By Craig Mac
t’s ride time, and on
entering the Bodhi &
Ride reception, it’s very
evident that this is no
ordinary studio. Explaining
I had in fact forgot my kit,
I caught up with cycle
obsessed studio owner
Michaela Fellner to find out
why this Melbourne based
boutique was proving so
popular with the locals and
what inspired her to create
such a totally unique cycle
Craig Mac: How would you best describe
Bodhi & Ride?
Michaela Fellner: Bodhi & Ride is a
revolution in the Australian boutique
fitness industry, combining immersion in
a nightclub environment with fitness for a
whole body and mind experience.
We don’t Spin, we RIDE.
Bodhi & Ride has taken traditional spin
classes to a totally new level, by turning
the standard ‘spin class’ into a full body
workout on a bike, which we call RIDE.
CM: What influenced or inspired you to
create your cycle studio?
In this space we have 28 bikes nestled
in close to one another, much like a
Our 45 minutes classes are
choreographed to DJ-sampled music
providing an intense and exhilarating
cardio and weight training for upper and
MF: I have to say my own passion for
creating an innovative, next level fitness
Having worked as an instructor in ‘big
box gyms’ for many years, fuelled the
desire to create an experience that was
above and beyond what was on offer.
I get bored so early, and I have high
expectations, so whilst teaching RPM
classes I’d always think “This is so dull.
How can you take that next-level”, and
so it came together for me and I finally
launched my own studio brand 2 ½ years
CM: Take me through the journey for a
MF: A typical RIDE class is set in our
custom built RIDE CHAMBER which
resembles a nightclub.
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Fifty different light settings (including
strobes) and DJ-mixed soundtracks
create an energetic (and sweaty) fitness
experience where riders can find a
release in near darkness.
Outside the RIDE chamber, there’s a