Bike lanes are popping up all over the city. And there are plenty of trails to explore. But sometimes hitting your local studio is the best way to get your cycling fix.
You don’t have to worry about the weather or fuss with a flat tire. Just sign up for a class and show up ready to ride (and sweat – a lot!). Plus, there’s a workout vibe for every kind of rider.
From flashing lights and speakers on blast, to high-tech classes that allow you to compete with other cyclists, DC has an indoor cycling studio for you.
Pedaling in Penn Quarter, this studio offers a mix of yoga and spin classes. While the yoga classes here are all about finding your zen, the loud, pumping music of the spin class next door is sure to make you want to dance! Classes here are no joke, and you’ll be working up a sweat in no time. The lights in the room will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of a cycling class and into a club, especially when they change color to coordinate with the song. Spin shoes are optional. Fitt tip: There is usually one song where the instructor gives you free reign to sprint or climb to the beat of your own drum…or Bieber song.
This adorable converted row home in Capitol Hill has barre classes upstairs and spin classes downstairs. Although each spin instructor’s playlist varies, they usually play a mix of old-school 90s hits and the latest jams. Classes incorporate a mix of hill climbs, sprints, and bike push-ups. And the dark room, with only a few strategically lit candles, will allow you to zone out while you get your sweat on. Want to know what’s really fresh?, Cool, damp, mint-scented towels are passed around at the end of class!
One of the largest spin studios in the city, FlyWheel incorporates the latest technology by displaying your bike stats on the large screen at the front of room. With stadium seating, you’ll get a good view of the instructor no matter where you sit, too. Bikes are assigned though, so don’t expect to walk in and snag a bike right next to your cycling buddy unless you two planned ahead. Spin shoes are available for rent; otherwise, bring your own. A full schedule of classes include a mix of sprints and climbs, with an arm sequence toward the end of class. And in addition to amazing showers and facilities, FlyWheel offers bowls of free bananas and apples!
You’ve probably heard the hype about this popular spin studio; SoulCycle’s classes all over DC bring together a tough workout with the latest music. Don’t expect to hear too many old classics in this class, though – it’s all about the new stuff! Fighting off the urge to pump your fist or raise the roof, the class uses light dumbbells to incorporate some arm work. Spin shoes are available for rent (your first time is free); otherwise, bring your own. Though if you’re worried about stinky feet, the studio’s grapefruit-scented candles will do the trick.
This small, no-frills studio in Eckington is unlike most of the other spin studios in our city. You won’t find any fancy lights changing colors or scented candles here! Most of the classes are taught by serious cyclists who will lead you through more structured drills to prepare you for long bike rides. A projector at the front of class shows your stats compared to the cyclist next to you, and since class sizes are usually small it can get quite competitive! Make sure to hop onto your assigned bike to get your stats emailed to you after class.
This basement-level studio is another one of the biggest classes in DC. With tons of bikes and blue mood lighting, the energy of this class is hard to beat. Instructors’ playlists vary, but usually include a bit of a theme (think the Jackson Five – from their early hits, to Janet, to Michael. Though, we’re all for MJ). The wholesome package, classes often start with spa-like music and instructors encourage you to set your intention for the day.
This new spot on U Street shares its spin bikes with the barre studio. So, in addition to your basic spin class, Dailey Method offers hour-long classes that include a half hour of spin and a half hour of barre. The spin portion of class is a little less intense than some of the other studios in DC, so this is a good class for beginners. It can be difficult to see the instructor from the back of the class, so get there early to snag a bike in the front. Be brave!
Serving our neighbors in Shaw, this studio offers a ton of classes from TRX to reformer Pilates to bootcamps, and more. The spin class, located downstairs, is strictly-business (all exercise, all day) but still a blast! Instructors of this class have a lot of great energy and fun playlists that will have you wishing you were out dancing with your friends instead of pedaling away on your stationary bike (in a good way). These classes take place at different times on different days of the week, so be sure to check the schedule carefully before you sign up for a class. Can you tell this was learned the hard way?
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