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  • Writer's pictureBy Katie Cano; Editor Christine Curtis-Carr

What makes FireCycle Abilene so much fun? It's all about rhythm rides!

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

Are you tired of the treadmill but intimidated by classes, especially this whole FireCycle thing?

We get it; getting into a steady fitness routine can be overwhelming, and sometimes cardio can feel downright, like pedaling through mud or even a touch scary, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

At FireCycle Abilene, fitness should be an enjoyable part of your day.

The time you give to honor yourself and your body by letting it move.

At Firecycle Abilene, we are here to get moving and sweating, allowing you to establish a solid foundation for a lifelong fitness journey toward a healthier, brighter you.

Steps to set yourself up for success.

Let’s start with understanding the importance of cardio in your fitness journey - WHY?

Before diving into any new fitness routine, getting your body acclimated to movement and gradually building up your endurance is crucial.

Moderate cardio, like riding at half-pace, will benefit your health and prepare your body for regular exercise. So why do you want to start?

Is it to…

  • Boost energy and alertness.

  • Reduces stress

  • Aid in weight loss

  • Decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases

  • Promote a longer and happier life

  • Feel good while you move

To ensure success, choose a form of cardio that you enjoy. You aren't likely to stick with it if you don't like it. It is why at FireCycle Abilene, we offer fun music, ride themes, varying instructor styles, a touch of motivation, and ALL of it to the beat of the music.

Begin your journey gradually and ease into movement before turning up the intensity. Stay in the saddle until you start to catch on to the moves. Sitting is NEVER quitting! Sitting and turning up that dial can actually help you get more traction.

Indoor cycling is popular because it’s beginner-friendly and enjoyable to kickstart your fitness journey.

Plus, there is lots of room to get stronger and challenge yourself.

So, what is rhythm cycling?

Rhythm cycling infuses music into movement on the bike, giving you a more powerful workout.

Rhythm cycling is a unique style of indoor cycling where you synchronize your leg speed with the beat of the music. Yes, we add some choreography, but that is always secondary to forming and catching the moment, even in the saddle.

Riding to the beat allows you to reap the benefits of HIIT cardio while enjoying the rhythm of the music.

Instead of focusing on numbers during your ride, let go of your worries and let the music guide you.

Rhythm cycling is an excellent way to sweat away all your stress and leave you feeling refreshed.

At Firecycle Abilene, we take indoor cycling to the next level by riding with the rhythm of music, providing you with all the cardio benefits and more.

What makes rhythm riding so powerful? Is it different from traditional spin or outdoor cycling?

The power of rhythm riding comes from combining HIIT cardio (high-intensity interval training) and harnessing the magic of music, plus a touch of magic (just kidding), it's choreography, lol. But when a class syncs up it kind of feels like magic though.

Rhythm cycling is different from just traditional cycling classes. Traditional classes mimic the outdoor road, but rhythm cycling does not. Rhythm riding includes a lot of variety and getting in tune with your body and how it moves on the bike, it intentionally pushes you into your max heart rate zone and then adds a quick recovery for a max burn in 45 minutes, all while bopping along to some killer tunes.

In a traditional indoor cycling class, the music is more in the background and as a rider, you are more focused on what you're doing on the bike, with a strong focus on metrics, and mimicking the outdoor road experience. Hey, we appreciate this style, and many of us enjoy riding outdoors too. It is just not our primary focus at FireCycle. In rhythm cycling, the music is in the foreground.

Rhythm riding is an innovative way to combine high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and dance choreography into our rides.

This approach involves choreography that mirrors the beat of the music, featuring moves like tap-backs, dips, and pushups.

In addition, you'll get a full-body workout that targets your core, upper body, and lower body.

Our instructors carefully curate each playlist to provide a well-rounded workout that includes short bursts of intensity and recovery intervals, ensuring maximum calorie burn and, most importantly, FUN! At FC, we never get up and “wing it.” Every ride is carefully put together with you in mind!

Music and psychological flow

Did you know that working out to music allows you to get more benefits than working out without it?

So much so that in 2007, USA Track and Field banned athletes from listening to music during the Marine Corps Marathon because it gave racers a competitive edge. Huh? Yep, that is right!

Working out with music provides several benefits, including:

  • Increased metabolism

  • Energy efficiency

  • Reduced blood pressure and stress

  • A more positive perception of exercise

Listening to music during exercise not only increases intensity and focus but also has a positive impact on motivation and helps people stick to their routines.

Even more intriguing is how music can impact psychological flow, where an individual becomes fully immersed in an activity, aka "in the zone."

It leads to increased happiness and motivation during exercise!

We've all experienced it at least once when our favorite song played during a workout class.

The instructor uses the build-up to hype up the next movement.

Suddenly, the beat drops, and you're entirely immersed, pedaling as fast as possible, even increasing the resistance.

This is when you hit the zone, and your focus is solely on the task at hand.

It's an exhilarating feeling to give it your all!

The power of rhythm riding comes from the music, which dictates moves, provides variety, and makes the workout more enjoyable.

So what are you waiting for?

Book your bike now and experience the joy of moving with the music on a bike that goes nowhere. Did we mention we take music requests?

Be sure to visit our website for instructions on how to book your bike, and your first ride is free with the code firstride2023.

DM or email us if you need any assistance with booking. We will see you in the studio.

Let’s ride y’all!

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