Rachael Orlando is a mom to two children, a wife to Peter, a commercial real estate agent, entrepreneur and, along with her husband, owner of Cyclebar Fresno and Clovis. You can find her sweating in an indoor cycling class or enjoying cooking and traveling on her days off.
Tell us the story of how you got started. How has it evolved?
In commercial real estate, you are exposed to many new businesses. When I travel I like to go, take, see, and eat at all the new concepts that are in the bigger cities. Eventually the Central Valley gets some of that trickle down.
When Pete and I cycled in New York for the first time, we loved it. We did it every time we traveled out of town. We loved it so much we began to investigate if this was a concept we could bring to the valley. Once we were matched with Cyclebar, we never looked back. Fresno opened almost two years ago and Clovis is just about 1 year in business. Fitness in the Central Valley is growing so much. We are happy to be a part of the change in our community for the good.
What changes have you made personally to excel in this?
Haha! This is funny, said the girl who never got up before 8 am!
Fitness is so much of a lifestyle. The education has been the biggest learning curve. We have all been exposed to a fad diet or quick fixes. I think that the tables have shifted to really show people that diet and exercise is a lifestyle change, and that change can take years.
As I mention above, I never got up early, I never set goals, I never dreamed that I could work full time, run two businesses, teach multiple classes per week and have a family. I read about those people but had no idea how to be that person.
I started simple. I got up earlier. I allowed myself the time to get more things done. I started to eat better, or at least be aware of what I was putting in my mouth. I set a goal, and ran a ½ marathon. Little by little I was evolving into where I am today.
How do you balance it with the rest of your life?
Balance is not easy for me. The teeter totter effect is real. It is easy to get consumed in things, and really sway in a direction. But, doesn’t that happen to everyone? It is important to take the time to reevaluate things.
One of the most life changing events I attended was a Visions and Goals seminar with lululemon. It made me realize things within myself that I was wasting time on. It also made me connect and hold value to the things I love and see the dreams I wanted to achieve.
It’s the refocusing of one’s efforts that allow for the balance. When you see it, you can change it.
What is your healthy living philosophy?
Change starts and ends on the inside. It’s what you put in, literally. Your food, your words, your attitude. So ask yourself, what are you feeding you?
What’s next for you personally? What’s next for your Cyclebar?
Personally, it is to prioritize the things in my life that allow me to live my best life.
In all of our businesses we are currently working to expand and market ourselves better. Our real estate team is working towards a more social platform. With Cyclebar our vision is to enhance the rider experience in and out of the studio. These are big goals for the next year.
What makes your business unique?
With any business, it’s all about the experience. Cyclebar creates a community of riders and each and every one is special to us.
What advice do you have for someone wanting try this for the first time?
Jump on in. You never know where your first indoor cycling class will take you….