Here are just some of the ways we are different from other spin studios:
- We hire only the most knowledgeable and professional instructors based on their knowledge and expertise
- We use freewheel bikes so that the whole leg is engaged in the pedal stroke for a more effective workout; fixed- wheel bikes used in all other spin studios simply fling your legs around
- We personally fit every rider carefully to their bike and record the settings
- We don’t do ‘dance moves’ or ‘choreography’ (you might be surprised to learn they are explicitly banned by professional certifications since they’ll wreck your back and knees)- we practice beautiful form and alignment
- Metrics- track your power, heart rate, cadence to really get fit
- There is no yelling, screaming or obscenities at Revocycle- we teach with the voice of barre and yoga
- Our goal is not to entertain, distract or create a club-like atmosphere; we’re about getting you to tune into your body and rhythm, just like your yoga or barre classes
- We use positive, modern esoteric playlists with no obscenities or misogyny or graphic sexual content- we’re seeking the higher ground here
- Anybody can sit wherever they want
Our new Revocycle indoor cycling concept uses freewheel bikes- just like you learned to ride as a kid. You have to use your leg muscles to pedal against the flywheel all the way around the full circle– you are doing all the work, not the flywheel. At any point you can stop your legs and the wheel will continue turning. At Revocycle you have more muscles working, more calories burned and more effective toning. Our classes are definitely harder than regular spin classes, but this is how you use a bike to get fit.
Everyone comes to us for our welcoming, nonjudgmental and friendly environment. Our culture is 180 degrees opposite of the “competitive glamour”, “high drama” and “sexy” “ride or die” mentality of your standard spin studio (see E! Hollywood Cycle) This is something we are very proud of.
This is highly unusual.
The popular national chain brags that they hire actors and models and doesn’t want anyone with experience or certification. Portland’s most recent spinning studio calls for instructors with “no experience required, submit a headshot to be considered for an interview”. You may wonder what a headshot can tell you about knowledge of bike fit, safe position on a bike, biomechanics, muscles used in the cycling movement, cardiovascular training methods, safe techniques in cycling, heart rate training and measurement, power and heart rate zones, proper muscle engagement when climbing, etc.
Think about your yoga class or barre class. Would you pay for yoga at a studio that hired actors and models with no training?
We believe Rule #1 of any fitness business is “first do no harm”. Because all these moves will hurt your back and knees and don’t contribute to the workout, we don’t do them. ‘Pushups’ on a bike are not a pushup, ‘crunches’ on a bike are not crunches, and moving the upper body around in circles or figure 8s while pedaling does not ‘work your core’. All of these are the very definition of poor ‘alignment’ and put huge stresses on the lower back, pushes out the vertebral discs, and puts dangerous shear forces on the knees. We see people every day whose knees and backs have been hurt in these classes.
We focus on good form and fit and technique so that you don’t get hurt and get the most from your class. You’ll burn more calories and better work your muscles if you use the bike for cycling only, plus your knees and back will thank you!
Spinning is cycling exercise. The spin bike is a…..bike.
Here’s a simple thought experiment. Can your spine, the vertebrae and muscles of your neck and lower back, your hips bones or the ligaments of your knees know if you’re sitting on an outdoor bike or an indoor bike? Of course not. Both are engineered for a certain type of movement- therefore effective and safe movement on a indoor bike is the same as that on an outdoor bike. A bike is the wrong tool for the job if your goal is to dance and work the upper body.
If your spinning studio is teaching these ‘moves, they don’t know about safe and proper cycling form and technique. Or, they do know proper cycling form and technique but don’t care if they hurt you. Google to learn more. Or check out this: How Much Is Wrong With Whole Body Spin Classes
At Revocycle we know and love the cycling movement the way a yogi knows and loves her asanas. And we teach you to do it safely and effectively.
We don’t rent shoes because the cleats on the bottom of cycling shoes should be personally adjusted to your foot-knee angle and centered over the ball of your foot. Improperly fit cleats cause serious damage to the knees. We love cycling shoes and encourage you to get your own- the shop will help you set them up so that you don’t hurt your knees or we’ll be happy to help you. Plus, using sweaty rented spin shoes is kinda….gross.
We don’t typically play hip hop, club music or any music with obscenities or misogyny. Our music is not just background noise for the performer/instructor to yell over, we actually listen to our music and hope that it brings us to a higher place. Our playlists are mostly modern, indie type music, but each instructor has their favorite style. Try us all out and see who you connect best with!
Our cycles also feature a freewheel system that will actually engage the muscles in your leg more effectively and strongly as compared with the fixed gear spin bikes. You’ll develop an elegant and smooth pedaling motion that will feel better and be better for you! See our question above on our Natural Pedaling Method versus the standard ‘fixed gear’ pedaling of other spinning studios.
We also have cycle computers so you can see how fast you are pedaling, measure your power output, and read your heart rate. A cycling cardio class is about pushing your heart rate and power output and pedaling at the proper speed for the type of effort we are seeking, and we are one of the few studios that have these metrics and know how to teach them.
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