Bed-Stuy resident Marvina Robinson loves the rigor and challenge of spin cycling.
She used to feed her addiction to cycling by taking regular spin classes in Manhattan, where she worked.
The only problem was, her fluctuating work hours sometimes interfered with her getting there on time. And at $35 a class, she just felt there was so much she was spending in travel and money to get her daily fix, that it became more effort than it was worth.
So on July 14, she opened her own indoor cycling studio, BK Cycle, located at 724 Myrtle Avenue, tucked away on the corner of Walworth Street between Bedford and Nostrand avenues.
The studio is about 1,000 square feet of cool, airy, brand-spanking-newness!
The room holds round 75 stationary bikes set in meticulous rows over shiny wood floors, with gorgeous wood paneling, ample mirrors and just the right amount of light.
“Spin is a full-body workout,” said Ronald Snow, BK Cycle’s manager. “In a one-hour workout, you can burn between 500 – 1,000 calories.”
Cycling is good for your heart, the legs, knees, thighs, calves, forearms, chest and stomach, said Snow. “And you can even do push-ups on these bikes.”
“I like it personally, because it’s much safer than running on the street, which can cause injury to the ankles and knees. I’m not an outside person, but I like to cycle, so I think it’s exciting.”
And anyone who has ever taken spin knows that the excitement of the class is as much about the music as it is the ride. So Robinson has installed a DJ booth, including two turntables and a high-end sound system.
BK Cycle is open Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., with classes pretty much every hour on the half-hour in the mornings and more sporadic in the afternoon (call first to get daily schedule; it is still changing as the studio builds membership).
BK Cycle also is working in conjunction with Shape Up New York through the Department of Parks and Recreation whereby Parks members can take free classes at the studio every Friday at 7:00 p.m. (if you sign up through Parks).
A single BK Cycle class is $20; five classes, $90; 10 classes, $175; 20 classes $230; and $350 for the monthly unlimited package.
Also, every last Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m., the studio holds a “Lady’s Night." For $20, participants can enjoy a 75-minute spin class, followed by a networking session featuring Skinny Girl cocktails, and a light spread of cheese and fruit.
“We’re not trying to make anyone tipsy up in here,” said Snow, laughing. “But we thought it was a nice way for people to meet each other, find a workout buddy and make cycling a community thing.”
Finally, a spin studio for Marvina Robinson that is conveniently located, affordable and with a flexible schedule.
For more information on BK Cycle, visit their website or call 347-787-2340 and ask for Marvina or Ronald.