As a former national-level figure skater and ISSA-certified personal trainer, Jessica knows what a full-body burn feels like. However, she didn't know that a stationary bike could replicate the feeling, until a fellow trainer encouraged her to climb aboard a RealRyder cycle. Jessica became a devotee after just two rides. Determined to share her newfound passion with others, she gathered a team of certified instructors, populated two studios with RealRyder ABF8 bikes, and opened their doors to prospective pedalers of all fitness levels.
Inside Ryde For Life, Jessica and her staff host 45- to 60-minute classes synced to each teacher's music playlist. They lead stationary teams atop RealRyder bikes, whose specialized frames allow riders to lean, bank, and steer as they would an on-road bike. In addition to pumping up cardiovascular systems, sessions engage the core, upper body, legs, and the scalp muscles that hold helmets in place.
Shortly after turning on Waterchase Boulevard, drivers are met by the Waterchase community's large white clubhouse. Inside, certified personal trainer Ryan Anthony draws from specialized training in interval fitness regimens, fat loss, and lean-muscle gain to push residents and nonresidents alike into sleek, muscular shape. The gym and fitness studio hosts personal-training sessions and group classes such as boot camp. Outside, exercisers can access a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, and an open field that is perfect for sports and mowing.
Translated to English, pura vida literally means "pure life," a mantra that the instructors at Pura Cycling Studio operate under daily. With popular tunes pumping through the studio's speakers, they lead groups of fitness enthusiasts through challenging, yet fun indoor cycling sessions. Morning Burn classes wake muscles up with 45 minutes of interval training, and Escape classes provide a 60-minute getaway through various climbs and stretches of flat road. When classes end, Pura transforms calories burned into charitable deeds, as the studio donates portions of its proceeds to the conservation of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
Premier Choice Fitness’ guests roam 15,500 square feet of floor space full of exercise equipment for self-guided workouts, private rooms for group fitness classes, and handpicked personal trainers ready for one-on-one and small-group sessions. Racks of free weights and iron-laden weight machines help to keep muscles as clearly defined as a prenuptial agreement, and exercise bikes and treadmills line the facility's television-bedecked wall, waiting for a fitness-minded visitor to give them a workout. Group classes meet in one of the center's mirror- or window-lined rooms, where students develop camaraderie during yoga, Zumba, or kickboxing sweat sessions. In addition to workout facilities, Premier Choice Fitness also keeps tabs on youngsters with childcare services and provides tanning sessions to leave customers perfectly bronzed and capable of photosynthesizing their own food.
Throughout 45-minute cardio-heavy workouts, certified instructors call out encouragement over the infectious, high-energy music as small groups torch calories during stationary-cycling classes. Exercisers of all fitness levels bestride the shiny fleet of Schwinn cycling bikes, riding at intensity levels suitable to their abilities. Instructors encourage patrons with individual attention, motivating them in a supportive small-group environment that fosters camaraderie and accountability, unlike divvying out the final loaf of bread to fellow survivors stranded on a desert island. While speedily pedaling away, patrons build strength and endurance to videos playing on high-definition screens backed by a heart-pumping surround-sound system. In addition to the exhilarating cycling classes, the studio also challenges patrons with yoga and TRX group-training classes.
Equipment: Movestrong FTS, Schwinn Evolution Indoor Bikes, functional training
Students should bring: Bring a towel and a water bottle to class
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot