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BYKlyn News and Updates
BYKlyn News and Updates








NEWS

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Danielle K's
MEN in BLACK
 
1/22 @6:30PM
We salute their Swagger, Style and Soul. Jay Z, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, MJ and more. Man Candy all around! Come ride it out, sing along and work HARD. Sign up!
 

October is for Gilda's Club and Cancer Support

What an AMAZING turnout!!

Thank you to everyone who attended and donated their support in every way possible.

Thank you to our motivating and inspirational instructor Sara. She really rocked the house.

Come by for out next Community Ride
10/24 Saturday @2PM

All donations this month are going to the awesome Gilda's Club NYC

We will make a difference, one pedal stroke at a time!!


It Takes TWO to Tango!

Bring your family, friend, and partner! Bring 'em all! 
We're all about fitness with a side of fun.
Newbie Special 2/$20!
Refer a Friend & get $25 OFF your next package!

IG: @BYKlynCycle
Twitter: @BYKlynCycle 


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BYKlyn's Graduating Class of Schwinn Indoor Cycling

Meet our Graduating class of Schwinn Indoor Cycling!
This 9 hour experience was filled with laughs, sweat, and a whole bunch of learning that we are excited to carry on. 
BYKlyn loved meeting everyone and hosting this awesome certification!
If you missed out send us a message on Facebook and we would definitely look forward to hosting another certification for you, Future Instructor.



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1 Year SPINNI-versary

BYKlyn is officially ONE year old...
And it was only right that we had sweat, cake, and champagne with 26 theme rides!

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Thanks to everyone for making it such an awesome anniversary.
Thanks for the support.
Thank you BCake NY for the delicious goodies.
We look forward to another great year! 
 

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#TBT When Madonna Performed @ BYKlyn!

Remember that time Tarek rocked the studio with this Madonna Rebel Theme Ride
We had Detoxx Bústi-ae perform and it was stellar! 

#BYKlynlovesMadonna


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Tarek teaches every Saturday @ 9AM
Check out our video on Instagram @BYKlynCycle:MadonnaRideatBYKlyn 


40 Rides in 40 Days - One BYKlynite's Journey to Self Love

40 Rides in 40 Days

By Nidhi Khurana

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At the end of 2014, I made a pledge to myself to engage in some sort of fitness challenge.  I wanted to do 21 consecutive days of exercise, to be committed and consistent to working out every day (not only as a physical challenge, but also a psychological one).   I had been inspired by friends who had found fitness homes in running, crossfit and yoga.  My friends had found exercise niches that matched their interests and personality.  I was envious of the connection, and communities, they each had with their fitness pursuits and was desperate to find one of my own.  

I started thinking about what kind of exercise I could actually stick with.  I like the idea of challenges, but 21 days of doing the same thing every day felt grim.  I am easily bored, which I attribute to my restless, indecisive Gemini nature.  I also wanted to do something that required me to be accountable to myself.  All too often, I have been quick to abandon undertakings that demand checks and balances only from me.  So in addition to feeling better about my body, a major goal was to stick to something for 21 days without someone checking in one me.  

I had done a few spin classes at BYKLYN in the fall and really enjoyed it.  I liked the studio, the 45-minute ride went by quickly, and it was a 4-minute walk from my apartment.  Spin felt like the right match – it was a close, quick, rigorous workout that left me feeling good.  

My relationship with my body has been fraught with pejorative sentiments for most of my life, but in the past few years it escalated to something so relentless and unremitting, that at times I became frightened of how cruel my own thoughts were.  At the end of 2010, I had my own personal magnitude 8 earthquake and everything that had kept me grounded was displaced.  In that depth and despair of loss, I lost the capacity and will to be kind to myself.  At a time when I needed to be the most tender and compassionate towards myself, I did the opposite and launched into a reckless neglect of my mind, body and spirit.  Finally, at some point last year, I reached my own rock bottom and the stagnation and complacency of not taking care of me had become unbearable.  I had to do something different and I had to do it only for me.  

It started as a 21-day challenge.  I was going to do 21 spin classes in 21 days at BYKLYN.  Though after 14 days, I was drunk off of the spin kool-aid.  I was completely hooked.  I really couldn’t get enough of it.  My body, mind and spirit felt great stronger, sharper, and uplifted and 21 days just didn’t seem challenging enough, so I decided to increase it to 28 and then to 40.  The number 40 is considered very powerful and significant in several spiritual traditions.  There is an energy shift that happens after you do something for 40 days straight.  According to Yogi Bhajan, the Father of Kundalini Yoga in the West, it takes 40 days to break a habit.  I want to break old habits of not prioritizing myself.    

