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Indoor cycling venture comes to south side

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The closure of one fitness venture served as the impetus for a former customer to open one of her own.

Tomorrow is the planned launch for Sit and Spin Studio LLC, an indoor cycling business owned by Madeline Fluty and her husband, Michael. The studio at 4728 S. Campbell Ave., Ste. 124, offers spin classes led by a staff of eight, Fluty said, adding at least two sessions will be offered daily.

It’s a first-time ownership venture for Fluty, who said she’ll be among the instructors at Sit and Spin but plans to also maintain her full-time job as spa manager at Botox & Co., a medical spa in Chesterfield Village.

Fluty said she began taking spin classes three years ago and instantly took to it. However, opening her own business wasn’t on her mind until late last year.

“I had gone to CycleBar, which was another spin place in town. I was friends with people that worked out there, and we were super bummed when it closed,” she said, adding the 3326 S. Glenstone Ave. location of the exercise franchise shuttered at the end of October. “I was like, ‘I can just open my own.’ I started looking into it and it just kind of happened.”

The CycleBar franchise opened in 2020, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

Startup costs for Sit and Spin were $70,000, Fluty said, noting most of that was spent on purchasing the exercise bikes. The Flutys signed a three-year lease for an undisclosed rate with Lakewood Property Management LLC.

Individual classes are $20, but Sit and Spin also offers memberships. Options include monthly memberships for $100 for unlimited classes or a four-class pass for $60. An introductory offer provides three free classes, which must be taken within two weeks of purchase.

“When I went to CycleBar, I made a ton of friends who enjoy a lot of the same thing as me,” Fluty said, adding she envisions Sit and Spin doubling as a social gathering space and exercise studio. “I want to make it an inclusive place where all people are welcome.”

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