What exactly is a performance ride?  Well, let’s get one thing straight, I am not a performance biker, cycler, or spinner.  If I had to count the times I’ve fallen off my road bike, I would need two hands.  And somehow, I’ve even come close to falling off the spin bike, which is nearly impossible 🙄. With that said, I attended a performance ride class last week.  After some (or a lot of) convincing from a fellow Burst bud, I gave in and signed up for the class. Now I am wondering, WHY DID I NOT SIGN UP SOONER??? I feel like things always work that way 🤔. It was an awesome workout and I’m really happy I was convinced to sign up. I also learned a thing or two (or five) about the performance ride. Check it out below!

1.  Not everyone in class is an Ironman. I’m pretty sure there are a few of them sprinkled throughout, but anyone can participate in this class. Don’t let the name of the class intimidate you, like it did me

2.  The first 3 minutes of class (post warm up) are slightly brutal (I won’t lie to you), however, they are key to an awesome work out. The first 3 minutes are an all-out spin, no rest, give it everything you have. This 3 minute time period is a ‘test’ to determine your Personal Threshold Power (PTP). Using your PTP, zones are calculated and the rest of the class is taught in terms of these zones, which are displayed on screens in front of the class. These calculated zones are similar to your personal heart rate zones. Did you know that heart rate zone training is one of the best ways to burn fat???

3.  I’m a relatively competitive person which made me more apprehensive to take the class. I was worried about my stats being displayed in front of the class and “losing” to the rest of the group. That was definitely not the case. The class really had a community feel. I felt like everyone was working together to push each other, rather than compete with one another. Even during the class’s built in races (males vs females, 2nd row vs 3rd row, etc.), I felt a bigger sense of motivation rather than competition running through the studio. Instructor Brad also played a major role in the motivation department 💪🏻.  If you are hesitant about your stats being displayed, you can always opt out and have them removed from the big screen!

4.  The performance ride is very different from the burst ride and this is a good thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the dark studio, bumpin’ music and fun music videos that make up the burst rides. I’ve been hooked since I took my first class last January, but variety is key to keeping your workouts fresh. Your body will thank you for mixing things up.

5.  Last, but not least, I learned everyone should check out this class 😉. The performance ride is currently scheduled on Wednesdays at 5:15 a.m. It’s a great way to start the day. Book your bike here and I’ll see you in the studio! 😊