WE’VE GOT SOME MAJOR NEWS … WE’RE MAKING SIGN UPS EASIER!

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We are hard at work behind the scenes to make it easier to book and schedule your rides. We are so excited to offer an entirely new reservation process in a few short days! As we transition, please note that our website will be down on Tuesday, 7/30. Make sure to book your rides in advance here!

In order to help make this transition as easy as possible, we’ve got you covered with some frequently asked questions. Also, please reach out to your local studio if you need anything. We’re here for you, StarFam! Thank you for your continued support.

Q: What is changing?

A: We’re so excited that we have a new and improved scheduling experience for you! On our website you’ll notice it’s easier to book and buy classes. Plus, we will have some great new features like the StarCycle App, a single log-in for all StarCycle studios, and the ability to book a friend into class in just a few short clicks!

Q: What do I need to do?

A: If you’ve ridden with us before, the great news is that all of your account information migrated over in the transition including your current classes or membership, visit history, and reservations. You only need to update two things the first time you log into our new site:

  1. reset your password so you can access your accounts
  2. add in your credit card information as that did not migrate over

Q: I can’t log into my account, help!

A: If it’s your first time trying to access your new account, you’ll want to make sure you’ve reset your password. Either look for the email the studio sent or from the StarCycle website or new mobile app select ‘forgot my password’. From there, you’ll get a password reset email sent to the email account you’ve currently been using. Once you reset your password you’ll be good to go (just make sure you add in your credit card information the first time you log into the new site!)

Still have questions? Contact your local studio or feel free to email us at info@starcycleride.com!

Here’s to spending less time online and more time on the bike – we can not wait to show you what we’ve built!

NEW TO STARCYCLE LAKE OSWEGO? LET’S RIDE!

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Interested in taking your first StarCycle class at our Lake Oswego studio? We can’t wait to ride with you! Make sure to check out our special offer just for new clients – 3 classes for $40.

We know that taking a new class can be nerve wracking, but here at StarCycle we want you to know that you’ll be celebrated just for showing up. And really, that’s the hardest part! From there, we’ll get you all set up on the bike, guide you throughout class, and cheer you out afterwards. We’ll get sweaty, have fun, and kick some major ass.

And the first class is just the beginning. With each and every ride you’ll start to feel stronger physically, clearer mentally, and you’ll become addicted to the enorphin high you get from 45 minutes inside our studio. We also have on-site StarKid’s Play Lounge available at select class times!

Check out more info below on what to expect for your first ride. Snag your 3 Classes for $40 New Client Special and make sure to book your bike. We’ll see you in the studio! Let’s do this!

What to Bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Athletic clothing: spandex leggings or shorts are ideal
  • Socks
  • Look Delta compatible bike shoes – we also have shoes available to rent in studio!

Getting Started:
We strongly recommend booking your class in advance and showing up 15 minutes before class to get sorted, especially if this is your first class with us. And really thats the hardest part — showing up!

Location:
StarCycle’s flagship studio is located in the heart of downtown in the Millenium Plaza on 2nd Street between A Ave & Evergreen Rd in the First Addition neighborhood. There is an underground parking lot as well as ample free street parking.

THE STARCYCLE MOBILE APP IS HERE!

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Life just got a little easier – we’re thrilled to announce that the StarCycle App is here! We want to make it even easier to book your rides so you can spend less time online and more time on the bike.

Our FREE mobile app features include:

  • Book and buy classes for all StarCycle studio locations
  • Easy guest booking feature (since class is better with friends!)
  • One-click add ons for shoe rentals, bottled water, and more

Ready to get started? Download now from the App Store and log in using your username and password for your StarCycle account!

STARBASICS: RIDER 101

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Taking your first StarCycle class? Indoor cycling workouts have become increasingly popular in recent years, yet a lot of people (across all age groups and fitness experience levels) are a bit intimidated to try them. If you’ve finally decided to take the leap and sign up for your first indoor cycling class with StarCycle, you might be nervous. But fear not, we’ve got your back with some tips to help you crush your first class.

