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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!

Mia Fontaine

Certified Personal Trainer, Mother and chauffeur of two boys, Self proclaimed workout addict
Get to Know Her

Why Spin? I love to sweat! I also like the endorphins and staying fit.

Favorite song to spin to? Thunderstruck!

Favorite post workout meal? Omelettes or eggs any way shape or form; yolks and all.

Wine or Beer? Both, but if I have to choose… A lovely medium bodied Shiraz or tempranillo would be it.

Road bike or mountain? Since I have a debilitating fear of wild animals, I prefer indoor cycling.

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.