Today we’d like to introduce you to Marie.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Marie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I discovered and fell in love with Indoor Cycling while living in Germany. It was 2013 and I was depressed. Two people that I loved very much had recently died; my father-in-law of 15 years and one of my dearest, oldest, and closest friends. Indoor cycling was the “great escape” from all the sadness I was feeling. The cycling classes were the one hour of my day where I could zone out and become one with the bike and music. I would get in a trance-like state and ride like I didn’t have a care in the world. Any stress, worry, or sadness didn’t exist when I was in a spin class. For me, it was an hour of nirvana.
A few months after discovering indoor cycling I was on a plane back to California after living in Germany for two years. My mother had been in remission from cancer while I was living in Germany but in October 2013 cancer had returned. This time it was terminal. I came back to be with her and to help take care of her. First I lived with her and then she lived with me when I got my own place. It was a very hard and sad time. Indoor cycling classes were my savior during this time. Again, it was the one hour of my day when I could release all the frustration, anger and sadness I felt over my mom’s illness and her eminent death. She passed away a year after I returned from Germany.
It was now September 2014. I was grieving, 40, and about to file for divorce after 15 years of marriage. It was clearly time for new beginnings. I told my mother a few months before she passed that I would love to open a spinning studio in our town, Long Beach, to fulfill my desire of having a career in something I was passionate about. She was very supportive of this idea. Cyclehaus opened in December 2015 after a year of planning and looking for the right location and space. I’m so happy I opened it. It has been exactly what I needed for my soul and continues to feed my soul.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. First, the process of getting the lease and permits was a huge pain and took much longer than anticipated. I also have had to let go of instructors that I really liked personally but were not a good fit for the studio because we didn’t have the same vision and goals for Cyclehaus. I’m currently trying to find someone that wants to run a juice bar business out of Cyclehaus. It’s been a lot more work than I anticipated. There have been a lot of headaches along the way but running Cyclehaus still remains extremely rewarding. The pros definitely outweigh the cons.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Cyclehaus – what should we know?
Cyclehaus opened in 2015 and is a boutique fitness studio that offers Indoor Cycling classes, Yoga classes, HIIT classes and Half Cycling/Half Pilates classes. About 30 a week. We are the only studio in Long Beach that has classes on a rooftop and offers classes that incorporate both Cycling and Pilates.
We are known for excellent customer service, fun and challenging classes by wonderful instructors, great playlists, and having an owner that is very involved in the day to day of the studio. I go in every day and am the instructor assistant to 60% of all the classes each week. Most all clients have met me personally and see me many times they attend classes. I help clients set-up their bikes and make sure they have water and a towel. They also know that all emails come to me exclusively and that I personally respond to all emails. I have gotten to know clients and clients have gotten to know me.
This has been the most rewarding part of having the business. There is a real sense of community about Cyclehaus and clients know they can come to me in confidence with their feelings and comments about a class, an instructor, or the studio. Many clients have also felt safe talking to me or their favorite instructors about their health and fitness struggles, such as anorexia, depression, and substance abuse. Instructors and I have also felt comfortable to share struggles we have had over the years as well.
These reasons mentioned above are the things that I am most proud of Cyclehaus for. They are the reasons I and most of the instructors love our job. It is very rewarding when we can connect with clients on that level and know that none of us are alone in our pain and struggles.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Connection. The characteristic of being able to connect with others relate to others, which in turns makes everything more meaningful. Luckily, I’m in a type of business where customers (members) are encouraged to connect with other members, the fitness instructors and the rest of the staff. Going to fitness classes is a therapeutic-support system for many, including myself. Relationships give us a sense of belonging in the group (fitness class).
When you have a connection with someone, you feel comfortable being your real self. For me, this quality of being able to connect with others and have a business that brings others together to make meaningful connections is what is important to my success, professionally, but more importantly, personally, because I feel very fulfilled, all the way to my soul.
- New clients can purchase a one-month unlimited membership for just $50 or 5 Classes for just $35!
- We offer low-income and student memberships. These memberships allow people from our community to take classes at just $5 a class.
- Address: 3300 East Broadway Long Beach, CA 90803
- Website: www.cyclehauslb.com
- Phone: (562) 343-5009
- Email: email@example.com