UPDATED JUN 10, 2020
All it took was some club lighting and fire Spotify playlists to make indoor cycling explode. When you’re ready for tapbacks, hill climbs, and possibly a hair flip, check out the best rides in Chicago.
Ever been to a dance party? What about one with bikes? Channel your inner rock star and check out SoulCycle in the Loop, Old Town, Southport, or North Shore and you’ll get both. SoulCycle offers three different classes (45, 60, and the occasional 90 minutes), and all of them focus on riding to the beat of the music and the rhythm of each other. Expect high energy, a lot of high-fives, and you might just become best friends with the person next to you.
If you’re one of those people who can’t get enough competition, you’re going to love seeing your name on the leaderboard during a Flywheel class. Opening their doors in River North and Old Town, Flywheel is a no-frills, all-sweat kind of studio that encourages healthy competition against yourself, as well as others in the class. Though, if racing gives you anxiety, you can get your impressive stats on the DL — your ride will show up on Flywheel’s convenient mobile app after your workout ends. Numbers don’t lie, and neither do we when we say Flywheel is the perfect way for competitors to turn it up and tap it back.
Filled with enthusiastic athletes ready to start sweating as soon as class starts, Studio Three is redefining fitness in River North and Lincoln Park. Their cycling classes use neon LED up-lighting and small screens connected to the front of each bike so you can personally keep track of your speed, resistance, and class rank. And just as its name implies, Studio Three also offers heated yoga and interval classes (think cardio, weights, and lots of sweat). On your way out, reward yourself for surviving a kick-ass workout with a fresh juice or acai bowl in Studio Three’s juice bar, GRAZE. You’ll deserve it.
Of all the eclectic bars to pick from in the West Loop, this cycling studio is definitely a favorite. No other DJ does it like the ones at CycleBar (who are also teachers, and also the ones kicking our butts). Check out their website for their super-flexible schedule, and be prepared to pedal your way to the next level in their Fulton Market, Evanston, or any of the suburban studios.
Cycling isn’t one class fits all, and Equinox (with five Chicago locations) makes sure to cater to every type of client with no less than 10 different classes on its current roster. There’s studio cycling for the classic trainee looking to get in maximum cardio, or you can try out The Pursuit: Build, a class for those who like to work up to their maximum potential with three intense hill stages. You can push it to the max with the inspiring, high-energy CYCLESANITY, or get lost in a musical journey of strength endurance as you power through 45 minutes of the gym’s newest offering Anthem! Think of it as a choose-your-own-adventure for cycling.
No weights or stats required for this ride, just pure intensity powered by the hottest choreography, contagious hustle, and bursting encouragement from everyone else in the room. Hyde Park’s Cycle Therapy isn’t just a studio; it’s a movement committed to inspiring life goals, not just fitness ones. And even though you’re sure to be exhausted by the end of the ride, you’ll somehow manage to have more energy than you started with. Never before has therapy been this much fun.
Twist, turn, climb, and sprint your way through class on Urban Athlete’s RealRyder bikes. At this artsy Lincoln Square studio, you can choose from five different spin classes: Ride (60 minutes of straight pedal-to-the-metal cycling), Ripped Ride (half cycling, half weightlifting), Inferno (half cycling, half intense interval training), Revolution (half bike, half core), and Ride and Rebuild (cycling with sports specific stretching). After you speed past the finish line, there’s opportunity to challenge yourself to other cardio, interval, or yoga classes offered in the gym portion of the studio—or just sit back and relax in the steam room.
If bright lights and big crowds aren’t your thing, you’ll fit right in at this intimate studio only five minutes from Midway International Airport. With only twelve bikes inside of Push Indoor Cycling’s newly-renovated cycling studio, it’s easy to get close with the studio’s regulars who are determined to get stronger with each and every ride. In addition to two different 45-minute spin classes (one includes weights), Push also offers three 60-minute classes that focus specifically on toning, strengthening, and core. Regardless of your fitness level, there’s a bike ready for you at Push.
If you’re looking for a friendly spot in one of Chi-town’s hippest neighborhoods, head down the alley (it’s actually tucked away down an alleyway off of West Division) to one of the only cycling studios in Chicago with natural light — Spynergy. Newbies get three rides for $40 (in addition to the first ride being only $15), which makes us love this studio even more.
Everyone knows a little salt is good for you, but in the fitness world, we can’t get enough thanks to SALT in Bucktown, Kenilworth, and up in Northbrook. This barre/cycle/fitness studio offers two different cycling classes — one that’s a 45-minute fast-paced, heart-pumping cardio push and another that combines 30 minutes of cycling with 30 minutes of barre. SALT is all about combining workouts, so you’ll never get bored and you will always be challenged.
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