Indoor cycling has seen a major revival in the past years with places like Soul Cycle leading the way. Those uninspiring spinning classes at your gym are now a fading memory in favour of boutique cycle studios with energising instructors, light shows and playlists fooling you to think you might be in a nightclub sipping a vodka Red Bull (not that you would EVER) instead of doing a work out. Among girls there is a common misconception that cycling can make you bulky but I personally think that switching up your workouts is great. Lately I have been doing about one cycling class a week together with yoga, dance and reformer Pilates. Here are my favourite spots for indoor cycling in London:
Psycle, Oxford Circus
This is by far my favourite studio for cycling and if you haven’t tried it out yet you are missing out on the experience of making your thighs burn like crazy whilst listening to trap versions Rihanna and Drake’s latest hits (and who wouldn’t be interested in that!). I like everything about this studio from the location and changing rooms to the way the classes are set up and the playlists. I find Psycle to have the most inspiring instructors (many of them ex. dancers, West End musical performers and/or athletes) and the most fun and different playlists. They often do themed rides that are super fun, tomorrow for example they are doing an Aaliyah vs. Chiara ride. They are not on ClassPass and classes are not super cheap at about £20 per class but they really are the most unique when it comes to cycling in my opinion. They do offer ‘Rehersal Rides’ when they have new instructors – a complimentary class for their instructors to try out new moves and music. Riders are expected to give feedback after the class.
1Rebel, St Mary Axe (Liverpool Street)
1Rebel is probably my second favourite cycling studio because the actual place is so fun and different. They offer two types of classes, a ‘Reshape’ which is very much like a Barry’s Bootcamp class with running and weights and the ‘Rebel Rides’ which are cycling classes. The Rebel Rides come as either 30 min or 45 min versions and if you do the 30 min lunch time one you get a complimentary smoothie or juice from Roots and Bulbs which is integrated in the reception area (hell yeah green juice). The instructors are great and like many other cycling studios they often do themed rides. Prices start from £20 for a single class although they offer an intro class at £10. They are also on ClassPass.
Boom Cycle, Holborn and Shoreditch
Boom Cycle is a good alternative to other cycling studios with great classes and instructors. A tiny minus is that they don’t provide cycling shoes (although they can be rented for the humble cost of £1). Compared to Psycle and 1Rebel their facilities are not as nice in my opinion but for the actual work out it’s still a very good option. Prices start slightly lower at £16 and they do an intro offer which is £20 for 3 rides. They are on ClassPass as well.
Ride Republic, Parsons Green
Parsons Green has become all the health hype lately with places like Transition Zone, Heartcore, Slice, Absolute Pilates just to name a few. Unless you live in West London you probably wouldn’t come here to work out of course but if you do Ride Republic should definitely be on the list of places to check out. I have only tried one class yet but so far so good. The provide cycling shoes, water plus hand out chilled towels at the end of your workout while you are still on your bike. And oh they also have an integrated second branch of TBY favourite Tanya’s Cafe which of course is a big plus. Classes start at £20 for an individual class but they do an intro offer of 3 rides for £20. They are also on ClassPass.