UPDATED JUL 14, 2020
Fitness trends come and go, but indoor cycling continues to be a solid way to get some cardio in without pounding your joints. Whether you’re an outdoor cyclist taking things indoors or just looking for a fun way to get your sweat on, read on for Denver’s best spots to get those legs spinning.
This isn’t just an indoor cycling class. It’s an experience. The lights, the sound, the scoreboard… it’s everything you need to get in the zone and push past what you think is possible. CycleBar’s studio (or CycleTheatre, as they call it) is tiered and holds 55 custom bikes with personal data monitors, two enormous flat-screen TVs, and some seriously cool audio, video, and lighting tech. You can get listed on the leaderboard to “compete” with others in the class, or you can opt out if you aren’t into that kind of thing. Either way, CycleBar’s multiple Denver area studios make it super fun to sweat and super easy to track your progress. You can even get your stats and the playlist emailed to you!
Music, lighting, energy, and even some hand weights — it all comes together here for one hell of a sweat sesh. High Ride upgraded their space in 2018 by moving to its bright Sloan's Lake studio, making room for sweet, new Stages Cycling, a bigger locker room, and some seriously good lighting to get your ride vibes going. Up north? It's the same high-intensity ride in Northglenn.
We couldn’t put this list together and not include SoulCycle, whose cult-like following has made it a household name all across the country. Head over to the studio in Cherry Creek for 45 minutes of a mind-body-soul recharge. Between the hot beats, candle-lit room, and enthusiastic instructors, you’ll start to understand why riders are crazy about this cardio party.
Ready to party with 39 of your newest friends? Just head on over to Viv Cycle in RiNo for a 45-minute, high-intensity, beat-based cycle class led by some kickass instructors. This place really has it all: Schwinn AC Power bikes, high-end surround sound system, free shoe rentals, parking validations, spacious lockers, fully-stocked restrooms and showers, hair dryers, and a beauty bar counter with full-length mirrors and other toiletries. If you’re looking to sneak in a workout before work or dinner out, this is your sweat spot.
The stadium-style studio with three locations throughout Denver houses 21 Matrix IC7 bikes. Uh, what? Let us help: Epic Ryde has fancy-schmancy bikes with a “coach-by-color” training console that lights up to help riders keep tabs on their WattRate power meter or heart rate output. This technology creates an added element of interaction and motivation. That’s a nice way of saying that you can’t cheat by coasting in a low gear. But you didn’t come to class to coast anyway, now did you? So, try a cycle/TRX fusion class to take your workout to another level.
This spot takes sound seriously. Founder Jasmine Anderson designed the Rhythm Revolution studio to deliver a sensory experience that is simply unmatched. So expect each class to be fueled by some seriously strong beats. You won’t hear Top 40 hits at Rhythm Revolution, but you will get out of your head with a legit heart-pumping ride. Need a break from the saddle? Try one of the HIIT or yoga-cycle fusion classes for a full-body experience. Heads up: they've been taking their cycle classes mobile, but check their website for more details on RR's permanent re-opening in 2020!
With studios all over the city, you’re never too far from an Endorphin ride. Some locations have RealRyder bikes which allow for lateral movements and major core engagement. Others have either Schwinn or Matrix stationary bikes for more stability and data. And if “all cycle, all the time” isn’t your thing, try one of Endo’s combo classes. There is something for everyone, with cycle-row, cycle-VIPR, cycle-yoga, and cycle-barre. Honestly, Endo’s tagline “movement is our drug” describes the vibe well — teachers and students are addicted to this place, and newbies of any level are always welcomed.
The Cycling Yogi in Lakewood encourages you to balance high-intensity but low-impact cardio with the physical and mental benefits of yoga. Clever name, eh? Classes can be taken individually in 30- to 60-minute formats, or together, with 30 minutes of yoga-inspired cycling followed by 30 minutes of Vinyasa. Consider this your home away from home; the studio has a community vibe with small classes and teachers that remember your name.
Shift Cycle keeps it simple with one class — a 45-minute ride that incorporates upper body engagement through hand weights. The focus is on making the workout accessible to beginners, but challenging enough for experienced riders. Shift’s Stapleton and Sunnyside studios have a (small) child care area where they can watch your little one for five bucks per kid, per class. FYI: the Shift bikes require cycling shoes (Look Delta or SPD clips). If you don’t have your own, you can rent them at the studio for $2 per class.
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