November 21, 2015 | Posted by Stephanie Banyas
Zephyr, according the dictionary, means soft, gentle breeze. Classes at Zephry Cycling Studio in Bozeman Montana (yes, I said Montana) are anything but soft or gentle and the only breeze you will feel is the one generated by the speed of your peddles going faster than the speed of light to the beat of heart pumping music and the energy of the skilled instructors. What. A. Ride. Literally.
It is no secret that Bobby, my B-team co-workers and I are huge fans of indoor cycling. I, for one, have been doing it since 1993. I frequent FlyWheel and Soul Cycle in NYC several times a week and anytime that I travel for work or for pleasure, I try to make it a point to try out a locally owned indoor cycling studio. When my recent travels took me to one of my favorite place on earth, Bozeman, Montana, I decided to check out Zephyr Studio. I am thrilled that I did and I can't wait to go back.
(Photo: Kimmie Geer)
Zephyr Studio is owned and operated by Carolyn Williams (who also teaches classes daily) and is one of the most popular workout studios in town and with good reason; I was pleasantly surprised from the moment that I walked in the door. The front desk staff was welcoming and helpful (even at 6:30 a.m.) the studio was brightly lit and sparkling clean (huge points) and my fellow cyclists were friendly and mannerly as they lined up to be let into the studio. (a welcome change from NYC studios.)
(photo: Kimmie Geer)
Music is everything to me when it comes to indoor cycling classes and that music (for me) has to be classic rock (preferably from the late 1960's and 1970's), show tunes and or disco (don't judge.) If I don't like the music, my workout suffers, drastically. Luckily, Carolyn (above left) feels the same way about the importance of music and gives her instructors a “three decade” rule to ensure that the tunes appeal to the studio’s wide-ranging group of cyclists. So, I was thrilled, make that ecstatic, when my instructor Jake (above right) began class with Fleetwood Mac's The Chain and continued to keep the classic rock hits coming for a solid 45 minute ride! Luckily the music was loud enough that my shrills of delight each time a new song started could not be heard by my fellow riders.
Jake Steding ( Senior Instructor and Brand Manager) taught my class (one of the best classes that I have ever taken in my 25 plus years of cycling.) He was friendly, energetic and his routine was nonstop fun, filled with hill climbs, sprints and jumps. I left rosy-cheeked, dripping in sweat and ready to start my day!
If you are ever lucky enough to find yourself in the magical town of Bozeman, Montana, make it a point to check out Zephyr Cycling Studio and give Carolyn and Jake my regards and tell them that I'll be back e'er long! (
2000 S. Third Avenue, Unit B
Bozeman, MT 59715