If you would have told me five years ago I would now be obsessed with spin, I would have thought you were crazy. As you know from following along on Instagram or my Weekend Highlights, spin classes appear quite often. Granted there is a certain type of spin class that I find challenging and enjoyable all at the same time. I recently visited CycleBar and their spin classes definitely deliver, with a fun and great workout. I wrote a class review for anyone wanting to visit CycleBar or try a spin class for the first time.
What to Expect at your First Class
While entering the CylceBar Columbia Pike studio for the first time I was immediately greeted by the staff at the front desk. Not being completely new to spin classes, I knew the general routine, but was unfamiliar with the studio. The staff showed me over to where you sign in and grab your shoes, handed me a complimentary water bottle, and then walked me to the locker room. They gave me directions on where to locate the bathrooms, showers, water, etc.
I changed my shoes, grabbed a towel, filled up my water and was ready for the ride. If you didn’t know how to set up your bike, they had several staff members around to assist with adjusting the seat, handle bars, and getting your shoes clipped in.
Class starts with a warm up, then expect to be challenged throughout the workout with hills, expect to push yourself through a sprint, and have fun as you dance along to the music on the bike throughout the ride. Oh and expect a great workout and to be a sweaty mess by the end 😉
For any spin first timers I know trying something new can be nerve-racking, but the staff at CycleBar is so helpful and friendly, they will alleviate any nerves.
CycleBar Class Details
Cyclebar classes range from 30 minutes to 50 minutes long. A classic ride is a mix of strength, endurance, challenges, hills, and drills all while upbeat music is playing. You follow along with the instructor, adjusting your gear and RPM to the settings or range they give you. You are constantly changing the settings, which truly maximizes your workout and makes the time fly by.
To challenge your performance you can participate in Cyclestats. During registration you create a username that will appear on the board with your overall class rank or ranking during a sprint interval. I always like participating in the board as I like the competitive aspect and it motivates me.
There is also one arm song in each class, where you grab a light or medium weighted bar and do a series of arm exercises while maintaining a slow ride on the bike. I like the arm series because it gives your legs a bit of a break.
At the end of the workout the instructor will lead you through a cool down of slowing down on the bike, followed by stretches.
Other CycleBar Class Details
Pricing: If you’re a first time rider you can take a 30 minute intro class for Free or you can purchase an exclusive first time rider package. Otherwise prices vary depending if you want to purchase classes to use throughout the next few months or if you want a certain number of classes monthly.
Class Size: There are several bikes. You get to choose your bike number, which makes it fun when signing up with a friend. I’ve never had difficulty signing up, but usually I try to book at least a few days in advance.
What to Bring: I highly suggest having a pre-workout meal beforehand. Wear a tank top or t-shirt, as it can easily get warm in class. And I suggest tight-fitting leggings, capris, or shorts. You can either bring your own water bottle or use their complimentary bottle. Your shoes and towel are given to you and returned at the end of class.
CycleBar also sells workout apparel.
Other Classes Offered: Always check your local CylceBar Schedule for Themed classes. Like, Wine down Wednesday, Happy Hour on Fridays, or music themed classes such as Katy Perry. I attended a Breast Cancer Awareness Donation Ride and CycleBar Columbia Pike’s One Year Anniversary Ride which had mimosas and snacks after 🙂
Locations: CycleBar has locations all around the US. Click Here to find one in your area.
Would I return? ABSOLUTELY! I love being motivated by an instructor and having clear directions on how to change my gear and RPM’s, not every spin class has a monitor that gives you these stats. It’s also so fun to take a class with a friend and challenge each other on with your CycleStats.
Free Week of Rides
The kind staff at CycleBar Columbia Pike gave me a discount code to share with my readers. If you’re in the DMV area and a first time CycleBar rider, Register Here and use the code: sweetandstrong for a free week of rides. And be sure to follow @CycleBar and @CycleBar Columbia Pike on Instagram. Now go get your sweat on.A @cyclebar spin class review; what to expect at your first workout by @sweetandstrong_Click To Tweet
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