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*

Workout: lulu Winter Bootcamp

B&B was back at lululemon for our favorite bootcamp class last week! We are sharing our Saturday AM workout so you can sweat it out at home or with a friend! This workout is sure to get your legs working, heart pumping and abs burning. And of course, what would our workouts be without plenty of burpees?! We can’t wait for you to join us at our next workout ❤


All you need is a timer, a mat, and water! There are 3 exercises in every round followed by 30 seconds of rest. Perform all 3 exercises back to back for 30 seconds each then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat each round 3 times before moving on to the next!

Round 1

  • Squats
  • Squat hold
  • Reverse lunge to single leg hop

Round 2

  • Inchworm + push-up
  • Plank
  • Mountain Climbers

Round 3

  • Single Leg RDL (right side)
  • Single Leg RDL (left side)
  • Broad jump forward

Round 4

  • Side plank (right)
  • Side plank (left)
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs

Round 5

  • Lateral lunge (right)
  • Lateral lunge (left)
  • Burpees!

Round 6

  • Single leg bridge (right)
  • Single leg bridge (left)
  • Squat Jumps

Thank you to everyone who came to sweat with us! And a huge thank you to lululemon RF for providing a space for us. Big shout out to our friends at Pleasant Petites for providing the post-workout snacks! Be sure to save the date for April 21! We have big things in the works 💜

Xo, Louise & Pam

Workout: Groundhog’s Day Circuit

Looks like Punxsutawney Phil think we are going to have 6 more weeks of winter ❄️ While that may make some of you want to crawl back into your hole, we want to get you guys up and moving! Just like Phil pops up and down, this core circuit is gonna have you jumping up and down while alternating floor and standing exercises. All you need is yourself!

Share with us on social media when you finish your workout! Be sure to tag us in those sweaty selfies 💪

Xo, Louise & Pam

Class Review: SLT Roslyn

Strengthen. Lengthen. Tone.

SLT is a pilates based class which works to strengthen your whole body. This low impact workout uses a pilates reformer for all of the moves including planks, lunges, and upper body work. Even if you’ve never used one, you would recognize this large machine with the sliding carriage rigged up with bars, straps, and tension springs. Because it is a pilates-based class, the foundation of these movements comes from core strength. Even as you’re working upper body muscles, your abdominal muscles are engaged. The same occurs standing in a lunge position where your balance and coordination are also being tested. The great thing about utilizing a reformer is the benefit you get from the pulleys and spring system which creates more resistance (compared to just your body weight) as you move through a full range of motion.

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This was my first experience taking an SLT class, let alone using a pilates reformer. More than anything, I was intrigued about how this machine works. Our friend Dianna, aka @falztasic, led myself, some of our lululemon RF crew, and new friends through a 50 minute class. I was happy to know I wasn’t the only newbie to SLT and there were also a few veterans in class that I could follow, as well. With my sticky socks on my feet, I was ready to go.

We started the warm-up with some plank work which consisted of planking, pikes, and body saws. The class moved through the whole right side of the body including legs, glutes, and abs. Each movement is slow and controlled as you focus on the push and pull from the machine. The emphasis was definitely on the quality of each movement, not the quantity of exercises. Dianna was fabulous and made sure everyone was maintaining proper form- especially us newbies! We transitioned into some upper body strengthening, including shoulder and chest moves, before sliding over to the left side. Every part of me was getting a challenging workout, including my brain, as I learned how to adjust my machine and move my body to each count. The SLT class transitioned smoothly from each muscle group, but never as quickly as you would want #FeelTheBurn. Our class finished with some strict core moves at the end that really just finished my abs off.

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Ready for my honest opinion? About two minutes into our class I thought my abs were just gonna pop off. But would I take this class again? Hell yeah! We were constantly moving for the whole class and performing each movement long enough that it definitely took you out of your comfort zone. As with any new exercise routine, practice, through repetition, will not only help you grow stronger, but become more confident in what you are doing.

Do any of you guys go to SLT regularly? Or any pilates reformer class? I need to know if my abs will ever stop hurting 😜

❤ Louise

Workout Wednesday: Fall Bootcamp 

B&B came in hot with not one, but two lululemon Bootcamp classes in one week! This week we are sharing our Saturday AM workout so you can sweat it out at home or with a friend! This workout is sure to get your heart pumping and glutes burning. And of course, what would our workouts be without plenty of burpees?! It’s always fun when we can workout together! We love teaching in-store classes and can’t wait for you to join us at our next workout ❤


For this workout all you need is a timer, a mat, and water! There are two exercises in every round followed by 30 seconds of rest. Perform both exercises for 30 seconds each then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat each round 3 times before moving on to the next round.

1. Squats
Reverse lunge + forward kick

2. Body saw plank
Hi-lo plank

3. Lateral lunge + a Single Leg RDL
Skater Hops

4. Tricep Dips
Spaghetti & Meatballs

5. Split Squats
Squat Jacks

6. Side Plank Dips
Burpees

 

Thank you to everyone who got up and came to sweat with us! We look very teaching these classes 💜 And a huge thank you to lululemon RF for providing a space for us. Big shout out to both Pleasant Petites and BarkThins for fueling our participants post-sweat sesh!

