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.
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.
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.
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!
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?