The Big Picture
Former Barre3 and yoga pros Erin Moone and Dionne Del Carlo opened StarCycle in 2013, looking to craft 45 minute, full-body classes with a focus on choreography, cardio, and hand-weight strength training for a well-rounded approach to spinning (with a side of rock-and-roll style, as evidenced by their small-but-mighty retail shop with chic fitness apparel).
The studio has a dedicated group of followers and is known for welcoming spin experts and newbies alike with tailored classes and enthusiastic support for riders of all levels.
Bottom line? It's a kick-ass dance party on a bike that will leave you sore and hungry for more.
Classes for All
StarCycle's intimate candle-lit classes are smaller than most spin studios in the area, allowing riders to focus on matching their stride to the beat of the surround-sound music and get lost in their own world—though collaborative hooting, hollering, and sing-alongs are encouraged. With nearly 30 classes a week, there's something for every body.
If you're new to spinning, a staff member will show you the ropes and make sure your shoes fit, your bike is fitted to your height and stride, and you know how to clip in and out for spin safety. Bring a water bottle, because you will sweat. Trust me.
The craft-focused childcare at StarCycle offers an enriching alterative to kid programs that plop little ones in front of screens or uninspired plastic toys. Each class session brings a fresh craft project for kids aged newborn to ten years old. Child care is $5 per child per class.
Single class: $18. Unlimited first month: $99. Shoe rentals: $2/class (or you can bring your own, StarCycle bikes accommodate Delta Look Cleats or SPD shoes).
Post-Sweat Watering Hole
A block and a half away from StarCycle, the Juice Box Organic Juicery sits in a converted drive-up coffee shack at 144 A Ave, where bottles of super-fresh cold-pressed juice sit pretty in a cooler waiting to refresh you after your ride. I love the very green Clarity—packed with kale, spinach, romaine, cucumber, parsley, celery, lemon, and ginger—which unlike many other green juices doesn't hide the zip of fresh greens behind a masking sweetness of apple juice.
Moone and Del Carlo just announced plans for a second studio in early 2015 in the new Timberland Town Center off of Northwest Barnes Road. The new 2,237-square-foot space of space will offer larger changing rooms and expanded studio and childcare space. Stay tuned for updates!
459 Second Street