6 things to expect at your first Ignite Cycle ride in Birmingham’s Pepper Place

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The biggest surprise of our ride? The arm work. The four-minute arm routine with small weights might seem easy. Spoiler alert: it's not.
Move over, Soul Cycle! Ignite Cycle, Birmingham’s premiere boutique cycle studio, is open for business and ready to transform your body, mind and soul. (Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now)

Ignite Cycle has been open for a month in Pepper Place, and holy moly, what a month it’s been for Birmingham’s only boutique indoor cycling studio! Bham Now took over a class recently, and we have a lot to share about our newest fitness obsession. Here are 6 tips we’re passing along for your first ride at Ignite Cycle.

Are the classes challenging? Yes. Can you hang? Also yes. You control the level of difficulty on your bike.
Are the classes challenging? Yes. Can you hang? Also yes. You control the level of difficulty on your own bike. (Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now)

Nestled on the corner of Pepper Place entertainment district, Ignite Cycle is the perfect place to spin yourself to a healthier body, mind and soul. It is proving to be one of Birmingham’s hottest fitness studios, with classes already selling out.

Trying something new can be intimidating, so we’re here to give you a rundown of what to expect. Trust me, you’re going to love it!

Our before and after shots from our first class. We left looking a mess but in a MUCH better mood!
Our before and after shots from our first class. We left looking a mess but in a MUCH better mood!

1. For the Love—Don’t Be Anxious!

The space Ignite Cycle was meticulously designed by owner Tiffany Martin to be an inclusive environment for all. The bike space itself is dark, lit only by candles and a color-changing light display on the back wall. My ah ha! moment about this design? There’s no way to look like an idiot if no one can see you! Plus, the bikes are designed so that you can go at your own pace. No screens in the room or on the bike flashing your statistics. It’s just you, your bike and the music. C-ya, bad mood!

Cycling shoes are provided for class and included in the cost. Your shoes will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Cycling shoes are provided for class and included in the cost. Your shoes will be waiting for you when you arrive. (Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now)

From the custom pre-ride bike fitting to the step-by-step instructions, the instructors make sure even the most beginner rider is up to speed on what to do. The positive energy modeled by the staff is also apparent from the other riders, who were more than willing to help us figure things out as we went.

2. Put Your Phone Down

Ignite has a strict no phone policy, and for good reason. The ride will be both a physical and mental exercise.  Having your phone out, or even nearby, serves as a distraction that would take away from your ride experience.

What to expect at Ignite? A workout AND a good time.
What to expect at Ignite? A workout AND a good time. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

So ditch the phone, and give yourself fully to the 45-minute ride. You won’t regret it!

3. You’ll Leave With a New Favorite Playlist

The instructors at Ignite take their class music seriously. Each instructor spends HOURS each week curating the perfect playlist for every ride. This is important because you ride to the beat of each song. I don’t know about you, but the better the music, the harder I’ll work!

The studio sells great branded apparel specifically for indoor cycling. Or brunch. Athleisure wear knows no bounds.
The studio sells great branded apparel specifically for indoor cycling. Or brunch. Athleisure wear knows no bounds. (Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now)

You can find their playlists on the Ignite website.

Tiffany had the BEST playlist during our ride. Seriously. Please take that nugget of information with you—as a self-proclaimed music snob, she killed it with her music selection.

4. Prepare For a Whole Body Experience

Cycling at Ignite is about so much more than the physical exercise. Your mind will also be challenged and rewarded. The experience at Ignite is easily compared to what you’d get at the trendy and universally popular Soul Cycle studio.

“We like to think of Soul as the Mother of the boutique cycling movement. We’ve taken what they’ve made popular in rhythm-based cycling and developed our own method that gives our riders both a body- and mind-changing exercise experience. ”

Tiffany Martin, Owner of Ignite Cycle
The instructors and staff at Ignite Cycling will hook you up with a great experience from the moment you walk in the door.
The instructors and staff at Ignite Cycling will hook you up with a great experience from the moment you walk in the door. (Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now)

She’s absolutely right. The mindfulness and positive words of affirmation that flow throughout the ride are like a built-in therapy session. Ignite becomes the space for you to both mentally push (and surprise) yourself and also self-reflect. The ultimate two-for-one deal!

In addition, each class has a song that is dedicated to arm work so that you leave with a full body workout.

Move over, Soul Cycle! Ignite Cycle, Birmingham’s premiere boutique cycle studio, is open for business and ready to transform your body, mind and soul.
The biggest surprise of our ride? The arm work. The four-minute arm routine with small weights might seem easy. Spoiler alert: it’s not.(Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now)

5. Free after your ride? Good!

Located in Pepper Place, Ignite is perfectly situated to be the jump-off point for a perfect day or night with friends. Ride at Ignite, shower in their bathrooms (where no amenity is left out),  and head out to one of the entertainment district bars or restaurants. Chances are, you’re going to feel like a rainbow-infused space unicorn with all those endorphins flowing after your ride. Why not piggyback off of that feeling and go out for drinks or dinner? Or both?!

The locker room has several showers and is stocked with all the amenities you'll need to continue about your day.
The locker room has several showers and is stocked with all the amenities you’ll need to continue about your day. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

6. What to Expect: The Basics

  • Rides last 45 minutes and can be booked quickly on their website beginning on the Monday of each week.
  • Ignite supplies riding shoes, which allow you to engage your glutes and hamstrings in addition to your quads.
  • You also get a towel for your sweaty ride.  
  • Be sure to bring your own water and socks. If you forget either they have some for sale at the front desk.
  • Showers are also available, which leaves you with no excuses for that early morning class.

See you on a bike!

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