How I got into indoor cycling: I first tried spinning in 1999 after an injury forced me to hang up my running shoes....I have never looked back! Spinning offers the fantastic cardio workout feeling, we used to all a "runner's high" by using great music to motivate us to work hard, have fun, and just go for it!
Music Mania: Although my true passion is new music with a great beat (from Flo rida and Mumford and Sons to Adele and Rihanna), I always try to mix in classics like Motown, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and U2). I am a big fan of mash-ups and a recent convert to country rock! I love theme classes like the all video 25th anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and recently the dance-off concert video class featuring Tina Turner versus Beyonce.
What makes a great class: It is all about the music. I hope when you leave the spin room you will have a song in your head, sweat on your back, and a big smile on your face!
A teacher, a coach, an athlete ---- Melissa also loves a tremendous variety of music that she brings to her creative spin classes. Fitness has always been important in her life; she captained her Division I college softball team and currently competes in team sports like basketball year-round and individual races during warmer months, and enjoys riding outdoors as often as possible. She has completed two Boston marathons, numerous shorter triathlons, and teaches and coaches middle school boys in Newton. She also leads faculty/staff fitness boot camps and yoga sessions. She got hooked on spinning years ago and is thrilled to be leading classes where participants work as a team in pursuit of improved fitness. Melissa believes in the power of sweat; it is a great equalizer. Sweat develops camaraderie and helps teach us more about our bodies’ capabilities. So whether you are a beginner, seasoned rider, or somewhere in between, expect a challenging workout, energizing music, and a motivating teacher that will bring out your best each class.
Indoor Cycling Background: An indoor cycling instructor for a decade, an involved parent and a passionate yoga teacher....these dimensions emanate in her class. Her dynamic teaching style is at once intense and nurturing. Interweaving the vigor of spin with the discipline of yoga, Renu creates distinctly multi-faceted classes, her mindset is un-mistakeable! She challenges riders to dig a little deeper in their workout and to carry that state of mind outside the studio.
Music Mania: Renu creates playlists that celebrate musical diversity and help stretch your boundaries, both physically and emotionally. Selections are diverse and often inspired by the enthusiasm of riders. Beat-driven music from Classic Rock to Hip Hop, from Bollywood tunes to remixes, one-hit wonders to vibrant instrumentalism. Inclusive teaching that fosters camaraderie, commitment and passion for wellness!
How I got into indoor cycling: After 30 years of brutal ground pounding (running and basketball), my doctor said “cycle and swim or I’m replacing your knees”. Shortly after, we founded Spynergy (now CycleBar) I hope 4 things happen for riders in my class 1) a great workout, 2) the time flies, 3) smiling and fun, 4) people leave “sparkly and euphoric”.
Music Mania: My core influence is Blues-oriented rock grooves (Clapton, Stones, JJ Cale, Allmans, Dylan), but my classes feature a broad spectrum of genres and eras: Talking Heads, Dave, Moby, Wilco, Nirvana, even Pitbull, Avicii, and Daft Punk. Yes, some trance music and pop. Lot’s of re-mixes from all eras. Clear focus on high-energy rhythms. Twice a year I do an all “Grateful Dead” spin (yes it CAN be done).