Emily Turner is a lover of life and all things fitness. As a senior instructor at SoulCycle, a private trainer in New York City, and co-founder of Friendspire Fitness, Emily spends her days spreading positivity through movement. She believes that we are all equal parts dreamer and realist and that exercise is the best channel with which to uncover our fullest potential. From as early as childhood, Emily has always been happiest moving to music - first as a dancer who turned into a yogi and now as an accomplished marathoner, triathlete, and fitness professional, she finds joy inspiring those around her to find a zest for living life to the fullest. Through her years of experience in the fitness scene in NYC, Emily has developed a unique mindset in her classes that inspire her clients to find themselves through movement, dig into new strength, and smile while doing it. When not teaching or training, Emily can be found traveling the world, diving into her new passion of cooking, and believes if you can "just be you" that’s always enough!
What's the best compliment you've ever received?
Honestly, I think it came a few weeks ago. I was teaching a charity ride at SoulCycle for the amazing organization, BuildOn. A girlfriend of mine bought a bike and then ended up needing to go out of town for work, so she sent a friend of hers in her place. It was her friend's first class and our first time meeting one another. After class she called my friend and said that I was her new spirit animal. I've never thought of myself as a spirit animal before, but it sure did make me feel good!
What are two items to do on your bucket list?
I still have yet to take a cross country road trip across the continental US, so that's definitely on there! I also want to travel to Southeast Asia. That is a part of the world that is a total mystery to me. I want to submerge myself in a completely new culture and experience how people in that part of the world live.
What are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of how I've overcome my personal issues with food and self image. Growing up a dancer, I dabbled in anorexia and suffered from pretty serious body dysmorphia. I didn't like myself, and I was constantly trying to change something about me. Over the last seven years, I've taken control. I threw my scale out, found a form (now forms) of exercise that I loved vs slaving away on the treadmill, and taught myself how to cook - whole, real food. I'm happy to say that I've never been more at peace with my body and who I am. Sure, it's always a work in progress and that's not to say I don't have "off" days like everyone else, but I've come a LONG way. Needless to say, saying yes to a photo shoot in my undies was a big step for me. So, thank you, Dear Kates!
Teach us how to do something.
As of late, I've become obsessed with cooking. It's my stress reliever, my time to connect to friends + family, my time to be creative, and most of all, my time to make delicious things that are not only delish, but also nutrish! So here's how to make my infamous (and simple) burgers...
1 cage free egg
1 package organic ground turkey (or chicken)
1 bunch organic cilantro (chopped finely)
1 handful baby portobello mushrooms (chopped)
1/2 red onion (chopped)
3 garlic cloves (minced)
1 handful slivered almonds
cracked pepper and cayenne pepper
Bring above ingredients together in a bowl and form into burgers the size of you liking. Next, cook in a pan w extra virgin olive oil over medium heat until the meat is cooked thru. Serve w homemade sweet potato fries and enjoy! The flavor should be rich enough that you don't even need a bun :)
Tell us something that's TMI.
Hahah oh boy! This year when I ran the NYC Marathon, I never ended up stopping to pee. While I was running, I'm pretty sure I just peed a little bit along the way. When I was finished, I had an empty bladder! Gross, I know, but comes with the running territory. I definitely plan to run in Dear Kates undies next year ;)