UPDATED FEB 21, 2020
In the desert, the heat can force us indoors — you know, that kind of heat that makes it seem like your bike tires will melt to the asphalt. Luckily, Phoenix has a huge selection of cycling studios so you can still get your sweat on inside. Here are the best spots to clip in.
Want more than your basic ride? For those with a competitive nature, CycleBar offers a digital monitor with live stats of everyone present and even holds small “races” during the class. If that’s not unique enough, they also use a small weighted “bar” (get it now?) halfway through the class to incorporate some upper-body work. And since this studio has several locations throughout the Valley, you’re bound to be close to one no matter where you are in the city. Fitt Tip: for bike and a little bubbly, Sunday Brunch Rides are accompanied by mimosas!
With locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, The Madison Improvement Club has become the studio for a “Party on a Bike”! It’s a super high-energy class with hip music and flashing lights — imagine a rave on wheels. But the party doesn’t end when your class is over. From their Arcadia Crewz rides through the community to their yoga/spin retreats in places like California and Hawaii, this studio knows how to have fun while feeling fit!
Studio 360 is one of the city’s longest-standing studios, and for good reason! Phoenicians know to go to their Arcadia spot for the best price ($5 for first-time riders) and some of the most dedicated staff around. Plus, something about riding in the dark makes you pedal even harder. Heads up: they ride “drop-saddle” meaning that you’ll be standing on those pedals the whole time.
Clip, drip, and play! Cycle Ave. “Clip and Drip Specialists” use some insane beats and lights to create a club-like atmosphere and an intense ride that’ll push your limits. Set up inside Funktional Fitness in Downtown Chandler, riders can sweat it out in a cycling class. And if you’re really feeling ambitious, make your way to the gym for even more muscle burn. Hungry, but your legs are Jell-O? There are plenty of great Downtown coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance.
Known as the #triplesweat studio in town where you can Breathe, Burn, or Bike (Yoga, Barre, or Spin), Sweatshop in the Uptown Plaza is the place to, well… sweat! Their 45-minute rides are worth the reservation, but it may be the fact that you can roll out your yoga mat, step up to the ballet barre, or grab a parfait at Flower Child next door that may just seal the deal.
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