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I’m a group exercise junkie. I love the positive atmosphere, the comradery, the competitions, and of course—the sweat! Especially when it comes to indoor cycling.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes (when I am not teaching at CYCLEBAR) I need a little extra push to get myself to SpinX® class. Knowing that my favorite instructor will ask where I was or that I left my bike buddy hanging helps to keep me motivated and committed.
Feel like you’re just spinning your wheels when it comes to cycling class? Whether you’re all about black lights and hard beats or it’s your first time clipping in, here are a few tips from my experience as a rider and instructor on how to take your indoor cycling class to the next level.
If you’re uncomfortable or something hurts that shouldn’t, nine times out of ten your bike is set up the wrong way. Come to class a bit early and ask your instructor for help—that’s what we’re here for! This will guarantee a comfortable, injury-free and more enjoyable ride.
Never come to class without your water and towel. Everyone loves to hydrate during class, but remember to stick to healthy H2O habits. You should be hydrating hours or even a whole day before class. You lose a lot of sweat during cycling. Being hydrated ensures a cramp-free workout.
Fitness is a personal experience, especially when you’re in that dark cycling room. Take advantage of the darkness. Instead of trying to beat workout Barbie in the front row, focus on pushing yourself to do better than your last class. Remember why you came into that room. Competing with people who are at different fitness levels will only leave you disappointed—which is not what those Spin® endorphins should do for you!
As instructors, we spend a lot of time on our music and riding to the beat. Gear recommendations are essential to keeping to that beat, that’s why where we guide you on where to be. Going too fast out of the saddle and not syncing to the song can be bad for your body. You actually use more energy and burn more calories when you use the right resistance and push through those gears. So listen up—and listen to us—for a safer, more efficient ride.
You are in a room of like-minded people. Find a Spin® buddy that will keep you honest and hold you accountable for that next class. Get to know your instructor. From your favorite workout jam to your birthday, we enjoy a little one-on-one chat! We’re here to give you the best class and a great workout, so come talk to us and help us do so.
If you’ve never been to an indoor cycling class, look on the MINDBODY app for a studio in your area and go try one! Don’t be intimidated; cycling is one of those things that everyone can do. You can always go slower, or use less resistance—I promise you get better quickly and you’ll be wanting that front row seat in no time.
For all things spin and fitness, follow Kateri at @thehealthybusylady!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!