CycleBar & Fitlife Foods

In my never-ending quest to find a work out regime that I can actually stick to (and not hurt myself in), I visited CycleBar, Winter Park’s newest indoor cycling studio.

The cycling studio just opened its doors on South Orlando Avenue and offered 60 free classes to the public — that is over 2,700 rides! I attended a 50 minute class co-hosted by Yelp Orlando with two friends, completely unsure of what to expect.

We signed waivers, checked in on iPads and were given our cycling shoes. You are required to wear these because the clips on the bottom attach to the pedals on the bike. Shoes, water bottles, wipes, hair ties, ear plugs and lockers are always included with the price.

image courtesy of Yelp Orlando
image courtesy of Yelp Orlando

You are able to choose your bike when you sign up for class online and your results are automatically sent to your email inbox once you’ve completed the workout. We positioned ourselves in the back of the room (classic) and awaited an instructor to adjust our seats. The studio was dark, with a spotlight on Jessica, the instructor. She explained that the two screens in the front would show our progress and compare it to everyone else’s in class — I now had the added pressure of knowing how much slower I was compared to Becky With The Good Hair next to me.

It was dark inside but the lights changed as our workouts became more rigorous i.e. red for “climbing,” blue for going “downhill” and pitch black to “hide my shame.” My fat, lazy body could barely get off the bike once Jessica began yelling at us to go from first to second position and then to third and I eagerly awaited for the moment in which we could slow down and work out our arms with the weighted bar on our bikes.

I survived. Sweaty, smiling and shaking from head to toe, but I survived.

Not super impressive, but hey… I tried.

Looking like three hot messes in search for food, my friends and I stumbled upon Fitlife Foods, a Tampa based shop that offers healthy, prepared meals for people on the go. The business has healthy prepared snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner options that come in three sizes — small, medium and large. Store pickup and home delivery are available.

I decided on Korean Beef (small) and Shrimp & ‘Grits’ (small) — quinoa in place of grits, which is delightful as I hate grits!

Both meals were quite delicious! I did add a bit of soy sauce to the Korean beef meal in order to add a little bit of flavoring to it but both were satisfying and I wasn’t as hungry as I imagined I would be after eating them. I did, however, feel extremely guilty at the thought of spending money on something I could easily make myself. And I say this as I gently move aside a copy of Edible Orlando which I mistakenly thought would inspire me to whip up something tasty in the kitchen, so let’s be real. I can’t cook and I’ll probably be back, Fitlife Foods.

Did anyone get the chance to check out CycleBar? There is a free 30 minute lesson for first time riders. I suggest you check it out!


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