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Rider Spotlight: Elyse Ryan

Elyse is willing to work hard to achieve her goals.  She’s a great role model in that she prioritizes the fun factor in fitness.  She rides with her friends (that’s you, Sherry!), she’s music-centric and she likes to move her body.  And she’s consistent.  That’s a recipe for feeling good and we love her for it!  Meet Elyse!

 

Tell us about yourself, Don and the boys, and your interests.

I am originally from New Jersey and we moved to Hingham 16 years ago when my husband, Don took a job with a new company in Boston. I taught elementary school for 10 years in New York and New Jersey. When we made our move, my main focus was to raise our sons Jack and Aidan and to embrace our new lifestyle in New England. We love Hingham and it has been such a great town to raise a family. Jack is now a freshman at Providence College and Aidan is a senior at Hingham High School and now going through the college application process.

Some of my interests are exercising, cooking, gardening, traveling , skiing , reading. Mostly I enjoy being with family and friends.

Dog or cat? Dog
Passenger or driver? Driver
BBQ or oven? Oven
Sweater or hoodie? Hoodie
Africa or Asia? Asia

Everyone has a fitness journey, tell us about yours (culminating in new spin shoes!)

I always think of exercise as my gift to myself; I feel more energetic and more productive and healthier when I have achieved my exercise goals.   I like to mix it up between cycling, barre, running, walking, and yoga. Two years ago during a very harsh winter when there was so much snow you could hardly leave the house by foot, Cycle Town opened its doors. It was perfect timing and a great way to keep fit during a very long winter. My husband took classes with me on Sundays, which was great because we don’t get too many opportunities to exercise together.

What motivates you?

I am motivated by energetic fun instructors and great music. I love how a workout makes me feel mentally and physically strong. Leading a healthy lifestyle of exercise and eating healthy is important to me and my family. I can’t imagine a day without activity or a well balanced diet with a few splurges here or there.

What do you like about Cycle Town?

I love Cycle Town because it’s an amazing cardio calorie burning class. It’s really fun and different from a typical spin class. The instructors are all highly motivating and push you to be your best. We are constantly moving on the bike which burns more calories and the music chosen is perfect to keep in sync with the beat. It is really fun and working out should be fun. I usually take Erin’s class and she is always so upbeat and mixes things up to keep it lively.

Favorite move on the bike?

My favorite moves on the bike are the lunges, squats and sprints. They are challenging moves which make me push myself and I am motivated by the class energy.

I finally just bought spin shoes and it really makes a difference with endurance. I feel more balanced and pedal more efficiently. I can’t believe it took me so long!

Work hard, play hard… What’s your guilty pleasure?

I love the saying, work hard play hard…..but everything in moderation.

My guilty pleasure is wine, cheese and pizza. Everyone needs to splurge every now and then!

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Friend Week Is Back! Oct 17-21

Next week, October 17- 21, bring a friend for FREE!

We are celebrating Friend Week at Cycle Town. We love you riders, so naturally we’ll love your friends too and want them to share in the joy.

Here’s how it works. Check out our schedule and email or call us with your and your friend’s names and the class you’d like to take. We’ll add your friend to your class for free!

Here are some of the benefits of working out with a friend:

  • Stay accountable and plan workouts ahead of time together
  • Push one another — the shared experience of a ‘hurt so good’ sprint!
  • Pre- and post-workouts are catch-up time

** Friend week is available to new riders and riders who have not visited in the last 4 months. Friend Week will run Monday – Friday, Oct 17 – 21 and also our new Sunday class on Sunday Oct. 16 or Oct. 23 at 11 AM.

Tell your friends. Bring your friends. See ya in a saddle!

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Rider Spotlight: Terry Ronan

Terry has our Rooster instructor team wrapped around his finger.  The power of a smile!  He’s a 5:30AM fixture and it’s been a pleasure watching him ride hard and achieve amazing results.  His quintessential phrase, “this doesn’t get easier, you get me every time.”  That’s our favorite compliment!

 

Tell us about yourself… you and Marisa, the kids, interests, the work you do.

