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Want to improve heart health while supporting a great cause? See why the American Heart Association has a special place in their heart for CycleBar Cincinnati.

CycleBar Cincinnati is the Official Cross Training Program of the American Heart Association.
CycleBar Cincinnati is the Official Cross Training Program of the American Heart Association.

CycleBar Cincinnati is a boutique indoor cycling studio, and it’s the first of its kind in the Tri-State. According to CycleBar Cincinnati Owner Vince Czepukaitis, the studio focuses all of its energy on the rider experience and is dedicated to indoor cycling.

There are no contracts or memberships with CycleBar Cincinnati and riders can even reserve a specific bike up to one week in advance. “Shoes, water bottles, fruit and other amenities are always free,” says Czepukaitis.

However, he says, the real magic begins once a rider enters the CycleTheatre. It’s a concert theatre experience as much as it’s a workout. There are CycleStar instructors that lead the class and the CycleStats performance metrics on the bikes tell riders how they’re each doing – during class and in an email afterward.

The studio’s state-of-the-art system provides CycleBeats playlists to each rider every class. “There are also video concert rides, DJ rides and playlists that change every time, so you don’t have to worry about listening to the same old playlist, you’re just as entertained and exhilarated each class as you are challenged,” says Czepukaitis.

Riders are encouraged to ride at their own pace, even on the more challenging rides. To help newbies acclimate, CycleBar Cincinnati offers free introductory rides on each Saturday to help those who are new to CycleBar – or cycling in general – familiarize themselves with the bikes, how CycleStats work and how to be successful on a ride.

The rides at CycleBar Cincinnati provide 50 minutes of high-intensity cycling including what the American Heart Association recommends for maintaining overall cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least five a day per week or at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least three days per week in addition to moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least twice per week. The American Heart Association also recommends that individuals who want to lower their blood pressure or cholesterol also get an average of 40 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity three or four times per week.

Just recently, CycleBar was named the Official Cross Training Program of the American Heart Association. “CycleBar has made a commitment to give back to the community,” explains Czepukaitis. CycleBar hosts charity rides for many causes and this year they decided to name the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women the primary charity. “As part of our commitment, we are sponsoring a Go Red Ride every month where 100 percent of your $25 donation goes to Go Red for Women,” he adds.

But that’s not all. CycleBar Cincinnati is also now the Official Cross Training Program of the Heart Mini. This means that riders who want to join the CycleBar team get five free rides as well as private training rides, a CycleBar race shirt and other perks. According to Czepukaitis, as of January 29, CycleBar Cincinnati had the most riders on their team and was in fifth place for team fundraising.

“With a shared mission to encourage heart health through physical activity, CycleBar and the American Heart Association are working together to foster a culture of health in Greater Cincinnati,” explains Jenni Grammar, director of Go Red for Women. “In addition to raising awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women, CycleBar is raising funds for the AHA through monthly Go Red rides. Thanks to supporters like CycleBar, we will make huge strides in the cardiovascular health of Tri-State women.”

There are plenty of new things on the horizon for CycleBar Cincinnati. The indoor cycling studio plans to launch into the franchise market and expect to have more Cincinnati locations soon, as well as many as 25 new cities (in addition to the Detroit and Boston legacy studios) by 2016.

Czepukaitis says they’re adding a heart monitor program as part of the Performance Rides in February. “This is a great way for us to further our commitment to heart-based health,” he adds.

CycleBar Cincinnati is located in Rookwood Commons, near Whole Foods and DSW, at 2713 Edmondson Road in Cincinnati. To learn more about CycleBar Cincinnati, click here. You can also like them on Facebook and follow along on Twitter.

“Stop by the studio and check it out,” says Czepukaitis. “It is unlike any other cycling offering in this region.”

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