Rider spotlight: Anna

Words byHayley Hayley

At Rocycle we’re all about Mind Body Music, but, just as important is the fact that we’re a family. So, to make sure each class is not just a party but a reunion, we’d like to introduce some of our Ro’Regulars. Spotted a blonde bombshell darting in and out of those 7am rides? Well, that’s probably one of our favourite Swedes, Anna Kuylenstierna. Keep reading to find out about her secret soft spot for RnB classics, the rocking chair where you’ll find her when the rains clear and the importance of no regrets.

Hi Anna! Thanks so much for chatting with us today! Can you introduce yourself?

I am Anna Kuylenstierna, a Swedish blonde. Work (Rihanna ft. Drake!) brought me here! I started with a 6-month internship, and now 4 years later, I’m still hanging around this gorgeous city.

Work brought you to Amsterdam, but what got you working it on the Ro’bikes?

Hayley Daen! It will be fun…she said. But I will admit that I fell in love with the concept after two rides. I’m (still) learning the ropes of cycling – far from stable on a city bike – but I like partying, and I guess thanks to the bike standing still and the motivating music and fun moves, I quite like it!

So she was right! How about other forms of exercise?

Growing up, I did a lot of team sports, and then I was a dedicated Les Mills student at the local gym. I like to try new things, and Rocycle was just that. Now, I practice yoga to stretch and restore and do kettlebell training in the park to ensure I get some fresh air into my weekly schedule as a complement to Rocycle.

You’re quite the gym bunny! So you must think nutrition is important. How do you fuel yourself?

I love bananas! I generally eat what I feel good eating and listen to my body. That said, I’ll pretty much eat what I feel like without any consequential thoughts. No regrets!

Ah, balance. We love it. Do you have a favourite healthy hotspot in Amsterdam?

When the stormy rains aren’t lingering, you may find me in the Vondelpark, probably taking another break in one of the rocking chairs on the upstairs terrace of Vondel3.

Rock on! Speaking of, do you think music is an important motivator for exercise? What do you like to exercise to?

Music is key and keeps me motivated. I have a weak spot for hip hop and RnB that bring back good teenage memories.

We never turn down a throwback. Now, final question: what does Rocycle mean to you?

A break from the one million question marks and thoughts I have in life.