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A Few Etiquette Reminders For Cycle614

Hey guys! Happy Monday! I don't really feel like we ask for much but need to give you a few reminders for us to insure that EVERYONE has a full, WONDERFUL experience at Cycle614.

1. Please check-in at the front desk and put all of your belongings in your locker (which always match your bike number) and hang up your coat. Please do not take your coat and/or gym bags into the Ride Room and lay them on the floor next to your bike. Our Ride Room is dark and this becomes a safety hazard (especially since most of our coats are black). In the event your bag doesn't fit in your locker, we will happily hold it behind the front desk for you;

2. Take this time for yourself to UNPLUG. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR PHONE IN YOUR LOCKER. We get it-You want to take cute pics but please do it before and after your ride and then stick your phone in your locker. No one wants to see your screen light-up in the dark Ride Room. If you work in the medical field or anticipate an emergency, please leave your phone with Guest Services and we will come get you; 

3. PLEASE DO NOT TALK DURING CLASS. Leaning over to your friend saying, "I LOVE this song!" is different than making weekend plans. You're smart. You get it; and 

4. If you are meeting your friend for their first time at Cycle614 it is really important that they arrive 15 minutes early to be set up. If new riders show up late, in order to SAFELY get them set up we will need to reschedule their first ride to when they can arrive earlier. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding!




Thankful and Grateful

"We are THANKFUL for things that are given to us. We are GRATEFUL for things we work for."

We live in a world of instant gratification and I believe that there is something about putting in the hard work towards a goal. I believe that there is something cool about seeing growth as we learn during the process. I believe that we need to remind ourselves daily that life is about PROGRESS not perfection.

This week, as we work on our goals, let's be grateful for every step of our progress and really enjoy and appreciate our journey. Have a great week everyone!




New Experience-Floatation Therapy

One of my resolutions this year is to try some new experiences. My first of the year, was Flotation Therapy.

Do you need to relax? Do you need to reduce your stress? Do you need to reduce anxiety? Do you need to reduce aches and pains from training? Flotation Therapy is a great way to do this! 

Imagine this: A one-person pod, with approximately 10 inches of 94 degree water (the same temperature as our skin); 94 degree air and 1000 lbs. of epsom salt  (You read that correctly. 1000 POUNDS of epsom salt!). I floated for 60 minutes. Ahhh. It was wonderful! The pod is literally more buoyant than the Dead Sea. Now, to achieve the 94 degree air, the pod lid needs to come down. Some of you may be hesitant, but in all honesty, I didn't feel the least bit chlosterphobic so I hope this relieves any anxiety you think you may feel. You do have your choice to keep light on in the pod or to float in total darkness. I had heard that in the dark, you feel like you are "floating in the middle of the ocean." I also heard the experience described as "floating in space." What I found so interesting was that with the air and water the same temperature as my skin, it was as though I became one with the water. Because I was floating, none of my pressure points were touching anything. It was truly amazing. I was able to completely relax. I listened to my breath and I listened to my heartbeat. 

This experience was additionally incredible because it was a great way to tune out of the outside world and chaos of everyday life. It gave me the opportunity to calm my mind; detach from electronics; and enter a meditative state. It additionally reduced my stress and alleviated pain. 

Do you need another reason to try this? Well, The Ohio State University Athletics Teams partnered with The U.S. Air Force a couple of years ago to collect data on performance athletes. There are Flotation Therapy pods inside the Woody Hayes Center and the Air-Force has been collecting data on players to transfer into Special Operation Forces and performance studios. 

I hope everyone has a great week! I can't wait to see you in the studio! Remember, take time for self-care and self-love this week!




Demi's Mom's Delicious and Healthy Recipe-Honey Dijon Salmon

Looking for a healthy dinner to make for your family and/or friends? Here's a good one that is tried and true by my family:

1/4 cup honey                                     1/8 tsp. white pepper
2T Dijon mustard                           1 lb. asparagus spears
1 1/2 T melted butter                     4 (12x16-inch sheets of foil)
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce             4 (4-6oz) salmon steaks
1 T cornstarch                                1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 450 degrees or heat grill to medium high. Blend in bowl- mustard, butter, Worcestershire sauce, cornstarch and pepper. Set aside. Center 1/4 of asparagus on each sheet of foil. Top asparagus with salmon steak then drizzle with honey-mustard sauce. Sprinkle evenly each steak with walnuts. Bring foil sides up. Double fold top and ends evenly and leave room for heat to circulate. Repeat to make 4 packets. Bake for 23 minutes on cookie sheet or 9-11 minutes on grill. 

