Established California has a new contributor in town - and her name is: Samantha Weinberg.
This positive, active and enthusiast marathon runner and cycling instructor has spent the last five years in the Health & Fitness industry. Her love for helping people to better themselves is something that has been a passion of hers for many years. Samantha received her PHD in Clinical Psychology before switching careers when she fell in love with cycling.
She has managed many indoor cycling studios but has finally found her home at Beatbike in Tarzana, CA. (Read more about Beatbike here). Samantha will be contributing monthly to Established California so make sure you keep a look out for her knowledgable and fun workout recommendations.
When was the moment that you fell in love with cycling?
I actually remember this moment very clearly. I was recovering from a broken foot and craving some cardio. I had been to cycling classes before but never really fell in love before this specific class. I remember leaving the class with the same high that I would get when I would run. I had never experienced anything that even came close to the feeling I got from running. After that I was hooked and prior to teaching I would sometimes take several classes a day.
What keeps you inspired?
Music, My clients, and Instagram. I follow a lot of fitness and cycling accounts on Instagram and seeing someone else’s progress really motivates me to work harder and keep pushing forward.
What do you do when you aren’t teaching?
When I am not teaching I love hanging out with my dog Ari, doing girly things like manicures that I never make time for, running outside, or doing a WHOLE lot of laundry. I am constantly running out of clean clothes to teach, run or work out in.
What’s your favorite way to release some steam?
A good 10+ mile run usually does the trick.
Healthiest daily habit?
Brushing and flossing.
What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
I would tell myself to not cut class and do my homework. Simple advice that would have made a huge difference when I was 16.
What’s on your current workout playlist?
Lots of Mashups. Some pitbull, some kanye west, and of course some Britney. A workout mix is not complete without Britney.
Favorite fitness wear?
Lululemon, Wunder Unders and an American Apparel tank.
What’s your favorite part about living in California?
Life is always exciting here and I am one of the few natives that i know :)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lindsay Vacek has a passion for style, details and design. As a Fashion Editorial Photographer, she's worked in the Entertainment Industry for over 10 years and has a love for adventure and travel. She spends her spare time globe-trotting her way through foreign countries and loves new cultures, food, music and the arts.
Being a California Native, Lindsay loves meeting new people and sharing her version of life with others. With an infinite list of things-to-do, places-to-go and sights-to-see - she believe everyone can have a little more California in their own lives.