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About cycfitness

Cyc is a new indoor cycling method that combines cardio and strength training, offering an exhilarating beat-based 45-minute ride that activates the whole-body, the whole time.

Win The Ultimate TomorrowWorld Experience: Get Cyc’d For TomorrowWorld Sweepstakes!

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We’re taking the bikes to TomorrowWorld!

Want to come along for the ride? Enter our sweepstakes to win the ultimate festival experience including 2 VIP bracelets, 2 front row bikes, festival accommodations and a TomorrowWorld Survival Kit with goodies from Cyc, Quest Nutrition, Penta Water, Frends, BoobypackBirddogs and more!

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To enter, show us how YOU get Cyc’d for a festival, via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter:
1) Post an image of how you get cyc’d for a festival and include @cycfitness @tomorrowworld #CycdforTW in the caption.
2) Tag 3 friends, follow @cycfitness @tomorrowworld

That’s it!

The winner will be chosen at random, but you can increase your chances to win by entering more than once, and sharing your entry. The winning post will be chosen on September 17th and re-posted on Cyc Fitness’ social media platforms.

Looking for some inspiration for your entry? Here’s some ideas of the type of entries that we’re looking for: 

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Before the festival, look forward to in-studio Theme Rides and pop-ups featuring Live DJ rides and TomorrowWorld headliner rides!

*Already going to TomorrowWorld and staying at DreamVille? Book your bike for the world’s first music festival spin class here >>

For more background on the Cyc and TomorrowWorld partnership, click here >>

Click here for all sweepstakes legal rules and restrictions.

Announcing The First Ever Spin Studio At A Music Festival: Cyc + TomorrowWorld!

We’re SO cyc’d to announce we’re taking our party on a bike to a whole new level…

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Cyc is partnering with TomorrowWorld, America’s largest 21+ electronic dance music festival, to create the first-ever onsite festival spin experience. Residents of TomorrowWorld’s DreamVille will be able to take Cyc rides at our outdoor studio on Saturday (9/26) and Sunday (9/27) mornings.

Like Cyc, TomorrowWorld believes in the importance of having a social active life. With the introduction of Cyc, festival-goers won’t have to sacrifice their love of fitness for their love of music, they can have both!

All TomorrowWorld ticket holders will soon be able to reserve their bikes for the price of a small donation that will go towards the Atlanta Music Project. They’ll also be gifted a free in-studio Cyc ride when he or she brings their ticket to the front desk.

Before the festival, look forward to in-studio Theme Rides featuring headliners, as well as events and ticket giveaways! Stay tuned to our email newsletters and social media platforms (@cycfitness) and you could be headed to TomorrowWorld before you know it!

For more details, check out the official press release:
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Cyc Music: Poolside Tunes

workout, music, playlist, cyc fitness, spinning, indoor cycling, spin, cyc music Bathing suit season is officially here! It’s time to show off all your hard work poolside.

We’ve put together the perfect playlist for relaxing at the pool. Soak in the sun and jam to awesome tunes from Will Smith, Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, Viceroy, and Lana Del Rey. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for more playlists from Cyc Music, and remember to book your bikes HERE!
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Spring Into Change Challenge: 70 Days of Inspiration from 300+ Cyc Riders

We never could have anticipated how inspiring one 10 week Challenge could be — not just for our riders, but for our entire Cyc family. Beginning on March 23rd, Cyc riders across the country accepted the Spring Into Change Challenge Powered by Vitafusion to ride 4+ times per week, dedicating themselves to becoming healthier and stronger in the process.

Though we knew we had a lot of dedicated athletes ready to take on the Challenge, the outpouring of encouragement, affirmations, and unbelievable results from all of our riders was an incredible surprise. It was also incredibly inspiring. Here are some of our favorite quotes and stories our challengers shared with us…

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Kate Mann’s before and after snapshots

