background check: kayla baldwin
No, as much as we love Ashley, we aren't featuring her again. This time it's her younger sister, Kayla! We have been waiting since November to be able to say this again, but KAYLA is back and ready to make you work. In honor of her return to the stage, we asked her a few of those hard-hitting questions we know everyone is dying to know. Read all about Kayla, then grab a saddle with her TONIGHT at 6:15pm.
1) What is your zodiac sign?
I’m a Sagittarius. I’ve never really been too into zodiac signs but I believe a Sagittarius is associated with the element of fire and if that’s the case, then that’s spot on. Anyone who knows me well knows I’m full of fire! Well, we did a little digging of our own and found the Sagittarius are large- hearted, adventurous, straight forward and positive, all which we would also associate with Kayla. They are born brave and full of confidence and have the ability to handle challenges in life more efficiently than other signs. BINGO. For those of you who don't know, Kayla is bouncing back from 8 months of no answers in regard to an injury/illness, but somehow our strong, spitfire was stubborn enough to keep searching for a way to make herself better, and here we are!
2) What is your favorite holiday?
My favorite holiday is Christmas hands down. I mean, Christmas in New England? Come on! I consider myself the Holiday Cheermeister. I’m jolly AF! We are sorry for ruining your life and cramming 11 cookies into your VCR...but really...if we had to guess, we'd assume Kayla enjoys giving the gifts as much, if not more than getting. Just the kind of girl she is!
3) If you could bring one celebrity to spin with you, who would it be and why?
That’s easy, Steve Carrell. The sh** that came out of his mouth during his first wax in The 40 Year Old Virgin makes me think he would be a riot to listen to during speed intervals after a serious climb. Ok, who knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone? How do we get him in here and put him to the test?? And maybe he can bring his Crazy,Stupid,Love co-star Ryan Gosling...am I right ladies?
4) Backstreet Boys or NSYNC?
Backstreet Boys 100%. Nick Carter was my first love. I used to sit in front of my boom box, reading the lyrics from the CD cover while playing the albums on repeat until I had them memorized. Seeing them in concert with FGL and Nelly was the highlight of my summer last year. What do kids do these days since they don't have the CD pamphlets to read (and drool over)?! Slightly concerned JT wasn't her first love, but Nick's not a bad choice, especially in the I Want It That Way video...
5) If you could spin to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Yikes that’s a really hard one. I need a lot of variety in my life so spinning to one song might not cut it for me. I think I have to plead the 5th ....... sooorrryyyyyy! We had a feeling something like this would be the answer. Luckily for you, you never know what you're going to get in Kayla's class so whether you're into pop, country, classic rock, rap or anything else, you'll be sweating to it!
6) Favorite quote, or words to live by?
BTBYCB - Be The Best You Can Be. It certainly wasn’t written by Shakespeare but I believe each day you should strive to be a better version of yourself. We are sure Shakespeare had some good lessons in his work, but lets be real, it was confusing. This...this is what we need. Straight to the point, easy to understand, and easy to live. Wake up every single day and be the person you want to be. Take what life gives you and do the best you can with your given situation. Forget about the critics, drown out the noise, show up to life and live it your way!
7) When you aren't in the saddle, where can we find you?
If I’m not at Wheelhouse I’m in one of two places... 1) Mass General Hospital. My full time job is working as an oncology nurse. It’s heavy, I know, but it’s rewarding and there isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not grateful (AMEN- Thank you to Kayla and all the nurses and doctors who give so much back to those who need it) 2) I’m outside - somewhere... anywhere. Running, hiking, socializing etc. I love nature and I neeeeeeed fresh air. We mentioned Sagittarius seek adventure right? Plus, have you seen how tan our little beach bum can get???
8) What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure(s)... Tequila and sunshine (preferably together). Tequila sunrise is a thing right?? That combo is my favorite way to unwind AND turn up! Fun fact: my nick name is Tekayla (sorry mom and dad!) While we are on the topic of tequila, has anyone had the Paloma from 15SX?? Just asking (suggesting...). We did once hear a quote about tequila..."drinking tequila is more about the journey than the destination". go seek your adventure girl!
9) Hills or sprints?
Sprinting for sure. Running, actually sprinting in particular, was my first love. (sprinting or Nick Carter, which is it Kayla, you can't have both!) Shout out to Umass Track and Field! Any Minutemen out there? It brings me back to the glory days and the adrenaline you get from a good sprint could fuel me for days. I guess you should consider yourself warned, clip in with Kayla and you're gonna sprint. But, i
t's a great way to feel free and a way for you to run away from your doubts!
10) What advice would you give to someone just getting into spin?
Leave whatever it is holding you back at the door. Whether it’s your first ride or 100th class, it’s your one chance to be selfish and get away with it. You have 45 minutes to yourself. No one gives a f*** how talented you are in the saddle. Just get uncomfortable. Challenge yourself. Change yourself. End of story. End of story...legit.
So there you have it. Kayla is back and ready to work and she is SO excited to be sweating with you guys again. Show her some love, check the schedule, see when you can find her and let's work!