Meet our newest coach, Rachel!

Coach Rachel here! I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I am to beimage1 joining the MOVE team. I am constantly inspired by all of the coaches and MOVErs here and honored to be a part of it!

I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin (MOVE now houses two blondes from the dairy state! Coach Kate hails from Winneconne, WI.) I graduated with a B.S. in Nonprofit Management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison (Go Badgers!) When I’m not at MOVE, you can find me on the spin bike either teaching classes at Cyc Fitness or tapping it back in Katy’s spin class at LOVE Cycling Studio! In between sweating and coaching, I love spending time outdoors, discovering new music, checking out the awesome dining scene in Austin, and traveling.

My love for movement started at the early age of 3 when I begged my mother to put me into ballet classes after seeing my first Nutcracker Ballet over Christmas Eve. My parents were hesitant at first to start me in physical activity since I am hearing impaired due to inner ear damage from a virus when I was a baby. Our doctors advised that since the inner ear aids in balance and coordination I would never be able to be fully active, especially in sports that require stability and dexterity. My parents decided to let me find that out for myself and enrolled me in my first dance class that week.

image2Once I started dancing I never stopped moving! After performing throughout school until my sophomore year of college, I “retired” from dancing only to pick up a new love: running!  I loved the challenge of seeing how far I could go each time I laced up.  I competed in many 5k, 10k, and half marathon races, until finally my biggest goal, completing a full marathon! I ran the St. Jude Memphis Marathon in December 2013. Training for such a long distance race was an incredible experience. Even through 4am wake up calls, shin splints, and several blisters later, I loved waking up with a deliberate focus and agenda. Running taught me the commitment and diligence that comes with training for a specific race, event, or goal.

Seeking out cross training post marathon, I stumbled across indoor cycling. Unbeknownst to me at the time, spinning soon sparked my love for fitness and became a catalyst to pursue a career in health and fitness. I started riding at my first spin studio, Cyc Fitness, in Madison, Wisconsin in 2013. I soon became an instructor at Cyc upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison that year. While running taught me to love training, riding at Cyc exposed me to a love of group fitness. Having a group of like-minded individuals that is there to support you, hold you accountable, and celebrate your successes, gives fitness and training an added meaning. Working with Cyc Fitness brought me to Austin from 2014 -2015. In my year in Austin I met so many incredible people and fell in love what this beautiful city had to offer (aka… tacos). I moved back home to Wisconsin to obtain my personal training certification, but always felt like a little part of me was still in Austin. I soon decided to pack up my bags one last time and move back to Austin.

After three years of teaching spin and participating in group classes at some image3of my favorite gyms and bootcamps, I decided to go after my dream and become a full-time personal trainer and fitness coach. This is where I met Jarrod and Katy! I have known Katy from my first year spent in Austin (as we both shared a love for all things spin) and I had taken a few
classes at MOVE as well.  After reaching out to Jarrod and getting my butt put through the
grinder after a couple Work Capacity workouts (6:15amers I’m looking at you), I officially joined the Coaching Development Program at MOVE. As I am writing this, I am already fast approaching my first MOVE class I will be coaching on my own and I cannot tell you how excited I am! I have already loved getting to know some of you MOVErs from shadowing Kate, Jason, Joey, Jarrod and Erin. I am so happy to join the MOVE roster and workout with as many of you as I can each week!