Who We Are at First Wind Cycling & Fitness

The First Wind Story and Mission...

At First Wind Cycling & Fitness, we are excited to offer dynamic indoor cycling featuring the only RealRyder bikes in Charlotte, barre, and strength training group classes.  We are a funky, locally-owned neighborhood fitness studio here to help all of our clients achieve their goals with fun and unique workouts accommodating all fitness levels.  Our classes are great for beginners through the experienced fitness junkie! 

Why is it called First Wind?  Says our founder, Karen, “All my life, I’ve had restrictions.  I have always struggled with heart disease and other medical conditions.  Growing up and into my adult years, I was not able to do much in the fitness world (spin class was out of the question), but after heart surgery at 25 and lots of trials with medication, my world has changed.  I’m not on my second wind, I’m on my first.  My journey has just begun and I’m just starting to build and grow.  Fitness is something that I always thought was just out of reach for me, but turns out, it's not.  Everyone's situation is different, but I like to think we can all find our First Wind.  My hope is to provide that opportunity here for our clients".



Check out what people have to say about us!

"Prepare to get your butt kicked!  Spinning classes on traditional indoor bikes is tough, but the RealRyders used at First Wind take it to another level. RealRyder bikes mimic riding a road bike since they allow you to lean, steer, and turn.  They offer a handful of different class types, including barre and barre/cycling combos, and one of the cycling classes follows a "virtual ride" projected on the large screen at the front of class. Sign up online in advance to reserve your spot.  If you don't have your own SPD-compatible shoes (or forget them at home), you can borrow from the studio or simply wear regular tennis shoes.  Since it's a specialty fitness studio, it's not cheap, but their prices are a little lower than what I've seen advertised for That Other Cycling Studio across town (at least for now)." - Jessi G., Charlotte, NC
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"Every workout's been great!!! Love ending my work week with a barre class. Then back for more with a Slow Ride the next morning. Everyone's so friendly, kind, helpful and very knowledgable about fitness at all levels. I never liked a cycle class till I came to First Wind. "Seeing the Ride" on these awesome bikes makes all the difference!!!!" - Pia P., Charlotte, NC
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"Just did my first mommy and me class staff was so welcoming and helpful and the facility is gorgeous. Highly recommend training here!"