If you’ve already fallen off the New Year’s resolution bandwagon, read on.
Take it from me: You’re not alone, and I feel your pain. My 30-day clean eating plan was more like a 10-day plan. But, it’s a new month, and there is plenty of help to get you back on the right path, right here in Fishtown.
Over the course of the next month or so, I will be exploring the many fitness gyms, classes and opportunities right here, along Frankford Avenue and beyond. River Wards residents are lucky to live in such a fitness mecca, and I’m happy to explore, on the reader’s behalf, to find the best deals, the newest trends, and the places that will make you sweat.
This week’s article focuses on one of my favorite activities, and it’s offered in two locations on Frankford Avenue: spinning.
Spinning is not your average bike ride. Spinning is a fast and intense workout that involves your core, legs, and something I didn’t realize until I took my first class about a year ago: listening skills.
Styles of spin instructors vary, just like the actual bikes and playlists in the classes they lead, but they have one thing in common — listening is key.
Instructors guide you through your ride with varying commands, as the music bumps through your ears. There isn’t much time to decipher what they’re saying, let alone convince your body to sit back down, jump back up, or follow their “non-negotiable suggestions,” as one instructor puts it.
Don’t be discouraged, this is a learned skill and takes at least a few classes with each instructor you come across. But it’s worth it.
Spin is an awesome way to burn calories and work up a sweat. I guarantee that even those people who “don’t sweat” will walk out of the class dripping.
And as I mentioned before, spin is offered in two locations: City Fitness and Ciclo.
Here’s a rundown of both locations:
At Ciclo, new riders get their first class free, and after that, the more you buy, the cheaper the classes get. Right now, first time members can sign up for just $75 for their first month. Otherwise, memberships run around $125 per month. Plus, Ciclo offers other random discounts throughout the year including their First Friday $5 Community Ride.
At City Fitness, you can’t purchase individual classes, however, they do offer a free 7-day trial pass to new members that includes classes. City Fitness offers a variety of monthly memberships in the $60-70 per month range.
I didn’t have much time to get used to my bike at Ciclo, but I didn’t need the time. I adjusted the height on the seat, tightened my handlebar, and I was off and riding on one of their 15 bikes. Plus, complimentary water bottles and soft towels made my ride even better.
With 24 bikes, City Fitness is still breaking in their new equipment. I’ve noticed that some bikes are creaky, handlebars aren’t always easy to adjust, and straps on the cages don’t quite stay tight. These are small issues, and the bikes that are working correctly are beautiful. They have free towels, too, but they could use a little fabric softener.
Instructors & Staff:
Every instructor I’ve encountered at both locations has been nothing but friendly and helpful. Some are softer and lead you on your ride over steep hills with words of encouragement, while others growl in your face. Still, others literally turn your resistance wheel up for you if you’re pedaling faster than they’d like you to. This is a personal preference, but growling in my face will always make me push a little harder.
At Ciclo, stay tuned for a ‘Ride and Renew’ collaboration with neighbors Grace and Glory yoga, where participants will ride for 45 minutes, then walk down the street for a 45-minute yoga class. Plus, the basement is being renovated in order to give more space for integrated combo classes, including a class called ‘Spin & Booty Burn.’
Come springtime at City Fitness, select spin classes will be taken outside. The garage door in the spin room will open out to a second floor patio, and they will literally hold spin classes on the rooftop. Pretty cool.
And finally, some Words of Wisdom from Melissa Gyuraki, spin instructor at Ciclo:
“Be patient. Just listen to your body, and don’t compare yourself to other people. It’s your ride, it’s your bike.”
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