My wife Marisa, also a Cycle Towner, and I have been married for 30 years and arrived in Hingham 23 years ago. We have two active boys, Conor, 15, and Carter, 12. We love Hingham and all it has to offer. Summers we spend a lot of time at the beach on the weekend and the boys take sailing lessons at Hingham Maritime Center during the week. Conor is a 9th grade novice rower at HHS. We try and get away to Sanibel Island in Florida during one of the school vacation weeks.

I was raised in North Andover, MA and went to Bates College. After college I served 5 years as a Naval Officer. Following grad school I have spent my work career in banking and finance, focusing on oil, gas and power for the last 25 years. I used to be a golf nut, but haven’t been able to indulge much for the last few years given the time commitment. Cycle Town helps keep me sane!

Everyone has a fitness journey, but recently yours is pretty stunning and ought to be called a downright physical transformation. You look wonderful. Congrats and please share the story of your success!

My wife Marisa introduced me to Cycle Town in June of 2015. It was tough at first because I was woefully out of shape for the usual excuses, stress at work and not enough hours in the day to exercise. I started out slow and after a few rides started to improve and feel better. The instructors were very encouraging. After a couple of weeks, I was hooked. I forced myself to get up and take the 5:30AM class and it turned out to be a fantastic way to start the day. Walking out of the studio at 6:20AM after a good ride, the endorphins kick in and the feeling is exhilarating! After 15 months I feel so much better. With the cycling and more of a focus on healthy eating, I’ve dropped 40 pounds and just got below 200. This is the only body I will ever have and Cycle Town is helping me keep the old man out. It is really a big part of who I am now.

You always come in with an easy smile. Is there a secret to your steady, consistent positive attitude?

No secret. A good, positive attitude is contagious and it seems to me every instructor and rider that walks in the door at Cycle Town has that attitude, so that makes it easy as we all build on each other.

What motivates you? On the bike and in life in general.

On the bike it’s trying to get better, faster, pushing through heavier gears. The instructors are very inspiring and push you in a positive way. The day is so much better after that sweat.

In life, it’s work hard and play hard (though maybe not playing as hard as I used to). Perhaps a better way to think of it is having fun in whatever I do. The Commanding Officer of my first ship told me if it isn’t fun, you aren’t doing it right, and I’ve tried to live with that attitude since. I feel lucky to have my family in such a great area to live and work.

What do you love about Cycle Town?

I love all the instructors because they are so upbeat, encouraging, motivating and inspiring. The rhythm ride makes it like a team sport where we all ride as one in the class. Everyone in the class is working hard and having fun. The stress of daily life just runs out of your body and ends up on the floor with the sweat. I especially like that the instructors often ride with us on the days they aren’t leading a class. You know they love it for more than the workout, and that is uplifting.

Favorite move on the bike?

I like the fact we are doing something different every 3 or 4 minutes. Moving around the bike with a heavy gear, lunges and figure eights, are a favorite.

Work hard, play hard… what’s your guilty pleasure?

Too many to list. However, good food, red wine, or beer on the beach, preferably with family and friends, are at the top.

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September Strong – Our Tips To Get Back At It!

As  September kicks off and back to school approaches, you may be looking for some inspiration and motivation to tame the anxiety that comes with re-entry. We understand! We also know you want to get back to your fitness routine, so our instructors are giving tips on getting back in the saddle.  It feels good to sweat and get moving again!  Take advantage of our Fall Sale.  Buy a 10 ride package and get 2 rides free*.

 

Amanda – Just go for it!! One hour is only 4% of your day. We give so much of our days to other commitments–we deserve this time to let go, to find our strong and most importantly….to CRUSH BEATS!

Anne - It always feels better and gets easier after those first couple steps. Listen to your body….give yourself permission to do what feels right TODAY. And think about how great that post-workout smoothie is going to taste!

Cassie – Just have FUN – plain and simple!! Make it a fitness date with your friends or be adventurous and rock that cute/crazy top you’ve been eyeing! Who cares what you do, how much gear you add, or how fast you go, just go and rock out to the music on the saddle!

Erin – Schedule your rides as you would appointments…making exercise a priority when life gets crazy is a good way to beat the stress of back to school madness. #noexcuses

Kristen – Come as you are. Enjoy the dark and let that beat move you. Every pedal stroke is making your stronger no matter where you start. It comes back way quicker than you think it’s going to!

