LOVE Cycling Studio prides itself on its Student Ambassadors, who not only excel on the bike, but also academically and through their involvement in the community. What does this balanced lifestyle look like? Meet Guan Ong, Junior at the University of Texas at Austin and February Student Ambassador of the Month.
Fitness had always been a big part of Guan’s life; he ran track in high school and completed half-marathons. However, when he got to college, he recalls that he faced a “slump,” before his first LOVE spin class with Melissa Fabbio,
“It was hard to find a workout that I could be motivated to stick with, but LOVE changed all that.”
One year later and coming up on 120 classes, he still remembers sitting on bike 24 in his first class. Although it was new to him, it was his competitive nature that drove him through his running days in high school that motivated him to keep coming back. As he continued to persist and come back, he noticed not only his improvement, but he also began to reap the benefits of LOVE, experiencing a new type of mental and physical fitness that he hadn’t in high school and seeing improvements both in his mood and focus on his academics. His goal: to finally be able to keep up with Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow.”
Guan’s success is not limited to the bike. He is majoring in economics and hopes to pursue a career in consulting or financial advisory, but he also shared his dream of opening a bakery someday. He emulates local LOVE through his involvement with the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity and the Central Texas Food Bank,
“[Delta Sigma Pi] has partnered with numerous non-profit organizations and given me the opportunity to participate in various forms of community service. We've partnered with Camp Kesem, Keep Austin Beautiful, Reading Aces, Austin Animal Center, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and the Zilker Botanical Garden, to name a few.”
LOVE has helped Guan reignite his passion for fitness and stay active while continuing to excel academically. He credits his balanced lifestyle to LOVE’s convenient class times,
“The classes are more exciting than any other workout I've done by a long shot, and 45 minutes is the perfect time that I can slot into even the busiest of days.”
His favorite moment at LOVE was when Melissa, now his Instructor Mentor, encouraged him to sit in the front row. Without Melissa’s mentorship, he believes that he would not be as confident on the bike as he is today. Above all, the support he receives from the studio community is his favorite part about LOVE Cycling Studio,
“I think that LOVE has a culture of genuine warmth and friendliness on a level that very few places offer...the best thing that LOVE has given me is something to look forward to. I typically attend evening classes and even the worst of days are bearable knowing that I get to finish off with my family at LOVE.”
Guan loves that his involvement in the Student Ambassador program has brought him closer to the studio community that he enjoys so much. His advice to those who are thinking about trying LOVE? Don’t be afraid of judgement, take a chance, and fall in LOVE!
Look out for Guan around the studio and on the bike. Additionally, look out for an upcoming Instagram Story takeover by Guan this Wednesday, February 28th.