Getting to Ro’ Laura
At Rocycle we’re all about Mind Body Music, but, just as important is the fact that we’re a family. So, to make sure each class is not just a party but a reunion, we’d like to introduce some of our Ro’Regulars. Until recently one of our most adorable Ro’regulars, Laura Staal, made a point of popping into the studio any time she was in town, but now we are lucky enough to have her right here in Amsterdam. Wondering how this Düsseldorf transplant fuels herself for a healthy lifestyle and what kind of music gets her going? Well read on to find out all about one of our favorite riders.
Hi Laura! Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us. Could you introduce yourself?
Hi, I am Laura and a Dutchie who was born and raised in Germany. I am 29 years old, and I’ve work in the cosmetics industry for five years. My favourite colour is blue, and I am currently obsessed with cute brown labradoodles and M&M crunchies. I just moved to Amsterdam from Düsseldorf, Germany pretty recently. It felt like home straightaway! My love, family and friends brought me here. Work luckily permitted the flexibility to move.
We love that you were able to make the move! We’re so happy to have you here. Can you tell us what brought you to Rocycle?
My dear friend Hayley! I used to go to spinning in Düsseldorf, so I wanted to join her for a weekend –as I thought spinning- sessions. However, I was not prepared for what followed next: a murderous full-body work out whilst having a party on a bike. This experience was very different from any regular spinning class I have ever attended. I was hooked straightaway and honestly never ever went to a regular spinning class after!
We don’t blame you. This is wayyy more fun. Speaking of friends, how do they fit into your Rocycle story?
They fit in perfectly, as Rocycle is extremely time efficient and the class schedule gives me the flexibility to join a class whenever it fits my day and routines.
We’ve noticed you are a real fitspiration. What other types of exercise do you do?
I did (normal, boring) spinning and yoga. I practiced Ashtanga, as well as Yin yoga, and I still do it, as it is a great balance for Rocycle and gives me the Zen I need to power through the day.
Gotta love a little zen. So we know you’re a bit of a gym bunny, but is nutrition something you consider an important facet of a healthy lifestyle?
Absolutely; nutrition is probably THE most important facet of a healthy lifestyle. If I do not get enough greens, I feel easily feel tired and passive. Having said that, I do enjoy the good old Bitterball (the Dutch brown fruit), which I cannot resist. Before a ride, I normally do not eat but treat myself to a cold-pressed juice and overnight oats afterwards! The Glow is my absolute favorite juice!
Hey, we love a good bitterball as much as the next person! Now, do you have a favourite instructor?
Rowen. I love that she fills the room with positive energy and self-esteem, while killing me on that bike! She is so full of energy, which is very contagious.
Whether you’re in Rowen’s class or one of our other fabulous instructors, do you have a fave move?
Triple Pyramids! I used to hate them and dreaded a single pyramid so badly you would not believe! Now I cannot wait for them!
And do you have a workout uniform? What do you like to wear to the studio?
Not much, as it gets so warm in there! My standard gear is black tights and a sports bra.
We clearly are all about the music, but do you find it an important motivator?
THE most important motivator! That’s why I love Rocycle so much: always great music!
If you were an instructor, what kind of music would you play?
Groovy, funky old school house music!
Love it. We wish we could take your class! Do you cycle outside of the studio, or do you keep your spinning strictly indoors?
Yes, I cycle almost everywhere I need to go. I recently got a new bike, and I am totally in love with it.
We’ll have to keep a lookout for that new bike then haha! Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
That I can be quite doubtful about myself.
Well, we think you’re incredible, so we hope you will embrace yourself, including your doubts. Alright, last question: what does Rocycle mean to you?
Those rides are my 45 minutes, all by myself, letting go of anything that has happened before and will happen after the class. Rocycle means being physically knocked out, while being mentally refreshed at the same time!