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Cycling First Time FAQs2019-04-12T13:36:36+00:00

Our next FREE Intro to Studio Cycling is happening at a special day and time—Thursday, May 9 from 6:30–7pm. Sign up here.

Are you considering trying indoor cycling?

Congratulations! We hope you decide to join us, you’ll love it!

We know walking into a studio can be intimidating. But we have a commitment to provide a welcoming, supportive environment to everyone in the studio. We are especially enthusiastic about first-time students, and witnessing them fall in love with indoor cycling and joining the Alpenglow community.

Nervous to try? One key thing to know is that no one except the instructor is watching you. Other people in class are concentrating on their workout, and are working too hard to notice what you’re doing. The instructor will be keeping an eye on you for safety of course, but otherwise, everyone is focused on their pedaling.

Think it’s going to be boring or not enough of a challenge? We have many hardcore athletes who say our classes are way more fun and way more challenging than they expected. This isn’t old-fashioned spinning in a windowless basement. Just try a class—what do you have to  lose?

First time? Arrive early.

First-time students should arrive 10 minutes early for a proper bike fit and studio orientation. Our classes start right on time, so you’ll want to be comfortable and safe on your bike so you can be ready to go, and our instructors can lead the class.

What to wear

You must bring clean, indoor shoes. Our floors, bikes, and those of us cleaning them thank you! You can wear regular sneakers (the firmer the sole the better) or SPD-compatible bike shoes. Our pedals have both cages and clip options.

You’ll be working hard, so expect to sweat, and wear clothing that is breathable. You can wear bike shorts, the padding can provide a more comfortable ride. But you don’t have to—any sporty shorts or leggings will do. Slippery material can make it harder to stay in the saddle, so try to avoid pants that will make you slide around a lot.

Please wear clean clothes and please consider a fresh coat of deodorant or alternative if you don’t wish to wear deodorant at least while participating in group fitness. We ride close to one another and hygiene matters! 🙂

Some riders like to wear a headband – you’ll be leaning over and this can keep the sweat out of your eyes.

What to bring

A full water bottle! The bikes have a holder for your water bottle.

A towel. We provide towels for use during class, but you’ll probably want your own for after class as well.

A hair tie if your hair is long.

Shower necessities if you plan on showering at the studio. We have bath towels to rent for $1.

For GlowYo, Bar, Cycle & Sculpt and Cycle & Core, a yoga mat. We have some but you may prefer your own.

What we provide

Mint condition Spinner shift bikes, regularly maintained and cleaned.

Hand towels for use on the bike to mop up your sweat. Even people who “don’t sweat” sweat in this class!

Vermont spring water.

The best instructors and workout of your life!

What to expect

To have fun and an amazing, glow-inducing workout! For your first class, don’t worry too much about keeping up. Just get comfortable on the bike and learn the various positions. The instructor will play a super-fun playlist full of motivating music. She or he will talk you through the class, adding resistance as you climb hills, taking the resistance down and focusing on speed drills, dialing it in and taking off on a straightaway. If at anytime the class feels too challenging or you simply want a break, you can take down your resistance and pedal at your own speed. No one can tell what your resistance is set at! There are no public metrics or leaderboards, And if at anytime you have questions, let the instructor know.

After the class, you’ll be asked to wipe down your bike and put your towel in the laundry bin. We have a bathroom and a shower for your convenience, we ask that you limit your shower time to be considerate of others waiting.

Next Steps

Register as a new client, then book your first class!

THE FINE PRINT

Please read our cancellation and waitlist policy.

We do not offer daycare and children are not permitted unless they are a registered participant in the class. We hope to be able to offer daycare in the future but we do not at this time.