Truth be told, I didn’t want to go to cycletribe the first time I went. A friend wanted to try it out and convinced me to go with her. I’d never done spin before, I thought it was going to be too hard for me, why would I ride a bike that isn’t going anywhere…. haha, little did I know. I loved it and have been riding 3-4 times a week ever since! My whole life is better because if it. Seriously. Like, all of it.
I’ve dealt with chronic depression and anxiety since I was a teenager, but riding has made me better able to handle the ebbs and flows of those challenges. I’ve even been able to stop taking a medication I’d been on for years. It’s also helping me get through a particularly tough family situation that otherwise would have caused me more anxiety and more weight gain.
My exercise routine was super inconsistent before Cycletribe. I had tried a few other things, but nothing stuck because I wasn’t really enjoying it. It was just a workout for the sake of working out. I have more energy now. I started biking to work a couple days a week. We used to crash on the couch and order food in almost every night, but I’ve started cooking more! We’re eating much healthier and even saving some money by making our own meals.
Riding has made friendships and my marriage stronger. I still come to classes with the friend who brought me to Cycletribe originally, and now my husband joins us too. My husband and I love our Saturday routine! We do the 8am ride, go to a farmer’s market and then on to whatever else we’ve got planned for the day. I’ve also made a few new friends with the wonderful people in class!
I continue to ride for my health: mental and physical. I’m motivated by seeing so many changes spill over into my everyday life. I love seeing my body getting stronger and leaner. There’s an uphill trail behind our apartment I used to struggle to walk up, but now I can walk up it with a consistent pace and zero breaks! Clothes are fitting better. I feel more confident and more in control of how I react to stressful situations. I feel peaceful. My head is always calm and clear after a ride.
I love how cycletribe is a fun, safe bubble where the outside world doesn’t exist for 45 minutes. As soon as the playlist starts and we get into the ride, I forget about work, the laundry, the next thing on my car that needs fixed… my whole world becomes me, my bike and the music. The community is so great too. Jayme, John, and all the instructors make you feel welcome right from the get-go. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first ride or your thousandth ride, they’ll make you feel like you belong.
If you struggle with exercise, you’ve got to find the thing you love to do. Getting a workout in used to feel like a chore and an inconvenience for me, but making sure I get my rides in each week feels completely natural. I’ve gone from a person who would bail on an exercise class if someone invited me out after work, to the girl who says “My spin class ends at 6:15, can I meet you at 6:30?”
I started riding at cycletribe in August 2016. I did not see myself as a “indoor cycling” person, and I never saw myself ever doing a cycle class. In my head, a “cycle or spin” person was a perky, 24/7 spandex-clad exercise maven, and that is definitely not how I define myself. I’m so glad I gave cycletribe a chance.
Before cycletribe, I was a fairly regular exerciser. I ran (AKA jogged), stretched, lifted light weights, etc. However, I did all those things on my own at home or in my neighborhood. I’d tried other group exercise forums and I detested them all. I always felt like there was some kind of unspoken competition between the participants--which may have been entirely in my head--and it always led me away from group exercise and back to my solo endeavors. I didn’t particularly enjoy my exercise regimen, but I definitely enjoyed the way I felt once I was done with a session.
After I started riding at cycletribe, I noticed almost immediately a change in my legs and my lungs. Both were stronger. I could see it in my legs--more definition and power--and I felt the change in both. I also gradually became more energetic and felt better about myself overall. I’m currently seven months pregnant, and I know I wouldn’t still be doing all my old routines or feel as relaxed as I do if it weren’t for cycletribe. Even now when I consider skipping a class because my back aches or my feet are swollen, my husband will say, “Just go. You always feel better afterward.” And he’s right. I always do. To clarify, I mean both mentally and physically. After a class, my body is sore but in a way that is manageable. Whatever aches and pains I felt before have usually melted away. And emotionally/mentally, I’m definitely better off--way less likely to cry over a game of rock-paper-scissors or scream obscenities at a mailbox (yes, both things I’ve done since getting pregnant).
I absolutely find motivation in my desire to not end up overweight with a slew of weight-related health problems. My paternal great-grandmother died super young from heart failure caused by obesity, and that’s a fate I want to avoid. I also get a little crazy when I don’t feel “fit” so that’s part of it too. However, I have to say two of my huge motivators are John and Jayme (the owners). They have made cycletribe one of the most welcoming spaces--even for a habitual misanthrope like me--and I one hundred percent never want to let them down.
It’s hard to explain why cycletribe is different from other group exercise venues, but it most definitely is. It’s encouraging without being pushy. It’s challenging but still fun. There are a lot of constants participants can count on, but there are also myriad surprises and variations that keep us engaged. I also have to say I’m really weirdly motivated by the darkness of the room and the fact that you don’t have to talk to anyone if you don’t want to. The instructor’s upbeat--but not cheerleader--attitudes and music provide a lot of encouragement too.
