"Know your limits, then defy them."

Sarah's Schedule

Personal Trainer - National Academy of Sports Medicine, Madd Dog Athletics Spinning, Mossa Group Power,  Schwinn Indoor Cycling

          I have always had an interest in the Health and Fitness industry. Having struggled with my weight for most of my life, I had either tried or researched multiple forms of exercise. I also took  nutrition courses while in college. About 8 years ago I fractured my back in a fall. It took over a year to recover and at times I could barely walk. When I was finally able to workout I was told I was unable to run. While walking on the treadmill in the gym, I used to watch people going into the Spinning classes. I was completely intimidated by the reputation of the workout and I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the class. I’m so happy I took the terrifying step of trying a Spin class! I immediately fell in love with the workout even though I couldn’t do everything the class was doing. I felt less stress on my body while on the bike than I did on the treadmill. The dark room and pumping music allowed me to get in that zone where I can let go and work hard. The more I went to class, the stronger I became. Seeing results is addicting! To date I have lost not only the 30 pounds I gained due to my injury but also an additional 40 pounds for a total of 70 pounds. I ran my first obstacle course race a couple of years ago despite being told “this is the way it is, you’ll never be able to run.” I know what it is like to struggle with weight loss, injuries, health issues and other things that keep us from reaching our goals.

           I became a Certified Spinning Instructor because I wanted to help other people reach their goals. I’m very music driven so you will find high energy music of all types in my classes. My classes are not meant to be easy, they are meant to push my riders out of their comfort zone. That comfort zone feels good, but nothing happens there other than stagnation. Life is about moving forward. I love cheering our clients on while they grow and progress on their individual journeys. My favorite thing to hear a client say is "I didn't think I'd get this strong so fast!" and I tell them "That's what happens when you refuse to give up!"



“You can do anything you set your mind to.”

Schwinn Indoor Cycling

       The first time I tried a Spinning class I came out of it thinking I would never take another Spin class again. It seemed too challenging for me, but I loved the energy in the spin room! I tried again. This time I knew what to expect. I found myself getting stronger and keeping up with the class better with each class I attended. After I had been Spinning for years, I decided to get certified because I wanted to help others the way my spin instructor had helped me.




Do something today that your future self will thank you for."

Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning, Schwinn Indoor Cycling, AFAA Group Exercise and Barre Above

I fell in love with spinning immediately after my very first class six years ago. I really enjoy that with each spin class I participate in, I am able to push myself a little bit further than I did the last time. Spinning is safe, effective, and fun, which I think are the most important aspects to consistent exercising and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle!




“Have fun, work hard and never stop learning something new.”

Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning 

I started indoor cycling in 2006 and I absolutely fell in love with it! I loved the loud music, the dark room and the encouraging instructors!

I became certified to teach indoor cycling in 2014 when I lived in the Middle East. 

What I love most about teaching spin is getting my clients to push themselves harder than they think they are able.  


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"When you're  committed to something you accept no excuses - only results."

Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning and Schwinn Indoor Cycling

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when its convenient. 

I love that anybody can Spin! It's easy on your joints while getting an intense workout. I became an instructor after struggling with my weight my whole life. I loved spinning so much I decided to get certified.


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"Form over effort."

BS Health Fitness, NFPT Personal Trainer, Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning, Schwinn Indoor Cycling, Level 2 TRX Instructor, Yoga Instructor, TRX Yoga Fusion Instructor and Self Myofascial Release

My favorite part of teaching spin is the strong positive energy that radiates from our riders.  I started Spinning 15 years ago when an injury precluded me from running. I loved how powerful it made me feel and how strong it made my body and my soul.  The bike is a happy place for me!

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“Giving up is not an option – not that it ever was.” 

AFAA Group Exercise, Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning, Peak Pilates, Yoga and Barre - Exhale Spa Manhattan & CT

I have been cycling since I was 10 years old and did my first 150 miles in two days in a MS bike-a-thon in New Hampshire. Since then I have ridden in various places for the cause of MS including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York City, Northern California, Alberta CA, Bordeaux, France and San Sabastian, Spain. I have been teaching spin since 2009 when I received training through a Mad Dogg certification in New York City.