Cyc Fitness is the most relevant (and only) spin studio in Madison. Offering a complete body workout in 45-minutes (although a 60-minute option exists), the Cyc method is guaranteed to work the whole body, the whole time.
So get Cyc'd, because Wisconsin Sweat Team writer and Madison cycologist, Jesse Lucas, is here to explain everything you need to know about how to slay your first Cyc ride.
Cyc offers four signature classes: Cyc45, Cyc60, CycLift, and CycLean. Each class has unique characteristics which make them different and challenging.
|Cyc45||Clip into the signature 45-minute beat-based ride. Calorie burning endurance intervals are combined with weighted sectors inspired by more than 20 different sports movements from boxing, rowing, volleyball and more, to activate the whole body, the whole time.|
|Cyc60||This is for the rider who wants an extra challenge and is ready to leave it all on the bike. Who doesn't want an extra 15 minutes with their Cycologist? Change your body and your mind.|
|CycLift||Turn up the resistance, fire up your core, and grab your weights. This is the signature Cyc45 ride with additional weighted sectors that will sculpt your upper body, build your strength, and take you to the next level.|
|CycLean||Take the "weight" off your shoulders and transform your stress into sweat. Raise your stamina in this 45-minute, weight-free ride. Hills, jogs, jumps and the perfect balance of resistance will free your mind and keep your body lean.|
Your First Class
Most of the intimidation of going to a new fitness studio stems from not knowing what's going on during the class. I've been to studios where nothing was explained and I felt so lost that I could hardly focus on my workout. I promise that at Cyc, you will know what is going on from the second someone helps you set up your bike.
Right before every class starts, the instructor will go over all the basics you need to know such as hand positions, resistance changes, and tempos. It is critical that new riders pay attention to these instructions. The class is very fast paced, but when every sector begins, the instructor will tell the class exactly how much resistance to put on the wheel, and what they are going to be doing during that specific sector.
The entire workout revolves around the beat of the music. Throughout the ride, there will be times when the tempo is different. In order to keep the beat, it is vital that you have the right amount of turns on the resistance knob. Too few or too many will make it impossible to stay on tempo. Another trick is that you want to “lead” with one leg. The instructor will generally call out which leg you should be leading with and you should do your best to physically "hit" the beat with that leg. If you try to push with both legs, it will throw you off.
Cardio sectors are usually done at a“One-Two, One-Two" tempo. This is the tempo of most of the cardio sectors. From my experience, this is one of the hardest components of the class. Very few people can get this beat down in their first class, so don’t be intimidated if you struggle. It may take a few classes in order to be able to build up the muscles and feel comfortable keeping such a quick beat.
The Cyc method is uniform across their five studios, so expect the same intense, fun and exhilarating workout whether you're in Madison, NYC, Austin, Boston or Atlanta.
✓ Complimentary shoe rental
✓ Lockers with locks
✓ Filtered water dispenser
✓ WiFi lounge
✓ Complimentary dispoable ear plugs
✗ Free Water
✗ Equipment Purchase required