Xo, Louise & Pam

Event Recap: Tone It Up Tour

The fitness world seems to have exploded over the last week with all the fun and excitement of the Tone It Up Tour! TIU is a huge online fitness community and the two co-founders have taken the sweaty fun and brought it on the road. Obviously, we had to go! The first 4 stops of the tour were DC, NYC, Boston, and Philly. Pam attended NYC on Friday evening then we both traveled with our girls to Philadelphia for some meetups on Saturday and the tour on Sunday. Definitely recommend going to a meet up the day before- especially to go hang out in a new city!

Since there are still 11 more cities left in the TIU Tour, we wanted to give you our inside scoop to make sure you have an amazing time just like we did 🙂 Whether you are going GA or VIP, it is going to be so much fun. Just remember, this fitness festival is going to be what you make of it ❤

Step 1: Getting in line. Honestly, the line moved so quickly that it was smooth sailing into the venue. The line will get long though, so don’t wait to arrive until the doors open. We brought cards with us and played a few rounds of “Asshole” to pass the time. Once you get in, you’ll get your swag bag & bracelet then head to the stage and put your yoga mat down so you and your girls have a good spot together.

Step 2: Choose your activities strategically so you don’t have to wait in line. Zeel has massage tables set up for a nice 5 minute back massage 🙂 The line was short so we hopped on it immediately. Keep in mind there is also a braid bar (that line got super long and stayed that way all afternoon) and merchandise for sale. If you want merch then that has to be your first stop because they have a limited supply of sizes/colors of each item.

Step 3: Each tour stop has 3 workouts which are about 25-30 minutes long. Core Power yoga, an ass-kicking by Jillian Michaels, and some booty/core work with K&K. Feel free to skip workouts, branch away from your squad, and do your own thing! We skipped the yoga session and took that opportunity to hit up the photo booths, sample Krave and kombucha, make rose quartz beaded bracelets, and more! Pam and her cranky hamstring didn’t do much of the workouts at the NYC stop and had the best time ever! Partially due to the rose garden and in part due to all the amazing women who were all hanging out!


Step 4: If you have a VIP ticket then the rose garden is going to be a blast! They stamp your arm for meet & greets then call you by groups- aka no crazy line. In the meantime, you get to chill with your friends, drink rose, and hit up the denim bar. You can also come and go from the VIP area back out to the festival and peruse the vendors that are set up.

If you go in just looking for K&K, you’re going to be disappointed. This tour is all about the girls and the TIU Community. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with girls who may not live in your city or you have only spoken with through Instagram. Because Philly & NYC are so close, there were a bunch of girls we knew and also so many opportunities to make new friends!

PS: Bring snacks! There are food trucks stationed among the vendors, but if you’re ballin’ on a budget, you can bring in food. We brought almonds and protein bars to hold us over after all those workouts 🙂

Who else went to the TIU Tour this past weekend?! We would love to connect with you! Share your favorite part of the festival below ❤ Who is going in the next few weeks? Where? What are you most excited about?!

Xo, Louise & Pam

 

Running Sucks, but only for 5 Minutes

IMG_0565Okay, your shoes are tied and new playlist is lit, it’s time to go for a run… you can do this. *Insert some mantras about being strong* Music starts and you’re getting yourself warmed up. Let’s go- one foot in front of the other. Your heart rate starts to pick up and you begin breathing a little bit faster. Keep moving those legs… heart rate is still climbing as you’re trying to catch your breath. OMG. Why am I running? It’s only been one minute?! Keep going, keep moving. As you continue running it doesn’t seem to be getting any better… Only 2 minutes?! How can I keep moving *I am strong* How does anyone do this for miles and miles?! You approach the three minute mark and start to fall into a rhythm. Your heart rate is up but you don’t quite feel out of breath anymore. What is this magic?!

Your cardiovascular system is especially crucial during exercise as oxygen demand and waste production in your active muscles increase. The initial responses of your cardiovascular system allow your body to meet the increased demands placed on it with exercise. The average resting heart rate is about 60-80 beats per minute. At the onset of exercise, your heart rate and breathing rate begin to pick up to meet the increased demand for oxygen by your body. Your heart rate is proportional to the intensity of the exercise- as intensity increases, so will your heart rate. Going from walking to a high intensity activity such as running will quickly increase your heart rate.

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Side note… is anyone else running the Beach2Beacon on August 5th??

