photograph by Joel Barhamand

"Movement is a natural & obvious expression of joy" - thoughts from a dream, 8/23/17

Welcome to the Fitness portion of my website! 

My name is Erika but in the fitness world I go by @witchontherun or just "Witch"!

I started running in middle school on both XC and track teams. In high school I abandoned sports to be goth and spend my time (literally) in a dark room to embark on my future career in photography.

After relocating to NYC in 2008, long hours and cramped living quarters were the norm. I quickly realized that getting active would be beneficial to both my health and sanity so I started running again (often to explore new neighborhoods), something I had not done seriously since middle school. 

After a push from my marathon running uncle (he was 60 at the time!), I ran my first adult race in 2011. I became hooked and have been an active member of the local NYC racing scene ever since. Over the next few years, cross training and new friends led me to other forms of fitness such as mountain biking, boxing & indoor cycling. Connecting with people through movement became one of the most rewarding parts of my daily routine. 

As my fitness habit grew, I realized I wanted to share the magick and empowerment I felt during workouts with others which led me to the Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certification. I was lucky enough to find a mentorship with one of my favorite studios, MNSTR CYCLE, where I've been an instructor since August 2015.

MNSTR is a unique indoor cycling experience, where we offer real ride programming set to music videos. We have 2 locations in NYC (Soho & Flatiron in the historic Limelight Church) & I currently teach 4-6 classes per week. I know first hand that ~Group Fitness~ can be SCARY ! It's normal to feel uncomfortable or vulnerable when you try new things or getting sweaty in front of strangers. I chose MNSTR because it is a community that is open to everyone regardless of race, gender identity, sexual preference or current fitness level. 

I am a current member of Nuun Hydration's Legacy Team Nuun, their sponsored athlete program, and currently race for Gotham City Runners

Please check out the links below for more info. And please check out my blog for my ramblings about being a #gothrunner, coping and staying motivated while injured, and not fitting into the fitness world "norm".

Don't forget to check out my schedule at MNSTR & come #SWEATITOUT with me soon!