“Not to sound dramatic, but the Spring Into Change Challenge with Cyc honestly changed my life. Prior to the Challenge you would have never seen me in a gym (and if you did, I would not be happy to be there). I hated exercise, and had sworn off everything in the fitness industry as being intimidating and scary, and swore I’d never be one of ‘those people’ who loves working out and talks about it all the time. I was overweight, depressed, and lazy and had pretty much given up on the idea of ever changing. I’ve always had body image issues, but had never had any success no matter what trendy workout or diet I tried. I accepted that I would always be a chubby girl, and that I could never be fit. I tried Cyc once or twice before the Challenge and enjoyed it more than anything else I’d tried, so when I got the email I decided to go for it since I had nothing to lose. After that I was hooked. Everyone at the studio was incredibly nice, friendly, and supportive and I felt like they really cared about my progress and wanted me to do well. I felt myself getting stronger and faster (a feeling I was unfamiliar with) and was amazed at what I could push my body to do. I was exponentially happier and had way more energy. My first ride I couldn’t keep tempo to a single song and now I can keep up for almost all of class. My outlook on life has changed and I love my new healthy lifestyle and am so bummed out on days when I don’t get to work out. As I graduate from the UW this semester and start job hunting, I’m looking for a job somewhere fitness related, so I can incorporate my new found passion into work somehow. I’ve never been happier, more confident, or felt more comfortable in my own skin. I don’t even recognize the person I was before, and I’m so thankful I took this challenge.”
– Kate Mann, Cyc Madison rider

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Joshua Hall and Keoni Hudoba (at the end of the Challenge), Joshua Hall and Savannah Dew (a month prior)

“Not only has the Challenge been a physical journey but a mental one as well. At the beginning of the Challenge I thought of it as just a really good workout. But after 4 classes a week for 10 straight weeks my perspective drastically changed. Due to the frequency of classes it takes more planning and coordination… this ‘hobby’ of a workout became much more engaging physically and mentally.”
-Joshua Hall, Cyc Astor rider

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Megan Bawden Westphal and Cycologist Jenny DeMain

“My Cyc change story can be summed up by this quote: “Don’t forget to be AWESOME”… Throughout the Challenge I’ve seen great improvements. I’ve lost about 10 pounds so far and keep on losing. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and crept up closer to the front row in class (I even sat there once) and have increased my weights for all weighted sectors. Last class I was pushing the 3-4 pounders like it was my job! My Cyc rides bring a smile to my face and give me something to look forward to during my busy day of computer work. Cyc’s a place where I can focus on me (which is the whole reason for my goal declaration).”
-Megan Bawden Westphal, rider at Cyc Madison

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Amalia Goldberg’s progress

“The Spring Into Change Challenge has pushed me to a new level of physical wellness that I never dreamed I’d ever see again. After a few weeks, I noticed that I was becoming stronger. My clothes were suddenly a bit looser. People began commenting on how healthy I looked. I began to feel good about my rides, and how I could do less modified moves and actually keep up with the music. Physically, I started liking the way I looked. My eating habits became healthier and I stopped binge eating. I began to feel confident in my own skin and actually see muscles forming. I liked who I was becoming and my confidence came shining through. While the weight on the scale has only fluctuated a pound or two, I’ve lost over 3 inches off of my thighs and an inch and a half off my waist. I’ve also become an inspiration to my friends and family, and more importantly, to myself. I CAN do things if I set my mind to it! I’ve proven it to myself, and I now have the confidence to take on any challenge.”
-Amalia Goldberg, Cyc Madison rider

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Lauren Patrick and Cyc Buckhead Cycologist Annie Czarnecki

“This summer I’m turning 30, which made me do a reality check in regards to how out of shape I’ve become. Since I got married almost five years ago, I put on 20 pounds and just didn’t feel like my best self. So I set out on a quest to lose 15 pounds before my 30th birthday, calling it my #15in15. (You can read more about it here.) When I heard about the Spring Into Change Challenge, I was motivated to see the results I could achieve over 10 weeks. This has been an awesome journey.”
-Lauren Patrick, Cyc Buckhead rider

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Lauren Unger’s before and after snapshots

“This Challenge is just what I needed! I haven’t missed a ride, and as a matter of fact, I’ve even added on rides because I feel so good when I’m on the bike. During this Challenge I took the majority of my rides with Natalie and I’m so grateful for her. She is a rockstar both on and off the bike and is committed to her riders and making sure we’re getting what we need. I’d mentioned to Natalie how I wanted to tone my arms and she made sure we did just that!!!”
-Lauren Unger, Cyc Astor rider

