Why We're Here, by owner tiffany martin
I came to Birmingham after years of instructing rhythm-based cycle classes, and without a studio here, I immediately felt the void. Initially, starting Ignite was all about creating a space for me to instruct the way that I wanted. But shoot, doesn’t starting a business seem a little extreme just to be able to instruct? Like, couldn’t I just instruct the way I wanted in a place that already existed rather than throwing my whole heart and soul into starting my own studio? Answering that question led me to do some serious soul-searching about why I really wanted to do this.
Riding at Ignite is all about the experience. It’s about walking in the door and immediately knowing you are a part of something special. It’s about clipping into your bike and anticipating getting at least a glimpse of your best self as you embody the rhythm and lose yourself in the ride. It’s about encouraging your neighbor and being lifted up by those around you. It’s about feeling something. Something powerful happens in that room. It’s an immersive ride, engaging you in all your best qualities, while pushing you to be better.
So, sure, I could instruct a class in any room full of shiny bikes and beautiful humans; but to tell you the truth, it just wouldn’t be the same.
It’s not about the bikes. It’s about who’s on them and how you feel on them. We hear it all the time that exercise should be fun - and it should - but it has the potential to be so much more than that. It is going to be hard, and it is going to be worth it. You’re going to sweat, you’re going to want to give up, and occasionally you’re going to fall short of your expectations for yourself. Ignite will give you a consistently challenging, high energy, uplifting workout that will leave you sweaty, sore, and smiling. This is not a space for you to strive for perfection - it is a place for you to strive for your best...because your best is all you have to give. And your best is enough.
From your first “hello” to your last high five, you can count on us to get you into a mindset of joy as you embrace your ability and challenge yourself to become stronger, sweatier, and more empowered to live your best life/be your best self. This is a safe space - bring your good, bad, and your ugly truths. Let that door click shut and lights flip off and forget about it all; or, with every pedal stroke, with every increase in resistance, work that mess out. We are here for you.
I am honored to have the opportunity to share what I love with the city of Birmingham. I am excited for you to hop on a bike and get your groove on with our team. Y’all have made me a very lucky girl.
Here we are Birmingham! Ready to rock your ride, light these bikes up, and jam with you while you find your very best.