Emmy got her start in fitness as a student at Indiana University, where she was teaching aerobics for fun. After college, fitness became her passion, and she began teaching at Chicagoland area gyms and also spent time helping guests stay fit at the Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.
Upon her return to the Midwest, Emmy settled down at Chicago’s renowned East Bank Club. At East Bank, Emmy taught all of the latest workout fads, including aerobics, step and slide; you name it, she taught it! When indoor cycling came to East Bank, Emmy led classes on a regular basis and quickly became one of the most sought-after and popular instructors (in fact, she was the only one able to fill an entire class!). She fell in love with indoor cycling because it’s always effective and challenging; no two classes are the same, so boredom is never an issue!
After 20 years at East Bank and teaching at larger gyms, Emmy opened GO Cycle in 2010 to give her students one-on-one attention in an intimate environment, ultimately making their workouts more successful.
Ashley is a Chicagoland native, having grown up in Wheaton, IL. She has always had a passion for sports but her development as a leader in a group fitness setting began during her high school track days. She continued on the group fitness path when she went down to the University of Florida for college and fell in love with kickboxing. After Gator national championships during her tenure, she ventured across the country to become a sports reporter in Texas. It was in Texas that Ashley discovered her love for indoor cycling. She became an avid mountain biker and turned to indoor cycling as a safer option with better music! It wasn’t until after a concussion from a horse fall that doctor’s orders sent her to try her hand at yoga. Ashley was able to focus her energy inward which led to her immense appreciation for the practice of yoga. To this day, Ashley needs yoga to balance her life and body. Ashley is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and has been teaching both indoor cycling and yoga for six years.
After moving back to Chicago, Ashley was introduced to Emmy to teach the city’s only cycle/yoga combo class, GOYO. From there, Ashley love affair with group fitness took off. Having been a part of Go Cycle since the beginning, Ashley has loved helping to grow the Go Family. Ashley’s favorite part about teaching is challenging people to push themselves past what they thought was impossible only to discover new strengths within themselves.
Originally from Indianapolis, Sara attended Purdue University and received a degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, she moved to Chicago to explore job possibilities and fell in love with everything the city had to offer!
As a high school lacrosse player and a fitness enthusiast in college, Sara is passionate about living an active, healthy lifestyle. She first tried indoor cycling as a way to cross train while recovering from a running injury and was hooked after her first class. The more classes she took, the more she realized that she would rather be instructing the class than merely participating! She received her Spinning Certification from Mad Dogg Athletics and has taught at various gyms in both Indianapolis and Chicago.
Sara’s athletic background and competitive nature allow her to lead her classes through a challenging ride. She strives to motivate and encourage her students through both her upbeat music and teaching style. Start your day right by getting your legs pumping with Sara at 6am! You’re guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face.
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Proudly hailing from the Lone Star state of Texas, Beth has always loved breaking a sweat and being active. She began dance at the age of five in her hometown of Waco, Texas. She received many awards for dance, including the 1999 Best All-Around Dancer Award and Scholarship among a group of 500 participants from the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing. After picking up cheerleading in high school and continuing dance for 13 years, Beth re-affirmed that her love of living a healthy lifestyle was definitely more fun and motivating when in a group setting.
After receiving a business degree at the University of Texas at Austin, Beth and her husband moved to Los Angeles to begin their careers in the world of sales and marketing. A knee injury from running brought Beth to indoor cycling as an alternative means to staying active. It was love at first try; she was so obsessed with the class that she bought a pair of cycling cleats after taking just one class! After seven years in Los Angeles, Beth and her husband relocated to Chicago in October 2011. After a few months of searching for a fitness home in the Chicago area, a friend brought Beth to GO Cycle and she was immediately hooked!
By day, Beth is in Product Development and Account Management for the Wellness division of UnitedHealth Group. She helps develop, manage and sell fitness and health-based incentive products within employer-based insurance plans, and her passion in her day job is driven in her desire to make a difference in getting America active and loving exercise. She is certified by Mad Dogg Athletics and is excited to help members of Go Cycle have fun while moving our bodies!
