BY: RANDI EISENSHTAT
On the fence if you should try one of our cycling classes? That must be uncomfortable. Get off that fence!
Do you have friends or family members that are hesitant to join you on the bike?
Here are 8 things to know before you go:
No experience necessary! In addition to studio cycling being one of the best ways to torch a ton of calories in a short amount of time, it also requires very little coordination. You show up, clip in and pedal. Here at RISE31, we deliver beat driven rides which can most definitely challenge you to keep up, but we always encourage our riders to take things at their own pace. Our Rhythm Rides showcase fun choreography with an added bonus of one song with weights, but all is optional.
Choose the class BEST for YOU. We offer a variety of classes and themed rides each week. If choreography is not your thing, you may want to try a Road Ride which is geared more towards your performance. If you're looking to get a little yin and yang, Power Hour could be just what you're searching for. You get your 30 minute sweat on the bike with a gentle yin yoga class after to wrap it up. If you're looking for a little extra "umph", you'll want to sign up for our FULL HOUR RIDE every Sunday at 10:45am, or our Ride Reshape Reawaken class that's offered every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of the month. This 90 minute class will start off your weekend with a taste of In-Trinity, Cycling and Yin Yoga. It's the BEST, if I do say so myself 😉. If you're a Britney, Beyoncé or Bieber fan, keep up with our themed rides each week. There may just be one or a few that are up your alley and you won't want to miss these epic rides.
Take classes from a few different instructors to find your favorites. We are really proud of the elite team we've put together at RISE31. Each coach is unique in their style, choice of music, choreography and motivation. I recommend giving each coach a try, and maybe even more than once.
Get a proper set up on your bike. This will make your ride more comfortable, enjoyable and safe. At RISE31, we ask our first time riders to show up early enough so we can help you. Another way we set ourselves apart in this ever-growing industry is to always have your bike set up for you before you come in. Once we have your settings, we add them to your profile and have one of our Brand Ambassadors set all the bikes up prior to the start of each class. It takes away any added stress to our members and if you're running late, we got you.
Be strategic about which bike you choose. Don't like loud music, try to grab a bike in the center of the room. We also provide earplugs for anyone more sensitive to sound. Don't want to be distracted by other riders, snag some prime real estate in the front row. Book in advance as those bikes go fast. You can book your bikes for the upcoming week every Sunday at Noon at RISE31 and it's super easy to see the layout of the studio with our app. Running hot? Grab that bike directly under the fan. We don't recommend it, but if you need to leave early, grab a bike close to the exit. This way you don't disturb other riders and it's much safer while class is still in session.
We are a judgement free ZONE. Most studios would agree this is a critical piece to creating a friendly and inviting environment for those who are new to cycling. Any group fitness class can be intimidating for someone who is a first timer and we believe in creating a community that feels like home at RISE31. We roll out the red carpet for your first visit to ensure all your needs are met and all you have to think about is when you’re able to book your next ride. The studio lighting is dim and you’re free to hide in the back, but don’t be caught off guard when your coach comes back there for a fist pump mid class. Set your fears aside because this could be the best thing you ever did for yourself.
Play along! How many times a day do you get scream for fun? It might feel a little silly at first, but hooting and hollering along with your coach and fellow riders will only enhance your overall experience. It may even give you a little extra boost of energy, encourage a rider next to you and will definitely make your coach happy. One piece of advice: Don't piss off your instructor. Class is hard enough as is 🙂.
Stay for the cooldown and stretch. I can't emphasize on this enough. Even though this part of a cycling class is only a few short minutes, it's critical that you get in this time. Not only will it allow for your heart rate to fully settle down before you exit the studio, but even just the minimal stretching performed at the end of each class is better than none at all. We also encourage you take time to get in some more stretches beyond the class which is why, at RISE31, we thought it was crucial to have a Yoga Studio right across from our Cycle Studio. If you're short on time, Power Hour and Rise & Grind are perfect for you. You get the best of both worlds in 60 minutes.
For other tips on hydration, fueling for your ride and all things RISE31, click here to check out some of our previous blog entries.
Now, clip in, rock out and RRRIIIDDDDEEEE!!