UPDATED FEB 21, 2020
No matter how you feel about cycling, you can’t argue about how good it is for you. It’s low-impact, high-intensity, and never fails to kick your ass each and every time you take a class. So next time you’re looking to torch hundreds of calories, check out one of these local studios.
CycleBar is a nationwide franchise that is taking off like wildfire with locations in Dunwoody, Buckhead, and East Cobb. The studio has different class categories depending on what you’re looking for — like Connect, Classic, and Performance. And they also feature themed rides like Turn UP Tuesdays, Beats and Brunch, and FlashBack Fridays. No matter what class you decide to sweat in, though, you’ll be in for a full-body burn.
Arguably the toughest workout Atlanta has to offer, Flywheel features stadium-style cycling with everything you’d expect — dim lighting, loud music, and screens with your stats to get you on your competitive side. Looking to clip in? Atlanta has Flywheel studios in the ritzy Buckhead Atlanta shopping center and Midtown. If you’re new to indoor cycling, Flywheel is the perfect place to start.
Rukus make it easy to get into the zone. From the moment you step in the door, you get a sense that the people there—from the expert instructors (called CyclePros) to the fervent community—love what they do. The 30-, 45- or 60-minute classes are tough, often incorporating resistance bands for upper-body work — and seriously tech-enabled, too. There's a concert-quality sound system, interactive lights, live feeds of the instructor posted about the studio, and personalized ride statistics displaying Power, Mileage, Rank, and leaderboard points. Plus, they're one of the only studios we know of that offers an On-Demand room — meaning if you're late to the start of class, you can hope on a bike and take a class whenever you get there.
After one class at BURN Studios, you might just become addicted. Whether you come just to pedal or you’re a glutton for punishment and decide to cycle and box, you’re sure to leave with a fully sweat-soaked shirt. Settle into the saddle at their locations in Buckhead, Poncey, or at their flagship studio in Brookhaven. If you’re looking to switch it up from a normal cycling class, try BURN’s 30/30 Cycle/Sculpt, which includes cycling and sculpting work with weights.
Cycling class plus a 90-minute massage? Sign us up. Exhale in Midtown offers high-intensity cycling, along with barre, HIIT, and yoga classes. When you’re clipping in at Exhale, though, get ready to fully fatigue your muscles as you take on all the hills, sprints, and climbs you can handle. Once your legs have fully turned into Jell-O, take advantage of their spa, where they offer massages, facials, mani/pedis, and plenty more.
This boutique studio in Decatur is all about creating an environment where you can set your fitness goals — and then crush them. Take on their Rhythm cycling class for a beats-based ride that will get your heart rate up and work your entire body (arms and abs included). And when you want to turn up the intensity, their Power class is the move. With the lights down low and the music turned up, you won’t even notice the puddle of sweat forming below your bike.
Sure, this welcoming fitness studio in Smyrna wants you to have fun, but make no mistake; their cycling classes are no small feat. These music-driven, high-energy sweat sessions will torch every muscle in your body and test your endurance. And when you’re looking to push yourself out of your comfort zone, you’ll want to sign up for their cycle and tone class. For advanced cyclers only, this challenging workout focuses on giving you a cardio workout unlike any other. Fitt Tip: when you need to stretch out those tired and aching limbs, cycle élan also offers yoga classes.
Chances are you’ve probably heard of SoulCycle— this indoor cycling powerhouse has studios sprinkled all across the US, including right here in Buckhead. But don’t let the candle-lit class setting fool you, this workout is no joke. You’ll clip in for a 45-minute high-intensity, muscle-sculpting ride that integrates rhythm-based choreography to push you to your edge. Once it’s all over, you’ll leave with an endorphin high, a new sense of accomplishment, and maybe even a few new friends.
This studio brings an innovative take on indoor cycling to Sandy Springs with customized bikes, cutting-edge technology, and music-driven sweat sessions all geared toward making you feel like gold. In addition to their high-tech cycling classes, there is also an upstairs space called The Mez, where instructors bring their own flavor to different workouts, including yoga, TRX, and HIIT. It’s a high-end space with friendly staff all there to motivate, challenge, and keep you coming back for more.
If indoor cycling wasn’t challenging enough, Sweat Cycle (formerly The Sweat Shoppe) takes it to a new level with their signature class — 55 minutes of intense training in their 80-86° Hot Room. Set up in the Forum Athletic Club at Lenox Square Mall, this is one cycling class you won’t forget. If 55 minutes seems a bit too daunting for your first visit, try their 45 minute Express Cycle class. Oh, and don’t forget to hydrate.
If competition isn’t your thing and you’d rather see Drake’s latest video instead of tracking your place in class, then Vibe Ride is the cycling studio for you. Vibe Ride opened their first studio in Midtown and has since expanded to Grant Park and West Side. During the course of your ride, music videos play on their two screens with themes like Trap Queen Tuesdays, Throwback Thursday Hip Hop and R&B, and plenty more.
Urban Body Fitness might be known for its boutique-style gym, but something not everyone knows is that they offer several group classes, including cycling. They’ve fully revamped their cycling studio and upgraded the equipment for a state-of-the-art experience — so you’ll be riding on top-quality dream machines. Set up near Piedmont Park, it easily accessible for Midtown locals and conveniently close to Arden’s Garden, so your post-workout smoothie is never far away.
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