Free offer: 1 class (spin or row)
Money saved: $23/class
In spite of feeling refreshed from all the active stretching I’d done throughout the week, I didn’t feel I was truly burning the calories I needed to hit my goal, so at the end of the week I signed up for a free session at GO Cycle. It’s a quaint little storefront facility with wall-to-wall purple, decorated with mini arrangements straight out of an HGTV Pinterest board.
I’d never taken a spin class before, but it's the workout du jour and I enjoy cycling around the city in the warmer months, so I strapped in and started pedaling. The instructor’s voice clipped on her microphone over dance remixes, yelling instructive terms I had no definitions for as she also created a light show of pink, purple, and green lasers that reflected from the mirrored wall straight into my eye. I caught on quickly and soon found myself struggling to stay hovered above my seat as we “climbed up our next hill.” I was lucky to never feel too warm as, in asking the host to place me at a bike near the back so to avoid imminent humiliation, I was assigned to a cycle situated in front of the emergency exit and next to a few fans. It was a pleasant cross breeze that countered all my body’s efforts to sweat.