I’m just going to start out being very honest here…indoor cycling was never at the top of my list of workouts I wanted to try.
I always just associated cycling with those people you see at the gym chilling on the bikes reading a book sipping on a Starbucks frappuccino…you know the people I’m talking about HA!
So when my work scheduled a team building event at Rush Cycle I was very intrigued to find out if cycling would actually be a good workout or not. Plus what better opportunity to try something new than with a bunch of my coworkers who also had never cycled before?
Spoiler alter…I got my ass kicked and was 100% wrong about cycling!
My Experience at Rush Cycle
Since it was my first time at Rush and I had never cycled before I was instructed to come about 20 minutes early to complete paperwork, get fitted for cycling shoes and get set up on my bike.
The instructor was so welcoming and didn’t make me feel stupid for not knowing how on earth to clip a cycling shoe onto a bike haha! I also immediately noticed her rock hard abs and from that second on my attitude about cycling switched from thinking it was about to be a B.S. workout to thinking I was going to do whatever this woman told me to do in class to get abs like that.
Anyway, a little background on Rush. The “Rush Ride” is a full body workout that’s expertly synced to upbeat music and is held in a low light room in a fun group environment…basically a party on a bike.
The class I took started with a short warm up then went through a series or speed and resistance intervals. About half way through the 45 minute class we actually did arm weights while on the bike (HOLY BALANCE CHALLENGE) then finished up with more intervals, a cool down and a stretch.
I honestly struggled through the entire class. My legs were burning and I was using muscles I didn’t even know I had PLUS my heart rate must have been 1000000 BMP because at some points in class I couldn’t catch my breath.
Talk about a very humbling experience.
I left the class drenched in sweat completely shocked by what a great, fun workout indoor cycling was.
Would I take another cycling class?
I really enjoyed the class I took at Rush and feel like it was a great compliment to the running and yoga I go on a regular basis. I also love it as a cardio option that doesn’t put tons of stress on my legs/joints.
When my half marathon training concludes in August I’m highly considering getting a membership and starting to cycle a couple times a week.
Interested in trying your first indoor cycling class?
Wear: I highly recommend wearing pants/capri’s to a cycling class since shorts ride up and can be uncomfortable on the seat of the bike. Also, make sure all the clothing you wear is made from sweat wicking material- YOU WILL SWEAT in these classes!
Bring: Rush gave us towels but if you sweat a lot like me I’d bring your own just in case. They also sold water there for $2 but I highly recommend bringing your own water bottle as well…this workout is no a joke. If you have cycling shoes bring them but Rush let us rent them for $1.
Expect: Classes at Rush are 45 minutes and are for all fitness levels. The instructor offered modifications throughout the entire class but also really pushed us to give it 110%. The class ended up being pretty intense if you followed exactly what the instructor was encouraging you to do so just remember to listen to your body and never do anything you’re uncomfortable doing. Oh and if you’re new I highly recommend sitting in the back. Bikes can be reserved online in advance.
Have you ever tried indoor cycling?
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San Diegans, what’s your favorite indoor cycling studio?
**The class I took at Rush was free through my place of employment and had no association with Live Lean Eat Green. I was not asked to write this review in exchange for the class or for compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.