When I got the invite to join the 411 Mommas in a cycle class, I can’t say I wasn’t hesitant. I had a very bad spin experience many, MANY years ago. To make a long story short, I was 18. I rode my mountain bike pretty regularly. I sauntered into the class like I owned the place. The very fit gentleman adjusted the bike for me, told me to hop on and strapped my feet in. We started pedaling, then after the warm up, he instructed to let out on all resistance. Winding, winding and winding……I got a little out of control so I just STOPPED pedaling…….on a fly wheel bike. Needless to say my shoes ended up getting ripped off and thrown to the window in front of the class. The instructor stopped teaching. Gathered up my shoes and handed them to me where I quickly ducked out of the class with a bruised ego annnnnd ankles. I haven’t stepped foot into a spin class since.
This experience though, was VERY different.
We walked into XCycle Las Vegas, a light, bright and welcoming space. After signing a waiver the friendly gal behind the counter asked my shoe size and handed me a pair of cycling shoes with the special clip in on the bottom. I did get a little nervous about this, but I kept telling myself it might make things more efficient and cause less ankle fatigue so I just went with it.
We started to explore the merchandise. T-shirts, tanks and water bottles with witty sayings. Socks if you need them, body sprays for freshening up, and assortment of beverages for your hydrating pleasure.
We made our way back to the co-ed complimentary lockers to stow our things and put on our special shoes. When I opened my locker, what did I find? A USB plug to CHARGE YOUR PHONE. Another impressive touch. As we walked back, a photo booth area caught my eye (I never pass up a photo booth opportunity mind you). My friend and I quickly hopped in to snap a few shots with props provided. It also is complimentary, and very user friendly. It takes 3 shots and then you can email them to yourself as stills or a compilation GIF.
Before the class started, we thought it would be a good idea to hit the restroom since we would be attached to the bikes and all. The bathrooms/showers were beautifully clean and well stocked with toiletries, even hair ties (it’s about the little things people). Then IT WAS TIME. I was NERVOUS.
The teacher named Kat (or @Partyonabike on the Gram if you are so inclined) gave us all one on one attention since we were newbies. She showed us how to adjust our bike, step into the clips and step out of the clips. She saw the little bit of panic in my eyes and said “if it’s serious and you need to go quick, just un-velcro your shoes and bail out”. That surprisingly made me feel better. Having two exit plans quieted the anxiousness creeping up in the back of my control freak brain. Surveying the bike, it was very cool looking, towel was neatly rolled above the handle bars, they also provided hand weights of various heft of your choice, for what I wasn’t sure but knew I was going to find out soon.
Once the class started, all the apprehension melted away! The music, the lighting and Kat’s instruction were perfection. I enjoyed myself the WHOLE time! There is a comradery amongst the riders that is palpable. By the time we were done, I didn’t want it to be over…….although my legs were feeling a bit baby deer-ish as I unattached myself from the bike.
When they open the door for you to exit, they greet you with ice cold towels which is VERY welcome indeed.
Kat explained to us the amazing deals they have now. Gave us a tour of their sister gym XenXen, a gorgeous yoga studio. Completely wood, from top to bottom with soft lighting.
Verdict: I cannot wait to get back in the saddle again! Trying the Yoga next!