Amy Hochhauser is co-founder and CEO of $5 million JoyRide Cycling + Fitness, with 100 instructors and staffers in six locations in Connecticut and Texas. JoyRide was named Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut and Best of San Antonio for its athletic, fun and JOYful cycling classes. “Good Morning America” recently called JoyRide one of the most inclusive fitness studios in America.
Hochhauser holds a bachelor of arts with highest honors from Lehigh University where she was awarded Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from NYU School of Law. She started her career as an attorney in New York City with Chadbourne & Parke LLC, followed by eight years as director of business development for American Lawyer Media, where she was responsible for strategic partnerships and digital marketing initiatives. She’s also committed to giving back, and serves as vice president and board member for The RMH Foundation, a family foundation focused on education and human rights.
As a “recovering” attorney living in New York City, Hochhauser was balancing the demands of raising young children with her desire to create a fulfilling career doing something she loved. To channel her energy, she began practicing yoga, taking indoor cycling and studying meditation. She quickly realized that these disciplines had a tremendous positive influence on her ability to manage stress and physical pain. After moving to Westport, CT in 2009, she sought a fitness community to help her continue her mind-body journey. While she found places to practice yoga, she couldn’t find a “joyful” place to take an indoor cycling class. Then it clicked: She could combine her love of fitness, belief in the power of the mind-body connection, and her passion for business into a new career. That’s how JoyRide was born!