Two of my favorite hobbies are dancing and riding my bike. If you could somehow combine these two activities and make a workout class, you would form CycleBar. Now, don’t get me wrong, riding a bike on the street to take you from point A to point B and riding a stationary bike in a CycleBar class are two completely different entities. Both are fun, both are a great workout, but adding the intensity CycleBar brings and choreography enhance the experience to feel like you are dancing on a bike while getting some of the best cardio your body can handle. It’s such a great concept with fantastic results, leaving you wanting more each time.
CycleBar is a Franchise with studios all over the US. With that being said, no one CycleBar is exactly the same. My experience was with both the Plano-Lakeside Market and Dallas-Preston Forest locations. One location felt a little more established than the other, due to management, but instead of focusing on that, I am going to explain the structure of the class, and my overall experience with both.
Entering the studio, you are greeted with several staff members eager to help and guide you through the CycleBar process. You walk in, head to the check-in stations, find which bike you are assigned to (you pick the bike you would like when signing up), and grab your cycling shoes from the bin attached to your bike. As you head to the back, there is a big red wall with information regarding upcoming rides, community events, and partnerships with various organizations. You also see a waiting area with free lockers. There is a water station providing filtered chilled, or room temperature water. If you forget a water bottle, no worries, they give one to you. You are set to go. If you take a class before or after work, there are showers with provided towels, soap and shampoo. Are you sold yet? I haven’t even started on the actual workout! Needless to say, first impressions are everything, and with the welcoming smiles, clean facilities, and amenities to take care of your basic cycling needs, you can’t help but look forward to your exercise.
After all the good sensory overload, you enter the dark filled cycle studio blazing with loud upbeat music and find your bike. For your first ride, you will have a staff member help you adjust the bike for your comfort level. You hop on, turn the monitor on, and wait for class to begin. Each class is quite different from one another. Depending on the instructor (of course), and the theme of the class, will depend on your experience for the day. My very first class was given by a first time instructor. You could tell she was new, but she still gave a good class. I can’t fault her for any mistakes she may have had because it was her first class. It would have been unfair for me to assess the gym with only one class. I took more at the studio in Plano, and a handful more in Dallas. I’m glad I continued to go because the rest of my classes were nothing but phenomenal workouts. There are various types of rides given: classic, performance, connect, endurance, wine down Wednesdays, Happy hour rides, brunch, and free intro to CycleBar classes for those interested in learning. Occasional rides throughout the week will be given for various themes: Diva mashup (Rhianna vs. Beyonce), Songs you sing in the shower, Throwback Madonna, The evolution of Justin Timberlake, and many more. I like the creativity in having a variety of music to have a fun class to look forward to. I really wanted to attend the “Songs you sing in the Shower” class to just see what it would be like. It was a blast. There were old and new songs that made the class extra fun. You can sing along to the songs and nobody can hear you because the music is very loud-just like in the shower! The classic rides are just a ride to music selected by the teacher, there’s no “theme” given. When you take a performance class, it is about your performance and how you compete with yourself and everyone else in the class. Your scores are shown on a big screen along with everyone in the class, and you are able to see your rank and power level. If this intimidates you, like it did me, don’t take this class. It’s strictly about your performance. The classic ride also shows your performance, but it is not as heavily attended to. A great class that does not show your rank is the connect class. This was my favorite class. With the provided towels, you cover your personal monitor that shows your RPM, power, time, etc. The screen is covered for the entire ride, and you solely feel the music to determine the speed of the ride. I loved it because I didn’t have to focus on how I was doing compared to others, I could only concentrate on the ride and nothing else. Many people probably enjoy the competition of beating another person, or being number 1, but I am not that person, and just want to workout for the sake of being healthy and enjoying it at the same time.
The ride lasts 50 minutes. The endurance class is 75 minutes long and is exactly the title of it; an endurance class. After about 35 minutes of the ride, handle bars are used to workout the arms. This section lasts for roughly 5 minutes, and then it’s back to strictly riding. Throughout the ride, the class is instructed to get out of the seat, back in the seat, and to do various choreographed moves. The moves entail bending your arms as if you were to do a wide or inverted push-up, crunching back to work on abs, and moving to 4 corners or making a figure 8. I’m sure there are many more, but these are the ones I remember and enjoyed. It was an enjoyable view to watch the movement of the class align with the beat of the music. This is when I felt like we were dancing. It made me love cycling even more. At the end of the class, dripping with sweat, is the cool down and stretch. Once the stats have been calculated, your results are sent to your account with your final ranking, calories burned, average RMP and Watts. The results are saved to your account to compare with future rides. I liked to see how I improved from just the few rides I had already completed. I was pretty impressed with the overall improvement. It showed me that this class works and does what it promises.
Information to know!
- Sign up for classes online
- Shoes are provided, bring socks!
- If you don’t show up, you lose your spot and the class you paid for
- Show up on time, you can’t take a class if you’re more than 5 minutes late (that happened to me once)
- If you need to cancel, cancel at least 12 hours in advance, otherwise you’ll get charged
- Wear breathable clothes
- When you attend a brunch or wine down ride, alcohol is provided
- A variety of prices offered. Unlimited monthly rate- $179/month (see website for other options): Prices
-High intensity workout
-Rides are synced with music
-CycleBar partners with local organizations and charities to raise donations
-A variety of themed rides/classes
-Showers with amenities
-Fruit offered after each class
-Filtered water provided
-Fresh towels for each bike
-Moist towelettes provided for a quick cleanse after each class
-Stats shown on screen (you may like that, it could motivate you, it doesn’t do that too much for me)
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