Welcome to the first of our Fitness Feature series! Each month, Haley and I will be highlighting a studio and/or instructor in one of our beloved cities that has especially impressed our #fitfam. Whether it’s a new studio or a city staple, a fresh teacher or a motivational maven – we’re looking for the bosses of the industry. For inquiries or nominations please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I am SO EXCITED to be writing our first ever Fitness Feature guys! Not only am I in love with this studio; but our featured instructor is a personal fav and kicks my butt on the weekly! I’m going to give you all the information you’ve ever needed and wanted – strap on your cycle shoes, lets take it away!
I had the privilege of going on site at the latest CycleStars photo shoot to gab with Lexi (see below) and get the inside scoop on one of my favorite studios. Jerome from JAR Media & Design let me sneak in and utilize some of his amazing shots!
You Spin Me Right Round
What is spinning? Isn’t it just. . . a stationary bicycle? SO, yea, kinda. It really is a room full of stationary bikes.
BUT they are equipped with so much fun and innovative tech to give you a totally different experience. Plus the studios these days are beyond just your typical gym setup. So not only is your bike sleek and high tech, your studio is this modern haven of lights and sound and motivational fun. Spinning can either be a more cycling based class where you feel like you’re on a real ride or it can be a bit more “choreographed”. It’s really up to the rider and their own style to choose which type of spin class they want to go to.
Is Spin Good For You?
Should we all be incorporating some type of cardio into our routines? In my opinion – ABSOLUTELY! Spinning is one of the most intense cardio workouts there is, and it’s an amazing way to torch calories while adding a little resistance training. However, it shouldn’t be the only workout in your routine. You can burn anywhere from 420 to 622 calories per ride at a moderate pace and resistance! Plus, if you’re someone who’s been into pretty joint taxing workouts in the past, spinning might just be what your knees have been begging for.
Introducing – CycleBar NoMa!
NOMA (meaning NOrth of MAssachusetts Ave) is one of the absolute most fun up and coming neighborhoods of DC. It’s right off the metro! With more businesses popping up everyday, CycleBar NoMa is becoming the neighborhood staple.
There are three main things you need to know about CycleBar – and it’s the three different types of classes you can take here. Each one is a bit different, offering the best class for every type of rider!
Connect: “We transform the studio into the perfect place to revive and restore by turning off the video monitors and tuning into the beats.” It’s all in your head baby – Connect class gets you away from the numbers.
Performance: “Up your game with a ride that motivates you with CycleStats technology, group challenges, and rider competitions.” Wanna ditch the soulful mumbo jumbo? Focus on a PR and sweat your way to the top of the leaderboard in this class!
Classic: “This ride has something for everyone with a rocking mix of strength, endurance, challenges, hills, and drills.” Love the mindfulness of Soul Cycle but sometimes feel like you’re not focusing enough on the workout? This class is for you.
Wanna talk about perks? CycleBar provides shoes for FREE—along with a complimentary water station and snacks. FRIENDS, THEY HAVE SNACKS. The studios also have lockers with coded keypads, full locker rooms, robes, hair ties, wet clothing bags, and other toiletries for you to use.
Now, as some of you know, pricing is important to me, as it is to the majority of you. I’ve done a full overview of what I find to be some of the best deals on the multi-studio deals like ClassPass and FitReserve. However, if you haven’t checked out the pricing on CycleBar yet, you’re severely missing out. As a first time rider just to get your spin shoes wet – you get a FREE “Better Together” ride! Then, and honestly this is one of the best class packs I’ve seen in the city, you can sign up for UNLIMITED classes for 12 months – at only $99/month. CycleBar certainly offers plenty of other pack options to get your spin on, but this option is 100% the best deal.
*HEY DID YOU SEE THIS GREAT DEAL*
Don’t fret #fitfam! RBT was able to finagle a great deal for you first timers wanting to give CycleBar a try and utilize those spin skillz. A massive thank you goes out to CycleBar NoMa for setting up this code and welcoming all the new riders!
Good through May 24th – We have a limited amount of $20 OFF vouchers for the 1st Month Unlimited package using code: road20
Introducing – Lexi Young, Instructor Extraordinaire
Lexi, you’ve been one of my favorite spin instructors for awhile now but I want to know – when did you begin spinning? What about instructing?
I started taking spin classes ages ago. Let’s see… 2005? 2006? It’s been forever. After 10 years of taking spin classes, I decided to give teaching a try and became an instructor in January 2016.
What was it that brought you to the sport?
My mom is actually the one who got me into it. She took me to my first spin class when I was 15 years old. It’s crazy to think about now, but I actually hated it at first. I was so bad at spinning and I couldn’t comprehend how people could move their legs that fast, and breathe, and not look insane, and smile, and “woo,” and stay alive. She told me to keep coming to class and before I knew it, I was hooked. THANKS MOM, YOU RULE..
I’ll second that statement, Thanks Lexi’s mom! So now that you’re a pro – why do you like teaching?
Wow, where do I even start? Teaching spin has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The class itself is intoxicating; the lights and music really take a person out of their element. Add in a combination of dance, breathlessness, introspection, and energy and you’ve got yourself a wildly addicting work-out, therapy session, and euphoric mood boost all in one 45-min class. It’s honestly unlike any other fitness activity out there.
What do you think sets CycleBar apart from other spin studios?
Cyclebar is crème-de-la-crème everything. Amazing bikes, amazing facilities, amazing instructors, amazing amenities. You get the best of everything. I think one thing that really sets us apart from other spin studios is our passion for creating a community of riders. The other Cyclestars and I don’t just show up, teach, and go home. We really want to get to know our riders so that when we’re up on the podium teaching, we’re riding with you, as a team.
I’ve definitely felt that way every time I’ve been. It’s such a welcoming and fun atmosphere! About the class though – have you heard that people like “dancing” on the bike better or more of an “indoor cycling” type style? Which one is a better workout?
Ahh, the biggest debate of the 21st century. I am 100% Team-Dance-On-A-Bike, but I totally sympathize with the more traditionalist view of indoor cycling. Some argue that the ‘dancing’ takes away from the intensity of a spin work-out, but in my opinion, its the choreography that gives you a full-body workout by incorporating abdominal and arm exercises. Choreography, for me, is what makes spinning not feel like exercise but like a giant dance party… and oh by the way, class just flew by and I worked out my entire body and I’m dripping sweat and I burned 500 calories. Like hellooooo, that’s amazing. #TeamDance4Life
I’ll join that team – I love how quickly the class goes by when I’m loving the dancing! For those that aren’t familiar with spin classes and CycleBar – why is it so dark in there? Are those colored lights? And.. isn’t the music a little loud? It sounds more like a rave than a workout. Slash.. did I see snacks and champagne on my way in?
We turn the lights down low to set the mood and get people focused. Low lights create a sense of security as well as a judgment free zone. You don’t have to worry about distractions or if anyone is looking at you. Our studio has all sorts of surprises for our riders including colored lights. I use them for sprints and really funky songs. Yes, our classes are loud but that helps with the multi-sensory experience you get at Cyclebar. Let go of any thoughts or self-doubt and focus on the beat of the music.
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