By Belinda Nowell
“I promise, you won’t die…”
These were my friend’s final words as the lights turned neon and the music pumped.
This is not a Luxe mantra. It was a response to the fourth time I’d asked, “are you SURE I
There I was, a first-time rider at Rhythm Ride. It was Sunday and this class was the condition
of a coffee date with two fellow riders already picking up speed on their bikes.
I had always wanted to try spin but as someone who once fainted on a normal cardio bike
during a 5-minute warm-up, I was nervous.
After 45 minutes of epic tunes, I was red-faced, sweaty and buzzing with post-workout
If you want to try Rhythm Ride at Luxe but are a little nervous like I was, here are my tips.
Choose your time to work out
So, this is the cardio bike fainter talking. For me, cardio CANNOT happen until I’ve eaten
and mostly digested a hearty breakfast so the 9:30 AM class rocks my world. Others
smash the 6:00 AM class on a banana. You do you but come with energy.
Go with a friend who spins
You will have to set up your bike for the first time and, if you’re feeling shy, it’s good to
have a wing rider.
No friend? No worries
We’re all wingmen here. Every time I start a new class I announce – I’m new like a little
duckling, help me! I promise you will have a cheer squad of rhythm riders helping
set up that bike.
Have you seen those Luxe Rhythm Riders clicking around on bike shoes? Don’t worry
about them, you don’t need those. Just slip your trainers into the foot cage and tighten
Back off and watch
Rhythm Ride has moves baby, but it’s your first time so you won’t know them by name.
Choose a seat behind a seasoned rider and you’ll get the hang of it. Don’t forget, you’re in the rider’s seat
It takes a moment to get used to the gears. Want more effort? Give that dial another
spin. If it gets too much, reduce the resistance. Just keep those legs moving. Spin your
Remember your seat height for next time
I didn’t because I was blinded by the lights. That one was of the tunes. Lucky for me,
Luxe owner Carey Jackson remembered because she knows me better than I know
Book another class
I was amazed at how good my muscle memory was. I was tapping back and climbing with the best of them.
See you soon at Rhythm Ride. Look for my face and I’ll help you adjust your seat.
Belinda Nowell is a Luxe member and waited until 2021 to start her 2012 cardio goals. Click here to view our class schedule.