Boston Indoor Riders Get Psyched With Cyc’s New Park Plaza Location
Boston, you should be psyched. The next level of spin class (it’s already hit NYC, Atlanta and Austin) has just invaded your workout scene. It’s name is Cyc. Located at 50 Park Plaza Hotel since June, it’s one wild ride.
“Cyc is very different than your average spin class,” says Alex Blodgett, one of the Cyc Boston’s founders. “The Cyc method uses weights for about half of the ride, so you’re really working the whole body, the whole time.”
Designed by personal trainer Keoni Hudoba, an Under Armour sponsored athlete who dropped from over 300 pounds to 180, the signature Cyc Method is an exhilarating, beat-based ride that gathers inspiration from more than 20 different sport movements. During one song you may be boxing, in another you’re doing volleyball moves or swimming motions. Whichever move you’re doing, every pedal stroke is based on the beat, so you’re having fun the entire 45 minutes. Cyc has 27 sectors that their trainers mix and match, so every ride is different than the last.
And no more fighting to ride next to your fitness-minded friend. The Cyc community is a social being.
“We have a optional booking platform called Cyc Social, where you can see who’s booked on the other bikes and ride next to your friends or maybe even your new crush,” says Blodgett. Each studio itself is designed like a nightclub, minus the cocktails. The lighting and sound match the ride throughout to constantly change the mood of the room.
They’re also known for taking our bikes out of the studio, maybe to an actual nightclub. Think of pumping your legs and arms on a rooftop, or in a museum or warehouse at one of their pop-up events (complete with fresh juice cocktails following your ride). “You name it, we’ll ride there,” says Blodgett.
Starting off its newbie schedule with a light number of time slots in the morning, noon and evening, by September Cyc will offer about eight classes per day, up to 40 a week, so everyone can find a slot that works within their busy lives. They also offer private rides during which companies can book the studio for team bonding, or individuals for birthdays or charity rides.
Speaking of charity, here’s your feel-good moment – when you ride at Cyc, you ride for change. For every mile you ride, they donate to the Cyc charity partner of your choice.
The studio itself has the amenities of a top notch fitness center. Since their Schwinn bikes require cycling shoes to ride, not just your every day sneaker will do. Cyc offers complimentary shoe rental or you can bring your own. Note: leave your SPD-SL road cleats at home because they aren’t compatible. And don’t worry if you forgot your earplugs or hair ties, because they have disposable ones at the front desk.
Classes can be booked individually or in bulk. Store your stuff in their lockers before class, grab an aprés-class shower at the David Barton Gym (complete with toiletries and towels), and check “crazy workout” off today’s to-do list.