Natalie – September seems to be a month when we give a lot of our energy to our families, but be sure to make YOUR physical and mental health a priority by getting back in the saddle. You are worth it!

Toni – Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

 

* Sale ends Sunday 9/4/16.  One per person/linked family account.  The 2 free classes will be added to your account within 24 hours of purchase.

 

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Introducing Cassie!

Here’s how things began for Cassie at Cycle Town: She arrived sleepy for a 5:30am rooster ride. She had never ridden to the beat. Her clips were on backwards. Yet the odds of Cassie rocking out and connecting with our ride were probably 100%.

Cassie has an extensive dance background and a love of music. She loves to be challenged and work hard. She’s a people person and craves the motivation of group fitness. A match made in heaven.

That was November. Today, Cassie’s clips are turned around. She has spiffy new white spin shoes. Her ride matches her personality, outrageously fun and motivating. She whizzed through our training program, had us cheering loudly in her rehearsal, and is eager to show you her stuff. Expect to fall in love with her the way we have!

Cassie grew up in Hingham and teaches barre, Pound, and Zumba. She’s co-owner of Funky Feet children’s dance program at the Rec Center. She just earned her Masters for Teacher of Reading.

You’ll see her subbing into classes across our schedule in August, as we work to finalize our Fall schedule in September. This week, catch her Monday @ 5:30am, Wednesday @ 8:30am and thereafter.

Welcome Cassie!

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Rider Spotlight: Caroline Johnson

Riding with people like Caroline Johnson is one of the reasons we love what we do. She crushes beats like a rock star and brings excellent energy to every ride. She tells us about the positive impact we have on her life. These things make us glow and we want to share the joy. Meet Caroline!

Tell us about yourself, your interests and career!

I was born and raised in The South (Atlanta), moved here with my family about five years ago and currently live in Weymouth with my 9-year-old son. I’m a CPA / Controller by day and a mom, chef, dancer, hiker, gardener, beach lover and spinner by night (and on the weekends). Because my father was a New Englander, the Northeast does not feel that foreign to me and honestly, I’ve never felt so at home as when I crossed into Massachusetts and the Boston skyline came into view. I love Boston, I love the South Shore, I love raising my son here and although I’m far from my family, right now it’s exactly where I want to be.

Hunter or gatherer? Gatherer
Sweet or sour? Sweet
Flip flops or sneakers? Both
Spring or Fall? Fall
Game of Thrones or Glee? Neither
Bowling or Roller skating? Duh…roller skating

 

What has been your fitness journey?

I can’t remember when my journey for healthy living began, but I do remember being extremely active and playful as a child; feeling more comfortable outside than in, preferring movement to sitting still and loving the way vegetables tasted. I was lucky enough to have an older brother who taught me how throw a perfect spiral and spent hours running me back and forth on the tennis court and a mom who insisted I enroll in every dance class in town. I continued to stay active in college with running which I replaced with yoga, biking and hiking in more recent adult years. Now, being the single-mom of an athletic 9-year-old, I don’t have the option of “letting myself go” physically. He keeps me going and there’s no better feeling than being able to shoot hoops with him on the court, race him up a hill on our bikes or spend hours tossing the football in the front yard. Having a healthy body is not a given. There are so many people that struggle every day to just get out of bed. I never ever take my health for granted and I’m so grateful to have a body that works with me and not against me.

 

What has been the most extreme sport you’ve ever tried?

At an early age, I became terrified of the ocean. I’m sure my fear coincided with my first (and last) viewing of the movie JAWS. So after going through a difficult time in my marriage I made a conscious decision to face my biggest fear because at that point, what did I have to lose? So I booked a trip with my surfing cousin, renewed my passport and headed to Costa Rica. It was terrifying and amazing, I felt beat down and built up and the same time and although I didn’t come out of the trip in love with surfing, I did learn that when my mind creates an obstacle, my body can help convince the mind to get through it. I’ve experienced this so many times during spinning too except in the opposite direction. When my body feels like it cannot simply handle another 30 seconds of 90% incline, the mind tells the body “yes you can” and when MY mind starts to waiver, the instructor’s voice and music chimes in and says “you’re almost there, YOU GOT THIS”.

 

What motivates you?

