9am session: Bill BOwer
Team Name: FFC Team Bill
After a lifetime of distance running injuries, Bill Bower initially took up spinning for rehabilitation. He has been a certified spin instructor for the past 10 years and has been a group fitness instructor with Fitness Formula Clubs for the past 6 years. An avid outdoor cyclist, Bill is also a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, maintains rank in Aikido and is a FIFA/AUSA certified soccer coach. In his spare time, Bill is an attorney and Senior Vice President, Administration for Northwestern Memorial Healthcare.
Instruction Style: As a spinning instructor, Bill focuses on drills that simulate an outdoor cycling experience.
Current top 3 favorite workout songs: Love Buzz by Nirvana, The Pretender by Foo Fighters & Move Like You Stole It by ZZ Ward.
“I am honored to be participating in Spin to Break the Cycle. I fully support the mission of World Sport Chicago to provide assistance and programs for under-served and at risk youth in our communities. Participation in STBTC allows me to lead a team of dedicated, caring cyclists through a solid workout with unified goal to help Chicago’s youth."
10am session: FFC Dream Team
Featuring Jennifer Dahl & Austin Head
Jennifer is a fitness industry veteran with 12 years of experience working as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and manager. Jennifer currently works as a Fitness Director for Fitness Formula Clubs' East Lakeview location. In addition, she teaches several group fitness classes, spanning across multiple formats (spinning is her favorite!) at the East Lakeview location.
Instruction Style: Jennifer prides herself on creating a high energy, welcoming environment where class participants can come to alleviate stress, push past their perceived limits and have fun! Jennifer’s strong passion for music, particularly classic rock, helps her creatively and strategically develop cycling playlists that leave all students inspired to pour their heart into their rides.
Austin is a Master Trainer/ Group X Instructor with Fitness Formula Clubs. He moved from Kilgore, TX to Chicago 2 1/2 years ago and began working with FFC as a personal trainer. Within 3 months he became one of the top trainers at his gym, and soon after began his career in group fitness. Currently
Austin is one of three Group Instructors in the company to be Exclusive with FFC. He teaches 30 classes a week throughout 5 FFC locations, as well as continuing personal training. He is also very involved with FFC’s social media, & is helping launch the FFC YouTube Channel very soon. He loves the way with social media he can connect with all of his students!
Instruction Style: Hype Man, Leading the party on the bike!
11am session: Antonia DeSantis
Team Name: Sweat For Change
Antonia has been teaching indoor cycling for 8 years. Originally from NYC, she left Wall Street after 15 years to pursue her passion in fitness. Antonia moved out to Chicago to open up Flywheel and now teaches at Studio Three Peloton. She also teaches pilates megaformer classes at Studio Lagree and is certified through ISSA as a personal trainer. She have been active her entire life, growing up swimming & dancing, and later competing in marathons & triathlons. She is now focusing on century ride events, her love of boxing and finally crossing off a fitness competition in 2018 from her bucket list. Antonia is truly honored to be an instructor at Spin to Break the Cycle. She is excited to make a difference, raise money for the kids of Chicago and be inspired by all the positive people & energy at the event. We are changing the world one pedal stroke at time! :)
Instruction Style: Antonia describes her instruction style as challenging but fun.
Current top 3 favorite workout songs: Empire State of Mind by Alicia Keys & Jay Z, Party Up in Here by DMX, & Rockstar by NERD
"My goal is to help you push yourself beyond your limits, to mentally get your head in a positive mindset and have you leave class feeling like a rockstar. I believe my class is for all fitness levels and I really do try to encourage everyone, whether it’s your first time or 100th time."
12PM Session: Shannon flanagan
Team Name: Flanny Pack
Athletics have always been an important part of Shannon's life. In high school, Shannon played softball, volleyball, and basketball on the varsity level. Focusing on softball, she was a part of a national championship travelling team and played 2 years in college. She, also, represented the USA while playing games in Holland and France. When her softball career ended, Shannon became an avid runner. She has completed 9 full marathons, including a 31 mile run to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis and cancer research. During this time, Shannon earned her personal training certification in 2007. After moving to Los Angeles, she was the Operational and Program Manager at a private gym on the Yahoo campus in Burbank, CA for almost 6 years.
In 2014, Shannon returned to Illinois and has been teaching HIIT and cycling classes. You can find her at Crosstown Fitness and Cycle X Studio for large group classes. In addition, Shannon is an independent personal/small group trainer helping people achieve their fitness goals. Getting her clients to move better, feel better, and live a healthier, happier life is what motivates Shannon to be her best.
Instruction Style: Shannon describes her cycling style as a party on bike. She loves putting her athletic style in making sure everyone gets a great workout, but she also loves incorporating music that people can get lost in.
Current top 3 favorite workout songs: Feel It Still, By Portugal. The Man, Hall of Fame; by the Script, & anything by Eminen always and forever.
Favorite Quote: "Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Get confident in being uncertain. Don't give up just because something is hard. Pushing through challenges is what makes you grow."
1PM Session: Aaron foster
Team Name: Cycle Therapy Army
With over 18 years of teaching Spin/Cycling classes for fun and for a great workout, Aaron decided to put his money and time into his passion. Aaron created Cycle Therapy Inc. as an innovative Mobile Spin Fitness Company. Cycle Therapy was created out of a passion to bring a fun and effective workout to the community. Since its inception, Cycle Therapy has been featured on WGN as the "Hottest Fitness Class in Chicago." Aaron has also introduced Cycling format to over 450 CPS students and has instructed over 10,000 people in his career as an instructor.
Instruction Style: Real SOUL-FUL Cycle! HA!
Current top 3 favorite workout songs: Jesus Walks, Kanye West; Chicago House Music; & Mukubwa by G'Sparks.
Favorite Quote: "Get Right or Get Left"