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Vibe Ride Gives Indoor Cyclists A Full Body Fitness Regimen

By Pamela Sosnowski

At Vibe Ride of Atlanta, students can do more than just indoor cycling; they can take a barre, body sculpting, or "pound"?which incorporates dancing movies and drumsticks?class, all of which get the blood pumping and keep the good feeling vibes high. It's one of the ways the fitness studio is bridging a gap in the Atlanta area, but providing its members with a full-body workout.

"We want to offer holistic wellness at our studio," says the studio's owner and founder, Courtney Anderson. "To accomplish this, we offer personal training, barre, body sculpting and boot camp classes at Vibe Ride. All of these classes comprise our Vibe Body program. These are classes off of the bike that focus on creating muscle tone and building strength. We also have combination classes that combine our Vibe Ride and Vibe Body offerings into a single 45-minute class."

Anderson is a full-time law professor, but was inspired to launch Vibe Ride because she was passionate about fitness and she wanted to offer members a well-rounded fitness experience that other cycling studios typically do not focus on. In addition to classes off the bike that use weights and build strength, Anderson wanted the cycling classes to be pioneering in the industry. That's why they incorporate music videos during some of the classes plus various genres of music to cycle to, such as hip-hop, music mash-ups, party anthems, '90s hits and more.

"Vibe Ride is the pioneer of rhythm-based rides in Atlanta that feature fitness technology and music videos," she explains. "The integration of competition, beat-based classes and studio entertainment features ranging from live bands to DJs and music videos is not available at any other location. We have cultivated an energetic and supportive community of members at all fitness levels, and we are extremely proud of the unique experience we have created."

The benefits of indoor cycling are many; as Anderson points our, it's a low-impact form of exercise, meaning the feet do not make contact with a hard surface and the joints, hips, and knees are less likely to suffer from an injury. Participants can easily dial up or down the pedal resistance to create a more challenging workout.

One of the newest non-cycling classes offered at Vibe Ride is called pound, which Anderson says enables members to "live out a rock star fantasy while they exercise." Pound uses Ripstix?lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising?as the equipment in a full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements.

In addition to caring personal trainers, Vibe Ride also staffs its own on-site nutritionist, dietician, and meal planner to assist members with clean eating and healthy living. The studio also offers private group classes that can be customized with music choices and are suitable for birthday parties, bachelorette parties, corporate team building, and more. It's another way the gym is differentiating itself in the saturated fitness industry.

The first cycling class is free for new members, and may be booked online at www.theviberide.com.

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