Spinning Loudly at Cyc

cycFor my first class hop with my new ClassPass membership (two-week free trial edition) I needed a place that I didn’t require me carrying gym shoes around with me all day. That’s one of the reasons I love spinning studios that hand out clip-in cycling shoes when you walk in the door.

Cyc, which offers 45-minute beat-based rides with hand weight work has four locations. I went the Hell’s KitchenScreen Shot 2019-04-29 at 1.00.57 PM location on 8th Ave btwn 44th and 45th. As I walked in straight from work, I was really hoping to find a little container of hair ties like so many studios now have at the front desk. Instead, there were mints and little orange earplugs. I thought the earplugs seemed a strange choice until I walked out of the class half deaf in one ear.

The volume of music didn’t bother me during the class (I’m not that old yet!) In general, the music wasn’t memorable. The instructor, Tom was upbeat and encouraging although he did shout “Yeah?” quite often as though he was constantly asking us if we were on board.

The class includes weights and is not at all metrics focused, but I don’t think I pushed myself as hard as I do at FlyWheel or Peloton. The suggested torque knob turns just didn’t seem all that difficult and it was my first spin class in over a year. But at only $22/ride (discounts for packages) this indoor cycling class is on the budget end for NYC, and a good value for the price. You’ll pay $30-36 at the higher end for FlyWheel or Swerve (or Soul Cycle which is still not on ClassPass.)

I did like the fact that Glam and Glow Salon located just across the hall, so you can potentially wear your heels to work, take a Cyc spin class, shower, get a blow-out and go out on a date all in one day.

Here’s the skinny:

Cyc Beat Based Cycling

NYC Locations: Astor Place, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, UES

PROS: Great value for the price, solid 45-minute spin class with weights, clean space with high-end amenities like showers, lockers, mints and earplugs. Beat-based, so great for riders who prefer a Soul Cycle-style ride without too much of a sermon or the high price tag. Glam and Go studio across the hall from the Hell’s Kitchen location.

CONS: Not as challenging as some studios I’ve been too; the music is so loud, you’ll probably need those free earplugs they offer at the front desk. No metrics, so if you prefer to see your calories, miles, and/or are motivated by competition, this is not the ride for you.

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Back with Barry (and ClassPass too!)

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A couple of young women I work with recently headed out of the office to a Barre class together, excited about their new ClassPass memberships. I too wanted to be going to a fun class instead of the treadmill at my $15/month no-frills gym.

The magic words were “Two Weeks Free,” and “No commitment.” And, I’m back in the class-hopping game. I have abandoned FitReserve (although I’m definitely willing to try them again too) and am taking the new face of ClassPass for a spin! (Pun intended.)

The first class I tried was a 45-minute spin class at Cyc in Hell’s Kitchen which reminded me of all the reasons I both love and hate spin classes. More on that in my next post. And then, yesterday I went back to my first ClassPass love, Barry’s Bootcamp (UWS location).

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Barry’s still tops the charts of my all time favorite, most challenging, and most effective workouts. They may well be what they claim to be, “the best workout in the world,” at least the best that I can access on ClassPass (since Orange Theory Fitness still isn’t available as an option). I feel stronger an leaner after just one class.

ClassPass has switched up its pricing and plans to be more reasonable and sustainable. When I first joined back in 2015, it was $99/month (the price of an average gym membership) for UNLIMITED classes. Then about the time they suddenly upped the price to $125/month, I jumped ship to FitReserve that had more flexible pricing plans. See an updated comparison of the two here.

Currently, I’m still in my two-week free trial (which limits your visits to some studios including Barry’s, and FlyWheel), but I’m leaning toward signing up for either the $49/27-credits a month plan or the $79/45-credits a month plan.

Assigning different studios different credit amounts was a genius move. I’m willing to dish out the 16 credits class for Barry’s, but as my credits run low, I can hit up a Crunch Gym for open gym time at a mere 2-3 credits (depending on the time of day).  Up to 10 of your unused credits will roll over to the next month. You can also buy extra credits if you run out, but they aren’t cheap. If money were no object, I’d opt for the $159/100-credits a month plan. (They have higher priced plans that include an unlimited membership to Blink Gym as well, but with so many open gym time options in the class selection, unless you live right next door to a Blink, I don’t see the point.)

I’m down to only 10 credits after running and lifting with Barry yesterday, but it was so worth it. Shout out to instructor Kat S who had me feeling strong enough to push myself, and confident enough to know my own limits and to celebrate my personal progress instead of comparing my capabilities to my neighbor’s. She gives just the right blend of challenge and encouragement with a big, warm smile!