Gina, lead instructor and owner of Ride Or Die, recently moved back to the Charlotte area from Charleston, SC. Her passion for fitness started at a young age due to influence from her father and encouragement from her mother. Starting competitive sports at age 6 eventually led her to competing as a NCAA collegiate athlete as a women's lacrosse player. During her college days, Gina loved exploring any way to improve her endurance to have an edge on other players; which is how she found spin! Something sparked within her after that first ride... and the love affair began! Her passion for spin steadily grew and took her on a journey to become an instructor. Being an instructor for 4 years now, she has had the pleasure to coach and help so many people reach their fitness goals. When you ride with her expect to have a booty burning time to the beat of some of her favorite music. Come Ride & Vibe with her unique, yet simple moves that'll have your body and mind thanking her later for it! When Gina isn't in the studio you most likely will find her in the gym lifting or in a local yoga studio getting her zen on! If you can't find her, well she's most likely at home cuddling up with her 3 big dogs and husband enjoying a nice big cup of tea or coffee!
Favorite Genres of Music: Techno, House Music, Pop, Remixes of any sort and much more!
Guilty Pleasures: Coffee, Tea, and Dairy-Free Ice Cream!
Joe was born in Ghana (West Africa) and moved to Greensboro, NC at the tender age of 3. Such a move was more challenging for his 10 older siblings, but being that America is all he knew he fit in well. Joe wanted to play Football (Soccer), but due to some oversight by his parents, he ended up playing American Football, which kickstarted Joe’s athletic adventure. Joe went on to play a year of college baseball at Campbell University. Joe then transferred to UNCC, where he dreamed of walking on, but fell in love with being a student, but he never lost his competitive edge as he stayed involved with intramurals, and then found his passion for strength and conditioning. His dreams of becoming a Certified Personal Trainer still floats in his mind, however, spin has taken much of that headspace today.
Riding with Joe will be a heart-pumping, sweat-inducing musical escapade that will leave you physically challenged, and mentally stimulated. Joe will push you to a through your self-prescribed physical limits with the goal of helping you realize how much you can truly achieve with a little added effort.
Outside of fitness you can find Joe at House & Techno events in Charlotte or scouring the streets in search of the city’s best chicken wings with his friends, or long walks around Uptown with his four-legged son, Tucker.
Fun fact: Joe has been to 11 music & arts festivals.
Favorite Genres of Music: Techno, House Music, Jazz & Hip-Hop
Guilty Pleasures: Chicken Wings, IPAs, and Don Julio Tequila
Favorite Quote: “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” - Seneca
Since a young age, Erica found freedom, empowerment, and exhilaration through fitness. Throughout her childhood and even through college, that meant playing every sport her schedule would allow and finding sheer excitement in challenging herself to become a stronger athlete in whatever ways possible. Erica’s love for fitness and adventure led her to joining a crossfit gym where her strength and aerobic capacity grew to new heights. She was still in search for something ultra cardio intensive, which is what led her to her first cycling class three years ago. To say the least, the addiction is REAL and smacked her in the face almost immediately. With a face and clothes drenched in sweat, she left feeling like she was in a state of euphoria and from then on she knew it in her bones that she wanted to be an instructor someday. At her core, Erica lives for connection with people and she will go to great lengths to help you find your true potential and be the best version of yourself. And that’s why she loves spin so much. It’s truly the best of all worlds because you get to make your dreams a reality as a collective and look around the room knowing we’re in this together, no matter how hard it is. Erica will not only make you sweat your ass off, but she’ll be the one hyping you up and let’s be real twerking all over the place alongside of you while you bring your fitness goals to life!!
Kayla McNutt can attribute much of her physical drive to growing up with a military father and several brothers who always had their hand in multiple sports. At an early age she found swimming to be her athletic outlet and competed on many swim teams through out her teen years. This passion for fitness seamlessly carried over into her adult years. After moving to Charlotte from Atlanta, she decided to pursue fitness as a career path. You can expect a fun-filled albeit challenging full-body workout in Kayla’s class, which is soundtracked by a heart-thumping playlist. When she’s not pushing her students to reach their full potential, Kayla enjoys running with her two Rottweilers, Biz and Georgia, hiking, and virtually anything outdoors related. She also has a profound appreciation for a good cup of coffee and nice glass of wine, while her guilty pleasures include Snack Pack puddings and ice cold Reese’s Cups.