It’s special when you meet someone in life who truly inspires you, and the Spinning® community is fortunate to know Iain McKendry. We all met Iain at the 2013 World Spinning and Sports Conditioning Conference (WSSC).
At Spinning headquarters, we often hear amazing stories about ways Spinning has transformed lives. But to learn that someone who doctors thought would never walk, rides and loves our Spinning program is immensely inspiring. Through the help of several MDA staff, we were able to enroll Iain (with Robin to assist) into the Spinning Instructor Training at the WSSC Conference. His mom, Janis, also took the workshop!
We were all so touched by meeting Iain, no one more so than our Spinning Master Instructor, Josh Taylor, a truly one-of-a-kind Certified Fitness Instructor. When Josh lead his Fighter Pilot ride at the event, Josh invited Iain to join. Iain rode a special custom Navy bike that belonged to Josh — Josh hooked it up for Iain! Josh also signed a poster and Fighter Pilot Jersey and made sure that Iain had a special seat during Josh’s most popular Spinning ride.
The Spinning community thanks Robin Ryan, Certified Spinning Instructor, for introducing us to him. Robin contacted us several months before the Conference to share the story:
Iain is a 19-year-old high school senior who I met when he started taking my Spinning class about two and a half years ago. He has cerebral palsy. When Iain was younger the doctors though he would never walk. He endured five surgeries and now proudly stands on his own two feet. Iain has been passionate about Spinning from the very start and it is his goal to become a Certified Spinning Instructor through Mad Dogg Athletics (MDA) this summer.
Iain told us it was the best day of his life. It was truly an honor to meet Iain and to help make some of his dreams come true! We are also happy to announce that Iain (and Janis) are now part of the Certified Spinning Instructor team!