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SAN DIEGO'S BEST CYCLING STUDIOS

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UPDATED JUL 14, 2020

With stadium-style set-ups, flashing lights, and surround sound, cycling studios in San Diego have really stepped up their game. Not sure where to ride? Don’t sweat it — we’ve got you covered. There are plenty of places for newbies and seasoned cyclers to rock their ride around town. So clip in, it’s go time.

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ERICA FRIEDMAN

FITT SAN-DIEGO CONTRIBUTOR

With multiple locations in the San Diego area, Rush Cycle gives you plenty of opportunities to party on a bike. Clip in to join the #RushFam for a high-energy, calorie-scorching workout. The signature 45-minute Rush Ride is a dance party with 40 of your closest friends set in a black-lit room. An energetic instructor will lead you through a full-body workout set to the beats of carefully-crafted playlist. Themed rides (Britney vs. Christina, anyone?), a strong community, and regular social media contests will turn you into a Rush addict in no time.

This chic downtown cycling studio delivers a motivating, heart-pumping workout every ride. The lobby area feels like a posh hotel, complete with complimentary towels and shoes. You'll be ready to rock with surround sound, custom LED lighting, and theater seating as you watch the minutes fly by while you jam out and pedal hard. Bust a move in a Pure Rhythm class set to the beat of the music, or power up for sprints, intervals, and climbs in Pure Power. Either way, your legs will be shaking.

If you’re looking for a small neighborhood studio, Evolve Fusion Fitness is the perfect place to ride and meet some of the friendly locals. On a tree-lined street in Mission Hills, the mini sanctuary is home to indoor cycling and the Gravity Strength Training system (glide your way to rock hard abs). Crank out the calories in Pedal & GLIDE — the perfect mix of endurance cycling and low-impact strength training.

La Jolla’s SPARKCYCLE delivers a 45-minute full-body workout that’s all about the performance. Instructors double as club DJ, pumping up the music, adjusting the LED lighting, and leading the class through a sweaty choreographed routine. And thanks to stadium seating, everyone has a view of the mirror, so, go ahead and dial in your form (and your dance moves). Head’s up — they now have a second studio in Liberty Station, so you’ve got double the chance to #SparkItUp.

The classes at Implicit Cycling in Mission Gorge will push you to your max. Take a Functional Threshold Watt test (offered every Saturday) to determine your unique FTW, enter that number on your bike before class starts, and then hold on. There’s no coasting at Implicit. Every bike gives instant feedback on energy exertion and pedal speed. Meanwhile, lights on the bike take you through targeted color zones (red lights mean the opposite of stop). Top that off with small class sizes and an energetic instructor, and you’ll be pumping your fists in victory after the challenging one-hour push.

North County, we haven’t forgotten about you! Studio SWEAT in 4S Ranch will be your go-to for spin fusion classes combining indoor cycling with strength training. Want to tone up from head-to-toe? Try their TRX-Spin-Sculpt class, a 70-minute full-body attack using the TRX Core Suspension Rack — the largest in San Diego! You can even work out in the comfort of your own home with Studio SWEAT onDemand. Getting in your daily sweat sesh has never been easier.

San Diego, are you ready to Rock Your Ride? CycleBar (in Hillcrest and Carmel Valley) will take you on a journey. Here instructors wear many hats during class—DJ, lead motivator, and drill sergeant—all while leading you through a challenging 50-minute ride in the CycleTheatre. The tiered theater holds up to 55 bikes, plus flat-screen TVs, Vegas-level studio lighting, and personal data monitors showing you your CycleStats. Ready to rock, but new to cycling? Sign up for a free Intro to CycleBar ride to learn the basics.

Tackle your next hill at Studio Cybrid in the heart of Encinitas. The boutique studio offers cycling, TRX training, and combo rides to mix up your cardio routine. For the competitive cyclists in the group, grab a heart rate monitor strap before class. You’ll be able to track your progress on a large TV and pedal your way to the red zone. Cool off after the high-intensity ride with a chilled eucalyptus towel. Trust us — they’ll make you earn it.

Chances are you’ve heard of this cycling studio. Thanks to a cult-like following in major cities across the US and Canada, SoulCycle has become a household name in the fitness world. This also makes health-obsessed La Jolla and Del Mar the perfect spots for their San Diego operations. Head to the super-chic studio in UTC for a heart-pumping workout complete with all the flashing lights and bumping music that has made SoulCycle famous.

The hybrid classes at this boutique studio in Downtown San Diego make getting a full-body workout easy to do at just under an hour. Each of their multi-sport classes start off with 30 minutes of high-intensity cycling and then transition into a half hour of either low-impact strength training or Vinyasa yoga, depending on your preference. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your day with a full tank of endorphins.

With two studios in San Diego (Hillcrest and Kensington) and some of the lowest prices in the area, SpinSD is the perfect studio for fitness junkies looking to try out a cycling class without committing to a pricey membership. The small class sizes and laid-back style of instruction keep things fun and comfortable, rather than super-competitive — you’re guaranteed to walk away with a killer glow and a few new friends.

Taking a class at Oxygen Studio in Pacific Beach will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into an underwater oasis, and, a million miles away from the madness of Garnet Ave. that's just down the block. Every “Oxyride” includes 45 minutes of high-energy cycling set to vibrant rhythmic music that’ll have you torching up to 500 calories per ride. Your first ride is free, so you can check out the studio and soak up some of the beachy vibes before locking in.

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