Meet RINSE power couple Paul Cornn and Sydney Common. They have been apart of the RINSE crew for almost a year now and being able to watch their journeys first hand has been incredible. Their transformations physically are inspiring all on their own. But when you get to see them on a weekly basis you get to watch the confidence build while they are becoming more and more themselves. From back row side bar to the very front. From not saying much during a ride to yelling, 'It's Britney, bitch!' From wearing big (and usually hilarious) t-shirts to not being afraid to ditch them. You can always count on these two to bring the heat - whether it is a 6am, REPEATS, or Sunday hip hop service - their love of the community and the ride always comes through. These two are a perfect example of what makes RINSE so great. People ready and willing to support one another and live a life a greatness. Grateful just doesn't seem like a powerful enough word for how we feel about you, Paul and Syd!
What do you do for your 9-5?
P: Engineer on base. Really, I read a lot of design documents and try to find ways to break the design. Most of the time I then send other engineers to go do the actual breaking, sometimes I get to. Then I get to go tell the designers why their design needs to be changed.
S: I am a Financial/Business Analyst and Program Manager. I have spent most of my career working along side technical programs, but I have also worked entirely with FM folks as well.
If your bestie would describe you in three words, what would they be?
P: Supportive, Maker, and Partner
S: Resilient, Supportive/Loyal, Fierce
How long have you been coming to RINSE?
P: About a year
S: My first ride was in October of 2017, so we celebrate our year next month!! (picture to the left: October 2017 & June 2018)
What motivates you to get your ass to class?
P: The very first time, to be supportive of my wife who wanted to try it. Then I was motivated because I felt the changes it was causing. Now I go because it makes me feel good. Really don't need motivated to go, I long for it.
S: The love of it all; the love I feel in the space, the love I feel for the ride, the love the instructors give.
How has RINSE impacted your life?
P: It was a tool I used in weight loss. More than that though it is the first exercise in a very long time that I actually enjoy. Outside of the wellness it has helped me feel more connected to Dayton. The Rinse community is so connected with the town that I am hearing about things to do and getting to know people I wouldn't have talked to before. S: This is going to be a long one, so buckle up. The most important impact has been that RINSE has helped me realize that I'm worthy. I was terrified of coming to the first class, I was so out of shape and so ashamed of myself. I was terrified of coming to a place of all super fit beautiful women and feeling judged, but I wasn't, not once, I was supported, guided, lifted. RINSE has also been a huge factor in my weight loss journey. It has given me a way
to move my body that is fun and feels good. Its helped make me feel powerful enough to keep going. Outside of your 9-5 – tell us about all the badass things you’re up to:
P: I spend as much time as I can in my shop. I love to make things since I spend so much of my day at a computer. Wood, leather, fabric whatever I can mold into something useful I like to do it. Finding something that a person needs and crafting it is one of the most satisfying things to me.
Other than that it is music... festivals, concerts or small bar shows. I will listen to almost anything live. S: Outside of work I am newly obsessed with health, learning about how to hit my goals, and learning how to sustain the progress I have made, it has become this insane hobby, which is immensely time consuming. I also read a fair bit. I go through genre phases, travel novels, crime and mystery, historical fiction, but my favorite will always be books about magic. In your opinion, what makes RINSE's community so unique?
P: The connection to the town and positive, supportive energy. Never once was I made to feel like I didn't belong. S: Acceptance and encouragement. RINSE is a place where anybody and any body is welcome. From my first day they stressed that each bike is different and each body is different, your ride is your own. Kari (and the rest of the crew) have made a space the fosters support and encouragement. We high-five at the end of each ride and its one of my favorite parts because you feel so supported by your other riders, we really are all proud of ourselves and each other for showing up and giving our all. Favorite Instructor and why?
P: This is not a fair question.
Kari brings an intensity that I love. I leave her class knowing that every drop I have to give was left in the bike room.
Kara provides a focus on control that starts my days centered. She is the reason I don't crash back into my seat on lifts.
Abby is my balance, everything in moderation right? Her musical taste and mine aligns most so I really enjoy her playlists.
Kelsey gives me the burn and heavy hills endurance like no other. You know your legs are getting stronger with each of the 5 hills she puts into a Ride.
Britt comes at you with the grit. You know her ride is going to be that hard grind that leads me to a place of zen.
