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Are you getting tired of the same old gym routine? Weights followed by treadmill, dumbbells, vice versa? It may finally be time to try a different form of exercise this year at Rush Cycle.
Indoor cycling is quickly becoming a mega-popular workout. While you might be writing off a cycling class as way too intense or high-energy for you, they aren’t as intimidating as you might think. Cycling is a great workout within a fun and positive environment! As an added bonus, you’ll feel like you’ve gotten more of a workout from one cycling class than the two hours you usually spend at the gym.
Here are the top seven reasons to add cycling to your workout routine:
A cycling class is way more than simply riding a bike for up to 60 minutes. It’s an incredibly energetic and fun environment that draws in a diverse community of individuals. Classes vary with the type of music played from hip-hop to house music, girl power, and more. You’ll feel like you’re out at your favorite club, but instead, you’re pushing your limits on the bike. Rush Cycle provides a variety of instructors, all with different styles, so you can feel comfortable in taking the class that’s right for you. The instructors are also incredibly supportive of you and your goals, whatever they may be!
Cycling is one of the most efficient cardio workouts. From peddling the bikes at increasing speeds to inclining, you’ll definitely break a sweat. The instructors at Rush Cycle really keep you motivated to pedal all the way to the finish line. You’ll leave class feeling positive, accomplished, and motivated to come back for more.
A great reason to sign up for cycling classes at Rush Cycle is for its supportive and friendly community. Rush Cycle’s members are likeminded and encouraging of one another’s fitness goals. They also have common interests, such as classes, instructors, workout gear, and more. This community is a great way to stay accountable for coming back to class. Cyclists often form relationships with one another, getting food together after class or planning out which classes to take together. The instructors, cycling staff, and other members of Rush Cycle are all great sources for staying committed to your routine and fitness goals. No matter where you may travel or move, you can feel peace of mind about your new cycling routine with Rush Cycle’s various locations throughout the country.
You may think cycling only applies to your legs or glute muscles, but that is not the case. Cycling is a workout that engages every part of the body. During an indoor cycling class, your core will be constantly engaged for the entirety of the workout. You won’t feel the need to partake in an additional “leg day” or “arms day” since your entire body is thoroughly worked.
Exercising helps reduce anxiety naturally through the release of endorphins. Cycling produces a natural high, similar to running. Most cyclists continue going to classes because of the increase in overall mood afterward. If you’re looking to reduce your stress and anxiety levels in a fun environment, Rush Cycle could be your answer!
Whatever your reason for working out may be, it’s always a good idea to track your fitness goals. Through Rush Stats, you can track your progress, including calories burned and total distance. Rush Stats lets you see how far you’ve come since your first cycling class and continue to keep yourself motivated.
Indoor cycling is a fantastic way to maintain fitness goals, meet new people, increase positive energy, and try a new activity. We all have various distractions in our lives, and adding a fun, healthy exercise to your routine, such as indoor cycling, can provide dedication and enjoyment. Everybody needs something to get them through the day, and indoor cycling at Rush Cycle is a wonderful activity to be excited for.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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