There are definitely some perks to this whole blogging thing, and one of those is free stuff. I’ve been fortunate enough to receive freebies from some companies I love – including Disney and Starbucks. Every once in a while, a company I’m not terribly familiar with will also reach out with an offer, and I always try to be really conscious about what accept and/or agree to write about – nothing that I would never try outside the offer.
I was really excited when I got an email from CycleBar offering me a free class at one of their new locations in New Jersey. I have several friends that are spin junkies and had been wanting to try it out for a while.
I’ve never been super into fitness, but as I get older (and the pounds don’t come off as easily as they used to), I’ve been exploring different options to get my exercise in. Oh, hey, spinning is REALLY HARD.
I woke up early that Saturday morning, excited for the new experience ahead. I put on my cutest workout gear and made sure to get to the studio a few minutes early. And I’m so glad I did!
Since the studio is brand new, they pulled out all the stops. There were tablets attached to the wall, where one of the attendants helped me get checked in. I was then given my shoes and escorted into a waiting area lined with lockers available to use at no cost.
In addition, they had a nice little spread set up for us – there was water, bananas, some wipes for afterward, and even a pretty sweet water bottle to keep.
Once the room opened up, there were even more attendants to guide us to our assigned bikes and get us newbies hooked up.
And we were off!
For the love of all that is good, how the heck can people do that for 45 minutes?! Once we really got going, my only goal was to pedal through the entire class. I mean, forget all the increased resistance and the standing and sitting and whatever else. Then, just when the nausea hit and I thought I might fall off my bike and die, they got my arms involved!
I had noticed the bar across my bike’s handles when I arrived, but I guess I chose to block it out because I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped when the instructor started working it into our spinning.
You are seriously telling me that I actually know people who can not only survive, but actually enjoy these classes?
All that to say that I don’t think spinning is for me – not yet anyway. On the bright side, I will say that the music selection was pretty great. We ended on Mumford and Sons!
Once the class ended, I went into the studio’s shower room. I expected it to be like at a regular gym, but instead found myself in a pretty luxurious private shower room, full of even more freebies…thankfully including a logo bag for my sweaty clothes.
In case I needed any reminding of my pathetic attempt at spinning, CycleBar does this actually pretty cool thing where they show your stats as you ride, to see how you’re comparing to others in your class. Luckily, it’s not up for most of the class – the pressure!
But I did get the email below later in the day.