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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2 Seconds, 1 Click, a BIG Reward!

Saratoga Today Newspaper is once again  posting their "Best Of" poll.  Please vote for the Saratoga Cycling Studio as the best "Fitness Center/Gym"!  We are up against some HUGE places, so every vote counts!!

http://saratogatodaynewspaper.com/index.php/best-of-vote

Thank you!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

You Haven't Heard the BIG NEWS?

"It gives me great pleasure to announce that Angela Amedio has been selected to be a member of the Spinning ® Master Instructor (MI) team candidates for Mad Dogg Athletics. Angela will be participating in the Master Instructor Camp in Miami Florida at the end of May.
In case you’re not aware of what exactly a Master Instructor is, the worldwide Spinning® Master Instructor (MI) team is made up of 150 expert instructors with extensive fitness industry experience, outstanding dedication and exemplary knowledge of the Spinning program. Master Instructors lead instructor training and continuing education workshops at Official Spinning Facilities, conferences and special events throughout the world.
This opportunity for Angela is one of extreme honor, but also is an opportunity and benefit for the Saratoga Cycling Studio, as we will have our own MI right in our own Studio here in Saratoga!!
Congratulations Angela and good luck with your training!!"

Jerry


I am so excited to embark on this journey!  Thank you all for your kind words and support!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Introducing.....

"Donation Spin!"!  Once a week, we will be offering a class that is totally FREE!  We just ask that you kindly bring in a donation of whatever amount you feel is appropriate via cash or check.  This donation class will be offered at various days and times to give everyone a chance to donate to a worthy cause.  We will be fundraising for the Tour de Cure to stop diabetes in the months of April and May.  Our regular single classes cost $15, but your donation could be $10, $20, or even $100 if you are feeling extra generous!  You may sign up online to reserve your bike, but we welcome walk-in's also if bikes are available.

Keep an eye out for "Donation Spin" and pay it forward!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tour de Cure FAQs

You have heard the buzz around the studio about this amazing event.  It is the biggest fundraiser that we participate in every year.  Last year (our first year), we raised over $11,000 and had the largest indoor cycling team in Saratoga Springs!  We have a goal of raising $15,000 and we need your help!

When? 5/18 if you ride indoors at SCS.  6/1 if you ride indoors at the high school or if you ride outside.
Options? 1, 2, or 3 hours on the indoor bike.  Outside: 25, 50, or 100 miles.
How? http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?team_id=657063&pg=team&fr_id=9347

Here's the deal, many folks, including children, are suffering from diabetes.  We raise money to help their fight.  We rode indoors at the Saratoga High School last year, but the instruction and bikes were not up to our standard.  We have chosen to ride indoors at the studio instead!  We have two heats: 7am and 10:15am.  When we reach capacity (which will happen soon!) the overflow will have to go to the high school, or ride outdoors.

Anyone can participate!  We have 3, 90 minute rides called, Train to Tour planned to get you ready!  They are $20 per ride and you can choose all 3, or just 1 if you like.  Proceeds benefit our Tour de Cure team.  You may sign up online for these classes by purchasing the "train to tour" classes through Mindbody.

Recruit your neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family to join our team!  Start fundraising today!

~Angela~




Tuesday, February 25, 2014

$4.69 Per Class!

When purchasing a monthly (or 2 months) unlimited package at the Saratoga Cycling Studio, each class averages out to only $4.69, saving you, $10.31!  We pride ourselves in bringing you a superior product, without the inflated prices.  Water, towels, fresh fruit, excellent client service, well maintained bikes; you get all of this and more without it emptying your wallet.

Buy your package today!

Upcoming Events:
Last Tabata Bootcamp meets this Saturday, 8:15am
3/3, Tour de Cure Kick-Off Party.  Email: JuCarroll@diabetes.org to attend!
3/18, Paint and Sip event to benefit our Tour de Cure Team.  Register HERE.
3/23, 10:45am, FREE Begin to Spin
4/10, Event at Blue Sky Bicycles to benefit our Tour de Cure Team.
4/26, Spinning Instructor Certification.  Register HERE.
4/27, 5/4, 5/10, Train to Tour Classes!!  Get yourself ready for the big event!
5/7, Event at Pin Ups Blow Bar to benefit our Tour de Cure Team.
5/18, Tour de Cure at SCS.  Join our Team HERE.
6/1, Tour de Cure for outside riders on Team SCS.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"The Biggest Loser" and my BIG Reaction

Since I am in the fitness industry, everyone has been asking me my opinion on the finale, and more specifically, about Rachel.    Rachel won the $250,000 prize for losing the biggest percentage of weight this season.  She started out at 260lbs and got down to 105lbs by the finale last night.

