Kinard’s ‘spin’ on Sierra Cycle Studio

Kinard’s ‘spin’ on Sierra Cycle StudioBy JAYME KINARD

News Review Correspondent

If you’re anything like me, finding the motivation to get active and exercise is a struggle. On the rare occasion that I can convince myself to go to the gym, after about 15 minutes of wandering around, I start using one of the machines, remember how hard working out is and decide its time to go home.

Clearly I need to be held accountable if I’m going accomplish anything during my workout.

I heard about Sierra Cycle Studio, an indoor cycling studio offering group classes with guided instruction. After some hesitation, I decided to try the free introductory class.

I had heard that spinning classes are awesome, but I had been reluctant to try one because I don’t typically ride bikes, I know that I’m out of shape and it seemed a little intimidating. Even after I signed up, I kept coming up with reasons why I shouldn’t go — but I knew that if I could just get myself in the door, I could have a good workout.

Sierra Cycle Studio is located inside of the Synergy Center building on Norma Street. My first impression of the studio was that is was exceptionally nice. There are two rows of brand-new bikes facing the instructor, wood floors, modern furniture and that “new car” smell.

Being a newbie, I chose a bike in the back row and figured I could hide while I got situated. The instructor was very friendly, introduced herself, helped me get my bike set up and showed me how to use different features.

After settling in I noticed many other riders of all shapes, sizes, ages and genders who had wandered in. The instructor got on her bike and told us how our workout would flow. Then, with the push of a button, the lights dimmed and changed color and the music got louder.

I was very impressed by the complete change of mood in the room. There was no reason to feel self-conscious because the lights were down and I didn’t feel like everyone could see me jiggling around on my bike, or that anyone even cared because they were all focused on themselves.

On a spin bike, you choose your resistance level, which is awesome because I am not advanced by any means. The instructor tells you when to turn the resistance up or down so you can have a great workout, but the great thing is that you get to choose your levels.

The instructor was very high energy, and she played an awesome mix of music. One thing I especially loved was that she had us changing our resistance to the words of different songs, so it didn’t feel like I was just staring at the clock, I was actually enjoying the music and having fun. We also did some “challenges” as a class, like who could get the most distance in two minutes. When the two minutes were over, we raised our hands saying how far we’d gone, and everyone clapped for the “winner.”

Before I knew it, it had been an hour and our workout was over – I didn’t even have to think about what I was doing! I rode over 16 miles and burned more than 600 calories. The instructor offered feedback and encouragement.

The thing that really took me by surprise about the studio was how comfortable and welcomed I felt. The instructors remember your name, make you feel great about your workout and help you when you don’t know how to do something.

After the class, I spoke with one of the other riders, who just so happened to be the owner of the studio, Stephanie Guilfoyle. If you’ve been following my previous articles, you’ll know that my husband is in the Navy and we’ve been in Ridgecrest for a few months now. It turns out that Stephanie’s husband is in the Navy as well. Her husband Kyle is a test pilot at VX-31, and they have a young daughter named Reese. The cycle studio just celebrated its three-month anniversary of being open. As a military wife, I understand the struggle of how it feels to think that having your own career is unattainable.

Talking with Stephanie was very inspiring because she is doing it all. She is a military wife; she opened and runs her own business (even instructing classes) all while being a full-time mom.

Stephanie said, “I grew to love working out when I lived overseas and struggled to find full-time work. From all my time at the gym, I started watching the trainers and decided that I wanted to do what they were doing. I loved how I felt when I saw results and wanted to be the person to help others feel that way. Now I’ve been a Spin instructor for eight years.”

I’ve been in Ridgecrest long enough to see that small businesses and the base are what keep the town alive, and I love that the Guilfoyles are planting their own roots here.

Ridgecrest is a great city to be in, so when someone wants to help improve the lives of those who live here, I’m on board! I can definitely tell you that from my short time working out at Sierra Cycle Studio, I felt great and am looking forward to continuing to attend the classes.

Pictured: Stephanie Guilfoyle, who recently opened Sierra Cycle Studio, with husband Kyle and daughter Reese. -- Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2017-09-01