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By Corinne Burgermeister
One thing I have regretted through my college career is not setting aside enough time for myself. So, in my final semester here I decided to make time for what matters to me. One of those things is working out.
CYC offers spin classes set to a party playlist with an atmosphere you won’t forget. The room is dimly lit except for a few small lights shining on the instructor, allowing you to focus completely on your workout, and not on what everyone else is doing.
This semester, my friends Steph, Matt and I decided to sign up for their spring break challenge. From my previous experience, I could barely walk after taking my first class, so I really worried what I’d signed up for.
Each morning, for 12 days straight, we headed to CYC for our 8:30 a.m. class (often sprinting to lecture afterward). Knowing I’d see my two friends there was so motivating, and also made it a lot more fun!Although none of us were planning to be out on the beach for break, we still thought this would be a fun way to start getting back into shape.
Classes at CYC consist of around 10 songs, and unlike a regular spin class, they push you to work your entire body. It is honestly the best workout I’ve ever had. At times, I find myself muttering how much I hate it, but nothing can energize you and make you feel more successful than a completed ride.
An average rider will burn up to 800 calories in one ride — they’re not messing around here! Song songs focus on “climbing a mountain,” while others incorporate hand weights to imagine you’re rowing a boat with the 49 other classes members.
By the end of the 12 days challenge, I had increased my weights from 1 lb to 2 lb, and felt physically stronger. My legs looked more toned and I could up the resistance instead of getting tired.
One thing my friends and I also enjoy about CYC Fitness is their social media presence. CYC is extremely active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify. You can check in with other riders (or CYCos as I call them) and almost always receive feedback from the cyc account. They held a challenge, offering three free rides to whomever had the best tweet using the #CYCSBChallenge tag. Although none of us were the winner, we still had a fun time working out each morning.