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 $25, you get a five-class card for indoor cycling classes at InSync Cycle Studio in Hunt Valley (up to a $66 value).
InSync Cycle Studio dedicates the entirety of its sweat-conjuring space to high-energy indoor-cycling classes fueled by low-impact cardio exercise. Certified instructors coax students into pedaling harder through routines that protect joints and get hearts racing without the assistance of Fabio. Each instructor has his or her own engaging style and limits classes to about 20 students, ensuring personal attention during one-hour classes and the free Learn the Basics lesson on Wednesdays. Hop on a high-tech Keiser M3 bike to build strength and endurance through interval training as a booming stereo system sets a soundtrack of motivating sounds, which may include Motown tunes, hits from the '80s, or growls from wolves crossbred with mako sharks.
Inspirational posters dangle from red-and-white walls on one side of the softly lit studio, and a pair of high-definition TVs project passing landscapes for an illusion of motion or breaking news from Wolf Blitzer as a bearded temptation just out of reach. Students can wear shorts, short sleeves, and sneakers or cycling shoes to class, and they can change into workout clothes in one of two restrooms. The studio provides storage space for belongings and small towels for wiping faces or doll toga parties.
InSync Cycle Studio
You might see "Motown" or "80s" on the schedule, but InSync Cycle Studio is not a dance venue. These events still involve plenty of legwork, though—students pedal aboard stationary bikes as invigorating music blares all the while. During these sessions, they'll surmount imaginary hills with real resistance, or zoom through long straightaways at high speeds. Some might be marathoners, and others might be first-timers. It doesn't matter to the instructor at the head of the class, who makes sure that everyone's workout is suited to their experience.
Typically, these instructors are the ones in charge of the music. Most classes aren't themed, but follow a mix of tunes that mesh with the teacher's taste. Some will even time the rhythm of their inclines and sprints to match the song, which is why "Flight of the Bumblebee" has been banned forever. Regardless of the soundtrack, each low-impact lesson helps to tone muscle and build endurance in a communal, encouraging space.