Instructor Insight – Joe


Joe is a spin instructor at Wheel House and, if you’ve not had the pleasure of taking one of his  classes yet, you should be sure to sign up for his lunchtime  class.

Where are you from and what brought you to San Francisco?

I am from Manchester, New Hampshire. I originally drove across country to Portland, Oregon looking for a change of scenery and to experience the west coast. I didn’t find a job or a place to live so I ended up driving south to San Jose to work with a friend at a solar company for a bit. The next job landed me in San Francisco.

What do you do for work?

I’m currently an analyst at a small consulting firm here in the city, but I’ll soon be taking full-time classes to pursue a career in user experience design.

When and why did you started spinning at Wheel House?

I started coming to Wheel House when I was training for AIDS/LifeCycle in 2013. I had never done long-distance cycling before in my life and needed to get in shape for the seven-day ride. Since I worked nearby, I started going to Carl’s Monday smart rhythm classes and Nan’s Flashback Friday classes. Needless to say, I was hooked. These two instructors really inspired me to pursue spinning further and helped me prepare for the ride.

What people can expect from your class?

People can expect great music and a lot of fun! I really like pushing myself as hard as my students in class. I think I surprise people by sweating just as much as they do. If people have a good sense of rhythm, they’ll have no problem. They can also expect a very goofy instructor who loves being out of the saddle.

Why should a member take your class?

Nine times out of ten I’m in a good mood. I hope I can make people happier by being happy myself! Energy is contagious and I hope my enthusiasm radiates to the members that attend. Plus I can guarantee that the playlist will get you moving! I put a lot of time into creating my routines, planning things down to the beat.

Favorite move on a spin bike? Favorite pose in yoga? Favorite TRX move?

My favorite moves on a spin bike are the ones that are not planned. When I feel 100% in sync with the beat of the music I move naturally in a mixture of dancing and pedaling motions (and a little head banging sometimes). I most enjoy this organic body movement that comes from the “high” of the class. As for yoga, triangle is my jam. Favorite TRX move? Not sure yet.

Favorite happy hour in San Francisco?

Even though they play the same music every night, my favorite happy hour is at Toad Hall in the Castro. They got two-for-one drinks that are wicked strong until 8:00pm. And when you get hungry, you can go next door to Zapata for a burrito! Great way to start a Friday night. How can you go wrong?

Your friend is visiting what is the number one place you take them in San Francisco?

I have an urban hike that my boyfriend and I have done that hits many of the peaks in the middle of the city and goes through some hidden neighborhoods. Doesn’t take more than two or three hours and it’s a great way to see the city. It’s my go-to for out-of-town friends and family.

What is on your coffee table or bedside table?

I got the Tenth Anniversary Book of Calvin and Hobbes on the coffee table right now and The Design of Everyday Things on my bedside table.

What is something that you love that never gets old?

I grew up spending summers on a small lake west of where I grew up. It’s my happy place. I love it so much I got it tattooed on my arm. It never gets old. When I go home in the summer I can still water ski to my heart’s content and fish with my family and friends. The house hasn’t been touched or redecorated since my dad grew up there some 40 years ago. I love going there.

If you were stuck in the elevator who would you want with you?

Obi-Wan Kenobi.

You can sign up for one of Kelsey’s many classes on our schedule which you can find here.

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