POPCYCLE is the culmination of Teresa’s life journey to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Creating POPCYCLE, Teresa has been able to marry her professional business experience with her passion– leading, motivating and inspiring people through fitness and music.
Born and raised in Medford, New Jersey, Teresa loved academics just as much as she did athletics. Her Polish-immigrant grandparents owned a general store known as “Maple Mart” that she helped run on the weekends. That is where her desire to grow a business began. She left a South Jersey to explore the big city – Washington D.C. – and attend American University. Studying Communications, Law, Economics and Government, Teresa found her independence and set her mind on big goals. Teresa’s career consisted of opportunities in The White House, Congress, prestigious firms, founding a non-profit, leading advertising campaigns at Discovery Channel and Discovery Health Channel and starting a successful public relations and marketing practice serving clients in the D.C. region.
Fast forward, a husband and two baby boys later, Teresa decided to leave city-life behind for suburbia. She stayed home with her boys and raised them for the past decade in Ashburn, VA. Casimir and Ben are her biggest accomplishments.
Teresa enters an exciting new chapter of motherhood while focusing on building the POPCYCLE brand. Her goal is to lead POPCYCLE in making a positive difference in people’s lives, give them confidence mentally and physically and most importantly inspire them to live life to the fullest.
Please introduce yourself to “T” when you see her. You are the reason POPCYCLE exists. Follow Teresa on Instagram @teresalynnsie and @popcycleclub.
Marrying fitness and music did not always come naturally to Kaitlyn. Growing up a swimmer and an avid book reader, a lot of her time was spent in quiet. It was during her college years at Penn State that Kaitlyn started attending group fitness classes and quickly learned the importance of music as motivation and ever since, she’s been driven by the rhythm!
Continuing her passion for a healthy lifestyle post-grad, Kaitlyn started running, biking, lifting, and attending group fitness classes to keep herself motivated. Then in 2014, with a little convincing, she earned her Group Fitness Certification and has been teaching fitness classes ever since.
Kaitlyn works full time in human resources at Tysons Corner but you will be able to ride with her at POPCYCLE before work, after work, and even on weekends! When you ride with Kaitlyn, you’ll get hills, sprints, surges, jumps, attacks and more. But most importantly, you’ll get 50 minutes of heart pumping work with a party atmosphere. Kaitlyn wants every person to walk out with a smile on their face.
Desi has always loved sports, fitness, and competition. She played soccer at high levels for 14 years and when her soccer career ended, she needed to find something else to push her to her limits and give her a chance to use her athleticism - and have fun while doing it! While looking for something to fill the soccer void, she found cycling and after her first class she was hooked. She cycled for three years and then found POPCYCLE as she prepared to move out to Ashburn.
Desi found POPCYCLE in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was so excited and inspired to see a community come together and persevere. She knew this was a strong, energetic community of people with challenging and encouraging classes - she could fit right in. The people, the workout, the energy, the grit - this is where she felt at home!
In Desi’s classes, expect to find your inner athlete. Her playlists are full of EDM beats, pop remixes, and a sprinkle of Justin Bieber!
Tobi is a NOVA native, born and raised in Alexandria, and moved to Loudoun County about 5 years ago with her husband and two young children.
As a child, Tobi was always involved in athletics, soccer mainly, and her mom worked in the fitness industry in many capacities so she has always known the importance of staying physically active. Once Tobi had children and became a full-time stay-at-home mom it became harder to find time for herself and an exercise routine that kept her challenged, engaged, and produced results.
Tobi feels fortunate to have found her motivation and community at POPCYCLE in the Fall of 2017. POPCYCLE gave her the physical and mental outlet she needed after many years of putting herself on the back burner while raising young kids. What started as a great workout and hour to herself, quickly turned into a love of indoor cycling and wonderful mental release. Whenever Tobi walked through that yellow door, she dropped whatever baggage she was going through in the outside world and focused on herself and riding happy for that entire next hour.
Tobi never thought when she first walked into POPCYCLE and sat in the back row that she would be an instructor one day. She is so excited to share her love of indoor cycling with the riders and can't wait to Ride Happy every Tuesday night with you!
The first time Lauren walked through the yellow doors at Popcycle, she was six months post partum after the birth of her twins. She was met by an overwhelming wave of encouragement, genuine friendship, and community. Lauren has been riding happy ever since. At Popcycle, Lauren found a sanctuary, where she could take some time for herself and focus on getting stronger. As an instructor, Lauren tries to create the same environment for her riders.
Lauren is a mom to three wonderful kids under the age of five. She is married to her best friend, Jacob. Together, they work to bring life saving surgeries to children in Kenya through Faith Aid, a non-profit organization they founded together before starting their family.
Claire always had a love for music and fitness. Growing up she was a competitive dancer and basketball player. After she injured her knee she knew she would have to leave dance and basketball behind. In search of a way to stay active she stumbled upon cycling. After her first class she was hooked! Claire loves how cycling incorporates her dance background with her love for fitness!
When walking into POPCYCLE, Claire loved the sense of community as well as positivity that flooded the studio. The great workout, and the positive energy kept her coming back!
In Claire’s classes you can expect funky remixes, heavy hills and a great sweat!