RIDE Kits | The Countdown is On
With our Kitsilano studio opening just around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to put the spotlight on some of the team behind RIDE Kits– those that have been busy planning, training and getting the studio ready for opening day. We sat down with Ashley Ander, RIDE co-founder, and Brooke Roth, our Lead Instructor, to chat about the studio and all there is to get excited about.
Tell us a bit about your background and what led you to opening RIDE Kits!
Ashley: I am one of the co-founders which means I’m an Instructor but I also manage the experience and image from the RIDE to our product. When we were looking for a 3rd location in Vancouver, we wanted to open a space where we could build on the community already in place. Kits already has it, we just want to connect the dots with our locations and have them bring the energies of our beautiful city together.
Brooke: I have been teaching for many years all over Kits, however RIDE was the first DT studio I had ever taught at and it changed spinning for me in the best way – I can’t imagine teaching anywhere else. When I found out they were opening in Kits I was so excited and luckily I got offered the position of Lead Instructor so life is good!
If you were to describe the RIDE Kits community in 3 words, what would they be?
Ashley: Active, vibrant, spirited
Brooke: Loyal, caffeinated, workoutaholics?
Favourite place to grab coffee or a snack between classes in Kits?
Ashley: Their There or Glory Juice Co.
Brooke: TurF or Parallel 49
How is the RIDE training going with our new Kits instructors?
Ashley: Everyone who’s currently in training is so passionate about the RIDE brand and the experience they get to build/create in their classes. They have put in many, many hours throughout our training process and it’s really going to be spectacular! I’m so excited for our new instructors to join the team and create their VIBE.
Brooke: Training is going amazing! We were so surprised by the talent we have acquired just by reaching to our favourite Riders and instructors in the community. Everyone is so different, it’s going to be wild!
What can we expect from the RIDE Kits experience?
Ashley: You can expect the same warm welcome and that sweaty intimate RIDE that you would get walking into any of our studios! We look forward to meeting new faces, seeing some regulars and showing you through our new space!
Brooke: RIDE Kits will facilitate the same RIDE experience of all our studios! Fast paced, motivational instructors and tons of fun!
How many classes can we expect each week?
Ashley: The first two weeks we will be playing with some class times! However you will definitely see morning, midday and evening RIDES throughout the week(s)!
S/O to a local studio who’s workout compliments RIDE?
Ashley: There are so many cross training options within the community to compliment your RIDE! From classes at TurF, Lagree, Better Bodies, Semperviva, Barre and YYoga. There are just so many great fitness options in Kits that are making heaps of positive impact in this world.
Brooke: Obsessed with The class by Taryn Toomey at TurF and next up met.a BAND! A good Kits seawall run to flush the legs, too!
Where should our Riders head for post-RIDE fuel?
Ashley: Just to name a few – TurF, Kokomo, Glory Juice Co., Be Fresh, Their There and Whole foods.
Will there be a mix of old and new instructors?
Ashley: Of course! Kits will have the best of all RIDE worlds making sure that everything is as authentically RIDE as possible.
Anything else exciting you’d like to share?
Ashley: I am super excited to see all the new faces that come in to experience RIDE for their first time. Seeing our community of Riders grow inspires me everyday and I cannot wait to create a bigger RIDE community within Vancouver. If I can make one person leave the studio with an uncontrollable smile, I’ve done my job.
Keep an eye on the RIDE Kits studio schedule for class postings.