Cresthill Middle School Debuts Cycle Studio

Cresthill Middle School Debuts Cycle Studio
Posted on 02/22/2023
Cresthill Middle School (CMS) is the first and only DCSD school with a cycle studio. The school’s Health and Wellness department came up with the idea three years ago, taking a dream to fruition. 

“Getting kids active was the goal,” said Cresthill Athletic Director Bradley Wiidakas. “Cycling is an integral part of the Colorado experience, whether it’s road cycling or world-class mountain biking. Plus, cycling is a powerful low-impact exercise that delivers excellent benefits.”

CMS cycle studioEnthusiasm for a cycle studio quickly mounted. Next, Cresthill partnered with a fundraising company, POP4KIDS, fueling fundraising efforts in earnest. In August 2022, the entire CMS community, including students, families, community members, and local businesses rallied to raise more than $30K to fund the project, including 32 Stages SC3 bikes, a projection system, a sound system, paint, fans, and additional supplies. The bikes are in outstanding refurbished condition. Utilizing a fitness equipment broker, the CMS Health and Wellness department procured enough bikes to meet its goals. 

The studio is now in what used to be a cardio room. The space was cleaned and transformed over Winter Break, with freshly painted walls featuring the school’s updated color scheme and custom artwork by CMS counselor Heather Wiidakas, featuring a Colorado mountain design and a hand-painted Cresthill cougar logo.  

The cycle studio officially opened its doors on January 9 this year, with the ultimate goal of giving students and staff a fitness experience that encourages them to pursue healthy activities. Certified instructors lead classes. Students use the studio in their Health and Wellness classes under the supervision or instruction of the Health and Wellness department. Two CMS employees lead cycle studio classes for staff after school three days a week. 

CMS Cycle studioThe studio includes 32 bikes with features like the Stages FitLoc system, SprintShift for H.I.I.T. (High-Intensity Interval Training) workouts, power meters for measuring power produced and cadence, and SIC1 consoles for tracking progress. Additionally, the studio has 32 heart rate monitors participants can use and receive immediate feedback on their heart rate training zones and individual goals. The studio includes two mounted 75" televisions paired with an adapter to split signals between sources, including broadcasting the grant-awarded Heartzones HR monitoring system, a variety of cycling workouts (led by certified instructors), and other digital sources. Additionally, a wireless headset microphone system, a 1000W sound system, and a remote-based LED lighting system complete the audio and visual feel of the space. 

Instructors create workouts based on their personal preferences or with the use of free online cycling workout sessions. The hope is to provide a true sense of what area cycling studios offer and to motivate both students and staff to continue with the experiences they've had at CMS.

The cycle studio’s been a big hit for students and staff. The engagement and excitement have exceeded expectations. The beauty of cycling is that it’s a low-impact sport that can quickly offer improvements to one’s overall physical and mental health. 

“We are incredibly proud of getting this project off the ground and how it supports our school's vision to ‘build sturdy human beings for the journey ahead,’” said Wiidakas. Ride on, Cougars!

Students in the cycle studio at Cresthill Middle

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