Last year during the holiday season, we at SweatNET decided to do one of the biggest fitness giveaways ever. Working with our partner studios we gave away over $100,000 worth of annual unlimited passes at multiple studios around Charlotte. And, no, this isn’t one of those inflated value estimates after you count interest for 10 years or anything like that – this was a really crazy giveaway.
After over 24,000 people entered we selected our winners. Each studio had one winner and then also one overall winner could visit any studio of their choosing at any time. (We will get to Christina’s story later this year).
Some people may wonder if its random or if we just select our friends for this and all of our other giveaways. We can promise you that it is a truly random process. For all of you Microsoft Excel nerds, =RANDBETWEEN(1,25000) is our friend. Sometimes someone we are close with get picked and often in that scenario we say “heck ‘em” and re-draw the winner.
Now with all of the winners having been at their studios for nearly half a year it’s time that we start checking in on them and sharing their stories. Oh, and don’t feel bad about not starting (or finishing) your New Years resolution! About ⅓ of our winners have yet to take advantage of their prizes AT ALL. Life is a real thing and there is no shame in that. But there is always an opportunity today, tomorrow, or somewhere in the future to start.
We checked in with Lena who won the unlimited year at Cyclebar Midtown and this is what she had to say!
Q: On average how often do you attend this studio per month?
A: 3-6 times per month
Q: What changes have you noticed physically or mentally from when you started this year?
A: I love cycling because I get the benefits of accountability and camaraderie that group workouts provide while also not feeling the pressure to perform because we’re all encouraged to focus on our own workout. This combination is ideal for an introvert like me! I’ve seen an improvement in my overall fitness level by adding this new regimen, and I feel like I’ve eliminated any excuses to workout. No matter the weather outside, Cyclebar is always the same!
Q: What has been the most rewarding part about the last 6 months?
A: Being able to ride at any time of day has been so great. I’ve especially enjoyed the lunch hour rides because it’s an easy way to fit a tough workout in, even when I feel swamped with other responsibilities.
Q: What is your favorite class type/format?
A: The classic class is my favorite because it’s a combination of choreography, speed, and strength work.
Q: What has been the most challenging part about the last 6 months?
A: I’ve learned over the past 6 months to give myself some grace when I have a day that my performance statistics are lower than I’m used to. I’m learning to understand that even on your down days and tired days, having a slower workout is better than having none.
Q: What advice would you give to a new person thinking about visiting this studio?
A: I love fitness and trying out new workouts but am still always intimidated walking into a new studio or gym. Cyclebar is great for everyone regardless of fitness level. Whether it’s your first time or your 100th time, the workout will be consistent and you will be able to move and push at your own pace.
Q: Do you have a favorite instructor? if yes, who & why?
A: I have enjoyed every instructor that I’ve been taught by! The variety in their styles is refreshing, and it is great to not have to work my schedule around one specific instructor but feel comfortable going into any class when the time works for me!
Q: Share one thing that surprised you about this studio/business?
A: I have been surprised by how intimate it feels. Even though it’s in the middle of Charlotte and has tons of people that attend, I always feel comfortable.
Q: Have you met any new friends?
Lena has been spinning her way through 2019 and enjoying the challenge it brings, the convenience and the people! If you haven’t checked out Cyclebar Midtown yet and you’re a member, you can snag a $14 drop in and try some classes for yourself! Head to the Cyclebar Midtown’s SweatNET page to redeem your deal or shoot firstname.lastname@example.org an email!