“I give total credit to my Cycologists, particularly Caroline, Lillian, and Julianna. I do most of their classes and feel pushed in every class because of their amazing playlists and passion for the job. I finish each class feeling much better about my day and stronger about life in general.”
-Joe Morelli, Cyc Buckhead rider

“At my first ride, my goal was just to make it through class! A month later, I did two classes back-to-back and made it through both of them. (You can bet I didn’t drop those weights!) My reason for even going to my first ride was to regain the self esteem I had lost. It’s been a process but I’m gaining it back. My body is stronger and healthier, and my energy is higher than it’s been in years. Cyc has helped me reach my goals in a healthy and exciting way.”
-Fiona Wakefield, Cyc Madison rider

And many, many more…

Thank you, Cyc family, for your dedication and constant inspiration!

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Spring into Change Q+A with Jessalyn Keywork

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What’s motivating Jessalyn Keywork to amp up her own fitness game? Our challengers! Jessalyn shares what has surprised her most from the challenge and more in our final Spring into Change Challenge Q+A:

Cyc Fitness: Jessalyn, you are our last Cycologist Q+A of the Spring into Change Challenge. What surprised you most over the course of the challenge?

JK: The dedication, drive, and push each challenger has shown. I feel like so many people sign up for things and don’t follow through with them, but all of my riders are even more motivated than when they started. That is such a cool thing to be a part of! Being a mentor for 120 New York challengers has been a tall task. I try to keep all of my rides fresh, so that the challengers always have something new to look forward to.

Something else that has surprised me is how emotionally connected I feel to the challenge. Whenever I hear that someone met or surpassed a goal I go home and tell my husband right away! I’m so proud of all of our challengers for pushing through their goals and not giving up. Keep Going! Only 2 weeks left!!

CF: You grew up playing soccer, running track and dancing competitively. Do you bring these forms of physical activity into the studio? How do they come through in your classes?

JK: Absolutely! Dance has played a huge role in my knowledge of music, which is how I am able to come up with the playlists for my rides, especially when I include songs that are atypical, but work. As for the athlete in me, I am very competitive and super motivated to make each class better than the last. I think all of me shines through in my rides because I  try to show grace on the bike, as well as strength and power.

CF: What do you love most about your riders and what have you seen in this challenge that maybe you weren’t expecting from them?

JK: First thing first: I cannot believe so many people are participating in the challenge! It is because of this that the energy at Cyc has been nothing but positive and uplifting, confirming that this is a community I am so proud to be a part of. I think each challenger brought something special to the table when they signed up for #springintochange; I met some who were spinning for the first time, others who are focused on weight loss, making positive lifestyle changes, wedding prep, and even some who just want to conquer the Cyc method. It is unbelievable when I look at the room of riders and see so many familiar faces who are very visibly stronger than before.

Something else that’s awesome (and forcing me to step up my own game) is that many challengers have moved up to the 3,4 and even 5 pound weight bins. These same riders were using the 1 and 2 pound weights when they started and all I can think is DAYUM!

CF: What are you hoping to continue seeing from your riders?

JK: Even when the challenge ends I want our riders to stay motivated. I hope I can always be around for them, to keep my rides interesting and physically demanding. We have so much to gain from each other. #buddysystem

CF: Has the challenge been a positive experience for you as a Cycologist? Have you met any specific goals that you set for yourself?

JK: It has been unbelievably positive and it’s been tough… but tough in a good way! The challenge has helped me to grow as an instructor and a person. I’ve been teaching at Cyc for just under a year and a half and I am very proud of how far I have come since starting. It was a huge step to walk into the fitness industry and I have loved every minute of it, thank you to Cyc and Keoni for their nonstop support and love. We truly are a #cycfam, riders included! I feel so blessed to have been asked to mentor our challengers and that ‘job’ will never end for me!

CF: Summer is here! Any fun plans??

JK: My lil sister’s wedding is only a few weeks away, so I am headed to La Jolla to take on the important duties of maid of honor. After the wedding my husband and I plan on hanging in LA and catching up with old friends. There’s plenty more to be excited about, including my own one year wedding anniversary over Labor Day Weekend. Super pumped for it all!

