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Life Outside The Spin Room


What does a musician, a realtor, a lead for mental health awards, and a physiotherapist have in common? They're all motivators at YEG Cycle!

Our motivators come from all backgrounds and careers, and every single one of them brings something unique from what they do, into the studio and onto the bike! We asked four of them what they get up to (when they're not pumping you up at spin).

If you've ever wondered what our motivators do outside the spin room, keep reading for four of their stories!

 

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Kelly Alaina

Q: What do you do... other than being a motivator?

A: I am a performer / songwriter / dueling piano player.

I have a couple songs released on Spotify under ‘Kelly Alaina’ and will be releasing a new tune early 2020! 

If you’d like to catch me live for dueling pianos, I frequently play at the Bourbon Room in St Albert, or Spotlight Cabaret on Whyte Avenue.

 

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Q: How'd you get started, and how long have you been doing it for?

A: I started performing and singing when I was 12 years old, graduated from the vocal performance program at Grant MacEwan, then after College, started working as a dueling piano player! During and after college, I was writing and performing music for my own personal project, as well as getting into the corporate music world so I could make my living doing what I love! In 2016, my hubby and I started our dueling piano company, Court Jester Dueling Pianos. As well, I began writing pop music for other artists. I now, proudly make my living as a musician!

 

Q: What do you find most rewarding about it?

A: The most rewarding thing about my music is the ability to take the feelings, thoughts and melodies in my head and bring them to life through recording. 

Alternatively, dueling pianos is rewarding because it’s just an incredibly fun time!

 

 

Nicole Bosse

Q: What do you do... other than being a motivator?

A: When I'm not flipping my hair and cheering you on from the podium, I'm out helping people buy and sell homes in the Edmonton area as a REALTOR®! I'm a solo agent hustling every day to provide my clients the best and most personable experience out there, similar to my drive to provide the best spin class when you're in one of my classes at YEG!

 

Q: How'd you get started, and how long have you been doing it for?

A: I've been obsessed with houses and real estate since I was a kid, but I didn't take the plunge to quit my corporate job and pursue my passion until last year! It was a big risk leaving my comfortable salaried job, but I definitely do not regret it. The entrepreneurial spirit in me is so satisfied running and controlling my own business, and being able to be the boss when it comes to the service I provide my clients. 

 

Q: What do you find most rewarding about it?

A: Hands down the most rewarding part is helping change people's lives. Being a contributor in such monumental moments in a families life does not weigh lightly on me, and I grow to care about every person I work with on a personal level. Real Estate is challenging, and stressful and I love being able to take that stress off my clients and make the process as smooth as possible, so they can focus on how exciting it is!

 

 

Stephanie Mendes

Q: What do you do... other than being a motivator?

A: I am a lead for the Momentum Mental Health Awards for Momentum Walk-In Counselling, Edmonton’s single session walk-in clinic for evidence-based mental health support!

 

Q: How'd you get started, and how long have you been doing it for?

A: It all started with a quick Google search for mental health volunteer positions, where I found a reception spot at Momentum. Three months later, I became the Secretary for the Board of Directors. It’s been five years since starting with Momentum, and I’m stoked to be co-leading the Momentum Mental Health Awards for the third year in a row.

 

Q: What do you find most rewarding about it?

A: Working on the awards for the past three years has opened my eyes to the amazing mental health community that Edmonton holds. Connecting with the people who make big moves for mental health in Edmonton shows me how much power and leadership exists in our city.

 

If you know someone who should be nominated for a Momentum Mental Health Award, follow Momentum on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for the release of the 2020 Momentum Health Awards!

 

 

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Robyn Carignan

Q: What do you do... other than being a motivator?

A: I am a physiotherapist at Pivotal Physiotherapy.

 

Q: How'd you get started, and how long have you been doing it for?

A: I did my undergrad in kinesiology and decided I wanted to take my knowledge of exercise and movement further in order to help people perform better. I did my masters in physical therapy at the University of Alberta and graduated in January 2017. I have been working for Pivotal ever since.

 

Q: What do you find most rewarding about it?

A: The most rewarding part of my job is that I get to help people get back to doing physical activity and moving their body in a more functional and pain free way. It is extremely fulfilling to help patients get back to doing the things that they enjoy. My own experiences and passion for exercise has led me down this path and allowed me to truly understand what my patients are going through. I want my patients to get back to their chosen activity and perform even better than before their injury.

 

If you'd like to learn more about our motivators, see what makes them tick, and hear why you should take a spin in their classes, check out our motivators page!

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