Instructor of the month: Babette
Tell us about yourself
I have a strong love for music and moving. I used to dance, attending the Lucia Marthas School of Performing Arts in Groningen. I live by myself quite close to the City studio. Apart from my studies and Rocycle, I work at Victoria’s Secret (weird fact: I am a pro at folding panties, BUT unfortunately we do not sell the bra’s!). I am very curious and stubborn, love reading and sharing food with friends. I can be a bit of a doubter and overthink things. Sometimes I need to go out and party to let go. But mostly I eat healthy, go to bed on time, work out and have a lot of structure in my life because that makes me happy. Not very cool, but it’s true. Last but not least, this is my birthday month (Aries).
5 facts about yourself people might not know about you
I never thought I would find the courage to teach a Rocycle class.
I forget my keys, phone, wallet and basically everything else when I’m not paying attention.
I am currently writing my Master’s thesis about Grit and a Growth mindset.
My eyesight is really bad. My glasses are currently at – 9.5.
I love New Girl on Netflix.
What profession other than Rocycle instructor would you like to attempt?
Pfffff this is such a hard one that I need still to figure out. I wanted to be a dancer/musical performer but did not quite succeed, so sometimes miss that a lot. I have my Bachelor’s in Psychology and am currently working on my Masters in Work and Organizational Psychology, but I’m still not sure what I want or should do. I would like to work in training and development. Mostly I want to find a job where I can contribute to the happiness and (mental) health of others. I would also like to help the fight against global warming (or own my own t-shirt company and become a bridal dress model). I would like to be a full time mom someday. I could go on for a while actually. Right now Rocycle is one of the best things I have ever done.
Why should people join your classes?
If you are ready for hard work and fun, love a good challenge and want to find new ways to grow.
Which song is your guilty pleasure?
Today it’s Best Behavior – Louisa Johnson.
What is the best Rocycle advise you have been given?
‘There is no competition; do not compare yourself.’
Who was your childhood hero?
Name 3 words to best describe your post-Ro’Ride feeling?
Elevated, happy and powerful.
Words to live by…
Be honest, be kind and work hard for the things and people you love.
All-time favorite Rocycle song?
Tuesday – Burak Yeter ft. Danelle Sandoval (memories from when I was a rider myself in Olivia Cooney’s class).
What is your favorite ride of the week?
I think Saturday morning when everybody is relaxed and in such a good mood, ready to go all out for a great start to the weekend.
What means happiness to you?
Being happy with, and accepting of, who you are, enjoying the process of learning and your personal journey in life with all its ups and downs.
What has been your most memorable moment of your Ro career so far?
There are so, so many. I feel so blessed to be able to share the joy!! One I will never forget is teaching the Ro’asted last year with all of those daredevil Ro’riders and going all the way together for 90 minutes. It was a victory for all of us.
Listen to babette’s favorites on Spotify.