Donald    |    Zion    |   Ben   |   Vanessa  |   Tiffany  |   Sarah  |    Julie   |    Maddie   |    Alissa   |   Lori    |  Alyssa    |  Michele    |   Lindsay   |   Thomas





Mix two parts DJ, one part drill instructor, one part cheerleader with a heavy helping of cycling enthusiast and you’ll have Donald. Kicking club beats and rowdy rock n’ roll are his signature sounds and they add up to the fastest indoor bike ride you’ll ever have. For Donald, the ride just isn’t about getting that rockin’ body or training for your next‘s about cultivating a strong, healthy, happy you.


His love for music, personal achievement, and growth from class to class is at the core of every pedal stroke and playlist he creates. When Donald is leading a class, it is simple –go hard or go home!
twitter: @MNDonald 




Seven years ago, Z's friend dragged her to her first indoor cycling class at a local gym. Her experience was challenging, sweaty, transformative and therapeutic — she wanted more!

Zion hails from the Bay Area, and earned her Spinning® Certification from Mad Dogg Athletics. She may have left her heart in San Francisco, but found her love for indoor cycling here in the Twin Cities.

Her energy and great mix of music combine to create a challenging but spirited workout that will have riders always pushing themselves to the next level. When she is not leading clients through the best 45 minutes of their day at Surge Cycling, she is in her kitchen, cooking up a storm or streaming Netflix movies.

twitter: @woozeewoo




Sarah is a native Minnesotan, with a passion for an active, healthy lifestyle. Her love of fitness started at a young age, with a successful career running through high school on a state championship cross country team and continuing through college (Div II All-American Honors, 10k). Her current goal is running a marathon in all 50 states, and dreams of a trip to Kona to compete in the IRONMAN Triathlon Championship. While training for her two full IRONMAN Triathlons, she attended indoor cycling classes 3-4 days/week and hasn't stopped yet! Sarah always sets high standards for herself and translates that high energy and work attitude on the bike! Sarah holds a Schwinn Indoor Cycling Certification.

When she's not teaching, Sarah is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, specializing in sports rehab. She fulfills her love of coaching, educating, with rehabilitating people back to their prior lifestyle.




Guess who got bit by the spin bug??? Julie!!! You may know Julie from the front desk, but now you will also get to know her on that lead bike. After a year of seeing how fun indoor cycling can be and feeling the great energy and positive vibes from our riders, Julie decided she wanted to become a Surge Instructor and take on this new adventure in her life. Over a year ago, she became serious about changing her lifestyle after realizing how quick she was gaining weight. Years of unhealthy eating and an inactive lifestyle took a toll on her. She finally got sick of it and was determined to do something about it - NO MORE EXCUSES. "Never in a million years would I imagine I would consider exercising - or even become a cycling instructor!" Julie wants to inspire and motivate others to take charge of their lives because she believes we are all in control of our own happiness. She will bring her love for dance and music on that bike and show you how fun and rewarding indoor cycling can be!

Julie was born and raised in Minnesota. When she's not at Surge she enjoys spending time with her family, working out and doing volunteer work.




For Lori, exercise is all about having fun, being heart healthy and feeling good about yourself! It only took one class for Lori to get addicted to Surge! As a busy professional, wife and mom, she knows time is precious, so when you are on the bike- you need to bring it!

Besides indoor cycling, Lori loves to run, kick box and go on adventures with her family. Lori knows music can literally make or break a workout so her playlists include high-energy hits. Lori is passionate about staying positive and making sure riders are having a good time! Lori encourages riders to find that beat and tap into their inner strength.




Alyssa has been active from a young age – days swimming at the pool and nights running around the neighborhood. She dabbled in dance and gymnastics, but basketball and softball were what stuck (and what fed her competitive nature). Her approach to fitness is one word – balance. Her routine includes yoga, weight lifting and indoor cycling.

The contagious beats and killer choreography are what hooked her. (It makes her feel like she can dance.) Alyssa encourages her riders to listen to their body, push themselves and love the beat.

When she’s not dancing on the bike, she’s advocating for her passions – animal welfare, Alzheimer’s research and sustainability. Her hobbies include: brunching, enjoying the Minnesota weather (at any season), writing, asking to pet strangers’ dogs, wishing it was the ‘90s.




Michele has always had a passion for health and fitness. With a degree in nutrition and food science she has been advocating and promoting the importance of balanced nutrition and fitness to achieve a healthy lifestyle throughout her career.

Michele turned to indoor cycling to take her cardio fitness to the next level and was hooked after the first class. Her base bumpin' classes will have you rocking and riding. She will inspire you to recognize how strong you are, work hard and sweat a lot.

When not on the bike you can find Michele outside on the water soaking up the sunshine. She enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, hiking, gardening in the summer and hitting the slopes in the winter.




