Travis Birchfield is an Indoor Cycling Instructor at Cyclebar in Fresno and Clovis. He’s from Clovis, Ca and is married to his high school sweatheart Valerie. He grew up in athletics with a passion for body building. After multiple injuries and shoulder surgery, he needed an alternative and found indoor cycling. When he’s not cycling, he’s a business owner and photographer at La Bella Vita Photography. He enjoys outdoors activities and spending time with his family.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
1,000 pushups. Just kidding, Coffee… Turn on my playlist, pack lunches, make pre-workout drinks for the wife and I before I head out the door.
What is your go-to workout and why?
Indoor cycling hands down. You are using some of the biggest muscles in your body and you produce a sweat like no other. Its super entertaining so the time flies by which is fantastic because lets face it, cardio usually sucks! It’s also low impact on your body in comparison to other workouts, so it can accommodate all ages and fitness levels.
What is your healthy living philosophy?
Now is the time to make a change, it’s never too late. You’ll never know unless you try, and above all else consistency is the key.
Where are you from and how did you get to the Central Valley?
I was born in Southern California and raised in the Central Valley from the age of 4.
What’s in your gym bag?
Stretch band, lifting straps, clip-in cycling shoes, protein bar, drip drop, gum, ear buds, speedo and goggles.
What or who inspires you?
Other fitness professionals, trainers and instructors. I love that we all come from different walks of life but we all gather in the same place to grow and evolve.
What do you do when you’re not sweating?
I co-own La Bella Vita Photography, Inc. I’m a professional photographer. When I’m not sweating or working I love to be at home with my wife and two children. Family time is very important to me. However, when everyone is still sleeping and its open season, I love to hunt upland game and waterfowl.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from sweating?
Good things come to those who sweat! Your body wants to and every aspect of your life will change and grow for the better.
What are you most afraid of?
Not being able to move. Losing the physical ability to workout, train, and be an active father. When I was 7 years old I was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis and I was told I would never be able to play sports or excel at physical activities. Long story short I am in remission and I am thankful every day that I can move.
What’s the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
This is of course after my daughter Makenna has brushed my hair, played with LOL dolls and Hunter and I have had a Nerf battle. Right?! I enjoy some chill time with my bestie Val, find us on the couch or in the spa. Cheers! Rest and repeat.
What’s next for you?
Ha ha ha, that is a good question. If you told me 18 months ago that I’d be a spin instructor for one of the top premium indoor cycling studios in the world I would have laughed. I had never even been on a stationary bike before that. That being said, I will continue training with different professionals and trying new fitness related classes.