Riding a stationary bike combines the safety of a fitness center with the thrill of mountain biking, just as riding a stationary goat combines the safety of a petting zoo with the thrill of encountering a pack of hungry wolves. Get your adrenaline pumping with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get four indoor cycling classes or virtual rides at Cycling Fusion Marin in Sausalito (an $80 value).
The pedal professors of Cycling Fusion Marin lead a calorie-busting schedule of morning and evening stationary-bike excursions. In each 30- to 75-minute session, intrepid instructors or training videos lead groups of beginning to advanced students through intervals and drills to build cardiovascular health and muscle strength. Virtual rides, held every third Thursday, employ the studio's 103" HD screen to teleport exercisers to the trails of Italy or the coast of Hawaii, where they’ll spin and sweat before thumbing a return ride with a jumbo jet.
Students interested in tracking progress can purchase accessories to take advantage of Ride Journal, a web application that uploads useful statistics for future study. First-time riders are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early so their instructors can teach them how to fit their bikes to individual specifications and exorcise any ghostly spandex shorts haunting the seats.
Cycling Fusion Marin
The instructors at Cycling Fusion Marin collaborate with advanced indoor-cycling technology to help students of all skill and fitness levels develop strength, balance, and endurance with a schedule of virtual rides and classes. Founders and experienced cyclists Leslie and Jen guide students through HD courses that simulate the experience of pedaling through Italian country roads or Hawaiian coastlines without traveling or the hassles of battling a territorial kraken. Through a range of classes, including Introduction to Cycling, Heart Zones, and Performance, students learn to operate the bicycle computer and get their hearts pumping.