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

Well.

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!

Stonefire Grill Takeout for an Instant Weeknight Meal

Stonefire Grill Takeout. It’s kind of like magic. No cooking, minimal cleanup, everyone gets something he or she likes, and then you’re done. Kitchen fairy? Nope.

stonefire grill bags

Last Wednesday we had A Day. You know the kind—play rehearsal, baseball game, karate practice…and that’s just the kids! Parents on opposite sides of town, trying to divide and conquer. By the time we would be done with all of this activity, it would be late and everyone would be hungry.

This was the perfect night to try the Stonefire Grill takeout menu. We ordered a family meal ahead of time, which you can do by phone (805-413-0300) or online, then at the appointed time, I parked in a reserved space for takeout customers. THAT was actually a super handy feature, because sometimes Stonefire is crowded (okay all the time at this location) and it can be hard to find parking. Nobody in the Bubble wants to feel that pain, right? That’s one of the reasons we live here!

Gym photobomb

Anyway once I happily parked, my karate student child and I went to the front desk, gave the staff our name, and in a few minutes we had bags of freshly cooked food ready to go. The 10 minute ride home was tough because it smelled so delicious and we were hungry!

Stonefire front desk

The meal we had included tri-tip (half barbecue, half salt & pepper), a pizza, breadsticks, a cartwheel salad, and a giant slab of carrot cake. There was enough there for all 4 of us plus leftovers! We were tired from our day, and so delighted to not have to make food (me) and to be able to eat right away (everyone).

Stonefire family meal

It was reasonably priced for the amount and quality of food we got, too. As much as I love dining at the actual location of Stonefire Grill, where the kids can be loud and refill their drinks as much as they want to, this was really convenient and we didn’t have to settle for fast food.

Stonefire Grill Takeout – Thousand Oaks
3635 E Thousand Oaks Blvd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(805) 413-0300
Click here to order online

We received a complimentary meal to facilitate this feature. All opinions are our own.