The lively workout music that accompanies cyclists as they vigorously pedal their stationary bikes was playing as usual, but on this evening, no one was exercising. Instead, clients and staff were celebrating the fifth anniversary of Momentum Cycling Studio.
The June 2 event featured dancing, food and drinks at the studio, located at 129 First St. in downtown Los Altos.
“The whole idea was to do a dance party,” Momentum founder Victoria Smith said, “and so we played the music that we had been playing during the classes for the past five years.”
Smith first entered the world of indoor cycling when she lived in Buenos Aires. At the time, doctors suggested that she take spin classes and other low-impact exercise classes to help her knees recover from years of tennis and running – and to avoid surgery. After her first class, she was hooked.
“I loved the actual workout,” she said. “Then I realized that after seven months of doing that on the bike, I didn’t need surgery.”
In 2012, Smith moved from Florida to the Bay Area and decided to turn her passion for cycling into a career.
“Even though I wasn’t making a living out of the fitness industry or the wellness industry, I feel like I was always drawn to it,” she said.
Since then, Smith has expanded her studio beyond cycling, offering five classes – from Strong Body to Core Fusion.
Smith hopes to continue expanding her business, which moved from Second Street to its slightly larger location in 2016.
“I want to keep going with the community ... give the clientele what they want and what they are looking for and also what’s missing in Los Altos,” she said.
Smith added that her studio is more than just a workout to her clients.
“Everyone in (the studio) is like a little family,” she said. “Everyone really loves going there not just for the fitness, but also because they want to hang out and do something with others.”
That includes Andrea Morokutti, who has been cycling at Momentum since it opened in 2013.
“I’ve known (Smith) since the beginning – she’s incredibly welcoming and community oriented. … It’s a very warm, welcoming and respective environment,” she said.
Morokutti added that she enjoys taking a variety of classes throughout the week, including a Strong Body class 6 a.m. Mondays and Fridays.
“It’s a really good complement to all the spin classes that I take because it’s also cardio, but it’s a lot more weight and core training. … Both are a good combination together,” she said.
Classes are open to ages 11-80. All skill levels are welcome, but Smith suggested that beginners arrive early to the cycling classes for bike adjustments and to make sure that cleats are compatible with the bikes (regular sneakers are acceptable as well).
The classes run 60-90 minutes. Individual classes are $26, $20 for the first class. Additional packages of five to 25 classes may be purchased with varying discounts.
For class registration and more information, call 949-2453 or visit momentumcyclingstudio.com.