When you’re looking for a quick way to get in your cardio, know that indoor cycling can set your heart (and quads) ablaze. Most classes are only about 45 minutes of intense work and are perfect for people of all fitness levels and mindsets. And it’s all in the details.
Cycling studios in Los Angeles have set the bar high — featuring sleek spaces, LED lighting, bumpin’ tunes, tough arm workouts, and a new family to sweat it out with. There are several studios throughout LA all with their own unique features, and we’ve got the scoop. So, adjust that seat, grab your weights, and give it a go.
If you’re looking for the ultimate challenge and are ready to drive your heart rate up the wall, Cycle House has your name all over it. The instructors will push you hard and the studio’s devoted members will follow, so it’s only natural that you’ll be motivated to take yourself beyond your limits. But first, coffee. The West Hollywood location shares a courtyard with Alfred Coffee & Kitchen, a cute coffee shop next door. There’s also a location on the Westside that’s just minutes away from Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade and another in Studio City.
Flywheel has four locations around LA, and every studio is chic, clean, and provides a killer workout. Attached to each bike is a tiny screen that displays your resistance and RPMs, so you’ll always know exactly where you’re at. Feeling competitive? Check out the TorqBoard, which lists live race stats and class rankings among your FLYfam peers. And we say try Flywheel’s Larchmont location — the quaint neighborhood allows for some fun wandering if you have a few minutes to spare before you clip in.
When you’re having a rough day and are on the verge of flaking on your workout, this is the place to be. Setting up shop in West Hollywood’s walkable dining/shopping district, Aura Cycle has LED lighting that’ll remind you of a nightclub and truly passionate instructors — you just might forget you’re working out. For an extra challenge, though, try the Aura Precision ride; they take out the bounce so it’s all about those abs. As a bonus, enjoy eucalyptus-scented towels post spin to cool off. And free parking — enough said.
Santa Monica’s RYDE4 will give you a good sweat and the feeling that you and your fellow riders are all in this together. Occupying Burn Fitness’s rooftop space, you’ll pedal away in a small, airy room within a near spitting distance of the ocean. On the nicest days, they’ll even wheel the bikes out into the open air. With a room (or roof) full of all ages, RYDE4 is the spot for anyone from the newbie to the pro cyclist. Fitt Tip: when you’re inside, book bike #19 or #20 and you’ll feel the cool ocean breeze from the window behind you.
Get ready to find your soul at what’s honestly the hottest place in town. With 13 studios throughout LA and OC, SoulCycle has been proven to be the place you have to try, even if just once. With themed rides, a tight community, and tons of celebrity clients, SoulCycle has become the standard for LA cycling. Other studios might place more emphasis on the technical aspects or mind-body connection, but there’s a reason SoulCycle has an almost cult-like following — they’ll blow you away with their fiery, hot beats, enthusiastic instructors, and choreography Beyoncé would be proud of.
Previously known as Sunset Bike House, Ratio Cycling on N. Wilton Pl. is all about bringing people together under the same room for the same goals: harmony and peak health. Their cycling program is athletically oriented for this reason. Their standard is the Ratio Ride, but they also have a Ride + Build class that incorporates weights and a HIIT + RUN class that focuses more on interval circuits. If your favorite part of indoor cycling isn’t the exercise component, then the candlelit Vibe Ride is the ride for you — think of it as a moving meditation with downtempo beats and slower paces.
Made In LA Fitness
You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time when you enter Made In LA, a grungy fitness center in Hollywood Heights that’s adorned with Rolling Stones logos and an old-school vibe. If you’re looking for a no-nonsense workout, look no further; there’s no choreography, no rankings, no frills, just the ultimate endurance test. With punk rock music blasting throughout class and the quite possibly the fastest sprinters in town, you’ll let the hardcore energy push you to your limits. Oh, and you need to get down with their Ratchet Ride, a fierce class to a dirty mix of rap and hip-hop music. And if you’re lucky, you might just get pink spinning shoes for rentals.
When this La Brea studio joined the LA cycling landscape, it came in with a bang. Their self-proclaimed “more than just cycling classes” combine core work, circuit training, and indoor cycling into one muscle-blasting sweat session. And classes are rhythmic, meaning everyone moves together without competition or technology getting in the way of your workout. Plus, each class is geared toward mindful awareness and a specific intention, so you can set your fitness goal and then proceed to crush it.
The Sweat Shoppe
This place is just what it sounds like — a heated cycling studio. Warmed to an ambient 84°, this Riverside Dr. spot will have you breaking a sweat even before you start spinning those wheels. Why heat? The heat at The Sweat Shoppe is a training tool to optimize athletic performance. To take things up another notch, try their signature Sweat Cycle class — it’s a grueling 55 minutes!
CycleBar is all about Rocking Your Ride. Known for its CycleBeats (a music library made just for cycling) and CycleStats (a compilation of performance metrics), this studio has truly thought of everything you need to make your ride the best it can be. Rides range from Classic to Performance-based and Themed rides. But the game changer is the Connect ride, where they turn off the monitors and turn up the music. Get in the saddle at one of their LA studios in WeHo, Culver City, or Santa Monica — with Rancho Palos Verdes coming soon.
**Updated by Sarah Bratman, October 2018