We're always looking for ways to make our work week easier and thought we could help you do the same! Try this healthy summer recipe on the weekend and take the leftovers for a healthy breakfast at work.
1 - 2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 cups veggies your choice: ie, summer squash, zucchini, broccoli or greens, chopped
1 medium onion diced
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup milk of your choice: ie, almond, coconut or hemp
1/4 cup fresh herbs of your choice: ie, parsley, cilantro, basil
1 - 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt or Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
Preheat oven to 350. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add veggies and onion and cook until tender. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 sec to a minute.
In medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, herbs salt, pepper and whisk together.
Put the veggie mixture into a lightly oiled large pie tin or iron skillet and pour the egg mixture over the top. Bake in oven for 15 - 25 minutes or until the center is firm. Remove from oven and serve warm or at room temp. Store in fridge and take for a morning on the go breakfast.
Recipe inspired by: "Clean Eats" - Alejandro Junger, MD.
In the short time Amanda Spaulding has been riding at cycletribe, she has inspired us and we want to share her story of a busy mom finding space for herself again. Read her inspirational story!
It’s been almost one month exactly since I booked my first ride at cycletribe and when I started, it was my very first spin class ever!
Before cycletribe, my exercise routine was basically non-existent. I never found anything that really called to me. I’d use that as an excuse along with the excuse of having three young children and no time. Pretty soon I believed all the excuses and felt like I’d never find a source of exercise I’d actually enjoy or anything that would fit into my schedule as a busy stay-at-home/homeschooling mom. I was feeling pretty hopeless and really desperate. I was so uncomfortable in my skin and didn’t know how to change.
Being greeted with an authentic smile each morning by someone who knows my name and is cheering me on is a huge motivator. It may sound a bit extreme, but I really feel like someone switched the light on in my brain after my first ride. It was like that missing piece of a puzzle was finally put into place and the changes started happening really quickly. My energy level has been phenomenal--no more mid-day slump and no trouble falling asleep in the evenings. My mental health has benefited, I feel much more equipped to handle my daily tasks without feelings of anxiety or being overwhelmed. I think my husband and kids would agree with me when I say that I feel much more calm and happy now.
For the past year, I’d been experiencing some pretty intense lower back pain due primarily to muscle tension. I’d wake up in pain and it would take me hours before loosening up enough to feel comfortable. After my first few rides, my back pain vanished and hasn’t come back!
Before cycletribe, I felt like my body was aging prematurely and I was beginning to lose my adventurous spirit. But after a month, I am stronger and I’m more confident in what my body is capable of achieving. I feel like I can tackle physical tasks now without constantly running that internal self-diagnostic, like, “Is this gonna cause damage? Am I gonna sprain something??”
There are so many reasons I ride. I feel like I find new benefits and new reasons every day! I do it for me. I am a much happier, nicer, more mellow after a ride and the mental clarity and focus I experience makes me feel like I can accomplish whatever I put my mind to! But I also do it for my husband and my kids. I’m a more patient mom and a healthier, happier, more energetic partner to my husband. Ultimately, I want to be around for a good long time for my family so I get up to ride at 5:55am! I feel strong and this is a pretty new feeling for me: I'm loving it! There’s also the added benefit of my clothes becoming looser! Everybody likes that, right??
To invest in cycling shoes or not to invest in cycling shoes, that is the question! Walking into cycletribe you’ll often see people changing from regular tennis shoes into cycling shoes. One of the biggest questions we get is, why would I invest in cycling shoes if tennis shoes work just fine?
The reality is, yes tennis shoes do work, but is there a better option to support your body: ABSOLUTELY! It’s just like if you were going to go for a run, you can run in almost any shoes, but there is NO DOUBT shoes that help protect your body from injury and allow you to perform better are worth the investment. The same thing is true for cycling shoes.
UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE
To help you understand the difference a little more in cycling terms, imagine you’re kicking ass in a standing climb, legs are turning over and over to the beat of the music. Each pedal stroke down you are putting a lot of power into your legs and your feet. In regular tennis shoes at the bottom of the pedal stroke, all of your bones and muscles in your foot collapse around the pedal which translates to not very supportive and a loss of power. The stiffer the shoe, the smaller the collapse. A cycling shoe has a very very stiff soul and is made just for that purpose. It offers your body support, lessening your chance of injury and increasing the power you get out of your ride! WIN! WIN!
The final difference between the shoes: with a cycling shoe you are connected to the bike, with tennis shoes you are somewhat, but you kind of have to think about staying connected. In your pedal stroke, you should be pushing down in the front, but also sweeping your foot back and pulling up. It’s just all around harder to do with a tennis shoe and there’s a conscious effort to keep your foot from pulling out of the cage. Cycling shoes allow you to concentrate more on enjoying your ride without the extra effort to stay connected.
WORTH THE INVESTMENT?
Is it worth the investment? We believe it ABSOLUTELY is! But you got to make that call. We do have shoes available for purchase at the studio and if we don't have the right size, we can order you some. We also rent shoes so you can give them a try and see how you like them before you invest.