There’s a Hole in my Heart

It's been a year...and that has nothing to do with the pandemic. Here's to many great years ahead!

Get Ready To Explode 326

This 2016 mix uses a favorite 7-minute drill! Can also be done as a shorter 5-minute version. Breaking the ride into 1-minute segments: 1st minute is all seated, and each minute following…gradually more time standing, until the last minute which is all standing. Overall half the time is seated, half standing. I like the 7-minute version best.

...it's all about Studio Cycling!

Inspiration: For this ride I used longer tracks, 7-9 minutes, for more of an endurance theme…but no worries, still some intense sprinting to do this time. For the 4 Minutes track I used a drill from previous classes…the 1st minute is all seated, the 7th minute is all standing…the 2nd – 6th minute segments are progressively less seated and more standing in 10 second increments. I used this playlist / profile for two classes this week and got some great feedback…check it out!
Genre: Alternative, EDM, Pop
Approximate time: 64 minutes
Ride Profile & Tunes:
Warm Up / Seated & Standing Flat – Memories / Romeofoxtrott (7:39)

Seated Flat w/ Sprints – Ghost Town (Steven Redant Remix) / Adam Lambert (7:03)
Seated / Standing Hill – Twilight Zone / Golden Earring (7:58)

Continued Steep Hill Climb (Seated / Standing) – Riders On The Storm / The Doors (7:07)
Tabata Sprint…

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Raging Fire 175

(for the ride) Inside Friend 506 and a ‘420’ Bonus

Would have never in a MILLION YEARS thought that something like these past two years would happen in my lifetime! It’s not been great, but it’s forced some positive changes in lifestyle, work-life balance, etc. It’s good to see positive trends over the last few months! Take care, stay safe, BE WELL…ENJOY THE RIDE!

...it's all about Studio Cycling!

Inspiration: WTF! Life on Earth has changed so much since I signed off for an intentional pause, just before the start of Lent. The irony of lent this year, turns out I gave up more than blog posts this lent…worse yet, tens of thousands of people are loosing their battle with Covid-19, and many survivors struggle with anxiety and depression. These circumstances are testing all “pillars” of health and wellness (physical, mental, financial, etc.). Over the next months, years we’ll be dealing with the collateral damage of this “novel” virus.

I’m so thankful that outside of the cycle studio, my work is deemed ESSENTIAL and I’ve been able to work from home…and thankful that my co-workers, wife, parents, daughers, their partners, my AMAZING granddaughter, and other friends and family are healthy and managing this pandemic as well as can be expected!

Now, let’s change the subject…

A quick follow-up SHOUT-OUT…

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Make It Look Easy 526

Summary Profile and Playlist: WARM UP: WONDER / morgxn, PVRIS SEATED FLAT W/ SPIN-UPS: Falling Up / FIXL, Matt Wills, Andy Kulter POWER CLIMB: Make It Look Easy / Valley Of Wolves ALT SEATED / STANDING HILL: Hallucination / Regard, Years & Years ATTACKS ON A HILL: Waiting To Feel Like This / Louis The … Continue reading Make It Look Easy 526

Here We Come 441

This month, the Wolverine Worldwide Family branch of the Greater Grand Rapids YMCA became the third location in this association to roll out the Life Fitness / ICG Coach by Color indoor cycling program with all the new equipment. This is great news for members (and instructors) that call the WWY their home branch and love studio cycling!
This was my post from about four years ago when the program was launched at two other GRYMCA branches…

...it's all about Studio Cycling!

Inspiration: This is PRE-LAUNCH week for two updated studios / studio cycling programs at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. Two of the five branches are in the process of updating the studio, equipment and instruction methods this week…kicking off the new program next Monday, October 8th! The new equipment is LifeFitness / IC-6 indoor bikes…the new method is Coach By Color…new studio includes fresh paint, updated lighting and flatscreen HD monitors that are integrated with participant bikes. The bikes also have Bluetooth wireless technology that enables participants to exchange user settings and workout results with their smartphones and the ICG Training app.

The new look…inside the Spartan Stores Family YMCA in Wyoming, MI.

Needless to say this is a great opportunity for members (and instructors) to improve their indoor cycling experience and overall health and fitness.
Though I am now on-line Coach By Color certified, I have much more…

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Happy Place 322

LaughFest GR was back LIVE and in-person again in 2022. This year we enjoyed a great show with Tone Bell at the Listening Room. If you haven’t seen him before…check out his comedy special on Prime Video, CAN’T CANCEL THIS!
And about your HAPPY PLACE…give me a LIKE if the Cycle Studio is one of your happiest places to be.
This post from March 2016…some great tracks that work just fine for your 2022 rides!

...it's all about Studio Cycling!

Inspiration: This post is inspired by and dedicated to LaughFest ’16. The annual and SERIOUSLY FUNNY event that provides the BEST MEDICINE throughout the greater Grand Rapids community. This year’s event kicked off last Thursday and runs practically non-stop through the 20th. First and foremost, this is an awareness and fundraising event that’s all about Gilda’s Club (named for SNL’s Gilda Radner) that supports cancer survivors and their families.
The 10 day event includes something for everyone…young and old, free community comedy to serious FUND RAISING comedy ($250 tickets to the Seth Myers show)…clean comedy to filthy dirty comedy…even fitness comedy! I already got to my first event this year and am hoping to get in at least one more before the closing show next Sunday.
Check out www.laughfestgr.org and the video link below for more about this awesome organization and this year’s fun-filled line-up.
So…the profile and music playlist…

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la música es vida: A CycleBar Grand Rapids Update

It would be great to have some comments from CycleBar owners, members, instructors, and other employees and interested parties from ALL CycleBar US locations coast to coast...so please take just a few minutes to share some CycleBar LOVE!