We all know that cycling is a great workout, but let’s be honest – not many of us want to go outside during this time of year and ride in the snow, rain, and freezing temps. So riding inside to blood-pumping music and a motivating instructor? That’s definitely our style!

Zephyr is one of the newest workouts to come to Bozeman.

With rhythm-based indoor cycling classes and knowledgeable instructors, our guided rides created space for wellness, connection, rejuvenation, and transformation (and not to mention, endorphin-drenched sweat sessions).

However, riding for your first time can be intimidating. From adjusting your seat height to figuring out what to wear, your first indoor cycling class can seem a bit complicated, but rest assured.

No matter who you are or where you are in your fitness journey, you are welcome here. That’s our promise.

Indoor cycling is a highly effective strength and cardio workout, and Zephyr offers great classes for people of all fitness levels. In one class, you’ll ride a stationary bike to the beat of carefully curated music-you will never take the same class at Zephyr twice. And, not only will your lungs be pumping, but you’ll also be working your calves, quads, glutes, core, and upper body (during our Uplift classes, which incorporate small hand weights) –making this a fun and effective full-body workout.

If you are a little intimidated by your first ride at Zephyr, we’ve got you covered to make your experience a sweaty success. Just follow our tips below to rock -and more importantly, feel comfortable in- your first Zephyr class!

Dress the part.

Indoor cycling can be quite the sweaty experience. We recommend wearing moisture-wicking top to stay cool and tight pants or shorts so nothing catches on the bike. Padded bike shorts are also welcome! If you’d like a more comfortable ride, we have seat pads available in the studio as well.

Customize your ride.

Our bikes are meant to move with you, as each part of the bike is adjustable. But don’t worry, there’s no need to figure it out on your own! Your Zephyr instructor will help you set your bike up when you come into the studio (never hesitate to ask him/her questions!). A few simple adjustments to your seat or handlebar height will make all the difference in the quality of your ride, which makes indoor cycling truly for everybody.

Clip in…or don’t!

You may think that an indoor cycling class requires indoor cycling shoes. Nope! If you don’t have cycling shoes, you can still ride in your regular sneakers as our bikes work with both options. For regular sneakers, all you have to do is place your foot into the shoe cage and pull the strap to tighten. If you do have cycling shoes, just make sure they have SPD clips in order to clip into our pedals.

Don’t forget to hydrate.

Keep drinking water –before, during, and after! Staying properly hydrated is vital for energy, performance, and recovery. So how much is enough? For a 50-minute class, your body will need at least 50-ounces of water following your ride. If you forget your water or water bottle, we have a fill-station and water bottles available in the studio. Your first Zephyr water bottle is free!

Do you.

Each class at Zephyr is meant to provide a space where you can focus on yourself. Of course, we provide the guidance and the motivation, but everything we say is optional. If you don’t feel like increasing your resistance, don’t. If you feel like pushing yourself to go further, go for it. Zephyr allows you the space to give your body and mind whatever it needs that day.

 

Walking into your first cycling class can be intimidating, but these tips will help make your first ride at Zephyr as welcoming and fun as possible. Just remember, once the lights turn down and the music turns up, your ride is all about you. Embrace it.