What: BurnCycle is a 45 minute cardio-based indoor cycling class. The classes take place in the dark with bumping playlists way better than you could make yourself. It’s like going to the club to workout on a bike instead of binge drink.
Where: Pearl District, Lake Oswego, and Seattle
Tips: Come prepared to sweat! You’re going to sweat through your shirt, and if you don’t, I don’t think you did it right.
BurnCycle Instructor: Danielle Lucia
I first took Danielle’s BurnCycle class when she subbed a Friday evening class in the Pearl. I left that class feeling more than amazing. How can you not after doing jumps to Michael Jackson’s “Bad?” This girl commands the room and knows exactly what to say, and how to say it. I had a chance to take her class recently at the LO studio and had just as much fun as the first time. Her music was also on point: Cardi B’s “I Like It” and 50 Cent’s “Candy Shop” were personal favorites. Danielle’s energy is incredible. It’s strong but also authentically cool at the same time. In addition to BurnCycle, Danielle is also an instructor at The Lab x Burn (side note: check out The Lab ASAP if you haven’t already).
CZ: What brought you to BurnCycle?
DL: I took my first BurnCycle class over winter break in college and hated it. My best friend ended up working front desk, and when I was looking for jobs out of college, she recommended that I work the front desk. I gave it another chance because of her, and ended up falling in love with the workout and the community.
CZ: How do you want your clients to feel when they come out of your class?
DL: I want them to feel like they’ve been pushed, but also really strong and proud of themselves. I can sometimes be hard on them in class, but I want them to know that they should be able to take care of the bodies.
CZ: What drives the energy in your class?
DL: Music is huge— it can bring the energy of the class up, or it can leave it flat. The music needs to be true to yourself; I think people can feel when you like the song. Everyone in the room drives the energy as well. The things that I say, how I say them, combos that we’re doing, and being genuine also contribute to the energy. When I have fun, other people have fun.
CZ: How do you stay inspired as an instructor?
DL: I stay inspired by other people: taking other classes and getting to know the people who come to my class. Everyone is going through something different in life but we all come to the same class. I see it as: “They are here tonight, so I need to be here for them too.” I also get inspired by the fact that I love my job.
CZ: What would you say to someone who wants to try your class but is too nervous to come?
DL: There’s a spot for everyone. From a 70-year-old, to a 14-year-old, to someone who has an injury, to someone who’s never worked out before, we’re here for you. We’re here to motivate and empower you, and we don’t expect you to be perfect. More people are nervous than not, and they shouldn’t feel that way.
CZ: How would you describe your class vibe in one word?