VIDA Class Spotlight: iRIDE
By Danielle Michels
Usually when I’m reviewing a class I’ll do some preliminary research on the format, but this time around I figured, “how different could a spin class be?”
Well, for starters, as Joel (my instructor for the 11:30 a.m. Saturday iRIDE class at Navy Yards) clearly stated to the class before any pedals were moving, “This is not a spin class!”
My initial thought, “Holy crap, what have I signed up for?”
Well, just so you know before you adventure in to this class, “iRIDE is a unique, 45-minute cycling workout that challenges your body and engages your mind. Weights are incorporated into segments of the ride, and their use is inspired by different disciplines, such as boxing and Karate.”
And despite my blind expectations of it being just another spin class, I’m so happy it wasn’t. While I think of a traditional spin class as simply a nice break in my weight training routine (because I typically hate cardio with the fiery passion of a million suns and need someone to push me), this was more than just a cardio mix-up day.
iRIDE was challenging, exhilarating, preconceived-notion-breaking and by far one of the most fun fitness experiences I’ve ever had.
Yes, we biked, but unlike spin where your entire class is basically just switching between a flat road and climbs and looking at your revolutions per minute, iRIDE is completely focused on gear changes and utilizing your body on the bike rather than being glued to it for 45 minutes.
Over the course of the class you’ll do a little work in the seat, some sprints, quite a few jumps as well as standing climbs. However, you’ll do all that while mixing in fun stuff like arm moves using your 3-pound weights, switching up your hand positions with choreographed sequences and feeding off the energy in the room (rarely do you see a class where almost everyone is smiling during one of the hardest sequences, but you really can’t help it in iRIDE).
Now before you embark on your first iRIDE class, here’s a few things you should know:
• This is an any-level fitness class. Not a beginners class or an advanced class, it’s for literally anyone. Whether you’re looking to build cardiovascular endurance, increase slow-twitch muscle strength, or find a mind-body connection in your workouts, iRIDE has something to offer you. So don’t be intimidated if you’ve never done indoor cycling before because even experienced indoor cyclists will be learning something new. iRIDE is also designed in a way that fosters growth no matter where you’re at in your fitness journey.
• You don’t need to bring any equipment other than your body and a bottle of water. You don’t need to have special clip-in cycling shoes, but all of the bikes are compatible with SPD cleats just in case you do choose to purchase a pair or already own them.
• iRIDE is part of the normal group fitness schedule, which means it is included in your membership and you can take the class at no additional cost.
So far iRIDE has only been offered at VIDA Yards (which you should really come see if you haven’t had the chance), but it’s coming to Metropole this month through December on:
– Tuesdays at 7:45 p.m. with Hansen
– Fridays at 6:45 p.m. with Paul
– Sundays at 1:15 p.m. with Sonja
If you’re not a member of The Yards location, just let your membership consultant know you would like to take an iRIDE class, and they’ll set you up with a pass to go try it out.
Chances are you’ll also see me there when you go because now I’m hooked, and I’m willing to bet you will be too!