I was invited to try out a dynamic spin class called Revolve in New York city's Union Square. I'd heard of Spinwheel and even SoulCycle, but I was interested to see what this New York ride had to offer. With locations in DC and New York, I decided to sign up for their most challenging ride that is specific only to NYC and taught by elite trainer Kira Stokes (as seen on Rachel Ray, TODAY and in Women's Health, SELF, and Health magazines).
In my case I signed up for 60-minute Rip Ride, but this class dedicated to fitness fanatics also has a 75-minute version. Kira coached us up and down mountains, had us push even further on the flat and had sweat dripping off every rider within minutes.
The energy in the room is palatable as we are racing along to high energy tunes from the likes of Michael Jackson and a mix version of one of my favorite songs at the moment from Mumford and Sons. As if the rhythm of the music isn't enough, the lights dim as we focus on cycling to the beat of the tunes. Just as we are about to get out of the saddle and really crank it, Kira flashes a light, and has the class whooping in delight once we ease off.
Kira's energy is infectious, and I found myself pushing to reach the RPM goal she set at every interval. You touch a button on a small console that sits above the handlebars to see if you are reaching the cadence she is challenging you to get to. Before I could think about it too much, the light would dim.
The RIP Ride is for anyone that wants to push themselves and get a full body workout in one hour. Combined into the class are 2 intervals of upper body training with weights, an awesome workout for your triceps, biceps, back and even your core.
If you are looking for a workout that challenges you, but feels fun at the same time check out all 3 options at Revolve, including classes for the more novice rider or those who just want to ride without the strength training. Cycling shoes are available at the desk and you can buy rides and register for your classes online.
You know it is going to be a sweaty class when every bike has a towel waiting for you.
Right now Revolve is offering the FLEX-RIDE Membership that comes with unlimited walk-in rides for $185 a month at this New York city locationa fit for entrepreneurs on the go, stay-at-home parents and nearby neighbors looking to stay fit during off-peak hours in the morning and midday. Additional discounts for students, teachers and military are available with a valid ID.
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but we were offered a complimentary class to facilitate this review.