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The Handle Bar

As I’m typing this I’m also shifting uncomfortably in my seat. My ass hurts, guys. So very much. Why, you ask? (I know you didn’t actually ask about my ass, but get ready to hear about it anyway).

Last night, I went to The Handle Bar in South Boston. It’s a boutique cycling studio, similar to the spin classes at your gym, except hyped up on amphetamines. I took a few traditional spin classes about 3 years ago and thought I knew what to expect. Hah!


Holly, the chick covered in sweat a.k.a me, and Kristen.

The Handle Bar provides each student with a towel (good lookin’ out, bro) and help newbies set up their bikes and secure our shoes, since they require students wear specialty cycling shoes that can be rented at the front desk. Our instructor, Elise, took us through a quick warm-up then pushed the class through one of the most intense cardio workouts I’ve ever had. There were hills, speedbumps, and flat road sprints. Pretty sure we climbed the cycling class equivalent of Mount Kilimanjaro, but my clouded brain (caused by a mini heart-attack) may be distorting my memory. Things got really interesting when we pulled out weighted bars and did a short but effective arm workout while riding. I was grateful when class ended because damn, it was hard. But I already find myself thinking about how to work it into my workout rotation, as I clearly have the stamina of an elderly bunny and need some help. Be warned, The Handle Bar doesn’t have changing rooms (and only 2 bathrooms), and the lack of showers made for an interesting ride home – sorry fellow MBTA passengers, I swear I don’t normally smell that bad! But I’m looking forward to getting back in the saddle (once my ass stops hurting).

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • holleighz September 5, 2013, 2:32 pm

    I’m ready for round two…

  • The Boston Fashionista September 6, 2013, 10:44 am

    Like holleighz, I am ready for round two as well! That was SUCH a fun class!

  • Alex Hubbard September 6, 2013, 11:00 am

    Yo that looks pretty sa-weet. I’m about to try the real ryder classes at Sweat + Soul Yoga and I feel like they might be similar. But I still want to try this place!

  • Elissa September 9, 2013, 8:52 pm

    Oh my god, my ass (basically my whole crotch) was SO SO SO sore for dayssssss after I went, I was late and couldn’t get clicked in, and then my shoe came unhooked midworkout, and then I left my favorite water bottle there. I was traumatized. Spin is not for me.

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