Imagine flying through the Grand Canyon on your road bike – the wind blowing through your hair and the warm sun shining as you whip past the iconic sights of America’s most famous landmarks.
Before you know it, you’re in Big Sur as the waves of the Pacific Ocean crash into cliffs beside you as you prepare for a 7 minute climb.
Sounds great, right? Well never fear fitness friends – you don’t need to book a flight to Arizona just yet. This experience is right at the tips of your fingers – and you don’t even have to leave downtown Toronto!
Thanks to the wonderful team and studio at Energia Athletics on the corner of Pape and Danforth, I was able to hit the best trails in the world while staying in the comfort of my own neighbourhood.
How you ask? Just keep reading…
Before I get to my class review, I have something to admit. If I’m being completely honest, I have been putting off trying out a spin class at this studio for some time. Even though Energia is in a prime location and ss very affordable (especially as a first-timer – only $10!), I was still procrastinating.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I was subconsciously avoiding past experiences with spin classes. For the last several seasons of my competitive hockey “career”, I would take part in regular spin classes at a local gym – and boy, did I hate them! While I understood the benefits of spin class, as a teen I was way more interested in hitting the ice than building my cardio and strength.
But now, as a young professional in my 20s, I knew that I had to forget about the negative spin experiences of the past and try spin class once again.
And boy, am I happy I did!
When I finally booked my first spin class at Energia, I was eager to get back in the saddle – both literally and figuratively! – and fit in a leg-busting 50 minute workout.
But Energia went above and beyond my expectations, because when I walked in to the class, I saw a surround-sound system that centered on a huge video screen, featuring HD footage of trails from around the world. As I warmed up on my stationary bike, the screen in front of me showed snippets of trails from California, Arizona, Texas – you name it!
Before I knew it, I was flying along the Grand Canyon and climbing hills in Big Sur under the guidance of our awesome instructor, Lynette.
To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement.
After 50 minutes of fast-pace spinning, I had worked up a great sweat and I had a huge smile on my face – and I knew that I had just found a fantastic class to add to my workout schedule.
I also learned a valuable lesson with this class – never let past workout experiences hold you back. Even though you might have had a bad experience in the past, don’t let it impact your present fitness goals. For you never know – you might be pleasantly surprised!
Overall, I would highly recommend the spin class at Energia Athletics. From what I’ve seen, the studio boasts great instructors, amazing technology and inviting studios. Not only did I get a great workout, but I felt like I experienced a truly unique class.
Something even better? Energia Athletics is home to a wide variety of classes – from kettle bells to crossfit. I can’t wait to test them all out!
For more information on the classes offered at Energia, be sure to visit: www.energiaathletics.com
Happy spinning friends!
(Feature Image courtesy: Fit In The Six / Meghann Cox)