Abi Ingalls

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
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Current Residence:  Boston North End!

Day Job:  Finance

Fitness Teaching Experience:  Teaching at Ride! 

Fitness Training & Certifications:  Mad Dogg Training

Education:  MBA in Finance and BS in Psychology

Pre-workout Food:  Iced Coffee

Post-workout Food:  Anything salty :) 

Pre-spin Pump-up song:  Til I Collapse (Eminem)

Dream Vacation Destination:  My ideal vacation is active - biking, skiing, hiking, etc. with gorgeous views and excellent fish-based meals and wine/beer in whatever area we are in.  Some recent destinations have been Moab UT, Loire Valley France, and Portugal...

Fitness Related Beauty Tip:   Learn how to style  our hair without blow-drying it. It is the only way to squeeze in that extra morning workout before hitting the office for the day! 

What is your choreography style?

I love the juxtaposition of heavy resistance and quick cadence in classes to keep heart rates maximized, as well as specific muscle work during choreography to target those hard-to-work muscles riders can sometimes forget about!  Inspired by my lifelong obsession with yoga, I make a conscious effort to focus on proper alignment during the ride; and usually end class with a straight climb along with a mindfulness mantra to get the day off to the right start!

What is your playlist style/ favorite artists/ do you like remixes/ etc. ?

I love to MIX.IT.UP.  One of my riders once described my playlist as "extreme variety".  Think: Britney Spears, Chainsmokers, Eminem, Linkin Park, Meghan Trainor, Justin Timberlake, Ke$ha, David Guetta, Will Smith, Lady Gaga, Smash Mouth, Backstreet Boys, Jason Derulo, Madonna, Maroon 5, Ellie Goulding... you get the idea :) And, I love to take playlist requests from regular riders so keep 'em coming! 

What is your ‘style’ to inspire riders to work hard?

Even though I am at my prime before daylight, I realize that most normal human beings aren't wired the same way! With most of my classes beginning at or before 6am, let me tell you, it's all about energy,  enthusiasm, and a few bad jokes. During sprints, riders seem to love individualized cheering, so I will turn off the microphone and walk around to personally torture (ahem, inspire) riders.

What was your inspiration to teach indoor cycling?  

I started spinning early in my teenage years- my dad would bring me to spin classes at the crack of dawn and I was hooked.  In 2014, my dad survived a life-threatening cardiac arrest and doctors are certain that he would not have survived except that he was in such great shape. From that moment, I knew I had to prioritize my own healthy lifestyle and begin teaching spin hopefully motivate and inspire others to do the same.

What are your favorite sports/ exercises/ fitness related hobbies outside of cycling?

Yoga, field hockey, skiing, water skiing, wake boarding, and mountain biking.

What are your other hobbies/interests (non-fitness)?

Volunteering, and inspiring my friends to become CPR and AED certified!