UPDATED OCT 25, 2019
Thanks to amazing advances in technology and dynamic pricing systems, your mum’s spin class has come a long way from the leotard-filled halls of the early 1990s. Want in on the movement? Here's our pick of Sydney’s best cycling studios.
Previously located in the heart of the swanky Hilton CBD, Vicious Cycle has broken free from its roots and bloomed into a badass, standalone studio. It’s an unreal full-body workout that encompasses 45 minutes of high-intensity sprints, gruelling climbs, and some upper-body weighted resistance. While a number of studios on this list offer just that, Vicious Cycle is different because it aims to connect body and mind—blending balance and rhythm with sheer athletic power—to equate to a leg-toning, fat-burning sweat session. The beauty of the studio is lost on us either — minimalistic appeal, cleats on offer (for $2), and full shower facilities packed with amenities and a blow dry bar. Fitt Tip: the schedule opens each Sunday at 8am, and spots fill up fast, so set your alarm!
Cycology Club combines the best of rhythm riding with upper-body movement and light resistance tracks to get you moving and sweating like never before. Designed to be reminiscent of a high-end nightclub, you’ll get lost in the movement and forget you’re exercising at all at their Surry Hills studio! Fitt Tip: check the timetable before you hit the saddle; Cycology offers four types of ride (Standard, Extra, Advanced, and a 40-minute lunchtime ride) to suit your fitness ability.
Another next-level studio which goes way beyond typical, IC burst onto the scene in 2016 with a CBD studio and has since expanded not only to Mitchell in ACT but to a Bondi Junction studio (open 2019). The IC difference is all in the bikes: capable of moving 22 degrees to each side, the RealRyder bike actually moves with you as you tackle those challenging hills and bends. A little hard to get used to, this advanced technology has you burning up to 20% more calories per class than an average spin session. And with a week of unlimited rides for $99, it’s an amazing value to boot!
We all wish we could get out at 5am on a Saturday to spend four hours cruising a gorgeous mountain line or cycling through fields of daffodils and lavender in the French countryside. Okay, maybe that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s true that immersion in nature is part of the drawcard when it comes to road cycling. Scenic Cycle has taken that ideal and made it far more convenient. With virtual reality technology presenting a different location or different musical theme for each session, you can take your pick of what’s going to get you sweating. Want to ride up a Hawaiian hill? Pedal through the French Alps? Maybe you’d be more motivated hearing Calvin Harris take on Swedish House Mafia? Whatever gets you going, Scenic Cycle has you covered and keeps you pedalling.
With Shelter, what you see is what you get. And if you see a luxe, wellness retreat-like experience, that’s honestly the vibe with every visit to this Double Bay studio. The spa, juice bar, and fitness studio has a signature, 45-minute RIDE class on offer in a dimly-lit, moody room that’s conversely accented by the open and airy facility that’s straight off the pages of Vogue. Even trendier, the addition of Shelter’s boxing programme has given rise to a HIIT- and boxing-based Punch & Pedal class, developed by professional boxer Glen Austin.
Come. Ride. Conquer. at Sydney’s most rhythmic indoor cycle studio. The studio’s fresh look and loads of inspiring trainers bring energy and motivation to your regular workout regime. Up!Cycle is fun, inclusive, and feels a bit like a giant dance party, making frequent use of EDM, hip-hop, and plenty of throwback tunes! There’s an amazing community vibe thanks to owner/trainer/DJ Shantelle’s hidden talent of remembering pretty much every member’s name, so we guarantee you’ll stop by for a trial (and likely end up a die-hard member).
For those whose passion for indoor cycling transcends a simple quest to get fit, Turbo Studio might be the next big thing. A premium training facility for triathletes and cyclists, Turbo combines indoor HIIT cycling sessions with dedicated small group sessions, one-to-one cycle coaching, outdoor “turbo squads”, and performance testing. It may be a pricier option than most on the list, but Turbo delivers value for those looking to increase speed, power, and athletic performance — see how it improves your next race.
Free shoe hire? Free heart rate monitor rental? Premium shower and change facilities to get you back on the road post-session? Pelotone joins suburban Sydney’s growing list of boutique cycling studios, with perks thrown in to boot! Pelotone divides its class offering into four categories, so whether you want an express burn (XP), an endurance and strength session (Performance), a virtual experience (Sufferfest), or a motivated group environment (Pursuit), there’s a class type that will suit. Pelotone can be found up in Bella Vista’s Norwest Business Park — and we’d recommend driving or jumping on the bus because there’s no way your legs will allow for you to cycle back after a class!