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Tatiana Arabadzhy swallows hard as she talks about her family in Ukraine. The local hairdresser appears to be making a concerted effort not to be overcome by emotion as she talks.

“We talk to them every day, every day,” she says. “Sometimes it goes two days because they don’t have internet or electricity but we’re trying every day.”

Tatiana has made no secret of the fact she is deeply worried about her friends and family in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The hairdresser’s clients have heard her talk about her concerns. Carmen Berglund’s daughter is among those clients. So, when Berglund and her fellow InCycle Indy staffers decided they wanted to help the people of Ukraine, they focused their effort on Tatiana’s family.

“We just want our InCycle and yoga studio community to come together and help Tatiana and her family and her friends who are over there,” Berglund said. “We just put it out there. We have two weeks that we want to raise three-thousand dollars and we are just one week into it and we’re over two-thousand dollars. Our community is gracious inside and out here!”

Tatiana was already raising money and sending it overseas before the InCycle team joined her effort. She says the lone grocery store in the village where she once lived has closed as the grocer is afraid to travel for provisions. Her mother, she says, is now making harrowing trips to get food for the village. Tatiana is also sending money for the purchase of bulletproof vests and helmets for the police officers in her village.

“Right now bombs are being dropped on maternity hospitals, places where people hide with kids,” she said angrily. “It’s just sad. I think they’re getting braver with each day.”

The team at InCycle Indy is encouraging people to contribute to their Ukraine effort. They are not, however, territorial at all. They encourage you to find any charity you like that is helping the people of Ukraine.

How to donate: Venmo: @incycle Cash or check at the studio (payable to InCycle) Address: 736 Hanover Pl. Carmel, IN

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On a recent winter afternoon, this “Life. Style. Live.” co-host found out what a real cardio workout is all about. I visited InCycle Indy and promptly found myself on an indoor cycle pumping the pedals with increasing levels of resistance and speed.

This is probably a good time to point out that indoor cycling isn’t just a good workout, it is fun! Fun is what allows us to adhere to a workout regimen. When I was pedaling at InCycle, I was joined by instructor Cathy Miller and two intrepid riders named Carmen and Courtney respectively.

“Let’s get going,” Cathy said enthusiastically after she had raised to seat on my cycle to accommodate my long legs. “We’re going to start off at a leisurely pace.”

Soon, Cathy was encouraging us each to turn up the tension on our cycles and encouraging us to meet ever-faster RPMs.

Again, I will submit that the only workout that truly works, is a workout you can continue to do.

At InCycle Indy you are joined by fellow weekend warriors and the class is fun. The teacher is asking you to go faster and increase the resistance on your bike. When you are able to meet those expectations, that adds to the enjoyment!

You can give InCycle Indy a try right now. New clients can join for one month for merely $49.

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InCycle made its name in Carmel by offering indoor cycling classes focused on combined cardio and strength training. Now the gym offers a variety of strength classes for clients who want a strength-focused workout that will help them build power and increase performance.

The gym offers Strength Circuits, TRX Fusion, Core Strength, and Barre Fusion – building on principles of resistance and weight training to strengthen, tone, sculpt and balance – these classes are designed to deliver maximum benefit.

On a recent January afternoon, this co-host visited the facility and participated in a TRX Fusion training session. Cathy Miller put me through the paces using the TRX straps that line her gym walls. First, she had her other students and me do what amounted to curls. I soon learned I wasn’t doing the exercise entirely correctly. I was moving my arms too much as I pulled myself up using the TRX straps.

“I see this a lot with people who haven’t done TRX training,” Cathy said as she instructed me to change my form. “Just bend from the elbows. Bring your palms back. Yes!”

Cathy’s instructions allowed me to fully isolate my biceps, making the movement both more difficult and more fluid.

Next up, Cathy had us all reverse our position in order to work the opposing muscles, the triceps. Leaning out on the straps, and at an angle away from the wall, we did what amounted to tricep extensions using our own body weight for resistance.

“Now we’re going to do an exercise that is all core,” Cathy said before instructing me to stretch out on the floor. What followed was a series of planking maneuvers focused on strengthening the core. We moved from planks to sort of push-up planks. We could all feel our core being tested even as we moved up and down, working the chest.

I came away from my InCycle workout pleased by the efficiency of using my own weight as a resistance tool to strengthen both my core and my extremities.

InCycle Indy is offering new members a one-month unlimited offer of $49 to get started on a new fitness routine.

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