If we lived in the Taj, (We don’t, but if we did) Recycle Studio would probably be in heavy rotation for our weekly spin fix. Only out of convenience though – it’s the best spin studio between Arlington and Berkley, and that ain’t saying much. Or, we might just forego our daily five dollar Venti Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha and take our money and walk (maybe run) to SoulCycle or FlyWheel instead.
Note to self: When the studio doesn’t let you reserve bikes ahead of time, get there EARLY or expect to be riding in the lobby with the front desk staff.
Everyone has their own lingo. But at the end of the day, all the terms are the same. Whether you call it a tap back, touch back, slide back, slink back, we all talk the same talk. Recycle has its own language which is reviewed at the beginning of the class for new riders. The entire “Reboot Climb” class was an uphill battle towards nowhere. I’m pretty sure if we counted up all the times the instructor yelled “Reach down quarter turn!” that we would all still be dangling at the top of the hill. The resistance never came off.
Stephanie Hendricks was the shining star of Recycle. She was a drill sergeant on a bike. If you were ever wondering how hard you should be working, just listen for Steph’s huffing breath in the mic and know you need to push a little harder. If only the old, scratchy sound system, didn’t take away from our ride we might have left with a little different taste in our mouths.
The space is nothing to write home about. After taking the small elevator (3 people only) to the 5th floor (Guess we could have walked) we stepped out into lobby. It felt more like walking into a friends Back Bay apartment then a spin studio. There are only cubbies with no locks to store your personal belongings.
The spin room was clearly not meant for spinning. The long rectangular shape room made room for only two rows of bikes. Unfortunately, the riders on the ends might have a neck ache if they were trying to watch the instructor through the class.
9 Newbury Street, Boston, MA Back Bay Spin $
Recycle Studio Boston Common
Back Bay Spin $
9 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
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Why did we expect Channing to be a big, hunky man? Don’t get her confused with Magic Mike – Channing is of the female persuasion. And she was pretty solid. Channing incorporates lots of hills into her ride, which we can seriously get down with. She also ran us through a 6-minute arm song. Yes. SIX. MINUTES. She’s not the hardest instructor we’ve ever had, but she got the job done.
Erin F is a solid instructor at Recycle Studio. She used almost every type of choreo in the book – tap backs, push-ups, hovers, crunches – and there was never a dull moment. On top of that, her music was GREAT. We love when instructors throw it back to classic hip-hop instead of opting for the typical EDM you find in a spin studio. Erin F was super motivating. She’s the type of instructor that cues up those motivational speeches when you really need them. You know, when you’re hustling up a “9” hill.