As you settle into a rhythm and maintain your pace, your heart rate will even out at a certain number of beats per minute. Your breathing rate will follow suit while both remain elevated above resting levels. This plateau is referred to as “steady state” and is the optimal heart rate for your body to meet the demands of the work (running) which you are doing. Steady state takes a few minutes to achieve and is not the same for everyone. For elite athletes, their bodies may be able to adapt to these physical demands quickly and reach steady state under 3 minutes. For those who may not be as physically fit, it could take upwards of 4-5 minutes to reach this plateau. Those who are not as conditioned may also have a higher heart rate at the same exercise intensity (in this case, running pace).

Let’s be honest, those first few minutes of running might suck. As you continue to run for a little bit longer with each week, you will continue to build your endurance. Increased cardiorespiratory endurance (heart and lungs) relates to the body’s ability to sustain prolonged, dynamic exercise using large muscle groups. In this case, we are talking about running longer distances and being able to deliver oxygen rich blood to those working muscles. Being able to maintain this level for longer periods of time shows improvements in aerobic fitness.

Anyone out there new to running? Any of our experienced runners have a story to share? Maybe something about your fitness or training journey! Share it in the comments below!

❤ Louise

 

Workout Wednesday: lulu Summer Bootcamp

B&B was back at it again with another heart pumping, quad burning, and burpee filled HIIT workout. We had such a fun morning sweating it out at lululemon RF with this strong crew! We love teaching in-store classes and can’t wait to see you guys again this fall ❤

There are two exercises in every round followed by 30 seconds of rest. Perform both exercises for 30 seconds each then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat each round 3 times before moving on to the next round. Get your timers ready…

Round 1
A. Squats (Pulse down for 3 counts, up for 1 count)
B. Squat Jacks

Round 2
A. Triceps Push Ups (Modify from the knees)
B. Mountain Climbers

Round 3
A. Lateral Lunge into Single Leg Balance
B. Skater Hops

Round 4
A. Low Plank
B. Inchworms with a Side Hop

Round 5
A. Single Leg RDL
B. Burpees!

Round 6
A. Side Plank (Modify from knee if needed)
B. Toe Touch (Alternate sides)

 

Need a little more motivation? Grab a friend! One person performs exercise A while the other performs B then you switch 🙂

Thank you to everyone who got up and got their workout done on Saturday morning! And a huge thank you to lululemon RF for providing a space for us. Big shout out to both Pleasant Petites and BarkThins for fueling our participants post-sweat sesh!

Xo, Louise & Pam

 

5 Rules for Strength Training

Running, swimming, and biking are all great forms of aerobic exercise. But what about anaerobic exercise? How do you incorporate strength training into your workout regimen or marathon training? As much as we love going out for a long run, strength training is such a critical part of our routines and has helped us become better runners! From body weight exercises to Olympic lifts, we have tried it all! But what is best for someone may not be appropriate for another person.

Let’s take it back to the basics: here are my 5 Simple Rules for Strength Trainingimg_4190

1. Strength training is for everyone. It is so important for your exercise routine because increasing your lean muscle mass helps increase your metabolism a.k.a turning you into a “metabolic machine.” In addition, lifting weights gives you increased bone strength, better posture, and decreased back pain. The same workout routine of a bodybuilder, however,  is not appropriate for everyone; it is specifically formulated with heavy weights and long duration. Make sure your workout is appropriate for you and your goals!

2. Challenge Yourself. Toning and building muscle are the same thing, it’s just the degree to which you stress your muscles. Lots of people want toned muscles, but fear becoming bulky. Rest assured, this is not the case! While men have a greater hormone availability and lean muscle mass, everyone’s muscles can only do one of two things: either get bigger or get smaller. When you lift weights that challenge your muscles, you actually create small tears in the muscle fiber. This is why you may feel sore the next day! Your muscles repair themselves, allowing them to grow stronger and a little bit bigger.

3. Rest for 48 hours in between. You know that soreness you feel the day after lifting? Lifting weights breaks down muscle fibers then they rebuild themselves a little bit stronger. Not everyone needs to have a “shoulder/leg/back day” but it’s important to let your body rest between strength training sessions of the same muscle group. If you are lifting back to back days, then start by dividing your workouts into upper and lower body days followed by rest.

4. Abs are the same as every other muscle group. Meaning that the same way your legs become sore and need rest after a day of squats and leg press, your abdominal muscles are no different. Choose quality ab exercises instead of performing “all of the crunches.” Just like your other muscle groups, make sure they get a break before completing another abdominal workout. Remember that increasing the total lean muscle mass in your body- not just abdominal muscles-  will help you burn more calories throughout the day, shed the layer of fat over your muscles, and achieve the look you want- “toned.”

5. Form is important! This is probably the most important rule of all because you don’t want to end up hurting yourself. Properly executing exercises will help to avoid injury and ensure you get the most out of your workout. When you’re getting to the end of a set, don’t sacrifice your form just to finish out the repetitions. Many people worry about starting a strength training routine because they are unsure of how to lift free weights or use the machines at their gym. Start by doing a little research or join a friend for their workout!

Bottom line: whether your goal is to lose weight, become stronger, or add muscle mass, strength training needs to be a part of your exercise routine.

❤ Louise

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