Kyle Suib started his career working on the Hill, but quickly found he would rather spend his time in the gym than in a boardroom. He transitioned into the fitness scene as a cycle instructor before becoming a personal trainer, then eventually leaving DC to — wait for it — go to circus school.
While Kyle carved out a niche for himself in mobility and flexibility, his career led him to seemingly every corner of the fitness industry. From pole dancing, trapeze, pilates, cycling, aerial acrobatics, gymnastics, strength training, and now Cut Seven, we’re excited for what he brings to the turf. With that, give two claps to welcome your newest Cut coach, Kyle.
How did you get started in the fitness industry?
I got my degree from the University of Delaware in International Relations and Diplomacy. I started my career in the Social Security Administration, then moved on to the Department of State.
…And I positively hated it. I was constantly getting in trouble for dipping out of work, going to the gym to get a quick lift in.
Eventually, I left the State Department behind to move into fitness. A friend got me into coaching cycle classes, and from there I went into personal training. It took me a few years to find my niche in the industry. When I became the lead personal trainer for VIDA, I was surprised to find I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would.
What I really loved — more than any other aspect of the fitness industry — was coaching group classes. I loved the energy. I loved the fact that even at 6:30 in the morning, people were ready to go. And I loved creating a safe environment that didn’t alienate anyone — a space where everyone could find a challenge, while still feeling good about themselves.
You mention spending years finding your niche — what would you say that is?
I consider myself a movement coach, with my niche being mobility and flexibility. When I started coaching, I couldn’t touch my toes. Now, I do circus arts.
My goal is to get athletes to perform exercises the right way — which can be frustrating to many clients. The majority of the population wants to obliterate themselves in workouts, doing 50 squats, 100 bench presses, and another 50 pushups. I want to focus on the moves that help those exercises, ensuring your knees don’t cave in on a squat, or breaking down a push-up into a series of attainable movements.
You don’t need to — nor should you — feel dead or sore all the time. You don’t need to throw up every workout. This is especially true for beginner athletes. If someone enters a workout, does an exercise wrong, gets injured, then never comes back, what good does that do?
In my classes, I try to make sure everyone gets personalized attention with gradual cues. Ultimately, I want it to feel like you have a personal trainer within a larger, group class.
How did you get into circus arts?
I was vacationing in Orlando when I got an invite to be a burlesque dancer at Sax on 11th and H. Through burlesque dancing I met a guy who did the trapeze, and we became friends.
Long story short, I moved to California and — quite literally — joined the circus. I went to circus school in San Diego, training for several years in pole dancing, trapeze, and circus arts. It was such a growing experience. I made mistakes. I made friends. Most importantly, I learned so much about myself and the person I wanted to be.
Today, circus arts is that thing that I love that’s just for me. I have a pole in my house where I can still practice. I still travel to Baltimore once a week to see my trapeze partner so we can train together. I don’t really coach it, but I still practice.
How did your time in California change you as a person?
Before I left for San Diego, I was burnt out by the fitness industry. Once I arrived in California, I found a group of supportive friends who — along with my trapeze partner — showed me this whole world of fitness that’s very accessible. It’s not about going in and trying to destroy yourself in every workout. It’s about continuous muscle development to develop a healthy lifestyle.
When I came back to DC, I had a new attitude and found my foothold in the fitness scene. I meet so many first-time athletes who are anxious about going to the gym or taking a group class. I always tell those people, “Do this at your speed, at your own pace, in your own way.” If someone pushes themselves to do one thing they couldn’t do the day before — even if it’s a single push-up — I’m happy.
What’s the story behind your tattoos?
The tattoo is one big motor, with each clock anatomically put together. To turn one, you have to turn the other.
Originally, my tattoo was just supposed to be my arm and part of my chest. Then, it just kept going and going — partially due to the fact that my tattoo artist knows I can’t say no. There’s clocks on my arms, ankles, and chest, with gears on my joints. Hidden within the gears on my right arm is the galactic coordinates for Earth in Gallifreyan — a Dr. Who reference that shows-off my sci-fi side. Finally, there’s a pendulum on my side, symbolizing that your story can always be re-written.
How did you find Cut? What should the athletes know about you?
I found Cut when they first opened. It was so different from classes at other gyms where I coached. And if there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s this: If there’s a workout that’s different or intriguing, I’ll do it.
After I moved back from California, I messaged Chris about coaching. I’m so excited about this community. I love to see people know each one another’s names, witnessing each other get stronger every day.
To the athletes: I’m an open book, and you can ask me anything — I truly believe there are no dumb questions. When it comes to your personal growth, I’m here for it.
5 fun facts about Kyle
- He is a dual trapeze artist and pole dancer
- He plays the violin to destress
- He has a pack of three huskies
- He is from a (quote) “wonderful place called Wilmington, Delaware.”
- He is a self-described massive sci-fi geek, regularly attending Comic-Con and Awesome-Con