The only thing you have to lose is your breath — My CycleBar Instructor, Ali
Our friend Haley recently invited us to try the Brunch Ride at CycleBar NoMa, where she’s an instructor. The brunch ride is simply a Saturday or Sunday morning spin class where they serve mimosas and snacks in the lobby afterwards. It’s also a great first stop on your way to a real brunch!
CycleBar is an indoor cycling studio.
Similar to SoulCycle or Zengo Cycle, CycleBar is music-driven, where your objective is to simply pedal with the beat. Personally, I prefer this style of class to the more numerically driven classes, as here your brain can take a break while your body does the work. It’s also a total body workout; the “bar” in CycleBar refers to a weight you lift mid-class for an upper body portion.
Where CycleBar sets itself apart is community spirit.
Each CycleBar location has its own website and social media channels, fostering a sense of local community. Events like the brunch ride and a happy hour ride encourage riders to mingle and meet other regulars after class. There was a bachelorette party in my class, and the team at CB NoMa let them put up a few decorations and request a song. CycleBar NoMa even has a little photo booth set up and wall where you can hang your photo. Instructors attend each other’s classes and mingle with the regulars, doing the magic of making working out fun.
One thing that stops me from working out is that
sometimes most of the time I just can’t get it together.
A great thing about CycleBar is that you pretty much just need to show up. If you didn’t have time to eat, they have bananas. If you forgot a water bottle, they’ll give you a really nice reusable one (I use mine all the time!). They have hair ties, deodorant. CycleBar is really trying to meet you halfway—you just have to get yourself there!
Also, no more Shazaaming during class or following up with the instructor to get the playlist from class. You’ll get an email with a link to the Spotify playlist as well as your stats.
A luxury experience without the price tag.
While a single drop in class will set you back $28, different pricing options are available that can bring the price down to $22 for a package or even $5/class with an unlimited pass. There are also great new-rider deals you can take advantage of if you want to test out how CycleBar can integrate into your regular routine. Something I love about this pricing structure is that the shoes are included. I know I’ve definitely done the math to figure out if I should buy cycling shoes on Amazon for attending Zengo Cycle classes.
The brunch ride is only one example of how CycleBar NoMa makes working out fun. Check out their full schedule of themed rides and make your #SundayFunday heathy, too.