Posts Tagged ‘indoor cycling’

Aqua Spin

April 5, 2013

opening-soon-21In the cutthroat world of indoor cycling classes, there’s a new game in town!

The New York cycling scene (spinning, to some) has become intense. Studios, such as Fly Wheel Sports and Soul Cycle have packed–to-capacity classes and instructors with a cult like following. Booking a bike is competition sport. Some studios allow bookings by phone up to one week in advance, and charges full price if the class is not cancelled by 5pm the night before. Equinox, where I ride, has online booking available 26 hours before class. For popular instructors, this is literal. Log in 25 hours and 57 minutes before class, and you are most likely out of luck. Yes, I am often sitting at the crack of dawn, waiting for the class to come up so I can get my bike reserved and go back to sleep! As our fitness attention spans will inevitably wander, we can’t help but wonder what the next big thing will be to sway our fickle hearts.  Well it could just be Aquaspinning!

Aquaspinning is a huge trend in Europe, and is about to take New York by a storm.

The bikes are submerged in a pool, allowing for a gentle yet challenging experience. Riding through water adds resistance that speeds in firming and toning the body, and enhances calorie burn. The water also makes the movement easy on the joints.

New York’s first studio opens in Tribeca next week, with a full roster of classes. At a hefty $42, including rubber cycling shoe rental, it is a pricy proposition. While I love the idea of added challenge and going easy on my joints, I don’t love the idea of donning a swimsuit and actually getting wet.

Time will tell if this new workout can gain traction, and I have to admit I am kind of interested in trying it out. Once.

How about you? Will you take up aquaspinning?

Aqua Studio opens April 15, and is currently a women’s only facility.

Cycle for Survival

February 8, 2012

This weekend, we will be riding in Cycle for Survival, an indoor team cycling event to raise money for research and the development of new drug therapies to treat rare cancers.

Last July, Cycle’s founder, Jennifer Goodman Linn, lost her 7-year battle with a rare form of sarcoma.  Her energy and passion was infectious, and she accomplished more in her 40 years, than most of us do in our lifetimes. A Harvard business school graduate and marketing executive, Jen channeled her expertise into creating the fastest growing privately founded non-profit organization in the country. Her unique business model allows Cycle for Survival to funnel 100% of all of its proceeds into research at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, where she was treated.

In the wake of Susan G. Komen’s political decision to withdraw their funding to Planned Parenthood, and their equally political reversal of that decision, we are especially proud to support an organization whose heart and soul is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.

Cycle for Survival has funded over 27 clinical trials to date, some of which have already extended the lives of cancer sufferers.

Won’t you join us in keeping the wheels of Jen’s legacy spinning, and make a 100% tax-deductible donation to this incredible cause?

To donate, click on the link below:

Cycle for Survival / Shari’s Spinners

UPDATE: We have crossed the $10,000 mark! Let’s keep the momentum going!


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