Leslie pursued athletics growing up and continued her athletic career during her time at Clemson University as a competitive gymnast and varsity cheerleader. After college, Leslie placed third in the National Reebok Aerobic Competition in 1990 and was featured on the cover of Shape Magazine in 1992.
After having children Leslie began to feel the need of balance in her life after years of high intensity workouts. She was certified to teach spinning through Mad Dog Certification and started her yoga journey. She began studying under Bryan Kest and attended national and international teacher trainings.
Leslie has learned through her training with Bryan Kest that a Harvard Study found that 90% of our thoughts are the same day to day and yoga is a great way to change the patterns of our thinking, there is nothing better than a quiet and serene mind. Leslie loves spinning because it is a high intensity and low impact workout. She has found that teaching spinning can bring out the cheerleader in herself with high energy and fun music.
Leslie Yoakam instructs the following:
Pairing indoor cycling’s intense, calorie-busting cardio workout with yoga, the mind-body practice of stretching into inner peace,may seem like a mismatch, but it works! You start with an intense 45-minute cardio bike ride then change gears to 30-minute of yoga stretching.
Pairing indoor cycling’s intense, calorie-busting cardio workout with yoga, the mind-body practice of stretching into inner peace,may seem like a mismatch, but it works! You start with an intense 45-minute cardio bike ride then change gears to 15-minute of yoga stretching.
Be ready to burn calories and build strength in this intense 45 minute cardiovascular workout using stationary cycles. Music and verbal cues simulate cycling on roads and trails. While it is a super-intense workout, it can easily be modified for anyone, even beginners. This class is a great way to build up to the hour long rides or to grab a quick workout in after work! You will love the music!