Breckenridge’s Psycle 9600 offers new spin on high-elevation workouts
Twenty bikes face the instructor at Psycle 9600, a new spin lab geared up to make people spin, sweat and suffer their way to better health in Breckenridge’s high-alpine environment.
Inside the studio at Main Street Station, classes will ride across the mountains, along coastlines and through quaint villages, all recreated on two wall-mounted 75-inch flat-screen TVs on each side of the instructor.
“This is a fun little ride,” said owner Melissa Dasakis during a recent demo. “Eventually it picks up and you can see the ocean. It gives you something a little different to do.”
Aiming to help people find strength and power in mind and body, Dasakis moved from Fort Collins to Breckenridge and later founded Psycle 9600. The name plays on the spelling because, as Dasakis puts it, fitness comes from having the right psychology as much as anything else.
The high-elevation cycle lab opened in January and now boasts being the highest Spin Studio in North America. Additionally, Psycle 9600 will celebrate its grand opening from 5-7 p.m. Saturday.
Psycle 9600 works through the Spivi program, an interactive multimedia system created for indoor cycling studios and fitness clubs. Spivi collects data from sensors on the bikes — think heart rate, power, cadence, speed, distance, energy, calories burned and more — and combines that data with personal information stored in the cloud to generate visuals, group simulations, leaderboards and even videos in real-time.
The classes feature intense cardio sessions to the rhythm of music and are appropriate for everyone from first-time cyclists to spin-class addicts, including people training for events or someone who just wants to take a break from skiing.
“If I want them to climb, they’ll come out of saddle like they’re climbing up a hill,” Dasakis said as the scenes began to change on the TVs and the workout intensified. “If we’re sprinting, I can pick up our speed to make them feel like we’re going fast.”
The computer is based on a Windows system, and instructors, including Dasakis, control the ride with an Xbox controller. At the same time, each bike speaks to the computer wirelessly.
“As we finish our ride, it gives you your stats,” Dasakis said, adding that Spivi points act like a handicap so everyone’s scores can be weighted appropriately.
At 9,600 feet elevation, the thin air can certainly provide an added challenge for the classes, Dasakis said, but all her instructors are CPR and first aid certified. Plus, there’s a readily available AED next door just in case, she said.
“We haven’t had any problems, but we caution people when they first come in,” Dasakis said of the high elevation, explaining that even she felt it moving from the Front Range to the High Country, which isn’t nearly as dramatic as coming up from New York, Florida or California.
The lab offers 30-, 45- and 60-minute workouts, including spin sessions combined with core, upper- and lower-body workouts. A 30-minute power lunch costs $10 while the drop-in rate is $30 for a full class. Psycle 9600 also offers a wide variety of multiclass packages along with some specials for locals. For more, go to Psycle9600.com.
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