Spending as much time as I do at the Rec Center, I have observed all activities and I have to say the most challenging and sweatiest workout is group cycling.
Its also the most popular.
The Rec Center has the only cycling studio on campus and any student or member can participate if they purchase the group cycling pass.
ATTENTION: CYCLING IS NOT FREE JUST BECAUSE YOU PAY TUITION.
The pass is only $40 a semester and if you purchase the combo pass that includes TexerCise classes it is only $100.
“Cycling is just part of my weekly workouts,” JV Vong said. “Its worth the money.”
There are 13 different cycling classes you can choose:
Group Cycling: For all participant levels. (beginner – advanced)
Group Cycling Express: A 45-mintute group cycling class for those on the go.
Power 40: designed for those who are short on time but high on motivation over their lunch hour (beginner – advanced)
Endurance Ride: A 60-minute class that involves cardio challenges, hills, varying speeds and resistance, and endurance segments. (beginner – advanced)
Endurance Ride PLUS: A 90-minute class for the weekend warriors out there. 75 minutes on the bike plus a 10-minute stretching segment. This class ends with 5 minutes of pure relaxation.
Cycle 40/20/20: Great for those who are looking for a complete workout! Cycle for 40-minutes, do 20-minutes of upper body exercises, and finish with 20-minutes of core and flexibility work. (beginner – advanced)
Cycle + Abs: A 40-45-minute cycling workout followed by 15-minutes of great abdominal exercises. (beginner – advanced)
Cycle + Pilates: A great cycling workout on the bike – followed by a Pilates segment to lengthen and strengthen your entire body. No previous Pilates experience necessary. (beginner – advanced)
Cycle + Sculpt: Combine the best of both worlds and reap the benefits of a cycling class infused with sculpting and group strength exercises.
Cycle + Upper Cuts: Complete a great cycling workout and finish up with some amazing upper body exercises to tone, strengthen, and define.
Cycle + Yoga: Get a great cardio workout and follow it up with a yoga segment. The perfect combination for a complete mind/body workout! (beginner – advanced)
Hill Ride: This class will focus on hill specific movements and will challenge and improve your lower body strength and cardiovascular system. Shake up your cycling routine and try this class! (beginner – advanced)
Speed & Interval Ride: Consists of fast flats, standing and seated runs, and intervals galore! (intermediate – advanced)
And be prepared to sweat because the classes are challenging and although it is a group class, you can set your own personal speed and rate that fits how you feel. Just remember to bring a towel and water bottle to every class and arrive at least five minutes early because they fill up fast.
“It is the most intense workouts I have,” senior Myrna Rombado said. “Looking in the room it seems easy and basic but its not like an ordinary bike ride. The instructors are intense too.”