Member Spotlight: Sarah and Eleanor — iRIDE Attendees
By Danielle Michels
After taking iRIDE at Navy Yards, I caught up with two of the ladies who were pushing it hard in class!
Sarah and Eleanor are both new Navy Yards members, Sarah joined VIDA Navy Yards right before the grand opening, and Eleanor joined VIDA in September after moving to D.C. from New York.
iRIDE is relatively new, how many classes have you taken?
Eleanor: This is my first time taking Joel’s class. Although, I’ve been taking other spin classes since I joined in September.
Sarah: This is my second class.
What do you like about the format of iRIDE versus other spin classes? Because as Joel made sure to mention, iRIDE isn’t just an ordinary spin class.
Eleanor: The routine almost feels like your in a choreographed dance class because you’re not just moving your legs, but also your arms and abs. It makes for a great total body workout that you don’t get with every type of spin class.
Sarah: I love the music and I like that the class incorporates other parts of your body, for example, your arms are engaged with the weights and pushups on the bike. Also, the music makes the class fly by!
What’s your favorite part of iRIDE? At what part of the class are you pumped up to push even harder?
Eleanor: The whole class really. It kind of feels like you’re dancing, and the rhythm that’s in sync with the cycle movements and exercises on the bike is so much fun. Whenever a song that comes on that involves some choreography I feel like I can push a little harder than I already am.
Sarah: Usually when you sprint and try to get to 130 RPMs, I can’t do it, but in this class I think the pace and the rhythm of the class allow you to get there so much easier because you’re distracted by how much fun you’re having. So whenever Joel says to pick up the pace and go, it’s exciting to be able to reach that goal.
What other workouts and classes do you both participate in outside of the cycle studio?
Eleanor: I take Joel’s HIIT class and I love that one. Actually I took that before this class, just went downstairs, grabbed a protein shake, and good to go!
(After Eleanor told us she took Joel’s HIIT class right before iRIDE Sarah and my jaws dropped for a good minute and I completely forgot to get Sarah’s answer to this one.)
What’s your favorite thing about going to group fitness classes?
Eleanor: Honestly, I look at the other people in the class and they give me a lot of motivation to keep pushing and to keep coming back week after week.
Sarah: I think having somebody else guiding you and keeping your workout in control and continually pushing you is what keeps me coming back. And when Joel comes over near my bike I definitely pick up the pace!
To see when iRIDE is offered at Navy Yards and Metropole, take a look at our group fitness schedules!