It varies. Some days it’s my son, some days it’s a great song, some days it’s the sun coming through the window and hearing the birds outside. Everyday it’s different, but the ultimate motivator for me is an internal drive to be mentally, emotionally and physically able to experience everything that life has to offer. I hate saying “no” to the universe when it presents me with something that I really really want to experience so I get up, put on my shoes and hit the 5:30 AM class.

 

What about Cycle Town hooked you? How has it made a difference in your life?

Where do I start? I walked through the doors at 5:10 AM on a weekday and felt welcomed, loved and inspired ever since. I love that everyone in the class is where they want to be. There is never ever any shame and I feel uplifted and encouraged by the entire room. The instructors are so creative and seem to know just exactly the work-out I need (I’m sure we all feel that way), They know just what to play and say at the very moment that I need it. I’ve had days when I feel like crying and screaming at whatever is going on in my life and somehow, something changes during the class and I walk out having a hard time remembering why I was so upset. I’ve been to other spin classes and other fitness centers and there is something uniquely special about Cycle Town and the Cycle Town community. It is trans-formative and inspirational and I feel so very blessed to have it in my life.

 

Favorite move on the bike?
Any move that incorporates music from Rihanna, Beyonce or Justin Timberlake.

 

Why do you like your new spin shoes?
As anyone on the left or right of me will attest to, I tend to be a bit hyperactive (borderline spastic) on the bike. The spin shoes not only make my feet look smaller, but they bring my energy under control. Also, I think my sprints and runs are way faster now.

 

Work hard, play hard… What’s your guilty pleasure?
Taco chips, guacamole and margarita(s).

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A Very Special Mother’s Day Postcard

This Mother’s Day Cycle Town has decided to support empowerHER, a local organization dedicated to mentoring young girls who have lost their mother.

Here’s what empowerHER believes: No girl should have to face life as a child or adolescent without support.  By providing a community of sisterhood, empowerHer can inspire feelings of hope and confidence that will remain present throughout each girl’s life.

Woah!  Immediate flood of emotion.

empowerHER has beautifully designed three postcards, complete with heartfelt messages, which Cycle Town will be selling at our desk through Mother’s Day.  They are $2 each, include postage, and all proceeds go to empowerHER.

Send them to your Mother, grandmother, sisters or friends!  Postcards are a lost art.  This is a great opportunity send a nice note to someone you care about!

empowerHER is in Scituate, and we learned about it from one of our riders, Kelly Fleming.  Thank you Kelly!  You can learn more about empowerHER here.

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Rider Spotlight: Rocky and Ariana Tenaglia

We have a soft spot for father-daughter pairs!  Rocky and Ariana share energy– they like to move, conquer challenges and connect with others.  We are thrilled they prioritize time on our bikes together and ride like rock stars.  Meet a duo committed to health and fitness both personally and professionally!

 

Tell us about the Tenaglias including the family business and your interests!

Rocky: The Tenaglia family includes me, my wife Jane, and our daughters Ariana and Nikki.  We call Hull our home and own 3 independent pharmacies in the area.  Nantasket Pharmacy in Hull where Rocky works, Hingham Centre Pharmacy where Lisa (Rocky’s sister who’s a pharmacist) works, and Scituate Pharmacy where Jane (who’s a pharmacist) works. So we keep it in the family. When we are not working we like to spend time on an island where the water is warm and the diving is alluring.

Ariana: We love spending time together as a family. We try to take a family vacation at least once a year to a tropical island where we can sit in the sun at the beach all day. Nikki and I share a passion for diving and stand up paddle boarding which we are fortunate enough to do together on our family vacations.

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Everyone has a fitness journey, please tell us about yours. Ariana please include your recent achievement of yoga instructor certification!

Rocky: At age 50 it was time for a lifestyle change and with that came spin.

Ariana: I have always been into fitness in one way or another. Growing up I did dance at the Hingham Community Center, synchronized swimming at SWOJAN Swim Club in Norwell, and played sports throughout middle school and high school. When I got to college I found it more difficult to motivate myself to exercise alone so I would go to the gym with friends. When I came home from college I found that motivation through my dad and we began going to spin together.   In addition to sports and spinning, yoga has always been a part of my life. Both my mother and my grandmother are long time yoga practitioners and my mom became a yoga teacher about 5 years ago. Growing up yoga was a great way for me to bond with them. In order to deepen my practice and learn more about the practice of yoga, I just completed my RYT200 training.

