Published on WFMY2 News – Lauren Melvin, WFMY 9:31 a.m. EST February 5, 2016


GREENSBORO, N.C. — When it’s cold outside, but you want to break a sweat, you need to bring your workout indoors!

That’s what Lauren Melvin did this week when she hit up The Cycle Loft in Greensboro. It was 45 minutes of non-stop pedal power.

“If you can pedal and ride a bike, you can do a spin class,” said Kati Donahue, owner and operator of The Cycle Loft.

“This is non-impact, so it’s actually one of the best things you can do. It’s typically one of the first things people do for rehab purposes.”

Donahue said everyone takes the class at their own pace. There are no beginner classes, but every class can accommodate cyclists of all levels from beginner to experienced.

She said water and towels are necessities because you’re going to break a sweat during class, but cycling shoes are optional.

“You can wear regular tennis shoes. One side of our pedal is for a regular shoe, you just tighten it. The other side of the pedal has a clip, so for people who have cycling shoes, they’re welcome to wear those here as well,” said Donahue.

Typically, a spin class is 45 minutes long.

“So it’s 45 minutes of pretty high intense work. At least, our instructors are to push you for 45 minutes and that gives you the ability to scale back if you want,” she said.

All of the bikes at The Cycle Loft have power monitors, which link up to the studio’s performance training system called Spivi. Donahue said it works like a video game. Your bike is transmitted onto the screen by your bike number.

“People become competitive even if they didn’t think that they were,” she said.

After class, everyone gets their workout summary in their email.

“So it kind of challenges people to push themselves every class,” she said. “And I think a lot of people get intimidated about their stats being on the board, and really in all honestly, at the end of the day, it just pushes you to work harder every time you come in.”

Donahue said you have the ability to burn as many calories as you want!

“You shouldn’t be scared. This isn’t like a gym where you walk in and you’re overwhelmed. You typically see me or our instructors and we’re happy to help everyone get set up and feel comfortable before they ride,” she said. “The point is kind of just to finish.”

If you want to check out The Cycle Loft, it’s located at 1420 Westover Terrace, Suite G in Greensboro. Class schedules and prices vary.