I love discovering smart, talented people who are passionate about Indoor Cycling and Lena Hershey is someone I feel you should get to know. Lena is a brand new (she started in May) Spinning® Instructor at the Carlisle Family YMCA in Carlisle, PA.
Lena's journey to become a Spinning Instructor began with a pretty large life event – moving from her native Russia to the United States three years ago. While you listen keep in mind that English is her second language 🙂
She describes what happens next at her blog LeanLena.com
My name is Lena. This blog is mostly about my way to my personal transformation – from the body I have been abusing and neglecting for the most of my life, to the body I always wanted to have – fit, strong and beautiful.
I am not there yet, but you can see the progress
I write about my exercise program/routines and my meals, share healthy recipes, health tips, etc. etc.
I have started this journey on an ordinary day in February 2013. I was in the car with my husband and two step-kids, driving home from somewhere when I said: “I will go and work out at the YMCA every day for a month starting today”. Just like that – out of the blue. I can’t even remember why I said that or what prompted that decision. I just said that and once I did, I had to do it. So I did.
Once I was done with one month, I just couldn’t stop. I did adjust my exercise program by now and I am not working out every single day, but I am doing so much more for myself thanks to that decision in February of 2013.
Results – I’ve lost almost 20 pounds (9 kg) and counting, I am 2 sizes down in clothes, and I feel lighter, better, healthier and happier than ever.
She was a delightful person to interview and I'm sure you will enjoy hearing her story in the podcast below. Click here to subscribe through iTunes.
John is a member on the AFS (Association of Fitness Studios) Advisory Council.
Holding certifications from; Schwinn, Heart Zones, Team ICG and Life Time Fitness, John's held regularly scheduled cycling classes between 1998 and 2015 when he moved to Florida.
When the weather permits, you'll find him riding and leading outdoor groups by himself or with his Tandem partner (wife) Amy.