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When you’re looking for an intense workout to get your heart pumping, indoor cycling surely fits the bill. That puddle below your bike wasn’t there when you came in…
Whether you’re a purist or like to combine your ride with yoga and strength training, the Columbus indoor cycling scene has something for you. So grab your shoes, plenty of water, and get pedaling!
Two words: themed rides. Whether you prefer Beyoncé, the ’80s, or the Top 40, you’re bound to find a themed ride to fit your fancy at Cycle614. If you’re crunched for time but still want to sneak in that workout, they also offer “FriYAY” happy hour rides and Sunday “quick rides” where you’re in and out in about 30 minutes. And you won’t have to go far either: you’ll find the studio just a few minutes from campus in Grandview.
Sometimes a workout should feel like a party — queue the music, intense video, and light show in CycleBar’s CycleTheatre. In addition to the beats-based rides, you crank up the RPMs in their happy hour and brunch rides. Join the workout/dance party at CycleBar at Easton, Polaris, and in Powell.
If you like to mix it up, PAI in Gahanna or Dublin is your place. They offer three types of classes: classic spinning, SpinCore, and if you’re feeling ambitious, a spin/TRX combo. FYI: if you’ve never heard of it, TRX is suspension training using bodyweight created for Navy SEALs… so you know it’s going to burn.
If you’re in German Village or Olde Towne East, The Fitness Loft can’t be missed! With four cycling options — traditional cycling, circuit-focused, RPM express (40 minutes), and RPM by Les Mills (think intervals set to powerful music), you’re sure to find something you love. They also offer nearly every group fitness class imaginable including “Anything Goes!”, where you’ll be surprised by a different strength and cardio option each time.
We’re all busy, so how about getting a workout in before work or at lunch? For downtown dwellers or workers, Arena District Athletic Club checks all the convenience boxes. No matter when you stop in, you get early-morning classes, lunchtime options, and a easy-to-access location with complimentary parking. It’s also perfect for cross-training: you’ll find cardio machines, free weights, and more for when you want to switch it up!
Right on High St. in Clintonville, Columbus Sports Connection offers tons of cycling classes every week in addition to TRX, Pilates, and yoga. Bonus? They offer childcare for busy moms and dads. Clip in your shoes, and sweat away that workweek stress. And if you’re look for a little zen with your workout, they offer a cycling/yoga mash-up where you’ll spend the first half class on the bike and the second on the mat.
If you’re a fan of classes that aim for strong, lean muscles, Turning Point Fitness in Westerville is the place to go! Cycling, barre, TRX, and Pilates group classes get the whole place rocking. Plus, Turning Point puts their own personal touch to their bike-based workout with plenty of core work sprinkled throughout. Fitt Tip: make sure you reserve your spot, their classes fill up quick!
11athletics on Alum Creek Dr. is known for their intense workouts and their Advanced Cycle and Spin class is no different. Each 50 minute class will leave you sweaty, sore, and ready for the next one. The Spin room at 11athletics features a 151-inch” projector and surround sound to amplify your workout. If only we could get them to play the Buckeye games in this room…
You can pick your cycling poison at Accelerate Fit Life. This Dublin studio offers both 30- and 45-minute cycling classes that willto burn some serious calories. Accelerate features RealRyder Indoor bikes that let you turn, steer, and balance on a “stationary bike.”. This means you’ll also get in an ab workout trying to keep yourself upright throughout the grueling class.
**Updated by Madeline Crider, October 2018