Health & Fitness,  Orlando

A Healthy Day Date in Winter Park

It wasn’t too long ago that I shared the story of my so-called #SlugLife.  If you missed that tale of food and wine debauchery with nary a sit-up or squat, you can check out that blog post here.

Over the past few weeks, I have reintroduced exercise into my life by streaming BeachBody classes at home, taking walks and checking out new-to-me exercise classes.  A Fit45 class at one of my favorite yoga studios thoroughly kicked my squishy tail.  I refer to it as Fit38 due to the amount of time I spent in Child’s Pose. But I prevailed and made it through the class mostly unscathed.  And guess what?!  I want to retake the class.  Maybe next time it will be Fit40 for me?

This weekend Jared and I went on a “We’re a Super Duper Healthy Couple” date.  Here’s what we experienced…

CycleBar is an indoor cycling studio that has franchises around the country.   They offer an introductory class for free so you can get a feel for the studio/workout.  I signed Jared and me up for a session and reserved our bikes side-by-side.  I LOVED being able to select our bikes in advance.

I would run around with this flag if I didn’t feel like it was a felony to do so.  Or, more likely, a misdemeanor.

Upon entering, we were ushered to iPads to sign-in for our class – a super easy process.

Check in
Signing in was easy.  And the pops of red throughout the facility definitely felt empowering and energetic.  At least…that’s what I told myself.  🙂

We were shown the “Hydration Station” and lockers to store our valuables.  We also received shoes that clip into the bikes.  Spoiler alert…clipping in ain’t easy.  It takes some getting used to.

Our instructor, Christine, came out to guide us into the studio.  She overviewed how to adjust the bikes to your height, what to expect during the class and the types of classes CycleBar offers.  Her enthusiasm was infectious.  I am pretty sure a movie-themed ride is in my future (C’mon…she played music from the Lion King.  How great is that???!!)

Studio Shot

We really enjoyed our CycleBar class.  It was TOUGH even though it only lasted for four songs.  The music was upbeat, and we were encouraged to dance along to the beat (safely, of course!).  One thing that really separated CycleBar from other spin classes I have taken was the addition of weights during one of the songs.  While riding, we used a weighted bar (4 or 6-pound bars are attached to the bikes) for a series of arm sculpting moves.  It was hard, but I enjoyed the addition of weights to the cycling.

Another cool functionality is that the bikes are set-up to track your stats – RPMs, watts, etc.  You can see how you are performing among others in the class (this is NOT a requirement) on a screen.  After the class is over, the stats are sent to you via email.

In case you were wondering…my stats were pretty bad.  The Tour de France doesn’t have me on speed dial…

We enjoyed our CycleBar experience and are looking forward to going back.  Another cool thing they do?  They actually have a bar available after certain classes Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.  I see a spinning class followed by a Mimosa in my future (along with lots and lots and lots of water).  I guess the question is, do I Mimosa or Movie Theme ride first?  Hmm…

After our class, we were on the hunt for some healthy eats.  Just a little over a mile away from CycleBar is Create Your Nature – a restaurant serving oatmeal, acai and smoothie bowls, and salads.  This place definitely offers all of the colors of the rainbow in the form of food.

Jared and signage
We didn’t create nature, but we definitely ate it!

The decor of the place was industrial chic.  It almost looked as though it had been designed by Joanna Gaines’ if she happened to be in a funky design mood.

Jared opted for a smoothie bowl while I went for the Kale-ifornia Dreaming salad – kale, quinoa and avocado topped with roasted chickpeas.  Mmm…healthy…goodness…

Kale salad
You know what is super cool about kale?  You can actually eat leftover kale salad.  Kale yeah!

We also got tea and some yummy looking chickpea salad to go. Part of the appeal was that the mixture came in a Mason jar.  I love me some Mason jars.

Does this make you want to Create Your Nature?  Or at least eat and drink it?

On our way out the door, I spotted a flyer.  Yoga in a garden?  Yes.  Yes, please.

I wonder if they will take $10 in rolled quarters?  I’ve had them since 2007.

Adding three or so workouts a week into my routine has made me feel better…and increased the amount of laundry I have to do.  Does anyone know how many calories you burn per load of laundry?  Maybe I should try flexing while folding?

Has anyone been to CycleBar or something similar?  Would you or have you Mimosa’d after a workout?  Do you love or hate kale (we are a kale-divided household)?  Are there any workouts that you recommend for this former slug?  Let me know in the comments below.

Work Hard.  Play Hard.  Drink Chard (and eat it!)


P.S.  This isn’t a sponsored post, but it was a sweaty one!


  • Kelly Berryman

    I’m pretty sure that my report would read, “If this was survival of the fittest, you would have been eaten by the hyenas.” On a more positive note, Cameron and I walked five miles chasing Pokémon yesterday.

    • lauriegannon1

      My report was “Yay! You showed up! ” The only thing missing was the pat on the head.

