Should I Take Spin/Cycling Classes?

Should I take a spin/cycling class? Spin, or cycling, classes have become increasingly popular in recent years as a fun and effective way to improve cardiovascular health, burn calories, and tone muscles. These indoor cycling classes, led by a trained instructor, provide a high-intensity workout that can be tailored to individual fitness levels.

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Here are some of the top benefits of spin classes:

Burns Calories

Spin, or cycling, classes are an excellent way to burn calories and lose weight. In fact, a single 45-minute class can burn anywhere from 400 to 600 calories, depending on the intensity level of the workout. This makes spin classes an ideal option for those looking to shed a few pounds and get in shape, especially with summer around the corner.

Builds Endurance

Regular participation in spin classes can significantly improve your cardiovascular health and endurance. These fast-paced, high-intensity workouts can help you develop a strong heart and strengthen lungs, allowing you to push yourself further and for longer periods of time.

Tones Muscles

 Spin classes work a variety of muscle groups, including the glutes, hamstrings, calves, and core. The continuous pedaling motion and resistance training can help you build lean muscle mass and improve overall strength.

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Unlike other forms of cardio exercise, such as running or jumping, spin classes are low-impact. This means that they are easier on your joints and less likely to cause injuries. This makes spin classes an ideal option for people with joint pain or those recovering from injuries.

Mental Health Benefits

Exercise is known to have numerous mental health benefits, and spin classes are no exception. The high-energy music and supportive atmosphere of a spin class can help improve your mood, reduce stress, and boost self-confidence.

Spin classes are an excellent way to get a challenging and effective workout, burn calories, and improve your overall health and fitness. With a range of benefits that go beyond just physical health, it’s no wonder that spin classes have become such a popular form of exercise. 

So why not check out The Arena at Wembley’s spin classes, and see the benefits for yourself? The Arena at Wembley offers over 15 spin classes per week, so there is no excuse not to sign up and get on a spin bike today!

Book classes on our app, or Mindbody now, and we will see you at The Arena soon!

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Post written by Ben Slade

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Benefits of Personal Training at The Arena

While some individuals prefer working out alone, others have come to realize the benefits of personal training. Trainers provide an individualized, tailored approach to fitness that is unmatched by working out alone.

Why personal training?

One of the main reasons why working out with a personal trainer is better than working out alone is that it provides a sense of accountability. A personal trainer is committed to helping their client achieve their fitness goals, and will hold them accountable for their progress. This accountability can be incredibly motivating, and can help individuals stay on track and stick to their fitness regimen.

“I’ve never been to the gym!” “I have injuries.”

In addition to accountability, personal training offers a level of customization that is simply not possible when working out alone. Personal trainers are trained to assess their clients’ fitness levels, and create a workout plan that is tailored to their unique needs and goals. This means that a session is tailored to an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, and limitations, ensuring that they get the most out of each workout.

“I need help staying motivated.”

Another benefit of personal training is that it offers a level of support that is invaluable when it comes to achieving fitness goals. A personal trainer is not only there to provide guidance and support during workouts, but can also offer advice on nutrition and other aspects of a healthy lifestyle. This support can help individuals stay motivated and focused on their fitness goals, even when facing setbacks or obstacles.

Working out alone can be a daunting task for many individuals, especially if they are new to fitness. Personal training offers a supportive environment where individuals can feel comfortable asking questions and receiving guidance from a trained professional. This can help individuals build confidence and self-esteem, which can have a positive impact on all aspects of their lives.

Get in touch with our Wembley personal training staff! They will get you training sessions, as well as a personalized workout plan! Your consultation is free!

Contact Barrett Weber at

For more info, check out our Personal Training Page.

Want more info? Check out this blog.

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Blog written by Ben Slade

Yoga at The Arena

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient practice that has been around for over 5,000 years. Its popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, and for good reason. From physical health benefits, to mental and emotional benefits, practicing yoga can have a profound impact on your life. Here are some of the most notable benefits of yoga.

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Improved Flexibility:

One of the most obvious benefits of yoga is improved flexibility. Through a series of stretching and twisting poses, your muscles become more limber, reducing the risk of injury and improving your range of motion.

Increased Strength:

Yoga is not just about flexibility; it also builds strength. Holding various yoga poses, such as downward-facing dog, requires you to engage and strengthen your muscles, which can help improve your overall fitness.

Better Balance:

Many yoga poses require you to balance your body weight, which can help improve your balance and stability in other areas of your life. This is especially important as we age and our balance starts to decline.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety:

Yoga has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels by promoting relaxation and mindfulness. By focusing on your breath and the present moment, you can calm your mind and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

Improved Sleep:

Yoga has been shown to improve sleep quality by reducing stress and anxiety levels, and promoting relaxation. Incorporating gentle yoga poses and breathing exercises into your bedtime routine can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

Improved Cardiovascular Health:

Certain yoga styles, such as vinyasa and power yoga, incorporate dynamic movements that get your heart rate up and can improve your cardiovascular health. By practicing regularly, you can strengthen your heart and improve your overall fitness level.

Improved Mental Clarity:

Yoga has been shown to improve mental clarity and focus by promoting mindfulness and reducing stress and anxiety levels. This can help you be more productive and efficient in your daily life.

In conclusion, there are countless benefits of practicing yoga. From improved physical health to reduced stress and anxiety, practicing yoga can have a profound impact on your life. Whether you are a beginner or have been practicing for years, there is always something new to learn and discover in the world of yoga.