An avid gym rat and runner for quite some time, Ben decided to give Surge a try, because he had never attempted an indoor cycling class before, and wanted to see if he could make it through one. He was hooked and immediately fell in love with the intensity of the workout. Ben returned for more as each class was different and was a great way to supplement his workout regimen.

When he’s not on the bike, Ben is out on the lake wakesurfing and wakeskating, in the gym, or running around the lakes. He loves traveling camping, hiking and fly fishing as well. Ben brings inspiration, positive energy, and great music to his classes. He loves being pushed to his max and encourages riders to do the same in every ride.




Vanessa has been a fitness enthusiast since the 4th grade when she ran in her first marathon relay and she has been hooked ever since. Her 4th grade aspirations continued into college where she ran competitively and pursued an exercise science degree. Vanessa has worked as a personal trainer for the past 5 years. To further add to her passion of health promotions, Vanessa pursued a nursing degree to cater to a wider population. Although still an avid runner, competing in races from the 5k to marathon, Vanessa fell in love with indoor cycling as soon as she discovered the adrenaline rush of riding in a pack.

Be prepared to grind it out during her class. "We ride with resistance." Vanessa wants you to get the best results from your workout and riding without sufficient resistance is not only unsafe, but will not create the change you desire!




Dancing from the moment she could walk, Tiffany has always been energetic and passionate about health and fitness. Her fun energy will leave you sweaty, pumped up and wanting more.

Tiffany has brought booty shaking fitness classes to the metro since 2011 pulling from over 10 years of dance experience. She grew interested in expanding her repertoire and took her very first indoor cycle class and was hooked. With her fun beats that you can sing loud and proud to she will get you through an intense fun filled spin class that leaves you happy, sweaty and overall a healthier you for this ride we call life! She will be with you every pedal of the way as we sprint, climb and jump through challenges that push you to be better and go farther.




Maddie is a born and raised Pittsburgher who found her new home in the Twin Cities after graduating from Indiana University in 2015. She moved knowing it was time to take control of her own body and mind and found Surge when she truly needed that push. She was introduced to the incredible energy of an indoor cycling class in college, but it was Surge that showed her how life changing it could truly be.

Maddie strives to make each and every class enjoyable for all riders and wants everyone to remember that this is YOUR ride! A goofball of energy, Maddie wants riders to leave feeling like they had a great time but also full of positive energy and a sense of accomplishment. Once you have chosen to hop on that bike, she will be there every step of your journey. Her mixture of high-energy jams and passion will have you feeling the beat!

While Maddie is not on the bike, she is motivating high school students in the Twin Cities to stick with their education and earn that diploma. She loves to find enjoyment while spending time with her loved ones and taking advantage of the beautiful (yet cold) weather that Minnesota has to offer!




Alissa spent 16 years of her life in a pool as a competitive swimmer. When that career ended, she needed to find another way to escape and get a killer workout and that’s when she decided to try Surge! She loves getting lost in the music and pushing her body to new limits with each and every workout. Alissa has always had a passion to be a coach and she brings that passion to her classes by encouraging the participants to push themselves in ways they couldn’t imagine. She wants each individual to leave class feeling like they have improved themselves both mentally and physically.


When she’s not leading class, Alissa is a number cruncher at an accounting firm in downtown Minneapolis. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, spoiling her dog and spending all day on Sundays watching football.




Somewhere between Vanessa’s 100-RPM tap backs and Julie’s Bruno Mars booty poppin’, Lindsay realized teaching at Surge was exactly the thing she’d been looking for. Where else can you get a high intensity 45-min workout while jamming out to Iggy, DMX and Britney? Surge has been a life-changing experience for Lindsay and she wants to create that same experience for everyone who rides with her.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Lindsay grew up playing every team sport imaginable. Her love for music and optimistic attitude means you’re in for a fun, athletic, energetic class that will leave you feeling worked and twerked.

When she's not leading you through sprint intervals, Lindsay has a career in business development and enjoys hanging with her hubby, playing volleyball, planning her friend’s next big trip and learning to cook.




Thomas cannot remember being more nervous to try a new fitness class than checking out indoor cycling for the first time. With a love of any and all music, indoor cycling was a natural fit.  Thomas came to Surge to break up his normal fitness routine, mostly consisting of CrossFit and kettlebell training. The biggest surprise was how much indoor cycling has complemented and fueled other types of training.
When not focusing on fitness,Thomas enjoys spending time outdoors, recreational biking, traveling in the winter, volunteering, and devouring any baked good. Working as a project manager in banking and financial services, indoor cycling is time to decompress. Thomas brings to his classes a mix of everything - EDM, Hip-Hop and a lot of hard earned sweat. Expect to party on your bike!



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