As a former cycling instructor, I am always excited to scope out new boutique cycle experiences. I’ve been wanting to check out Zengo for a while and see how it compared to some of the other trendy spin studios in the Washington area. I visited the Mosaic location in Virginia.
Zengo now has 4 locations in the DC Metro area-so how does it stack up to other workouts?
Zengo is a 50 minute “full body, cycle-centric workout…delivering hard core cardio and strength training in less than an hour” (Zengo).
While walking into the studio, I immediately felt the “zenlike” atmosphere and the spa like setting. Zengo seemed more relaxed and less hustle and bustle than I sensed at some of the other boutique studios I’ve visited. The front desk area also had a small boutique with fitness wear.
My instructor, Jason, was incredibly motivating with a killer playlist with a variety of old and new tunes with different genres. He explained the workout would be 50 minutes long including: 5 minutes of weights, 5 minutes of stretching and a 5 minute “Zen” song.
The studio lights are dimmed and the feeling is very intimate yet welcoming and relaxed. I did not feel the intense “cult like” atmosphere I have felt in other studios where I kind of felt like everyone knew something that I did not. The class would be appropriate for beginner or experienced cyclers.
Like other boutique cycle classes, there is a lot of upper body moves such as push ups and tricep moves done to the beat of the music. Additionally, Zengo includes a 5 minute weights song where you pick up the 1, 2, or 3 pound dumb bells to perform bicep curls and shoulder raises. 3 pound weights might sound light but I expect my arms will be sore.
One of the different components of a Zengo class is the “Zen” song. The instructor will turn off the lights and direct you to “grind” it for 4-5 minutes where you are led to “find your reason for being there”, dig deep and turn up your resistance. During this song, the instructor will stay mostly silent letting you concentrate on your workout. I really liked this! About 40 min into our workout, I took this time to give myself a little extra push of the resistance.
Have you ever been in a class where students start walking out while the instructor does the cool down and the stretch? Me too, and as a former instructor, I always found that really distracting. My instructor, Jason, asked riders to leave before the stretches or commit to staying the full five minutes. What a great way to handle that situation.
The verdict? Lived up to my expectations and I got a killer, sweaty workout. I liked the “Zen” song and my instructor was motivating and engaging. My only con, if I have one, is that I wish the class would have been a full hour instead of 50 min.
If you are in the DC area, the first class is free-check it out!
Boutique spin classes? Love them or hate them? Ever been to Zengo?