Cyc Fitness: A Great Full-Body Strength Workout
If you’re looking for a new, fast-paced, totally-different-from-running strength workout (that also happens to be on a spin bike), Cyc Fitness might be for you!
At FLPT, we are typically big fans of functional strength exercises that mimic the motions of the sport you participate in. But every so often, it’s a good idea to try a completely different workout that challenges your body and helps you build strength in a way you’re not used to.
A few of us from FLPT had the chance to experience a Cyc ride recently. Cyc is where indoor cycling meets strength training, working the whole body, the whole time. Their beat-based rides incorporate calorie burning endurance intervals and weighted sectors inspired by more than 20 different sports movements from boxing, rowing, volleyball and more. Our consensus: it was a great workout, and we’d all go back!
Here’s what we had to say:
“As a physical therapist for a population of primarily runners — and as a runner myself — I thought Cyc was an extremely functional and efficient workout for cross training. It’s always great for a runner to get an effective cardio workout in while mixing it up and engaging the muscles in their legs and core that aren’t always activated the same way when running. Adding in functional upper body exercises while simultaneously cycling is an added challenge for the legs and core.”
— Raechel Bugner
“As a runner, I find myself thinking that there is no better workout than a long run and the occasional speed workout. Cyc set me straight! Throughout the entire class I was in the same mindset as if I was running a race; it required mental fortitude and a focus on body mechanics. Pairing cycling with functional strength was key. I was able to incorporate the essentials of cardio while simultaneously fine-tuning muscle groups that I (and let’s be honest many other runners) rarely find time to fit in, such as abs and upper body. My Cyc experience was nothing short of energizing. I would highly recommend these classes for anyone looking to seamlessly introduce functional strength to their workout regiment.”
— Cat Nadeau
“Full disclosure: I came into the workout a little skeptical. I’m more of a cyclist than Raechel & Cat, and I tend to be wary of workouts that aren’t on my own bike. What I quickly realized is that you can’t think of it as a cycling workout; sure, you’re on a spin bike, and you’re pedaling the whole time, but it felt much more like a full-body strength workout. We were up and down, in and out of the saddle, moving side to side, using weights and engaging all sorts of muscles simultaneously. It was great! Totally different than what I’m used to — and that’s a good thing. I think this sort of workout would be the perfect complement if your training plan calls for an easy run or as an effective strength or cardio workout.”
— Sara Hunninghake
Interested in checking it out? Cyc is offering all first-time riders with a COMPLIMENTARY RIDE when you use the code FLPTCYC316 (must redeem by Thursday, March 31).