A few weekends ago my Sunday workout buddy, Li and I tried out Pursuit, a new spin studio on Boylston Street in Boston.
The studio had been open less than a week, and to encourage people to come check out their new spot, they offered free classes the first week of January.
When I arrived for the 9:30 am class I was greeted warmly at the front desk, told my bike number (which I had reserved online) and given a complimentary Pursuit water bottle, and towel for class.
They have a great space, which is on the second floor above the Boloco in Copley Square. They have one studio with a stadium layout for the bikes and a large warm up/stretching area. Off of the waiting room there are lockers (bring your own lock!) and women and men’s showers.
One really cool thing about the Pursuit studio is that for every rider in their classes they make a donation to a different charity. Their current charity is The Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Not only can you work on your health, but you are making a difference by signing up!
Our instructor for the morning was Grace, who introduced herself right off the bat, and helped us get our bikes adjusted properly. She also pointed us in the direction of some complimentary seat cushions. I was pretty excited to try these because my biggest problem with spin has been the fact that I am too sore to sit afterward!
Grace got class going with some warm ups and told us it was going to be Sunday Runday! We would do a total of 14 runs through the 45 minute class. That sounded challenging to me, but I was happy that she said it upfront. I tend to get anxious in new classes with new instructors and knowing the game plan and what to expect always helps me relax a little!
The music selection throughout class was amazing, and helped me to keep up the pace and distracted me enough from my burning legs. Grace also gave us enough time to prep for what was coming next, and gave helpful tips throughout class about form. Before I knew it, we were done, and I was a sweaty mess. Grace led us through a good stretch, and you could literally see the steam coming off people’s bodies!
I had to work after class so I got to check out the showers. They were fully stocked with towels, shampoo, body wash, and blow dryers, which is great when you already have too much in your gym bag like me!
On my way out I also met Mr. Bojangles the mascot, a sweet and adorable cocker spaniel who let me give him a good pet. For all you dog/fitness lovers he is enough of a reason to check this place out!
Even though I went during their opening promotional week, I still get to take my first official class for free! I will certainly go back, it is convenient to my Sunday job, and it seems like it’s going to be a great addition to the Copley area fitness community!
Location: Pursuit – 569 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor, Boston
Times: About 20+ classes a week from 6 am to 7 pm daily
Intensity (1-10): 7. The nice thing about spin is that you really are in control of your intensity. There were one of two people in the class with me who were certainly riding an intensity of 10!