Indoor cycling is the must-do workout for fitness aficionados. It’s been a fast growing trend for a while and has spawned spin establishments like SoulCycle and Flywheel. Indoor cycling, when done right, is one of the best ways to burn an insane amount of calories and fat in a short period of time. You could, sort of, say that A-list cutie Jake Gyllenhaal put indoor cycling on the map. He’s at SoulCycle so much he even met his latest girlfriend there. But for me sitting on a bike seat after sitting on my ass for most of the work day takes a toll, so I’m always on the prowl for new and fun ways to make working out enjoyable.
So when my friend Anne Koller told me that she began teaching indoor cycling in a pool, needless to say, I was left speechless but was very intrigued. Anne, who teaches spin at Crunch as well, invited me out to try out one of her classes at AQUA Studio, a new fitness boutique in Tribeca that recently opened in April. Indoor cycling does intimidate me at times. Some of those riders are fitness freaks and I can’t always keep up. But cycling in a pool? Well, I really had no idea what to expect.