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.

ClycleBar Class Review, What to expect at your first class

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.

CycleBar Spin Class Review

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.

CycleBar Columbia Pike Themed Ride

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 😉

CycleBar Columbia Pike

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.

CycleBar Class Review

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.

CycleBar Class Review

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.

CycleBar Columbia Pike

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 🙂

CycleBar Columbia Pike Anniversary

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.

CycleBar Columbia Pike Rock Your Ride

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.

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22 Comments on CycleBar Class Review

  1. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness
    December 6, 2017 at 12:09 pm (5 years ago)

    I teach Lesmills rpm but never have tried a cycle bar. I like that they incorporate an arm song into the workout. I bet that’s challenging.

    • sweetandstrong
      December 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm (5 years ago)

      Yes the arm song is challenging but a nice break for the legs. And I teach Les Mills Bodypump and have always wanted to try an RPM class but haven’t yet.

  2. Kim G
    December 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm (5 years ago)

    I live spinning and would love to try out a studio like CycleBar!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 6, 2017 at 1:41 pm (5 years ago)

      You would love it Kim! I hope there is one in your area.

    • sweetandstrong
      December 6, 2017 at 1:42 pm (5 years ago)

      You would love it Julie. Spinning is especially great during the winter months when it’s too cold to run outside.

  3. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy
    December 6, 2017 at 2:10 pm (5 years ago)

    I definitely want to try a spin class/Cycle Bar after pregnancy – it sounds like a great workout!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 6, 2017 at 10:53 pm (5 years ago)

      You definitely need to try it Sarah, warning though it’s addicting!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 6, 2017 at 10:54 pm (5 years ago)

      The best right! I wish I could do it a few times a week, but most studios like this are kind of far from me and I travel to them on the weekends.

  4. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
    December 6, 2017 at 2:55 pm (5 years ago)

    I’ve heard great things about Cyclebar but I’ve never been…I do really enjoy spin class! I’ll have to see if there are any studios in the Philly area – great review!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 6, 2017 at 11:04 pm (5 years ago)

      If you have a studio you should definitely try it and let me know what you think!

  5. Erinn
    December 6, 2017 at 3:02 pm (5 years ago)

    Love this! I haven’t taken a spin class in ages but I would love to!

    • sweetandstrong
      December 6, 2017 at 11:05 pm (5 years ago)

      You def need to take a class soon Erinn, I didn’t think I was into spin, but now I’m totally addicted!

  6. Annmarie
    December 6, 2017 at 3:16 pm (5 years ago)

    I SO wish we had some sort of cycle class like this where I live…I DO have a spin bike in my basement though so I have to settle for that 😛

    • sweetandstrong
      December 6, 2017 at 11:05 pm (5 years ago)

      Uh I know, these classes are kind of far from me, so I only go on the weekends. I just love not having to motivate myself, it’s a nice change.

    • sweetandstrong
      December 6, 2017 at 11:06 pm (5 years ago)

      You should see if they have any in your area! Such a fun and great workout.

  7. Rachel
    December 7, 2017 at 3:04 pm (5 years ago)

    This looks so cool! I don’t have one near me now because I live in a pretty small town in New Jersey, but I am moving back north (closer to NYC) in a year, and I will definitely have to look into CycleBar then! One of the things I miss most about living in a big city is all the fun exercise classes.

    • sweetandstrong
      December 7, 2017 at 11:02 pm (5 years ago)

      Yes why do cities get all the fun classes, I have always said I want to bring them to the suburbs. I live about about an hour to 45 minutes away from these classes, so it is tough getting to them. Definitely see if there is a CycleBar in your area when you move.

  8. Agness of Fit Travelling
    December 22, 2017 at 11:54 am (5 years ago)

    I’ve been considering undertaking a cyclebar class recently and your post just came on time, Patricia! Thanks for the informative and enlightening post! 😉

    • sweetandstrong
      December 22, 2017 at 1:41 pm (5 years ago)

      Awesome! Let me know if you give it a try 🙂