Founder/Instructor: Golnar Sharafsaleh has over 7 years of experience in the fitness industry and holds several national certifications. Her passion for indoor cycling started over 10 years ago. After dealing with several medical issues and undergoing numerous surgeries over the years, she has always used indoor cycling to recover and rebuild her strength. Her passion is to train and work with cancer survivors. She believes that the impossible is always possible and sometimes you just need to borrow a little strength from those around you. Her vision for LIfeCycle is to build a community where everyone feels empowered and can find a purpose in the moment. She believes if you can find purpose in every moment, you will eventually find the "why" in the fight to survive.
A spinning addict turned instructor, Virginia has always loved the intensity of indoor cycling. She values that no matter your athletic ability, experience on the bike, or overall fitness level, anyone and everyone can come together to benefit from this high-energy workout. Having taught in New York City, Virginia only discovered the Real Ryder bikes upon moving to Connecticut, and she immediately fell in love. Now, as an instructor at Life Cycle, she’s using her same dynamic, music-driven style of coaching to provide her classes with massive amounts of fun and sweat! When Virginia isn’t wandering the fitness rooms of Life Cycle, she’s a freelance writer/producer for television networks and branding agencies. And before you ask… no, Virginia is not from Virginia, but she is probably the proudest Southern girl you’ll ever meet. Hailing from Kentucky, she loves bourbon, horses, and Kentucky basketball. So don’t be shy, y’all! Make sure to come out for a class with Virginia!
Instructor Maria Vlasak has taught indoor cycling for almost 20 years and managed a RealRyder studio for 5 of them. She is a three-time Team USA member and brought home a bronze medal from the ITU Duathlon World Championships. Closer to home, Maria was a Category 3 women’s road racer and won the Tour de Greenwich in 2005. She is also an above-average bowler, an excellent speller, and can recite all 50 states in alphabetical order. Maria teaches a true cycling class: no videos, no hand weights, no push-ups, no jumps. So, whether you’re an experienced bike racer or a new rider, if you want an intense, efficient, and safe workout, Maria’s class is for you.