What is RIDE?

RIDE is a Boutique Indoor Cycling Barn serving Litchfield County.  Our mission is to encourage personal growth, energizing fitness and community connectedness in a unique and intimate barn-like setting.  Our state-of-the-art Keiser bikes located on the main floor and our dynamic TRX training stations exemplifies our desire to be exceptional, and yet, our modest 1,000 square foot barn is perfectly quintessential “New England.”   

RIDE cycling offers a group exercise that focuses on endurance, strength, high/low intensity intervals and recovery. And our bikes allow each person to control his/her own intensity level while riding with the group.

RIDE TRX offers suspension-type training using bodyweight and resistance exercises in the form of compound movements aimed at developing strength, balance and flexibility.  Our stations are infinitely scalable and therefore, a fun and effective total-body workout for anyone, no matter their fitness level, weight or height. 

RIDE’s combination class of 45 minutes cycling followed by 15 minutes TRX training is more proof that RIDE is not your average gym or cycling studio.  This particular class provide a superior cardio workout and lower body training with upper body and core strengthening. 

Who is RIDE?

Julie Dobson is RIDE’s owner and Diane Lash Decker is RIDE’s manager.

Julie and Diane met three years ago when Diane’s daughter Paige started babysitting Julie’s six- month old son, Colton.  Colton had never had a babysitter and Paige had never been a babysitter.  It was a match made in heaven because Paige was recovering from a life altering sports related concussion and Colton was growing everyday! They were kind-of at the same place with both of them getting stronger each day. Julie and Diane formed a bond that was interwoven with family, fitness and friendship.

Diane, who is an environmentalist (Co-president of WEC), nutritionist, swimmer, and runner (she finished her first ½ marathon last fall!) invited Julie to Deb Andrew’s Bootcamp in Wash. Depot, which was just the push Julie needed to get back into working-out. Bootcamp was only possible because it started at 5:30 AM and that made Julie realize just how little extra time there is for oneself after having a baby.

And this “lack of time” and “need for fitness” is what inspired the concept of RIDE. Julie, who works full time for her family’s pool company, Dobson Pools, and who renovates old houses is also a tennis player and a devoted pilates student of Amparo Sedito of New Preston Wellness. She wanted the cardio benefits of cycling but without a long drive to a cycling class because her days are always too short! Cycling is the most efficient workout there is! Truly endorphin releasing and inspiring, these cycle classes have brought health, discipline, fun, and a greater sense of community to the area.