourite song is Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love” remixed for an attack. It gives you killer cardio intervals, and I’m able to incorporate squats so you’re still strengthening those big leg muscles. You’ll most likely hear it in one of my classes because I can’t let it go!

Wine or beer?  Wine. Specifically a Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough Region of New Zealand …can I consider myself an adult now with such a detailed answer?

Dogs or cats? Dogs. All the dogs. Do you want to see a picture of my dog? She has a dedicated Facebook album.

Beach or museum? ¡Vamos a la playa!