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BurnCycle Fosters Good Health Through Local Partnerships

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


BurnCycle, Portland's first boutique cycling studio located in downtown Portland for two years now, has partnered with other local businesses and individuals to foster positive relations and a healthy lifestyle for the Portland community.

BurnCycle was founded by owner Jessi Duley with "a desire to take the mental aspect of yoga and apply it to cardio." In the time since the company's creation, BurnCycle has acquired a "diehard customer base the now turns to the company for everything from weekend social events, to raising awareness and funds for their charities."

As such, the company is holding these events and partnering with local businesses:

Burn Mama Zest: August 23rd

BurcnCycle has asked Zest Nutrition to help them nurture local mothers and teach them how to do the same for themselves. Mothers are invited to take part in nutritional dining and privately-orchestrated exercise to recognize and care for those who care for the city's children. 

“So many of our clients are either moms, moms-to-be, or new moms. They come to BurnCycle throughout their pregnancy not only to lose weight but to have a sense of community."  Kiki Hanover, BurnCycle's Director of Marketing and Community Outreach hopes to help mothers relax by offering them Pre-fuel snacks, a private BurnCycle Ride led by the company's founder, and a dinner/workshop. 

The food will be provided by Zest Nutrition, and interested individuals can sign up through BurnCycle's online reservation system or by calling the studio. The event starts at 4 PM on August 23rd.

Photo credit: twitter.com/gardenbarpdx

Burn and Brew: August 31st

Patric Zerr has brought together beer and bicycles for BurnCycle, and on the last Monday of every summer month, the company has featured a new Portland brewer for a beer tasting on the patio of BurnCycle's Pearl District studio for those individuals attending their two evening classes. 

"Beer is good for you, we need to stop lying to our- selves about that. It brings us together and makes us feel good, who cares about calories? I feel so strongly about beer and Burncycle that combining the two was a no brainer… We are not dogs; we do not work out for treats. We are fit people who can have both.” says Zer, BurnCycle Instructor and host of the Burn and Brew events.

BurnCycle Salad at Garden Bar

In an attempt to foster collaboration and wellness within the community, BurnCycle has teamed with Garden Bar to offer the BurnCycle salad, a special for the month of August that offers baby spinach, butter lettuce, scottish oats, blueberries, coconut, cherries, almonds, chia seeds, black strap molasses and raw apple cider vinaigrette. 

The salad is an ensemble of energy-packed local ingredients intended to fuel BurnCycle's clientele, who can order Garden Bar menu items, including the new salad, before their 45-minute class and have it waiting for them afterwards.

More information about BurnCycle and the various ways in which they are partnering with other local businesses to create a healthier community can be found at the BurnCycle website: burncyclepdx.com 


Related Slideshow: The 7 Best Health and Fitness Apps

Here is a list of some of the most obsession worthy health apps.

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MapMyRun is the number one selling running app for a reason:  it is easy to use, offers community support if you want it, and tracks and stores your exact routes for you.  If you are training for a race or a serious runner, users say that the extra perks in the upgraded paid version are well worth it. 

Made for iPhone, Android and Blackberry 

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MyFitnessPal seems to be the clear favorite amongst everyone polled.  It is helpful not only for the fitness tracking aspect, but everyone polled mentioned how much they loved the food/diet aspect as well. From carb counting for diabetics to recipe ideas to complement your fitness goals, users love this app. 

Made for iPhone and Android

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JeFit is another fitness app that has rave reviews.  It not only tracks progress for you, but offers a huge database of workouts.  While many apps offer community support, JeFit allows you to sync workouts with friends who use the app, offering a (real) virtual buddy system.

Made for iPhone and Android

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Strava gets the highest mark of all the cycling apps.  While it is also great for runners, the cyclers seem particularly inclined towards the fierce competition that can be ignited by this app.  You can track all of your rides via GPS, then you can compare your efforts to those logged by others in the community on the same stretch of road.  You can also join ongoing challenges that can net you great prizes (in addition to bragging rights). 

Made for iPhone and Android

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YogaStudio gets the top vote for Yoga apps.  It has a lengthy collection of full class-length videos available at your fingertips.  Unlike many other apps, this one also allows you to customize your own video yoga class.  All of the poses are done by qualified yoga instructors, and you can find classes suitable for all levels of yogis.

Made for iPhone only

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SimplyBeing meditation app offers the best of both worlds.  You can choose to run this app as a background for your meditation with soothing music or natural sounds that run for a set amount of time.  Conversely, for those of you who have trouble focusing during meditation, you can choose a soothing voice-guided meditation. 

Made for iPhone and Android

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Fooducate is an app all about educating people so that they make healthier food choices.  Although not perfect, this app is easy to use (you can even take pictures of bar codes to instantly find foods in their database).  It gives food a letter grade, tells you the pluses and minuses, and gives you better ranked alternatives.  You can also use it as a weight loss tool by tracking your daily calories. 

Made for iPhone and Android


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