Krank it Up!

18 01 2013

The other day I was driving down Manhattan Ave. in south Tampa and I saw a sign for Urban Body Fusion. The “O” was a bike crank, and when I looked a little closer at the store front, I saw a sign that said “cycling studio.” I love me a good spin class, so I decided to check it out next time the weather was not so great.


Thursdays are typically swim night for Team XP, but with temperatures expected to drop into the 50s and half the team having prior obligations, swimming was not in the cards for me last night. So I did a quick Google search for Urban Body Fitness to see if they had a class I could go to, and sure enough there was one at 6:30. It was called Krankfusion®, and I purchased my spot online (love when places do this). Bonus points for the stuido: first time riders pay only $5 for a drop in, instead of the regular $15 drop in fee. I glanced at the class description, but didn’t really pay too much attention to it, since I had to quickly change and hit the road.

I got there a little early because I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and I was greeted with a smiling face. Dana Urban, the owner and the evening’s instructor welcomed me to her place and told me what her studio was all about.


Her studio is is not your typical spin studio. All of her classes include kranking on a krankcycle. Basically, a krankcycle is the upper body version of a bicycle. Instead of spinning the gears with your legs, you spin with your arms.


Tonight’s class was Krankfusion, an hour long class where half the time is spent on the spin bike, and the other half is spent on the krankcycle- a great way for newbies like me to ease into the whole kranking thing! I chatted with Dana for a few more minutes before a few other class members arrived.

The class was small, only 6 of us including the instructor, which was totally fine with me because Dana took the time to explain how to set up the krankcycle, and what kinds of movements we would be doing. However, I’m sure if the class was full, Dana would have taken just as much time to ensure I was comfortable. This business is her pride and joy-it was her 40th birthday present to herself to open up the studio! And she is 10,000% invested in it and it is so very clear!


Loved this mirror on the wall!

When we were all set up, Dana dimmed the lights, turned up the music, and we got started on the spin portion of our workout. I’m a big fan of spinning-I love riding to loud, upbeat dance music. I’m a big believer that the music makes or breaks a spin class. Dana played a good variety of music which kept me happy, especially when we put on the heavy gears. My only problem was that it was a little hard to hear her when she told us to add some resistance, but that’s pretty typical in a spin class.

About 25 minutes into the workout, it was time to switch to the krankcycle. It has a resistance knob, just like a spin bike, so I found my “sweet spot” and followed along as we did various movements- opposite arms (like your legs are on a bike), both arms spinning at the same time, one arm at a time, spinning away from my body, spinning towards my body, standing up, sitting down, and one leg back. The whole time you are engaging your core, and halfway through the first song, my arms and abs were feeling it!

It was a little challenging to get into the rhythm of the kranking, especially when I was doing “splits” (arms at 180°). But I had a great time and I definitely worked my arms in a way I hadn’t in a very long time. We finished up with some more core work and some stretching before saying goodbye.

I really enjoyed the class, and would definitely return. Everything was clean, the bikes were well maintained, and I loved the vibe of the studio. I thought Dana was a great instructor, and she clearly cares about her clients. If you’re interested in checking it out, she’s got a great deal going on until Saturday: a 5 class package, normally $60 is 50% off for newbies! Sign me up!


And yes, that is her pink spin bike. She actually won it at a spinning conference! Bonus points for a pink bike and that Dana is motivated enough to get some professional development!

Question of the day: Have you ever been Kranking?