CycleBar St. Johns, is a unique fitness concept providing an inclusive and inspiring low-impact/high-intensity indoor cycling experience for all ages and body types. They opened in Bartram Market, located behind Durbin Pavilion in November 2023. Business owner Susanne Krivanek spent years evaluating business concepts looking for one that fostered her passion for fitness, growth, and community. When she discovered CycleBar, an instant spark ignited for this Leadership Consultant and former Adjunct Professor for Rutgers and LaSalle Universities, – “Not only could I grow a business yet support the growth of our community and its members.” says Susanne.
For Susanne, there was a personal connection as well. Some of her fondest memories with her father were of their early morning bike rides. However, after he endured a horrific bike accident, as well as Susanne injuring her knee in a boot-camp style workout, she turned to cycling to increase her fitness level while not further damaging her joints. After attending her first CycleBar class, she realized how fun and effective an indoor cycling workout can be. “There is nothing more motivating than cycling to great music, an engaging instructor, and an energized crowd of all different types of people – I became hooked and got so much more out of my workout than what I could ever achieve on my indoor bike at home.”
The Rider Experience
The Rider Experience at CycleBar is both welcoming and empowering. Upon entering the lobby you are greeted by a Customer Experience Associate (CBX), who sets you up with everything you need for a great workout, including shoe rental and premium water to fill your water bottle. While waiting for the ride to start, you can connect with other members in our Community Room or explore our premium retail boutique with top brands like lululemon and Tavi.
When the ride gets ready to begin, our team assists riders to get properly set up on our patented Stages bikes. Then, it’s time to “Rock Your Ride!” Led by our highly skilled instructors, there are six different ride formats to choose from, offering variety in difficulty and style. Some formats, like Foundations and Connect, are for those getting started in indoor cycling or just want to focus on the ride itself. For those looking for more of a challenge, the Performance and Empower rides help take their performance and cardio endurance to a whole new level – great for athletes looking to complement other workouts they do. The Classic format is our standard ride, providing a balanced workout that appeals to all different types of riders.
During the workout, there is a body component that uses a weight bar (thus the name CycleBAR). Most rides limit the upper body component to one song yet our new Strength workout includes much more focus on the upper body. For information on the CycleBar experience, visit https://www.cyclebar.com/the-experience.
At its core CycleBar St. Johns’ differentiator is its focus on community and helping people achieve greater focus on their goals and priorities. “For example, we have a Purpose Wall where our members can share their priorities with one another, as well as helps them focus on the important things in their lives – it’s a reminder every time they enter the Community Room.
There are many other ways our team helps people to connect with one another and focus on their goals in their workout and life overall.”
As a busy professional, single mom, and caregiver of her special needs sister, Susanne realizes how tough it is to fit priorities like fitness into your schedule. “For me, finding time for priorities like socializing and fitness has been difficult. At CycleBar St. Johns, our members can connect with so many different types of people and empower them to do more in less time – not to mention build their network to help them achieve their professional goals as well.”
CycleBar offers numerous value-added opportunities for personal and community growth with CycleGives Community Fundraising - rides where participants get a great workout, connect with others, and support their favorite nonprofits. Other special events help enrich the lives of its members, such as free morning stretches and yoga, and wellness-related information sessions and vendors.
Susanne says she chose to locate her business in St. Johns because of its potential and diverse community. “There are so many great, friendly people from all over the world here; it amazes me at the number of uplifting people here who seek to help others, add value to their community, and connect others to support their success.”
Two years from now Susanne envisions CycleBar St. Johns to be an even more robust community that provides even more value to its members. “We have over 200 members and are growing quickly. It’s inspiring to me to see how the word is spreading – the energy and power that our community provides will only get stronger as our membership grows.”
CycleBar provides the shoes, a towel, and water – all you need to do is show up!
In addition to a quality workout, you gain access to a great network, as well as some mindfulness time to focus on you and your health.
An Awesome Environment and Superior Equipment: With patented Stages bikes, a superior sound system, and an energizing environment – you can feel your energy level rise even before you enter the cycling theater.
Highly Skilled Instructors to Coach You:
When working out solo, you’re lacking the feedback that helps you optimize your workout and prevent injury. Conversely, skilled cycling instructors motivate you to push past barriers and help correct improper techniques that may lead to pain or injury.
Community Benefits that Go Both Ways:
There’s nothing like bonding with those who have just endured the same 45-minute roller coaster with you. In the case of CycleBar, there will also be many after-class events to promote fun, learning, and community, as well as involvement with non-profit community causes through CycleGive events.
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