I cannot judge or say if Rachel is healthy or if she lost all this weight in a healthy manner.  I don't know Rachel and didn't see her workout or what she was eating.   What I can say is that she was on a television show that rewards you a large sum of money if you are the person that loses the most weight.  She accomplished that goal.

Rachel is 5'4" and 105lbs is considered, "underweight" according to any BMI calculator.  That being said, she wanted to win this "contest", so she did what she had to do.  Would I do it or recommend it?  NO!

Most contestants admit to working out 6-8 hours per day and consuming a very low caloric diet to reach their finale weight.  They have also admitted to some very drastic measures, such as liquid diets, fasting, and even spitting out their saliva 24 hours before the big show to save precious ounces on the scale.  These are very extreme measures, but again, it is a televised "contest" with a huge reward.  I guess to some, it is worth the sacrifice and health risks.

My hope for Rachel is that she is able to get her body and mind to a healthy state that she can maintain. I will be looking forward to seeing her on television a little happier and a little heavier.




Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"You are Too Fat to be a Stripper"

I bet that got your attention!  Cara was brave enough to share her story of SuCceSs with us.  Read below and see if you can relate.  I know that I can!

I wasn't going to do this but here goes............... sorry if it's long! You know I am wordy!

I’ve always struggled with the proper motivation for exercise. It’s something I have always done, and have always gone through the motions, with various periods of life laziness and (in my eyes, morbid obesity!).

During a period of unemployment in 2008, I knew things had gotten out of control when I made the joke of “Maybe I will just be a stripper,” and my father responded very seriously, “You are too fat to be a stripper.”

So I found the gym again. And the ever entertaining land of treadmills. And weight loss. And knee pain. And plantar fasciitis. And physical therapists. And boredom.
Group fitness had always bored me to tears, so I never considered it an option. One day on another 7 mile excursion on the treadmill I heard a party emanating from the Cycling room at my gym. It sounded like way too much fun to be exercise! So I worked up the courage to join them.

Clearly encouraged by loud pop music and an ability to sing aloud while working out and an ever-changing variation on a single apparatus was my ticket out of Dullsville and into a land of healthy addiction.

My body changed, my abs got flatter, the world was asking me “what do you do??” And the response was always “Indoor cycling!”
I made friends there, I had fun there. I rarely dreaded a trip to the gym.

And then they closed on me. It sounds strange, but after that, I felt kind of lost as far as my physical fitness. I couldn’t find a “home” at the Y, and stopped going. I tried to start running again. 

And then I busted my hamstring. So much for my only form of exercise.
And then I broke up with my boyfriend. And so I spent my summer partying away the sadness. 

And drinking. And eating. And slowly my favorite clothes were too tight. I was depressed, I was bored and I was getting fat again. I kept telling myself “You need to go to Angela’s place.”
I finally came in – terrified! I’d taken cycling classes millions of times in my life, but this was new people. New bikes. What if I shouted, or sung?

SCS welcomed me with open arms. Quickly I made friends and slowly started to gain my self-esteem back. I started to gain a purpose beyond rushing home from work to go to Happy Hour or binge on my latest Netflix addiction (this is reserved for after class!)

Friday night’s aren’t spent out on the town all night, because I actually have something to do on Saturday morning. I’m drinking less, eating healthier. It’s been a long struggle through the fall and the winter, but my clothes are fitting better. My energy is up. I look forward to seeing my SCS friends each day.

I feel inspired to do more, and would maybe even consider certification.

SCS helped me find my physical and mental health again. I couldn’t imagine exercise without the 
SCS Team and the beautiful inspiration you inspire each day. I couldn’t imagine any other studio putting up with me the way you all do!!! And THAT makes you unique in itself.
~Cara~