The Handle Bar Fenway

3.5

BostonSpin

Review:

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byTori Scott, July 29, 2018

The Handle Bar offers up a daily schedule of 45-minute classes (some 60-minutes on the weekends), set to solid playlists that’ll leave you sweaty and satisfied. With three locations in Fenway, South Boston and Harvard Square.

The Handle Bar Fenway is the second installment of the cult-favorite, boutique spin studio. If you’re looking for a sparkling new space equipped with high-end amenities, this place isn’t for you. We consider it more to be the Legal Sea Food of Boston spin studios: reliable, convenient and providing good service. While not your best option in town, it definitely gets the job done, delivering consistently good workouts. If you want a down-to-earth atmosphere where you leave class dripping in sweat, then welcome The Handle Bar into your workout rotation.

RUNDOWN

WORKOUT

As the lights went down and the base got bumpin’, we began by simply spinning and rolling out our legs. The instructor, Matthew, helped us get mentally prepared for a 45-minute sweat fest, which we needed after a long Tuesday in the office. But don’t be fooled–after that three-minute warm up, it was nonstop movement for the remainder of class.

The Handle Bar classes are structured to ride to the beat of the music. Some beats are fast (sprinting), some beats are slow (heavy hill) and some are right in the middle. Choreography was definitely utilized–think tap backs, push-ups and crunches–but nothing we couldn’t handle. The serious sweating came by way of interval-style sprints and jumps. We’ve attended too many spin classes to count, but we were gassed by this one.

Staying true to The Handle Bar’s mantra: “Raise the Bar,” we did just that in the closing minutes with an arm routine that incorporated a four-pound weighted bar holstered to each bike. We’re embarrassed to say we had to take a rest during the arm portion of class. Damn, that little bar burns! Our instructor completely wrecked our shoulders and triceps. And while we hated it at the time, it’s fun to later bring out the gun show in summer tank tops.

INSTRUCTOR

Matthew LaPierre’s positive energy is infectious, and almost makes you forget how effing hard he’s pushing you. Motivating and engaging, he hops off the bike to work the room, giving us an extra push outside our comfort zones.  Bonus points for his fabulous dance moves and yelling things like: “Move your ASSSSSS!,” “I love you, guys!,” and “You’re beautiful!”

SPACE

New Year, New…Handle Bar Fenway!! The Fenway location received a facelift over the holidays and we are liking what we see. Nothing too extreme, but definitely a welcomed upgrade. Truth be told, the real reason for the update was the need for a fully sound-proof studio (sorry upstairs neighbors). With a new studio also came additional new amenities – larger space, extra storage and new bikes! But the best upgrade of all? A raised instructor platform. So you can actually see your instructor’s moves all the way in the back.  Unfortunately though, the renovations did not bring showers to Fenway.

The Handle Bar Fenway
3.5

1336 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
Fenway Spin $$$

The Handle Bar Fenway

Fenway Spin $$$

1336 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215