Find Spinning classes in NYC and learn about the benefits of Spinning

Check out six of the best indoor-cycling and Spinning classes in NYC and get the scoop from an instructor at SoulCycle on how Spinning will improve your life.

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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Spinning class at SoulCycle

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Spinning class at SoulCycle

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Spinning class at SoulCycle

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Spinning class at SoulCycle

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Spinning class at Pablo Fitness

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Spinning class at Pablo Fitness

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Spinning class at Pablo Fitness

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Spinning class at Pablo Fitness

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Spinning class at Pablo Fitness

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Spinning class at Pablo Fitness

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Spinning class at Pablo Fitness

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Spinning class at Pablo Fitness

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Spinning class at PEDAL NYC

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Spinning class at PEDAL NYC

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Spinning class at PEDAL NYC

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Spinng class at Cycle Bar

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Spinning class at Cycle Bar

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Spinning class at Cycle Bar

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Spinning class at Cycle Bar

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Spinning class at SoulCycle


This time of year, it’s too cold to bike in New York (for most people, at least) and too bleak to get yourself amped up to exercise by your lonesome. Spinning might be just the adrenaline rush you need, combining a hard-core indoor cycling workout with motivational coaching. A typical class features resistance-equipped stationary bikes, a charismatic instructor and pumping music to pedal by. But every studio in NYC has its own style and specialties; here are some of the best Spinning classes.


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Spinning classes in NYC

SoulCycle

This trendsetting chainlet’s style is as much about establishing a mood as about getting you to break one hell of a sweat. Classes take place by candlelight, include a simultaneous core and upper-body workout using free weights, and promise a yogaesque release. Some studios also offer a SoulBands class, which adds overhead resistance bands to the routine. The company, founded by Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler in NYC, has expanded to the West Coast (Gwyneth Paltrow’s an acolyte), but hasn’t turned its back on its hometown. In addition to the five existing New York City branches, look for outposts in Noho (January), Soho (midwinter), the West Village and Williamsburg (both in the spring). Locations and schedules vary; visit soul-cycle.com for details. Single class $32, ten classes $310.

Flywheel

Who says scoreboards are solely the province of ball sports and arcade games? Show you’re at the head of the pack by opting to have your stats (including revolutions per minute, distance traveled and calories burned) displayed on an electronic leaderboard at the front of the room. Even if you opt out of the public display, the studio records all your performance metrics and stores them on its website, so you can track your milestones along the road to badassery (and pin them on your fridge door). The bikes’ raked, stadium-style layout ensures a clear sight line between you and the instructor (no hiding in the back row, kids). You can also take FlyBarre, a transdisciplinary body-sculpting workout designed to complement Spinning. Locations and schedule vary; visit new-york.flywheelsports.com for details. Single class $32, ten classes $295.

Pablo Fitness

Former professional motocross and BMX racer Pablo Toribio hung up his helmet to train others at his midtown studio, with a focus on getting results through positive reinforcement and individual attention in smaller-than-usual classes. Pedal with the man himself during Ride with Pablo, designed to shed 400 to 700 calories in 45 minutes, or for a combo cycling class and core workout, try the hour-long Spin, Arms & Abs. Alongside its trademark Spinning sessions, the studio also offers Zumba and vinyasa yoga classes. 212-308-0077, pablofitness.com. Schedule varies; visit website for details. Single class $30, ten classes $270, monthly unlimited classes $100.

  1. 226 E 54th St between Second and Third Aves

Crank Indoor Cycling Studio

Situated along the Long Island City waterfront, Crank is Queens’ only dedicated Spinning spot. It’s worth the trip across the East River: At $23 a pop (includes use of cycling shoes, a towel and a bottle of water), classes are cheaper here than at any other studio we found in the city. Run by fitness vets Anthony Maniscalco, Sunai Rejep and Tommy Demaras, the two-year-old workout business offers 45-to-60-minute options focusing on strength, endurance or interval training. 718-606-6309, cranknyc.com. Single class $23, ten classes $190, monthly unlimited pass $199.

  1. 46-30 Center Blvd between 46th and 47th Aves, Long Island City, Queens

PEDAL NYC

If you’re a fan of hybrid exercise, this one-year-old Spinning space might be your speed. Mix it up with 30/30, an hour-long combo of indoor cycling and a core workout. Anyone who craves intensity should try the 90-minute Full Throttle class, which combines Spinning, TRX Suspension Training (which leverages your body weight) and a wild card—anything from sprinting to battle ropes (hitting heavy ropes against the ground to build strength). You can also take a straight-up Spinning class, TRX or the abcentric CoreRxN. Remember to replenish your fluids postclass: Proceeds from water-bottle sales benefit Running Through Walls (runningthroughwalls.org), a pediatric cancer charity. 212-561-5435, pedalnyc.com. Single class $30, ten classes $280, monthly unlimited pass $295.

  1. 33 West End Ave between 61st and 62nd Sts

Cycle Bar

This Park Slope spot appeals to lone wolves and pack runners, newbies and seasoned sweaters alike. The one-room studio’s offerings include the 90-minute Road Ride, designed to simulate an outdoor bike trip, and the 45-minute Full Body Ride, which combines Spinning and an upper-body workout. If you’d rather go solo, bring your iPod and your highly evolved self-discipline, and use one of the bikes at your own pace for up to two hours. Nighthawks can take advantage of an unlimited weekday nighttime ride pass ($109 per month), good for all evening classes Monday through Friday. TRX Suspension Training is also available. 718-499-7433, cycle-bar.com. $25 per ride, ten rides $220.

  1. 274 Fifth Ave between Garfield Pl and 1st St, Park Slope, Brooklyn

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