Studio Review: CycleBar Garden City

Brand new to Long Island is CYCLEBAR, an indoor cycling studio, located in the heart of Garden City. CYCLEBAR celebrated its Grand Opening this past Saturday, however, the party is going on for 2 weeks! On Monday I popped in to take my first class… and I’ve already been back twice since then.

When you walk into the studio located on Franklin Ave, it is bright and full of energy. The staff is ready to help get you set up and answer any questions- which is important since everyone is new to the studio. Self check-in at the main desk area is done on an iPad and complimentary shoes are ready for you. Simply add your shoe size to your online profile and voila! they will be ready in the cubby assigned to your bike number. Heads up: the pedals are compatible with SPD clips if you bring your own shoes. Find a locker to store your things, fill up your reusable bottle from the water station, and you are ready to go. The studio is dimly lit, but the bikes are numbered in order so they’re easy to find. If you have any issues adjusting your bike, the staff is on hand to get you set up for your first ride.

These classes have been nothing short of high energy, sweaty fun! Okay, I’ll be honest, cycling sucks in the moment because it’s challenging, but when you finish and have conquered that class- it’s fun! The instructor gives a few quick pointers about what you need to know for the class. Most important being that there is a screen on your bike with a few important numbers- power output, RPMs (revolutions per minute), and your gear (resistance level). Throughout the class, you generally ride to the beat of the music but the CycleStars aka instructors will give you ranges for both your RPMs and gear.

During the first Grand Opening week, I was able to take two classes with Gabby and one with Melissa- both of these ladies are strong, badass instructors! My first two classes were with Gabby who was incredibly bubbly and ready to ride. She helped with setup before class and explained the leader board (more on this later). The playlist was filled with old and new songs, both fast and slow. Her powerful words encouraged you to push your pace even when you thought you couldn’t. Melissa taught an incredibly upbeat class that took you out of your comfort zone. She also threw in a few country songs which added a fresh change from the usual dance beats. All three classes focused on pushing yourself to try your hardest while adding in small “dance moves” such as crunches, tap backs, and hitting the corners. I was more focused on my CycleStats so my push-ups and crunches were there half the time. About two-thirds of the way through the class they do an arm series for one song. (Personal opinion: I’m not a fan of arms in a cycling class, I like to focus on riding whereas this almost feels like a 3 minute rest. It’s not a deal breaker for me though.) Using either a 4lb, 6lb bar or both, we performed a series of basically biceps curls and shoulder presses. We get back into the ride and take a song to really zone in while our sweat towels cover up the stats screen. Verdict on the classes? I loved all of them!

The music, instructors, and the vibe is awesome, but my favorite part has been the CycleStats. You can see how hard you’re working right in front of you! And not only can you compete with yourself every time, but there is a class leader board. It shows your class rank based on your power output and you can see which bike number is in which place. Remember that your bike is assigned to you and your profile so it takes into account things such as your weight. Your place can obviously fluctuate and the instructor only flashed the board twice during the class- once about halfway through and again at the end when Gabby had us racing. Side note: I’m not super competitive- just like moderately competitive 😜 and mostly with myself. But when I saw myself in the top 3, I pushed harder. I dug a little bit deeper. And then I saw that myself and the girl next to me were neck and neck for 1st and 2nd. Game on!

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After each class, you receive an email with your CycleStats. It gives you a breakdown of your performance.

Other amenities at the studio include free shoes, lockers, and water fountains. There are also two showers with everything you’d need in case you have to head straight to work or a hot date 😉

CYCLEBAR is currently running a Grand Opening special and all their classes are FREE until April 7th!! Book a bike (or 2)! If you enjoy the classes as much as I have, there are also early bird deals on class packages- including the Founder’s membership which is unlimited riding!

Wanna join me for a ride?! I’m already signed up for Monday 4/2 at 9:45am and Thursday 4/5 at 11am! Come sweat with me 🎉 You can book your bikes here!

Xo, Louise

 

 

*This post is not sponsored by CYCLEBAR. All opinions are my own*

Cardio or Strength Training: Which Comes First?

Starting an exercise program can be challenging and bring about a lot of questions. The internet provides a ton of information, some of which may be conflicting and lead to more questions. When starting an exercise program, many of my clients ask me if the order of their workout matters; meaning should you be performing cardio exercise (running, biking, swimming etc.) first or be starting with strength training exercises.

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Cardio then strength or strength then cardio?
Science says either way is fine!

Plenty of research has been done in this area, and while some online resources may tell you to do one before the other (maybe to maximize your calorie burn), the truth is it doesn’t matter. I always recommend that my clients start with whichever form of exercise they find to be most challenging because your body hasn’t used any of its energy stores yet. If running is going to be the hardest part of the workout, start there and finish with your strength training routine. Maybe you are trying to incorporate more resistance exercise into your weekly schedule, so starting there will make sure you complete it.

