MISFIT GANG | Rachel McLean
Get to know Rachel – a true MISFIT and OG member of our tribe. Any regular MISFIT can attest to Rachel's talent and ability to move us. We love you Rachel, thank you for giving us a glimpse into your life beyond the mat.
Tell us your love story with MISFIT.
I became a Misfit very soon after Amber opened the first iteration of the studio in Parkdale. A few friends started seeing Amber twice weekly for morning pilates sessions that fired us up physically and brought us closer as a tribe of women starting to carve out their place in the world. We would open up about work, love, wild nights, and gritty days.
What is it about teaching that lights you up?
I love feeling the energy created when the entire room has tapped into their strength and we all start moving as one big tidal wave. My favourite thing to witness is when people surprise themselves by trying something new or approaching an old thing in a new way and open a new door.
If your best friend were to describe you in three words, what would those words be?
Crazy, sexy, cool. Haha no, more like Farcical, Tenacious, Curious.
Standout memory from your time at MISFIT?
Oh lord – SO many. One favourite I will never forget is when Josh Duhamel showed up to Robyn’s special birthday class and fully danced his heart out.
What do you do to stay grounded?
I love to walk. I find walking places gives me time to connect with the earth as I move and feel with my whole body. If I’m ever feeling scattered before I teach, a walk will always quiet the outside noise and help tune in to my inner voice.
Where can we find you on a Sunday afternoon in the city?
Sundays afternoons are always spent with my husband Rob. Often times walking our dog Buddy in a local park or hiking out of the city any chance we get!
If you could go back in time and live in any era, what would it be and why?
Depends where in the world – 1950s Palm Springs would be pretty great and glamorous. My family is Metis, and I’d also love to have met Louis Riel, so 1880s in Western Canada would be interesting, though contentious.
Favourite class to teach?
This changes week to week. I’m lucky to teach a variety of the offerings. Bosu might be my favourite right now.
Queen Street or Ossington?
I can’t choose – Queen soothes my soul and Ossington lights me up!
Song you have on repeat?
Right now – H.E.R. - 2
Who is a Woman Warrior that inspires you?
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleporting, so I could enjoy the friends and family I’m surrounded with in Toronto, but escape to nature in the blink of an eye.
Favourite words to live by?
Don’t take it all so seriously.
How do you like to start and end your day? Any go-to rituals?
I’m trying to re-vamp my start of day by using an alarm clock instead of my phone in order to not go into a loop of checking emails, Instagram etc. but instead to start with quiet or journalling. I end my day by doing a puzzle or reading a book snuggling my dog. Something quiet to wind down.
What does being a MISFIT mean to you?
Being part of a tribe unafraid to lean into the divergent, guided by intuition, and not too proud to admit when we’re wrong or if our scope was incomplete.
Head to the MISFIT Studio schedule to book a class with Rachel.
Photo credit: Jessica Blain Smith Photography