A Tale of a First-Time Rider

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The last indoor cycling class I attended took place half a decade ago in a dingy, dank, dimly lit room in the back corner of a gym. We listened to a janky boombox that sat on the floor while the instructor walked around spraying WD40 on our screechy pedals.

So when I heard about CYCLEBAR®, I was both intrigued and intimidated. I wasn’t entirely confident that I would be able to keep pace or hack the intensity at this premium indoor cycling facility.

Reservations aside, I wandered into the CYCLEBAR® studio at the ungodly hour of 5:15 in the morning, nervously ready to give this thing a whirl.

CYCLEBAR® is everything my previous indoor cycling experiences were not. I was warmly greeted at the door and enthusiastically shown how to check in, find shoes and fill up my complimentary bottle of water.

I entered the studio to find my bike neatly settled stadium-style among a few rows of bikes that faced large mirrors and two huge large-screen TVs. I could see the instructor preparing her music from the red DJ booth in the corner of the room, so I hopped on my bike (which was already adjusted to the right height), clipped in, and started warming up.

Our instructor flicked down the lights, pumped up the music, and suddenly, I was transported to a completely different world. As the lights rose and fell and changed colors with the songs, the music pumped through my veins as sweat poured down my face, and my legs hypnotically cycled to the beat.

My self-doubts were gloriously silenced for 50 blissful minutes. There in the studio, it didn’t matter how early in the morning it was, what the people around me were wearing or how many times I had been to cycling classes.

Before I knew it, we had rocked through an entire session filled with speed, hills and strength. As we cooled down and stretched out, I felt like I was on top of the world — and it still wasn’t even light outside yet.

I now understand the power behind CYCLEBAR’s loyal following. They take care of everything for you, so all you have to do is show up. You don’t even have to think. In my chaotic life, that is a welcome relief — and a welcome release.

Just as I arrived home, I received an email that broke down the stats of my workout, and my chest swelled with pride. The electronic validation of my early-morning effort was just the encouragement I needed to power me through whatever else the day had in store for me.

CYCLEBAR®, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

– Adrea Beatty

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