by Corinne Burgermeister, Social Editor
When I walked in to CYC Fitness last week, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The closest thing to cycling that I’ve ever done is Zumba, and aside from good music and a whole lot of sweat, the two are not very similar at all.
Upon entering the gym I was asked to sign a waiver. My immediate reaction was, “Shit.”
Everyone there seemed to know each other and appeared to have done this before. I felt really out of place, but thankfully the staff at CYC was extremely helpful and got me set up with a pair of shoes and taught me how to use the surprisingly hard-to-open lockers.
Once we got into the cycling room, I was surprised by how small it was. Somehow they managed to comfortably fit 50 bikes into the tiny room. Another employee helped me adjust my seat to the proper height and hooked my fancy biking shoes into the pedals. As a first-timer, this was a major relief.
Shortly afterward, the lights dimmed and our instructor began… and when “Clique” started playing, I knew I was in the right place. Aside from a spotlight on the instructor, the room is relatively dark, so nobody can really tell how fast or slow you are going, how profusely you’re sweating or how heavily you’re breathing.
The entire workout was such an intense adrenaline rush, and on Thursday night, it felt like a pre-game to the pre-game. The music selection was really current and I felt myself trying to sing along the entire time.
Although the class was a lot of fun, it was also a ton of work. By the halfway point, the front mirror was completely fogged up. I can’t even think of a time I’ve sweat that much, or worked that hard. Why? The first rule of cycling, is that you’re not allowed to stop moving your legs – eventually, you forget you’re even doing it. I expected my legs to hurt for days, but what surprised me the most is how much my arms hurt. Regardless, I was very proud of myself, and pleased that my CYC class ending up being a complete body workout.
If you decide to try out CYC Fitness, I have a few recommendations. First, make sure to take advantage of your free ride. Yes! Everyone’s first ride at CYC is completely free. Second, wear loose clothing. I made the mistake of wearing shorts and a t-shirt, which ended up being pretty uncomfortable. Most girls wore leggings and tanks, which seems like a better option for the amount of movement you’ll be doing. Finally, be sure to bring a water bottle. Ideally, one that you can grab quickly and easily, as its hard to sneak in a drink while pedaling.
Overall, my first CYC experience was wonderful and I can’t wait to go back! Classes are a bit pricey, ranging from $15 to $16.50 for students, depending on the number of rides you purchase. But for each mile ridden, CYC Fitness donates a few cents to charity — which adds up considering the Madison location will bike over a million miles this year.
CYC Fitness is located at 773 University Ave #205, just above Madison Fresh Market. For additional information like purchasing rides or reserving bikes, visit cycfitness.com or call (608) – 561-2292.