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Are you getting tired of the same old gym routine? Weights followed by treadmill, dumbbells, vice versa? It may finally be time to try a different form of exercise this year at Rush Cycle.
Indoor cycling is quickly becoming a mega-popular workout. While you might be writing off a cycling class as way too intense or high-energy for you, they aren’t as intimidating as you might think. Cycling is a great workout within a fun and positive environment! As an added bonus, you’ll feel like you’ve gotten more of a workout from one cycling class than the two hours you usually spend at the gym.
Here are the top seven reasons to add cycling to your workout routine:
A cycling class is way more than simply riding a bike for up to 60 minutes. It’s an incredibly energetic and fun environment that draws in a diverse community of individuals. Classes vary with the type of music played from hip-hop to house music, girl power, and more. You’ll feel like you’re out at your favorite club, but instead, you’re pushing your limits on the bike. Rush Cycle provides a variety of instructors, all with different styles, so you can feel comfortable in taking the class that’s right for you. The instructors are also incredibly supportive of you and your goals, whatever they may be!
Cycling is one of the most efficient cardio workouts. From peddling the bikes at increasing speeds to inclining, you’ll definitely break a sweat. The instructors at Rush Cycle really keep you motivated to pedal all the way to the finish line. You’ll leave class feeling positive, accomplished, and motivated to come back for more.
A great reason to sign up for cycling classes at Rush Cycle is for its supportive and friendly community. Rush Cycle’s members are likeminded and encouraging of one another’s fitness goals. They also have common interests, such as classes, instructors, workout gear, and more. This community is a great way to stay accountable for coming back to class. Cyclists often form relationships with one another, getting food together after class or planning out which classes to take together. The instructors, cycling staff, and other members of Rush Cycle are all great sources for staying committed to your routine and fitness goals. No matter where you may travel or move, you can feel peace of mind about your new cycling routine with Rush Cycle’s various locations throughout the country.
You may think cycling only applies to your legs or glute muscles, but that is not the case. Cycling is a workout that engages every part of the body. During an indoor cycling class, your core will be constantly engaged for the entirety of the workout. You won’t feel the need to partake in an additional “leg day” or “arms day” since your entire body is thoroughly worked.
Exercising helps reduce anxiety naturally through the release of endorphins. Cycling produces a natural high, similar to running. Most cyclists continue going to classes because of the increase in overall mood afterward. If you’re looking to reduce your stress and anxiety levels in a fun environment, Rush Cycle could be your answer!
Whatever your reason for working out may be, it’s always a good idea to track your fitness goals. Through Rush Stats, you can track your progress, including calories burned and total distance. Rush Stats lets you see how far you’ve come since your first cycling class and continue to keep yourself motivated.
Indoor cycling is a fantastic way to maintain fitness goals, meet new people, increase positive energy, and try a new activity. We all have various distractions in our lives, and adding a fun, healthy exercise to your routine, such as indoor cycling, can provide dedication and enjoyment. Everybody needs something to get them through the day, and indoor cycling at Rush Cycle is a wonderful activity to be excited for.
Have you ever watched that oh-so-sweaty person leave their workout machine without wiping it down? Yuck. The Clorox wipes, paper towels, bottles of sanitizing spray are at your gym (and studio) for a reason— because no one wants to share bacteria. But now that our living quarters, even that tiny Upper Westside studio, have become our own personal fitness paradise, we’ve got one question: Is your at-home workout equipment *really* clean?
Research has found that bacteria can live on some gym equipment (weights, mats, you name it) for three days. That’s right, 72 full hours. And your yoga mat or those dumbbells you just got delivered from Amazon so you can slay that new virtual class you just booked on Mindbody are susceptible to the same stat. While it may seem silly to clean your own “stuff” because you’re the only one using it, think about where your hands have been before you pick up those weights. Perhaps your apartment complex’s keypad? Bacteria knows no boundaries.
