Fitness Freebies: Upcycle


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Owner of Upcycle, Kimberly Oberg

Spinning has made quite a resurgence since its popularity in the 90’s. It may be big in gyms, but it can’t compete to spinning in a studio. Meet Upcycle in Collingswood, NJ, owned by Kim Oberg.

I must take the time to describe Kim, who is not only gorgeous, but lays on the sugar. I forgot my water bottle, and she ran to WaWa to get me one during class. An owner/instructor like her (a walking spokesmodel) should come with a warning-Individual Results May Vary.

The studio’s dreamy yet simple decor put me in the right mood for my introductory free 6am spin class, and then again for my second class. The brick interior gives a city feel to the small town store front and the dim lighting hid my flaws (thank you, Lord).

One thing I love about spin is that it can work your whole body, without burning you out too much. Its the perfect class for me to take when I’m doing a two-a-days. I keep my abs tight the entire time, so not just my booty feels the burn. This last class? Boy, did it burn. Brandi kicked our butts over a pop/hip-hop beat. Her Saturday afternoon class was a bit of a freestyle, but she made me earn my post-workout brunch. We dug in going up hills, then we sprinted down, which got my heart rate going.

Speaking of omelettes, for my next class, I’ll probably try the Brunch and Bikes class, where they kill you then feed you. I think I’ve found my regular spin studio.

I felt the burn after Brandi’s class


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