This past November, days after our tumultuous election, I led a group through Lexington for a progressive fitness experience. Needless to say, the entire group was ready for a breath of fresh air. The second stop on our journey was at CycleYOU with Noelle Dick. I had scoped out the place with a dear friend from Lexington who promised this would be an awesome stop for our participants, and she was right.
I've had the conversation with some gym and studio owners and friends recently about why we, in the fitness industry, should throw competition out the window. Don't get me wrong: in many aspects of life, a little healthy competition can work to one's benefit, but in an industry like fitness, what I have seen is that the studios and clients that have successful, long-term relationships are the ones that stay true to whom they are without worrying about what other people are doing. It can easily be equated to the dating world: a good match is built on trust, honesty and being yourself. What resonates with one person may not resonate with the next person, so why try to force that relationship? The successful trainers I know all have this knowledge and quality, and know that supporting other businesses without trying to "out-do" or recreate what someone else is doing will only make themselves shine brighter.
Noelle has achieved the success she has because she has embraced this in her own journey, and now through her thriving studio CycleYOU. I could focus on the great spinning class we had, but what stood out to me was the message she brought along with it that moved some of us to tears. Not in a bad way, but in a very inspirational way. And I knew each word out of her mouth was genuine; those who truly believe in theirs always stand out in a crowd, and I am sure that is why her clients are drawn to her. The message we listened to in our class was about conquering our fears and facing our obstacles, rather than trying to get around them. Like the O.A.R. song we listened to, "You go round and around it, you go over and over, I go through," life's successful moments are not always achieved easily or by taking a shortcut. Kind of relatable for anyone chipping away at a fitness goal, too, don't you think?
This was not a preachy sermon-like message, but more of a mantra that we are all strong, and for that hour, we would ride and thrive together. The hour we spent with Noelle left us invigorated and empowered, and ready to take on the world.
If you live in Lexington and you are searching for a studio to call home, do yourself a favor and drop in to CycleYOU. You will be welcomed by a friendly, knowledgeable staff and top-notch instructors. You can also check out their Box2TheBeat, FIT strength classes and their multi-sport training center. I know we can't wait to get back to Lexington soon!