There are a few myths and misconceptions about boutique fitness studios that linger in our current fitness culture. With the growth of group fitness, many of these misconceptions keep people from trying out a new class or a new studio. The REV fam is here to debunk some of these boutique fitness myths and illuminate the truth about our own principles that are heavily based upon sweat, community, and love.
We put this one first because it may be the most common misconception about group fitness classes, especially spin. Yes - there are many women who do it. No - it is all women all the time! If you don't believe us, all you have to do is simply ask the male riders of REV. They will be sure to explain how the workout fits their fitness needs as well as everyone else in the room. Spin is a low impact, full body workout that meets aerobic and anaerobic capacities. Simply put, it’s for everyone.
If everyone knew what they were doing, the studio would never grow. Think about it - everyone who has taken a spin or barre class at REV was new at some point. Like anything else in life, fitness becomes a practice. You have to start somewhere, and you should have no clue what you're doing in the beginning! REV thrives on progress and personal growth. Keep coming back and you’ll begin to see changes not only in your body but in your overall mentality. Everyone starts somewhere, and you can only move forward from there!
The term “boutique studio” tends to carry a stigma that implies exclusivity. While some studios may feel aloof and maybe a little haughty, REV is the opposite. REV’s entire mission is founded on the principle of community - bringing community together through sweat and positivity. We encourage anyone and everyone of all fitness levels, ages, and backgrounds to give our classes a try. You don’t have to own the trendiest workout clothes in town. You don't have to “look the part.” Just be you, and come on in. The friendships and close community ties that are formed through sweat are incredibly strong, and in the end, that is what we want to continue to build upon.
Especially if you are taking class for the first time, it’s common to think all eyes are on you. Here’s the truth: whether it’s your first class or your 100th class, the only person in the room people are actually focused on is the instructor. Especially in a spin class, when the music starts and the room becomes dark, everyone is there for their own workout. The spin and barre room are those rare judgement-free zones in our lives where everyone comes to sweat together as a team. One team, one tribe.
Au contraire. If you have injuries, many boutique fitness studios are actually the perfect option for you. At REV, all of our instructors are knowledgable fitness professionals who will teach you how to do the workout while modifying to what feels right in your body. Talk to your instructor before class and tell him or her what’s going on. Spin and barre are both low impact exercises with many options for modifications, your instructor will guide you through safely and efficiently.