Kim is an avid daydreamer, a self-proclaimed sweaty generalist, dog lover and caffeine addict. Her mission in life is to make the world a little bit better, brighter and more fun and she brings that same philosophy to upcycle.
After growing up playing team sports, she took up running in college but found herself injured more often than not. Kim took her first indoor cycling class back in 2006 and it gave her the same rush that running did without the impact on her joints -- add in some high energy music and a room full of sweaty, smiling faces and she was completely hooked.
Kim's main goal when you come to class? That you feel challenged, work up a good sweat and have fun doing it, no matter what level of experience you have. She'll break everything down and offer modifications for beginners while still challenging experienced riders. You'll be encouraged to push yourselves as well - if you leave feeling like you didn't work hard enough, that's on you.
When she's not on the lead bike or running this whole operation, you can find Kim around town (usually at a coffee shop), walking or running with her dogs, mentoring new instructors, leading goal-setting sessions or plotting her next crazy venture.
3 words your best friend would use to describe you: I cheated and asked my two best friends, planning to combine their answers, but they're huge word nerds so you're getting all six -- tenacious, zealous, altruistic, gregarious, compassionate & unshakeable.
What's in your gym bag? Besides my keys, wallet & phone....I have two pairs of cycling shoes (one black, one white), grippy barre socks, headphones, water bottle, dry shampoo and a slew of random class plans in case I need a backup! There are also random pens and dollar bills strewn across the bottom of my bag -- I throw stuff in there and run out the door so often that it's kind of a mess.
Describe your class in 5 words or less: challenging but encouraging sweat fest!
What does your typical playlist look like? Seriously, I use the biggest mix of everything and I'm always searching for new music. Music's always been a huge part of my life and I really pride myself on my playlists -- it's the one thing that makes or breaks a class for me. My favorite ones typically include some sort of mix of Beastie Boys, Queen, Kanye and super catchy pop songs (the kind that I want so badly to hate, but when they come on I just can't stop moving). My boyfriend also has a playlist for me on Spotify that he adds songs into that he think I'd like for classes, so sometimes the songs on my playlist are from him, too!
If you had to pick one song to have in every class, what would it be? Oh, it would be Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls. No question.
What’s something that people wouldn’t know about you unless you told them? I trained in vocal music in high school and college and actually got the opportunity to sing during a mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican when I was 19. It was seriously one of the coolest experiences.