Check out our fitness page to see our fitness schedule! Add yoga to your daily routine!

Look at our yoga page to see what types of classes we offer!

Blog post written by Ben Slade

Arena Fitness: Yoga at the Arena – a conversation

As construction progresses and we get closer to unveiling the new fitness spaces at The Arena, we are excited to feature a series of video interviews of key fitness personnel at the Wembley talking about their impressions of the new fitness space and what they are most excited about.

This week, our Fitness Director, Colleen Ryan, shares her take on the new Yoga studio in the Arena!

Stay tuned for more vides from other familiar faces at Wembley coming soon!

Ali Hively; brain health

CLE: Connection, Lifestyle, Emotional Processing

As we continue to move forward in this ever-changing and crazy world, we can often forget to take care of the thing we need the most to function well – be ourselves and have a positive impact on the world, our brains! Brain health is one of the cornerstones of optimal productivity. What does it really mean to improve the health and functionality of your brain? Find out what the CLE stands for in Brain Health.

In this podcast episode

The 5AM Miracle Podcast with Jeff Sanders, featuring Dr. Mary Rensel and Ali Hively (our Wembley Instructor), Mary and Ali talk about how we can optimize our brains for stress, resiliency, and performance. They give everyone their special formula for making sure you are doing what matters most from your brain. Dr. Mary’s research outlines where we need to put our attention and energy and Ali shares ways to make it happen in our busy lives. The great news is that many of the things proven to be important to resiliency (ability to bounce back and manage stress) are things we do here together at Wembley. It’s an easy listen and can reinforce all of the good things you are doing for your body and brain as well as give you some new insights! If you have any questions, Ali is more than willing to chat with you!

Hop outside with a set of headphones, go for a walk, and give this great podcast a listen.

5AM Miracle Podcast with Jeff Sanders, featuring Dr. Mary Rensel and Ali Hively (our Wembley Instructor)

You can find Ali at Wembley on Mondays at 8:30am, Tuesdays at 5:30am, and Fridays at 8:45am. She will always find time to chat with you after class or set up an appointment. Below you will find all the fitness classes offered at the Wembley Club! Sign up here!


Barre on the Lakeside!

Jessica leads us through a 1 hour Barre routine lakeside…Enjoy!

Want more videos like this? Check out our Youtube!

Join us for more Wembley Fitness Classes!


Why Tennis/Court Shoes and Cycling Shoes?

We all have several different pairs of shoes to go with outfits and for particular seasons- so why would we think one shoe would work for all sporting and exercise needs? Each shoe is designed specific to each sport or activity based on needs for stability, traction, weight, and safety.

Tennis Court Shoes

Court shoes are critical for the games of tennis, pickleball, and paddleball. A tennis shoe has more stability than a shock absorbing running shoe, this is designed to specifically protect quick lateral movement performed on a tennis court. While it is nice to have the cushion in a shoe the stability and lateral protection of a shoe in this sport is more important. A court shoe is considered worn out when the outsole is worn, or the bottom is smooth.

Cycling Shoes

Cycling shoes are not required, but will give you a much safer, and more powerful ride. The clips on the sole of the shoe provide proper alignment and avoid slipping reducing the risk for ankle, knee and hip injuries. The rigid sole of a cycling shoe protects your arch and increases the force and transfer of power more efficiently from your body to the pedal. There are a wide variety of options available to choose from and the cost of a cycling shoe does not need to be astronomical. A cycling shoe lasts a long time, from time to time the clips may need to be replaced. The Wembley Club’s bikes use SPD clips.

Cross Training Shoes are great versatile shoes for strength training, bootcamp and other fitness classes. A traditional running shoe acceptable for classes because of it’s great shock absorption and weight qualities, however, the stability is less than a cross training shoe.

Suggested Shoes:

Women’s Court Shoe

Men’s Court Shoe

Women’s Cycling Shoes

Men’s Cycling Shoe

Cycling Cleats

**It is best to measure your feet for shoes when your feet are swollen. During exercise your feet will swell, if you measure at time when there is less water retention in your feet it will provide discomfort during your activity.

If you every have questions regarding proper footwear please do not ever hesitate to ask a pro or trainer at the club.

Keep moving at your best!!

The Wembley Club COVID-19 Guidelines

The Wembley Club has taken extensive measures to ensure the comfort and safety of our members. Please take a moment to read through the COVID-19 guidelines and precautions the club is taking.

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5 Benefits of Barre Workouts

5 benefits of Barre workouts:

  1. Strength, definition, and elongated muscles are achieved through targeting muscle groups from all angles.  Barre focuses on muscles you use everyday, as well as, underused and underdeveloped muscled.
  2. Endurance is gained through a combination of isometric and isotonic movements.  Isometric movements, the poses you hold such as a plank.  Isotonic movements strengthen your cardiovascular system.
  3. Flexibility is gained throughout a barre class with fluid movement and stretching.  Increased flexibility helps in such areas as back pain.
  4. Posture is focused on throughout an entire barre class, core muscles are contracted throughout the class.  Stand taller and be proud!
  5. Mind-body connection is so important in our daily lives and is highly focused on in a barre routine.  Focusing on the body’s muscle and movement provides a more effective workout and balance heading into your day or evening.

Enjoy one of Jessica’s Barre classes here:

Barre and many other classes are offered at The Wembley Club.  Find a class that interests you!
Interested in more classes? Check out our fitness page!
Check out our YouTube for more videos!