Here at TIEM, we're all about the studio experience. Each one has a unique energy, vibe, and community of riders. We're so excited to start featuring studios from across the country right here on Form & Function!
Let's kick things off with RIDE Indoor Cycling. With six studios across Texas and over 10k followers on social media, it's safe to consider them a bit of a powerhouse in the spin world. Read on for an insight on what running a studio during covid has been like.
In regards to being closed during COVID-19-- Was it a slow process of limiting class sizes? Or an all at once shut down of studios?
All at once! Here in Texas, the shutdown was swift and we had to adapt quickly. As we start to re-open, we’re starting with smaller class sizes and a robust virtual streaming service for our RIDE community still staying at home.
What have you guys been doing to keep your community together and engaged?
We’ve done a lot of trial and error with different virtual hangouts and workouts. We’ve also been sending snail mail and little gifts! Despite it being difficult to not be together in person, it’s been a fun and creative challenge to find new special ways to communicate.
What are you most looking forward to once you're allowed to reopen?
We’ve already reopened for small class sizes, but what we still miss is our big, full room energy. It’s a party in there. Also sweaty hugs. :)
"We used to be limited by geography to take a class... In ways being apart has really made us closer."
Most challenging part of virtual fitness? Most rewarding?
There is definitely a magical element of being in the studio in person. Especially for spin classes! Once you get on the beat and the whole room is in it together bumping to the music, that feeling is hard to replace. But virtual spin has been an adventure in itself. For instance, we have incredible instructors all over Austin and Houston. We used to be limited by geography to take a class, but not anymore! If you want to take a virtual class with say Kymeko who lives in Houston, you can live in Seattle and still feel her amazing energy and get in a good sweat. In ways being apart has really made us closer.
WORKOUT WITH RIDE
A silver lining of many studio's situations during quarantine is the ability to open their communities to new riders across the country, or even the world, through virtual classes.
Check out RIDE Indoor Cycling's schedule of Ride Live! classes here!
Did you know that TIEM has been a proud parter to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for the past 6 years?! This October, we're partnering with some of our favorite studios from across the country for a series of rides that will support life-saving breast cancer research. Read on to learn more!
Most people think of July 4th as the official start of summer, but in the Boston area it also means time to start seriously training for the Pan Mass Challenge. The PMC is an epic two-day bike ride and fundraiser that brings thousands of people together to raise millions of dollars for cancer research at Dana Farber.
On March 8th, 2023 several indoor cycling studios across the nation hosted fundraising rides to support various non-profits of their choice focused on women’s equity and empowerment. Today, we're proud to feature two of these studio owners to hear more about their stories as a female entrepreneur!