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Exploring Life & Business with Sarika Ringer of Rhythm&Tone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarika Ringer.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I am the founder and creator of Rhythm&Tone, an original dance cardio class that syncs bodyweight exercises to the beat for a total workout. My journey to get here took several years, even decades, but I am so proud of how far I have been able to come on my own through my life experiences and persevering spirit.

As a fitness instructor for the last six years, I’ve learned that the most important thing to be when leading any workout session is a source of light, encouragement, motivation, and positivity. Throughout my entire school life, I have lead and have been heavily involved with multiple dance teams year after year. After graduating from Babson College in 2013 with a BS in Business Administration and moving to work a full-time job in Boston, MA, I felt a huge void in my life not being able to participate in those activities. Along with the performance aspect that comes with dance, I was mostly missing a sense of community.

It was later that same year I discovered group fitness classes, and from there, I was able to rekindle my love for dance and choreography. My passion, high energy, and love for the stage was what made me stand out as an instructor, and I knew that I had a very refined and unique skill set to create intense choreography that was challenging, engaging, yet easy to follow. I had full confidence in the instructor that I had become, and when I moved to the Big Apple in 2016, I knew it was time to let spread my wings and see how far I could take my fitness side hustle.

NYC gave me the chance to start from scratch and see how much I had actually learned during my time training as an instructor while I was in Massachusetts. I quickly grew a following, and I had students from various gyms and studios that I taught at follow me to my own classes that quickly became packed classes. I knew I had something special!

I had been teaching classes in NYC only in person until 2020 when I was forced to move my business online because of the COVID pandemic and teach virtually. Although I was expecting my attendance to plummet, it actually grew to the point where I was able to fill classes multiple times a week! Current students were able to continue training with me, and new students discovered me and continued to come back (always a great sign!). Online classes had its advantage – anyone from anywhere can participate from the comfort of their own space. No commute, delays, or carrying gym clothes to the office. It wasn’t until then I realized that people didn’t come to my classes for the exercises but for the space my 50 minute sessions represented. Stress release from a long day’s work. Inner emotion that needed to be let out. Depression, anxiety, loneliness. When I found my sweet spot choreographies and workout routines that really captured people’s spirits, I ran with it, and Rhythm&Tone was born.

2020 was the year I perfected my livestream classes, and in December 2020, I launched my video-on-demand (VOD) platform so people can break a sweat and feel instantly amazing anytime they want. Now, I focus on creating new routines and connecting with my community. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted and it is allowing me to grow at my own pace!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Between balancing full-time job as a data analyst of a major health and wellness company and running Rhythm&Tone, there are definitely many struggles along this road. I am very grateful that my full-time job is also a passion of mine because of the industry that it plays in, and it pairs very well with what I am working to accomplish with Rhythm&Tone. There have been many late nights, priority shifts, brainstorming sessions with anyone who would lend an ear, and a lot of time working on being patient with myself on what was possible for me to release during such a trying time. Finding time to grow professionally and as a business owner came naturally, but many of the challenges were due to other factors. Early in 2020 when the first lockdowns hit NYC, my husband and I left and have been shuffling between my parent’s home and in-law’s home ever since. Going from living in our own apartment space to living out of a suitcase became stressful and exhausting. Especially when I had videos to record and classes to teach, a stable place is something we currently did not (and still do not) have.

I have learned to make Rhythm&Tone a portable business – flexible and teachable from any space. I’ve adapted to working my day job in multiple time zones to accommodate our team worldwide. I attribute a lot of this to my attitude of believing that (almost) everything that I choose to dedicate my time to in a day is enjoyable. Nothing should feel like too much of a chore. I take control over the things that I can control and learn to manage around the external factors that are outside of it. With this outlook, I know I can continue to overcome more challenges every year.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Rhythm&Tone is an original dance cardio class that syncs bodyweight exercises to the beat for a total workout. In these sessions, you will increase your cardiorespiratory endurance and boost muscle growth with songs and routines that work your lower body, core, and arms.

My teaching style is unlike any other. We share motivational quotes, dedicate our time to finding passion and emotion in every step, and I recognize every single person that walks into my classes. I know that my energy, in and out of the virtual studio, is unmatched. Students will have a very hard time finding an instructor as powerful, spirited, and animated as I am. And the best part is each participant has the opportunity to feel the same sense of confidence in themselves in every session because of the motivation I provide along every step of the way. Rhythm&Tone is not just a workout – it’s a community of people who use their newfound energy from class to go out into the world and take up all the space they want.

Rhythm&Tone Video On Demand (VOD) comes with unlimited LIVE online classes and access to all workout video content. Start your free seven days trial – you’ll be hooked! For more information, you can check out www.sarikafitness.com/rhythmandtone or www.instagram.com/sarikafitness.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
My parents have always encouraged me to participate in many sports teams, school clubs, and volunteer opportunities growing up. Once I entered college, I continued to keep busy by involving myself with multiple clubs, leadership positions, and internships. I had (and sometimes still have!) what people refer to as “FOMO”. Fear of missing out. I wanted to do everything! Because the more I did, the more I was able to discover and learn about what I liked (and didn’t like), and the more I got to enjoy the company of others who had the same interests as I did.

Keeping busy to find or sustain interests never failed me, and I have carried this through into my adult years. Nowadays, instead of juggling as much, I tend to lean towards job opportunities and passion projects that cover multiple interests of mine all at once. Working full-time as a data analyst allows me to nurture my love of numbers and math in the health and wellness industry, while Rhythm&Tone has room for my creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and community-building skills.

I attribute a lot of my success to these years of “doing too much”. I was lucky to have the chance to try everything, fail a few times, and dedicate time to anything that peaked my interest so that one day I would feel confident in the few activities that I took forward with me.

Pricing:

  • Rhythm&Tone, unlimited Live & On Demand: $14.99/month
  • Rhythm&Tone Live Class only: $5/session

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Jeven Wagner, Sundae Cruz

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