Now tell me how I can pick a favorite... S: They are all my favorite, and here is why. Kari- brings the intensity and will get you pushing harder than you knew you could. She's the coach, the mama bear, you can feel how much she cares and wants you to do your best. Kara- brings the mental game, coaching you to overcome your mental hurdles and never doubt your bodies capabilities. Kelsey- is this dark horse because her personality is SO SWEET and her rides are SO DIRTY. (Dirty in a good way, hills and grit) Abby- helps you feel good about you, about where you are at in your journey, about feeling comfortable with the wiggles, giggles and jiggles. The slips and clumsy parts. Britt- so intense and passionate, you can tell she's always pushing herself to improve, so it gets you pushing yourself just as hard. Best RINSE memory?
P: Easter ride. We wore these fuzzy bunny ears. I don't remember who was on my left but she was so focused on the ride that she didn't notice we kept them on the entire ride, until the high five. She saw the blue fuzzy ears on my sweaty head and just started laughing. The fact that Sydney, Billie, Michael and I could all wear these goofy ears in and no one batted an eyed, that it made them smile and just another day was great. S: Surviving the first HIIT [RINSE REPEATS] class and the rush of endorphins after. And really each HIIT class after that as well.
What other workouts do you do outside of RINSE?
P: I run, 5k races. S: I run and do strength training. Both of those sometimes have to take a second seat to RINSE or life, but RINSE always comes first for me. We make our RINSE schedule on Sundays, and the rest of life follows it. Song you’ve got on repeat?
P: The Lotto - Ingrid Michaelson (well that was it this morning, changes a lot)
the entire Lumineers collection, like always. S: Rainbow Kitten Surprise - like everyone of their songs. Hide or Cocaine Jesus most though. If you could brunch with any male/lady boss (past or present), who would it be?
P: So here is where I am supposed to put Einstein or Madam Currie, but above anyone I would love to brunch with my paternal grandfather, Pappap. He was an engineer too but passed away before I got my act together and became one. He was the engineer in charge of a monster coal shovel, his office was on the third floor of that shovel, desk, phone and all. S: Oh this is hard, Zelda Fitzgerald? Dorothy Parker? Michelle Obama? Emma Watson? Serena Williams? Ruth Bader Ginsberg? Fred Rogers? I am going to go with Emma Watson, because not only am I a Harry Potter freak, Emma alao represents so many social causes that I care deeply about. If you were to give a s/o to a local entrepreneur, who would it be?
P: Mike Schwartz, I've met him a couple of times years ago. What I love about him is his support for the community's growth. Damn near every brewery in this town has a tie back to Mike. From brewers to marketers all the way up to owners so many of the beer culture hotspots in Dayton worked for Mike at Belmont Party Supply, Brewtensils or Ollie's. When the Dairy Queen in a building he owned didn't want to open for the summer people complained about it on Facebook, he actually replied that if anyone wanted to open a local ice-cream shop in it he would help them. Like 3 months later we have a new locally owned ice cream shop! S: Normally I shout out RINSE, awkward. London who runs Peace On Fifth (which is on Third Street and moving soon). Her mission is amazing "a compassionate commerce gift store" she ensures each product she sells is slave free, fair trade, and eco friendly from a component level. The items she stocks are gorgeous and great quality and she is constantly supporting an amazing mission. She even does a round up or tip on the purchases (if you choose) that goes toward a new charity each month. If you get a chance, stop in and talk to her, she's an awesome lady.
Describe your ideal Saturday in the DYT.
P: Early morning run along Riverscape.
Then go to 2nd Street Market: Chicken and waffles from Invoke, chicken for the week from Tea Hill farms, Produce from all the stalls
Afternoon would be shopping in the Oregon District and visits to Breweries. S: A run by the river, followed by breakfast at the 2nd St Market, home to clean house and relax reading for the rest of the night, maybe a nap, maybe out for some music. Who motivates you?
P: Sydney, duh. S: My entire family, but specifically: My husband who is my biggest supporter and partner. My mom who is an ultimate lady boss and role model. My sister who loves me unconditionally. Fave quote or words to live by?
P: Do or do not, there is no try. - Yoda S: "If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals" Last book you read was...
P: The Martian S: The Queen and The Cure What does RINSE mean to you?
P: Friends, fun and sweat.
S: RINSE means strength, passion, determination, commitment, acceptance, community.