UPDATED OCT 14, 2019
We're all about a slow flow yoga class, but when you're in the mood for a cardio-heavy workout complete with heart-pounding music and a high-energy atmosphere, look no further than Austin's incredible lineup of cycling studios. Whether you’re a cycling newbie or a seasoned vet, you’ll find plenty of places to sprint, climb, pedal, and power your way into tip-top shape — and we've got your guide to all the best ones.
Since 2016, Austin has been obsessed with SoulCycle. Head over to their sweat spot in The Domain or downtown for a heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping workout. Like many riders who’ve come before you, you’ll be addicted in no time. The community vibe and energetic instructors all but guarantee it. And your sweat-drenched clothes and post-workout high will put your SoulCycle experience over the top.
With a commitment to moving you musically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, the folks at LOVE Cycling Studio downtown make every workout fun. If you’re brand new to the cycling scene, check out their LOVE 101 class where you can learn the basics in a playful 45-minute class. And if you’ve been in the cycling game for a while, challenge yourself with Power of Love — a one-hour high-intensity class simulating an outdoor ride and designed to be extra challenging.
If intensity is what you look for in a cycling class, look no further than South Lamar. There, DEFINE keeps class sizes small, so the instructors are focused on making sure everybody gets a good workout in. And trust us — you will! The DEFINE Revolution class is a fast-paced cardio workout that incorporates isometric moves aimed at the core and upper body. Whether you’re there to cycle or for one of their barre or yoga classes, bring a towel because you’re going to sweat.
This cycling studio has your enjoyment at the top of their priority list. They deliver a “workout that loves you back” with intense 45-minute rides set to tunes that will motivate you to ride faster and farther. Check out any one of the classes they have all day, every day at their two studios — one in Downtown Austin and the other at the Hill Country Galleria. We especially recommend the Beyoncé vs. Jay-Z RIDE for some music-bumping, heart-pounding fun.
You don’t just stumble upon Flywheel by accident. Honestly, Flywheel’s national following is starting to rival SoulCycle’s community — you go all in for a Fly 45 class, and you plan the rest of your day around it. Set up in The Domain, the high-energy instructors and bumpin’ beats ensure that you’ll “never coast”. Fitt Tip: try their FlyBarre classes if you’re sick of being in the saddle the whole time!
This is the real deal. Pedal Hard is a studio for cyclists and triathletes. Instead of group classes, they offer programs and coaching that will transform you into an athlete ready for your first race. They also teach all the elements of cycling that happen off the seat — like bike fitting and fitness testing. All in all, it may not be a good option if you’re looking to drop in for a quick workout, but it’s a great place to go if you’re looking to start a hobby.
The great thing about Tetra is that you can choose a session that focuses on endurance, strength, or just plain old calorie-burning. There’s only one location (downtown), but the schedule is full — cycle and weights, total body cycle, total body cycle and core, and extended cycle are some of the varied options. Looking to really level up? Try the most intense offering: a 75-minute cycle class with rhythmic drills and athletic endurance intervals.