Work, Lift, Balance Series: Pedal to the Mental

This is what happens when a weightlifter tries new fitness things.

Clear Your Mind.

Sweat is Your Spirit Shining Through.

Movement is Meditation.

These are the words that greet you when you walk into Cycle Bar.

It’s hard to feel down when you see those words on the wall.

I arrived a little later than the suggested 15 minute-before-class time, but I was greeted with smiles and a quick check-in to get my shoes and bike assignment.

Then I got to the locker area, and saw this…

Welcome Locker at Cycle Bar: Trying other Classes besides Lifting

Ummm way to make a girl feel welcome, Cycle Bar! Not pictured: the huge water bottle they give you for signing up for their free week of classes.

So I ran in threw my shit in the locker and hopped on my bike.

Besides having a typical cycling studio layout; instructor in the front, party in the back…er, front, this studio had something that is unlike any other studio I’ve been to.

And I can count on one hand how many times I’ve been to a cycling class in the past.

Cycle Bar is unique from other cycling studios in that there is a screen giving you stats up on the wall, showing your placement alongside other riders.

That’s right.

Tap into your competitive side and rock your ride even harder. If you even have a little competitive bone in your body, you’ll love seeing your name rise (and fall) in placement amongst other riders.

Cycle Bar Inside the Studio - Trying other Fitness Classes Besides Lifting

Let it push you even harder.

The best part is, wherever you place, it doesn’t matter. What matters most is, you came to class, you rode hard, and you had a competition with the only person that matters – yourself.

Luckily, in addition to getting in some healthy competition (which we as adults need in order to feel fulfilled by the way), you’ll get some great cardio.

Cardio, in the right amounts and intensity, can be extremely beneficial when mixed in with strength training. This is why Cycle Bar is one of my picks for classes to add in to your training schedule.

Cycle Bar Cycling Classes - Trying other classes besides Lifting
Photo Courtesy of Cycle Bar

It’s hard to start your journey, but it’s harder to start over.

Those are the words we left with.

I left with so many positive vibes, that I completely forgot how much I used to dislike spin class.

Or cycling class, whatever you guys call it.

I do prefer to bike outside on a trail, but my Cycle Bar experience left me wanting to come back again and again! Maybe it was the competition, or the awesome music, or the all-around vibe, but I will be back.

Check out @cyclebar on Instagram to get motivated to Rock your next Ride! Find a location near you at

Do you like indoor cycling classes? How many times a week to you do one?

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Malia is the owner, and mamapreneur, of Lifting the Dream. When she’s not lifting heavy weights, she’s doing some fun shit outdoors with her family or taste testing local ciders. She is a Cali girl born and raised, with salt water in her veins and sunshine in her heart. She and her family now reside near Denver, Colorado, soaking up the 300+ days of sunshine and breathtaking (literally, altitude) views.

Bee Tee Dubs (BTW). 


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