In recent years, indoor cycling classes have become more popular than ever. There are indoor cycling studios popping up all over the country, offering courses for both beginners and advanced cyclists to cater to different expertise and fitness levels.

We all know that cycling brings a host of health benefits, including boosting your cardio health. Guidelines by the American College of Sports Medicine recommend 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise five days a week and this inspires many to hop on a bike because it can give them an intense workout in no time at all. But in addition to boosting your cardio health, there are plenty of unexpected benefits of cycling. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

It sharpens your focus
Ever have those days where you feel like you’re just moving around in a fog? If so, take a class! Cycling for fitness, like most physical activities, can easily sharpen your focus because it helps deliver more oxygen to the brain. When oxygen enters the brain, more brain cells form, which causes the brain to work more efficiently – you’ll experience a sharper memory, better problem-solving skills, higher concentration levels, and it’ll be easier to go about your day to day activities. The best part is that all of this can come with a simple 30-minute session.

It boosts your complexion
Any cardio workout, especially indoor cycling, can be beneficial as it can enhance your complexion to look younger. After you workout, you most likely will notice a flushed face, and that is a good thing. This means blood is pumping to your skin, which enhances collagen production and can prevent wrinkles from forming and can give you clear, radiant skin.

Strengthens your core
During your class your instructor will drive home the importance of good posture not just to make you comfortable during the class, but to strengthen your core. To ride efficiently, you’ll want a fully engaged core. After taking just a couple classes, you’ll notice your abs and obliques become more defined and stronger.

There are plenty of benefits of cycling, and some we didn’t even list here! If you’d like to learn more and experience these advantages for yourself, come on down and try out a class with us. Your body will thank you!


It might be that you think that cycling classes are just another fad, or maybe you are a runner through and through. Whatever the reason may be, you haven’t yet tried an indoor cycling class.

Keep in mind, indoor cycling classes are hugely beneficial: they offer great cardio, they burn calories, and they can even help you reduce the risk of some serious medical conditions. Researchers in Finland, for instance, have come to the conclusion that just 30 minutes of cycling each day can lower the risk of developing diabetes by 40%.

While all of that is well known and well documented, it clearly hasn’t been enough to get you to try this exercise class for yourself. But there are a number of benefits you haven’t heard of yet, three of which we lay out in this blog.

Great for Abs
While you might not realize it, indoor cycling classes are great for strengthening your abdominal muscles. That is because you need to keep your core engaged the entire time your are in the class. If you don’t? Your instructor will be the very first person to point out that you are slouching. Not only that, constantly switching between sitting and standing while riding will give your glutes a nice workout.

Great Group Energy
When you first started working out, someone no doubt pulled you aside and told you about the importance of a gym buddy – someone to push and to challenge you and keep you honest about how hard you’re working. Cycling classes take that principle and multiply it by a dozen. Imagine the energy in a room of a dozen people all working for the same goal in the same rhythm – you won’t believe what you can accomplish in those conditions.

Easy on the Joints
Runners, you were waiting for us to get to you. It’s no secret that running is torturous for the body, especially the knees. A trip to the cycling studio affords you a great cardio workout without the stress to your knees. Whether you mix it into your weekly rotation or save it for when your runner’s knee is acting up, cycling class is a great weapon to have in your arsenal.

There are a number of great reasons to try your first cycling class, so what’s stopping you? Visit a StarCycle studio today and experience it for yourself!


Whether it’s your first trip to an indoor cycling studio or you’re a cycling class veteran, it can be intimidating to speak to the instructor.

While it can be easy to make up excuses not to talk to your instructor, they genuinely want you to feel comfortable talking to them, especially about something that might affect your workout.

So for the timid beginners out there, here are three times you should absolutely approach your instructor.

It’s Your First Time at a Fitness Class
While you may be tempted to hang out in the back and learn by osmosis, it is important to let the instructor know it’s your first cycling class, not just so that your instructor can get to know you – though they do! – but also because there is a chance you might hurt yourself if you have the improper form or set up the equipment incorrectly. Giving your instructor a quick heads up will help you get the most out of class, and safely!

You Have to Take it Easy Because You Are Sick, Injured, or Pregnant
Cycling is great exercise. In fact, just one hour cycling at 10 mph can burn up to 600 calories! That being said, it can also take a toll on your body. Whatever the reason is, if you have to take it easy, then let your instructor know before the class, that way they don’t accidentally pressure you to give more than you can. Cycling class is fun, but it’s also about work. Your instructor wants to see you give your all. Letting them know you have less to give can help avoid confusion.

If You Have to Leave Early
Nothing is worse than having to teach a class while worried that one of your cyclists is upset or sick from the class. If you know that you will have to leave early, just let your instructor know. It is your time! You paid to be there, after all. There’s no reason to think your instructor will be mad at you.

At StarCycle, we are here to help you get a kickass workout, while honoring what you need that day. Talk to us! Let your instructor know if you have questions or requests; we are here to support you.


If you have never been to cycling classes, it can be a bit intimidating. In fact, many people who are going to their first class admit to having fallen victim to a number of the myths. In reality, indoor cycling classes are a great option for people from all walks of life that are looking for a good fitness class.

In order to help ease any fears or misconceptions you might have that are keeping you from that first class, we’re going to spend a little time busting up some of the most common myths you might have heard about cycling classes.

We hope you stick around for the ride.

  1. Cycling Classes Are For Women
    One of the biggest lies we hear is that exercise classes are for women only. While it’s true that there is a slightly higher number of women in most cycling-based classes, there is also a slightly higher number of women in the world in general, so we think it’s pretty par for the course. The important thing to remember is that a great exercise class is as fun and good for men as it is for women.
  2. Cycling Requires a Uniform
    It’s no myth that most people in class will likely be wearing cycling or exercise pants, but that doesn’t mean you have to conform. As long as you’re wearing tightly fitted pants that won’t snag in the cycling equipment, you should feel free to wear whatever makes you most comfortable.
  3. It’s Too Easy
    As you may have heard, exercise bikes are a very low impact form of cardio. But don’t let that fool you! Cycling is hardly easy. With a mix of interval and elevation training, the best cycling classes are meant to help you shed weight, get sweaty, and stay in the very best shape. If you’re still not convinced, come in and try it, then tell us about how easy it is.
    High Intensity Exercise Class Isn’t for Shy People
    Exercise classes of any kind can be intimidating for people with anxiety or people who are shy. Fortunately, cycling isn’t like your typical group exercise class. The supportive atmosphere and positive environment of the right exercise studio makes it the perfect place for you to get your feet wet.
  4. It’s Too Tiring
    It can be hard to find time to fit exercise in, especially if you work at a demanding job. But while you might think that cycling will leave you drained, cycling three times a week has been shown to stimulate dopamine production and increase energy levels by 20%! What’s more, it can reduce fatigue by an estimated 65%!

Whether you are new to indoor cycling, or have been riding hard for years, everyone is welcome at a StarCycle studio- let’s ride!