Biking is a simplified alternative to traditional workouts, much like troll dolls are a simplified alternative to parenthood. Gently foster fettle with today’s Groupon: for $19, you get a five-class pass at Just Ride! in Plymouth (a $49 value).
Voted Plymouth’s Best Health Club of 2011 by readers of WickedLocal.com, Just Ride! revs up run-of-the-mill cardio sessions into a calorie-torching cycling workout. Each session on the seven-day schedule pumps rhythmic tunes, peeper-pleasing lighting, and enthusiastic inspiration from one of the studio’s passionate instructors. Although a handful of beginner-focused lessons peppers the course list, workouts can be tailored to exercisers of all stripes, as each bike comes equipped with its own resistance controls that can make rides as easy as a downhill glide or as difficult as an uphill trek through peanut butter. In a one-hour session, most spinners burn between 500 and 1,000 calories, and even inexperienced cyclists may recover quicker from bike-bound training than other traditional alternatives. Each pedal pusher should provide his or her own water bottle and towel for class; the studio’s two on-site women's showers afford sweaty cyclists with a more convenient method of postworkout cooldown than sneaking into a local grocer’s meat locker.
Drawing on more than a decade of spinning experience, Jody Pugh captains a team of lively instructors at Just Ride!, an indoor cycling studio that was crowned one of Plymouth's best health clubs by the readers of WickedLocal.com in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The quality of the instructors is matched by the fleet of Keiser M3 bikes, each equipped to track cycling stats including revolutions per minute, distance, heart rate, and amount of baseball cards needed to make an authentic motorcycle noise. Atop the stationary two-wheelers, riders of all fitness levels pedal at their own pace during classes.