JoyRide Indoor Cycling Studio
1200 Post Road E, Westport
I love JoyRide.
Robin’s Note: Before JoyRide, I couldn’t stand indoor cycling. Spin classes at my cheap gym left me cold: humid concrete room, extended remix of “Rocking the Casbah,” and sweaty male bodies inches from my face. The instructor invites us to “crank up the resistance to 10 while you feel the stress of your day leave your body.” Sure enough, the stress of my day leaves my body and is replaced by the stress of sensory torment, sore muscles, and claustrophobia.
So on my list of “things I want to do,” JoyRide hovered between “cage-free swim with sharks” and “be a charity surrogate for sextuplets.”
In short, I wasn’t their target market.
But despite these obstacles, JoyRide has made a spinner out of me! I LOVE it! The spin room is spacious and blessedly well-ventilated. The music selection is well-balanced, upbeat, and energetic. And the instructors are spot on. While each instructor has his/her own style, they manage to tease a hard-core work out of everyone by managing expectations and inspiring spinners to work their b*tts off.
Full disclosure: Though I’m saddened to report my derriere hasn’t actually fallen off, at least not the part of it I wish would fall off, it’s definitely in better shape.
Who you’ll see spinning here: Women and men ages 35-55 from Westport, Weston, and Fairfield, primarily. Good looking crowd.
What you may not know but should:
- Rides cost $23 each, but you can whittle the cost down by buying packages of 10 or more, or checking sites such as Livingsocial.com and Groupon for special discounts.
- They also offer exceptional Pilates and JoySculpt classes. Check out their website for more information.
- JoyRide is founded and run by three women. Goooo, Girlpower!!