If you’ve taken a cycle class at U Street (or walked within 30 ft of the cycling studio,) there’s a good chance you’ve gotten to experience the blood-pumping beats and high energy vibes coming from Tom Looney’s class. Tom’s only been teaching at VIDA for a few months, but has quickly grown a devoted fan base that come back week after week to sweat it out with him on their bikes!
This North Carolina native (brace yourself for the occasional “y’all” in his classes) graduated from Wake Forest University four years ago and has made a home in DC ever since. He works during the day as a hospital revenue cycle consultant at the Advisory Board Company, but has always been passionate about fitness as a hobby. He stumbled upon VIDA by accident last year after a friend brought him in as a guest to try a class.
“A good friend brought me to one of Tamara’s “Turnt Up Tuesdays” iRide classes, and after that I was sold. I came back the next day, dropped my old gym membership and signed up for VIDA. From there, I kept taking classes and decided to get certified to teach. After a brief stint teaching at another local gym, I’ve happily found a home teaching at VIDA,” says Tom.
Indoor cyclists know that music is extremely important for keeping energy up and pushing riders through a tough cycling class. Tom has pretty much mastered this, as U Street members are constantly raving about his music selection.
“There are two goals I set for each class: work your ass off and have a good time. I like to switch it up a lot – you’ll hear throwbacks, remixes and club music. If it’s got a beat, we’re riding on it (& maybe swinging our towels around!” he says.
Despite the entertaining music, Tom’s classes are far from just a party on a bike. He explains that he carefully plans his classes to include sprints, jumps, climbs and everything in between, so you’re getting a killer Coach by Color workout even while singing along to throwback NSYNC songs.
When asked what he likes most about teaching at VIDA, Tom says the energy from the members is what makes his classes so much fun!
“The energy from the people makes up about 90% of the class. VIDA members are there to BRING IT – you just have to provide good music, motivation and the atmosphere to slay on those bikes,” he says.
Tom enjoys supplementing his cycling by taking other VIDA classes (HIIT is his fave,) lifting and running half marathons. When he’s not working out, you can find him exploring new breweries or wineries, cheering on the Nats in the spring or creating craft cocktails at home with friends.
Come try a class with Tom Wednesdays at 6:45pm, Fridays at 6pm or Sunday mornings at 9am at U Street!