Today we’d like to introduce you to Kayla Couto.
Kayla, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
SALT Cycle is a passion project and a dream for me. Coming from over ten years in the retail/optics world, I needed a change, so I began seeking out pay-per-class boutique studios to meet new people and get my workouts in. Naturally shy, I found it difficult to connect with others in the boutique studios I was frequenting. Always feeling “invisible” and unable to truly make connections I knew I had to create a space that offered high-end boutique indoor cycling classes (cardio is my favorite!) that was also designed to make every rider feel at home and a part of a community of like-minded people.
Suddenly I found myself fully immersed in making my dreams happen in a little coastal town named Tiverton, RI! One of the best parts of my journey is that I met my best friend Cassidy Rhodes as I was hiring instructors. The moment she walked through doors and into our very under-construction space we just clicked. She ran our very first class on Sept 29, 2016. We had 15 bikes and a class or two a day on the schedule. Since then we have grown to an amazing team of 8 truly positive and inspiring women, have 22 bikes, and run over 30 classes a week!
We pride ourselves on knowing everyone by name as quickly as we can, and we always reassure clients to go at their own pace! Once class starts, we turn the lights down, the music up and ride to the rhythm of playlists specially curated to take you on a 45-minute journey. Our community of riders is our biggest inspiration and we love making exercise feel magical!
Has it been a smooth road?
Our growth has been very organic. There were months in the beginning that it was just myself and Cassidy teaching most of classes which was tough on our bodies, especially as the demand grew exponentially in 2017, but we smiled and continued to grow with our client’s day in and day out as we looked for instructors to add to our team. Our vision has always been clear to us. We wanted to always make sure the quality of our classes was top notch while also remaining approachable and friendly. As we grew we listened to our clients and have always kept their experience in mind. We have added classes, added bikes, run special events, theme rides, and contests all to continue growing with our riders. We happen to have an elevated amount of passion for dope beats, indoor cycling, people, and sweat. When you love something this hard you take the good with the bad and you still can’t wait to wake up the next morning and do it all over again!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are a boutique indoor cycling studio that prides itself on being a positive, friendly, welcoming environment while delivering the ultimate 45-minute ride. We know indoor cycling can be intimidating for new riders (which is why your first ride is free) and we pride ourselves in the attention we give to every new client. We love catering to our riders so offer towel service and since we believe cycling shoes offer a better experience and workout we have cycling shoe rentals available as well.
We are known for having some of the best indoor cycling classes and instructors and we are always looking for ways to take the riders experience to the next level. I believe in creating magical, unforgettable experiences and that is evident all in the little details we incorporate into not only our special event or theme rides but in our daily class line-ups.
I am most proud of the way we make people feel. Our classes are designed to not only make the sweat pour but also to push yourself past your perceived limits, to grow mentally as you physically get stronger, to boost confidence and courage as we instruct to the beat of the music but also motivate and inspire throughout the ride. Our reputation for that has rewarded us with winning a Best of RI award in 2017 for “Best New Spin Class” and a Reader’s Choice award for Best New Fitness Studio. I was also recently honored by lululemon Newport as a brand ambassador and utilize my relationship and connections with the Newport team to bring elevated indoor cycling experiences to the community. We have a lot of fun event rides planned for 2018!
- Address: 315 Main Road Tiverton, RI 02878
- Website: SALTcyclestudios.com
- Phone: 4018160404
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @SALTcyclestudio
- Facebook: @SALTcyclestudio
Photos provided taken by Meagan Emilia Photography