Today I looked back at my calendar for 2017 and realized it's been over 3 months since I first started spinning at CYCLED. So, with that in mind, I wanted to take a minute and say thanks for making CYCLED such a special place to ride!
I had only taken a few spin classes before I booked my first ride at the Silver Spring studio and, although I suspected spin was a workout I should enjoy, I never felt comfortable in the classes. Some of them were in studios that were so dark I couldn't see the instructor's form or demonstrations of technique (like jumps!); and I definitely wasn't getting any personal attention or coaching. How could I in a room with 50+ bikes?! Even more frustrating was that so many of those first classes made me feel out of place and unwelcome. I didn't have the perfectly coordinated outfits or the thin body that seemed to be a *requirement* at some of those studios.
That should have put me off from spin and, honestly, it did for a while. But living above the Silver Spring studio and hearing the music and the energy that literally poured out of the windows made me think maybe I should give spin one more try. Walking into my first class at CYCLED (with the awesome Meredith!) was a breath of fresh air. I can't tell you enough how empowering it is for someone trying to create new, healthy habits to walk into a class full of people that look like... people! I love that the classes at CYCLED look like the communities that surround the studios--riders of all backgrounds, genders, orientations, ages, and body types are represented.
While that first impression was powerful and remains one of my favorite things about CYCLED, it's the rides that keep me coming back. I've never found a workout that I could stick to and enjoy for this long. I feel so strong, energized, and empowered after every class and I hate when I have to miss a class. Each instructor has a different style but they're all attentive, knowledgeable, and full of passion for what they do. I also love that the class sizes allow instructors to greet each rider, offer form adjustments, and provide personal encouragement and motivation.
CYCLED has made me stronger and given me a chance to challenge myself and feel proud when I meet my goals. My rides have also gotten me through hard weeks at work, holiday stress, and even through losing two grandparents late last year. Thank you for giving me a place to work out where I feel like I belong, where I feel like I've grown, and where I can leave the rest of the world at the door and focus on myself and my health--even if only for 45 minutes!
Many thanks and looking forward to many more rides