i love a good workout fundraiser

A few weeks ago, I participated in a spin-a-thon fundraiser for Jess of Little Miss Runshine. My favorite spin instructor, Elise, was teaching one of the sessions, and I love a good workout fundraiser, so I signed up. My donation (you can donate here) came with a few raffle tickets and I ended up winning a five-class package to The Handle Bar studio, a new cycling studio in South Boston (and this cute tank and water bottle). Of course, I put all my raffle tickets into that one drawing as Elise had recently announced she was joining the team at The Handle Bar.

Raffle winnings courtesy of The Handle Bar and Little Miss Runshine

On Monday, I finally had a chance to check out her class there. It was phenomenal! The studio is lovely – very open and bright and clean. The staff is incredibly friendly. And an amazing bonus? It’s less than a mile from work, so I was able to take my workout even another level higher and run to and from class. (Awesome!)

Everyone at The Handle Bar uses clip-in shoes, which they have available to rent for $2. This was my first experience using the clip-in shoes. It took a few songs to get used to it, really, but it was a much better experience once I got a feel for it. I was able to work so much harder, and I really felt the movement more in my muscles (especially my calf muscles!) The whole experience felt more like “true cycling” than I have previously experienced. I said it on Twitter and I’ll say it again here – Elise’s class has definitely gotten harder but it’s that much more rewarding too!

I was so glad I was able to check out the class with Jess, too. It’s always great to know someone in a new class, and it’s even better to work alongside someone who is giving it 100%. There were definitely moments I pushed through sprints because of seeing Jess’s effort in my periphery.

If you’d like an intense and rewarding spin experience, come join me at The Handle Bar! I’m definitely going to Monday’s 5:45 p.m. classes, but can be easily convinced (I’m sure) to fit some other times in, too. Need more convincing? Elise had a Beyonce vs. Jay-Z playlist. Yeah, it’s that kind of awesome over there.

P.S. Jess is embarking on a 100+ mile bike ride to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. You can show your support for her dedication and this amazing organization by making a donation here.