Rider spotlight: Viktor
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. We had the pleasure of sitting down with math wiz and fitspiration Viktor. He dishes on Olympic lifting, heavy metal and his conversion to the cult of cycling. Keep reading for more juicy details.
Hi Viktor! Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Viktor, I’m a 31-year-old fitness enthusiast and I am a Russian expat who moved to Germany in the early 90s to study mathematics and work in consulting. Over the past few years, I have worked across Europe in the financial industry, finally landing in this wonderful city a year ago.
Quite the nomad! And how did you come to Rocycle?
If anybody told me that I would do any form of spinning a year ago, I’d say he’d lost his mind. But at one point during the summer, I was bored of my usual gym routines and started to look for something else. I stumbled across Rocycle on Google Maps, and the concept interested me immediately. I booked my first class and barely got through it. My competitive spirit was immediately triggered, and I’m still here after 27 classes and counting.
It’s hard not to get hooked, but we’re glad you’re with us now. Before you joined our family, what sort of exercise did you do?
I started Olympic lifting at the age of 11, so I have been a gym rat all my life. In recent years, however, I was more into general fitness training with an emphasis on heavier weights.
That’s pretty intense. How do you fuel yourself to excel in the studio and in lifting?
In my opinion, nutrition is THE most important facet of a healthy lifestyle, apart from working out. I try to eat as healthy as my schedule permits, even if it means preparing food in advance. If I take a morning class, I usually have something easily digestible like oatmeal with almond milk an hour to half an hour before class. For evening classes, I fill my tanks during the day, so I might go with one of the bars from the Cold Pressed Juicery if I feel the need for extra energy.
You can’t push yourself without proper fuel. Thank goodness we have the TCPJ so close! And how about music? Which music motivates you?
I definitely think that music and exercise belong together. Working out with your favourite music is so much more fun, and it hypes you up. Currently, I like to go with Heavy Metal (Pantera, Alice in Chains) during weight training.
Heavy metal! Maybe we should look into a themed ride? So, last question, what does Rocycle mean to you?
For me, it’s about challenge and fun. It’s about the endorphin rush and energized feeling after class. It’s about doing something good for your body and your mind.