Dr. Shayla Cornick, 38, is the owner and self-appointed “Chief Happiness Officer” of CYCLED!, a boutique, indoor cycling studio with two locations in Silver Spring and Takoma Park, Maryland. More than 10 years ago, this determined chica shed 30 pounds, discovered a love for spinning and figured out how to share that passion with her community. As CYCLED! rounds out 3 years in business, we caught up with Shayla to find out more about the woman behind the handle bars:
What three words best describe you.
Happy, Ambitious, Energetic
What was your first spinning experience like?
I wanted to leave the class. The music was awful, and my butt was in PAIN!
On average, how many calories are your hardworking clients burning in one session at CYCLED!?
Between 450 and 600 calories in a 45-minute class.
Best beginner advice?
Bring water and be prepared to SWEAT!
How do you keep cycling fresh?
We always introduce fun and innovative ways to keep riders engaged! On-screen challenges during class, simulated outdoor rides using our display monitors, and power (watt) training programs are a few examples.
Spinning is amazing cardio. What else will clients work in your classes?
We have several fusion classes to offer a full-body workout. CYCLED! Cardio Sculpt incorporates the use of weights for upper body strengthening and toning, and we also have a Core Blast add-on class for those that want to focus on core/ab strength and toning. In addition to the fusion classes, we offer small group Yoga Sculpt (think yoga with weights), and Barre. Barre is our most recently added class, and it is becoming very popular.
What’s the joy in what you do?
The community! The CYCLED! community is absolutely amazing. Not only for how hard they work while in the saddle or at the barre, but also for how awesome they are to each other. They are kind, supportive, encouraging, and everything I’ve wanted for CYCLED! I also find joy in being able to offer a fun and effective way to help people meet their goals, and witnessing the joy and excitement of my customers when they do.
Favorite current song or music to spin to:
“All the Stars” by Kendrick and SZA.
How do YOU stay in shape?
I take all classes from other instructors at my studio, and I also visit other fitness studios in the area. SWEAT DC, Lotus Fitness, and Riverdale Bikram Yoga are a few of my favs. I also enjoy running.
What helped you lose weight?
Having an accountability partner and being intentional about what I eat and do. Also, sleep is so incredibly important. I realized a long time ago that even when I eat “right” and workout, I won’t see results if my body doesn’t get proper rest.
Favorite healthy meal: Baked salmon, quinoa cooked with mushrooms, peppers, onions, and spinach (I also add a few cranberries), steamed broccoli.
Favorite not-so healthy meal: Burger and Fries from the Classics in Silver Spring, or the butter cake from Del Friscos in City Center (I count this as a meal)
How long have you worn your hair natural? Since 2004, but I’ve had several cycles of having to cut it from a bad product or excessive heat.
Favorite natural hair product: Aveda has a cream moisturizer that never fails me.
If you could choose a celebrity to drop by for a class, who would it be?
What’s on the horizon for CYCLED!?
Continued growth and expansion, as well as more collaborations with local businesses with similar interests. I’d like to help change the narrative about fitness and health in our community.
Stacy Julien is editor in-chief of CRUSH. She once fell off a bike in a spinning class, but don’t tell anyone.