UPDATED JUN 10, 2020
A stationary bike, by itself, is boring. It’s the experience that makes it addicting, and these cycling studios get it. Get ready for low lights, loud music, and badass instructors when you clip in for Pittsburgh's best rides.
This Shadyside studio’s atmospheric blue lighting and techno jams will get your adrenaline pumping like never before. Plus, their killer instructors nail the balance between pushing yourself and having a good time (there will be some woo-ing). Go with friends and party, or settle in, put your head down, and escape.
Intimidated by cycling? Carve your own route at California Cycle Path. This Brighton Heights studio features intimate cycling, Yolates, TRX, and more. California Cycle Path welcomes beginners, experts, and athletes of all levels to the bike; instructors will help modify routines to fit your fitness level. Check out this spot for truly fun and inspiring workouts that will get you hooked on healthy living.
The relationship between cardio and strength training can be a bit complicated, but Urban Elements is changing that. This boutique North Shore studio offers cycling, yoga, and fusion classes that get back to the basics of fitness (or in this case, the elements). Feel your heart pump and your core engage on RealRyder bikes that dip and turn like you’re biking outdoors. Afterwards, head to the hot yoga room for some Vinyasa-style strengthening and mind-body cleansing.
When it comes to fitness, the journey is just as important as the destination. Mecka agrees. “An emporium of light, sound, and energy,” this indoor cycling studio boasts cutting-edge cycling tech and heart-pumping workout routines led by master certified instructors in both its Mt. Lebanon and Strip District locations. A virtual ride is displayed on a huge screen in the front of the studio so bikers can feel like they’re outside on the trail, even during the freezing Pittsburgh winter.
Go from a regular group class to an amped-up athletic event during the cycling classes at Psycle. The studio’s stadium-style seating, low-lit floors, and class scoreboard psyche riders up for a fitness competition unlike any other. With workouts designed to fatigue multiple muscle groups for a slow and effective burn, this Warrendale gem will leave you hungry for your next cycle-off.
Club Cycle puts a spin_ _on cycling and brings a nightclub vibe to its classes. This Downtown boutique workout studio is an awesome place to put the pedal to the metal, burn calories, and dance all night (or morning). Get in the zone beneath a giant disco ball and circling neon spotlights while you rock out to your favorite jams spun by a live DJ, or take Club Cycle on the go with their live streamed classes. When the weather’s nice, the party moves outdoors to Mt. Washington where every bike is the best seat in the house.
From free cycling shoes and fresh-pressed juices to chilled towels and an on-site nutritionist, this studio in Bethel is a cyclist’s dream. The Cycletique instructors know that the “normal” gym experience (i.e. the judgement and monopolized machines) can discourage those who want to work out. Thankfully, they provide a friendly, welcoming atmosphere that'll keep you coming back to get your sweat on.
“Anyone who says exercise isn’t fun has never been to Local.” With so many different class offerings, everyone can find something to get them sweating. Switch up your routine with their yoga, HIIT, barre, boxing, or Pilates classes. They even offer some combo classes for those who just can't decide. Try out their Cycle & Flow class, where you’ll spend 30 minutes in the saddle and 30 minutes stretching it out on your yoga mat.
CycleBar offers up a little something for every type of fitness junkie with a mix of strength, endurance, challenges, hills, and drills peppered into their workouts. Book your next cycling class at the Robinson or North Hills "CycleTheatres" and be ready for two larger-than-life flatscreen TVs, personal data monitors, video, and killer lighting technology. If that’s not enough to get you jumping on a bike, their CycleStats, themed rides, and energetic instructors are also sure to impress.
This Upper St. Clair sweat spot is a one-stop shop for an awesome cardio workout and a zenned out flow. Ride, move, and sculpt with cycling, yoga, and barre classes all under one roof. SWEAT PGH is all about a balanced workout, challenging your body, and delivering results. After you’ve fully fatigued your muscles, bounce over to the Whole Foods within walking distance for a post-workout snack.
Zenergy Cycling is one of Pittsburgh’s essential sweat spots in the East End. They're all about high energy, so be ready for 45 or 60 minutes of non-stop movin’ and groovin’. The studio offers classes that run from early morning through late in the evening, so you can work in a ride on even the busiest of days. For an added adrenaline boost, check out the themed rides hosted weekly.
Ignite your inner fire at PULSE, a fitness boutique in Peters Township. The cycling classes here will leave you feeling electrified and energized thanks to their unique lighting and music videos. Plus, you can mix things up every now and then with their Reformer Pilates, kettlebell, suspension training, Tabata, and bootcamp classes. Stats nerd? Pair your heart rate monitor with their performance tracking system, and gauge your effort throughout the entire workout.
6YCLE’s amped-up cycling experience is unique to Pittsburgh. Join them at their Peters Township or South Side studios for 60-minute cycle classes paired with barre, sculpt, and Pilates. Don’t have an hour to spare? Check out The Lunch Crunch, a 30-, 45-, or 60-minute class (your choice) held at noon. But we’d have to recommend trying the hardCORE class (South Side studio only); the combo of 30 minutes in the saddle and 30 minutes torching your abs with Pilates moves burns so good.
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