Dig Cycle Is the New Spin Class in Town

Dig Cycle & Strength was one of the first businesses to open in the brand new shopping center at the north end of Las Virgenes Road. Locals who like a good exercise class should appreciate Dig Cycle’s cheerful atmosphere, varied workout menu, and its big parking lot.

Dig Cycle lobby

Dig Cycle opened last year, adding another spin studio to the local area (others I’ve tried are Soulcycle and Cycle Bar). For me the location is pretty convenient, and the class schedule has many sessions that fit my own. I tried out two different instructors, and found the class as high energy and tough as the other studios. What Dig Cycle offers that the others don’t though, is an additional gym space with strength and conditioning options. You can take classes that incorporate those into your workout. For my feature, I only tried cycling.

Dig Cycle gym

Dig Cycle bikes

By now the gym is getting more popular and as I strapped my shoes on for a recent class taught by instructor Lauren, I noticed many other participants greeting each other by name and getting ready together. It was clear that they had met each other at this gym, which is a nice place to find a supportive community. Lauren’s class that evening was titled “Dig50,” listed as the gym’s signature 50-minute ride. Lauren guided us through intervals of speed cycling, simulated hills, some movement, and hand weights. The bikes at Dig have little screens that show you your RPMs, and Lauren shouted out goal RPM ranges for each of the different intervals. If you could sustain the target ranges during the specified time periods, you’d be hitting what she set as a goal for you.

Dig Cycle play

Dig Cycle nice

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At my first Dig Cycle class several months ago, I felt strong enough to think I could hit those goals with an instructor named Tina. I only learned lately that Tina is considered a particularly challenging instructor. At the time though, I pushed myself so hard I thought I was going to pass out, throw up, or both. To be fair, I think that every time I exercise, so it’s not her fault at all.

The point is, I learned my lesson that day, and in giving Dig Cycle another chance I made a pledge to myself that I would take it easier this time. So in Lauren’s recent class, I did. I tried to hit the RPM goals and turn up the resistance when she ordered us to, and I succeeded most of the time. But when I felt myself being pushed too far, I backed off, turned down the resistance, and slowed down so that I could make it through the whole 50 minutes feeling good.

It worked. I was able to work up a sweat, enjoy the music and Lauren’s banter, and feel good at the end of the class while still feeling like I got a serious workout. The next time I go back will be even better. I will go back. My body is worth it.

Dig Cycle & Strength
5727 Las Virgenes Rd. (3.42 mi)
Calabasas, California 91302
digcycle.com
Classes are $22 each or available by membership or volume discount.

I took two complimentary classes at Dig Cycle to facilitate this feature. Opinions and elevated heart rate are my own.

Wonderful Weekly Wine Tastings at Vintage Grocers


Vintage Grocers, Westlake Village’s favorite neighborhood homegrown market in The Promenade at Westlake, hosts free weekly wine tastings. The store has a beautiful, intimate wine room where they pour unique, seasonal varieties – whether it be chilled whites for the warm summer, complementary meat-pairing bottles to gear up for a weekend barbecue, or the cool, newest brand hitting the shelves. Guests can also enjoy light bites and a beautiful selection of cheeses from a house-made charcuterie platter to snack on throughout the tasting.

The next wine tasting is tomorrow from 11am to 2pm when they will be pouring Kung Fu Girl Reisling!

Vintage Grocers at the Westlake Promenade
140 Promenade Way, Suite A
Westlake Village, CA 91362
Phone: (805) 230-0010

The store publicizes these events on its Facebook page, so follow them! While you’re at it, follow Agoura Hills Mom, too! And you can join the closed group, Moms of Agoura Hills, to crowdsource local recommendations, advice, and brag about your own business or successes or cute pictures of your family!

Butterbeer Ice Cream at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Studios

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Butterbeer ice cream at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

I still haven’t been to the “new” Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. First I was waiting for Christmas, but it was too crowded. Then I was going to do it for my son’s birthday, but he wanted to do something else. Now there’s Butterbeer-flavored ice cream?

I don’t think I can wait any longer. Universal Studios just announced that Butterbeer™ ice cream is now being served at “ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” at Universal Studios Hollywood ™, arriving just in time for summer.

The rich palate-pleasing Butterbeer-flavoured hard pack ice cream is a delightful and delicious new addition to the menu of Butterbeer items currently available, including such Butterbeer favorites as traditional, frozen and hot beverages, as well as Butterbeer Potted Cream and Butterbeer Fudge.

Reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread, Butterbeer ice cream is perfectly fine-tuned as a cool Hogsmeade treat and will be served at various carts located within Hogsmeade and at Three Broomsticks™.

Gathering inspiration from historic British taverns, the adjoining Hog’s Head pub features original draught beers and spirits created exclusively for the land, including Hog’s Head Brew, Dragon’s Scale, Wizard’s Brew and Fire Whisky.  Also available are Pumpkin Fizz and Gilly Water and the three Butterbeer choices: traditional, frozen and hot.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

The architecturally stunning land also includes the captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer carts.  A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with such retail venues as Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear, Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods and the Hogsmeade™ Station.

California residents can get discounted tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood that are as low as $99 per adult! Check the website for prices and dates. Maybe we’ll see you there!