If you are new to indoor cycling, you will find Revocycle very welcoming. It is, in fact, part of our mission to make the benefits of this wonderful exercise available to those who would never set foot in a spin class at the gym.
We’ve written about it in a previous post- in short, many, many people find the ‘spinning’ classes in gyms to be overly intense, crowded and hot, and intimidating. Not to mention that you have to arrive at the gym an hour early in many classes just to get a spot in the class.
Revocycle is intentionally designed to be a welcoming place for beginners and a great workout for ‘spin’ veterans. We designed our space to resemble a yoga studio- calming, spacious, well-ventilated, with flowers and candles!
Our classes always start with fitting new students individually to their bikes. Proper fit is essential to getting the proper workout and feeling comfortable. All students can record their bike settings for future use.
We begin with some calming music- we call it gathering music- and welcome everyone to the class. We then start on a journey that resembles a bike ride outside. After pedaling easily for 4-5 minutes, we begin on a class profile that might take us through fast pedaling as if on a flat road, then slow down our cadence and increase resistance for a hill climb, occasionally coming out of the saddle for 20-30 seconds. Every 4 songs or so we go into Active Recovery where we just pedal along easily again, checking our heart rates and discussing how we feel. We then might increase the resistance again and mimic a 2 mile section of fast riding against a headwind.
Every class is different, but we always focus on pedaling properly and paying attention to our bodies. Our unique bikes, with their freewheel pedaling motion, encourage a whole-leg pedaling motion that is both mindful and much more effective than pedaling fixed-gear bikes in ‘spinning’ classes.
Everyone is encouraged to work at their own effort levels and are welcome to just pedal along easily if they are tired. As we always say, any exercise is better than none.
In the end we cool down for 4-5 minutes and congratulate ourselves on a job well done. We always stretch after class and our instructors chat with you to see how you felt and answer any questions.
If you are interested in learning more about indoor cycling classes, here is a nice article from WebMD that talks about the benefits of indoor cycling.