It’s Small Business Week in Calgary. We’ve partnered with ATB Financial to showcase the many entrepreneurs who help make our city as great as it is.
YYC Cycle Spin Studio was founded by Grady Topak, Andrew Obrecht and Warren Matzelle—three ambitious Calgarians who knew they could offer a unique, innovative and dynamic form of group exercise that breaks away from traditional indoor cycling. These inspiring entrepreneurs have big plans to take their fitness expertise and lifestyle advice beyond their studio doors and straight to their city’s streets.
Owner, Grady Topak shared with us the ins and outs of YYC Cycle that make it so much more than your average spin studio.
What was the inspiration behind YYC Cycle?
We wanted to provide a platform where people could find a purpose and sense of community through personal fitness goals. We truly believe that we are not in the business of spin classes, we are in the business of so much more than that. We looked to develop the concept of spin classes to promote passion, positivity, community, authenticity, and happiness.
What motivates you to motivate others?
Motivation is a powerful tool, and when used in a positive framework can be very rewarding. There is a very fulfilling feeling in watching somebody overcome diversity, achieve personal goals, and become the best version of themselves.
What makes your teachers/motivators unique?
When it comes down to it, it’s really all about the personalities. We look for people who are difference makers, who want to help change the world for the better. We believe our motivators are comprised of people who will take any opportunity to make a positive impact on those around them, no matter how big or small the gesture may be.
YYC Cycle offers a unique workout experience, how do your classes energize and rejuvenate both your participants’ bodies and minds?
Our classes are like a Vegas Nightclub meets a Spin Class. Getting on that bike means you are getting an intense cardiovascular and full body workout for 50 minutes, along with some great tunes, a light show, and a motivator who will push you to step outside your comfort zone and push yourself.
What has been the most challenging part about running this business and how have you addressed it?
The most challenging part has definitely been finding and retaining the right people to support the business. As an owner, you can only do so much in providing the framework and direction of the business, and you need those people you can trust and share your vision with. Without our amazing group of motivators and support staff, we’d have never gotten off the ground.
What song really gets your peddles moving?
Revolution by Diplo (Absence Remix)
What words of advice do you have for your future class goers?
Don’t be afraid to step out of that comfort zone and try something new. You never know what you are capable of unless you go out and put in the work.
Check out the class schedules and reserve your spot before they fill up.
Address:1117 Kensington Rd NW