Spin (aka indoor cycling) classes combine two essential elements in working out: sweating and having fun.
With neon strobe lights, upbeat tunes, and groovy dance moves, spinning is a great way to get out of the house and look forward to burning calories. Here are five popular spin studios that have it all around the Bay Area.
Woman-owned studio Ride began in an Oakland garage and now offers both indoor and outdoor rides plus a bar stocked with post-ride coffee and snacks. (Courtesy of @rideoakland)
Woman-owned and operated, Ride Oakland's founder Deb Collard started out in her own garage. Now, the Ride studio offers spin classes that hit the upper and lower body and core muscles all within the span of 45 minutes. Ride offers both indoor and outdoor rides; outdoor riders are given silent disco headphones so you can rock out without disturbing the neighbors. Bring your proof of vaccination to ride inside where a dark room is brought to life with neon club lights and blasting speakers. After your workout, grab a Highwire coffee, a smoothie, or acai bowl at the bar. // New riders get the first five classes for $75 ($110 value); 4448 Piedmont Ave. (Oakland), rideoaklandcycling.com.
Wheel House, San Francisco
Wheel House offers four types of spin classes in a modern, sleek environment. The classic, all-levels Wheel class incorporates dance moves that target both lower and upper body muscles, includes a light weight-lifting portion, and is offered in 30-, 45-, and 60-minute sessions. To get your legs turning and burning, sign up for a HIIT ride, or check out the rhythm rides for cardio, catchy music, and light weights. For spinners looking to shop before or after a ride, the Wheel House sells cycling shoes, gear, and even bikes. Look for their newest studio to open soon in SoMa. // New members get $9 off their first ride at checkout; 1 Embarcadero Center, lobby level (FiDi), wheelhouse-sf.com
Uforia Studios, Nob Hill San Francisco
Uforia Studios’ offers music-driven workouts that will get you pumped to break a sweat. In addition to dance and grit classes, Uforia Studios’ Revolution spin classes are full of figure-eights and sprints. Founder Sarah Lux envisioned classes where each rider would feel like a team player, with the studio’s instructors (a.k.a. “rockstars”) are there to cheer you on for 45 minutes. If you are looking to get in a good workout from the comfort of your own home, Uforia Studios also offers on-demand classes. // New riders get their first class for $10;1561 California St. (Nob Hill), uforiastudios.com.
CycleScape, Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek’s CycleScape combines visuals and audio to transport you to another world during a 45-minute spin class. Two large screens showing scenes of inspiring places such as Italy and the California coast are aimed at creating an environment that promotes a positive headspace for riders and encouraging a memorable experience. If you’re looking for a class that’s a bit less calming and more upbeat, CycleScape also offers party-on-wheels rides that will get your body dancing. After class, members have access to a variety of amenities in the locker room, including private showers and towel service. // The first class is free; 1657 Mt Diablo Blvd (Walnut Creek), cyclescapefitness.com.
Enter StarCycle’s dark, candlelit room and spin for 45 minutes in a high-intensity, low-impact class that’ll boost your metabolism and leave you feeling refreshed. Cofounder Dionne Del Carlo wanted to open a studio that welcomed anyone looking to begin a fitness journey, which is why she prioritized the inclusion of on-site childcare for as low as $6. Del Carlo has fostered a positive, inclusive, and non-intimidating vibe and also hosts charity rides—the studio has raised and donated over $100,000 to various causes and encourages riders to submit suggestions for where to donate via the studio’s website. StarCycle also offers subscriptions for 30- and 45-minute virtual classes to pair with at-home stationary bikes. // First class is $15;155 Railroad Ave, suite A (Danville), starcycleride.com.