Even though it doesn’t feel like it in NYC, spring is here and summer is up next. Which means I’m back to my body-get-right goal of working out 5 times a week. I knew I needed to kick the intensity of my workouts up, so when I discovered a new black-owned spin studio in my neighborhood—Harlem Cycle, Harlem’s first boutique cycling studio—I laced up my trainers and decided to try it out.
Harlem Cycle made its debut just a few days ago to open arms from Harlemites like me. The boutique studio was founded by brand manager turned entrepreneur Tammeca Rochester, who was giving me all kinds of #BlackGirlMagic vibes as she warmly welcomed me into the studio this weekend for my first ride.
Staying true to its uptown roots, Harlem Cycle classes are truly reflective of the neighborhood with fun names like “Strivers Row,” “Sugar Hills” and “Soulful Sunday—all featuring great instructors and upbeat remixes that take you through a musical journey of Harlem as you sweat it out. I was getting my butt kicked but was having so much fun I barely felt the burn.
Speaking with Tammeca about the inspiration behind Harlem Cycle, she said she was driven by her childhood love for biking, which she wanted to incorporate into her life more as an adult. “As a working mom, I found it too difficult to go for bike rides in the city,” said Tammeca. She loved taking spin classes, but soon grew tired of those offered at conventional gyms that were difficult to navigate with complex wait systems. “I felt Harlem deserved more. We deserved a community fitness studio that not only offered amazing workouts, but focused on the individual client by providing top-notch customer service. All of course in a judgement free zone. I waited and waited for the other wider known cycling studios to come to Harlem, but since they didn’t I decided to create it myself.”
And I’m so glad she did. At $25 a class ($12.50 for your first ride), which includes towels, water and fruit, the value simply can’t be beat. Classes boast high-intensity bike work and some even incorporate weights and mat toning exercises for a true full body workout.
I always thought spinning classes were a recipe for a sore butt bones, but expert instructors made sure I knew the right techniques to fix this so that the only thing sore after the class were the muscles I was supposed to work.
And the interior aesthetics at Harlem Cycle are to love just as much as the great classes. The exposed brick and old fireplace inside the brownstone studio reminds you of everything you love about Harlem throughout the workout.
Harlem Cycle is located at 138th and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. For more information and to register for a class go to harlem-cycle.com.