      Pokemon Go definitely makes you guys move! That’s so awesome!

  • Lisa Butler

    Hi Laurie! After my Disney days I was in the military for over 10 years and we did insane workouts, a lot and I did CrossFit for awhile as well. I thought after graduating high school (many, many years ago) I’d always be in shape and skinny. Nope, I was a slug too. I woke up one morning and decided I’m going to join the Army today. I was so out of shape, when I ran it looked like I was running in slow motion. I of course had my work cut out for me since I hadn’t exercised for 11 years. Post Army I do a lot of walking, yoga, and an workouts. I also bought some dumbbells (which have collected dust quite nicely I may add) 😂. I get a lot of cardio by being at my job and pushing a cart all day (I work in housekeeping). I lost 40 lbs, and just started working with a nutritionist because I’ll never have my 20 year old body again.

    • lauriegannon1

      Hi right back at you, Lisa! You have lived a very non-slug life for the most part! I’ve thought about trying CrossFit but think I need to get a little more in shape before attempting it.

      My dumbbells were in the garage for quite a few years. They just made their way into the house over the past week. And they even got used!!! What!!?? 🙂

      How did you find your nutritionist? How do you feel about using their services so far?

    • lauriegannon1

      The food was great, but I thought CycleBar was absolutely fun (and tough). I really hope they open a cycling studio in the Dr. Phillips area in the near future.

  • Nicole

    My husband and I used to do something like this together all the time. This place looks fun! Maybe we should start doing it again.

    • lauriegannon1

      I am so glad we decided to go. It was a nice way to spend time together. We have also gone on a few bike rides. Happy (day) dating!!

  • Nicole

    My hubby and I used to do something like this. This place looks like fun! Maybe we should start doing this again.

    • lauriegannon1

      And we had a great time! I wonder if I can get him to do a “trapeze” class followed by falafel? Hmm… 🙂

  • Princess quinn

    This is another better alternative to just eating out, boring stuff. Don’t get me wrong but this is more exciting.

    • lauriegannon1

      It definitely was a different kind of date, but it was a fun one! Although, please remind me to bring my cushy spin class seat to class next time. 🙂

  • toastycritic

    I think its an interesting way to go on a date. I haven’t done a cycle class but I have heard of them and they sound interesting. I wouldn’t have done a mimosa after though. Would have hit ten time harder.

    • lauriegannon1

      I have taken spin classes at the gym before and I’ve always enjoyed them.

      We have enjoyed many different kinds of dates but really liked the “healthy day date”. If you and your fiance go on one, I’d love to hear about it! 🙂

    • lauriegannon1

      I am so glad I tried it! I am going back on Saturday! Maybe I can get someone to talk to me (between all of the huffing and puffing!)

  • ninakasper

    I love the idea of a healthy date!!! Looks like so much fun!! I don’t now of a cycle bar in my area but I’m sure Atlanta would have one for me to check out!

    • lauriegannon1

      It was definitely fun and a wee bit tiring. I totally recommend going on one, though! CycleBar has quite a few locations on the East Coast. But there are also other spin studios that offer similar classes – SoulCycle, RevStudio, etc. 🙂

    • lauriegannon1

      It really was amazing! So much so that I signed up for a class on Sunday morning for a “solo” date. 🙂

    • lauriegannon1

      It’s nice if you have a studio available but a bike ride outdoors is just as nice. We take our bikes out for a ride on a beautiful trail every now and again. Thank you for reading!!!!

  • Olga Zak

    It looks like such fun and yum. This place looks like fun!I love the idea of a healthy date. Thanks for sharing it.

    • lauriegannon1

      Thank you for reading! I was so hungry that I didn’t stop to get a picture of his smoothie bowl. It was purdy and purple. 🙂

    • lauriegannon1

      I wonder if I can my fiance to do a “Smoothie and Smooth Moves” date? Maybe Zumba and Jamba Juice? 🙂

    • lauriegannon1

      It was definitely a fun yet sweaty time. I will be very happy when I am in better shape and can do a full spin class. Followed by kale salad. 🍷 too!!

  • Kiwi

    I love the atmosphere of the cycle bar. I also love the idea of cycling as a date night idea super cute I would love to do that one day!

    • lauriegannon1

      CycleBar was a really nice cycling studio. I had never really experienced anything quite like it. And I am so glad we were able to experience it together. If you have a CycleBar or something similar, I totally recommend it.

    • lauriegannon1

      Hi, Brittany! Have you ever done a “Brunch” class? I signed up for my first one in a couple of weeks (they fill up FAST!)

      Thank you for reading!! 🙂

  • seddy421

    I’ve never heard of Cyclebar before – it sounds like a great workout in not too long of a time! I also love that your instructor played the Lion King – my favorite Disney movie!

    • lauriegannon1

      It was a really great workout. The 20 minutes was nice and quick. Wish me luck when I go a full 45 this weekend!

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