– Compiled by Leslie Steinberg

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Healthy Memorial Day BBQ Recipes from Sports Dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield

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Barbecue season is here! But wait, you’ve worked so hard these past several weeks on whipping your body into insane shape. Not to worry, you can still eat your favorite summer dishes and continue looking and feeling great. Sports Dietitian, Rebecca Scritchfield shares two of her healthy BBQ favorites.

Festive Red White and Blue Burger

Who doesn’t love an All American Burger? These days you can make one with lean ground beef, bison, turkey and more protein rich sources. Add a whole wheat or gluten free bun and the combo provides the perfect balance of carbohydrates to replace glycogen from your ride and protein to rebuild and repair muscles so you’ll be stronger for your next workout.

Click here for the full recipe >>

Healthy Summer Slaw

A slight tweak to the staple by swapping out the mayo and adding lime and cilantro turns cole slaw into a vegetarian side that’s both healthy and refreshing! Cabbage supports digestive health with fiber providing 1.5 grams of fiber per 1 cup serving.

Click here for the full recipe >>

Source: USDA Nutrient Database, SRR 27

Despite our best intentions, we don’t always get what we need through a healthy diet. For a great way to support energy metabolism through the summer, try vitafusion B12 – each serving of two delicious gummies provides an excellent source of this important nutrient.** A sweet way to kick off the season!

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

– Compiled by Leslie Steinberg

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Cyc Change Story: John Seabright’s Transformation

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Cyc rider and photographer John Seabright sat down with us to share how the Spring Into Change Challenge helped him shed some weight, gain some muscle, strength, and a whole new crew. Read our third rider change story below.

Cyc: What motivated you to join the Spring into Change Challenge?
John Seabright: I noticed that I was getting into better shape just from riding at Cyc occasionally and really wanted to push myself to see how far I could go. I often work from home, sitting at a computer all day editing photos, or working on budgets, so I don’t move around much. I try to take 2-3 classes a week when my schedule allows just to get moving. It’s funny because I was telling my friend that I wished Cyc would do a monthly unlimited deal and the next day I saw a sign for the Spring into Change Challenge!

Cyc: What makes Cyc different from other classes you’ve tried?
JS: I’ve played soccer my whole life, so I really enjoy the camaraderie of team sports. I’ve tried other spin studios, but their vibe wasn’t for me, and I didn’t think they were worth the price. Cyc is half the price and I feel close with the instructors and my fellow riders. I prefer the layout of the bikes in Cyc too — I like the mirrors because I can see everyone, which motivates me to push myself harder.

Cyc: Do you have a favorite Cycologist to ride with?
JS: My favorite Cycologist to ride with would have to be Jessalyn. I actually knew her from before she worked at Cyc, and I choose to take most of my classes with her. But I also really enjoy Aaron and John’s classes. There’s a definitely a benefit to trying other Cycologists because everyone has their own unique style. I’m really looking forward to my class with Tom this week… apparently there’ll be some twerking!

Cyc: What’s your favorite feel-good activity after a Cyc ride? 
JS: After Cyc, I really enjoy going out and grabbing a salad and glass of wine (or two) with friends. Honestly, Cyc puts me in such a good mood that I want to interact with people after riding. I play soccer a few times a week, so Cyc is also a great way to get warmed up and loose before a game.

Cyc: Have you seen significant changes since the Challenge began?
JS: I really have noticed some significant changes in my body, and in the way I go about my day. At the midway point, five weeks in, I weighed myself and was amazed to see that I had lost 12 pounds since starting! My arms and legs are more muscular and my stomach is tighter. I’ve also made an effort to eat healthier and go out drinking less often. I loved the blog post on nutrition tips from Rebecca Scritchfield and I started putting the Vitafusion MultiVites and a clementine next to my bed each night for the morning. My friend Stacey even commented on my new svelte figure (haha) and positive attitude shift.

– Compiled by Leslie Steinberg

John Seabright is a photographer and film producer with his own production studio in Long Island City.

*REFER A FRIEND: Whether your buddies sign up with you to take on a challenge of your own, or to take on just a few rides, make sure you earn a little extra credit to ride by using your personal refer code. For every friend you refer with your referral link who spends $40 towards rides, you get $40 towards rides too.

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