The Burn: Dibfit Cycle in Vancouver is the fitness studio for your reputation era

The old stationary bike experience can’t come to the phone right now.

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They say once you learn to ride a bike you never forget, but when you’re in an underground, neon-lit classroom trying to pedal to club beats at 7am, it’s actually pretty easy to forget. Modern spin classes involve choreography almost as much as cycling, and I do no it has the rhythm. Moving my arms and legs independently (and to the beat) is simply impossible for me. So I think it’s fair to say that if I survived a class at Vancouver’s newest fitness studio, Dibfit Cycle, anyone can.

The space

Dibfit Cycle was founded in September 2022 by Daniela Dib, a former instructor at Soulcycle Vancouver (so yes, she is intense – more on that later). Located underground at 806 Homer St. The interior has all the classic 2022 gym stuff (pink and white palette, changing rooms, lockers with your own combinations) with a few exceptions. First, there is only one shower, so if you plan to wash up at home, you have to act fast. They also have one of those marquee-style signs with interchangeable letters: at the time of my visit it said OUR MOTORS: MORE RELIABLE THAN YOUR MAN.

Dibfit Cycle Vancouver 4I love the vibe of this, but I have to mention that “my guy” actually brought me to this class in the wee hours of the morning. Perhaps they are equally reliable.

The actual gym has mirrors on all sides, with stationary bikes facing a small stage-like platform for the instructor. Daniela, who works out in hot pink and has a ridiculous amount of energy for 7am, helps me get on the bike (something I’m getting better at the more I review spin courses for this weird, weird job I have) . I see the bikes on either side of me have little cards congratulating the participants on their fifth grade. It’s a very sweet personal touch, but it also scares me that this might be the type of class where the instructor calls you by name.

The workout

Daniela starts class by yelling something like, “Good morning, my beautiful, remarkable angels!” and I have to stifle a laugh when she’s greeted with a resounding “WOOOO!” from my fellow class participants, who wave their sweaty towels in a circle above their heads. We start with passion.

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Daniela notes that there are first-time riders in the class (me) and assures everyone that although she uses a lot of choreography, what is choreography? “OPTIONAL” he shouts back at the crowd. What follows is an hour of some of the liveliest cycling I’ve ever been on.

Besides pedaling (again, not as easy as it looks), the arm choreos ranged from push-up-like movements on a bicycle to clapping to small free weights. It was difficult, but not impossible, largely because I chose to ignore Daniela every time she encouraged us to increase the resistance on the bike (I learned that having lower resistance and doing the exercises in rhythm with the rest of the crowd is more -good for me, makes me less self-conscious). However, there were definitely times when I felt very stupid. It helps that it’s extremely dark in there… and besides, everyone else is too busy sweating to care what you’re doing.

The verdict

Throughout the class, Daniella yells things like “DON’T TAKE SWIMMING LESSONS FROM PEOPLE WHO TRY TO DROWN YOU” and that combined with the marquee sign gives me strong Taylor Swift vibes – esp Reputation era. Aside from making money and helping people get active (and, let’s be honest, creating a city full of amazing butts), Dibfit’s goals were clear: to encourage, empower, possibly convince you to ditch your awful friend and quit your horrible job and forgive yourself for every mistake you’ve ever made.

Dibfit Cycle Vancouver 5This is the condensation on the mirrored walls of the studio after my class. Rough and deeply satisfying.

I can be a bit skeptical when it comes to new gyms: it’s hard not to roll your eyes at the this-will-change-your-life vibe. But as I pedaled along with a bunch of WOOOOers, I thought, what’s the harm in believing that? I could choose to be a grumpy cynic and not WOOO along with the rest, but why? Yes, it’s iconic. Every gym is. But it’s a pretty positive cult.

Dibfit Cycle classes are $30 for an individual class (but their introductory and group drop-in options are cheaper). More at dibfit.com.

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