Ryde Fitness Studio creates a community for people to belong and cycle to the beat – CBS Philly


BURLINGTON, NJ (CBS) — Dim the lights, crank up the pace, and let your feet take your heartbeat skyward. Ryde is an indoor cycling studio in Burlington, New Jersey that came to town in 2020.

“It’s not just about training, it goes beyond that,” said owner and motivational director Nakia Smith. “To come in and come into that dark room and just be able to let her go. Some people are just like, they’ve had a shitty day and they’re like, ‘I just need to get on that bike and smash it.’ “

Open for Business Ryde Sign

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In just one year, this intense, high-energy exercise escape has caught fire — but most importantly, Smith says it’s created a community that anyone can belong to and ride the bike to the beat.

“You belong, no matter what. You belong here and that’s the kind of space I wanted to create,” Smith said. “As an African-American woman in this industry and also someone who is a bit more mature. I consider myself to be a bit rare. But I belong here and there is room for me and room here for me.

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Smith has created an incredible space to see growth and success in someone’s eyes.

“That’s exactly what we see every day, every class,” Smith said. “I get inboxes all the time and people are like you don’t know how much this means to me as part of my self-care routine. You are so invested in the family. You put so much into your kids and it’s just 45 minutes, maybe an hour with your car here. Taking this time, making time for yourself is so important. I didn’t know what to expect, but the welcome was great.

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For more information, visit rydefitnessstudio.com.

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