Trusting Your Journey and Being Confident with Steph Dietz of Cyc Fitness
Steph Dietz has been a part of the Cyc Fitness family for over four years now, her dedication helped grow the then small cycling boutique into what it is today. With her Kinesiology degree and deep passion and understanding for all things health and fitness, Steph brings something special to every one of her classes. Read on to learn about Steph's Cyc journey, fitness trends she's excited about, and her deep love of matcha!
You’re a part of the Cyc family as the Cyc Manager for Cycologist Development; can you tell us a bit about your role?
Yes! I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology – Exercise Movement Science. My degree and passion for health and fitness led me to begin my career in the health and wellness industry with Cyc as one of the organization's first instructors and studio managers. After spending two years growing the Cyc brand at the first studio in Madison, I was offered the opportunity to relocate to the company’s headquarters in New York City as the Manager of Cycologist Development. In my current role, I oversee 60+ instructors nationwide supporting our instructor training programs as well as development. This includes everything from recruiting trainers and overseeing the training programs, to developing instructors once they begin teaching. In addition, I teach my own 12 classes per week in our NYC studios.
What sets Cyc apart from other fitness classes?
Cyc is different from other fitness classes because we believe in creating an experience that takes you out of your everyday life and brings you to a place full of positive, high energy. The two major parts that set Cyc apart from other fitness classes are our method and our Cyc community. Our rides focus on every muscle group so you are really leaving class with a full-body workout. Our studios are designed with state of the art sound systems and lighting that allow people to really escape during their ride and immerse them in a space where they can feel safe, inspired, and motivated.
Have health and fitness always played an important role in your life?
Health and fitness have always been a huge passion of mine. Growing up in an active family with two younger brothers, I have always been surrounded by sports and athletics. I am also 50% Greek so have been immersed in the culture of Mediterranean cooking and understand the importance of eating fresh, wholesome foods. I love to help people and give guidance on how to properly exercise and practice a balanced diet.
You’ve got a degree in Kinesiology, how has this helped you in your role at Cyc?
My degree in Kinesiology has greatly supported my role at Cyc. I am able to use my knowledge of anatomy and physiology to properly describe the muscles being utilized during class and the benefits of each exercise. I’ve also had many courses in sports medicine and rehab so I have been able to use that knowledge to properly support riders with any concerns or questions about injuries, and properly modify the class as needed for them.
What has been the most important thing you’ve learned during your time at Cyc?
The most important thing I have learned at Cyc is to trust your journey. If you asked me 4 years ago if I would be living in New York City teaching spin classes at one of the newest boutique cycling studios in the industry I would have said no way! But I truly believe everything happens for a reason and that if you ever find yourself doubting the direction of your life, remember that it is important to trust the process, and believe that the path you're on will take you exactly where you need to be.
“If you ever find yourself doubting the direction of your life, remember that it is important to trust the process, and believe that the path you're on will take you exactly where you need to be."
When it comes to health and fitness a majority people want a quick fix, especially at the New Year. As a professional, what’s your take on this?
I am a huge supporter of leading a healthy lifestyle that works best for YOU. There are so many crazy diets and workout fads that a lot of people seek for a quick fix to look or feel different, but the ultimate health and happiness will come from practicing a healthy lifestyle every day. This doesn’t mean limiting yourself from having sweets or enjoying life, but practicing a balanced diet of eating well and exercising regularly.
It seems that everyday there are more and more health and fitness trends popping up. Which ones do you hope to see the back off in 2017? And which ones do you love?
One of my favorite new trends that I LOVE is drinking matcha! In NYC so many cafes are now starting to serve matcha lattes or even opening matcha only cafes. Matcha is a powdered green tea that is a great alternative to coffee for natural energy and packed with antioxidants and other great health benefits. Be sure to ask next time you grab a coffee if matcha is an option! On the other side, in 2017 I hope to see more of the workout trends incorporate the importance of rest. It is so vital to take care of our bodies and just as it is important to exercise, it's beneficial to rest your body as well. In 2017 I hope that we can continue to educate our community on how to properly balance exercise and rest to maximize our health.
If you’re not busy working with Cyc, what can we expect to find you doing?
When I am not at Cyc you can find me practicing yoga (Modo and Y7 are my favorite studios in NYC) or exploring the newest food trends and healthy recipes. I also love traveling and being outdoors so in my free time I love to get outside and enjoy nature! If I could go snowboarding in Colorado every weekend that is where you would find me. In my free time I also am working on building a website that will feature my other passions for food and music, be sure to check my hashtags #eatzbydietz and #beatzbydietz!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
This is so fitness instructor of me, but my guilty pleasure is almond butter--and dipping dark chocolate covered almonds in almond butter!
Finish this sentence: “In 2017, I…”
Will get my 200-hour yoga teacher training certification abroad in Costa Rica or Greece.
What are three hidden gems in NYC?
1. Hu Kitchen is my favorite spot in NYC to fuel my body with real food that is non-processed.
2. Westerly market on 54th and 9th in West Midtown is my favorite local grocery store full of fresh organic produce, and the best organic almond butter in the city!
3. Cha Cha Matcha in SOHO is the go-to spot for a perfect matcha latte.
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
To me, MISSBISH is all about empowering female leaders to confidently pursue their dreams and inspire other females to do the same.
Who's your MISSBISH? Tell us who she is and why she's an inspiration to you.
My MISSBISH is any female who believes in themselves and expresses their true strength and beauty.
Photos by: Ricardo Paris Toribio