If you’re a fan of hopping on your bike and pedaling until you just can’t pedal any more, you’re in luck. Because Boston is no slouch when it comes to indoor cycling studios.
Regardless of how you like to ride, there’s a studio nearby that you’ll love. Are you into arm pumps on a bike? Hill climbs to the beat? Interval sprints that leave you drenched in sweat? How about all of the above? Then you need to hit these nine Boston cycling studios for a workout guaranteed to leave your legs burning and your heart pumping!
Music can take an ordinary workout and make it FIRE. With studios Downtown on Federal Street and outside the city in Wellesley, B/SPOKE has its hand on the dial, cranking the tunes while you spin the pedals. The spot-on playlists designed by each instructor bring out the inner athlete in every rider. This allows you to cycle harder and faster, making you stronger with each rotation. Arm weights, a little dancing on the bike, and some steep, heavy climbs hurt oh-so-good.
SoulCycle hasn’t been on the Boston studio cycling scene for that long, but it’s taken the city by storm with sweaty, heart-pumping workouts. It all started at SoulCycle in Chestnut Hill and has rapidly expanded to include studios in the Back Bay, Seaport, Beacon Hill, and Dedham. SoulCycle’s emphasis on the mind and the spirit encourages riders to understand the connection between what they do on the bike, and their life outside of the studio.
Unique to other studios in Boston, Flywheel uses numbers to push each rider. Each bike has a mini screen that tracks the amount of resistance, the RPM, and the power that the bike is producing. This real-time personal performance reporting is the real deal. And while Flywheel surely appeals to the inner competitor in all of us, if you’re not into the numbers, let your body do the talking as you kick it into a whole new gear. You’ll find Flywheel Sports Back Bay in the Belvedere Arcade of the Prudential Center.
The Handle Bar
You’re gonna get hooked on The Handle Bar pretty quick. With studios in South Boston, Fenway and Harvard Square, this indoor cycling studio is alive with hot beats, low lights, and epic sweat sessions. They use a combo of arm weights, tap backs, and good ol’ fashioned sprints to keep the mind guessing, and the body working. Add in some motivational instructors and hold on, because you’re in for one wild ride.
The instructors at Recycle Studio like to say that while their bikes are stationary, you’re still going places. To strength. To health. To betterment. Boston’s first and finest boutique studio has long had a home in South End. Back in the day, Recycle introduced Boston to sweaty spin classes with low lighting and loud music. And today, they’re still up to their old tricks…in the best way. Plus, with Recycle you never have to take a day off—the studio is open every day except the Fourth of July.
Ride North End
Located at the end of Hanover Street, near the Waterfront, this studio is the first to ride into the North End. Of course Ride has all the cycling essentials, like bikes and a full-body workout. But this studio cranks up the music and hits the climbs, sprints, jumps, tap backs, and push-ups extra hard, taking your ride to new heights. Bonus: There’s a smoothie and juice bar (courtesy of e.t.c. juicery) inside of the studio, so you can grab a refreshing beverage to refuel on your way out.
Charlestown Cycling Club
If you want to ride at a studio where everybody knows your name, look no further than Charlestown Cycling Club, AKA ctown cycle. But don’t be fooled by the super-friendly atmosphere because the studio’s classes are no joke. Set to energetic music to really get your heart and legs pumping, each one is different, so you’ll never get bored. The best part? Your first class is completely free!
Lots of indoor spin studios pride themselves on having the most motivating music, but Turnstyle takes this to a whole new level. Classes like Beyoncé vs. Jay-Z or the Best of Warped Tour will have you rocking hard as you push the pedals. And with four studios in the area—Back Bay, Kendall Square, South End, and Woburn—there are dozens of these super fun classes to choose from every day of the week.
There have been a lot of changes at Cyc Boston in the last year, but if there’s one thing you can always count on: you’re going to have the ride of your life there. The studio just reopened their doors in BSC Lab at 699 Boylston St, and you’re going to want to check out the new digs. Classes use a combo of intervals, weights, and high-energy playlists to help you go the extra mile.
Tucked away in Beacon Hill, you can find REPS Fitness cycling classes, which turn up the heat in this quiet neighborhood. You have three options of classes to maximize your burn: REPSCYCLE, KORECYCLE, CYCLE & FLOW. Each workout begins with 30 minutes of intense cycling to get your heartrate up, with the next 30 minutes focusing either on strength training, a core burn, or yoga flow depending on which you sign up for. Or you can try them all (you should) to really experience the REPS vibes.