October is Women’s History Month. All over Canada, people are celebrating women who have blazed trails, led movements, created communities and have shaped our cities and our country. At Stax, we are celebrating, too. We are celebrating by raising An Army of Strong Women (A*O*S*W). That’s right - we’re raising up all you ladies who sweat with us every single week, bring your energy and positivity and let your light shine. In the spirit of Women’s History Month and an A*O*S*W, we wanted to highlight seven women in our community who have inspired, encouraged and supported not only us, but their families and communities. Here are the Stax Eight.
Stax: steez to the max. (For those who don't speak hip hop, steez means "plain ol style with ease.") From the minute you walk through the doors of this slightly hidden spin studio to the moment you walk out of your class, the experience at Stax is filled with warm smiles from the front desk staff, the scent of that season's blue-coloured candle, a oddly comfortable combination of butt kicking classes and heart-centred encouragement from the city's top instructors and a hard-earned high-five (and the occasional hug) at the end of class.
Just in case you missed it, here’s the big news: Stax is hosting instructor training in September!!! Yes, so if you’ve been spinning for a while and having thought about moving your energy to the front, like the very front, of the room, this is your chance to show us what you’ve got! And to give you a little inspiration, we talked with a few of Stax’s instructors to let you in on what it takes to conquer instructor training.
We are so damn lucky to have the best instructors in the city ride with us every single week. From their bad-a$$ playlists and pumped up attitudes to their massive hearts and commitment to our community, our instructors make Stax what it is and why so many of you spin with us. We want to celebrate these fabulous friends and get to know them a little bit more.
We’ve found our tribe - and we love ‘em hard. We are all about support and community at Stax, so when we get awesome stories from our riders, we can’t help but share. Here is a great testimonial from our long-time riders and Savage Season finalists, Andrea and Steph.
Stepping into a spin class can be like stepping into a new world. (We believe it’s a magical world with the most badass unicorns walking around.) Between figuring out how the heck you clip your shoes on the bike pedals and making sure you are on beat, it feel overwhelming....
On May 27th, we were honoured to spin with 5 other studios in the city, and over 200 people at 4pm to contribute to a total $20,000 raised for the TKW Foundation. It meant so much to have Tessa Khon (Toni's sister) and Jay Skelly (close family friend to the Khon family) ride with us in the room to celebrate such an amazing woman.
Welcome to your very first spin class! Walking in to your first spin class can be hella scary. Maybe you signed up for a birthday spin ride (we do those, FYI!). Maybe a friend convinced you to come. Maybe you’re looking for a way to jazz up your workout routine. At Stax, we ride as a team - a community. We feed off of our collective energy and power through together. We work hard, but we have A LOT of fun. Seriously, check out our Instagram. We want to make your first spin experience the best it can be. Here are five tips to take you from beginner to pro in no time.
When it comes to morning motivation, our girl @mandimnewman just gets it! Her latest post has us rethinking our weekly routine already. Now, if only we could ditch the wine before 7pm on weeknights...
I’ve also done some spin in Atlanta that had as much dancing/twerking off the bike as it did on. (I’m pretty sure most clients in that class spun on poles as well as bikes but, hey, I wasn’t judging. Gotta pay for college somehow!)...
I’ve been living my life looking like a 10 at 2am (cause well, beer goggles) and a 2 at 10am. But now I’m a confident soft 6, 24/7, 365! What more could a girl want?
So the thing about spin is – at least for me – when you find an instructor you like, you follow them around. I’ve been following a couple of my favorite instructors around the city from studio to studio, and I stumbled upon Stax Cycle Club. This little spin shop has been open for a few months now, and I wanted to share a little bit more of their story....
Happy last day of January! Are you still on track with your New Years resolutions? I love that there are always new fitness trends popping up to help keep things interesting. And yeah, trying any new workout can be intimidating but nothing bad ever came from going out of your comfort zone and getting a great sweat. I need a lot of variety in my workout but recently I have fallen back in love with spin classes and find myself there about twice a week!
Adj. STAX “Something totally, mind blowingly, extraordinary, amazingly cool. In other words the combination of the terms STEEZ to the max.” “Yeah, that’s so stax”
Saturday morning...I didn't anticipate being this hungover when we signed up for this spin class. So now its strategy time. I may have done this once or twice before so not to brag but I’m kinda of hungover spin pro! Here’s what you need to do: