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Velocity Review

  • June 2, 2015
  • By Brittany
Velocity Review

Hey all!  So given yesterday’s appropriate topic of how to take a fitness class in a different language, I thought it would be a great idea today to tell you a little about my favorite spin studio in São Paulo called Velocity.

Now, full disclosure, the studio was actually started by an English-speaking Aussie but that is one of the reasons why I love it.

Velocity is a combination of Flywheel and Soul Cycle in my opinion.  It even rocks the bright yellow motif like Soul Cycle, which I really love because something about the color yellow makes me feel so happy.  I think they are trying to erase from your memory the extreme pain caused by a spin class!

Like Flywheel there is a leaderboard that displays your bike number and your total power for the class so you can compare how well you are doing in relation to other students. And it is even in English! Score!  Unfortunately it is not split up into men and women so you may not perform as well as you are used to.  Also, I have a feeling it doesn’t reset when the ride actually begins so it counts pre-class riding.  Ok, I’m just trying to make myself feel better.

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Also like Flywheel there are screens on the bikes to show your RPM, time, etc.  The only problem is that I have no idea what the instructor is saying so I really have no clue if I am on the right RPM it resistance and that’s where my tips for taking a fitness class in another language come in handy!  You will however see some familiar moves in the class like the tap back and weights section.

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Unlike Soul Cycle or Flywheel, a packed class time is 11am on a Sunday!  Brazilians don’t get up early for anything, probably because they eat so late. So you Americans who struggle to get into an 8, 9 or 10am class on the weekend, just come to Brazil!  Seriously no one shows up until 11. 

The studio is beautiful– bright and clean with complimentary shoe rental.  

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Unlike any class I’ve been to in the U.S., Velocity has a distinct Brazilian vibe.  The instructors treat the class like it is a carnival party! It is both hilarious to watch and reaLly fun to be a part of!  Their attitude is infectious and it makes the class so fun.  I can’t even describe to you how it is because it is so uniquely Brazilian!

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If you are in São Paulo, Velocity is the spin studio to see and be seen.  Check it out!

Readers, what kind of energy or vibe do you look for in a group fitness class?  Do you tap back?  Would you try this class?

By Brittany, June 2, 2015
  • Allie
    June 2, 2015

    Ok you need to sneak in your phone and take video or something because I want my spin class to be like a Brazilian party!!! 🙂 SO FUN!

  • Danielle @ Little Mama Big Life
    June 2, 2015

    Sounds like lots of fun! I love trying a variety of classes in different places and really like high energy classes!

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    June 2, 2015

    This sounds like a great class and I would totally give it a try! I love a high energy group fitness class. That really helps keep you motivated to push to the end.

  • Cailee
    June 2, 2015

    Wow!! This is so much fun!! Looks like a great workout! I would def give it a try! Thanks for the review!!

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    June 2, 2015

    I feel like I remembering seeing that when I was in Sao Paulo, but I could be making it up. Either way, sounds like the perfect place for you!

  • Christen
    June 4, 2015

    Wow, this class sounds interesting! I’ve loved both Flywheel and SoulCycle so this would be great to try! Too bad Brazil is like super far away from upstate NY 🙂

  • Holly
    June 5, 2015

    The yellow studio and the motivating phrases (in English) are uplifting: Let’s be healthy, Let’s be cool and Let’s be happy. I would like to try Velocity in São Paulo!

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