My weekly workout schedule has included indoor cycling since I took my first ride at Revolve a few years ago. I’m still surprised at how much I love it, but I find the the instructors, music, and energy from my fellow classmates to be really motivating. Although I’m pretty loyal to Revolve–or at least not tempted away by SoulCycle–when CycleBar agreed to set up a free group ride for my Moms Run This Town group at their new studio in Arlington, I didn’t want to miss out.
I knew CycleBar would be gliztier than Revolve, but would I like it?
My CycleBar Review
When we arrived for our 5:30 am class, we were greeted by friendly staff who helped us check in and get our shoes (which CycleBar provides at no extra charge). One interesting thing CycleBar does is have you include your height and shoe size in your account information, so they have shoes waiting for you in your cubby (corresponding to your bike number) and your bike set up at approximately the height (although you may still want to adjust it).
The studio is set up theater-style, with the instructor at center stage under the spotlight. The bikes are new Schwinn bikes with bike computers showing your RPMs and resistance level. The class was similar to other indoor cycling classes I’ve taken–perhaps because our instructor was Aimee, who happens to be one one of my favorite instructions from Revolve!
We started with a warm up that included some intervals to get our heart rates up, and then moved on to sprints, climbs, endurance, and more sprints. Having the bike computer was eye-opening. I had to work hard to hit the target RPM, and thought I was working hard enough when I was about 10 RPMs below the goal. I tend to focus on resistance over cadence, but it was good to push myself in a new way.
The “bar” part of Cyclebar refers to the body bar that you use for a short upper body segment about halfway through the class. I try to avoid the “Body Ride” classes at Revolve that have a similar break, but I guess the indoor cycling gurus think we need to do a few bicep curls and tricep extensions mid-class.
Cyclebar lets you opt-in to participating in a big-screen performance display. Aimee used it a few times when we agreed to a friendly competition, but I’m glad it wasn’t on all the time. Regardless of whether you want to go public with your data, Cyclebar will send you a report of your workout and also stores the information on your profile.
All in all, I enjoyed by first ride at CycleBar. They are offering free classes through November 13th, so I’m going back on Thursday. They also have a great pre-opening deal that I’m likely to spring for–$99 for a 9 ride package!
The rest of my week was more unusual for what I did’t do. Monday I was up late working until 2:30 am (!),
which made Tuesday an unplanned rest day.
By Thursday afternoon I had come down with a cold,
so Friday was another rest day.
I did finish off OTF Hell Week on Halloween
by rowing 3,100 feet, doing 31 burpees, and running 13.1 minutes, and I ran 5 miles Thursday before my cold caught up with me.
Saturday I tried to nudge the cold out the door with a warm CPY1 yoga class,
and Sunday I got myself out the door for a 15 mile bike ride.
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