CorePower Ryder Class {CPRyder}

Guys, it’s not a typo: CorePower Yoga now offers spin classes!

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Weird, right?! When Cindy called me last week and asked if I wanted to take a spin class at a yoga studio on Saturday, I was kind of confused. To the best of my knowledge, CorePower and spin class are not synonymous.

Goes to show you that I know nothing.

Long story short, I agreed to the class on Saturday morning. I was already taking Will to the airport at 4am, so a 9:30 class in Denver truly didn’t seem that early. I showed up at 9:15, talked with the lady at the desk, and headed into class.

CorePower Ryder {or CPRyder, as the regulars call it} is something that a few select CorePower locations are testing. Based on my limited research, the LoHi location is the only one in the Denver area that offers the class. And if you’ve ever been to a regular spin class, you’re more-or-less prepared for the CPRyder class. Spin bikes? Check. An instructor at the front of the room? Check. Clipless {SPD} pedals? Check.

At 45 minutes, the CPRyder class is a bit shorter than regular spin classes, and the room is lightly heated to 85 degrees. However, the main difference doesn’t fall within the time spent in the room; check out these bikes!

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Instead of traditional spin bikes, the CPRyder class uses “RealRyder” bikes. In essence, the main difference is that the bikes have 22 degrees of movement from side to side. Obviously, that doesn’t mean much when I just use words to describe it, so check out this video that I made my friend Craig shoot for me. I decided filming during class was a little over-the-top, so the three of us stuck around after class and Craig acted as my model!

To see the video, click here.

When the class first began, I honestly wasn’t impressed with the bike’s flexibility. Yes, it bent side to side, but I didn’t really notice a difference in the workout. CorePower claims that the side-to-side motion makes the riding feel more like a bike outside, but I don’t know if I really agree with that.

However, as the class progressed, I realized that I was using my core muscles a lot more than I realized. When you stand up out of the saddle, the bike will totally flop around if you don’t use your abs to engage and stabilize the bike. Once I grew tired and wasn’t automatically flexing, the bike began flopping everywhere! Turns out, those abs were getting a workout!

I also managed to get an upper body workout which shocked the hell out of me. Lots of spin classes do “handlebar push-ups” which really don’t do much of anything for me. However, our instructor had us work through an exercise where you “turn” your bike and really lean into the side, cranking down on the handlebars. It took a lot of tricep muscles to turn that damn bike, and my arms were semi-sore afterwards!

In a nutshell, here is my take on the CorePower Ryder classes:

The Good:

  • I love that they’re combining yoga with spin! The two combined make a decent all-around body workout.
  • The 22 degrees of bike movement definitely cranked the intensity up a notch, albeit not as much as I expected
  • I don’t think spin has quite caught on in a yoga studio, so the class was fairly empty. SO nice to not fight for a bike!

The Bad:

  • CorePower is still expensive! I’m not a yoga member and only drop-in occasionally, so I just paid the drop-in fee for this class: $20! To me, that’s pricey for a spin class. I realize that regular yoga members probably get the class included, but I will never be an unlimited member at CorePower.
  • The music and voice instruction from the teacher was a bit lacking compared to other spin classes. The music wasn’t as loud {maybe so we wouldn’t interrupt the yoga class down the hall?} and she didn’t have a microphone. I was in the back row and occasionally struggled to hear her voice over the fan and the music.

Final takeaway: do I like the class? Yeah, I do! I’d still rather ride outside, but that applies for any spin classes. I mean, spin is really just the treadmill of the cycling world, right?!

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Have you ever tried a CPRyder class? What did you think?

11 Comments

  • Reply Alyssa at

    That sounds pretty cool – a spin studio just opened here too, but it’s the same issue you mentioned – the drop in fee is ridiculous, even just to try it!

    • Reply heather at

      Yeah, that drives me nuts about CorePower. Even a 5-class punch card is ridiculous price of $90. Everyone rips on the cost of CrossFit but I pay $100 month and that’s for 12 classes!

  • Reply Kate at

    I just used a Groupon month at CPY and went to a bunch of Ryders classes at that studio. I must say I prefer other gyms that have Ryders bikes – the teachers, music and overall workout was better! Not to mention I hated that classroom in the Lohi studio. So boring. I love spin and love those particular bikes but you can find much cheaper gyms that offer more for the money. In my opinion 🙂

  • Reply lynne at

    i bit the bullet and bought a 10-class pack to CPY – will have to check this class out!

    • Reply heather at

      You’ll have to let me know what you think!

  • Reply Ashlee @ The Blue Eyed Perspective at

    I have never tried one but I do love a good sweaty spin class. I still am upset that we don’t have SoulCycle here in Denver.. I tried it out in NY and I think i’d be a regular!! Maybe I’ll have to become a CP regular in the meantime!

    • Reply heather at

      Ok, what is SoulCycle?!

  • Reply Kayla at

    Totally pricy, but that does sound like it would be a hard workout…..as if spin wasn’t already a hard enough workout!!!

    • Reply heather at

      Haha right?! It was a lot of fun– it’s truly just the cost that deters me.

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  • Reply Swerseavers@fitnesssmarter at

    I started spin class earlier this year thanks to knee problems that have really put running on the backburner and I can say, I push harder than anything in that class! It is fantastic, and a month into it I already can see changes in my body and how it runs. Wish I did it sooner!

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