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The Indoor Cycling Addiction: Cardioholics

Indoor Cycling with Sandy Lopez at Club Fitness Addiction

How to get "Addicted" to Indoor Cycling

I consider myself a ‘spinaholic’. I love indoor cycling because of the adrenaline rush. I can go into the indoor cycling room in the worst mood and after a class I’ll be singing in the car on the way home. There is something about being on the bike and pushing yourself to exhaustion that is therapeutic and soul cleansing. I love snapping my shoes into my petals, pumping up the music, and just letting go and enjoying the ride. You leave everything behind at the indoor cycling studio door. For that hour I am an athlete, nothing else. This is what I want my clients to experience.

My love affair with indoor cycling started in the late 1980’s. I remember taking my first class and thinking, "these people are crazy! What a hard, exhilarating ride!" From that point on, I was hooked. I started regularly taking indoor cycling classes and before I knew it, I was riding up front with the instructor. One day I showed up for class and the instructor had not shown up, so the owner of the gym came over to me and asked me to step in. The class went so well that the gym asked me to instruct my own class on a regular basis.

In 1998, I opened up my own gym: Club Fitness Addiction. I started the gym because of my love of indoor cycling. I wanted an indoor cycling studio of my own where the fitness addicted (like myself) could cycle and have a full gym facility. Of course, the first thing I did when I opened up my own gym was get my indoor cycling room ready. I blacked out the room, added a black light and a disco ball, and put up huge speakers; when you close the door and turn up the music, the party begins...

I started to incorporate choreographed dance-like movements into my indoor cylcing routine. We pump up the music and dance to the beat! I think that if you make it fun and keep it fresh people will come back for more.

Indoor cycling mostly focuses on the lower half of the body, quads, glutes, and hamstrings, but your upper body is usually not challenged. There is nothing worse than being at the gym for an hour long indoor cycling class and then staying afterwards to do an upper body workout. I want to give my clients a full body workout while I have them in class.

We all lead such busy lives and most of us don’t want to spend all day at the gym. I incorporate push ups, tricep dips and have recently have added the use of light free weights to engage the upper body. No other cardio workout comes close the caloric burn that indoor cycling does, so by adding the upper body movements, you are taking your workout to the next level. The lower body is not left out either. I use lunges, jumps, tension climbs in and out of the saddle to sculpt your lower half. Indoor cycling creates lean, sexy legs and booty…no bulk here!

Cardio is a huge part of my indoor cycling class…I incorporate a lot of intervals and sprinting in and out of the saddle.

I have been a fitness enthusiast all of my life and a fitness trainer going on 16 years. I obtained my bachelor of Science in Physical Education & kinesiology from the University of Oregon, I won’t tell you what year. I have always had a go hard or go home type of mentality so it is no surprise to anyone that knows me that I actually started out my fitness journey as a competitive body builder. In order to be a competitive body builder you must have a strict discipline and listen to signals that your body gives you. I try and use the same type of method when training clients and teaching classes.

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Sandy Lopez, Owner and Spin Instructor at Club Fitness AddictionSandy Lopez, co-owner of Club Fitness Addiction in Hungtington Beach, CA, has been in fitness for over 25 years. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education and Kinesiology. She began weight training in college and hasn’t stopped yet! Learning the art of healthy eating habits, she lowered her bodyfat to 9%, contoured her body and accomplished winning the title of Miss California, Miss Huntington Beach, and Miss Golds and was a Top 10 finisher of the Miss Galaxy at the age of 35. She has been on top tv shows, such as Good Morning America and Body by Jake as well as magazines like Muscular Development and Womens Health. Find out more.