WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Nemia, who frequently rides different loops through Wellesley Hills by himself five or six nights a week, says that riding for the charity motivates him, but he gets many other bene- fits from cycling as well. "I ride because it's a great, low-impact way to stay in shape," he says. "Plus there's an especially amazing cardio benefit from climbing hills. Also, it allows me to see things I wouldn't get to see if I were traveling in a car and to meet new people." The only downside, he says, is that, "the bike I ride now costs more than my first car!" Mountain Biking According to Trails.com, mountain biking is off-road cycling that often includes terrain with The Business of Indoor Cycling One of the fastest growing types of bicycling takes place indoors. According to Bill Pryor, co-owner with his sister, Alex Klemmer, of the CycleBar in Wellesley, indoor cycling is all about fun and fitness with motivating music, action-packed videos, and high-energy instructors. Put all of these elements together with a variety of bike positions and speeds adjusted throughout the workout to keep tempo with the music, and you have a lively, intense cardio workout that is over before you want it to be. "A lot of people think it's like a stationary bike at the gym, but the bikes we use are much more like outside bikes. There are no electronics," he says. Mark Partin, co-founder of B/SPOKE indoor cycling studio that opened in Wellesley late this past winter, says that while outside cyclists do come to indoor cycling classes in the winter to stay in shape, this is a sport in itself, with many fitness enthusiasts using it as the primary exercise routine. "We do movements on the bike that you would never do on an outdoor bike. It's a completely different sport." He stresses that this is a full-body workout, incorporating exercises for the core that shift the body weight out of the saddle. They even use hand weights and pushups while on the bikes. He notes that there has been a lot of change in indoor biking, which has moved away from the Southern- California-based sport of spinning to a more "rhythmic ride," done to the beat of music. Both Pryor and Partin's studios have 50 bikes and offer classes that last about 45 minutes. Partin says a lot of thought goes into studio design and the overall aesthetic. He says he is aiming for a high-end experience where people want to linger. To this end, B/SPOKE offers a café and espresso bar as well as larger locker rooms. "We want this to be the new bar," for suburban professionals, he says. 149 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7

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