I want to try indoor cycling but everyone I know that rides is in awesome shape. I’m scared I’m not fit enough. What should I do to prepare?
Let's put it this way: they didn’t get in such incredible shape by sitting around and worrying. Our classes are led by some of San Diego’s finest and most experienced instructors and are tailored for riders of all ages and abilities. Come a little early, introduce yourself and our fantastic staff will make sure you are all set-up, fit properly on your bike and ready to rock. Never be afraid to ask questions or turn down the resistance. Everyone around you took a first class at some point too ya know.
Ok, I’m ready to try it out. Now what?
It’s my first time, what should I bring?
All you have to bring is yourself, something to sweat in and a smile—leave the rest to us. Every rider gets a complimentary towel and unlimited access to our purified water stands. Don’t have cycling shoes? We can rent you a pair. Need to get to the office not smelling like a dog? We have beautiful showers and bathroom facilities fully stocked with amenities so you can get on with your day or out on the town.
Will this class make my butt look big?
No, in fact quite the opposite! Bulk comes from low-rep/high-weight resistance training. Though you’ll only be pushing some heavy gears up climbs, it’s not enough to put on serious mass. Instead, with a dedicated practice and well balanced diet to match, you’re more likely going to find your body becoming longer, leaner, and more defined. Who doesn’t want that?!
How many calories will I burn?
Calorie expenditure isn’t a function of how many classes you take but rather how hard you work in each class. Come in, work hard and really push your limits and you could burn upwards of 700 calories in an hour. That’s about equal to a Double-Double with Onion and a few of your friend's French fries (not that we are at all suggesting you head to In-N-Out Burger after class)!
I see people using heart rate straps; do I need one of those?
It’s up to you. If you want to see your heart rate on our Schwinn MPower console found on each bike, you are going to need to provide your own ANT+ heart rate strap. Some people like to train according to their heart rate, others perceived exertion and some just want to get in and ride. We just make sure we provide you with all the necessary tools to monitor and track your workout including power, cadence and heart rate. How you choose to use them (or ignore them) is up to you.
Besides heart rate, what other things might I want to pay attention to?
One of the beautiful things about indoor cycling at Breakaway Cycle is that every bike is equipped with a state of the art Schwinn mPower console which, in addition to heart rate (when pared with an ANT+ heart rate strap as mentioned above) , displays speed, power, cadence, calorie burn estimate, and both total and segment ride times and distances. In addition, you can bring a USB stick to download and take your ride data home with you. More details about our bike computers can be found here.
What is all the fuss about cycling shoes and clipless pedals?
If you haven’t used a pair, you need to! Caution: you will instantly feel more connected to your bike and may never want to ride again without them. Stop by the front desk to rent a pair or bring your own. All of our bikes are equipped with triple-link pedals, which means they accept LOOK-Delta and SPD cleats. But, if you want to stick to your good old tennis shoes, we can attach a toe cage on for you as well.
Can I bring my child to the studio?
We don’t offer childcare, but we’ d love for you to share the joy of indoor cycling with your loved ones (if they’re of a certain age). For little ones between 13-17 years old, you (the parent) will need to complete a special registration process. After that, they are welcome to sign up for classes on-line and ride till their little hearts content.