Pittsburgh is already booming with new restaurants, an awesome arts scene, and some pretty wild sports fans. And now, the fitness community is adding to that list: indoor cycling studios are moving in.
And the Steel City’s doing cycling like it does everything else — with crazy tech, artistic design, and a whole lot of hard work. Yep, these butt-kicking classes will add some variety and excitement to your tired workout routine.
So, if you’re ready to ride, start your search for the right cycling spot with these studios in and around Pittsburgh.
Who needs a night out on the town when there’s a cycling class at Steel Revolution going on? This Shadyside studio’s low, blue lighting and techno jams amp up the atmosphere and 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.
California Cycle Path
Intimidated by cycling? Carve your own path at California Cycle Path, featuring intimate cycling, Yolates classes, and more. This Brighton Heights studio welcomes beginners, experts, and athletes of all levels to all classes, with workouts and instructors that will 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.
Urban Elements & Cycology
The relationship between cardio and strength training can be a bit complicated. But not at Urban Elements. 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, then 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. Mt. Lebanon’s 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. And the Pittsburgh touch? A virtual ride displayed on a huge screen in the front of the studio. Bikers can feel like they’re outside on the trail, despite the gross 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 (and the TRX and kettlebell classes are the cherry on top).
Club Cycle gives new meaning to a bicycle meant for two. Built in a nightclub environment, this boutique workout studio (in Downtown Pittsburgh and Bethel Park) 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 (yes, live!). 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 (you know — the judgement and monopolized machines) can be literally no fun at all. They’re here to change that (and we’ll warn you that they just might become your best friends in the process).
“Anyone who says exercise isn’t fun has never been to Local.” Yup — this cycling go-to in Homestead is made for Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, and by Pittsburghers. But that’s not all, switch up your routine with their yoga, HIIT, barre, boxing, or Pilates classes. They even offer a couple of combos for the indecisive folks. 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. And luckily, they’ve set up shop in Robinson and the North Hills. Book your next cycling class in one of their 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 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 balancing your workout, challenging your body, and delivering results. Check out their class passes, packages, and memberships and get after that sweat. After you’ve fully fatigued your muscles, bounce over to the Whole Foods that’s within walking distance…
Zenergy Cycling is one of Pittsburgh’s essential sweat spots in the East End and this place is all about (you guessed it) energy. So be ready for 45 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.
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.
**Updated by Brittany Goncar, October 2018