FUEL UP + HYDRATE
Our signature indoor cycling workout is going to leave you sweaty and empowered (in our studios, sweat is a badge of honor). That’s one of the things our members love most about us! To prep for your first ride, you need to fuel your body in the right way. Set yourself up for a successful class by eating and hydrating properly before you get there. Drink plenty of water beforehand and bring a large, refillable bottle with you so you can hydrate during and after class.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO SIT UP FRONT
Try to arrive to class with 5-10 minutes or so to choose a bike and adjust it to your specifications. And don’t worry, your instructor is there to help to get everything set up perfectly. It might feel overwhelming to pick a spot up front for your first class, but as a new rider, this is actually the best way to become acclimated. From this view, you can see exactly what your instructor is doing and catch on much more quickly, rather than feeling lost in the crowd.

GEAR UP
Worried about what to wear? As a basic rule, dress for performance. Wear a tank top or a moisture-wicking shirt for temperature control. Something more fitted like leggings are much better than sweatpants or anything loose. At StarCycle, our bikes are compatible with Look Delta cleats; you’re welcome to bring your own, or you can rent them at the studio for $2 per class.

KNOW THE LINGO
Indoor cycling jargon can be a lot to take in at first. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the lingo you might hear in class ahead of time. Your instructor will definitely mention resistance knob, which you can control with the resistance knob on your bike. This control determines how hard your muscles will have to work to increase your revolutions per minute. You’ll have to match these numbers in class by increasing or decreasing the knob. You should also know what a “tap back” is before you go to class. This refers to when a rider raises themselves out of the saddle and then returns almost to the seated position before repeating the process again. It’s an exercise that strengthens the core, quads, and glutes and will probably be used in your first class. StarCycle is a total body workout, so get ready to use all major muscle groups on your first ride!

RIDE FOR YOURSELF
At StarCycle, your first ride, and every ride, is about you. The lights are down, the music is up, and you will be able to hone in on the movement in your body. Your first class might be a lot for you to take in, and that’s okay. Between the physically taxing indoor cycling workout, the music, the full body movements, and all of the new things to learned, you might feel overwhelmed. Remember that it’s okay to take a minute to slow down – you’ve got this! And you should definitely remember to breathe. Above all else, listen to your breath and to your body. By keeping your breath constant, you’ll allow your muscles to work the way they should and reap the mindful benefit of the StarCycle workout.

Some of our studios even offer a StarBasics workshop to help out new riders get acquainted with the bike and our signature format – check your local studio for more information. We hope these tips help to make your first indoor cycling workout a lot more fun and a lot less daunting.

ARE YOU READY TO SWEAT INTO SUMMER?

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Summer is the season of fun, sun and time spent with family and friends. All that fun leads to hectic schedules and falling off your healthy routines. But fear not, StarFam, we’ve got your back! We specifically designed our Sweat into Summer program with this challenge in mind – so you can kickstart your summer feeling your strongest. All we ask is you show up for you, ride your best, sweat a little harder and push those limits (mental and physical) and we promise you will be walking into summer as your strongest, most empowered self!

Here’s all the info you need to know:

  • Challenge runs June 1st – June 15th
  • Ride 10 times in 15 days
  • Track your progress in-studio on our challenge board
  • Nail your 10 rides + win some sweet StarSwag!!!

Make sure to book your ten classes now, classes will fill quickly! Let’s do this! LET’S RIDE!!!!

6 YEARS OF STARS

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Cheers to SIX incredible years, StarFam!

It’s been an epic ride so far; 6 years, 13 studios, 21 franchise owners, and thousands riders who come into our studios each and every day — we have never loved this community more! Thank you for every ‘WHOOP’, every drop of sweat, and every single time you clip into the bike. Here’s to six years down, and even more amazing things yet to come!

So, let’s celebrate! We want to give one lucky winner a 6th birthday celebration collection. All you have to do is follow us on Instagram (@starcycleride), tag a friend who you love to ride with or are trying to get their buns on a bike, and leave a comment with your fav emoji that sums up Star for you!

Do that, and you’ll be entered to win the following:

What are you waiting for?! Enter to win now!