*I am so happy to share this with you, I only ask you say a silent prayer for my mom, Lee, and send her healthy, good vibes when you make it. Thanks everyone~Have a GREAT, AND HEALTHY week!





Here's to Resolution and Growth! Progress Over Perfection!

Hello! Who is ready for 2017? I read a great quote the other day. "Don't stress so much about settling on a path for 2017. The division of time into years is a human invention, and fact is every moment of every day is another opportunity for resolution and growth. So when the fireworks fly, relax and enjoy the moment, the rest will come to you." -Beau Taplin

Doesn't that quote make you breathe a little easier? I have talked with so many of you and I feel like we are all in the same boat. At this point in time, it literally, takes all we've got to eat healthy and to exercise. Some of us are "restarting" our healthy habits now, and, some of us are waiting for the New Year. The end of the year is tough to stay on track in taking care of ourselves and the best thing we can do is give ourselves a big pat on the back when we TRY. 

Because we all have common goals of change for the better, let's start the New Year with this thought: To make change, serious change in our lives, we have to put ourselves first. You've probably heard a flight attendant say to mothers and fathers on airplanes, "In the event of an emergency, you need to put the oxygen mask on first, then on your child." What good are you to your children or to anyone else in your life unless you do that? Same idea applies here. In putting yourself first, you can make a dent in reducing stress and heal patterns that created it. So, whether it's today or January 1st, lets start by practicing self care. Come RIDE with us! Come ROCK with us! Our Cycle614 Family and Fitness Community will love and support you through your journey so that you can leave feeling completely REJUVENATED to be the best version of yourself, you can be! After all, we are in this life together for a reason! We need to remind each other progress over perfection!

Here's to peace of mind, peace in the heart, and peace of soul brought by much love and laughter now and in 2017! It is my hope that my messages in my blog in 2017 will deliver nourishment for your soul. I look forward to seeing your sweet, sweaty faces and in meeting your family and friends! 





Hey everyone! How about those BUCKEYES! What a WIN!!! I can't stop smiling!

I have additional great news! From December 1st-December 13th, Cycle614 will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Toys For Tots drive. Bring in a new gift for a child ($15 value-let's make this great!) and we will put a ride into your account for your generosity! Here's the specifics of what you need to do: Just show your UNWRAPPED gift to guest services, take a selfie at Cycle614 with your toy, then place your gift under our big tree. We will take care of the rest!

Why the selfie with the toy at Cycle614??? Well, I have more great news! On December 10th...I repeat, on December 10th we will be partnering with our friends from System of Strength. If you post your pic of you with your toy at Cycle614; like both System of Strength and Cycle614 on Instagram and/or Facebook; tag both studios on Instagram and/or Facebook, you will be entered to win one of three (3!) 5ride/5 class packages for both Cycle614 AND System of Strength!!! Whaa? Happy Holidays, ya'll. 

If I haven't told you lately, please know that I am so grateful for each and everyone of you. Thank you for making our Fitness Community so GREAT! Let's make some children really happy this Holiday! After all, we are all here to take care of one another!




CHRISTMAS IN JULY-Cycle614 Fitness Community Giving-THE STAR HOUSE

Dear Fitness Community,

As we celebrate CHRISTMAS IN JULY (FUN!) at our studio, I am going to ask for your help to serve our community.

I was absolutely appalled to find out that there are an estimated 1500 homeless youths ages 14-24, in Central Ohio. These kids live directly on the streets or in an abandoned building. Most are disconnected from their families and are all under-served by our community, left to fend for themselves. These kids are at high risk for human trafficking, HIV, Hepatitis C infections, and victimization. Well, isn't it time we do something to help!

The STAR HOUSE is a 24/7 drop-in shelter where kids can get food, hygiene items, blankets, tents and other items to help them survive on the streets. They have served over 1000 homeless youths who have visited the shelter almost 20,000 times. These are the High Priority Needs at the STAR HOUSE: Tents/Tarps; Backpacks, Blankets, Toothpaste and Toothbrushes, Towels and Wash cloths, Bike Locks (metal preferred) and Soap. If you bring in several of these items (let's be real!) or give a $15 donation, we will be happy to put a free ride into your account. 

