Where are you located?
BEYOND Pedaling is located at 6814 Snider Plaza. We’re just one block west of Hillcrest and 2.75 blocks south of Lovers Lane. You’ll see us near Zoe’s and the Blue Jeans Bar on the east side. All Pedaling classes are conducted at this studio, and all Pilates, Barre Blast and Boxing classes are conducted at our Lovers Lane location, BEYOND Pilates.
Where do I park?
There is plenty of parking in front of the studio since our classes are only in the mornings and evenings. If, for some reason, you can’t find a spot, We’re sure one of our lovely front desk assistants could take your ride for a spin while you work out. Ferris Bueller-style.
What is indoor cycling?
Dear Watson, exactly as described. You and your new friends are riding a bike inside with a trainer, listening to great music, seeing pretty pictures, burning major calories and walking out of class feeling energized because of your awesome cardio workout.
What makes BEYOND Pedaling different than other indoor cycling studios?
We are a fitness studio slash nightclub slash audio and visual experience. You’ll see projection pictures and LED lights all designed to bring the feeling of movement to our classes. Our trainers use Pilates-based cues, focusing on proper posture and body alignment. The BEYOND Pedaling workout is highly efficient and effective at burning calories and building a stronger, leaner and more energized you.
This is my first time at BEYOND Pedaling. What should I expect?
Check your ambitions for the Tour de France at the door for the first few times. We have the best coaching and instructing staff in town—they have literally taken clients from their first indoor cycling class to becoming champion outdoor cyclist…but this is about baby steps, baby. Arrive ten minutes early so that your instructor can set you up on your bike properly. Listen and work within the range that the instructor calls out. Give it a few classes, and then start racing for that yellow jersey.
When should I arrive for class?
If one of our friendly teachers hasn’t already checked your bike setup for you, arrive about ten minutes early. If you’re a pro, then you can dash on in two minutes before class time. With a couple of quick spins to the knobs, you’ll be off and riding in no time. Try to get here on time, though. We like it when we can say hello to you before class.
Do I have to be in great shape to participate in a BEYOND Pedaling class?
No way. Getting you in shape is our job. Our bikes have gears, so if the teacher is coaching you toward something and it feels too difficult, you can always try it for a few seconds and then dial down. Easy as pie (…but we don’t recommend eating pie). We do design our classes for max calorie burn, so give the instructor-recommended setting a try and decide for yourself. Ready…lawyer talk. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. And…break. Back to fun.
Why do cycling shoes help me in class?
With cycling shoes, you’re clipping your shoes to the pedals. This connection gives you more power from your legs and helps you connect with your ride and the bike. When you wear sneakers, most of your power comes from the down push on your pedal. With cycling shoes on, you can push down and power through the pull up. Cycling shoes can also help with achieving a balance of quadriceps, hamstrings and glute work during class. You don’t have to wear them, but you might surprise yourself with how speedy you are with a pair on. And you’ll just look so darn cool.
What type of bikes do you have?
We have brand new Keiser M3 Plus editions fresh off the California assembly line. Our bikes control their resistance through magnets, so you won’t get a squeaky ruster in the studio. It’s a smooth ride all the way through class. Like math? Our bikes come equipped with a computer that will equate your gear multiplied with your speed and give you your wattage readout right there on your screen.
What types of pedals do you have?
You can wear your tennis shoes, your SPD clips or your Look clips to class! However you feel so moved.
What makes taking a cycling class different than riding another stationary bike?
You don’t have to self-motivate like you do on a bike pedaling by yourself. We have instructors and other students all working toward the same goal. In a group, each class becomes like its own riding pack. You get great energy from everyone around you. Besides, aren’t you sick of hearing your own workout playlist?
Will taking these classes make my arms or legs bulk up?
The rumor that refuses to die…here we go. The legs are the primary muscles you’re using during class; however, the difference is that indoor cycling is about adding and taking away resistance while using different speeds to sculpt the legs and burn from from the body.
The resistance of the magnetic flywheel is not heavy enough to mimic the same muscle hypertrophy (growth) found in strength training for your arms or your legs. You will use a challenging resistance level during hill climbs, but keep in mind that it can’t be so heavy that you’re unable to move your legs at the RPM (Rotations Per Minute) of that segment of the class.
That being said, climbs are a great way to build strength and increase your metabolism. A little muscle can go a long way as they burn more calories than fat even when you’re just sitting around.
Leg size is dependent on your genetic makeup. If you’re checking out your thighs after class and think they look bigger, they might. Your blood flow has increased to those muscles to clean up lactic acid and repaid them. This is temporary. Look at them again tomorrow.
Should I wear a heart rate monitor during your classes?
A heart rate monitor is the best way to give you a true picture of your burned calories during class. If you have your own monitor, you can customize if for your age and weight. Plus, if you wear it after class, you get to see the after-burn from exercise. It’s also a great self-check for workload. Want to see if you made it to the anaerobic zone? Eyeball it. Want to see if your heart rate came down enough during recovery? Eyeball repeat.
Can I still attend class if I have past injuries?
Always check with your doctor first for any questions regarding injuries. Indoor cycling is almost universally recommended for rehabilitating a majority of issues. Questions after the class? Ask your doctor.
What should I bring and NOT bring to class?
- For sanitary reasons, we REQUIRE EVERYONE to bring a towel. You’re likely to sweat…if you don’t, you may want to see a doctor.
- Gym shoes and some slippery style athletic bottoms are a good start, and unless your baggies come with the chamois installed, try to avoid big legged pants. Once you get going, you should consider bike pants/shorts and cycling shoes. A little extra butt padding and power never hurts.
- We sell water at the studio, but we don’t discriminate if you want to bring your fancy water to class. No open containers. They’re messy.
- Jewelry is NOT a good idea. We know you’ve got it, Dallas, no need to flaunt it.
- No strong perfumes, as some students are allergic.
- Bring your friends! But once the class gets started, save the conversation for afterwards. It’s very distracting for the instructor and for other participants when you’re chit-chatting. The instructors are also there for your safety, so you may miss something important if you’re not listening.
- Your credit card is on file, so no need to bring cash, check, credit card, I.O.U. slips or monopoly money unless you prefer not to make your payment online. Please understand that no classes can be confirmed if you’re not prepaid.