When it comes to riding a bike my expertise pretty much spans from age seven to ten when I would ride my brand new Barbie Bike (complete with basket and hot pink tassels) around the neighborhood. But even then my elementary school self couldn’t quite get the coordination down. So when my friends couldn’t stop raving about the new cycling classes in Fenway, I was a little hesitant, after all I haven’t even looked at a bike in about 15 years.
But after my Bonnaroo vacation that consisted of me eating from almost every food truck I saw, I definitely needed a serious workout. So I put my cycling fears aside, and off to the Handle Bar I went.
The studio itself is brand new, and the inside is beautifully decorated. I’m a sucker for a nice aesthetic and I couldn’t get enough of the orange color palette and spa-like feel. Plus they had this inspirational quote above the studio to get you pumped up (have I mentioned I’m also a sucker for a good inspirational quote).
Anyway, back to the studio. When you arrive you are given special cycling shoes that snap into the bike (hooray for not having to worry about falling off the bike). Once I was all snapped in, the class started off with us pedaling to Turn Down for What (talk about getting pumped up) in a darkened studio. It was all uphill from there (see what I did there) as we kept increasing the resistance and moving into a few different positions that worked your arms and your abs, as well as your legs. My favorite part was surprisingly the jumps where you alternated between sitting and standing all while pedaling as fast as you could. The kicker was the sprint where we pedaled to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in a 3 minute sprint that kicked my butt! Once we were ready for the cool down, I was exhausted and so ready for stretching.
The results: I definitely felt the burn the next day and can see why it’s so addicting. The class itself was so fun, it didn’t feel like your typical workout, and it burned upward of 500 calories (how can you go wrong with that).
I definitely won’t hesitate to hop back on the bike next time I’m ready for a workout!