FitCityFamily Features: Naz Sanders of SoulCycle
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who is Naz?
A: I am a senior soulcycle instructor here in Chicago at the Loop and OLTN. Before Chicago I was teaching in New York and moved here to open up the Loop studio. I'm originally from the West Coast, California. I grew up as an athlete and later went to college to play volleyball. Health and fitness have always been my passion, and growing up as an athlete I have always found the importance of a team or strong support system.
Q: What was the inspiration behind your blog?
A: The inspiration behind my website is my passion for cooking. The only thing I love more than cooking is eating. I love cooking for myself, but more for my friends. I am always hosting dinners because I love bringing people together around good food and wine. People think that to live a healthy fit life you have to sacrifice that. I actually get inspired by going out to my favorite restaurants for a date night or girls night out. Living in Chicago we are immersed in so many amazing restaurants. I'll usually go home and make a healthier version of the dishes I ate. My goal is to help people find the balance in their lives and what they put in their body so you are feeling fulfilled and fueled. I think a big part of this is accountability, and it's hard to do it alone so I'll be offering my services to coach you through it.
Q: What do you love most about your job -- Instructor and Blogger?
A: The connections I make in the room is undeniably my favorite thing about SoulCycle. We disconnect from the busyness of our lives, and clip in to get lost in the music. I have found my best friends at SoulCycle, and it is the community that make me want to show up. In regards to being a blogger, I love cooking and creating dishes in the kitchen. It honestly feels like therapy or some sort of meditation. I don't speak — I just zone out and start chopping, creating, cooking. It's the same feeling I get at SoulCycle, just as disconnected from my busy day and focusing on me.
Q: Take us through a day in the life!
A: On a typical day, I'll wake up around 5am for my 6am rooster class at the LOOP. I chug a glass of water to wake me up and get myself ready for class. I'll usually have half a banana on my way to the studio or just water with plenty of electrolytes. I love adding nuun to my waters. After class, during my break between my next class at 8am, I immediately fuel up. I'll have the rest of my banana and RX almond butter. That stuff is crack. If I have time I'll run over to Goddess next door for oatmeal and a cold brew with oat milk. I teach the 8am, then head home for a nap. I usually take a nap the day I have roosters because I teach a triple and come back to teach later that evening.
During the day, I prep my dinner! This makes coming home for dinner SO much easier. I then spend time playlisting — I’m always looking for new music. I teach in the evening, then come home to make dinner with my boyfriend. I spend the rest of the night disconnected from my computer and just give myself chill time, catching up on shows or reading. My favorite book right now is “little fires everywhere" — can't put it down!
Q: What's your favorite way to stay active?
A: Outside of my own classes, I cross-train with yoga, or an interval HIIT class. I also just enjoy riding my bike around the city.
Q: What do you love most about YOUR #FitCityFamily (aka the health and wellness community in Chicago that you interact with!)
A: I love that my #fitcityfam is always finding ways to bring people together. They are also always supporting people going after their goals. I think it is extremely important to surround yourself with people that want to see you succeed.
I find community over competition to be everything.
xx, Naz and The Blondes