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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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Cyc Shout-Out: Austin Fit Features Cycologist Rachel Grosz

Austin Fit magazine chats with Cyc Austin phenom Rachel Grosz about how she became the successful fitness professional she is today, despite being born deaf:

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Cyc Shout-Out: Women’s Health Chats with Rachel Grosz, Legally Deaf Cycologist, About What She Hopes To Teach Her Riders

At Cyc, we strongly believe that we are all athletes capable of achieving incredible feats.

If you’ve ever taken a ride with Cyc Austin Cycologist Rachel Grosz, she’s shown you exactly that. You may not have even realized that Rachel has been legally deaf since she was a child. Her uplifting spirit, impressive strength, and love for rhythm has made Rachel one of our most talented and inspiring Cycologists, earning her a devoted rider following in both Austin, TX and Madison, WI.

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Women’s Health magazine sat down with Rachel to learn how she’s triumphed over physical hurdles, what she’s discovered along the way, and what she wants you to take away from her ride >>

Cyc Sweats: How To Stay Healthy During the Holidays

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Sometimes it can feel like staying healthy during the holidays is impossible. Luckily, we’ve got a few pointers to help you out. Jess Clark, a certified fitness nutrition specialist, personal trainer and soon-to-be Austin Cycologist, walks us through her time-tested-tips for the season.

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Jess Clark of Cyc Austin

Here’s part one in her Holiday Health series:

Enjoying the Parties Without Getting Weighed Down:
• Eat a small, healthy snack before you go to the party, so you’re not starving when you get there (like an apple and almond butter or Greek yogurt and blueberries).
• At the appetizer table, opt for lean proteins and fresh veggies first to fill you up.
• Save alcohol for the events where you really want to celebrate.
• Alternate each alcoholic drink with a glass of water to help you stay hydrated and avoid a hangover.
• Opt for light beer, dry wines, spritzers, and cocktails made with club soda instead of juices.
• Head home at a reasonable hour so you can get at east 7-8 hrs of sleep
• If you eat late, always pick protein and either fats or low-sugar carbs. Protein is key.
• Bottom line: Give up your FOMO habit this year. Only go to the parties you really want to attend.

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Navigating The Big Holiday Meals:
• Pass on the suspicious stuff. Your mantra this season should be: “If I don’t love it, I don’t eat it (no matter who made it).” This is not a season to pack on calories as a courtesy to others.
• Use a smaller plate to naturally keep your portion sizes smaller.
• Prioritize the protein! Though it may surprise you, one serving of protein is about the size of your palm (4-6 oz), and is plenty for one meal.
• Add 1 cup of veggies or salad to your plate (more if you’re passing on the starchy veggies).
• Don’t deprive yourself. Have a few bites of starchy sides like sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, or a side of dressing. These are all much better for you than loading up your plate with calorie-dense foods. For reference, about 2/3 of a cup of starchy sides is all you need.
• One trick to narrowing down the endless appetizers? Prioritize seasonal foods over things you can eat anytime (pumpkin pie over mashed potatoes, for example).
• A TBSP of butter or gravy is plenty. Most holiday food is cooked with butter and oils, so limit added fats as much as possible.
• Pick either dessert or bread, but not both. If pumpkin pie is an option, it’s a better bet than cookies, cakes or sugary pies. Skip the a la mode option and indulge with a dollop of whipped cream.
• Holiday meals and party food is notoriously over-salted. Try not to add table salt and be sure to drink water with your meal.
• Watch the booze and limit your consumption of carb-dense beverages like beer, sweet wines (dry is always the best option), and sugary mixed drinks.
• Be sure to eat your other meals on the holidays, just like you would on any other day. Don’t starve all morning only to over-consume at one meal.
• Eat slowly and enjoy the conversation! This will help your brain signal when you’re full to keep you from going back for seconds (or thirds).
• Leave the leftovers for the rest of the family, or only take the proteins home. Turkey, ham, and other roasted meats are easy to reheat and pair with veggies for future healthy meals.

Stay strong, eat smart, and stay tuned to Jess’s next blog post with more tips!

#IGotItFromMyMama: Robert Lutz

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Cyc Austin’s Robert Lutz wasn’t always a muscle-bound Cycologist. Here he is as a little munchkin with his inspiring mama:

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Be sure to stop by your Cyc front desk to purchase a special Mother’s Day treat for your mama!

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Cyc Shout-Out: Cycologist Rachel Grosz

We’re so proud to share the inspiring story of Cycologist, Rachel Grosz, as told by Naturally Fit Magazine.

Writer, Jordan Snyder, sums up Rachel best when he says: “She is concrete evidence that in the world of fitness, your only limits are those you impose upon yourself.”

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