Our Team

Ghazal Vafabakhsh

Ghazal Vafabakhsh

Instructor - TidalWheel Virginia Beach

Ghazal (which actually sounds like "Gazelle") has been an athlete her entire life. Growing up in Florida, she was a state tennis competitor. While she loved her time on the court, she always looked for other ways to condition and stay fit. Enter, indoor cycling. Her very first indoor cycling class was at her local YMCA, and while the culture of cycling has definitely changed over the years, her absolute love for it has never stopped! A newcomer to the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area, Ghazal was beyond thrilled to find TidalWheel and immediately became an unlimited series holder the minute she completed her first class. Flash forward six months from that day, she is extremely excited to join such an awesome instructing team! She hopes to bring the high-energy, high-quality, and sweat-inducing enthusiasm that's expected into every one of her classes. Ghazal's life motto has always been to "be the very best version of you," and she believes that TidalWheel is the path to get there. Outside of cycling, Ghazal's passions lie in healthcare, cheering on her University of Florida Gators (chomp, chomp!) and spending time with her amazing family!

Jenna Matalon

Jenna Matalon

Instructor - TidalWheel Virginia Beach

Jenna has been a part of the TidalTeam since day one. Since the day TidalWheel first opened its doors, Jenna's smiling face has greeted riders from behind the front desk. Now, Jenna leads her own classes!  A talented poker master in her free time, Jenna played field hockey for 11 years and has always valued fitness. It wasn't until working at Tidalwheel, however, that she found her absolute favorite workout. Being a college student and working girl is stressful, but TidalWheel gave Jenna an escape. Making her way up to Manager and instructor, Jenna's hip-hop flavored classes are sure to make you sweat, and have fun doing it!

Allison Borden

Allison Borden

Instructor - TidalWheel Virginia Beach

Allison is a born and raised Jersey girl!  When her husband left for boot camp, she needed to find something to fill her time.  It was then that she discovered her love of fitness. After years in the car business, she knew the 9-5 just wasn't her thing.  When her husband was stationed in Virginia Beach, she had a hard time finding fun things to do.  Finally, she discovered TidalWheel.  She was instantly hooked and practically begged for the job!  As time went on, Allison made her way up to an instructor and newly promoted Manager.  She loves to share her positive energy with customers in, and out, of the studio!

Aimee Darby

Aimee Darby

Instructor - TidalWheel Virginia Beach

In 2014, after completing a year of chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer, Aimee decided it was time to make some healthy life style changes.  Some close friends suggested she try TidalWheel and she was hooked!  After a year and a half of spinning almost every day, she found the courage to lead her own classes!  Outside of instructing, Aimee and her husband Aaron have a 3 year old daughter, Eliza.  Aimee also works full time for a Law Enforcement and Military Equipment Manufacturer.  One of her favorite things to do is share her love for TidalWheel with friends and colleagues.  Don't be surprised if you see Aimee hosting some noon team bonding rides with her coworkers!

Amanda Nichols

Amanda Nichols

Instructor - TidalWheel Virginia Beach

As a hairstylist, Amanda has been making people feel good about themselves for over 12 years. Now as a TidalWheel instructor, she loves to make people feel healthy and confident.  Amanda is always searching for an adventurous workout through hiking, paddle boarding and bike riding.  A native Californian, Amanda moved to Virginia Beach in 2014 and became a regular at TidalWheel. She found herself craving the fun, upbeat workout environment she simply couldn’t find anywhere else. She loves to encourage and challenge herself and fellow riders to push their limits and see how strong their bodies can be!

Stephanie King

Stephanie King

Instructor - TidalWheel Virginia Beach

Stephanie grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where she spent all of her free time downtown training with the Koresh Dance Company. She found TidalWheel while looking for a fun, high-intensity, low impact workout and hasn’t looked back since! With her background in Dance, her classes are fun and energetic with playlists that make you want to move! Outside of TidalWheel she is a proud US Navy Veteran and ODU graduate, and lives in Norfolk with her husband Ryan.

Matt Timms

Matt Timms

Nick Friedl

Nick Friedl

Instructor - TidalWheel Virginia Beach

Nick has traded in his Track and Field spikes for spin shoes and is loving every minute of it! A seasoned instructor, Nick is sharing his passion for spin by leading the pack with his infectious energy! Loud music, good vibes, community, and a few push-up/tap backs is what it's all about. From the moment you clip in, you'll be ready to take on the world, and we mean it! A drummer who has a knack for the beat, Nick will have you on rhythm and working hard. It is hard to tell whether you are in the studio or at the club! Looking for cool spin studios in the 757, Nick found TidalWheel and has not looked back since. An incredible workout combined with a supportive community all pointed to TidalWheel. When Nick is not in the studio, he enjoys playing sports, traveling, spending time with friends, going to concerts, cheering on the Steelers, and listening to new music. Come see what it's all about, we know you'll be back for more!

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