I was excited to discover that there was a Cyc studio in Austin. Austin is a hybrid of party (whether you’re hitting trendy Rainey St or “Dirty 6th”, there are plenty of drinks to be had) and healthy (runners stream along the waterside, power walkers zoom past with their dogs, and paddle boards pepper the surface of the lake). I had struggled to find any high intensity workout classes in Austin, however – I wanted a group session with a trainer shouting at me to make me puff harder, but most studios are far more sedate, offering yoga, or pilates at a push. Luckily, I stumbled across Cyc, up north near the University of Texas, so booked in for a morning sweat sesh.
Space-wise, there’s an expansive and airy lobby, manned by the friendliest staff and with lounge spaces where fitness-minded people can congregate and socialise (they hold Cyc social events sometimes too). There’s plenty of cool branded merchandise for sale too.
The studio is mirror-clad and packed with top-notch Schwinn spin bikes, all turned towards the spotlit podium of the trainer (or “Cycologist”!) and ginormous speakers. It’s blacklit – something I wish I’d known when dressing for my class, as I certainly stood out…!
The creator of the Cyc Method is Keoni Hudoba – hailing from Hawaii and with an inspiring fitness story of his own (a transformation that left him 100 pounds lighter!), Keoni was named 2012’s Best Trainer by New York’s Village Voice; he’s also a Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, Under Armour sponsored athlete and the creator of the DRENCHED martial arts/plyometric method.
With Cyc, he has created a full-body road trip – a 45 minute ride that goes beyond the bike to activate the whole body through the incorporation of hand weights and moves that take inspiration from multiple sports.
Having velcroed myself into the provided cycling shoes, I hit the studio for 45 minutes with Cycologist Mallory – we hill-climbed, we sprinted, we pedal-pushed to the beat. The workout included a significant section of hand weights too, to target the muscles of the upper body – lots of weighted boxing moves and high repetitions for banishing all signs of a bingo wing! It was sweaty work (luckily there are shower facilities), but 45 minutes flew by.
Riding at Cyc is a feel-good experience on several levels – for every mile completed, Cyc will donate a portion of the profits to one of their pre-selected charity partners.