I don’t think I’ve ridden my bike since I was 11 years old. My purple flowered two-wheeled ride is probably rusting in the back of my garage right now. Yet, somehow I became addicted to cycling classes. Pedaling as fast as I can on a stationary bicycle to the rhythms of upbeat pop songs is my favorite type of cardio.
Being the spin-lover that I am, I had to try all of the national chain cycling classes. I found that despite their similarities, each company had a unique experience to offer.
CycleBar is my go-to spin class. Not only is it the cheapest option, but it also is the least intimidating of all of the high-end spinning classes. With themes such as “Michael Jackson Tribute” and “70’s Rock Block Party,” CycleBar is the perfect mix of fun and intensity. Its instructors are friendly and relatable, but don’t doubt that they won’t push you to your limit. CycleBar ranks riders during the class based on their CycleStats®, which measure rates per minute (RPM) and power. Classes often include races where riders can compete to get to the top. At the end of every class, your CycleStats® are emailed to you.
Single class cost: $20 (first class is free)
5560 N. Military Trail #320, Boca Raton; 561/672-7682; bocaraton.cyclebar.com
Flywheel is like a more “upscale” CycleBar. Not only is the price higher, but the quality of bikes and equipment is also superior. Like CycleBar, Fly Wheel measures RPMs, using a “TorqBoard” to rate participants in the class. The TorqBoard is different, however, because it separates males and females. The quality of bikes and equipment was bar far the best of any spin class I have been to. The staff was attentive and friendly, but the instructors were serious and tough. Flywheel focuses more on intensity than fun, but with upbeat EDM music, you can still jam out. This class is for the athlete who wants to work hard, but has money to spend.
Single class cost: $28 (first class is $15)
2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 561/368-3246; flywheelsports.com
If you’re even remotely into exercising, you’ve probably heard of SoulCycle. This trendy spin spot has some famous customers including David Beckham and Justin Bieber. Yet some look at a SoulCycle class and see a “cult-like” atmosphere. I decided to go to a class and see what all of the hype was about. Walking in, the staff was young and fit, but also friendly and inviting. Unlike competitors CycleBar and Flywheel, SoulCycle does not measure RPMs. This makes the class more about fun than getting fit. For those who enjoy upbeat EDM songs and instructors who give inspirational mantras, this is the place for you.
Single class cost: $30 (add on $3 if you don’t have your own spin shoes)
25 SW Ninth St. g102, Miami; 305/407-8801; soul-cycle.com
Local Spin Studios:
While these cycle spots may not be “big name” national chains, you should give one of these a try. I have not tried these studios yet, but would definitely give them a spin.
Revolutions Cycling Studio
Revolutions Cycling Studio is small and intimate. With high-performance 2012 Schwinn AC Sports bikes and a custom-designed Audio-Video System, Revolutions is invigorating and fun.
Single class cost: $15
155 Toney Penna Drive, Jupiter; 561/734-5611; revolutionsspin.com
Ride is an upscale, attitude unique cycling and fitness studio. It is the first studio in South Florida to offer Stages bikes, stationary bikes known for their precision. Ride offers more than just spinning classes; it also offers power yoga, core training and more.
Single class cost: $22
101 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561/777-3277; ridedelray.com
KrankIt Spin Studio is a state-of-the-art, affordable spinning studio providing high-intensity workouts in a supportive, inclusive, and safe environment. It offers spin classes, strength and core training, and a combination of both in the “SPIVI Spin TRX Combo” class.
Single class cost: $14
11911 U.S. Highway 1 N. Suite 121, North Palm Beach; 561/603-3817; justkrankit.com
Momentim Cycle focuses on fun with upbeat music and energetic movements incorporated into its classes. Despite the focus on fun, this is still a high-impact workout. There is also a barre studio, Labarre, located conveniently next-door if you’re still feeling energized.
Single class cost: $28
106 N. County Road, Palm Beach; 561/833-9393; studiosetc.com/momentim
With stadium seating and a custom-designed 7000-watt audio system, Burn Cycle gives its riders a high-end experience. The classes focus on using visual stimuli, using a laser light system and theater size video projector.
Single class cost: $17
95 SE Fourth Ave., Delray Beach; 561/571-2876; burncycledelray.com