What motivates you? On the bike and in life.

Rocky: I live by the motto YOLO (You Only Live Once). The zest for life and believing fitness helps achieve success in life both physically and mentally.

Ariana: I think what motivates me the most is keeping my body healthy and strong so I can do anything I want. Growing up working at the pharmacy, I saw so many people with debilitating diseases where their bodies were failing them. I am so lucky to have a strong, healthy body and I want to keep it that way.

Why do you love Cycle Town?

Rocky: The energy, focus and determination of all the instructors. Each one is motivated to help everyone enjoy their ride and to achieve optimal performance.

Ariana: Both the riders and the instructors at Cycle Town really encourage me to push myself every time I go. It is a fun, happy environment that makes me feel like I can accomplish anything once I’ve completed a class.

Favorite move on the bike?

Rocky: Not one in particular because when I am on a bike I’m in a zone and just ride and enjoy.

Ariana: I love squats!

Advice for new riders?

Rocky: Just get on and enjoy your ride.

Ariana: It’s definitely overwhelming at first, especially if you have never done anything like it, but stick with it and just enjoy yourself! You’ll be amazed at what your body can do!

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Rider Spotlight: Jack and Cate Diamond

 

This father-daughter pair has a special connection, and we love that Cycle Town is the place they share some QT. It’s endearing to see them ride and rock out together in our rooster classes. They embrace fitness and fun, so naturally we just love them! Meet Jack and Cate Diamond!

 

Tell us about yourselves… what the Diamond family is like, work/school, what your interests are.

The Diamond family consists of me and my wife, Terry, and our kids, Jack 19, Cate 18 and Meghan 14. I am a lawyer with my office here in Hingham at 738 Main Street. Terry works at Crate and Barrel. Jack is a freshman in college at UMASS, graduating from HHS last spring and having played football there for 4 years. Cate is a HHS senior who will be attending Babson College next year and playing Field Hockey there. Meghan is an 8th grader at HMS and a champion level Irish Step dancer. As a family we ski most every winter weekend at Attitash. We spend the summers at Fresh Pond in Manomet where we enjoy lots of golf, swimming, water skiing, paddle boarding and fishing.

I love riding with Cate. When I started riding in the Fall, Cate was in season playing field hockey, and had no time, or need for another workout. When her season finished she started going to the 5:30’s with me as a way to get a workout in. She loved it. As the weeks went by it was fun to see more and more of her friends and teammates showing up at the 5:30 class. Some mornings there might be 8 or more of her high school friends in the class. We laugh when a certain song from a ride comes on the radio and we remember exactly the move the instructor had us doing for that song.

Jack, you look awesome. You have physically become a different person since we’ve known you! Tell us about your fitness journey and don’t leave out any details about your success!

My current fitness journey started the day after Labor Day. I was 285 lbs. I started a metabolism based weight loss program called New England Fat Loss. After 2 weeks I was down 20 lbs and wanted to start to work in some cardio to keep the weight loss going. I had heard good reviews on Cycle Town from friends. I signed up for my first spin class on a Saturday morning. As a result of the very low calorie intake I was on, I almost passed out on the ride home. Things got better after that morning and I started riding a couple of times a week. After completing the initial hard core 6 weeks of the weight loss program I was down 50 lbs and riding 2-3 times per week. I moved in to the maintenance phase and I am now taking a more normal approach to a healthy lifestyle. My daily diet is now a normal plan with just more healthy choices. Over the winter the exercise routine has been very consistent with 3-4 trips to CycleTown each week, playing hockey a couple of times per week and a getting in a couple of days of skiing every weekend. I am down another 15 pounds since the initial 50 and continuing in that direction at a much more reasonable pace.


Cate, we are so impressed! You are young, strong and determined. Tell us what fitness means to you at this point in your life.

Fitness is a very large part of my life, I love to stay active while having fun. Whether it’s going to Cycle Town, working out at Catz, or just getting out on the turf I’m always enjoying myself. I play field hockey and lacrosse, so staying in shape, strong, and healthy is my main goal.


