Hello, summer. Is that really you? Dare we say it, but summer is officially here. And we couldn’t be more excited! The sun is shining, the patios are open and we are ready to get out of hibernation and start moving. Summer time one of the best times to start being more active. Here are five reasons why.
Our riders are the reason we started Stax, and they are the reason we continue to create challenging, inspiring and motivating classes. So when we get stories from our riders reaching new limits, both physical and mental, we want to share them. Lisa, one of our devoted morning riders, went from rarely exercising to sweating 3-4 times per week on the bike! We are incredibly proud of the progress she’s made so far. Here is her spin journey.
Dear New Rider, Whether you are new to spin or new to Stax, we thank you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for stepping outside your comfort zone and sharing your beautiful and infectious energy with us. You are what makes Stax great.
Most of you have likely access to a stationary bike, and a large portion of those stationary bikes are probably accessible to you free of charge, perhaps in your office building or condo gym. But you go to spin...
It’s no secret that exercise is good for our physical health. Stronger muscles and bones, lower risk of diabetes and heart disease, a nice booty. But exercise doesn’t just deliver those amazing physical benefits - it has a significant impact on our mental health, too. And our mental health is just as important as our physical health.
It’s no secret that absolutely love our spin family at Stax, and we like to feature our riders every now and then to celebrate them and the success they’ve enjoyed since starting their spin journey with us.
Did you make a resolution to read more books? Reading is not only an enjoyable activity, but it’s very healthy for you. Research shows that reading, even just a little bit a day, can significantly improve your brain functioning. When you read a book, your brain is forced to make connections from chapter to chapter and to the outside world, which creates stronger neural pathways and defends against cognitive degeneration. And if that isn’t enough science to convince you, reading can increase your capacity for empathy and compassion. We asked a few of our instructors to talk about their favorite books. Here are three killer reads to add to your reading list.
" I really came across spin by chance, working at Little Rock in Inglewood and printing for Stax! Group classes, or really any fitness classes terrified me because of my lack of confidence and not being in the best shape. After meeting Em and Katie a few times when they would come to pick up their printing, I finally got brave and decided to try a class.
In the last 15 months, we’ve grown from the small, new-kid-on-the-block to thriving, community fueled studio. And we like to think that we make the spin experience a little bit different than the rest of the studios. One of those differences is the bikes we chose to use. When we started Stax, we committed ourselves to create the most challenging spin classes in the entire city, so we chose to use a bike that took that commitment as seriously as we did. The Stages Cycling bike is made for serious riders; it’s made for athletes.
Our brains have two different systems for reacting to positive and negative experiences. When we experience a negative event, our brain stores it in our long-term memory quickly; however, our brain requires more time (more than 12 seconds) to store a positive experience in our long-term memory.
We know that for many of you, this year came with a heavy heart. It was a crazy and tough year. Yet, in the midst of it all, you kept showing up every day. You poured your heart, soul and sweat into every class. You pushed through the mental barriers to do things you never thought possible. You trained like the athlete you are.
Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow. Great, now that we got that song stuck in your head, let’s talk about staying healthy during the holidays. Between the rummed-up eggnog, Christmas cookies and multiple holiday dinners, staying healthy during the holidays can be hella challenging. So we’ve put together a super quick guide to help you stay healthy (and obviously fabulous) this holiday season.
That first sip of water after spin is heaven. Rehydrating and refuelling after a hard workout is important to help you recover, build muscle and improve performance. When we are blending up our post-workout recovery drink, here’s what we’re look for:
This month, we created something awesome, and called it Building an Army of Strong Women. Every day, we see women (and men) walk through the doors of this studio, give us and each other their energy and crush every single ride. So many of you participated in special classes with Parts + Labor and Big Girl YYC, the crazy boxing weight tracks with The Sweat Science and our girl power theme rides. Beyond that, you shared your love and strength with us and every other rider at Stax. For that, we thank you. To celebrate this army of strong women, we asked our community what makes an army of strong women. Here’s what they said. (Psst. Get ready for ALL THE FEELS.)
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.