5 REASONS TO RIDE WITH US

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Indoor cycling classes can seem intimidating at first, but there’s a reason why once your start, you can’t stop. Just ask our members! Long time StarCycle member Amy C calls StarCycle ‘her sweaty obsession’. Once you get into the saddle for your first class, you’ll very quickly find yourself prioritizing your schedule to make sure you can always get to your bike at least three times a week. Don’t believe us? We polled our members for five reasons why our signature indoor cycling classes will win you over.

  1. The Health Benefits
    There’s nothing quite like indoor cycling class to give you that amazing workout you’re always looking for. Bonus! StarCycle takes it up a notch my incorporating total-body elements into every single class. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults get 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise five times a week (or 20 minutes of vigorous cardio three days a week) at the very least. Our cardiovascular workout will strengthen your heart, tone your entire body, and you won’t have to deal with the physical toll of a high-impact workout. It’s seriously one of the best possible things you can do for your body and overall health. And why not have fun while doing it? At StarCycle, we make every class a dance party on a bike.
  2. The Stress Relief
    If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, heading to one of our studios and getting on the bike is one of the smartest decisions you can make. At StarCycle we create an environment that allows you to leave your mental baggage at the door and cycle your worries away – one beat at a time. And of course, because cycling workouts are on the intense side, you’ll produce more endorphins leaving you feeling stronger and shining brighter the rest of your day.
  3. The Killer Music
    For those who love to get lost in the music and find that moving to a beat is therapeutic, there’s no better way to workout than an indoor cycling class at StarCycle. Music is a fantastic motivator during exercise. Research has found that athletes tend to work out harder when they listen to music that has a faster tempo. The beat of the music can help you reset and allow you to stay driven during class, thus ensuring you get the best workout possible.
  4. The Team Mentality
    Although some people enjoy an independent workout, there’s no denying that working out in a supportive group can push you to do your best. All that synergistic energy can have a positive impact on your overall experience. It turns what could be a boring workout class into a super charged 45-minute ride full of twists and turns. It turns the concept of ordinary exercise on its head. Our community is incredible and our team of instructors are there to cheer you on every step of the way.
  5. The Party
    For some people, thinking of a workout as “fun” might seem like a stretch. But even those who haven’t particularly enjoyed exercise in the past will find there’s something special StarCycle. The variety of the moves, our community, and the energetic focus will allow you to appreciate exercise in a whole new way. We make exercise fun! Once you start attending classes at our bike studios in Portland (and beyond), you may soon find yourself hooked on cycling. It’s that fun.

Want more info on how you can become a member at one of our studio locations in the greater Portland metro (Lake Oswego, Cedar Mill, Happy Valley, Vancouver, Felida) or Denver Metro (Highlands Ranch / Centennial)? We’ve got great news! Now through the end of the month we’re offering $20 off your first month of membership. Find your local studio for more information.

UNDER THE STARS CHARITY RIDE

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We had the BEST time at our annual Under the Stars charity ride this past weekend! Along with two of our franchise studios, who held their events earlier this month, we all threw the ultimate party-on-a-bike to support local programs in Lake Oswego (Oregon), Happy Valley (Oregon) and Centennial (Colorado). Our amazing instructors rocked the podium for 45-energizing minutes, and led riders on the outdoor ride of the year. The sold-out events exceeded our expectations and raised thousands of dollars! All funds raised will go towards the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund, No Kid Hungry and Highlands Ranch Parks and Recreation Foundation, respectively.

Creating a supportive community lies at the heart of our StarFam, which is why StarCycle has placed a large emphasis on hosting charity rides throughout the year. Reaching beyond the studio walls, our annual Under the Stars ride allows us to bring the community together and ride for a cause. Thank you to our clients who made it such an amazing event!

Also thanks to our vendors: La Cadeau Winery, Canteen Juice 365, Luluemon, Kyra’s Bakery, and Nola Donuts.

