This class is taught by:

Lauden Garness

My passion for indoor cycling began just a few months after having my second child.  I left my class feeling strong and encouraged; Shortly afterwards, I decided to make cycling part of every day life.  As a wife and mother of small children, I understand how busy life can be but this challenge drives me to work harder and inspires me to set goals for myself.  When I heard Anchorage Cycle was holding auditions for Motivators, I felt inwardly compelled to reach beyond my comfort zone and give it a shot.  I am honored now to be a Motivator and have the opportunity to ride with all the wonderful people here at Anchorage Cycle.  

Michelle Sasse

Growing up in Nebraska I learned how to work hard and play hard. I'm a cornhusker at heart but I was drawn to Alaska for its beauty and adventure. I'm a dental hygienist by day and a fitness fanatic by night. From the time I moved to Alaska, Anchorage Yoga Cycle has been my outlet, my escape, and my bliss. The energy of the studio and the humans that I surround myself with fuel me daily. I'm ready to give back. I'm ready to show you vulnerability, empowerment, confidence, and happiness, all because that has been my ongoing journey with AYC and I hope you too can embark on your own journey and take what you need from us. I let my action come before my fear when I decided to become a Motivator to give you one sexy, sweaty, and sassy ride.

Jen Evanson

Last year my life took an unexpected turn and I found myself floundering for guidance. I felt like the wind was knocked clean out of me and I was left with only broken pieces of my heart to scoop up and reassemble. Thankfully, that's when AYC stepped in. I'd been a member of Anchorage Yoga for a few years, casually dipping my toes into the world of yoga, feeling that calming high after a really deep session, yet needing something more. More movement, a way to burn through old stagnant energy, something that made me feel revived. When Anchorage Cycle opened I was immediately drawn to the high-energy super-charged dance party that is OneRide and in class I envisioned myself teaching.

With a background in energy work as a Master Level Reiki Practitioner I knew there was magic in this movement. After every class I felt lighter, clearer, and more grounded. Now, after a year of diligent attention to my own healing through cycle I feel completely renewed. I found my vision of teaching realized on-stage, heart-open, ready to give you all that I've got. So if you're ready to heal, find yourself, discover your true potential, or just get a good ol' sweat on, with open arms I am ready for you...let's do this.

Penny Gage

Originally from Sitka, I fell in love with indoor cycling while going to graduate school in Washington, D.C. With a background in a variety of dance styles and as a former Zumba instructor, I come to Anchorage Cycle with a keen ear for rhythm. My class is a place for riders to challenge themselves physically, while getting lost in the beat. Hopefully, with my upbeat and varied music, fun attitude, and love for a challenge, riders will leave the room feeling stronger, and with a smile on their face.

Beth Childress

My number one goal as a Cycle Instructor is to bring passion and soul to Anchorage Cycle. My OneRide is an intense workout but at heart it is a place for people to express emotions in a safe environment with a room full of supportive athletes. When one is comfortable with pushing their body to being uncomfortable there is physical and mental growth. Get uncomfortable, push past limits, and be okay with it; let it hurt and find strength.
Fitness has been a huge part of my life for many years. I enjoy weight training, running, cycling, cross fit, and hiking. I have played guitar since I was eleven and I could listen to Slash and Stevie Ray Vaughan rock out all day long. My love and inspiration from music is apparent in my classes; upbeat, soulful and sort of like a party. Anchorage Cycle is a family and I am honored to be apart of it.

David Westlake

It's hard to believe sometimes that this is my life.  Teaching yoga, celebrating a cycle class, and sharing interesting ideas with all of!  I get to do this everyday.  For me, the awe that I feel about where I am and what I do is a testimony to yoga at it's deepest core.  It has led me on a path to places  that exist beyond my wildest dreams.  Yes! If you listen to it's call, yoga will take you on the most wildly authentic journey you will ever go out upon.  It's out there! As an instructor, my most sincere hope is that you might start to see (even if just a small glimpse) of your authentic path glistening before you in one of my classes.  Namaste! 

Aspen Raney

I work in Real Estate and as a full time mom since November 2015. About 9 months after I had my son I was looking for something new and was particularly interested in a group fitness class. I have a background in fitness, and lifting weights had always been my go to. After being persuaded by my mom, I decided to give Anchorage Cycle a try. I took my first class in September 2016 and was immediately sold. Honestly, I sucked in that first class and was out of shape, but I left feeling excited and renewed. From the moment I took my first class I decided that my ultimate goal was to become a Motivator and teach classes. I am so stoked to be apart of the Anchorage Cycle family and look forward to seeing you in the saddle!

