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Spinning a party

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WHEELS IN MOTION: Terra Chism, owner of Cycle RIDE Studio, talks Wednesday about her reasons for starting the business, which opens today.
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AN EXERCISE EXPERIENCE: Cycle RIDE Studios, 211 West Main Street, Gas City.

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

GAS CITY -- Terra Chism is convinced that exercise can be a party rather than a chore.

Her new indoor cycling gym, Cycle R.I.D.E. Studio, has its grand opening today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. One of its unique offerings is a Live DJ Ride complete with lights, fog and glowsticks one Friday and one Saturday a month.

“I think Grant County is ready for something different,” Chism said.

The studio, located at 211 W. Main St., Gas City, will also offer daily stationary cycling classes at 5:15 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 10 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Chism said although the Grant County YMCA also offers spinning classes, before her gym opened the closest place someone could get this kind of cycling experience would be Carmel or Noblesville.

Starting Cycle R.I.D.E. was a big personal step for the 37-year-old Jonesboro resident, who has been a certified spinning instructor since she was 19 but had never taught a spinning class until last month, when she held two “destination rides” at Gas City Park and Matter Park to help launch Cycle R.I.D.E.

“I had gone to so many spin classes and conferences but never had the courage to teach,” Chism said.

She said although she appears outgoing one-on-one, being in front of a group used to scare her. But last month's promotional rides shored up her confidence. Both destination rides sold out.

Chism was a high school cross country runner, but later in life hip and knee injuries prevented her from jogging to lose weight. She said spinning helped her lose 130 pounds.

She hopes her gym will be able to take down some of the barriers to a healthy lifestyle, such as injuries, extreme weight, age or other disabilities that might prevent someone from regular exercise. Her studio will soon install several recumbent bikes, which are low to the ground with a wide seat, and have a reclined back and heart rate monitors. Those bikes are ideal for people who cannot sit upright on a regular bike.

Chism hopes her classes will offer much more than just fitness and fun. The letters R.I.D.E. in the gym's name stand for revived, inspired, driven and empowered, and they are part of Chism's motivational philosophy for the studio.

“(Those are) the things I hope people feel when they leave the class,” Chism said.

 

It's all about encouragement and inspiration for Chism, who calls the studio her “ministry,” and will also offer “Rides for Christ” with Christian music and music videos.

She said exercising as a group creates an atmosphere where everyone is uplifted.

“We're dying, but we're dying as a unit and we don't leave anyone behind,” Chism joked.

Right now, the gym is limited to cycling classes, but Chism has lots of plans for the future.

She plans to have nutrition classes starting early 2019, a 60-day holistic health program that will include journaling, vision boards, weight training and much more, and adding other types of exercise classes like TRX and Pilates Reformers, both types of body-weight exercise, which is strength training without using weights.

With those expansions Chism will have to hire more instructors. At full strength she hopes to have three full-time instructors and two part-time.

But Chism, the owner and founder of Cycle R.I.D.E., still hopes to teach a lot herself.

“I really enjoy (teaching), so as long as I physically can do it, I want to,” she said.

Classes are normally $5 apiece and $2 apiece on “Try It Tuesdays" and seats in the classes can be booked at www.cycleridestudio.com.