Photos by GIAN NICDAO
In the many years that I have been active in the gym or fitness studios, I’ve only cried once. And no, not in pain, but in some sort of enlightened feeling. I was having a particularly difficult week at work when I decided to drop by to a random spin class in Electric Studio. The usual routine whizzed by: they tell you to tap back, spin faster, dance to Carly Rae, the works. But during the last sprint, they played meditative music and dimmed the lights almost to complete darkness that you’d only see the electric candlelight shimmering. Our instructor told us to let go of the day thus far and to focus on what’s ahead of us. She told us words of affirmation I hadn’t heard in a long time. Those words echoed and bounced in my head then bam! Waterworks.
Crying while cycling wasn’t ideal but I’d do it all over again. After the class, I felt at ease and completely drained of negative energy. Maybe that’s why spin instructors always look like they’re bouncing balls of positive energy; they literally sweat out the toxins, including bad juju. This is the exact same energy I got when I talked to Pia Lopa of Electric Studio. She’s the current studio manager of Electric Studio BGC and has been a spin instructor for four years. For her, a class isn’t just a workout but a shared experience with her riders that she wants to improve every time they clip in. They’re dedicated to upgrading this experience each time that they even brought in new bikes.
We got to chat after one sweaty and enlightening spin class about the magic of spinning and their new and improved magnetic bikes.
YOUNG STAR: What made you decide to become an instructor?
PIA LOPA: I didn’t know that there’s such as thing as indoor cycling. I was a cheerleader back then so I like dancing but I was never the person who would say “let’s do this choreography!” Leading, basically. But I trained for it, and eventually fell in love with it. Being an instructor gives a lot. It’s not just physical, but mentally as well. It’s a good journey actually.
In my four years of teaching, I realized that a class isn’t a workout. Most of the people in my life right now are people whom I met here in Electric. It doesn’t only help me mentally and physically grow as a person. Knowing that I’m also helping other people — that’s the eternal thought that we instructors have. Being able to share whatever vibe I have. I don’t know what vibe I have but people say it’s contagious. (Laughs)