Here’s what some of our riders had to say about our Under the Stars event and StarCycle:

“That was so fun! The music kept me going and just when I thought “Oh my god, I can’t stay on this bike another minute”, the energy of the instructor and community got me through. I can’t wait to come back for more.” – Kait Hurley, kaithurley.com

“Honestly, with StarCycle, you’ve got to bring your game. If you haven’t burned at least 600 calories, you’re doing something wrong! One reason I’m here today is that I had an amazing workout (with my first class). It’s so cool to see what Dionne and Erin have created.” – Brian McFayden, KGW-TV

“It doesn’t matter how in shape or out of shape I am, it is always challenging.” – Matt Feenstra

“I just love it. Riding at StarCycle is my time to do something for myself.” – Michelle Janke

“The music and energy draws me.” – Kristie Medak

“I just love StarCycle. I think it’s a fun workout because of the music and the rhythm. It feels like 15 minutes have gone by, not 45.” – Liz Weldon

We can’t wait to do this again- hope to see you at our next Under the Stars, or in the studio. Either way, let’s ride!

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT REASONS TO OWN A STARCYCLE STUDIO: WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK

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Anyone who has been to StarCycle knows that we offer more than just a killer workout. Yes, we’re a beat driven kickass ride that leaves you happier and energized for the day, but we also feel supported by the instructor, staff and community of riders.

That support is the foundation of why Erin and Dionne started StarCycle years ago. To lift one another up. To encourage one another to reach for the stars.

Now, we’ve got an epic leadership team in place to offer that same kind of support to our franchisees. Check out this press release to learn more, but suffice to say we’ve got your back. With Dionne and Erin at the head of the pack, Steve, Lainie, Hanna and Jeffrey bring decades of franchise experience to this team. They’ve built many companies from the ground up and have a road map for studio owners to follow.

If you’ve ever thought about owning an indoor cycling studio, reach out! We’d love to support you as you reach for the stars.

INDOOR CYCLING CLASS SAFETY CHECK: 3 STEPS TO RIDE HARD AND SAFE IN CLASS

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At StarCycle studios, we believe in riding hard. Not only will you see the best physical results, and get a tremendous mental boost, but you will also see how much you are capable of doing.

But riding hard is only helpful if you are also riding safe. That is why we are putting this post together: to help you push yourself to the limit without crossing it. With these steps in mind, you can break a sweat while still honoring your body.

Step One: Talk to Your Instructor
If you are new to cycling class, or even if you are just trying out new indoor cycling studios in your area, it is important to communicate that to your instructor. Once they know that you are new to indoor cycling, they will keep an eye on you throughout the class.

They will also be able to take the time to explain to you some of the technical points of cycling fitness that can often be neglected. Just like every other form of exercise, proper form is paramount. Those technical pointers will help you improve your form and better enable you to avoid injury while riding.

Additionally, if you are injured or need to take it easy for any other reason (pregnancy, for instance), let your instructor know that too. Part of their job is to help motivate you, so if they are unaware of extenuating circumstances, you can bet they will try to push you to work harder. Additionally, if they know about your circumstances, they can often provide some tips to help mitigate any possible damage.

Step 2: Adjust Your Bike
Proper form isn’t going to do you much good if your bike isn’t properly set up. Before your fitness class, it is important to adjust your handlebars and your seat to the proper height for your body. Your seat should reach the top of your hip, and you should be able to reach the bottom of your pedal stroke with your knee still slightly bent and your foot flat.

For your handlebars, you have two things to think about. First, they need to be close enough that you can reach without leaning forward. Additionally, the handlebars should be higher than your seat at a minimum.

Step 3: Listen to Your Body
You know your body best, so if something feels wrong to you, don’t do it. It might be tempting to overexert yourself, especially if your cycling class instructor is telling you to push it. Understand that is your instructor’s job to make the indoor cycling experience as rewarding as possible, and it is your job to know when to say “enough”.

Finally, remember to hydrate well before heading into class. When you know you’re going to cycling class that day, make sure to drink plenty of water in the hours leading up to class.

Exercise classes and indoor cycling studios are an excellent way to stay in shape. In fact, researchers have shown that only 30 minutes of cycling each day will help you burn almost 11 pounds of fat during the span of a year. But just like other types of fitness classes, there is a chance you might get hurt if you do not use the proper technique or push yourself too far.