From your resistance bands to your brand spanking new (and yes, most likely backordered) kettlebell, the gear you’re using at home could use a good wash, rinse, repeat—especially if you’re sharing it with someone you’re stuck at home with (like your S/O or stir-crazy housemate). Even if you’re the queen of clean (like me... just ask my co-worker, Natalie), here are six tips on how to keep your gear germ-free and looking good. Because we know all those classes you’ve been streaming are making you a fitness guru.
You not only want to clean the dirt off your workout equipment, you want to sanitize it. Clean gets the dirt, sanitizing takes care of the bad stuff (aka bacteria). Before you start getting crazy with the bleach or a DIY deodorizer, you’ll want to take into account the surface you are about to wipe down. Something like your treadmill, Peleton bike, resistance bands or bench press bench can be damaged by certain chemicals and at-home cleaners. If you’re worried about your equipment, opt for disinfectant wipes especially made for gym equipment, like all-natural Wipex. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to keep some hand sanitizer next to your workout station.
Clorox wipes have become the hottest household item of 2020—and we are guessing so has virtual yoga. If you’re not a huge fan of using chemicals you can’t pronounce and throw-away wipes on equipment like your Manduka mat, there are all-natural antibacterial cleaning options that will make Mother Earth proud. Who doesn’t want to make their cleaning routine a little more green? Companies like cleancult (we called them out in our 20/20 trends), offer effective, all-natural products delivered right to your door in recycled milk cartons —and they pair perfectly with your go-to disinfectants. Cleancult’s versatile All-Purpose Cleaner is my fave for wiping down workout gear, especially yoga mats (and almost everything in my home). The Saponified Coconut Oil acts as the “heavy lifter” without harsh chemicals. After working out, spray your surface(s), wait for a couple of seconds and wipe away with a reusable towel (or an old gym t-shirt you use as a rag).
While knowing what surface you’re cleaning is key, some of your equipment might benefit from DIY solutions. Before you roll up your sleeves and become the Harry Potter of cleaning solutions, invest in a glass spray bottle (or reuse an old plastic one). Oh, and break out the essential oils because they are about to boost your at-home fitness (and cleaning) routine. Most of the DIY cleaning “recipes” you find on Pinterest include ingredients you have at home—like vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. My must-use DIY cleaner is vinegar-based (with 10-12 drops of essential oils). It’s powerful yet natural enough that I feel more confident laying facedown in Savasana with my oh-so-sensitive skin after that yoga class in NYC I just streamed from San Diego.
Now that cleaning your at-home workout gear is part of your routine (hint, hint), letting your equipment dry is key. If you’re cleaning your more expensive exercise machine with some cleaning solutions that have a “smell” or you want it to dry faster, trying turning on a fan or crack open the window to keep the air circulating. If you’re just cleaned a more porous surface (like your yoga mat) hang it outside to dry—over a railing, a chair, bike rack... you get the gist. While fresh air is good, UV rays are not. Certain materials that make workout gear can breakdown in the sun, and you don’t want to get burned before your next workout sesh.
While cleaning your equipment might seem like a no-brainer, it can be easy to ignore the surrounding area where you work out. The title of this section tells you what you need to know—don’t forget to clean and sanitize the floor where you exercise. Just think of it this way, while you’re killing it in your virtual fitness class, your hard work is being noticed, by the floor that is, as your sweat beads go flying. And last time I checked; vacuuming doesn’t do the trick for dried sweat. After class, wipe down the area around your workout space with cleaning products that are conducive to the floor. Working out on carpet? Consider switching areas or look into sanitizing and deodorizing spray for material surfaces.
The most important part of cleaning and sanitizing your workout equipment is sticking to a schedule. If you’re forgetful (like me), keep your supplies adjacent to the area where you enjoy working out. And do it on the daily. Seeing the supplies will be a reminder to clean and sanitize before (and after) you get your sweat on—because who doesn’t love starting out their class on a cleanly note? Mother would be proud! PS: don’t forget to wash your hands!
Do you have any at-home cleaning and sanitizing tips you swear by when it comes to your workout routine? From DIY to cult-favorite products, we want to know! Tag @mindbody on Instagram to let us know! Stay clean, safe and sanitized our friends!