Cycling Craze

Happy happy Monday! We are both very excited to be reunited in Arizona in less than two weeks! One way we stay connected while living so far apart is by trying new workouts and discussing them afterwards. When we were both at MSU (oh the good ol’ days), we loved working out together during the week and really enjoyed cycling. We missed the feeling of both exhirilathon and exhaustion after an intense cycling class so we are back at it! Here is a recap of the classes we have taken in the past couple weeks.


I recently joined Lifetime Fitness and am loving the workout classes that I am able to take there including yoga and cycling. There are two different formats of cycling classes that are available: studio cycle and evolution cycle. Studio cycle is a basic cycling class with a variety of music and instruction consisting of hills and sprints. Evolution cycle is upbeat with techno music and plenty of movement in and out of the saddle as well as some added upper body work with push-ups off the bike.


I took my parents to their first cycling class a couple weeks ago and after telling me how challenging the class was, they asked to go back this Sunday! I am loving this Sunday ritual since there is no better way to start the week off than with a sweaty cycling class!


After completing a  warmup, the instructor (who sits at the front of the room) dives right into class challenging us every minute we are there. Each class is different in terms how many hills and sprints sections there are. Typically the sections correlate with the music and ramp up during the chorus which I love. The class finishes up with a cool-down including some stretching. I am so glad I started cycling again, it is definitely a great workout! togetheratheart_cycling


I’ve been on quite the workout class kick lately, trying a variety of different classes across the Valley. One of my favorites lately is cycling and I found a great studio in Phoenix that I’ve been frequenting on Thursday nights. I forgot how much of a butt kicker cycling classes are!

The atmosphere is similar to Soul Cycle, with a dark room, loud music and inspiring instructors. The class is 55 minutes and is a variety of hills, sprints, and jumps. The dim lighting and loud music really gets me in the zone and allows me to focus on myself, which I sometimes find hard to do in other class settings.


My heart rate is usually around 160 the entire class and I’m drenched in sweat when I leave! On average I spin about 13-14 miles, and I’m constantly pushing myself to add more resistance and go a further distance each week.

I’ve been doing more weight lifting workouts so cycling classes are a great dose of intense cardio that I like to mix in 1-2 times per week. Workouts can’t get boring when you’re changing it up constantly!

We hope you guys have a wonderful week and are able to get some sweaty workouts in as well! Talk to you soon!

– A & M –

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