TBT – Make Your Dreams Come True with Sammy

We throw it back this Thursday with one of our newest instructors, Sammy Berenblum. Here she is at age 3. Check out the Yale swag and the bicycle in the back… clearly a girl with a plan!

Inspired by her athletic family, Sammy knew fitness had to be an essential part of her daily routine. Yet, her athletic journey has SHiFTed over the years. Before she found spinning, Sammy grew up playing competitive tennis. In fact, she often played against her younger sister Julie at finals of USTA tournaments and in challenge matches at Greenwich Academy!  Competitive tennis cemented  in her a sense of fearlessness and fire, purpose and passion, skill and stamina that would carry her far in life.

Lucky for us, her tenacity and talent landed on the Yale campus in 2013. Never wanting to limit herself, Sammy expanded her focus on tennis; inspired by her fitness teacher mom, Sammy became an indoor cycling instructor. Along with being an uber athlete, you can find Sammy singing with Proof of the Pudding, an all-female A Cappella Group at Yale. Ever the athlete and the artist, Spin class is the perfect forum for both aspects of Sammy’s dynamic personality.

As her journey at Yale progresses, she continues to  broaden and improve upon her passions. Holding on to our sense of self, while finding new roads to explore is what the journey is all about!

Still that little girl pictured above- obsessed with Yale and wanting to ride the big girl bike – Sammy made her dreams come true through discipline , dedication and daring.Wondering why Sammy’s rides in New Haven break attendance records? We, too, feel ready to achieve our goals in her energetic class!

So Throw it Back this Thursday,  take a look at some of your childhood photos. . .how did you play? What did you want be when you grew up? How can we help you to SHiFT it all into being? Make your dreams come true, one pedal stroke at a time!

Catch Sammy teaching in New Haven on Saturdays at 4 pm and Wednesdays at 4:30 pm. Written by SHiFT Instructor and Blogger, Emily Webster.  Catch her soulful, leaderboard-free ride on Wednesdays at 9:15 am in Guilford.