Let me preface this by saying that I have only gone to one spin class my entire life and that was about two-ish years ago. I also absolutely HATE working out. I do not find it enjoyable, quite honestly, I feel like I’m having panic attacks every time I do some sort of cardio. With that being said, I decided to try CycleBar. You might be thinking to yourself, “why the f*ck would someone who hates cardio go to a place that’s known to make you sweat your ass off?” Yeah, I have no idea either. Here’s what to expect at your very first CycleBar class.
Before You Arrive
I booked through the CycleBar website, but you can also use their app or call them to book your class. Once your class is booked, you will pick out which bike you want to ride in the studio. One thing that I found unique about CycleBar, was that your very first was completely free. Even the shoes were included! They have a section on what to expect at your first class, and I made sure to read that before I went. Make sure you drink plenty of water the day before and not eat a big snack or meal beforehand. On what to wear, make sure you wear biker shorts* or leggings*, you’ll thank me later. Oh, and a headband or hat to catch all your sweat!
After You Arrive
You’ll want to make sure you arrive about 10 to 15 minutes before your actual class start time in order to get everything situated and ready to go. When I first arrived I was greeted by a super fun and bubbly girl who helped me and my fiance pick out the right size shoes. I am normally a size 7 to 7.5 in normal shoes, but they suggested I go up to an 8.5 in cycle shoes. They explained that you want your shoes bigger so your toes don’t get squished from pedaling so hard. After getting our shoes on, we put away our stuff in a locker and found our bikes in the studio. I felt like a complete noob when I first walked in because I had no idea how to adjust my bike or what it should even look like. Do not be afraid, the super nice instructor came up and adjusted the bike to my height and comfort level. The hardest part of the entire process was actually clipping in the shoes onto the bike’s pedals. When I say I tried like 50 times, I mean it! On the 51st try, the instructor came over and helped me. She reassured me that once you’re clipped in, you will be clipped in during the entire class. She was not wrong! After everyone arrived and were clipped in, the lights dimmed, and the music started, and my heart was already pounding before I even started pedaling.
The music is loud, the lights are low, and my adrenaline is running. To preface this, we did the “Classic” ride, but they do offer different types of classes including themed and performance (which is for the more advanced and experienced riders). Our instructor was super nice, and we didn’t feel pressured to push our bodies past their limits. What I loved about this experience is that even though we were all 6 feet apart (thanks Corona), the energy of the class was what kept us going. The instructor would guide us to the music and make sure that we were on the beat of each song. The reason CycleBar is called “CycleBar” since during a certain part of your ride you will have the choice to use a weighted bar to get some extra arm work in. I believe I used a 3-pound bar, but they also have a 6-pound one as well. My favorite part of the whole class was how fun it truly was, plus we were able to complete our stress cycle in a healthy and fun way. After social distancing for so long, it felt nice to be around people again.
After our cool-down stretch, my legs felt like Jell-O and my face was as red as a tomato, I’m not gonna lie. I could feel the sweat dripping from every inch of my body (sorry not sorry for the visual). But I also felt empowered and motivated because I actually got through a FORTY-FIVE MINUTE cardio session. That hasn’t happened since my junior year of high school when I played soccer. Our instructor told us that normally they would have fresh fruits and snacks after class, but due to COVID-19, they had to shut down most of their amenities.
If you are thinking about going to a CycleBar class… DO IT. From one socially anxious person to maybe another, you got this. The people at my local CycleBar are so incredibly nice and they make you feel so, so welcome. My fiance also said that he would totally do it again, and we will! We bought five more classes to use when the restrictions are lifted. And before I get any hate, they are doing an amazing job at social distancing and sanitizing. They have each bike spaced out six feet or more, limited class sizes, and masks are a requirement until you get clipped into the bike. They also have sanitizer everywhere, and they clean the bikes & bars thoroughly. CycleBar is an amazing community and I’m so happy I joined, I hope you decide to take the plunge as well. If you do or if you love CycleBar, leave a comment down below!
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