Gym Spotlight: RidePDX Amps Up the Competition

With blacklights and leaderboard-driven indoor cycling classes, this new South Waterfront studio wants to bring out the road racer in you.

By Allison Jones July 24, 2015

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The Big Picture

A lifelong competitive swimmer, Andrea Fenton has always lived an active lifestyle. So when a serious ski injury, back surgery, and a year of intense rehab sidelined her typical modes of moving six years ago, she turned to indoor spin cycling classes to safely build back the muscles in her legs. Inspired by the physical transformation and motivation she found in classes around the country, she decided to bring open an indoor cycling studio that uses the performance-tracking technology that got her muscles—and mojo—back.

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"I wanted to create a place where you could see your improvement over time," explains Fenton. "After most classes, you leave and—while you feel you had a workout because you worked up a sweat—you aren't really sure what you did in terms of performance, like calories burned or distance covered." At RidePDX, Fenton's new indoor cycling studio in the growing South Waterfront neighborhood, spinners look up at flat-screen leaderboards that allow them to race against their own speed and power output track records, other students in class, and participate in row-by-row competitions—all summarized in a post-workout email recording their personal stats from the class. 

Each blacklight-glowing, 45-minute ride incorporates hills, sprints, intervals, and a seriously challenging weighted arm session—so you can expect a full-body blast in under an hour.

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The studio has already drawn top indoor cycling talent from Portland's hot studios, and is quickly forming its own team spirit thanks to its leaderboard-driven approach. According to Fenton, seeing your stats as you ride "brings a level of accountability and healthy competition to the workout, used to motivate riders individually and as a team. Our 'ride or die' philosophy rings true in every class—we work together as a team and we succeed as a team."

Bottom line? If you're the type of person who thrives in competitive environments, you'll ride harder than ever before, while keeping your joints safe and building mad muscles.

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Monthly Design Partners

In addition to the studio's wide selection of RidePDX tanks, tees, and sweatshirts for men and women, Fenton and her team highlight a new Portland apparel designer each quarter. "Given the immense amount of design talent here, it's our way of supporting the community while at the same time being able to showcase some fresh apparel staples," explains Fenton. First up? The Alpine Division, a new Portland bag company bridging the design divide between urban and outdoor.


Your first class is free! Single class: $18. Unlimited Monthly—Summer Special: $99. 5 pack of classes: $85. Student/OHSU employee special—10 pack: $99. Clip-in shoes are required and can be rented for $2/class (if you're bringing your own, the bikes are compatible with SPD and Look Delta cleats).

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Post-Sweat Watering Hole

Mere steps away from RidePDX lies the latest outpost of Greenleaf Juice, pressing 100% organic, non-GMO verified raw juices, smoothies, acai bowls, and cold brew coffee. This fanatically fresh company began as a food cart and now boasts four locations in Portland, and never uses added sugar, honey, dairy, or yogurt in the house blends—all of the nutrients come from fresh fruits and vegetables, so you can refuel from your ride with treats like the Wondrous Punch (with strawberry, orange, pear, apple, spinach, kale, beet, and carrot) or the Garden (carrot, tomato, kale, cucumber, green pepper, basil, apple, and ginger). 3151 SW Moody Ave

3745 SW Bond Ave.

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