Jake is magnetic. His smile, tone of his voice and his simple hand raise wave make him incredibly approachable and someone you want to be friends with or at the very least, go grab a beer with him.
When he references below knowing he wanted to be an instructor three rides in, we also knew the chemistry was right that day. Kari really did tell Kelsey that third ride she wanted him to teach one day, even if he was wearing neon socks. Swear it.
Jake puts so much thought into his rides and what he says to make them his own. Approachable, fun, has an eclectic taste in music and does not shy away from a heavy hill or a sprint. It comes as no surprise he is already developing quite a following on Saturday's at 10:15a for a PRE-RINSE. If you don't leave Jake's ride with a smile on your face you might want to check your pulse.
Goofy, energetic, understanding, witty, and always ready for a good time, meet Jake.
Where did you grow up?
Technically Beavercreek, but I did a lot of growing when I moved to Athens, Ohio to attend Ohio University and become a Bobcat. But I did most of my growing (by force) when I moved back to Dayton to go to UD School of Law.
Can you remember your first RINSE class?
My first class was the RINSE 101, and what I remember the most is not being able to hear Kari or Kelsey over my efforts to try to stay on the bike. I didn’t understand that we were supposed to be sprinting during the final rinse. So I was standing with a lot of resistance, and Kari came over and kindly told me sprinting is easier while sitting with less resistance. I was mortified.
How long did it take until you realized you wanted to become an Instructor?
Pretty much after like my 3rd class, which is about when RINSE started clicking with me and I started loving it. I’m a bit of an extremist in the sense that when I like something, I am all in and very passionate about it. I always like to take on leadership roles, so becoming an instructor seemed like the most natural progression.
How would you describe your teaching style?
I like to think of my teaching style as laid back and approachable. I want to make sure everyone can understand the moves on the bike so they can have the best ride possible.
Best part of being an Instructor is…
The impact you can have on someone’s day. Each person has a specific reason they come to RINSE – whether it’s a great workout or a 50-minute escape from the outside world, and I love that I’m able to provide that outlet to find the reason they came for.
Track you’ve had on repeat:
Whenever I like a song a lot, I listen to it on repeat until I hate it. Then I rediscover it a few months later and do it all over again. As previously mentioned, I’m a bit of an extremist. Currently on repeat is Jukebox the Ghost – Jumpstarted.
AM or PM rides?
AM if I’m teaching (a reasonable AM, like 8 or 10.. not this 6 nonsense). PM if I’m riding.
Favorite way to sweat outside of RINSE?
Going on walks with my yellow lab, Tez.
How has becoming a RINSE Instructor changed you?
I’ve adopted a much more positive and optimistic outlook on life since becoming an instructor. Becoming so involved in the amazing atmosphere that is the RINSE community has affected every aspect of my life. From my day job to just hanging out with friends, I’ve noticed I’ve become a much happier and healthier person.
Go-to quote or words to live by?
“Life is unpredictable. Not everything’s in our control. But as long as you’re with the right people, you can handle anything.” I feel a very strong connection to the character of Amy Santiago on Brooklyn 99.
Who motivates you?
Definitely my family. I always strive to make them proud, and I never want to let them down. That’s what drives me to accomplish anything.
The Harry Potter series will always be at the top of my list. But if I had to pick one, Prisoner of Azkaban.
What’s your #1 life hack?
Sometimes it’s okay to be selfish. And it’s always okay to order take-out.
Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon?
After I teach my Saturday morning class, I love a good brunch on any patio if it’s a nice day. But I also like to use my free time on the weekends to recharge. I binge watch movies and TV shows and really make sure I mentally unwind from the week.
Any hidden or not so hidden talents?
I have impeccable grammar.
If you could brunch with any person (past or present), who would it be and why?
Jamie Lee Curtis. I’d bet my life she can hold her own with bottomless mimosas, and I’m sure she’d be a ton of fun to drink on a patio with. Halloween is my favorite horror movie of all time, so I would love to bombard her with all the questions I have about her thoughts on the franchise.
Best memory since you joined RINSE?
The very first ride in the studio on Patterson. I first started RINSE when we were in the Fireblocks District, and I grew to love the temp space (despite those awful stairs after a brutal class)! But I always heard it referred to as the “temp space,” so I was excited to finally experience RINSE in its home. And that’s exactly what it felt like on the first ride – it felt like being home. Being in our own studio that we could make our own was such a new and exciting feeling. Everyone that showed up for that ride had the exact same excitement for what we were creating, and you could feel that electricity throughout the entire ride. That will always hands down be my favorite RINSE moment.
#1 piece of advice for someone looking to have a killer ride?
Try to really forget everything outside of the bike room. Let go of any negativity from the day or worries about the future and just focus on yourself, the ride, and having fun.
What has you excited about life right now?
Currently, my career is keeping me very busy. The work I’m doing is rewarding and feels like I’m actually making a difference on a daily basis. And being able to balance my career with something as fun and fulfilling as being an instructor really gives me a new sense of purpose and adds so much more value to my life.
What does RINSE mean to you?
To me, RINSE means community. A group of people who show nothing but support. They always have your back and root for you – an all-time cheering section. You can see the positive effect RINSE has on all our lives, and I’m so excited that I get to help make that impact on others’ lives as an instructor!