Spin studio CycleBar takes its name from the 4 lb. and 6 lb. body bars that are used to focus on upper body strength during most spin classes—so when you walk in, you know you're in for a full-body sweat session. Started in Boston in 2004, the company now has locations all over the country—including Houston, with studios that have opened in Katy and Vintage Park this year, a third in The Woodlands scheduled to debut this month and a Sawyer Heights location set for early 2017.
At CycleBar, an array of classes are designed to fit riders' moods and goals. The classic ride is great for those who are interested in a total body workout by incorporating upper body exercises and core work with the body bar. For those who thrive on competition, the performance ride allows clients to track their progress and participate in group challenges, or cycle to the beat with themed rides like Mashup Mondays, Wine Down Wednesday, Throwback Thursday and more. To recharge while you ride, hit the connect class, which brings you back into focus with a blend of cycling and yoga, with the studio's 80-inch flat screens turned off so you can focus on your cycle experience.
No matter which class you choose, every bike is equipped with a monitor that tracks metrics like heart rate and calories, and depending on the class, on flat screen TVs at the front of the room, which also play music videos during the themed rides. After the class users receive their stats and playlist via email. New to indoor cycling? CycleBar has a free 30-minute introductory class. There is no monthly membership, instead users can buy packages of classes in sizes from three to 100, with an intro three-class package for $39.
CycleBar aims to create a community with monthly challenges, social and charity events: For example, in September any rider that attends 20 classes in 30 days receives two free concert tickets. CycleBar is also bringing 25 bikes to Raven Tower on Sept. 24 for three charity rides at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. for a $25 donation to the American Heart Association.
I don’t know about you, but my head is spinning with all of the class and event options. The swag and social events may be reason enough to give it a try. Without a monthly commitment, the only risks are the possibility of a few bad music videos and more spandex laundry.