Since I have taken Spin for years, used the SBR CompuTrainers several times & spend the summers road cycling I was very curious to see how CycleYOU would be different.
I got there a little early to sign in & get my bike setup. The space is pretty cool - inspirational messages on the walls, super sweet spin bikes, even candles to set the mood. Melissa, the instructor, was walking around introducing herself. I realized I had taken her spin class a few times last winter over at the Y. She mentioned several times to keep an open mind while taking the class.
The bikes were similar to a traditional spin bike but there were some big differences. First off, it is the smoothest & quietest indoor bike I have every ridden! At one point the instructor turned down the music & even though everyone was spinning the room was silent. Another really cool thing about the bikes is the gear shifter. No more turning a knob to adjust the tension & guessing what the tension level is. These bikes have a shifter that you move either up or down and the display tells you which gear you are in. The gear settings are 0 - 24. In addition to the gear setting, the display tells you cadence, power, heart rate (I suspect via an ANT+ strap although I didn't confirm), time & distance. Hands down the BEST stationary bike I have ever ridden. The website mentions using the best equipment & they definitely delivered.
|Red lever in center of pic is the shifter|
We also did a set of pushups & a set of arms moves with hand weights all while spinning. The pushups were straight forward as were the arm moves. I used 2 pound weights which doesn't sound like much but believe me after 8 minutes of holding these they feel like 20 pounds! The arm moves included lots of pulses, tricep & bicep exercises & a few others that I am surely forgetting before beginning the cool down.
The music was great! Most of the moves are to the beat of the music & the moves are supposed flow from one to another - very yoga like. By the end of class I was soaked. It was definitely a great workout.
Going into the class I wasn't sure what to expect. I am already a member of the city Y's plus Sunday master's swim practice. I didn't think I would want to pay for another membership especially since spin classes are offered at the Y. The going rates are in line with the yoga studio's in town. Not cheap but for the quality of the equipment it is fair. The class & the bikes impressed me. On my way out I picked up a 10 pass class card. I think it will be my new go to spin class this winter.
|Melissa, me & Noelle|
Monday: Run 3.22 miles (Day 19 #RWRunStreak), Freggies - 4.22 points
Tuesday: Run 1 mile (Day 20 #RWRunStreak) - 1 points
Wednesday: Run 3.22 mile (Day 21 #RWRunStreak) - 3.22 points
Thursday: Run 1 mile (Day 22 #RWRunStreak), 35 minute Swim - 4.5 points
Friday: Run 1 mile (Day 23 #RWRunStreak) - 1 points
Saturday: Run 3.6 mile (Day 24 #RWRunStreak), 60 minutes Yoga - 6.6 points
Sunday: Swim 60 minutes, Run 1 mile (Day 25 #RWRunStreak), Freggies - 8 points
Bonus Points: 8 - Daily FB check-in & WoW
Week Total: 36.54
HBBC Total: 153.52