If you are just stopping by my blog, welcome! My name is Ariana (everyone calls me Ari), and I’m a Jersey girl who uprooted to Texas for love and my career. I write about my lifestyle, my journey as an athlete and fitness instructor, as well as events with other #FitGirls in Dallas, Texas. I am a packaging engineer by day, and a fitness instructor by night. (Being FitGirlMechanic is my moonlight career…..I wanted to be a professional athlete for a long-time, but was too intrigued by product design and manufacturing. Hence my love and detailed analysis of consumer experience, products, ergonomics, and quality design!)
You can find me teaching at Dallas Grit Fitness every Monday at 6am (Turbo Kick) and a variety of Saturday Powerbelle classes starting next Saturday (more times to come that I will be teaching!) I am a member at Dallas Grit Fitness, but I absolutely love to check out and support local businesses and instructors in the metroplex. So check back each month for new reviews!
THE STUDIO: The Ride House LOCATION: Dallas N Tollway & Lover’s Lane
The Workout: 45 Min House Ride
- If you have never taken a spin class before, I highly suggest The Ride House as a new rider! Arrive 10-15 minutes early and please TELL the front desk managers or your instructor, that you would like help setting up your bike. No shame in being a newbie! It’s very important to have proper set-up when riding any sort of bike, so please please please ‘measure twice, cut once!’ in other words, do it right the first time for an optimal experience!
- Beats are FRESH at TRH, and the instructors make sure that you have an amazing time riding!
- Rhythm: If you have no idea what ‘Tap it Back’ means, or the choreography of the class, just keep practacing. It takes a few classes to get on the beat….or not. Some people just don’t have a natural rhythmic bone in their body: just go at your own pace and keep up the best you can, enjoy your ride and don’t worry if you miss the beat!
- Jasmine leads a sweaty and upbeat class, that will leave you gasping for air. While my early morning class with Bailey, was a little slower and not as rowdy as a later morning/later evening class will be. Be prepared for lots of tap-backs, pushups, an arms section with weights, and hill climbs. I burn about 600-800 calories per class. Both had excellent music and cater to different audiences!
- You can make spin as difficult or as easy as you want to. Don’t be intimidated to try spin with a friend, Turn up your torque, or stay where you are for a few more minutes, just have fun!
Ambience and Studio Vibe:
- As soon as you walk into The Ride House, you will be greeted by the warm and enthusiastic front desk. The studio is decorated with Longhorns and a gorgeous chandeliers in the middle of the TRX room. Nice bathrooms and lockers available to you for storing your stuff.
- The LED Backlit WALL IS OFF THE CHAIN! This is the coolest feature I have ever seen in a studio. You literally feel like you’re in a club when the lights go down and this wall starts flashing to the beat!
- First two classes are free! And you have an entire 14 days to use them which is AWESOME. LOVE THIS.
- Drop in: $25
- Unlimited Packages: You need to sign a contract for 3-month minimum to get the $195/mo deal
- Check out all pricing here
What To Bring and Wear:
- I always recommend wearing tights/crop spandex, or regular spin/cycling shorts. Regular shorts are no bueno! You need something to keep your thighs from chafing (unless you absolutely love body glide) and the rest is personal preference.
- Cycling shoes are complimentary, just bring socks. If you own shoes, SPD clips only!
- Bring at least one water bottle, towels are provided to you
Events and Community Engagement:
- Something this studio does well-keep an eye on their newsletter. They are currently riding for a woman who is fighting cancer and ALL proceeds will go to her and her family if you sign up!
- Riding for a cause is something done often here: Ride for Pups is coming up soon!
- Themed events happen regularly, a great way for a first date or a meetup with a new friend, or just any date!
A #tiumeetup that I organized last month, was a huge hit because some girls had never done spin before.
- Tons of class times: A++
- Amazing Instructors: tons of energy and a passion to be in their class!
- Music is amazing: but if you HATE rap, or House, probably not the place for you. There are tons of theme rides to choose from, so keep an eye out for their schedule or sign up for the newsletter.
- Front desk is super welcoming and friendly
Room for Improvement and Insights:
- The Ride House does not have locker rooms so if you go in the morning, don’t be prepared to shower there.
- Addition to the website? Instructors favorite types of music to play under their class description: I realize this is not ideal because instructors put together different playlists every week. However, might be a way to increase attendance at certain times, and strengthen loyalty between instructors and clients.
- Not a heavy emphasis on form in The House Ride. New spinners may have the tendency to slack on their form without consistent explanation, leading to a bad experience, or injury over time. However, if you want more coaching technique, opt for The Performance Ride OR Ride 101, where you will learn more technique.
- The Stackup: $195 per month for unlimited classes is at least $20 higher than Flywheel or Lync Cycling for unlimited, however The Ride House offers a much wider variety of classes than other studios. Depends on what you’re looking for!
- 4 Stars out of 5! I haven’t tried all of the classes yet, so I feel that to give a full 5 stars I really need to take more classes from the team of instructors. I love everything about this studio, but wish they had locker rooms for their price point.
- Fitgirl tested and Fiance approved!! Great place for both female and male riders. My fiancé will go to a class every time he is in town-which is an awesome feat y’all! Thanks for an awesome experience!