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"! Read below for my personal journey from fitness novice, to fitness junkie, to fitness instructor.

I started running in middle school on both XC and track teams. My greatest running achievement was winning 1st place at a 2 mile XC Meet. By the time I reached high school, my love of music and art took over. 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 quickly became an active member of the local NYC racing scene. 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 become a Schwinn Indoor Cycling Instructor. 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 set to music videos. We are located in the Flatiron District of NYC in the historic Limelight Church. I know first hand that group fitness can be SCARY ! It's normal to feel uncomfortable or vulnerable when you try new things especially anything that involves 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 am spreading the #NUUNLOVE wherever I go!

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!