An indoor cycling class is more than just a workout on a stationary bike: You will sprint, run, climb, and jump all on the same ride with your group, covering an imaginary course that might include steep hills, rolling plains, and coastal roads (but never bad weather).
You will pedal intensely to quick beats and enthusiastic coaching.
You will challenge yourself to keep up.
And, you might do all of this in just under forty-five minutes.
Sounds like fun? Definitely. Plus, done the right way, you'll work your entire lower body (especially your hamstrings) while getting your heart rate up to the max. We asked two BFX Studio coaches, Juan Hidalgo and Terrell Pruitt, for some tips about the best way to get started.
As a spin teacher for five years, I’ve seen the indoor cycling landscape in NYC change quite a bit. There are now endless options for spin enthusiasts, both at private studios and gyms.
Private studios like Flywheel and Swerve offer a luxury feel with a community element, and studios now have all kinds of metrics (a digital screen attached to the bike that shows your resistance, cadence, etc) and ways to keep track of your “score.” This helps you see your progress over time and can make it more competitive.
I’ve taken classes at some of the best studios in NYC, and put together a cheat sheet of my favorites that might help you choose the studio that’s right for you.