Ride revolution is the Premier cycling studio in the Charleston county area located in downtown Charleston (441 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403). Back in 2016 when I moved to Charleston, I started looking for a gym or personal fitness boot camp to join to get back and shape. Never once did I think about joining a cycling studio. However, when I searched online for top rated fitness studios near me Ride Revolution continuously popped up. Finally one day I said screw it and decided to sign up for a class. From the 1st moment I walked in the help desk Representatives were very welcoming. They have a help desk positioned in front of you right as you walk in the door and there are typically 1 to 2 representatives at the desk ready to assist you and answer any questions you may have. So I start asking them about cycling in general because I didn’t know anything about it at the time. I asked them about how many calories would I burn, who’s teaching the classes, how long they’ve been there, everything under the Sun. To my surprise, they were very helpful in answering all my questions. The reps were quite personable and even if there was a question they didn’t know they would find the answer for me. It was this amazing customer service that motivated me to sign up for a class right there and as it would turn out the first class for new riders is actually free! Just so you can get a feel for what it’s like and see if spin is indeed the right fit for you. After I finished filling out their safety form I hopped in the spin class that conveniently enough was just starting. I didn’t have a pair of cycling shoes so Ride Revolution provided me with one of their cycling cleats. They have a wide variety of sizes from 5-5 to size 15. I have big feet, So I was surprised when they had my size shoe. Once I was geared up, I went into the cycling studio and all the bikes are neatly arranged facing the door and facing a Wall of mirrors. The instructor’s bike is positioned on a platform and it is overlooking the class.
In the center of the room there is a pillar and at the top of a pillar there’s a lighting system that serves as the primary light during most of the spin class. The class was full however the reps assigned me a bike towards the back of the class. Ride Rev has a system on their computers that shows them how many free bikes are remaining and where in the room their located https://www.ride-rev.com/schedule/#/schedule/site/1. Being out of sight was perfect because I was out of shape and there were a lot of pretty faces in the crowd I didn’t want to completely embarrass myself. They already had a towel and two 10-pound weights prepositioned on the bike. The bike itself in many ways resembled one of those cross-country bikes you’d would see Neil Armstrong riding. It took me a while to get my cleats connected to the petals. Should you run into this issue the instructor and the reps up front are available to help you get locked in. By the time I was ready the instructor was already screaming at us. We started with some low to high intensity cycling. Whenever she would have us slow down we had to increase the resistance making it harder to peddle. I gotta tell you that was one of the most intense workouts up ever had in my entire life. To give you an example I was a physical training instructor For my squadron’s PT when I was in the Air Force.
This spin class was on par with some of the most rigorous training exercises we had to do when I was in. Now I’m not telling you this to scare you.. Okay, I’m kidding, I kinda am but for all you fitness nuts out there and people who just want to find something good that works this is it. All throughout the exercise we had a little dial on a front of replied that we had to keep adjusting turning it to the right would intensify the cycling making it harder for you to peddle turning it to the left will loosen things up and make it easier for you to peddle all the while we’re having to do various types of lifting and lowering exercises. The cool thing is that the instructor is right there with you keeping pace and every so often she will jump off her bike and move around the class to make sure everyone is motivated, safe, and working their hardest. the instructors lead multiple classes a day and will never ask their participants to do anything their not willing or able to do. After about 30 minutes or so of cardio we started doing strength exercises with the 10-pound weights that they had prepositioned on our Bikes. We began by doing various extension exercises with the weights. At first it was easy, we held the weights out in front of us and in slightly lifted them up and down a few inches. Next we held the weights out to your sides and slowly lifted them over our heads and back down again after a few seconds. This went on for 10 minutes.. I think my arms died at 5. Once that nightmarish exercise was over and my arms looked like two wet noodles flapping around at my sides we began the final chapter of the exercise. For the last part we did straight cardio and I nearly forgot to mention while this is all going on there playing various types of rap, R&B, and techno the instructor had blasting, Everything they played was uplifting FIRE YOU UP exercise music and these are for the most part songs you’ll be familiar with including some re mixes you may never of heard before. After 45 minutes the class is finally over. We did some cool down stretches and once completed the instructor walked to the door to greet and congratulate us individually as we were leaving. I started talking to some of the other cyclists who had attended the class with me and to my surprise many of them were regulars who had been coming to the cycling studio for years. They told me that this to them was a essential part of their exercise and work out routine and that they highly recommend it for anyone who wants to improve their overall cardio. I spoke to the instructors and words can’t describe the amount of passion they had for the studio and how genie they were when describing what cycling meant to them in general. They really are a perfect representation of health, wellness, and achieving whatever fitness goals you have. I could tell that they truly believed in what ride revolution was doing because I later discovered some of the instructors actually have very high paying jobs elsewhere and yet they still commit their time and energy to instructing multiple classes a day several days out of the week. Sure they’re getting paid but clearly there is something else motivating them other than money. People in the community actually look to these women for inspiration. After hearing all this I went straight to the help desk and I jumped in head first. I signed up for a month’s worth of classes roughly (. The cool thing is I didn’t have to pay that full price because I was a military veteran, I received a veteran discount as it would turn out they have student, military, nurse, teacher, first responder, or non-profit employee discounts and groupons that you can redeem towards free classes! (call for more information: 843-737-5330). It doesn’t stop there if you sign up with them every few weeks you’ll receive an email about different specials and events that they’re doing. I was soaking wet after the exercise I needed a place to wash up otherwise I would have had to drive all way back home dripping sweat everywhere my car. Fortunately, they have a shower area in their restrooms, and they provide towels and toiletries. This cycling studio literally has everything from a secure place to leave your belongings while you’re in class to a website that gives you health, wellness, and nutritional facts/information. After attending Ride Revolution for a few of years now, I can say with the utmost certainty that every instructor there is fully committed to the overall success of their students from the ownership all the way down to the customer service reps everyone at ride revolution enjoys what they do, their avid cyclers, and they’d love to have you come in and join their family.
Are you ready for pain!? I’m just kidding, if you’re ready for a challenge click the link below to visit the ride revolution homepage and sign up today. You can also follow ride revolution on Facebook and Instagram!