Pieter Instructor of the Month – Rocycle
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Pieter Instructor of the Month

10-05-2019

Tell us about yourself

Hi everyone! My name is Pieter, and I am going to be your Rocycle instructor for the next 45 minutes haha. Ok, but for real my name is Pieter, I am 33 and I am from Amsterdam. Like many of my colleagues here at Rocycle, I have a degree in Musical Theatre, and I have worked and lived in Amsterdam, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the UK since graduating from the Amsterdamse Hogeschool v/d Kunsten. I’ve been lucky enough to perform in Footloose, Saturday Night Fever, The Bodyguard, Dirty Dancing and West Side Story over the years. I’ve had the opportunity to work and live in amazing cities like Berlin, Zurich, Vienna and London, but I have to be honest with you: nothing beats Amsterdam! I am super excited to finally be back, and I am here to stay!

5 facts people might not know about you

  • Come September, I am going back to school to study psychology. It’s super exciting but also terrifying! I’m really looking forward to this next chapter!
  • I got my master’s degree from the Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey.
  • Swimming is my yoga. I try to swim at least twice a week. I love to be in and under the water, just counting my breaths and strokes.
  • Because I worked in Germany, I am used to driving super long distances. I can drive non-stop for over 6 hours. Once I drove from Vienna to Amsterdam with only two 2-minute toilet breaks haha. Sometimes you just want to go home!
  • I’ve worked with both Rowen (AMOR) and Melinda (Saturday Night Fever) before.

If you weren’t a Rocycle instructor, what would you do?

In September, I’ll begin my studies in psychology because I love working with people and am super interested in what moves people to behave or do things the way they do. I am not 100% sure what my next stop will be, so it’s exciting to see what will happen in the next few years!

Why should people come to your class?

If you like to be challenged, come to my class! I think the most important thing is that you keep riding at your own level; go for personal progress! We didn’t show up to take it easy! Not one ride is the same because you never feel the same. Nobody said it was easy, but I promise you, afterward you will feel reborn, ready for anything that is waiting for you!

What’s your guilty pleasure song?

Hit Me – Original Mix by Like Morgan.

What’s the best Rocycle advice you’ve been given?

You will never know how strong you are until you try. It might sound cheesy, but it is super true. Oftentimes we are capable of more than we think. It is time to discover our true strength!

Who was your childhood hero?

My dad was and is still my hero!

Which 3 words describe your post-Ro’ride feeling?

STRONG, CONFIDENT and READY to take on any challenge that awaits me! Come on, world. I can handle it!

Words to live by…?

One day or day one. You decide.

I think nowadays a lot of people are stuck in their heads. You can overthink things so easily. The best way to find out what you want is to listen to your gut and just do it.

All-time favourite Rocycle song?

Cola – ZHU Remix by CamelPhat, Elderbrook and ZHU. It’s the perfect rhythm for a nice climb!

What is your favourite ride of the week?

To be honest, there is something about all the rides that I love. Mornings give you a perfect start to your day, and evenings release anything that’s built up during the day. If I had to choose, I think I would prefer the morning classes, which is actually funny because I am not a morning person (thanks to my career in theatre). I don’t know if it translates to English well, but we would say: well begun is half done!

What does happiness mean to you?

Happiness doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing to everybody. It’s hard to explain. To me, I think it means enjoying and appreciating the things life gives you. It is a moving curve. For example, I have been in Amsterdam since mid-March, and it still makes me super happy every day that I am so close to my loved ones. I am still appreciating my apartment, the Albert Heijn, Hema and Blokker so much more than I used to haha. My goal is to keep finding happiness in all the things we take for granted so easily. We have so much to be happy for!

What has been the most memorable moment of your Ro’career so far?

I haven’t been around very long yet, so I am sure there are many more to come, but once, after class, I was talking to one of the riders, and he told me that he had completed an outside ride of 420 kilometres (!!!) a few days before without having trained outside at all! Three times a week at Rocycle was his ‘only’ winter training, and he completed his ride without any problems! Amazing!

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