Let's come together as a FITNESS COMMUNITY and put some goodness in the world! After all, there are a lot of good people around (I've gotten to know you!)! Thank you everyone for being so great! Much love to all!




"Life Is made up of one decision at a time"-Mark Placenti

This week I got back on track and guess what?! I messed up. I try to remind myself that I am a work in progress. I need to remind myself that over and over again (sigh). There are times we mess up. It may be a day, a week or even an entire month. It happens and it's okay. We need to forgive ourselves and start over. We need to just get up and leave unhealthy habits behind us. Every. Single. Day. "Life is made up of one decision at a time" so this week let's together eliminate what doesn't help us evolve. We've got this!

Have a great week! Can't wait to see you on the bikes!





Hey Fitness Community! I hope help everyone is doing well! I want to keep you all safe on the bike so check out the first of our DEMI DEMONSTRATES series. For this week we address doing push-ups on the bike. If you have any additional questions, kindly let me know. Have a GREAT weekend! Warmly, Demi


DEMI'S TIP OF THE WEEK-GIVE UP THE POP (Diet Soda aka Diet Poison)

So, I'm going to start this blog off with a quick story. This past summer I went to the Drive-In movies (yes, the Drive-In-haha) with some friends. We packed our snacks and our adult beverages and got all set up outside our car. Next thing I know, up pulls a car directly next to us, smoke pouring out the windows, and three little kids getting out of the car (all under the age of 10). Much to my dismay, a child who is approximately six years old pops open a 2-liter of Mountain Dew and starts chugging it. My best friend looks at me and says, "This is your worst nightmare, isn't it?" I couldn't even laugh as it truly was. As I grow older, I try to be LESS judgmental each day. I try...so hard. However, a girl's got her limits. Especially, when it comes to children who are unable to make good choices for themselves. These children were at a Rated R movie, with smoke filled lungs who are pouring liquid poison into their bodies all due to their parents poor choices. Bah.

Here's my advice-Do your best to put that soda down. Try to stop your loved ones from drinking it. Take action and throw it away and don't buy it anymore. Try to retrain your brain, your taste buds, your bad habit. My goal is for all of us to live happy, healthy lives.

I have read a large amount of studies, articles, journals, etc. regarding how bad soda is for our health. Almost all of the science link the consumption of diet soda to weight gain, higher BMI and a bunch of other health problems. Let me reiterate-Diet Pop=Weight gain. Labeling stuff "Diet" is such a bad trick. We all probably know that…right? Maybe that info isn't quite enough to cut it out because we workout and eat clean otherwise…right?  Well,  here’s some more super news. According to Noelle Larson, MD, at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, diet soda leaches calcium from our bodies. Over the course of two days, Larson had 20 healthy Young women drink 24 ounces of diet soda while the control group drank only water. After three hours , Larson analyzed the women’s’ urine: The diet soda group lost on average 6.85 milligrams more calcium and 41 milligrams more phosphorous than the water control group. Ok. Super-just super. Diet pop sucks the calcium and phosphorus out of our bones. If that’s not enough to make us stop here’s some more news. Soda is horrible for us. HORRIBLE! You and I both can live without the "fizz!" It causes headaches, mood swings, dizziness, and memory loss.  If you think that’s bad, Sharon Fowler, MPH, a researcher at the University of Texas Health Center at San Antonio, found some real danger long-term effects of drinking the artificial sugar substitute. Studies have linked high intake of aspartame to developing lymphoma, leukemia, cancerous tumors of the liver and peripheral nerves and nerve cell death within the brain.  Huh? To me-it sounds like diet soda causes cancer and potentially alzheimers. Cancer? Alzheimers? Really? Is that sucky or what?! Last but not least lets chat about metabolic syndrome. According to studies, drinking diet soda increases the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by 34 percent. Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms that includes extra weight around the midsection, elevated insulin levels, and increased blood pressure. In other words, if you drink diet soda you are at a greater risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses. 34 percent people–that’s a high percentage. I think about child obesity all the time and these kids who have lived on soda all of their lives. 

I believe that life is about taking care of each other. So, let me take care of you-My goal this week is to encourage you give this crap up. Drink Spark. Drink Coffee. Drink tea. Drink WATER and lots of it!

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, kindly let me know. I am so grateful for your great energy everyday you walk into Cycle614. I hope you all have an AMAZING week!

Warmly (literally-the weather is awesome! Amen.),