Originally from Michigan, Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in Dance (BFA) and Psychology (BA). She moved to Chicago to accept a full dance scholarship offered to her from the Lou Conte Dance Studio/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Professionally, she has performed in Thodos Dance Chicago’s New Dances Series and as a River North Chicago Dance Summer Apprentice.
While continuing to dance around the city, Sarah turned to other forms of exercise to stay in shape. She began practicing yoga and pilates on a regular basis. She realized she had a passion for fitness that she wanted to share with others, so she became a NASM-certified personal trainer. She couldn’t be happier than when her clients reach their fitness goals.
It came as no surprise that Sarah was quickly hooked on indoor cycling, loving the fresh challenge it brings every time. She is excited to share her enthusiasm and passion for fitness with the members of GO Cycle!
Jaq comes to Go Cycle with not only a love for indoor cycling, but also a passion for and education of dance and music.
Beginning her dance training at the ripe age of three because she was born pigeon-toed and needed to strengthen her feet, Jaq went on to study ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, lyrical and hip-hop dance for 14 years and competed on the national level. She was captain of her State Champion high school dance team and a member of the nationally ranked University of Illinois-Chicago Dancing Flames.
After her college career ended, she pursued a professional career with the Chicago Rush Adrenaline Rush Dancers (AFL), as well as the Chicago Bulls Luvabulls (NBA). She also brought her dance career to the next level when she discovered internationally renowned hip hop company Dance2XS, TheMisses, 312 and Redefinition. Dancing with these groups has given her the opportunity to work with choreographer/dancers Tabitha & Napoleon, The Jabbawockeez, Marty Kudelka, Kevin Maher and many more.
Five years ago, Jaq met Emmy at East Bank Club and fell head over heels in love with indoor cycling and Emmy’s Go Go Go energy. After a formal courting, she joins the infamous GO Cycle crew and is stoked to be here. Her unique personality and love for music brings a new edge to the studio. Jaq currently teaches for various studios in the Chicagoland area, as well as competition choreography on the high school and college levels, and she continues to study all forms of dance at studios Millennium, The Edge, Joel Hall and Lou Conte. She can get anyone up out of their seat with her creative style and flair… so get ready to GO!
Robert has always been a fitness nut. 20 years ago after playing college football, Bob gained cycling wisdom when he met Johnny G (creator of Spin™) at a fitness conference. He bought the Johnny G tape and bike and started riding in the basement. Those basement skills have paid off.
In his free time Bob runs, bikes outdoors and has been known to do a triathlon here and there.
Katie has been promoting a healthy, active lifestyle as long as she can remember. First by becoming a personal trainer in 2006, she has since cultivated a passionate, multi-faceted business that includes personal training, nutrition counseling, group fitness, and teaching certifications to further educate fellow trainers.
In 2008, Katie began training for figure competitions and in just a year, and was a nationally ranked competitor in the NPC. Five years of competition experience has prepared her with the knowledge and discipline to take her own physique to its peak physical condition. It also helped prepare her to get others to peak fitness, she has coached several women into the national ranks in figure competitions. The meticulous manipulations of a competitor’s diet sparked her pursuit to understand everything “nutrition.” Additionally, Katie is certified as a Precision Nutrition Consultant.
Another love for Katie is the way kettlebell workouts make her feel–challenged, powerful, connected. She is a certified kettlebell instructor within the RKC community, one of the most recognizable kettlebell programs. Katie is a Team Leader in the RKC system and is an instructor-trainer, in addition to coaching 1-on-1 clients. She is excited to continue sharing her knowledge on a bigger platform and reach more people through group classes at GO Row.
For Beth, it all started with competitive sports. Beth grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and by the time she started kindergarten, was already competing in soccer, swimming, dance, and later added track and field and cross country to her competitive resume.
For four years at Gardner-Webb University she competed in track and field, cross country and swimming while earning her undergraduate degree. She then continued on to specialize in the 800-meter run at Syracuse University while studying for her graduate degree. Since, she spent three years as a volunteer assistant coach with Depaul University’s cross country and track and field programs, mentoring, helping pace and coaching with a division one program.
