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Where to Workout in Red Deer

Where to Workout in Red Deer: My Revolution Cycle + Yoga

Where to Workout in Red Deer

I know I’ve said this before, but indoor cycling is the workout that I love to hate. It’s no question that I will stumble out of a spin class sweatier than ever vowing to never do that again. Somehow I keep finding myself back in the saddle and while I’ve tried spin at various studios, My Revolution Cycle + Yoga is the one I keep coming back to. There’s something to be said about businesses with a community focus where you feel like part of the family no matter how frequently, (or infrequently in my case) you attend.

My Revolution Cycle + Yoga

About My Revolution Cycle + Yoga

My Rev is a boutique studio that brings together spin and yoga in a beautiful modern space near the river. While spin and yoga may be their focus, it’s their community spirit that sets them apart from the rest, often hosting community fundraising events and partnering with other local businesses. I mean, you can’t get much better than Beer and Ride, where you can meander on over to the neighbouring Troubled Monk brewery after your ride for a brewery tour and pint.


The spin studio features top of the line Star Trac bikes while the yoga studio features soft cork flooring. The lighting and decor throughout are simple and modern, creating the perfect space to sweat. The bright, beautiful studio includes change rooms with showers stocked with Bumble and Bumble products and anything else you might need to get yourself looking fresh as you head out after a sweaty class. They also have lots of swag for sale, including water bottles which are a necessity when you’re pouring sweat.

Each of the instructors come with their own attitudes and personalities to make their classes unique. All of them come full of energy to pump you up and make your time on the bike fly by.

 

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About the Classes

Whether you’re looking for just spin, just yoga or perhaps a combo of both, My Rev has you covered. It doesn’t matter your experience level either because there’s something for everyone and all levels are welcome. The Revolution Ride is the signature ride which features 50 minutes on the bike with the lights down low and the music up loud. It’s basically a party. They incorporate abs and weights into the classes to ensure a total body workout. Don’t scoff at the light weights available for this, you’ll be relieved when your shaky arms can put those weights down at the end of the track. The best part of the class, when the disco light comes on.

Combo classes are a great way to get the best of both worlds, whether you choose the intense ride and easy yoga class (Cycle Restore) or an easy ride and more yoga (Cycle Soul). They’ve even introduced a Spin and Ballet Booty class to incorporate the popular ballet-inspired exercise.

If you’re in the mood to skip the bikes altogether, there are dedicated yoga classes for you, including registered prenatal yoga for the mamas to be.

You’ll want to show up 15-20 minutes early to sign a waiver and learn how to set up the bike properly if you haven’t been to the studio before and let your instructor know of any possible injuries to be mindful of.

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What to Wear/Bring

Wear comfortable, breathable clothes that aren’t too loose. Leggings, crops or fitted shorts with a breathable tank or t-shirt are great for spin as well as yoga.

You’ll need SPD shoes to clip into the bikes, but not to worry if you don’t own any, shoe rentals are available with plenty of sizes for everyone.

If you’re taking a combo or yoga class, you’ll want a yoga mat as well but again, they have mats for rent if you forget yours.

Cost

Drop in: $18

10 Pass: $140

20 Pass: $260

Monthly $150

Autopay: $125 (monthly on a one-year contract)

Yearly: $1200

Shoe rental: $1

Yoga mat rental: $1

New client intro: $75 – 30 days of unlimited class for half the price of a monthly unlimited pass.

Students receive a 20% discount.

What I Love Most

Aside from the ice cold lemongrass towel to cool down with after class is over? The community feels. You walk out of the studio feeling like part of the family, which is important in a place where you invest your money, time and energy. Nobody likes feeling like you don’t belong.

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Weekend Recap

This weekend was definitely one for the books, so I thought I’d pop in for a quick weekend recap

Friday

Liam and I headed home after work to meet a high school friend who was coming for a visit. He works overseas so we don’t get to see much of him anymore and I was surprised when he offered to bring dinner and hang out for the evening.


Unfortunately, in the wee hours of the night, I came down with a tummy bug that had struck Liam earlier in the week and not a lot of sleep was had by me.

Saturday

I said goodbye to my friend in the morning and then to Liam shortly after that when his dad came to pick him up. Luckily my stomach problems had subsided in time for me to get showered and packed for a trip to Edmonton with Ange.

First stop wa Wild Child for kombucha howler fills plus a cup to drink on the road.

Next stop was in Lacombe for cannoli because, when in Central Alberta, you must experience the epic-ness of Sweet Capone’s.

