Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Dabbah.
Taylor, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started as a rider at Flywheel in 2013 while I was a student up in Evanston and was instantly hooked. I began riding multiple classes a week, sometimes multiple classes a day. When summer rolled around, I started to work at the front desk, and soon after, auditioned to teach. Now, it’s two and a half years later and I’m on the podium twelve times a week!
Has it been a smooth road?
There were definitely struggles along the way. When I initially wanted to audition, there were no spots available. The first time I auditioned, I was given feedback and told to come back and try again in a few months. I’ve always believed anything that is worth it comes with hard work, so while I was disappointed, I knew how badly I wanted to teach at Flywheel and the fire under me only grew. My greatest piece of advice is not to be afraid to ask for help. On top of taking multiple classes and implementing the feedback, I asked others for their input. I asked instructors for tips, and I had friends who would come watch me practice so that I had bodies in the room. Additionally, if you don’t ask, the answer is always “no.”
We’d love to hear more about Flywheel Sports.
Flywheel is an indoor cycling studio that is known for our technology and metrics that accommodate the bike. It is an athletic workout that allows our riders to compete against one another and hold themselves accountable with numbers and data. What I am most proud of as a brand, however, is the community. I always say that the workout drew me in, but the people keep me there. Our riders are some of the most inspiring, hard-working, and kind people I’ve ever met, and they are the ones who make teaching at Flywheel the dream job that it is.
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Coffee dates! We, as people, all like to talk about ourselves. If you’ve identified someone in your field that inspires you, do a little research and find out more about their career trajectory. If they teach in fitness, go take a class or two of theirs. Introduce yourself and then follow-up via social media or email and ask to grab a coffee. Like I’ve said before, if you don’t ask, the answer is always “no”!
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- Unlimited Chicago membership $360/month, 3-month commitment, all-access pass for Flywheel and Fly Precision Training
- Website: https://www.flywheelsports.com/instructor/90316567
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @taydabb