ZenRide indoor cycling studio balances meditation and movement
Indoor cycling has been around in some form since 1897 when enterprising Victorians set bikes on rollers so they could cycle indoors. It has certainly come a long way since then, and for the past 20 years spinning, as it’s now called, is a wildly popular and challenging workout, burning up to 500 calories per 45 minute ride.
ZenRide is located in the Bob’s shopping plaza. Almost two years old, ZenRide is the brainchild of Jessica Gray, a former Peace Corps volunteer, who upon returning from her sojourn in Niger, knew she needed to find a way to get rebuild her health and strength. Gray took up spinning, and got hooked on it in the ’90s.
Five years later, she was teaching all over Manhattan, always yearning for a setting more conducive to what Gray calls, “the authentic spinning experience.”
When she relocated to Fairfield, Gray decided to create her own place. “I wanted a studio that’s accessible to everyone, where there’s some soulful reward built into the exercise, and where a group’s collective energy elevates you while you have an intense and ultimately fun work out,” explains Gray.
ZenRide is the only studio of its kind in Fairfield and its team of instructors are encouraged to teach in their own style and format. “ZenRide is like meditation with movement,” says Hadley Spagna, a devotee.