Keep Calm and Pedal On – Marrs Does Fitness

A Fitness Series – The One with the Spin Class

Our lockers at CycleBar – Huge fan of the messages

There is a high chance that you’ve heard about spin or cycle classes. If not, then you’ve definitely heard of SoulCycle. Their marketing is pretty top notch. It’s like they’re everywhere! Spin classes have been around since the early ’90s. Developed and popularized by Johnny G; it’s all about improving your endurance and stamina. You can find cycle classes pretty much anywhere from Crunch Fitness to Lifetime Fitness and all the boutiques in between. It’s stayed around for so long because it works. If you do a simple Google search of spin classes in Tampa, you will be overwhelmed with the array of options. How do you choose the best one? I decided to check out CycleBar because: 1. They offered online booking and 2. They offered the first class for free. What’s better than trying something new risk free?

I completed the online form, told a friend to join me and together we chose our class. We went with a Throwback Thursday class which featured jams from the 80s’, 90’s and early 00’s. Basically it was right up my alley. The studio isn’t too far away from work so I was confident I would be there promptly with time to get myself mentally prepared for something new.

As luck would have it, I was wrong. After work traffic is inevitable, but I was completely unprepared for the parking nightmare I was about to endure. The studio is located in a strip mall, and while there are plenty of spots, all the empty ones stated “Parking for Cali only 5pm-7pm.” Ahhhhh! Sweat began to form on my forehead as I was scouring for any open slot. It was also raining this day so people were not driving to their best ability. With 5 minutes to spare I snag a spot and it was a tight one. Thank you, Honda, for my reverse camera!! Once that mess was behind me it was smooth sailing. Since my initial class, the studio has combated this issue by providing free valet parking during peak class times. Big kudos to them on that!

I arrived and met my friend, who had no problem with parking, lol. We got our cool cycle shoes and were escorted to our personalized lockers. It’s just a little amenity, but I loved it. The words of affirmation put a smile on my face. Even though I knew death was near. We locked up our stuff and got fitted on our bikes. The instructor assisted us with getting settled and in the correct positioning. She also gave a brief overview on what to expect during class and what certain terms meant. As someone who hasn’t taken a spin class in 10 years, I really appreciated this tidbit. Feeling completely lost in a fitness class is not fun at all.

The instructor, Rachel, had the jams going and we were off. The class gradually got harder as the time went. Sweat was pouring down my face and my legs felt like cement. Rachel offered words of encouragement the whole way through. One cool thing is all the bikes are connected and show your results on the screen in front of class. It shows how much power and how many calories you are burning as a unit. Rachel used this to motivate us to push harder. As a class, we reached a power level that at first seemed impossible. This was by far my favorite part of the class.

By the end my legs turned into limp spaghetti and I felt really accomplished. After class was over, we were given cards which discusses membership options. They have various memberships that range in prices from $59-$149/month*. The spin classes are not really for me, but I can see the draw.

Overall thoughts:
Value for price-point: 3.5 out of 5
Schedule Flexibility: 3.5 out of 5
Workout: 3.5 out of 5
Cleanliness: 5 out of 5
Overall Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Gym: Cycle Bar
Location: 209 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa FL 33609 (South Tampa)
First Class Cost: Free
Rentals Included: Yes
First Class Link: Click Here

Come back Monday for the next part of the series…Kickboxing! Peace out, homies!

*As of September 2, 2019

Finding the Best Workout in Tampa – Marrs Does Fitness

A Fitness Series – The One with the Intro

What’s up homies! Welcome back to the blog. This is the beginning of a new 4-part series uncovering the best fitness classes in Tampa. In these posts, I will be trying different gyms in the area and will judge them on the following criteria: value for price-point, schedule flexibility, workout and cleanliness.

Not sure about you guys, but when it comes to my fitness journey, I’m still not 100% sure of what I’m doing. I feel like I know the basics to being overall healthy and fit, but I can still benefit from guidance. I also enjoy being told what to do in a workout and not having to figure things out on my own. With my personality, it’s one of the few areas where I don’t need to be in control so while I’m working out my bodily muscles, I’m giving the big one in my head a break!

This is where fitness classes come into play and luckily for me it’s 2019 and fitness trends are still on the uprise. This means loads of variety!! I wanted to give myself a well rounded experience so for the series, I’ll be checking out the following types of workouts: cycling/spin, kickboxing, and HIIT. Cycling/Spin is a classic type of class, our moms and aunts were doing these since back in the day. The Tried & True method, if you will. Kickboxing to me is a hybrid type of class; part HIIT, part boxing and overall a full body workout. And finally HIIT (high intensity interval training); these type of workouts are meant to burn a ton of calories by bringing your heart rate in and out of the fat burning zone. The classes can focus on upper-body, lower-body or full body.

My wedding is less than 2 months away so I’m going to have to kick it into high gear if I want to achieve my goals by then. I’ll be reviewing each class and giving my honest feedback. There will be links so you can check these gyms out for yourself as well. Everyone’s fitness journey is completely different and what works for me may not work for others. The main point of this series is to educate and provide insight on what to expect from the perspective of an actual person and not through their marketing efforts. It’s my hope that you will find inspiration to maybe give these places a try or to give that class in your town a go! Remember everything at your own pace. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Part one of this series will be out Friday, so don’t miss out!

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