RIDE OR DIE | Taylor Fernuik, Instructor

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Meet Taylor – a Vancouver Instructor who has been riding since the Hamilton UNDRGRND days. You can expect high energy, lots of fire and long-ass isolations that don’t feel so long thanks to his fun vibe and sense of humour (get ready to crack a smile or two).

Where did you grow up?

Area code 780 (Edmonton, Alberta). You can often catch me wearing a “Still In Edmonton” sweater. I love Vancouver, but I’m proud to be from YEG.

Can you remember your first RIDE class? How long did it take until you realized you wanted to become an Instructor?

First RIDE was in the basement of Gastown with a couple of bikes and some Dyson fans keeping us cool – the OG training grounds before Hamilton opened. I had no idea I’d become an Instructor one day and now I can’t see myself ever stopping.

Best part of being an Instructor is…

Connecting with everyone on and off the bike. RIDE is more than just a spin studio. You become a part of a community of “RIDE or DIES” that I look forward to seeing every week.

Track you’ve had on repeat

Clearest Blue (Gryffin Remix) by Chvrches. I still get chills every time I play it.

AM or PM RIDES?

PM RIDES. Not saying I’m not a morning person, but I’m not a morning person. In all seriousness though, after a long day of work, nothing’s better than getting on the bike and just letting everything go.

Favourite way to sweat outside of RIDE?

In the gym. It’s a place of relaxation for me where I can listen to music and go at my own pace.

How has becoming a RIDE Instructor changed you?

It’s given me a platform to get in front of people and share my love for fitness with them.

Go-to quote or words to live by?

Lose Yourself by Eminem. I still picture 12 year old me listening to that song. 16 years later and still relevant.

Who motivates you?

My girlfriend. She’s basically my part-time manager.

Favourite book?

Guilty. It’s been a while since I’ve made the time to read a book.

What’s your #1 life hack?

Ironing my shirts. I love a crisp tee shirt.

Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon in the city?

If the sun is out, riding my bike along the seawall to the beach. A place you can find me for hours.

Any hidden or not so hidden talents?

I can make the best french fries and chicken wings. Oh and chips with guac.

If you could brunch with any person (past or present), who would it be and why?

Conner McDavid. Go Oilers Go.

Best memory since you joined RIDE?

The first class I taught, November 14th 2017. I still have the playlist saved on my computer.

#1 piece of advice for someone looking to have a killer RIDE?

Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. Although RIDE is a group fitness class, it’s a very personal experience. Find the Instructor that challenges you and the rest will fall into place.

What has you stoked on life right now?

Socks. If you know you know.

What does RIDE mean to you?

Family. RIDE is more than a fitness studio, it’s a place where you go to meet people and make real connections.

RIDE with Taylor – find him on any one of our Vancouver schedules.