Indoor Cycling Studio Coming to Clarendon

by ARLnow.com November 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm 8,140 46 Comments

Stand-alone indoor cycling studios are becoming trendy across the country, and soon Arlington will have one such facility to call its own.

Revolve, which describes itself as a “high-end specialized indoor cycling studio,” is hoping to open at 1025 N. Fillmore Street in Clarendon by the end of the month. The studio, which is currently under construction in the ground floor of the Zoso Flats building, will eventually feature 40 Schwinn exercise bikes in a room surrounded by nearly a dozen speakers — to help pump in music to keep participants energized.

Revolve will offer three different types of classes classes, which will last 45 to 60 minutes and cost $17 to $20 per session. From a press release:

Revolve’s Fitness Consultant, Christianne Phillips, has designed three revolutionary classes to be featured exclusively at Revolve: Real Ride, Complete Body Ride and Barre Ride. A more traditional cycle class focusing on endurance, the Real Ride class will provide participants with an indoor journey that feels like an outdoor ride. Complete Body Ride is a full-body workout that incorporates cardio, strength and flexibility, and keeps participants moving while engaging in upper body weight training. Barre Ride is a revolutionary hybrid workout that combines cardio with toning barre-based exercises. In a Barre Ride class, participants will burn calories while sculpting muscles, using the bikes’ handlebars as a ballet-style bar.

Sylvan Garfunkel, who left the “rat race” of his job as a corporate attorney in New York City to run the studio as a co-owner, says what will set Revolve apart from the “big box gyms” is more personal service and an emphasis on camaraderie among the cyclists.

“Group fitness enthusiasts, especially indoor cyclists, feel a special kinship with their fellow participants,” Garfunkel said. “We want our studio to offer a community-like atmosphere, where bonds with instructors and fellow riders grow beyond the cycle room.”

In addition to regularly-scheduled classes, Revolve will offer special events like charity rides, private corporate and group rides and a monthly event featuring a live DJ. The business, which counts two college-aged brothers among its other co-owners, is hoping to do a “soft opening” by the end of this month, with a full opening expected by mid-December.

  • JamesE

    Oh Clarendon, what horrible thing will you do next?

    • Lou

      I lol’d

    • rowdyINdowdy

      Is it really that horrible? It sounds like a good alternative for cyclist to get off the roads of Arlington. I am sure everyone on this site would jump at this idea based on all of the negative comments aimed at cyclists after every other story on this site involving a bike.

      • No va

        this facility would be unlikely to get me off the roads of Arlington since i probably couldn’t ride to work on a stationary bike in clarendon. that is, if I wanted to get off the roads, which i don’t. just in case you think everyone who is riding a bike out there is just doing it for the exercise alone and not actual transportation

        • CW

          The scenery is also a lot better outdoors. Just saying.

  • Tabby

    24/7 spinning?

  • UnlimitedCustoms

    $17-$20 a session is expen$ive.

  • TGEoA

    Meat market

  • Michelle

    I would like to see more fitness facilities in South Arlington that have specialized classes such boxing, cycling, etc versus just a stand alone such as Ballys or Gold’s Gym. Just a thought in case any developers read this blog looking for ideas.

  • Piedmonter

    I LOVE this! I was driving to Zengo (formerly Velovoom) in Bethesda for a similar type of experience. Happy to hear there will be one opening up just down the street! Sign me up! 🙂

    • Wait…

      You drove to Bethesda to ride a bike? That’s rather wasteful.

      • Piedmonter

        Ha! When you word it that way….yes. But I had read about the new type of spin class at that particular spot and wanted to try it out. Once I went, I was hooked.
        And to be honest, I’m terrified of riding a bike on the roads around here.

        • CW

          Can you just give me handfuls of money? I will do something trivial in return.

  • Jon

    I like the CompuTrainer classes at Spokes: no music, courses, plus coaching at a comparable per-hour rate. And I get to ride my own bike.

    • This.

      I will chuckle at the folks I see in there as I walk (or ride!) by.

      • cyclist

        I love to ride by Gold’s Gym on Wilson on a nice day and wave to the idiots on treadmills – who probably drove their cars to the gym.

  • david

    The apartment above this space is going to love the 12 speakers.

  • Booooooooooooo get outside this is the mid atlantic not new england $20 a session, people will pay for anything to feel like they’re working hard

  • luke

    17-20 per session? that is a complete rip-offf. you can go to Golds or any other gym for 30-50 a month and do one class everyday.

    • UnlimitedCustoms

      Two gyms within a block that have spinning classes. Great business plan – almost as good as Flatbread’s.

    • SomeGuy

      My thoughts exactly. 2 classes at this studio costs more than a one-month membership at some of the “big box gyms.” 4 classes could buy you a one-year membership to Capital Bikeshare. And I bought a hybrid bicycle that 5 years ago, which I still love to ride, for less than what 20 classes at this studio would cost.

      All that said, I have no doubt that Arlingtonians with money to burn will be happy to fork over their cash for this “high-end specialized indoor cycling” experience. And I won’t knock the proprietors of this studio for gladly unburdening said Arlingtonians of their cash.

      • CW

        But at Gold’s can you have a retired high-powered Manhattan attorney threatening litigation if you don’t keep those RPMs up?

  • Adam Smith

    This foolishness will be closed within six months, mark my words.

  • Laura

    I also think $17-20 per session is VERY expensive. I’m happy this new place is opening, and I wish them well, but I can’t afford those prices for a single session.

  • Jon

    Agree, $20 bucks per session is absolutely ridiculous. So if we go by what is recommended by doctors, that’s three sessions per week at $60 bucks a pop or $240 a month to ride a bike?

    • Clarendon

      Yeah, I dropped my membership at S&H because all I did was go in 4 days a week to ride the bike with heart monitor for less than 30 minutes. And, that was ‘only’ $60/mo.

