VIDA Metropole Instructor Profile: Jeffrey Brown
Jeffrey has been in the DC area for 5 years, and Cycling is just one of the ways he’s found community in the city. Though his dayjob as a director in the Federal government can pull him away from the studio at times, you can expect a challenging but fun ride each time you take class with him. Learn a little more about Jeff below!
Why did you decide to become an indoor cycling instructor?
Several years ago, while working out at VIDA, I decided to try a cycling class. It kicked my butt, and I thought I was going to throw up or pass out after! The music was great and the instructor was fun. I was hooked, and I’ve been cycling ever since!
What’s one thing you want all your first-time class participants to know?
I try to remind folks that every class typically has a mix of beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. Don’t compare yourself to the person on the bike next to you. My job is to challenge you to pedal harder and faster than you think you can…but, always remember that YOU control the resistance. The most important thing: just keep your legs moving!
When you’re not squeezing another sprint out of your students, where can they find you?
Either (1) at the day job; (2) sleeping; or (3) enjoying Happy Hour!
How are your classes different from other instructors’?
Having music that people love and will get them energized and motivated to work hard is so important. I spend a lot of time creating my playlists, and the style and tempo of the music is carefully chosen to support the exercises we do. High BPMs for sprints, a steady beat for jumps, a slower tempo for those high climbs… just listen to the music, breathe, and I promise you just might forget you’re working out!
Tell us something we don’t know about you!
I’ve actually shared a lot with my classes (maybe too much??), like how I got into two car accidents in 10 days?? My apologies again to my students for having to put up with my rants about that!!!