Who are they: More commonly known as
Viola is 26 years old, a former competitive athlete in artistic
cycling from 2000-2020, and was a member of the German national
team from 2010 on. She won the silver medal at the UCI indoor
cycling world championships in 2019, 2017, 2016 as well as winning
the European championship in 2018, 2012. In February 2020 she
retired from competitive artistic cycling to focus more on
showcasing the sport of artistic cycling and building her brand,
where she presents artistic cycling in a casual way in combination
with fitness, health, and lifestyle. as well as completing her
University course - a Master of Science in clinical nutrition at
the University of Hohenheim in Germany.
In this interview, we discuss her story, training regime,
learning tricks, mindset training, dealing with fear and fame and
so much more.
*Please ignore my quarantine weight gain and terrible
Here are some key points that I would advise you to concentrate
Viola does artistic cycling, which is a way of dancing and
gymnastics on the bike, a mixture of the three.
How did she get started in artistic cycling? Would she have
gone into the sport if there was not a family connection with her
Why does she think she has been so successful?
Viola puts her success down ot her level of patience, and the
repeated drilling of the moves until she could complete these
actions without conscious thought.
"Success does not come overnight, you need to work for
How is the sport set up and funded for artistic cyclists when
they represent their national team
Young athletes need to ensure that they are competing in their
sport for the love of the sport as unfortunately there is little
funding available for athletes until they reach a high
How has she managed to juggle her university work, along with
her training, social media, making videos etc?
Scheduling has allowed Viola to juggle her many
responsibilities. A list of jobs without deadlines are dreams, when
you put a timeframe to them, they become goals. Set up a calendar
and block out times to train, times to study, work on your
projects. Once organized, don't try and change too much, simply
follow the schedule, make it a habit as Viola did, and readjust
slightly as you need to. Viola is a great example of someone
juggling many demands and showing it can be done. Get to
How is artistic cycling setup - is there a regular season, how
are the competitions organized etc?
How does she go from conceptualizing a trick to making it part
of her act and art? How does she learn her tricks?
The real method of success is the work that is put in
practicing and working hard in the background, away from the lights
and the crowds. When you compete, true training should allow you to
simply react to your training. You will have pushed yourself in
training over and above the requirements of your training, so when
you come to actually compete, it is easy to go on autopilot.
Do not afraid to fail and be hurt. You will fail, it will go
wrong and you will not master all skills in the first few days,
months or even years. Put in the hard work until you have the
confidence and belief in your skills. Rep until you
What sort of gym regime does she use?
How has she learned to recover from bad falls and injuries and
not let them stop her from getting back into training and putting
herself into dangerous positions.
What mindset and mentality work does she do eg visualization,
Viola has a great approach to dealing with her emotions and
feelings - and identifying and naming them. This helps to remove
their power over you, and you can deal with the feeling rather than
the overpowering emotions all at once, and when dealt with, it
loses its power over you.
You will always feel fear, it will never go away. So instead of
running from it, name your fear, speak to your fear, accept it is
part of you and use it to power you rather than hinder you. It is a
feeling to keep you safe, not to hurt you, so give it a name, say
you welcome it, and want it to be part of the activity, and Viola
found it really helps reduce the fear you are
Don't let your biggest opponent be between your ears, stop
fighting your brain and make it work for you.
After all her success, what keeps her motivated and pushing
Her struggles with her retirement, and not achieving her World
How is dealing with the fame and spotlight, that her social
media and appearance on Ellen created? How has she changed since
she started her channel and built such a following?
Does she have a normal day or morning ritual etc?
How does she constructing her routines for the events she
Does her creative cycling side allow her to balance her student
data-driven side to harmonize in her life?
What does she want the evolution of her brand to be?
About the Podcast
The Next Level Guy Show, a podcast where I interview experts to learn the hacks and tips to better our own lives. The website URL is https://www.nextlevelguy.com/ and previous guests have included Gary Vaynerchuk, Tom Bilyeu, Diamond Dallas Page, Mark Bell, Aubrey Marcus, Jay Morton, Jay Cutler, Josh Barnett, Mark Beaumont, Forrest Galante among others.