Spinning is difficult, but in a bearable, tolerable way. But it is as hard as you want it to be.  The instructors are not coming around to adjust your resistance – that determination is based on your motivation and dedication.  You push yourself as hard as you want to.  Like with all things, you get better the more consistently and persistently you do it.  After one week, I felt my legs getting stronger, after two weeks my thighs felt less flabby, and after 3 weeks my entire body felt tighter.  

The instructors at BYKLYN are energetic, smart and love what they do. That’s important.  I want to be engaged and encouraged throughout the ride because it makes it fun.  And personally, I believe that exercising should be fun.  The instructors give frequent cues on posture – keeping the head up, hips back, core engaged, full circles when cycling, engaging the thighs so the knees don’t angle out, relaxing the shoulders, etc. The instructors are attentive and the studio itself is an incredibly warm, welcoming place.  Every day I look forward to going there and when I miss a day (which I make up for by doing 2 classes on another day), I feel like my day isn’t complete.  Twenty days in and I already feel my habits changing.

I started my challenge on January 27th and will end 40 days later on March 7th.  I am not weighing myself or measuring my progress based on numbers on the scale – but rather on how I feel every day.  I have more energy, my sleep has improved, I am eating regularly, my clothes fit better, and I feel really, really good.  I haven’t felt good in a long time, so I feel like I am winning.  I can’t wait to see how I feel on March 7th.  Thanks BYKLYN for making this challenge so rewarding.

Attention Runners: Why Cycling is the Best Cross Training!

In case you don't take our word for it... here's a note from the professionals at Running Competitor

"Four popular cross-training modes are cycling, swimming, elliptical exercise, and stepping. All are low- or nonimpact exercises that provide excellent aerobic workouts. That makes all of these valuable training options for runners. The elliptical trainer and the stepper in particular are good substitutes for running when running isn’t possible—when you’re injured, for example. But apart from reducing the volume of impact, working on these machines won’t add anything to your running that running itself doesn’t provide. Of the four cross-training options above, only one effectively works muscle groups that are complementary to running: cycling."

Read the full article here!

*NOTE: One thing we don't agree with... indoor cycling is boring. HA This guy must not have come to BYKlyn

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"Breathe Into It..." - The Art of Breathing on the BYK, and then some.



During any given class, it's not unusual to hear BYKlyn Master Instructor, Kat Piola cueing her riders to breathe deeply and to engage their core power, quickly followed by a "but don't hold your breath!" And this morning, during BYK-lates (Cycle + Pilates), she placed a lot of emphasis on those breathing techniques that are so key to our Pilates practice.  But let's dig a little deeper... what about breathing on the bike? or on the run? or during a bench press for that matter?  Does breathing really make a difference in our workouts?  The answer is YES.  Here's why...

Check out these articles we like by Spinning.com & Greatist.  

(And breathe easy... there won't be a test tomorrow)

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Instructor Spotlight: Danielle Katz - part DJ, part Spin Diva, all Wonder Woman



1. What’s your favorite color?
Blue; Black
 


2. Why did you decide to become a cycling instructor? It combines my love for working out with my love for music- In my head I'm a DJ, Diva, and Wonder Woman.

3. What’s your favorite food indulgence? French Fries! 

4. Do you have any pets? No pets. 

5. Favorite place to vacation? Any place warm, sand, ocean, nature.

6. Favorite spot to unwind in Brooklyn? Thrift Shops and Speciality Gift shops.

7. Favorite season and why?  Summah!! Everything is more alive when it's hot.

8. Your job is to inspire fitness & healthy living, what fitness professional inspires you? Dwayne Frection- trainer, bootcamp guru, and friend; Mankofit.

9. Outside, of cycling what else do you like to do to stay healthy and active? Strength training, Kettle bells, taking long walks, and laughing a lot.

10. Outside of fitness, what are your hobbies/interests? Reading, collecting picture frames, browsing the aisles at home improvement stores 

11. Name 3 things you could not live without. Toothbrush; Chapstick; Lipstick- it's all about the smile

12. What do you love about Brooklyn? What's not to love?! Diversity; energy; the convenience of getting hot jerk chicken at two in the morning

13. What was your first job ever? Handing out flyers


14. Favorite Inspirational Quote. "Be the Change You Wish to See in the World" -Ghandi  

Social
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Instagram: @slydawtr1 

Sign up for her Birthday Ride: Cupcakes & Cocktails tomorrow, Fri at 6:00pm!

...Or check her out Wed 6:30pm & Fri 6:00pm every week!

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