Spin is back in Sherwood Park.
With the closure and departure of several spin studios in recent years, Spin Fx has become a new place for spin enthusiasts to call home.
With a sparkling room and loud music, the business officially opened its doors on Monday, September 11th with a full schedule of classes.
Located in Unit 520 at 220 Lakeland Drive in Millennium Ridge, Spin Fx is a passion project co-owned by two women: Krista Dorton and Melanie Wall. She didn’t give up on the fitness industry despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic.
“We have a big problem to fill. So many people have reached out. We all love spin. It’s so great to see the community come together again,” said Dorton. he explained. “Our goal is to be the most inclusive space, whether it’s your first ride you’ve ever ridden a bike or your 500th. We want you to feel comfortable and have fun.”
Dorton began her fitness career by offering boot camps alongside her dental assistant, which led to her becoming one of Canada’s three High Fitness Ambassadors. But then the coronavirus hit and gyms were closed. However, she slowly reopened a studio in the basement of her home and offered her video classes. After Inferno closed, Dorton and Wall partnered in the summer of 2021 to discuss partnering to open PilatesFX, then partnered again just a year later to open SpinFX.
Construction took about two months, relying on the expertise of Dorton’s father.
“I’m really excited. It’s unbelievable. Just the support we’re getting from all of the Pilates FX members is just incredible,” Wall said.
The 11-person studio will offer a variety of classes, from in-house training to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to rhythm-based amplified classes.
“We’re really letting the instructors take the reins, so they can read the situation in the room and plan the class accordingly. Some people are new, some are more experienced. Everyone will get what they need from the class,” Wall said.
On the first day, all classes were full.
“Everyone leaving the class said they loved the atmosphere and felt welcomed,” Dorton said. “I’m so excited. The biggest feedback I’ve gotten is, ‘Thank you for giving me a spin.’ It filled a huge void for people. ”
At just 1,400 square feet, Dorton hopes the small boutique atmosphere will help foster a more accessible biker and community feel.
Expectations for the new business are high.
“We hope people come and have a great time. We want you to enjoy this space as much as we do,” Wall added.
“We knew there was a need for more in the fitness industry. We both don’t want anyone to fit into a certain mold, so whether it’s spin, yoga, Pilates or HIIT, No matter what we do, we want people to come and feel the best,” Dorton agreed.
To check out classes and memberships, search for Pilates Fx or Spin Fx in the GloFox app. You can also follow Pilates Fx on all social media platforms to stay up to date on new business and visit pilatesfx.ca.