  • Clarendon Cruiser

    if the owner was smart, he’d attached the bikes to a generator to reduce his electricity bill.

  • Tim

    I love how there are bike racks. You can ride your bike, which actually moves, gives you fresh air and nice scenery, and is most likely paid for. Then you can lock it up, go inside and ride a fake bike around other fake biking, sweaty people, for lots of money. Woohoo!

  • Clarendon Cyclist

    As a cyclist, I think this is great, but I also think this is very expensive and a bad business plan.

    I pay $54/month for a gym membership in Clarendon and go to about 8 spinning classes a month. Those classes are as “personal” as I want them to be, which isn’t very personal. And not to mention I don’t know where they are going to find members. All the spin classes I go to in the area have about 6-8 people per class each night, a big box gym can afford that, not a standalone place.

    If this place offers compu-training and power meters, that might grab a few extra members, but unlikely enough to justify the cost of that equipment.

    I wish them the best but I give it 6 months, just like the pizza place that used to be over there.

  • Claredonian

    I happend to drive past their location yesterday and I must say the place looks great! I can not wait for this to open up! Sign me up for your first class!!!

  • Sue

    I am a mom with kids. I cant do early morning classes and I can’t do evening after 4pm classes.

    I am a runner that likes to cross-train with Spinning but my gym around the corner only has 6am or 6:30-7pm classes. No good.

    I work from home so could go during the day when kids are at school. However, I agree–that is a steep price per class!!

  • Yes, it’s easy to make a joke about or criticize this place but it’s not much different than going to a gym to meet with a personal trainer.

    Of course the majority of their potential clients could give a rats tail about this comment board, so comment on.

    Maybe in 6 months they’ll be in Falls Church with lower rates/rents and we can get another brown flip flop hangout to keep the board alive.

  • Wilbur

    This is the stupidest idea. You live in an area of fabulous bike paths. The Custis Trail. The W&OD. The C&O Canal. The Capital Cresent. The Cross County Trail. All these bike paths cut through gorgeous portions of our area…… So….. I know, here’s idea, instead of being outside in the beauty, let’s sit inside a stagnant smelly room, staring at some guys back, listening to someone elses idea of good music. BLEAH.

    Go Outside and Play!

    • veeta

      I bike from March till November, but I am just not doing it in winter. I weigh 112 pounds and I am miserable all winter. I don’t like gyms, so to get a truly good workout I don’t mind paying $20. That is about what the other specialized classes I take (like pilates and yoga) cost.
      Everyone wants to paint everything with the same broad brush. Not everything is so easily disregarded just because it is stupid to you.

    • cyclist

      Gosh, Wilbur, I still can’t feel my toes from this morning’s bike commute, and it’s not even that cold yet.

      You have a great point, until the dead of winter.

      Spinning is a great way to keep yourself in shape until spring so you can use those trails. It’s also good supplemental training in and of itself, as Steve notes below.

  • Harkin

    Gerbils on wheels – except these gerbils will pay to do it.

  • mr.burns

    I have no idea who would pay $20 per class, but then again I don’t know who buys $5 cupcakes.

  • Steve

    I’m a year-round cyclist (die-hard roadie & commuter) *and* I do indoor cycling (HPC in Herndon – your own bike on a Computrainer). Why? I can do focused training on pedal speed, power, force, following an organized program prepared by someone who knows a lot more about cyclist-specific training than I’ll ever learn.

    The per-session $ gets me: Better equipment that what I have at home; a supportive yet competitive environment (Computrainer enables a “virtual race”); motivation (I paid so I better show up); coaching from a trained &certified professional. Yes, I could spend $$$ on a computer-controlled trainer or rollers, set up a bike in the basement with 2-3 fans, and watch Spinervals or Carmichael DVDs while I suffer in solitude. This works for me. Doesn’t replace my normal riding (not bad weather; just inadequate equipment and motivation!), but it supplements it nicely.

    • CW

      Confused as hell – what you’re describing sounds 1) really cool, excellent training for a competitive athlete, and 2) absolutely nothing like what this place in Clarendon is offering. Are you equating this place and the Herndon place? Because they sound like apples and oranges.

  • Tara

    Yay for a new indoor cycling studio! Boo that it appears to be focused on “aerobics-on-a-bike” insanity rather than Indoor Cycling 2.0 – using power and power meters to produce measurable results. I would pay $17-20 for an indoor cycling program, taught by a certified coach, to improve endurance, power, etc. I won’t pay for some group-ex instructor to give me the SoulCycling crap that seems to be catching on.

    I’m all for incorporating weight training and stretching/balance into my cycling program, but let’s do it off the bike, shall we?

  • PJ

    I think the class fee is competitive with rates for bootcamp classes. Yoga etc….indoor cycling just adds more variety to workouts..plus dedicated indoor cycling studios offer more classes weekly so there is no fighting over a bike….also. for those avid outdoor bicyclists who complain about the fee. That its a waste?….its much more economical then spending 2k or more for a titanium bike frame..specialized wheels. Etc..

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  • Gmo

    It’s a difficult business model. The economics of providing such a service requires those kinds of prices. It isn’t for everyone. But those who enjoy spinning for fitness get a lot out of these specialized classes. I race bikes and do not enjoy indoor spinning, but my wife does. I can identify with both crowds. Price wise, a good coached experience is worth a lot of money. I’ve easily spent several hundred dollars per month in fitness coaching and memberships. If you use it and enjoy it, it’s well worth the investment. I wish this new venture luck and hope they find success.

  • Tyrone

    Cycle studio in Alex is nearly empty and I heard it’s switching hands soon. I feel sorry for the owners of this new space. Don’t sign a long lease…

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