It might be that you think that cycling classes are just another fad, or maybe you are a runner through and through. Whatever the reason may be, you haven’t yet tried an indoor cycling class.

Keep in mind, indoor cycling classes are hugely beneficial: they offer great cardio, they burn calories, and they can even help you reduce the risk of some serious medical conditions. Researchers in Finland, for instance, have come to the conclusion that just 30 minutes of cycling each day can lower the risk of developing diabetes by 40%.

While all of that is well known and well documented, it clearly hasn’t been enough to get you to try this exercise class for yourself. But there are a number of benefits you haven’t heard of yet, three of which we lay out in this blog.

Great for Abs
While you might not realize it, indoor cycling classes are great for strengthening your abdominal muscles. That is because you need to keep your core engaged the entire time your are in the class. If you don’t? Your instructor will be the very first person to point out that you are slouching. Not only that, constantly switching between sitting and standing while riding will give your glutes a nice workout.

Great Group Energy
When you first started working out, someone no doubt pulled you aside and told you about the importance of a gym buddy – someone to push and to challenge you and keep you honest about how hard you’re working. Cycling classes take that principle and multiply it by a dozen. Imagine the energy in a room of a dozen people all working for the same goal in the same rhythm – you won’t believe what you can accomplish in those conditions.

Easy on the Joints
Runners, you were waiting for us to get to you. It’s no secret that running is torturous for the body, especially the knees. A trip to the cycling studio affords you a great cardio workout without the stress to your knees. Whether you mix it into your weekly rotation or save it for when your runner’s knee is acting up, cycling class is a great weapon to have in your arsenal.

There are a number of great reasons to try your first cycling class, so what’s stopping you? Visit a StarCycle studio today and experience it for yourself!


Whether it’s your first trip to an indoor cycling studio or you’re a cycling class veteran, it can be intimidating to speak to the instructor.

While it can be easy to make up excuses not to talk to your instructor, they genuinely want you to feel comfortable talking to them, especially about something that might affect your workout.

So for the timid beginners out there, here are three times you should absolutely approach your instructor.

It’s Your First Time at a Fitness Class
While you may be tempted to hang out in the back and learn by osmosis, it is important to let the instructor know it’s your first cycling class, not just so that your instructor can get to know you – though they do! – but also because there is a chance you might hurt yourself if you have the improper form or set up the equipment incorrectly. Giving your instructor a quick heads up will help you get the most out of class, and safely!

You Have to Take it Easy Because You Are Sick, Injured, or Pregnant
Cycling is great exercise. In fact, just one hour cycling at 10 mph can burn up to 600 calories! That being said, it can also take a toll on your body. Whatever the reason is, if you have to take it easy, then let your instructor know before the class, that way they don’t accidentally pressure you to give more than you can. Cycling class is fun, but it’s also about work. Your instructor wants to see you give your all. Letting them know you have less to give can help avoid confusion.

If You Have to Leave Early
Nothing is worse than having to teach a class while worried that one of your cyclists is upset or sick from the class. If you know that you will have to leave early, just let your instructor know. It is your time! You paid to be there, after all. There’s no reason to think your instructor will be mad at you.

At StarCycle, we are here to help you get a kickass workout, while honoring what you need that day. Talk to us! Let your instructor know if you have questions or requests; we are here to support you.


StarCycle spreads like wildfire through the region – first Oregon, then Washington and now opens its fourth studio, located just south of Denver, in Centennial Colorado.

Yvonne Faulkner and Anne Romano, the two ladies behind the new studio, are pumped about introducing the StarCycle experience to everyone in the Denver-Metro area.

“We have a client who’s only been riding six weeks and is already addicted,” says Anne. “Every time she’s here, she says ‘I just wanna work here, I’ll do anything, I just want to be here!’” She ended up auditioning and will now be one of our instructors!”

StarCycle co-founder, Dionne Del Carlo, and Yvonne have known each other since graduate school, rooming together thereafter and keeping up with each other despite the miles in between their friendship.

“I’ve been following Dionne’s career progression and knew about StarCycle’s first opening three years ago,” says Yvonne. “I thought it would be an awesome opportunity out here in Denver where everyone is really fitness-forward.”

Once the Cedar Mill studio opened and StarCycle started offering franchising opportunities, Yvonne’s interest increased. Then in an almost divine dinner gathering, Anne’s husband, Pete, expressed interest in investing and growing a new, local business outside of his corporate responsibilities. Yvonne heard this and proposed the perfect idea: StarCycle.

Yvonne and Anne are two moms who previously met at their children’s elementary school and joined efforts in a mission to bring health and wellness to the school through their PTA work. So teaming up together to run their own fitness studio fit within their ideals and goals and after speaking with their husbands, they took the opportunity and ran.

“I used to go mountain biking with Dionne but I’ve never been a fan of running,” says Yvonne. “And there are a lot of cyclists but because of the four seasons, people need a winter-alternative workout.”

Anne, on the flip-hand, had toe surgery last November and is an avid runner, marathoner and triathlete. “I’ve been out of running for 2 years now,” says Anne. “It’s driving me nuts!”

But she found StarCycle to be the perfect opportunity for less-impactful workouts, even for injured athletes. Anne highlights how StarCycle rides are highly aerobic but not high impact and such a healthy alternative to running.

Both women have six children combined, ranging in ages 11 through 18. All the kids love coming and hanging out at StarCycle, whether to spend time in the enormous craft-based child care area – an unusual perk not offered at other local, boutique fitness studios – or to ride with their parents.

“What we hear from our clients, aside from how they love the concept, is how our studio offers a tech-free, warm family atmosphere,” says Yvonne.

One client came in only after two rides and said:

“I’m driving to my other gym right now and canceling it right now because I love this!”

Another client left saying they loved how StarCycle isn’t just “a sweaty workout.”

“We’re really easy going, we’re not like pretentious and crazy,” says Anne. “We really focus on mind and body workouts, in a dark atmosphere where it’s an individual pursuit, not constantly being monitored or competing with other riders.”

If you’ve ever tried StarCycle, you do get sweaty. Really sweaty. But in the end, you walk out refreshed, elated and ready to conquer your world.

“We help all our clients focus on themselves,” says Dionne, who continues to push her clients as an instructor in the original Lake Oswego studio alongside co-founder/instructor Erin Moone.

“We don’t expect people to come in and compete on their bike next to someone they don’t know, someone with a completely different physical make-up, completely different goals, completely different lifestyle,” says Dionne. “We’re here to help each client become their own rockstar – in their own unique way.”

The Centennial StarCycle studio will be hosting its Grand Opening on August 27th and 28th. With multiple local charity rides lined up in the near future, new instructors auditioning and jumping on board as they add new class times, Yvonne and Anne are already scouting out their next location in or near Denver.

“Erin and Dionne are extremely easy and fun to work with,” says Yvonne. “They’re always checking in, asking ‘what do you need, how can we support you?’

They pretty much let us run our studio the way we want to.”

“And the best part is, with classes in the morning, I’ve oftentimes been able to go into the studio and be home before the girls are even up,” says Anne.

If you love staying fit, indoor cycling and love StarCycle’s concept but don’t have a studio near you, consider running your own StarCycle business where you’ll get to do what you love, every day, while still having time for the other important things in your life.

Get in touch with us here.