Meet Beatbike’s Newest Instructor: Cynthia Aceves
With summer in full swing, you may have noticed some new faces around Beatbike, including a new instructor! After completing her six-week training program under our lead instructor Lisa Natale, we are happy to report Cynthia has now officially joined the Beatbike team. We recently sat down with her to answer some of your dying questions and find out what our new instructor is all about.
Q: How long have you been cycling for?
A: I have been taking cycle classes for 10 years. I had always been a runner but had to stop because of a knee injury. So I started cycling to rehabilitate my injury but in early 2015 my cycle journey was put on hold again when I had my twin boys, Luca and Emilio. I then came back consistently in 2017 and began talking with Lisa about wanting to train to be an instructor.
Q: What was it like training under Lisa?
A: It was more than I expected it to be; it was like a therapy session. We once even had a therapist come in and talk about how to find your inner voice. Being an avid rider, I already had my form and style down. What was new to me was more the coaching aspect- it was really unfamiliar. It’s not like being a fitness instructor for other group fitness classes because you are actually doing the class along with them. You have to be mindful of everything from tempo, RMP’s, my own proper form and making sure everyone else in the class has good form to prevent injury. But at the same time, you want to be in the moment with your class.
Q: What kind of music do you play in your classes?
A: For music, I kind of felt the pressure to play what everyone else liked listening to. But then I just realized I wanted to play what I wanted to listen to because if I like the music, I enjoy class much more so I started developing my own playlists. I play a lot of old school hip hop or 80’s covers. I like R&B or anything with some funk like Lizzo or Calvin Harris. I’ll even throw in some songs by Sarah Bareilles or Sia. I’ve also been known to put in some songs from kids movies, like “Can’t Stop This Feeling” By Justin Timberlake, which was in “Trolls.”
Q: Tell us about yourself outside of class!
A: I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but both my parents are from Mexico. So during class there’s always some Latin songs in there. I’m also married, my husband is an LAPD officer and also in the Airforce. Like I mentioned earlier, I have two boys who are both 4 ½ years old named Luca and Emilio. I also went to college at LMU where I got my MBA.
Q: What would you say is different about Beatbike compared to other cycle studios?
A: The difference with Beatbike is that it’s a real community. People from all different age groups and backgrounds can come together here. We are leading a class knowing there are people riding at different levels. At other cycle studios they can be really hardcore; you have to ride a certain way and teaching can be really rigid. It can be intimidating to go into, especially riders who maybe aren’t at the fitness level they want to be at. At Beatbike it’s about having fun, sweating, making new friends and reaching your goals. I really believe that the motto that we have in the studio is true, “it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” It’s all about the quality of the ride.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in your time teaching here?
A: What I’m looking forward to most is honing my craft and defining myself as an instructor. I’m excited to get to know the Beatbike community better too and learning about everyone. Sometimes learning someone else’s story and getting to know that other people walk the same path as you in life is comforting. For me, spin has become more than a workout, it’s therapeutic. It’s healing for me. It gives you time to reflect and change your thought process. It’s made me a healthier person, physically, mentally and emotionally. I hope it does the same for my riders.
Next time you stop by the studio make sure to jump into one of Cynthia’s classes and introduce yourself! Cynthia teaches Monday/ Wednesday at 5:30 and Thursday at 8:30. She also has a theme ride this week, “For The Love of Guitarra” during her Wednesday slot at 5:30. Make sure to book a spot before the class is full!
Leave song requests or questions for Cynthia in the comments section!
Learn more about Cynthia online at https://www.beatbike.com/our-instructors