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. Whether you’re looking for zen, competition, or just a good time, you’d be surprised how far you can go when you’re on a stationary bike.
Wanna know where to find the best spots? Let’s ride.
Do you long for the days of competitive sports? 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 to create an exciting, but welcoming, atmosphere. 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. If you’re just interested in a sweaty, fast-paced workout, you can opt out of the Torqboard and just enjoy the ride. Whichever you choose, prepare to blast up to 800 calories in each 45-minute class! Fitt tip: don’t worry about bringing the right footwear; complimentary cycling shoes are included with every class!
The Wall Cycling Studio
Make your way to the Manayunk for a free class at a cycling studio dedicated to helping you achieve the very best sweat session around. Inspiring and motivating instructors create a friendly atmosphere with a touch of toughness. This is especially the case at the CycleBox class, probably the most intense class you’ll ever take. 70 minutes of cycling, ab work, and multiple rounds of boxing. It’s like the perfect storm of fitness.They also offer fusion classes with yoga, TRX, and barre — something for everyone. What are you waiting for? See you at The Wall!
With a cult-like following across the country, we’re not surprised that SoulCycle has rocked the Philly studio scene. Add the custom (and sometimes themed) playlists, the dreamy mood-lighting, and the intention each instructor sets at the beginning of class, and you may feel like you’re entering a yoga class. Moments later, as your legs are flying and your body’s drenched in sweat, you’ll realize that this workout is for your mind and body. And, after 45 minutes (or 60 for the daunting SoulSurvivor classes) of riding your heart out with the instructor chanting inspirational mantras and pushing you to your limits, you’ll leave feeling invincible… and booking your next class.
Okay, there are a couple things we need to clear up here. First, this studio is not in Philadelphia. It’s actually in Collingswood, New Jersey. But it’s just over the bridge, and for you non-drivers, less than half a mile from the PATCO stop. And, the second clarification: there’s more to this spot than indoor cycling. It’s a yoga studio too! Meaning a trip to this boutique studio will deliver a butt-kicking workout in more ways than one. Especially if you show up for Cycle and Flow — a 30-minute spin session followed by a 30-minute yoga practice.
Body Cycle Studio
This Center City studio promises to deliver a great workout without any gimmicks. This isn’t another one of those exercise cults. They don’t play games. And if you ask, they’ll tell you it’s just “you, your bike, and all of your power.” Heck yeah! If you’re amped on the idea of powering through a ride, sign up for a class and prepare for a 45-minute ride packed with sprints, hill climbs, and intervals that combine for a killer workout.
Never spun before? Feeling nervous about your first time? Well, this Fishtown studio offers a risk-free option — everyone’s first class is completely free! That’s pretty awesome. So is the fact that this spot is an official Spinning facility, outfitted with 16 Spinner® Pro bikes. Sync your heart rate monitor up to the bike’s computer to measure your performance, speed, and calorie burn. And with express 30-minute classes and fusion classes like Kettlebell Spincamp and Spin/Sculpt, there’s no excuse to skip your trip to Ciclo!