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Saddle up, London — the indoor cycling scene has cranked things up a gear.
We get it: studios are putting their own spin on the traditional cycle class left, right, and centre and it’s hard to decide where to go. Don’t sweat it (save that for the studio!) — we’re here to tell you where to pedal hard and party on the bike.
This studio’s two central locations are up to something special, making them far from just “another space”. Their signature Cycle 45 class is 45 minutes of pure adrenaline. Combining sprints, hills, and tempo-based intervals, this class is all about building your endurance and full-body strength. And if your muscles needs a good recovery after, try one of their hot yoga classes.
Want to party but don’t want the hangover? Then Psycle is for you. With studios in Canary Wharf, Mortimer Street, Shoreditch, and one about to launch in Clapham, they’re one of the big boys — and there’s no question why. Party hard and spin those legs as the surround-sound system shakes your body and neon flashing lights match your ride intensity. The 45 minutes will fly as you grind your way through speed, resistance, and endurance work. Climbing the stairs on your way out may take some time, but it’s worth it for the epic smoothie bar waiting at the top.
Love a bit of healthy competition? Like to know how hard you’re working? If so, visit the team at Digme Fitness in Rathbone Square. As you wind your way through the streets in their virtual ride class, you’ll be able to see your work rate on a big screen. Oh, and it’s also visible for the class to see — incentive much? You won’t be able to resist going back to smash your latest ride out of the park, as your results from each ride are sent to you via email. To be truthful, it’s just you vs. you.
If good beats will get you into the cleats, Boom Cycle is the answer. With a world-class sound system, you’ll be so swept up in the music, you’ll almost forget about your burning legs (we said almost). Their studios span London—with locations in Holborn, Hammersmith, Battersea, Shoreditch, and Monument—so there’s no excuse not to get the BOOM experience!
Nothing makes you feel more badass than pedaling hard to epic music in a low-lit, brick-walled room and in sweat. Sound like a bit of you? Head to Broadgate, St Mary Axe, Southbank, and Bayswater to discover what 1Rebel is all about. And if you’re keen to see what the world’s first cycling amphitheatre looks like, visit their epic three-floor studio in Victoria. At 1Rebel, you can smash your way through a 30- or 45-minute themed ride—we’re talking Kanye vs. The World, ’90s pop—all the good stuff! They don’t stop the party there, though. Live music classes, complete with drummers and saxophonists are also in the cards. And on Friday evening there’s free prosecco.
In the heart of Fulham, this boutique studio has it all. Take to the bike for a killer leg workout, to the floor for core and resistance work, and the yoga studio for a sweat and stretch tailored to the cyclist’s and runner’s body. Even better, the smaller class size means the trainer can really invest in your workout and give you tips to enhance your performance.
Straight up spin at a spa-like studio in Kensington? We’re about that. The space has a sleek, stylish interior and the kind of low lighting that makes you look good even when you’re dripping with sweat. If you’re looking for a pay-as-you-go option, it would pay (see what we did there?) to check them out. To top it off, they’ve got all your pre- and post-workout nutrition sorted with their on-site kitchen offering ALL the breakfast goods. If Kensington feels like a bit of a trek for you, watch out for new Core Collective openings in St. John’s Wood and Knightsbridge over the next few months.
Enduro, Power, and Rogue riders, this one’s for you. If you’ve got a cycling goal in mind, whether it be an IRONMAN, triathlon, or you just want to hit certain stats, H2 in Soho and Victoria is the place to make it happen. In short, their Power class is aimed at, well… power, and Beats is when the music is cranked and the stats are forgotten — just pedal those legs and get sweaty.
If you love all things canine and you’re partial to an indoor cycling class, Dog House is for you. The genius concept in a dog-friendly fitness studio in Balham that offers both boxing-based workouts and indoor cycling sessions like no other. Their Spin class is 45 minutes of sweating it out on a bike, where you’ll be put through whole-body routines that will have you pulling off moves you never knew you had in you. Bring your dog OR get friendly with someone else’s, either way you’ll leave get to pet a furry friend.
Ever noticed how soaking up a bit of sun puts you in a MUCH better mood? Well, now you have the guys at FirstLight. They’ve created a fitness studio based on the power of sunlight. Head down to their spot in Westfield, White City for a life-changing ride. You’ll start the class in a pitch black room before being taken on a journey using breathtaking sunlit-scenes from places like Dubai and Rio. It’s a fully-immersive experience that’s brought to life by a 30-foot Magic Mirror that will take your mind off the killer workout you’ll also be doing on your journey.
**Updated by Lauretta Ihonor, October 2018