RIDE OR DIE | TAYLIN, INSTRUCTOR
Get to know Taylin – a Toronto and RIDE EXT Instructor known for her after-hours vibe classes, her encouragement to push you to go above and beyond during every RIDE, and her adorable-to-the-max dog, Rumpus.
Where did you grow up?
Can you remember your first RIDE class?
My coworker brought me to Alex’s class. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and was also confused why the entrance was in an alley. I sat in the back row and when the lights dimmed and the beat dropped, the feeling and the vibe hit me like a train and my life changed forever. I still get goosebumps thinking about that moment.
How long did it take until you realized you wanted to become an Instructor?
About one year. I’m generally a shy person when it comes to being in front of a crowd, but my love for RIDE was stronger and I really wanted to be able to give people the same experience I had in my first class.
Describe your teaching style.
Long jogs (and I mean long), fast runs, heavy house or techno and a desire to push each rider in the room to a new level. If you have a bike at home right now and wants a challenge jog, try this.
Best part of being an Instructor is…
Seeing when something ‘clicks’ for a rider or when they push themselves a little further. There’s nothing more rewarding than that!
Track you’ve had on repeat?
Matchy at the Fluffy Cloud | Burning Man 2020
Favourite way to sweat outside of RIDE?
Martial arts, yoga and outdoor cycling.
How has becoming a RIDE Instructor changed you?
Becoming an instructor has definitely made me more confident in myself. It’s really quite an empowering process and has also created so many amazing friendships.
Words to live by?
If you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise
– Rupi Kaur
Who motivates you?
My grandpa. He’s my hero in life.
Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon in the city?
Most likely having brunch or coffee with my girlfriends, or in COVID times, cuddling my corgi Rumpus.
Any hidden or not so hidden talents?
I speak 5 languages,I have my 2nd degree black belt, and I work in film as a Producer/DP
What does RIDE mean to you?
RIDE is a safe space and a community like no other where you can grow alongside other incredible humans. Also probably the hottest club in town for the beats!
#1 piece of advice for someone looking to have a killer RIDE?
Remember that those 50-mins are your time. You get to choose how much you push or how far you go. Listen to your body and get lost in the beat.
What has you stoked on life right now?
The light at the end of the COVID tunnel! Knowing that soon we’ll all be able to get back in the room together!