This week I had the pleasure of being invited to BYKLYN, a new indoor cycling studio in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn located at 258 Flatbush Avenue (bt. Prospect Place and St. Marks). BYKLYN is an indoor biking studio that offers its clients a workout that’s geared toward their specific needs. How does it do that? By cleverly including more than just a cycling ride. At any point during the month you can sign up for classes such as BYK Flow class that includes yoga, BYK to the Core which is a mat based core workout, BYKBody that offers an intense arm workout and finally, BYK&Boot a boot camp style of workout. This is the class I unknowingly signed up for. I didn’t bother to read what type of class it was so I was walking in blind and unprepared for the fun that was waiting for me.
Checking in is quite easy and pleasant. The gentleman behind the desk was friendly and helped me process my paperwork quickly. He asked me my shoe size and just handed them over. I asked him how much the rental cost was and he said the cost is included in the price of the class. This was fantastic news as there’s nothing worse than signing up for a class only to learn about additional fees. I had made it just in time for the 6:15pm BYK&Boot class with Declan. As soon as I walked in he welcomed me to the class and front and center was the owner, Amy. She immediately hopped off her bike to introduce herself and offered me a ton of assistance by adjusting my seat, getting me some water and got me snapped in. As I got settled in I realized just how intimate the BYKbox was. It’s the perfect size to make it feel as if you could be in a private class with the attention that the instructor gives you, yet big enough to not feel as though you are the only one in the room. It’s the best of both worlds.
With that, the music started and I started to peddle…I also secretly prayed these arthritic knees wouldn’t fail me. I peddled slowly at first and then before I knew it I was actually keeping up. Not only keeping up but I was keeping to the beat. The music he choose made you get into the spirit of moving your body. Cue the sweat. It started as a bead but then it was running off of me. I had to stop every now and again to let the burn ease up and Declan was right there checking to make sure I wasn’t over doing it and being that friendly push in your back to say, “you can do it!”. That was the motivation I needed. He makes you feel like you could do it. And guess what ? I did! I was so proud that I was able to complete the class with only sitting to take a few short breaks, it was quite the accomplishment. I hadn’t been able to do that before and I quickly gave myself a pat on the back.
But, just when I thought that I was gonna get out of the class unscathed Declan announces that we were to all “line up in the front of the studio.” Now I’m perplexed. Why is everyone getting yoga mats? Oh, I know to stretch?! Wait. Did he say I want you to pretend like you’re ice skating? So this is what the “Boot” in BYK & Boot meant. Bootcamp. Oh joy! I should have known better than to sign up blindly to such a class especially when I have the strength of a newborn pup. But I said to myself, I’m here and if I can push through the spin class then dammit I can make it through this. I mean what’s the worst that can happen? Why is it that when we ask ourselves that question, the answer has to present itself almost immediately? Well I had my answer and it was in the form of running around the block. Oh, you read that right, I said…running around the block followed by frog hopping back inside the studio.
Despite my huffing and puffing this was the best full body workout I’ve had in a long time. Its definitely a studio that’s in close proximity for anyone to visit as it’s a stone’s throw away from Atlantic Center where you can find the 123456BDNQR trains and one more block over from there is the G. Parking is also ample since this area is very beautiful and very residential. Pricing is also reasonable. Newbies get 1 free ride, drop-ins are $26 or you can buy in bulk, there’s currently aa summer special where you get 6 classes for $120.00.
This is a studio that I can stand behind as you’ll get your full hour, workout and monies worth. That said, I am teaming up with BYKLYN for a 2 class event. This is for studio first timers only.
Classes will take place on:
Sunday, July 27 at 12:15pm BYK Flow (bike & yoga)
This class is an hour long and combines cycling and yoga.
Saturday, August 2 at 10:30am BYK&Boot (bike & boot camp)
This class is an hour long and combines cycling and boot camp style workout that includes running, push ups, sit ups etc.
These events are free and you can only choose 1. To RSVP a class click the date you want to sign up for.
For more information about BYKLYN please visit them online at http://www.BYKLYN.com.
Look forward to seeing you soon!