The professional: Shelley Meyer, Spinning instructor and Columbus' first lady of football

The professional: Shelley Meyer, Spinning instructor and Columbus' first lady of football

"I've been teaching group fitness since 1986; I've taught everything except yoga and Pilates. Finally, around 1998, I got tired of spending so much time choreographing floor classes. Spinning's just so much easier to teach, and I'm still as hooked on it as I was then. I really like group fitness. I like Body Pump classes. I take a class every once in a while at Cycle 614. And System of Strength-my friend is one of the owners-is so hard. But I come here a lot; Premier is my main gym. I've always fit it in. My mantra is: If you make it a priority, you will get it in. Some people might think I'm really selfish for some things I won't do because I won't get my workout in. It's so important for me mentally. That's how I deal with stress. I will not miss teaching a class, especially not for something I can say no to. I'm committed to my people. As an instructor, you have to get people enjoying working out. Learning to teach spinning was all about mind-body connection. I'll close my eyes, and I hear that music and I hear the instructor, and I can really get into that. You have to be working for that endorphin release. Then you're hooked." -As told to Kristen Schmidt