These days, you can't scroll through your email without spotting an online coupon for a new type of indoor cycling class. Whether it's for a classic Spinning® class, SoulCycle, CycleBar, Peloton or a RealRyder bike, the options are practically endless—and maybe a little confusing. |
Learn more about the most common indoor cycling classes available right now, so you can choose the right class style for you.
Spinning & Indoor Cycle Classes:
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The Basics: Spinning or indoor cycling began when cyclists John Baudhuin and Johnny "Johnny G" Goldberg created the franchise by combining an innovative indoor stationary bike with a new kind of cycling experience. Only certified spinning instructors have permission to teach "spinning," though
Why You Should Try It: Torching up to 500 calories in just 45 minutes, this major calorie burner is tailor-made to fit each individual cyclist. Participants control how hard they work throughout the class by turning or pushing a resistance knob to simulate the hills and flats encountered on the road. No matter if it's your first class or your hundredth, you can always choose how hard or fast you want to push yourself.
In addition to being able to work at your own pace, spinning remains popular because it is motivating. Instructors lead participants through a challenging but fun class that simulates what you'd experience on the road—hills, flat roads, sprints and jumps. Classes don't involve a lot of complex moves and the low-impact movements are easy on the joints. Cycling classes can also be good for your wallet: Most corporate gyms include classes with the cost of your membership.
Personal trainer, LA Fitness and RealRyder cycle instructor Erin Lawry
Virtual Cycling Classes:
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The Basics: Virtual cycling classes, such as Studio Sweat on Demand (SSOD) and Peloton are indoor cycling workouts you can do in the privacy of your own home. Both offer on-demand classes to watch while you work up a sweat. SSOD allows you to use any bike or cycle trainer to take one of three classes they offer
To take Peloton classes, you must purchase the company's cycle. When they're ready to sweat, riders can select from six different instructor-led, live or on-demand rides, which they can follow along with on the bike's Wi-Fi enabled HD touchscreen. In addition to making you feel like you're in a live cycling class, the screens connected to each Peloton bike
Why You Should Try It: With costs as low as $5.88 per class or $19.88 per month for Studio Sweat on Demand, it's comparable to purchasing a traditional gym membership. Plus, SSOD offers a seven-day free trial so you can see if you like it before making a larger commitment.
Although Peloton bikes run upwards of $2,000 with a $39 per month subscription fee, once you own the bike, you never have to leave the comfort of your home to reap the benefits of an indoor cycling workout. If that kind of workout is right up your ally, then, over time, the cost might be worth it.
Total Body & Mind Classes
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The Basics: Get a full-body experience with indoor cycling classes from companies such as
At SoulCycle, you'll incorporate hand weights, calorie-scorching core work and dance moves in your full-body cardio workout, which is set to music in a candle-lit environment for a Zen-like experience. Choose from three different 45-minute rides: SoulCycle,
Similar to CycleBar, Flywheel offers studios with stadium-style seating, carefully curated music, free loaner shoes, lockers and towels. The classes also combine cycle cardio with an arm workout, much like SoulCycle. Flywheel's studios also come equipped with a large-screen "TorqBoard" that displays
Why You Should Try It: Although your first class comes at a discounted rate of $20, SoulCycle classes start at $34 per class. Some riders feel the fee is worth the experience, though, as SoulCyle has an almost cult-like following, according to Amanda L. Dale, a certified personal trainer and wellness coach. She says the fandom is due to, "Charismatic instructors, cool and current music and the general mind-body vibe that engages
If elements from both CycleBar and SoulCycle appeal to you, then choosing from one of Flywheel's seven class offerings might be your best bet. Flywheel also offers clients a choice of paying per class or purchasing a membership. Classes start at $28.
Unfortunately, these clubs are not available in all cities and class rates can vary depending on the studio, so check their websites to see which locations are nearby.
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The Basics: RealRyder indoor bikes were made to mimic the movements of an outdoor bike. As you pedal, the bike moves around through three planes of motion that force riders to maintain better balance as you steer, adjust and pedal for an
Why You Should Try It: If you enjoy outdoor cycling and want to be able to have nearly the same ride inside, seek out a RealRyder class. Most gyms have a variety of pricing packages available.
No matter which class you choose, it is guaranteed that you'll receive a heart-pounding, low-impact workout. As Peter