MAPLEWOOD, NJ - CycleMaplewood, a new grassroots indoor cycling program, has been created in partnership with Maplewood Township. It will be housed at the old MW Women's Club, which is now The Woodland.

Starting this week, classes are being offered daily on stage at the Woodland.

"When I heard less than a month ago that a small, now-shuttered studio on Valley Street (Cycle in Motion) was going to close due to lack of traction/finances," said Ali Joseph, the founder and director of CycleMaplewood, "I was frustrated, as there is no other indoor cycling (Spinning) studio that's affordable for the community in the area, and open and attractive/inclusive to all. So, I put on my business/entrepreneur hat and approached the Town of Maplewood's rec dept via Keith Knudsen, the Director of Parks/Rec. What's come out of it is looking to be a beautiful, fun collaboration between me and Maplewood's Rec Department.

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"I think it's unique and could be a model for other municipalities in NJ who want to help fight obesity and sedentary behavior during the winter months," Joseph said, "especially--as well as promote health in their towns--by working in partnership with small business to create kindred programs."

CycleMaplewood is holding two day-after Thanksgiving turkey burn-off rides Friday morning at 9:15 and 11 a.m. The first one is a combination of yoga and spinning and is 90 minutes long, and the second one is spin only and is 70 minutes long.

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