When we finally made it to Edmonton we were in desperate need of lunch. Given that both Ange and I had been feeling under the weather, we decided Pho was the best option and stopped at the first Pho place we could find on Yelp. It was just what we needed to continue our adventure. We made our way from Pho to Situation Brewing to meet up with Scott and Mary for some tasting flights. I’m a pretty big fan of Situation’s saison so was excited when they tapped a coconut saison cask shortly before we needed to head out.

We left to our perspective hotels to check in and get cleaned up, but since it was Garth weekend, the hotel was busy and check in took forever. We barely had time to get changed and head out to make our dinner reservation with Scott and Mary at Underground. We shared a bunch of appies and indulged in a couple more pints before taking an Uber to Rogers Place for the concert.

 

 

We arrived at a giant lineup to get into the building but luckily were in our seats with plenty of time for Garth to hit the stage. The concert was phenomenal and Ange and I had a blast singing and dancing along. I was heartbroken when it ended, the two and a half hours went by far too quickly.

Luckily, our hotel was right across the street from the concert venue so we headed up to our room and hit the sack. Clearly, we are party animals.

Sunday

We woke up ravenous but luckily had a bunch of cannoli to snack on before brunch. We hit up Blue Plate Diner for eggs benny and mimosas the size of our face. Conveniently, Jacek was across the street so we naturally had to pop in for some fancy chocolates. We each picked up a bar containing edible gold and oh man, is it delicious.

The tea saison from Situation was still calling our names and since it was on our way out of the city, we popped in for growler fills before heading home. I crawled into bed for a much-needed nap as soon as Ange dropped me off.

I was unsuccessful in the nap department and eventually crawled out of bed to go for dinner and then came home to finish the second half of Santa Clarita Diet and watch the first episode of Riverdale before being too tired to keep my eyes open anymore.

Monday

My original plans to head out to Abraham Lake for Family Day fell through but rather than a relaxing day at home catching up on cleaning and meal prep, I made an impromptu trip to Banff with the dude guy for some touristy exploring. First stop was drinks and snacks at Banff Brewing followed by a Beaver Tail. I’d never had one before but have heard they are Banff must. We wandered Banff Ave for a little while before taking a drive out to Lake Minnewanka, saying hi to some elk, taking some photos and heading back to town for dinner at Magpie and Stump.

I don’t usually spend a lot of time in Banff, and while I would have liked to do some outdoor exploring, it was a fun way to spend the day. Not fun was the long drive home, especially when traffic was at a crawl for a good portion of the way to Calgary.

It was definitely a fun weekend, but I’m ready to catch up on my sleep and get caught up on life now.

What did you get up to for the long weekend?

Music

Nostalgic Nights with Garth Brooks

I was raised on the country music’s greats like Garth Brooks and George Straight. I remember road trips with my parents listening to these classic cassettes from the backseat. Once I got to school and learned there was a whole other world of music out there, my tastes expanded greatly and no longer included country music. In fact, country music turned into my least favourite genre, except when it comes to those classic songs from my childhood.

Needless to say, seeing country music legend Garth Brooks has been on my bucket list for a few years now. I was devastated when I wasn’t able to get tickets to his sold out show in Calgary for Stampede several years ago and had hoped for an opportunity to travel to Vegas while he had his residency. When he announced a show in Edmonton a few months ago, I knew I had to find tickets somehow because there was no way I was missing out again.

Huge thanks to Ange, we had tickets secured in early December and the countdown to Garth Day was on. We arrived at Rogers Place in Edmonton bubbling with excitement but it wasn’t until the lights went down and the thousands of people in attendance starting screaming and cheering that it all set in for me.


 

20,000 people under one roof, singing at the top of their lungs to all of Garth Brooks’ hits together gave me goosebumps and tears at the same time. I was instantly taken back to all those car rides where I learned all the words to these songs, not knowing that I’d see the country legend take the stage 25 years later. The energy and passion Garth Brooks has for his music are unlike anything else you’ll ever witness. Even after playing a full show that afternoon, Garth ran around the stage with the energy of a twenty-year-old, playing all the hits, the songs that his fans came to hear.

And you can’t mention the Garth Brooks concert without noting the addition of his beautiful wife Trisha Yearwood. While she wasn’t as memorable from my childhood, I still managed to know all the songs she sang. But what stood out for me was the way Garth and Trisha gazed at each other and interacted on stage together. So clearly full of love for each other, it was just adorable and inspiring. And boy do they make beautiful music together.

Maybe you are one of the ones who didn’t understand the hype about Garth playing nine sold out shows in Edmonton this month. Maybe country music truly isn’t your thing. And that’s ok. But there’s something to be said about witnessing a musical icon who became etched into your heart from the earliest of memories on stage bringing back all the nostalgia.