Most recently, she completed her first marathon, running Chicago in 3:25:06, hitting the time standard to qualify for the Boston Marathon. By day, she is a sports journalist for Scout and the Chicago Sun-Times covering Illinois high school football, basketball and collegiate sports in in the Midwest. Beth is looking forward to elevating your fitness, competitiveness, and helping introduce the world of indoor rowing to her adopted city, Chicago, at GO Row.
Kat’s passion for health & fitness started at a young age playing competitive sports in her hometown, St. Louis. She went to college at the University of Missouri – Columbia (Mizzou!) and graduated with a double major in Journalism and Marketing. Kat got her start at teaching group exercise classes at the Mizzou Rec Center while at school and has been teaching ever since!
During her years instructing at Mizzou, she obtained certifications in Mad Dogg Spinning and Group Exercise Training through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Kat moved to Chicago in 2013 to work at an advertising agency, while keeping up with her passion for fitness by teaching Group Exercise classes before and after work.
Kat took her first Go Row class in January of 2015 and immediately fell in love. From there, she knew she had to become part of the Go Row team! She is a self-proclaimed “exercise class junkie” and gets a thrill out of trying new classes and workouts. Her love for fitness has no limits – whether it’s running, cycling, rowing or lifting weights, she loves to stay active and share that love with her classes!
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Mariah’s fitness journey began when she was in the Delayed Entry Program for the US Navy Special Warfare Program. She would do extensive physical training 3 hours a day and would be the only female in her division. Along with training under her officers, she also fell in love with two forms of fitness: Crossfit and Weightlifting. In the end her love for fitness overshadowed her want to leave for the Navy.
Fitness changed Mariah’s life so much that she became a fitness instructor and dedicated her life to health and wellness. She taught kickboxing out in the western suburbs of Chicago, and that’s where she got her start as an instructor. Through her experience she realized that the number one trait an instructor should have is passion, and she promised herself that’s one thing she’ll always have while instructing.
Mariah is a huge advocate of practicing what she preaches. She pushes herself in the gym just as hard as she’ll push you during class. She is currently training for a bodybuilding competition in June and is excited to see what else Fitness will bring into her future.
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Kiki is a Chicagoland native, having grown up in Lake Forest, IL. Kiki’s passion for sports and an active lifestyle dates back as far as she can remember. She was always the kid being carted from one activity to the next, with outfit changes and snacks en route. She knew she was destined to be an athlete when the tutu looked all wrong and the sports jersey fit like a glove. In high school, she focused on field hockey and lacrosse, along with picking up a few state championships, she learned that her passion for sports was not just about the sport itself but more about the competitive atmosphere and active lifestyle. After graduating college, where she continued to play club field hockey and lacrosse, Kiki became a fitness fanatic trying out the countless gyms Chicago had to offer. It wasn’t long until she realized that she wanted to turn that passion into a profession. Quickly, Kiki became “Coach Kiki,” she has taught at various HIIT gyms in River North and is currently a group fitness instructor at Equinox. If she isn’t in the gym, you can find her either baking or shopping, or working her day job in Finance. Through her experience teaching, she has come to realize it is not all about how you look it is more about how you feel; fitness is a journey that we need to work at every day. There is one more thing you should know, Kiki loves burpees, doing them and more importantly making others do them!
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Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Roo’s fitness journey began at a young age with involvement in a variety of sports, mainly as a lacrosse player. She readily admits she was never the fastest, most-talented player, but Roo always spent extra time in the training room outside practice, in order to improve as a teammate and athlete. It was then, during those hours of extra work, that her strength and conditioning coaches made her realize fitness was her true passion and not just a hobby.
Roo’s lacrosse career came to an end upon attending Miami University, but she found a new way to pursue her passion by teaching group fitness classes including, Tabata Bootcamp and Kettlebell. Later, Roo graduated with a B.S. in Finance and headed to Chicago for a role in corporate finance; however, she quickly came to the realization that teaching classes and working out were the best part of her day and decided to join the fitness world full time. A couple weeks after leaving her corporate role, Roo discovered Go Cycle and immediately fell in love with the intense classes and more importantly, the Go Cycle community.
Roo is an ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor as well as Spin certified by Mad Dogg Athletics and is currently pursuing her Personal Training Certification through NASM. You can always count on her to bring a big smile and energy to class!