Crash Course: This 60-minute spin class at Studio S is high-energy and upbeat with an emphasis on going at your own pace. You won’t feel pushed beyond your limits, but if you want a challenge, it’s there for the taking. The complimentary use of heart rate monitors is a fun plus for those who want to quantify their effort without forking over for their own device. Great class for first timers and experienced spinsters alike. Click here for the full schedule.
where: 3456 Michigan Ave., Cincinnati OH
bring: water bottle
perks: heart rate monitors available
sweat score: 8 out of 10
wear: recommend spandex bottoms
cost: $15 drop in rate, first class free
This bright studio is tucked away in Cincinnati’s picturesque Hyde Park Square. It’s surrounded by a few of my favorite spots: Greater’s Ice Cream, Lululemon, Unwind Wine Bar, Awakenings Coffee, Khakis clothing boutique, Move Your Hyde yoga studio, and Patty’s Old Fashioned Popcorn. Talk about prime real estate!
Studio S offers a fun mix of personal and group training options. You can sign up for a one-on-one with a personal trainer, get together a small bunch of friends for a sweat session, join their running group, or sign up for a spinning or mat Pilates class. Since we planned to spend Christmas day hanging around the house, the Original Fit Crasher and I popped in to try their 9 a.m. spinning class.
I am so glad Mom came with me to this upbeat and fun class, because the one we tried over Thanksgiving break was a little too serious for the casual indoor cyclist. Susie, the instructor at Studio S, had a great music selection that complimented each segment of the class. We started with a series of climbs, flew into some speed work, and ended with jumps. There was no upper body workout, so if you hate going to spin classes where you are asked to do push ups or juggle free weights, this is the class for you.
I was extremely impressed with the customer service and personalized attention we received from start to finish. We were welcomed warmly and showed to our bikes, which had fresh towels waiting on them. This woman helped us with every little detail of the bike set up, handing us our loaner heart rate monitors, explaining how to use them, and she even wrote down our bike settings to file away at the studio for next time. I love that! And during class, the instructor would walk around to refill our water bottles for us. It was a total first class operation.
This is my one blurry photo from class. I’m not sure if you can tell from this shot, but the students were a mix of ages and abilities. We were finishing up with hops to the beat of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tunes. I was enjoying it so much I didn’t want to take the time to steady my camera – hope you’ll forgive me! At the end of class, we were treated to a free tshirt giveaway courtesy of a local bike shop called Element Cycles.
It’s a super soft blue American Apparel shirt with a cool bike graphic printed on the front. Great for spin classes or just hanging around. What a fun Christmas eve surprise!
I’m loving my crashes and workouts at home this Christmas. It’s been so much fun comparing the studios in Cincinnati with what we’ve got going on in DC. Both cities are experiencing a sort of boutique studio renaissance, with new places popping up all the time. Pilates, spinning, yoga, pole dancing, kettle bells…you name it. Folks seem to be moving away from the bigger all-in-one gyms and toward these smaller, focused businesses. As a fit crasher, I’m giving this trend two thumbs up!
Do you prefer studios over bigger gyms?