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High-Intensity, Energetic Indoor Cycling Studio CycleBar Welcomes All Levels

By Kelly Church

Recent years have seen specialty gyms on the rise, with each new studio offering something unique and special to their members. CycleBar in Royal Oak, Michigan is no different. This high-intensity cycling studio offers a large number of classes for all levels and fitness goals, and members get their sweat in to loud music and energetic instructors in 50 minutes, usually.

CycleBar Royal Oak is owned and operated by Lisa Hillman (alongside Jimmy Wilde), who describes the experience as "intoxicating" and more than just a workout. Hillman and her staff of instructors, called CycleStars, want to make each ride a good time. 

"Each class is led by our CycleStars who endured hours of training to take our riders through an intoxicating experience," Hillman says. "In a single class, we motivate and inspire our riders to work at their own pace and to the beat of the music while we rock out to great music. We offer many themed-type classes every week, from Mash-up Monday, Wine-down Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Friday night Happy Hour and Sunday brunch rides. We want our riders to workout and have a good time doing it." 

CycleStars are CycleBar instructors that are trained to motivate and inspire riders through their 50-minute workouts while keeping energy high and the experience fun. Of the ten instructors, there's always a class to go to and enjoy. There are typically two classes in the morning during the week, so people can get their ride in before work, and two at the end of the work day, for those who prefer to workout at the end of the day. 

There are a ton of different classes to choose from at CycleBar, depending on a riders mood. The classic is a mix of endurance, strength, hills and upper body. The strength class incorporates more upper body work, hitting the biceps, triceps, delts, pecs, lats and traps.

Performance rides focus on your stats, using the company's own CycleStats, to track RPMs, calories, wattage and the rider's heart rate. Connect rides use some elements of yoga to help riders achieve their inner zen through different lighting and music, while still getting a great workout.  Endurance rides are 75-minute classes, as opposed to 50-minute classes, focuses on improving endurance. 

Pictured above are Owners Lisa and Jimmy.

CycleBar recommends that riders have a light snack 30 minutes prior to riding and stay very hydrated throughout the day -- in preparation for "pure intoxication and the best possible health." Riders can grab a pair of cycling shoes through the studio, bring their own for the SPD compatible bikes, or just wear regular tennis shoes that they're comfortable in. They have a special for new riders that allows new guests to try the CycleBar experience a few times without fully investing up front.  

CycleBar also makes an effort to give back to their Michigan community. The company created CycleGiving, which Hillman calls a "philanthropic movement." Through CycleGiving, CycleBar partners with local organizations and charities to raise money for donations. CycleBar can organize charitable rides for companies, teams, groups and families and the proceeds go directly to the cause that they're riding for. Hillman says this is a creative form of charity, simultaneously motivating people to take care of themselves and do their part in the community. 

"At the heart of CycleBar is our passion for giving back to the community," Hillman says. "This is a unique form of cause marketing that promotes health and wellness with a one-of-a-kind fitness experience to create successful fundraising events inside our studios." 

CycleBar classes can be scheduled ahead of time online at the company's website.

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