For the first three Saturdays in August, from 7am to 1pm, nearly 7 miles of New York City streets are blocked off for people to walk, run, play, and bike. It’s called Summer Streets. I spent this past Saturday morning enjoying the last Summer Streets of the season by taking an outdoor Revolve RIP Ride with Kira Stokes.
On a perfect, 70-degree morning, I arrived at Astor Place 45 minutes early for the class and received the last bike. Kira definitely has a strong following, and I was about to find out why. The RIP Ride is an hour-long stationary bike class, with two “breaks” for an upper body workout. Ride, weights, ride, weights, ride. Kira had a hand in developing this class, so I was eager to test my endurance (my rides are usually 45 minutes). She’s also in ridiculous shape, so knew I was in good hands.
Only minutes into the ride, I discovered that Kira’s the kind of instructor who understands balance. She relentlessly pushes you while being your biggest cheerleader. Her cueing is perfect on the bike, but she also walks around to correct form. She’s equally good at tweaking posture while riding and during weights segments. Kira plays music that keeps you dancing and lip-syncing for the full hour. I got a burst of energy after the second upper body segment when she played Roar, by Katy Perry.
An added element of taking an outdoor cycling class in the middle of a Manhattan street is that you have a huge audience. Throughout the class, people were staring, clapping, and taking pictures. The crowds made me hold my form a little bit tighter and sprint a little bit faster than usual. Thanks for the added motivation, New Yorkers!
After the class was over and I was awarded a Reebok headband for smiling throughout the ride (not the first instructor to notice this about me), I decided to walk the Summer Streets route up Park Avenue to get home. It was an awesome experience to see so many runners and bikers flooding a street that’s typically bumper-to-bumper traffic. Take a look.
You can take Revolve classes with the Classtivity Passport.