Cycling is one of those workouts that you either absolutely love or you’re counting the minutes until it’s over (and even then you probably still love it). Though, no matter how you feel about cycling, you can’t argue 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 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 urge on your competitive side. Looking to clip in? Atlanta has Flywheel studios in the ritzy Buckhead Atlanta shopping center, Alpharetta, and Midtown. If you’re new to indoor cycling, Flywheel is the perfect place to start.
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 a Grant Park location. 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.
Torq Cycle Atlanta
Torq Cycle Atlanta is the perfect combination of the high-energy, stadium-style cycling right in the heart of West Midtown. And locals have come to love this studio for its small community feel. Torq offers the works, including Malin+Goetz products in their showers and a cold eucalyptus towel to cool you down post ride. If you work in the area, they also host shorter lunch time classes — perfect for getting out of the office and getting that workout in. If that wasn’t enough, the studio is a couple doors down from Arden’s Garden, where you can fill up on a smoothie, juice, or a “Grand Slam” with wheatgrass, ginger, lemon, and cranberry juice shots.
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 Buckhead location 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.
Urban Body Fitness
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.
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 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 walk in the park. 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.
The Sweat Shoppe
If indoor cycling wasn’t challenging enough, The Sweat Shoppe takes it to a new level with their signature Sweat Cycle class — 55 minutes of intense training in their 84° 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.