UPDATED FEB 10, 2020
Heart-pounding, drenched in sweat, music blaring… sure, you could get all of this at a club on the weekends. Or, you could do yourself a solid and sign up for a class at one of Philly’s incredible cycling studios. Let’s ride.
Do you long to compete? Thrive off the thrill of the chase? You’re in luck. Flywheel’s unique approach to indoor cycling combines top-of-the-line technology with top-notch instructors. If you’re competitive, you’ll love the “Torqboard” — a giant scoreboard that allows you to transform your ride into an interactive race against the rest of the class in the infamous “stadium” set-up. But if you’re just interested in a fast-paced workout, you can opt out of the Torqboard and simply enjoy the ride. Check ’em out in City Center. Fitt Tip: don’t worry about bringing the right footwear; complimentary cycling shoes are included with every class!
Head to Manayunk and you’ll find a free class plus a cycling studio dedicated to bringing you the very best workout around. Inspiring and motivating instructors create a friendly atmosphere with just enough toughness. This is especially the case for their CycleBox workout aka the most intense class you’ll ever take. Think 70 minutes of cycling, ab work, and multiple rounds of boxing. They also offer fusion classes with yoga, TRX, and barre. So, what are you waiting for? See you at The Wall!
With a huge fan base across the country, we’re not surprised that SoulCycle in Rittenhouse Square has rocked the Philly studio scene. You’ll love the custom (and sometimes themed) playlists, the dreamy mood-lighting, and the yoga-like intention set at the beginning of class. But get ready. With your legs flying and your body pushing harder, you’ll realize these workouts are for your mind and your body. After 45 minutes of riding your heart out to inspirational mantras (or 60 if it's the challenging SoulSurvivor classes), you’ll leave feeling invincible and ready to book your next class.
The folks behind Revel Ride realized indoor cycling wasn’t “one-size-fits-all”, so they set out to put a new spin to riding. Lucky for us, they did just that. By combining features from different types of classes, they made three of their own: Revel in the Rhythm, for those who seek a fun, challenging workout that follows a certain beat; Revel in the Fight, for people who crave intensity and competition; and Revel in the Ride, for a class that appeals to cyclists at any level. Check out the studio on South Street and get ready to revel in the ultimate workout.
As one of Philly’s fastest growing neighborhoods, Brewerytown can also be proud of being CycleBrewery’s latest home. This studio offers 45 and 60-minute classes focused on speed and conditioning. But fair warning: their Explicit Rides’ soundtrack is unedited and some of the tracks may even have you dropping colorful language of your own. Follow them on social media for surprise discount codes and charity ride announcements. Fitt Tip: they’re located just across the street from The Monkey & The Elephant, one of our favorite spots to grab a latte and house-made baked good after class.
Variety is the spice of life and at BPM Fitness, the workouts are extra spicy. This Fairmont studio calls its workouts the BPM Experience because they’re high-intensity, and they often combine two of our favorite styles of fitness—strength training and cycling—for one absolutely killer workout. For a test drive, take The Roots class where you complete 30 minutes of cycling and then 30 minutes of circuit and team-based strength training. There’s even a 45-minute express class for when you really want to turn up the heat.
You can find Chestnut Hill Cycle Fitness just a few blocks from both Chestnut Hill train stations, which means you can work out before your morning commute into the city (weekday classes kick off at 6am). This warm and welcoming studio offers options both on and off the bike. From cycling to strength to sculpting, their workouts will keep you on your toes (literally, if you take one of the barre classes). First class is free, so you’ve got no excuse for not trying them out!
We’re not sure if it’s the stadium setup, the bright red walls, or the insane beats that fill the space up like you’re at a club, but whatever it is, CycleBar gets us on our bikes and riding fast. Plus, if you’re anything like us, you’ll love checking your CycleStats after class to keep track of your performance progress. With four CycleBar studios in the Philly area, you have every opportunity for some serious pedaling.
We don’t just visit this cycling studio because it’s mere footsteps away from one of the biggest Whole Foods in the area, but it doesn’t hurt either. Cashew butter and fair trade coffee aside, we dig the Cycology 202 in Chadds Ford for their clean, bright stadium and powerful and motivating workouts. And when you’re looking to really feel the burn, they’ve got a few extended rides and a Core Cycle class that adds in a half-hour of strength work off the bike. That means your upper body will be feelin’ it, too.
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