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Spin Instructors are Cycling Coxswains

I know we call them spin instructors, indoor cycling instructors, or even CYCLESTARS, like we do at CYCLEBAR, to me, they’ll be forever known as my Cycling Coxswains.

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CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike Spin Club Studio

The results of three days of inactive recovery and some motivational words from my best friend

I canceled my Friday ride last week and took the weekend off. No spinning or CYCLEBAR for me until last night. And, despite what everyone said, I didn’t do any amount of active recovery (though I do consider that to be a mistake I don’t regret but will try to learn from). I could tell […]

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Overtraining is real and requires sufficient recovery

I rode every weekday last week and through Thursday of this week. My friends have been so motivational that I almost kept my 6:30 pm ride this evening—but I just can’t! 

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CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike Spin Club Studio

Spin is a spoon full of sugar to help the high intensity workout go down

Most indoor cycling spin classes like my home studio CYCLEBAR on Columbia Pike are a spoon full of sugar. They help the medicine go down. If you don’t get the workout you need, you aren’t pushing herself hard enough. Most athletic mortals don’t respond well to dry, scientific, workouts where they treat the bike like an […]

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Spinning every weekday

I think I’ll ride every weekday at my local CYCLEBAR on Columbia Pike in South Arlington, Virginia.

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Trying Riding Everyday at CYCLEBAR

After an awesome ride at CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike over the weekend, the co-owner, John Ryan, mentioned that some riders at the studio ride three sequential rides—three rides in a row—and I thought, “maybe I can ride every day.”

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My Week at Cyclebar Columbia Pike

Today’s my spin day. Tonight at 7:15–15-minutes early, as I always try to be–I’ll be joining a new instructor, Sam, for a 7:30 ride called The After Party. My last ride was with Damion, also a new instructor to me. Damion is an edgy, fun, fulfilling instructor who is always open-minded to trying new things—especially […]

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CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike Spin Club Studio

CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike Review

This CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike studio looks all slick but also has a lot of heart. A lot of kindness. So much generosity. And great instructors and classes. I launched and grew a new online publication while trying to kill a cold that I couldn’t shake and gained 50 pounds from it. Even though I bought an unlimited package before all of this illness and business started, the owner Marina worked with me to allow me to move my package to when I could use it with good intent. Ever since I’ve been attending, even though I am weaker and less fit and much bigger than I’ve ever been, everyone at the studio has been actually loving and supportive. There’s also a lot of guys there working out so it’s not all women. And all shapes and sizes. It’s a very supportive environment. I love it there.

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Cycling with Shane at CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike

Riding with Shane during Wednesday night Wine Down Wednesday was a thrill. He’s got excellent pacing and I performed well. CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike is good like that.

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Second Week, First Day, at CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike: Huzzah!

I have finally had quite a lot of fun at my CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike spin class on Monday night. I felt exuberant during the sprints and I felt strong during the out-of-saddle uphills. It made me happy to feel connected to the bike and the class.

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