Everyone who has talked to me even once knows my obsession with Cyclebar. I don’t keep it a secret. I’ve been going at least four times a week now for eight months, and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. So when Bella and Shreeya agreed to go with me, I was ecstatic. Most of my friends do not want to go with me. I like to think it’s because they’re intimidated by me, but that may be my own pretentiousness speaking.
A great first class is the Saturday at 10:45 a.m. class, which always has the theme “Hip Hop vs. EDM.” This is the class that I make sure I go to every week. It’s very rare that I’m not there, usually sitting front and center. The music is pretty friendly, and it’s songs that people either already know going in, or end up liking by the end.
It is taught by John Jackopsic, who graduated from KO in 2011. He is one of the most popular Cyclebar instructors, and for good reason. He’s easy going (although his classes definitely aren’t easy) and many people find themselves coming back again. The playlists he makes are always great, and that specific class is always my favorite.
The worst part about it, however, is that he turns the air conditioning off. It’s horrible. I usually go through a ton of water by the end of the class. The class is always completely full, and it’s so hot that the mirrors usually end up foggy.
Both Shreeya and Bella were new riders, and they set aside lockers for them from the very beginning (which is awesome, because they always fill up fast, and I can never find one).
Bella and Shreeya decided to let me choose their seats, and because I’m the nice person that I am, I chose 28 and 30, and I sat in 29. I usually force my friends who go for the first time to sit in the front where I like to sit. Bikes 28-30 are right in the middle so you can see the instructor, but it’s the second row so nobody is really looking at you.
The class went really well. The music that was played wasn’t as good as it has been during past classes, but the “vibes” in the room were great and you could tell that everyone was having a good time.
That class was also one of the harder classes I’ve been to, and Shreeya and Bella both did great for their first time. It’s definitely hard to keep up during your first class: it’s a lot of cardio and strength training, and if you’re not used to it, it comes at you fast. I was really impressed with how they did, especially because neither of them have had any experience in spin classes.
And that’s the beauty of Cyclebar: they make it easy for a beginner to come in once and do well, and end up wanting to come back.
One of the downsides is the pricing. It’s extremely expensive. While you can get your first ride free, each individual class is $25. They offer packs of four, eight, and 10 which expire over one-three months if you don’t go super often. But if you’re someone like me who goes about six times a week, the unlimited pack might be the way to go.
This costs $159 per month. However, if you’re going to 24 classes in that one-month span, each class is a little under $7. It boils down to how much money you can/are willing to spend.
Personally, I think it’s worth the money, but that really is the only way I work out. If you like a variety of workouts, I recommend something like Edge Fitness, which has spin classes offered as well as a gym environment. If you do want to just spin, I believe that Cyclebar is definitely the way to go.