I’ll start off this post by stating that I have never been to a spin class that was not hosted at a gym. I have never been to a boutique studio like FlyWheel or Soul Cycle. I fell in love with spinning in high school at a women’s only gym on a Johnny G bike and I never looked back.
Fast forward to last week. Dori and I were able to attend a class at the brand new Revolve Fitness in Union Square (located on 13th and Broadway). Revolve is a cycling boutique that originated in Washington DC. The studio offers three classes with the intention of targeting different skill levels and different types of workouts (we attended the “Real Ride” class with instructor Kristin Kenney):
As soon as I arrived, the staff was very welcoming. They set me up with a pair of shoes and gave me a tour of the studio!
The Class: I need to mention that prior to the class, we were asked if we needed help setting up our bikes. Once we were set and comfortable,we were given a card with the settings written down so we could move to it quickly next time. That is awesome of them. It took me about a year to remember the numbers on my bike in a general spin class! Anyway, Kristin told us from the start that she designs her class like she is riding outdoors and we would be riding as a team and we would need to work together! The workout was definitely intense. There was a mix between tough climbs, runs, builds of resistance on flat rows and a lot of sweating.
Note about Schwinn bikes: They are equipped “MPower Console,” which measures revolutions per minute, can connect a heart rate monitor and time. Personally, I love this feature. It is much easier to sync to the instructor when they say, “be at 75 RPMs” versus “85%.”
The instructor: The first thing I said to Dori after the class was “Next to my spin instructor cert class, that was one of the best spin classes I have ever taken.” Kristin always let us know ahead of time what was coming up and how long each section would be. She was on the bike for most of the class motivating the shit out of us (and still riding, impressive). When she wasn’t on the bike, she walked around and made sure we were at the correct RPM level and that our form was correct. She made the ride exciting with visualizations and kept my attention during the entire class.
The studio is really nice and clean. The spin room is huge, and it is dark. I love dark classes with great music, it helps me focus on the workout. On the flip side, it was tough to see your RPMs on the console. It does have a light on it and because I am familiar with a Schwinn bike (from my instructor certification course), I knew it was there. It would have been helpful to the class if the instructor mentioned it beforehand.
The locker room is downstairs and it is co-ed. The lockers have built-in locks (plus)! There are two toilets and two showers (double plus!) but the room is tiny so it was very crowded with everyone changing after their shower. If you don’t mind changing with the boys (or girls) there is much more room near the lockers.
I loved the instructor, class and studio. I would love to go back (and can’t wait to do so)!
If you want to go to the studio the best deal would be for a new student to get a monthly unlimited package! The intro month is $99 right now versus $300 for the general monthly membership!
Class Schedule: http://www.revolvefitness.com/newyork/reserve-main.asp
Disclaimer: I was provided a free class by Revolve Fitness. All opinions are my own 🙂