Pure Indoor Cycling
Day 2: Pure Rhythm
Background: Pure Indoor Cycling is a state-of-the-art spin studio in Downtown San Diego. It offers 40 next-generation bikes, a concert-quality sound system, and custom-made LED lights. For a chance to sweat with amazing instructors and intoxicating beats, check out Pure here.
After a rollercoaster at November Project we wanted to try a workout we had a bit more experience with. We turned to our 100 location strong excel sheet and found Pure Indoor Cycling in the heart of Downtown San Diego.
When we arrived music was pumping, the space was bright, and it wasn’t crowded yet. We breezed through check in and found they had our shoes already waiting for us. Huge plus.
Our instructor welcomed us to the studio and told us where we could find our weights. She said she would be in soon to help set up our bikes, so we tossed our stuff in the locker and headed into the room.
The room was spacious but buzzing. It was 6:30 AM but full of riders and the energy was high. You could tell a lot of the riders knew each other, and we definitely got the tribe-vibe you see with spin studios.
If there is one workout I have done with relative consistency it would be spin. Only because I know I can zone out and go at my own (slow) pace. But even with some classes under my belt, I still don’t actually know how to set up my bike. Dylan even more so. We’ve seen it a few times, but can never keep it straight.
Is the seat supposed to be under or above the hip?
Is the handlebar elbow to fingertip or elbow to fist?
But this was not a problem at Pure Indoor Cycling. Maria, our instructor, who also happens to be the studio owner, took several minutes to help us set up our bikes. Beyond that, she explained WHY things were the way they were. Dylan has an ongoing battle with clipping in and out of his pedals. Maria showed him the right way to click down and twist at the heel.
*No more unstrapping the velcro to break free*
Next thing you know, the music began to swell. At 6:30 AM, pounding house music has a great way of waking you up and we were off to the races. That is one of the best things about Pure. The music is incredible. Dylan will tell you he wasn’t dancing on his bike — but we all know the truth. 45 minutes of push ups, tap backs, and an intense arm session later, we’re both dripping in sweat and ready to face the day.
Pure is an awesome spot for high intensity FUN workouts. They have everything: happy hour specials, studio-wide challenges, and pay it forward rides.
Who’s down to meet us next time for #ridesandrose or #tapbacksandtacos?
Meet the Instructor:
Maria Disla: @maria_spins
What advice do you have for people who are struggling to become involved with exercise?
I would say — start! It is a lot easier than it sounds. Even when I try something new I question, “what if I’m not good at it?” or “what if I can’t keep up?”. But most places offer a first class free so it’s only about going, trying it out, and seeing what you think.
I’ve gone to classes before and not been able to last the whole time — but at least I went and tried. And the next time I got a little better. So I always say go one time and try it out (and arrive early!) because then you have the time to get set up the right way and have a good experience.
What is your favorite post-workout snack?
Definitely a protein bar, apple, or banana. Not something too heavy, but it gives you a great recovery boost!
What was the inspiration behind Pure Indoor Cycling?
I’m from New York and then I moved to LA. There were so many studios in both places. When I moved to San Diego, I found that there weren’t any downtown. This studio was born from wanting the kind of place where I would want to go. I wanted to have the style of class in my life that I used to take that made me feel so good.
I also had a huge health scare at my last job. I was only 27 and having the health issues of a 45 year old. It made me think about my life and ask if this is where I wanted to be in 20 years — still having health issues due to job stress. I knew I needed to do something completely different from what I was doing. Something that made me happy and that I was passionate about. That way it didn’t feel like work and would help me have a better health-life balance.
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