ICI/PRO Member and Contributor Barbara Hoots was featured in her local paper the Albany Herald
“From the lighting to the music to the actual cycling, itâ€™s a total experience. No one wins in a spin class. Itâ€™s not about competition.”
Hoots should know. She took a local spinning class shortly after outdoor enthusiast Johnny Goldberg (“Johnny G”) and his good friend John Baudhuin (who co-founded Mad Dogg Athletics) came up with the concept circa 1992, but her passion wasnâ€™t ignited until she made several trips to Miami to train under master instructors.
When she fell for spinning, she went all in.
SPINNING A NEW LOOK
“I came back to Albany and asked Tony if heâ€™d give us some space for a spinning room,” Hoots said. “He had an area that I think had been for women only that he said we could use. I recruited John Medlin, whoâ€™s a phenom with a skill saw, to redesign the room and started negotiating with others who could help with the makeover.
“We redid the whole room – the look, the lighting, the sound system – added a few more bikes and once we found acceptance in the community, we couldnâ€™t keep people out. Now we have a waiting list for all our classes.”
Powell, who opened Tonyâ€™s 29 years ago this May, has seen every fitness fad and fashion thatâ€™s made the rounds come and go at his popular gym. But he says heâ€™s never quite seen anything go over the way spinning has since Hootsâ€™ program evolved into a local craze.
“Weâ€™ve offered spinning here since it started; I think we started with 15 or so bikes,” he said. “It did OK, but once Barbara started teaching and making changes to our spinning room, itâ€™s just become a phenomenon. Itâ€™s such a unique activity; from the atmosphere of the class to the state-of-the-art sound system, spinning is the total fitness experience.
“Spin classes here have become the hottest ticket in town. If you donâ€™t get to a class a little early, youâ€™re not going to get a seat. And weâ€™re up to 55 bikes.” Read the rest if the story.
You can learn more about Barbara – Spinning Indoor Cycling Studio Design