Health & Wellness Trendsetters are leading the way in helping people live healthier, happier lives by changing their eating and exercise habits so that they can maintain a healthy weight and keep their bodies moving.
Health & Wellness Trendsetters: Freedom Ride Cycling Studio
Chris Guaty is the founder and CEO of Freedom Ride, a specialty spin bike studio in Newport Beach, California. Chris created the Freedom Ride Indoor Cycling Method to create the optimal indoor cycling community that pushes riders to reach for their fitness goals, burn maximum calories, and liberate themselves in the process. The Freedom Ride workout provides a total body indoor cycling workout that combines cardio, performance metrics and strength training in an invigorating 45 minute ride. Freedom Ride was founded on the premise that nothing is out of reach if we set our mind to it and work together as a community to get there.
Health & Wellness Trendsetters: Interview with Chris Guaty
1. What is your background?
I was born in Sarasota, FL, but raised between San Jose, CA and Mendham, NJ. My father was always pursuing his career goals within the pharmaceutical industry, which had us moving every time he took on a new position. For college I chose Seattle University where I graduated with a double major in Public Relations and Spanish in 2001. Two of those years were spent studying and living abroad in both Madrid and Seville, Spain. Before opening Freedom Ride I held several different positions in Sales, Marketing and Advertising with various companies across the country.
2. What inspired/motivated you to get into the health and wellness field?
I missed the team sports environment that I surrounded myself with in high school and college. It was something special that I’ll never forget. I grew up playing soccer and baseball and then I also ran track. My life was forever impacted in a positive light from participating. I fell in love with the game, the camaraderie and the communities that were forged as a result. All of those sports enriched my mind, my body and connected me with other athletes and fitness enthusiasts who shared the same love of competition, teamwork and the excitement of being in the moment. After college it was hard to get that feeling back, especially while being stuck behind a desk working in the corporate world. But I knew I could attain it with my own business in the boutique fitness world.
3. What is most rewarding to you about your profession?
I love to see the transformation of non-believers to believers. So many people have this notion that indoor cycling is overly intense or too hard. It will always be this if that’s the only conversation you ever have about it. My goal is to get them on the bike and assist them in creating a new conversation around indoor cycling. This new conversation is surrounded by fun, stress relief, endorphins, community and the belief that you can. To see a person walk into my studio 1 or 2 months after their first ride and have a completely new smile, level of confidence along with an amazing community behind them to support their obstacles when in need just gives me the greatest sense of accomplishment.
4. As a trendsetter, what do you predict will be the next big trend in your industry?
Gamification of any and all indoor sports has already begun to take off. You’ll see huge screens displays of roads and metrics for indoor cycling, rowing, treadmill running and the list goes on. I’m sure many unique and fun experiences will be created from this, however when it comes to indoor cycling I’m still a huge fan of the rhythm ride that leaves you with just an amazing feeling instead of numbers showing you how many calories you burned. In this respect I believe the future is in the people we hire as instructors. They won’t be just a fitness instructors but rather very powerful leaders that can expand your life beyond the studio.
5. What tips/advice would you give for someone trying to achieve optimal health?
For those looking for optimal health it’s all about what we put into our bodies. We’ve all heard this a million times over that our bodies are our temples, but how many of us treat it this way? There are so many different eating habits and ways to live by when it comes to our food (Paleo, Keto, Whole30), but many of us continue to eat the junk, the sugar, and overly processed foods. My advice would be to try out a new way of eating for 30 days along with a consistent exercise routine. And yes, drop the alcohol consumption to only 1 time per week. Do your research and learn what works for YOU. Everybody responds differently, but at the very least please, please, please stop eating Fast Food, buy Organic and learn to make your own meals. Google can give you thousands of ideas. Read up and learn or hire someone to teach you. We spend so much money on our cars, clothing, and entertainment, but not on our health. After trying this on you’ll appreciate more of what you eat and so will your body.
6. What is your favorite healthy meal?
My favorite meal (since all should be healthy:) is a breakfast meal. I can eat eggs all day! For that reason my favorite staple dish would be:
All Organic Ingredients
• 2 eggs, sunny side up
• 4 pieces of bacon. (grass-fed)
• ½ avocado sliced up
• 1 Romo Tomato sliced up
• Small bowl of Plain Greek Yogurt, with bananas. (sweetened with organic Stevia)
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