By Danielle Michels
VIDA Blogger

joelirideOnce my energy levels stabilized after iRIDE (seriously, it’s the only class that could make you feel energized enough to run a marathon afterwards), I caught up with the iRIDE instructor/DJ/ultimate motivator, Joel Patton, about some of the things he loves about the iRIDE class format, why it’s different and how it’s going to benefit you.

What other classes do you teach other than iRIDE?

I teach the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) classes in addition to iRIDE, which I’ve been teaching since October when this new class format was introduced.

What’s something specific about iRIDE that you enjoy that’s different than the elements you experience teaching other classes?

What I like about iRIDE is that it is a very different format than your traditional spin class. There’s been a big demand from people are wanting classes that are different, fresh and challenging in different ways other than it just being physical.

All of my class-goers are very smart and they like to be challenged not just physically, but mentally as well. They don’t want to come in here and do the same old routine week after week. They want to take it to the next level and they want something more interactive and fun.

iRIDE also allows me to be more involved with the participants because people are more opened up with this format.

As an instructor, you never know what people are coming in to class with, their struggles, worries or apprehensions. This fun and high-energy format really allows people to just escape and just let go whatever they’ve got going on, even if it’s just for an hour.

Venturing in to a class you’ve never experienced before can be intimidating, who would you encourage to take iRIDE?

Everyone.

That’s another thing I really appreciate about the iRIDE format: we can switch it up from week to week, but we can still keep it safe. We’re not doing anything so crazy that you’re going to get injured, but we can do things that are different while keeping it friendly for all fitness levels.

Just because iRIDE is different doesn’t mean you have to be an advanced level. If you’re a regular spinner, if you’re interested in something more interactive, or even if you’re brand new to the entire fitness scene, we can still give you everything you need to get started and build.

Favorite songs that get people going?

Currently, “I wanna rock” by 2 Live crew.

But with all the music I play, I love the hard-hitting and fast beats.

And I find that if I use the music I really love I can further motivate and affect the class participants because they see I’m really having fun and it makes them want to join in.

It’s also surprising because there are times people who I never would’ve guessed would know a song start singing along!

People really let go and just get in their zone in this class. I just give people the tools and the instruction on what to do, they’re the ones that find their comfort level and their zone where they really push themselves to put in the work.

What would you say to someone who may doubt if they can keep up in a class like iRIDE?

Just come in and try. Let go of your preconceived notions. If you’re willing to learn and to try, you can absolutely do it.

Also, repetition is key. If you come in and you feel a little offbeat, keep coming in. You’ll catch your stride and it’ll click, but you have to give things a chance and not get too cerebral about it.

Let the music be your friend, and let me be your coach.

(VIDA blogger’s note: Joel had the whole class captivated from the get-go. And any instructor who successfully incorporates the greatness that is Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” in to their class has my seal of approval.Seriously, you have to try this class.)

To see when you can catch Joel teaching iRIDE, visit our class schedules on www.vidafitness.staging.wpengine.com.