At locations in Bank and Covent Garden, Another Space offers a stylish contemporary studio for an intensive spin class designed to strengthen the core and tone the whole body. A class is a tough cardio workout that requires you to cycle in conjunction with the tempo of the music. There is no joining fee – you just purchase credits to book a class.
For cycling addicts who want to push themselves further, Athlete Lab offers a class with real bikes, allowing you to train alongside coaches who track your progress. Complete beginner? Fear not, it also caters to you too. This is as close to actual cycling as you’ll get indoors, with a far more accurate way of tracking your progress if you’re looking to reach a certain fitness level. Based in the City, Athlete Lab is perfect for those months when dreary weather makes cycling outside less appealing.
Taking a more fun approach to spinning, Boom Cycle describe its classes as a ‘party on a bike’. The low lights in the studio and loud music remove you from your everyday surroundings, allowing you to focus solely on achieving your goal at the end of the class. It’s not as competitive as other classes in this list, with the intention being to immerse you in your workout, give you a good time and, of course, make you sweat.
Digme aims to break lazy exercise habits and set you on a path to achieving your fitness goals. Set up by a couple who wanted to bring the model of group exercise studios from the US to the UK, Digme offers Ride classes that use high-tech Keiser M3i bikes that provide users with progress data throughout the year. If you’re a stats fan, this class should furnish you with the drive and determination to improve your fitness and start setting PBs.
One for the winter months when daylight is sparse, First Light uses simulated daylight to create a mood-lifting experience that inspires you to work hard and feel alive during its classes. Stadium-style tiers fill the studio, with sound and visuals to accompany your ride. The idea is for you to leave feeling stress free and ready to conquer the day. There are a range of backdrops, from desert dunes to Manhattan and Ibiza, truly transporting you to a different place.
Well known on the London fitness scene, Psycle has a range of strength-based workouts including three spin classes. The Ride 45 is its signature class, blending high-intensity cardio, muscular strength and choreography into a workout that focuses on group performance. If you really want to test yourself, try the extended Ride 60 or even the Ride 90.
The ride of your life. That’s what 1Rebel promises at its spin classes. From the copper lockers to the slick interiors, this fitness studio exudes an air of cool. The ethos is modern too: music leads the spin classes here, with ‘live rides’ featuring guest DJs and state-of-the-art sound systems. Afterwards, head to the Refuel Bar, where you can grab a post-workout shake or smoothie, which you can pre-order prior to your class.
If you see exercise as a mental break, Soul Cycle’s slightly more yogic approach to spinning might be for you. The classes are candlelit and motivational, designed to challenge and keep you in sync with everyone else in the class, creating a vibrant energy in the room. Imagine a meditative fitness experience designed to ease your mind while challenging your body. This is the original indoor cycling studio that has now got it down to a fine art.
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