MEET THE HANDLEBAR TEAM

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Steve Smith

Studio Owner // Personal Trainer // Cycling Instructor

Steve is from East Lansing who attended Michigan State University. As a personal trainer and group fitness instructor he has taught anywhere from large gyms to boutique gyms and spinning studios like Cyclebar and Full Psycle. He fills a room with his energy! His classes are dialed up, high energy and totally addicting! 

Cristiana Ventura

Cycling Instructor

Cristiana is a South Sound local and will forever be a proud University of Washington Husky! Her indoor cycling journey began when she lost a bet with friends and was forced to go to a Handlebar Cycling class the next day. Since that one class, she got the indoor cycling bug and hasn't turned back–it is the only workout to truly "stick" for her. Through positive vibes and beat-heavy music, Cristiana is passionate about using fitness as both motivation and meditation.

Aside from teaching, Cristiana works hard as a marketing and communications professional. She enjoys rediscovering the local PNW area, sunny weekend hikes, and a solid happy hour.

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KARIS BARBER

Cycling Instructor

Karis has been an instructor with Handlebar for almost a year now! Fitness has always been a passion of hers. As a long-time client of the studio, she fell in love with the classes and after months of hard work and training, she became a Handlebar Cycling instructor.
 
Get your morning started right with Karis' best tunes and high energy!

VALERIE SAMANI

Cycling Instructor

Valerie is new to the PNW, originally from the East Coast. Her spin journey began as a rider while living in New Jersey and quickly transitioned to instructor training 2 years ago after feeling like she found a workout that is truly inclusive for everyone. Val is an Elementary School Teacher who graduated from Clemson University- Go Tigers!!
 
On the weekends, you can find Val exploring the outdoors, finding new local happy hours or strolling the aisles of Target. In her classes, Valerie will keep you motivated with high energy music and all the positive vibes that will make you come back for more!

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ALLISON RAGASA

Yoga Instructor

Allison started practicing yoga 15 years ago when an injury sidelined her normal running practice. She found incorporating yoga helped her build stamina, strength, and the flexibility to run injury free but focused primarily on hot power yoga.

 

In 2012 she expanded her yoga practice to include additional restorative disciplines to aid her pain management associated with stress and corporate life. Seeing a pattern of benefits she decided to attend Yoga Teacher Training to help deepen her understanding and further her practice.