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Westport Cycling Studio Expands To Darien

Rhodie Lorenz, co-founder of JoyRide Cycling Studio, which will be opening a Darien location this year.
Rhodie Lorenz, co-founder of JoyRide Cycling Studio, which will be opening a Darien location this year. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari, file

DARIEN, Conn. - Darien spinners soon will have a new indoor cycling studio at which to get their workouts. JoyRide Cycling Studio will open a new location in the Goodwives Shopping Center this year.

This will be JoyRide's second location after it opened in Westport in 2011 . The Darien location is expected to open in late May or early June, according to Rhodie Lorenz, who co-founded JoyRide with Amy Hochhauser and Debbie Katz.

JoyRide is Darien's first fitness boutique dedicated to indoor cycling. Lorenz, a cycling and Pilates instructor for 10 years, designed the specific JoyRide training method by combining core elements of Pilates with indoor cycling.

"It's a little addictive," said Lorenz of the high-intensity workouts. "We go all out. It's an escape for people who have busy, stressful lives. This offers a disconnect from that. You get fit, you get stronger, you feel better, it enhances your mood.

"People often think of yoga as improving your mind and spirit, but you can get that from spinning. You can forget about everything. After a while you find that you're stronger than you thought you were, so you're building confidence."

Rather than taking place in a bright room with lots of mirrors, the exercises are held in the dark with loud music.

"Nobody's watching the other riders, everyone's in their own place," Lorenz said. "People feel a very emotional connection to the music. And we have such a wide variety that we play, we hope that we can find music people relate to in each class."

Rather than buying a monthly membership, participants can pay as they go with individual classes or buy bulk packages of five, 10, 20 or 50 classes. Members also can go online beforehand and reserve specific bikes that they want to use. JoyRide will be open daily.

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