Indoor Cycling

Couples Who Sweat Together!

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Couples Who Sweat Together, Stay Together

Couples who spin together, sweat together. And couples who sweat together, stay together! In honour of Valentine’s Day, we are celebrating one of our favorite Cadence couples. Jen and Greg have been spinning together at Cadence for three years. Whenever we see their names on the class list, we know they’re going to show up with smiles and positive energy. We’re motivated by the love and joy they bring to class, and inspired by their commitment to riding as a team.

We chatted with Jen and Greg to find out more about how spin fits into their relationship.

 

How is it that spin came to be such a central part of your relationship as a couple?

We’ve been together for 15 years and have been married for 8 months, and even though we found Cadence later in our relationship, it’s been an awesome way to stay connected. Greg found Cadence after suffering a low back injury from boxing; as soon as he learned that spin would be fine for his back, he signed up, and I [Jen] later joined him on the bike. Now, we can’t imagine not doing it!

 

What do you love about spinning together?

Maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle is something that we both enjoy and value for our physical and mental well-being. Cadence is a place where we can both reach our fitness goals in a non-competitive environment, and have fun together at the same time!

 

How does class feel different when you’re by each other’s side?

It’s a great feeling to ride beside each other! Whenever a good song comes on that one of us likes a lot we’ll look at the other one like yeeessss – this is my jam!

 

Are you competitive with each other or are you cheering each other on? Or both??

A little of both! We support and encourage each other, but we’d be lying if we said we don’t sneak a peek at each other’s consoles afterwards to see who had the higher WATTS for the ride!

 

How do you coordinate your schedules so that you can commit to spin together regularly?

We make it a priority! At the beginning of each week we set a schedule that will work for both of us. Saturday at 10:45am is a must, and we’ll do a Sunday class and a weekday evening class. Then, it’s all about holding each other accountable!

 

Are there any other activities that you do as a couple?

We love to travel together! We’ve been to Europe, South America, Dominican Republic, and Mexico, and we’re looking forward to travelling to Asia together at some point! We also see a personal trainer twice a week and he creates couple-style work outs for us in the gym. Plus, binge watching Netflix original series together is a favorite past time.

Welcome to our Blog!

I bring the music, you bring the sweat, and together we make magic.

Hi! I’m Olivia. You may have caught me on the bike sometime over the past couple months; I’ve been teaching at Cadence since October. Wow, has it been a blast so far! Cadence riders are unparalleled when it comes to intensity. Don’t get me wrong, every one of you has been warm and friendly, but when the lights go off and the music comes on, y’all become beasts. It’s inspiring.

After my first class at Cadence, I knew I had to bring more to the table. Cadence riders aren’t on their bikes to dance and bounce; they want to learn, to grow stronger, and to see results. When I was told after that first class by a couple of Cadence regulars to push them harder next time, I was thrilled. (Challenge accepted, by the way.) This is what I’d been looking for: riders who want to block out the world for 45 minutes and get work done.

That’s not to say we don’t have fun doing it. There are whoops and hollers and the occasional sing-along; there are laughs and cheers and a constant effort to find more ways to move on the bike. But the bottom line is that the Cadence rider, no matter their riding level, shows up to improve on their last ride. It’s 45 minutes of sheer sweaty madness.

Let me take a hot second to introduce myself. I’ve been teaching fitness for two years. During grad school, I started teaching barre classes as a way to be both mobile and social – two things that the stagnant, isolated grad student desperately craves. I instantly fell in love with group fitness; I discovered spin shortly after, and on a whim got my teaching certification. Fast forward a couple years, and I now am a “full time” fitness instructor(/freelance writer).

I love how a class allows you to feel the energy of those around you while still having your own focus and your own pace. And I love being the one on the leader bike who gets to design a ride that challenges you, and to cheer you to the top of each hill and the end of each sprint. I feel inspired every single ride as I watch you push yourselves.

I bring the music, you bring the sweat, and together we make magic.

This blog is a new space that hopefully will carry that magic off the bike. We want to extend those wonderful post-ride conversations outside of the studio. So, here you can expect to find instructor interviews, recipes, playlists, insider spin info, client highlights, community events, motivation, and so much more. And, we want to hear from you about what you want to see. Let us know questions, curiosities, concerns, and we can have a conversation right here.

In the meantime, I’ll catch you on the bike! You can find me teaching five times a week: 7am and 930am Monday, 7am and 630pm Thursday, and 1045am Saturday. I’m always happy to chat – about suggestions for our rides, new music finds, blog ideas, or just how your day is going and what you’re doing this weekend – so please feel free to come say hi!

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Cadence x Kits Energy Winter Training Program

We are so excited to share that Cadence has partnered up with Kits Energy to host a 12 week winter training program for a 3rd year in a row.

Kits Energy is a Vancouver based cycling club that offers workouts and training for cyclists of all fitness levels. Please click here for more information on Kits Energy! 

This 12 week progressive training program will be designed and coached by one of Kits Energy's coaches Facundo Chernikoff, one of Cadence’s instructors Gregg Ambrosi will also be assisting in coaching.

The goal of this program is to help you prepare for any fitness or lifestyle endeavours that you have coming up in the Spring/Summer. You will leave this 12 week program stronger and fitter than when you started. The program will be based on Watts (power) and the workouts will be high intensity. The programming will be based on indoor/outdoor cycling principles and techniques, but will benefit anyone who just wants to get stronger. 

The class is open to all fitness levels, however a basic knowledge of Cadence classes or using power meters is recommended. 

If this sounds awesome and you are ready to register please see all of the details below. If you still have more questions please do not hesitate to email us at info@cadencevancouver.com

Dates

Every Tuesday starting January 7th to March 24th (12 sessions)

NO drop – ins allowed

Time

60 min workouts. 6:45pm to 7:45pm (sharp, no latecomers)

Cost

$350+ gst

*If you need to miss a workout, you can cancel online 12hrs ahead of time and your class will be credited towards any other Cadence class – up to a maximum of 3

Location

Cadence Cycling Studio: 106-1529 West 6th Ave

*Please note: There is only one shower and a small change room so it is best to come prepared to ride and not plan for a business dinner right afterwards

The highlights

On the first day, you will become familiar with the bikes, learn how to pair them with your own device (not required) and complete a test to set your Functional Threshold Power (FTP). You will then learn how to calculate zones from this number, which will be used for every workout. On the last day, you will again complete a FTP test. This will not only be a measurement of progress, but also an important value to have going into our regular outdoor cycling program. If you are unable to make the first session, please let us know - we will run a FTP/Fitness Testing class a few weeks before the workshop.

READY TO SIGN UP?

1 – All new Cadence participants will need to create an account (if you have an existing Cadence account skip to step 2). https://www.cadencevancouver.com/new-to-cadence. Complete all steps.

2 – If starting from this step because you already have a Cadence account CLICK HERE

3 – Click ANY “Buy Now” button and login using your customer information created on step 1 unless you already had a Cadence account.

4 – Click on the “Online Store” on choose Cadence X Kits Energy 12 Week Power Program and follow the prompts to make your purchase and register.

In the event that you cannot make a ride please go online and cancel your class with a minimum of 12 hours notice. A credit will be added to your account for future use in any other Cadence class. You may do this up to 3 times over the duration of the 12 week program.