Happy Friday friends! I am full of energy this morning because I took an awesome spin class at a new (to me) studio. I wanted to share my experience immediately. No disclosure needed, I paid for this shit.
My friend Dawn has been raving about Cyc Fitness for months. We made a pretty sweet deal, I bought a 3-pack of classes (the intro package) using her referral link (she got a $40 credit) and she promised to drive me home from the city after the classes. We get to spend time together and work out, I get a ride home, and she gets to see Jennie when she drops me off. NO BRAINER.
We chose a Friday 7:00 AM class with Tom at the Hell’s Kitchen location (which is convenient to her apartment and to the train station). Tom introduced himself, adjusted my bike as he saw fit and gave me a warm welcome over the microphone. He went over the positions on the bike and the emergency stop (which I think is SO important and so many instructors don’t discuss this). +1 for Tom.
When the class began, I was taking everything in (while simultaneously trying to remember how to spin and adjusting to doing so with a pregnant belly). The lights were neon then changed to black lights which changed to total darkness at times. The energy was HIGH at all times and everyone seemed to be voluntarily vocal (a lot of WOOOS and YEASSS). The class featured a typical mix of sprints, jumps and hill climbs which were all choreographed perfectly to the beat of the music.
The best part of class was when Tom started pounding a huge drum to the beat of the music that matched the moves we were performing. I freaking loved it.
The class also incorporated two small sandbag-esque weights (which I believe I have expressed in the past that it is not my favorite thing to do on a bike). I feel this way for two reasons: (1) Many moons ago when I was certified to teach spin, I was taught that if you don’t do it outside on a bike, you don’t do it inside on a bike (this is a Schwinn-based method), and (2) Because of my time spent at Refine Method, I ALWAYS pay attention to my form and I know how important it is!!! Correct form = exercise benefits. I tried to focus on the form as much as I could but the weight section moved pretty fast (to the beat of the music) that I couldn’t quite keep up (without sacrificing the form). WITH THAT SAID, I am obviously not a fitness professional nor do I have a fitness-related degree SO you can take what I say as you wish 🙂 However, some of the moves were really fun (we mimicked rowing and a freestyle swimming stroke) and my arms were definitely burning after class.
Overall feelings: Amazing instructor (the dancing and the encouragement and energy were contagious). Out of this world music and light show (I was in awe of how he constantly changed the lights to fit the music).
Studio Details (Cyc Hell’s Kitchen): $28/class (they also offer all types of packages). The shoes are free (you can’t wear sneakers). The bikes accommodate both types of cleats (SPD or Delta). There is a filtered water station to fill up your bottle (but also offers water for purchase). There is a big waiting room outside the M & W (separate) locker rooms with fun chalkboards full of inspiration quotes. The locker room was nice (2 showers, 2 bathroom stalls, lockers with built-in locks). Overall, it was a very clean studio. Sorry I didn’t take any pictures. Bad blogger.
Sort of related comment: If you enjoy spinning and attend classes on a semi-regular basis, I think it is worth it to buy your own shoes. I bought a pair of Shimano kicks about 4 years ago and they still look brand new. They were reasonably priced ($90) and will last a long time. You will immediately feel the difference using a hard-soled cleat vs. sneakers.
Have you ever been to Cyc? What type of spin class is your favorite? What studio do you love and why?