Ultimately, it comes down to what your goals are and how you want to structure your workout. If you are training for a race, then aerobic exercise will take priority. If the strength training circuit at the gym is your new challenge, start with a warm-up then focus on completing that circuit before riding the bike. This will allow your body to have the energy it needs for your main target. Take note that any sort of skilled lifts or long training runs should be done on their own days; trying to perform barbell snatches after a 30 minute run may not be the best plan.

It is also important that you are getting enough of both types of exercise each week! Below are the recommended exercise guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine:

Cardiorespiratory Exercise

  • Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.
  • One continuous session and multiple shorter sessions (of at least 10 minutes) are both acceptable to accumulate desired amount of daily exercise.
  • Gradual progression of exercise time, frequency and intensity is recommended for best adherence and least injury risk.
  • People unable to meet these minimums can still benefit from some activity.

Strength Training Exercise

  • Adults should train each major muscle group two or three days each week using a variety of exercises and equipment.
  • Two to four sets of each exercise will help adults improve strength and power.
  • Adults should wait at least 48 hours between resistance training sessions of the same muscle group.

The full list of Physical Activity Guidelines can be found here! Including flexibility and neuromuscular activity guidelines.

The most important piece to this puzzle is to remember why you started- stay focused on your goals and trust the process. Have an exercise question? Ask us in the comments below or email us at burpeesandbordeaux@gmail.com 🙂

❤ Louise

The Shirt You Need to Crush Your Workout…

Happy Anniversary B&B!!

Have you check out our newest shirt launch?! We are currently collecting orders for our new tees and tanks! As requested, we have added men’s t-shirts and ladies’ V-necks. Check out our new women’s cropped workout tank and the classic racerback.

Both Men’s and Women’s styles are $20 each (plus $2.50 if you would like it shipped)!

 

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Get ready to sweat with us this year! Save the Date: Our anniversary workout class will be held at lululemon Roosevelt Field on Saturday, April 29!

***If interested, please either leave your email in the comments below or send us an email directly to burpeesandbordeaux@gmail.com 🙂 ***

Xoxo, Pam & Louise

Happy Anniversary B&B!

Life is about taking chances – chances that force you so far out of your comfort zone. IMG_9086

It’s our 1st Anniversary!

When we took the leap of faith to launch Burpees & Bordeaux a year ago we didn’t know where it would go. We knew we wanted to share our journeys – the highs and the lows, we wanted to share solid research backed information, and we wanted to share our love for fitness (and wine). Little did we know we would connect with some of the most bad-ass women in the industry, grow not only as friends but also fitness professionals, and also expose our most vulnerable selves. We are so grateful for each and every one of you who read our blog and support us in our journey. A special shout out to our friends, our families, and significant others who support us day in and day out! Thank you to our friends at lululemon RF for letting us reach more individuals and all of the Tone It Up- Long Island girls who always come out to support us.

We love you all and can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us!

Xo, Louise & Pam

What Your Cycling Instructor is Really Thinking

After an awesome beach workout Sunday, I was ready to go again on Monday. Twice a week I teach indoor cycling- it’s probably my favorite class to teach! Something about the challenge of turning up the resistance and pushing through a 45 minute workout gives you such a sense of accomplishment. You can really zone into the music to help give yourself the strength to climb to the top of that hill or sprint across the finish line. It takes a lot of prep to put together a solid workout and the playlist to match it. But just because I’m teaching the class doesn’t mean I am breezing through it- I’m just hiding it better 😉

15 Things Your Indoor Cycling Instructor is Thinking

  1. I am so pumped for this playlist- it’s perfect. I’ve been singing it over and over. Music is on- let’s go!
  2. Hmm… is the music too loud? They can totally hear me, right?
  3. “Let’s turn it up!” Did I just get side eye? Oh man…
  4. This used to be my favorite song until I turned it into a hill climb… shut up Beyonce.
  5. I am talking way too much. Just let the people ride their bikes. “Stay strong!” My subconscious opened her mouth that time- I swear!
  6. How red is my face getting? Is it wrong if I have water mid-song?
  7. “Can I get a WOOOO?!” *silence* … Oh no, they’re dead.
  8. Howww are my legs still working? I secretly feel your pain. #Quads
  9. “Turn it up!” No, seriously. I see you. Turn it up.
  10. If my butt hurts, I bet yours does, too. Let’s stand it up… #TeamLegs, let’s go!
  11. These guys are killing it. Sprinting is no joke.
  12. “One. More. Song. That’s it! You’ve got this!” Really, I promise. I wouldn’t lie about it, that’s just mean.
  13. Sprint through the finish… “You’ve got this, guys!” Keep your legs moving.
  14. “WOOOO!!” Ohh, nooowww they “woo”… when it’s over!
  15. You had a great class?! Awesome! Okay, we can keep the Beyonce song 🙂

Seriously, thanking your instructor for a great class is probably the best compliment you can give. It shows that the effort they put into preparing that workout is worth it ❤

What’s your favorite studio on Long Island? Do you have a favorite song your instructor plays? Never taken a cycling class? No?! Well, if you’re a member of LA Fitness or a student at Adelphi- come to my classes!

Keep spinning,
Louise