What are the Benefits of Indoor Cycling?

According to the U.S. Department of Health ".....regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk of coronary disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.....and helps to control weight, contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints... reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression..." Need we go on? Cycling is also "low-impact" without the joint stress that you get from "ground-pounding" sports and activities. All good reasons to strap-in/clip-on and RYDE!




This Month’s RydeOn superstar instructor

This Month’s RydeOn superstar instructor:

Andrew Weeden

How long have you been indoor cycling?

I have been riding indoor cycling for over a decade. I originally started do it, as a way to get a cardio workout during the winter months when being outside in Michigan is not so fun.

I would ride Saturday mornings at a local class and that is how I met Brigid.

I remember her asking me, "If a studio offered only indoor cycling would you join and go to it?”

In addition, since I was not that happy with the lack of variety offered at the place we were going, I replied "Oh yeah!”

Well she started RydeOn and shortly after I was certified as an indoor instructor....so I have been teaching now since November 2012.

What is your favorite Class type?

I enjoy outdoor cycling (road and mountain biking) and so my favorite style of class is an 'Interval Ride' where each drill only lasts one or two songs. I have ridden races up north in Michigan (Boyne Mountain for instance) and even those "hills" only last 10 minutes tops.

I like my classes to include usually three hill climbs (to get some wattage work done) and then after each hill some 'downhill' high cadence speed work to flush lactic acid out of the legs.

What your favorite Music type?

I use alternative rock in my classes...but will mix in some classic, pop, and hip-hop for flavor.

What would advice would you offer new riders coming to Ryde On for the first time?

My advice to a new client at RydeOn is always to take it easy during their first class (I almost threw up during mine!) and just get a feel for the drills we use and do them properly. THERE IS NO COASTING IN A SPINNING CLASS (like there is on an outdoor bike) and nobody wants to make the "walk of shame "to the back benches if you bonk during class.

Tell us a little about your Wish A Mile tour

recently did my fifth Make A Wish Bicycle Tour called the WAM (Wish A Mile). 300 miles (a little more this year) in 3 days. The tour is to raise money. I get sponsors to make tax-deductible donations so the foundation can grant wishes to children suffering a life threatening illness. Each wish costs around $10,000. This year the tour raised $2.4 million!

What do you do to prepare for this exciting ride?

If time permits, I will try to ride my road bike on a few long rides (~75 miles) and do at least one "Century" 100 miler so I mentally know I can rock out 100 in the saddle in one session. I will also increase my attendance at RydeOn to get saddle time for my body. This year I went almost every day in the final two weeks before the tour.

The tour is difficult for a reason; it forces you think about what the kids are facing and how the funds will help them and their families. I might have a head wind, a hill, high temperatures (90º+) or low (50ºs), sun or rain, but these children are facing mortality.

We have a lot of people at RydeOn that ride this incredible tour (instructors and clients) and if someone is interested in helping this cause I suggest they just talk to someone that has ridden it. You are unlikely to hear a complaint but will probably hear how uplifting the whole experience is for the rider.

Andrew's Music picks

My musically taste is eclectic so I will list the artists I played at my Saturday morning class this week. Daft Punk, Coldplay, Tom Petty, Kesha, Taio Cruz, Kiss, Selena Gomez, Buckcherry, Boomtown Rats, Bonnie McKee, Demi Lovato, One Direction and AC/DC ( I gotta represent Australia with one Aussie band per class!).

Community News September 22-28

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Community News September 15-21

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Healthy Sweeteners More Bang for Your Caloric Buck

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Humans love sugar. We’re hardwired to seek it out and we are gorging ourselves to death. Research indicates sugar may be just as addictive as cocaine.1 According to the World Health Organization, 35% of adults in the US are obese—not just overweight; obese. One in five American children are overweight.


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Wish-A-Mile 50 Update

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As of this writing we are one month out from the Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour for the Make-A-Wish Michigan Foundation, and our fabulous RydeOn! 50 team has grown to nine members and raised $2,335.00!


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