If you’re traveling to Paris and want to exercise while there, why not take a Spinning class at Dynamo Cycling?
One quandary many travelers face is how to stay in shape while dining on local sumptuous cuisine. While I stayed in Paris for a month last year, I bought a couple of weights (3 kgs. = 7 lbs.) and a mat, and worked out downstairs (in a hostel) when few people were around. One of my roommates thought I was “making quite a commitment” by purchasing these items, but alas, I am not so French as to be immune from counting calories. I was afraid my weight would balloon if I didn’t do something — and I wasn’t about to forgo all French food while visiting Paris. That would be like visiting the Louvre and not seeing the Mona Lisa. Ridiculous.
While Spinning isn’t my personal choice for exercise (oh, my legs!), it is one of the most popular exercises available today, given its many benefits (explained here), such as an excellent cardiovascular workout, as well as a great abdominal workout. As the latter article explains, a good Spinning coach will constantly remind you of proper posture and technique so as to derive these benefits — and who knows more about maintaining proper posture and technique than former ballerinas?
Enter Dynamo Cycling, which is located at 14 rue Saint-Augustin in the 2nd arrondissement, a few steps east of the Paris Opera Garnier. (How fitting.) (Metro: Quatre-Septembre.) The class is 45 minutes and is described as “Paris’s version of an extreme spinning class.” With former Paris ballerinas as coaches, would you expect anything less?
Dynamo Cycling website See dynamo-cycling.com/classes. According to the email I received from Dynamo Cycling prior to publishing this post, your first session is free. (No mention of a commitment that goes with it.) The price of a class is 30 euros and decreases if you purchase a pack.
Fitness class image by Nottingham University, Flickr, CCBY 2.0.