MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) - To be a cycling instructor, it takes more than just a fit body—it takes a lot of heart, and soul.
"It's about having a personality and being able to connect with someone and wanting to help them," said Nick Staples, owner of Zenergy Cyling.
"He's very passionate about people and changing people's lives," said Aaron Bishop, Staples' fiance and the manager at Zenergy.
After experiencing indoor cycling fitness classes in New York City, Nick Staples decided to open his own studio, Zenergy Cycling, in 2015.
"I loved the concept of it and the feeling I got after leaving that class; we didn't have anything like it here in West Virginia, so I came back home to Charleston and that's where it all started," said Staples.
Since then, more than 7,000 people have attended a class at one, or both, of his studios in Charleston and Morgantown.
"You go through and entire transformation experience: mind, body, with music," Staples explained.
At Zenergy, their mantra is patience, dedication, hard work, and love. Other than that, all you have to do is clip into the bike, and just ride.
The hardest thing about the job: having to wake up early and be full of energy for class.
"It's waking up at 5 o'clock in the morning—that's the hardest part," said Staples, laughing.
On the flip side, Staples says the best thing about being an instructor, is helping people make positive changes in their lives.
Staples said, "The thing that I love most is seeing the transformations, either mental, physical or spiritual. A transformation isn't just seeing someone lose weight or look different, a transformation, to me, is someone who feels different. I always say, 'If you feel good, you look good'."