What motivates you? On the bike and off.

Jack: What motivates me on the bike is getting in the best workout I can. The ride is 50 minutes. I know I can go as hard as I can for 50 minutes and it is over. If I am going to be there at that hour of the morning, I might as well do the best I can to get the best workout.

What motivates me off the bike is having fun. Life is way too short to be miserable. I like to have fun every day, no matter what I am doing. I try to have as much fun in court every day as I do at the rink, the ski slope (with maybe a little more fun at Après Ski), the golf course, the beach or anywhere I find myself. This is something that I am constantly trying to instill in our kids. I am very fortunate in that they actually still like to hang with me, or let me hang with them, as much as they do. Everyone has been warning me for years that it will come to an abrupt end, but we are still hanging strong. Family is the most important thing and I have been very lucky to enjoy spending so much time with our immediate and extended family.

Cate: I motivate myself by picturing myself on the field, it’s the last minute of the game, we’re tied and the balls in the offensive end. The pressures on and you know that the push may be painful buts it’s worth it in the end. On the bike, I know I’ll be able to bounce it out soon so I just push through that 30 seconds of sprints and let my legs fly.


What do you love about Cycle Town?

Jack: Cycle Town has been a great fit for me. I love the 5:30 am rides. I now find myself going to all 4, Tuesday through Friday, every week. Kristen keeps promising me a Monday, 5:30 am class, but it never seems to be on the schedule. The crew that rides the early bird rides are great. It is an eclectic mix of people and everyone is very supportive and friendly. The 4 early morning classes all are taught by different instructors. They are all very different and they are all great. That is important in keeping the workout fresh and not getting stale. The personalities, the rides, the music, all vary from class to class, instructor to instructor. Any ride with Peanut Butter Jelly blasting is a great ride for me. I am an early bird anyway. Getting up a little earlier at 4:30 am was a minor adjustment. It feels good to walk out of Cycle Town at 6:30 am and have a great workout in the books. It energizes me for the day. I was never a good runner. The bike was always a better fit for me. The rides at Cycle Town are intense. I was impressed and pleasantly surprised at how much it works the core and upper body and not just the legs and cardio. I feel like I get a great full body workout every class.

Cate: I love Cycle Town because it’s so energizing and you get a great workout. You walk out drenched in sweat but you’re smiling because you just had an awesome playlist and you feel accomplished that you crushed the ride. People think we’re crazy for getting up before work or school to go spin, but we always tell people it’s just so much fun you don’t even notice!


Favorite move on the bike?

Jack: Favorite move on the bike is pushing the red button at the end. Second favorite move is alternating lunges. Least favorite move is anything double time. My legs just don’t move that fast.

Cate: My favorite move on the bike is definitely when we slow it down and hit the lunges and figure eights. It’s always a bonus when you get a good hip hop song that you can sing along to.


Work hard, play hard… what’s your guilty pleasure?

Jack: Guilty pleasure is Beer and BBQ, and the BBQ is not necessary. The regular 5:30 am appointments at Cycle Town let me indulge in a little of that guilty pleasure.

Cate: Ice cream is definitely my guilty pleasure. Ben and Jerry’s, specifically New York Super Fudge Chunk, or Chunky Monkey. It’s a good thing I mostly ride in the mornings otherwise I’d be next door at Nona’s after class.

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Rhythm Ripped™ is Here!

Thirteen months ago we opened our studio committed to beat riding goodness. Our Rhythm Ride is the foundation for delivering you exceptional cardio and core strength and a rock star experience. Now we are ready to expand into upper body strength with a class called Rhythm Ripped. This new class once again comes proven out of Laguna Beach and combines the cardio you know and love from a traditional Rhythm Ride class with an upper body workout using hand weights. We focus on biceps, triceps and deltoids. It’s all on the bike. It’s all still to the beat. It will challenge you. We go for the BURN.

Rhythm Ripped classes will begin February 8th with 3 classes on the schedule.  Bring on the strong!

Mondays @ 9:40AM with Toni starting Feb. 8
Wednesdays @ 6:45PM with Amanda starting Feb. 10
Thursdays @ 9:40AM with Erin starting Feb. 11

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