Erica Hedman

I am addicted to the beat... A rhythm rider to the core, I’ve been hooked on Anchorage Cycle since they opened their doors in 2015. I first fell in love with spin classes in college in the early 2000s but through the years failed to find instructors with a teaching style and music that truly motivated me. So, I would create my own routines to my own music and spin by myself at the gym. Throughout 2016, I took as many classes as I could at several boutique cycle studios in the Lower 48 to do what I like to call ‘cycle research’. While I learned a lot with each new class and studio, I always came back to AC feeling at home and with a clear knowing that it’s hands down the best studio in the country. My passion for being a cycle motivator comes from a love of sharing the music that moves my soul and creating a safe, soulful space where transformation can occur: physically, mentally and spiritually. If you let it, Anchorage Cycle will truly change your life, it most certainly did for me.

Courtney Lyons

I grew up playing sports from nearly the time I could walk, and enjoyed playing soccer, basketball, tennis, and rugby throughout the years in California. I began doing yoga and strength training during my high school years, and found that the gym I attended had some great cycling instructors. I began incorporating spin classes into my workout routine until I moved to Alaska in 2008. Fast forward to 2015, when perusing Facebook I saw a post for instructor auditions being held for Anchorage Cycle. The memories of all the great classes I used to take came flooding back. I went out on a whim, prepared a short routine, and (honestly, feeling a little silly and apprehensive!) auditioned to be an instructor for Anchorage Cycle. So, here I am now! AYC has introduced me to a community of amazing people whom I am honored to ride alongside, and I could not be more grateful. The energy in the studio and the feeling of absolute elation following a ride is unparalleled!

Gloria Garber

As a born and raised Alaskan, the love of outdoor activities is in my blood. I was exposed to cardio based fitness at a young age with hiking, mountain biking, cross country running and skiing and competitive soccer. Many injuries later, I found yoga and attended the 200-HR Teacher Training at Anchorage Yoga. I took the course to better my understanding of anatomy to pair with my degree in Exercise Science from Boise State (go Broncos!), and NASM personal training certification but took away so much more than that. My entire view of "exercise" changed. In fact, my entire view of life changed.... and I was hooked.

If Anchorage Yoga and cardio had a baby, it would be Anchorage Cycle. When it opened, I knew I wanted to get involved to inspire others through exercise the way the Yoga studio did for me. If you're into welcoming and supportive yoga vibes, plus a workout that feels more like a party on a bike, I encourage you to come check out a class!

Our signature ride is a fun, high-intensity and low-impact cardio party! Our expert motivators create challenging, exhilarating rides featuring indoor cycling techniques combined with upper body hand weights. Choreographed to the rhythmic beats of energetic, uplifting music, you’ll stay motivated to reach your fitness goals. BEWARE. . .this 45-minute class may change your body and your life.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Aug 19 9:15 am - 10:00 am with Lauden Garness
    at Anchorage Cycle
  • Sun Aug 19 10:30 am - 11:15 am with Michelle Sasse
    at Anchorage Cycle
  • Mon Aug 20 9:15 am - 10:00 am with Jen Evanson
    at Anchorage Cycle
  • Mon Aug 20 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm with Penny Gage
    at Anchorage Cycle
  • Mon Aug 20 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm with Michelle Sasse
    at Anchorage Cycle
  • Mon Aug 20 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm with Beth Childress
    at Anchorage Cycle
  • Tue Aug 21 9:15 am - 10:00 am with David Westlake
    at Anchorage Cycle
  • Tue Aug 21 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm with Aspen Raney
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  • Tue Aug 21 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm with Erica Hedman
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  • Tue Aug 21 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm with Courtney Lyons
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  • Tue Aug 21 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm with Michelle Sasse
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  • Wed Aug 22 9:15 am - 10:00 am with Beth Childress
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  • Wed Aug 22 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm with Penny Gage
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  • Wed Aug 22 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm with David Westlake
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  • Wed Aug 22 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm with Lauden Garness
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  • Thu Aug 23 9:15 am - 10:00 am with Erica Hedman
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  • Thu Aug 23 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm with David Westlake
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  • Thu Aug 23 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm with Courtney Lyons
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  • Thu Aug 23 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm with Beth Childress
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  • Thu Aug 23 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm with Gloria Garber
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