These days, you don’t have to sweat it out under the sun if you want to get on a bike. You can head to a cycling studio instead. Whether you're a cycling pro or a rookie, doing the rounds on spin bikes torch as many calories as hitting the running track. Book a class and let immersive big screens transport you to alternate worlds, trippy lighting set the mood and upbeat music get your heart (and feet) racing at these spots.
Take time out of your shopping schedule to join in one of Absolute You's many exercise classes. Priding itself as a 360° fitness solution in Asia, Absolute You brings rhythm cycling, Pilates reformer, and yoga together for a holistic fitness experience.
Try this Rhythm cycling. Break a sweat with this intense 45-minute cardio workout that will have you 'dancing' on a stationary bike to high-octane music.
Price $45/single class, packages from $420 for 10 classes
At Ground Zero, you’ll get distracted by the futuristic lighting strips on the ceiling that light up to the rhythm and beat of the high energy music. Workouts here are conducted in a dimly lit (but well-ventilated) room – the only spotlight is on the instructors so you know where to look for motivation. Sweat and pant it out without any fear of judgement.
Try this Ride. You’re put through a 50-minute choreographed rhythm-based routine while a curated playlist blares out. As you’re spinning hard and fast, you’re also doing pushups on the handlebar, and performing weighted upper body exercises both in and out of your saddle. Trust us, any distraction from the burn is welcome.
Price $45/single class, packages from $215 for five classes
Yio Chu Kang is probably the last place you’d think of in terms of indoor cycling but, then again, Sync Cycle isn’t your usual cycling studio. Fostering a tight community is a big part of this heartland gym’s ethos – you’ll find members often hanging around after class to chat. As an added service, owner and spinning instructor Jas Ong also provides progress charts to track your fitness journey and to keep you motivated.
Try this Rhythmic Ride caters to both newbies and regular riders as you decide how much you want to put on the resistance knob. Expect to go through various challenging terrains – rolling hills, steep mountains, climbs and sprints – in a neon-lit room.
Price $38 for a single class, packages from $160 for five classes
The small enclave of Holland Village is not only home to eateries and restaurants, but also a handful of fitness studios. Axiom is a boutique fitness space that offers spinning classes and strength workouts. Peddle to the beat in the high-energy Rhythm class, or build up your stamina with Road, which focuses more on resistance and high-intensity sprints. The studio will also be rolling out strength training programs in the coming months for those looking to pack some lean muscles.
Try this Road. Instead of the usual choreographed session, switch things up with the stamina-building, 50-minute session. You’ll need to pay attention to the bike’s reading to ensure you’re hitting the right distance and RPM (revolutions per minute) and pushing yourself to the limits.
Price $45 for a single class, packages from $200 for five classes
The CBD has no shortage of gyms and spinning studios. Adding to the selection is newcomer Revolution. It works on a similar premise as other spinning studios: strap up with the provided shoes, enter a dark room filled with strobing lights, and pedal your way through 45 minutes of high-octane workout. There are also clean shower facilities and towels for you to clean up after an intense sweat sesh. Look out for the lockers in the changing rooms; each cubby is named after a famous star, from the likes of Shawn Mendes and Harry Styles, which certainly makes it easier to remember where you left your bag as compared to the usual numerical system.
Try this Revolution Ride. A full-body, 45-minute workout that’s matched to the beat of slick music.
Price $40 for a single class, packages from $380 for 10 classes
Inspired by the cycling craze in California, the Ding siblings – Valerie, Calvin and Beatrice – started their own local cycling studio version in 2014. And, as they say, the rest is history. This indoor venue packs its riders close together in a large space to promote a team-orientated spirit in a fun and lively atmosphere while also pushing you out of your comfort zone.
Try this All Level Pack Ride. Crucycle’s signature 50-minute class incorporates weights and core exercises for a well-rounded workout.
Price $45 for a single class, packages from $215 for 5 classes
If you think cycling on the road is hard, try it underwater. According to Aquaspin, Singapore’s first underwater biking class, water offers 42 times more resistance than air. The result? You’ll burn three times more calories than training on land. Aqua spinning is a high-intensity, low-impact workout that’s tough on fat and easy on the joints – even pregnant ladies can get in on it. All of the bikes are set up in the pool and you only have to turn up with your swimwear, towel and lots of energy.
Try this Aqua Signature, a high-intensity interval training session that includes short sprints with active recovery to get your heart rate going and for maximum calorie burn even after the session ends.
Price $50 for a single class, packages from $180 for four classes
Athlete Lab is an indoor cycling experience with real bikes (and not spin ones), known as Adjustabikes. Unlike spinning bikes, these Adjustabikes offer an accurate reflection of road cycling for optimal intensity, targetting specific muscle groups. Offering one-on-one coaching and race simulations, it caters to everyone from beginners to pro athletes training for triathlons.
Try this Ironmania. Great for beginners, this lower intensity session starts with a reduced FTP, allowing you to get in the zone while improving your base fitness and prepping you up for a more intense session next time.
Price From $80 a session, packages from $250 for 10 credits. Alternatively, access the gym as many times as you wish for $299 a month – which includes yoga, and strength classes as well.
At Anthem, a full class fits 25 to 30 riders and everyone pedals hard to reach a common destination, powered by upbeat music and the good vibes exuded by instructors and fellow riders alike. If you’re a fitness tracking data junkie or simply just in a competitive mood, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a performance tracking screen in the class that keeps tabs on how hard you’re pushing yourself and emails the stats to you afterwards.
Try this Anthem 45 moves between levels of intensity while combining cardio with upper body and core work – you don’t even have to get off the bike to get a full-body workout.
Price $45 for a single class, packages from $400 for 10 classes
Okay, we know Virgin Active isn’t strictly a cycling studio but this international gym franchise has truly stepped up its game on the spinning front. The cycle studio in its Raffles Place outlet is fitted with a giant 270-degree cinema-scale screen that uses visual and audio elements to bring riders on exhilarating journeys across virtual worlds and dimensions – it’s almost like being in an IMAX movie theatre but on bikes instead of seats.
Try this Les Mills’ The Trip. Venture into futuristic cities, navigate undulating hills and explore underwater reefs in a 40-minute session, all while pedalling hard on your stationary bikes.
Price Available on request.
If you're a frequent gym-goer (good on you!), you'll probably already have heard of Pure Fitness. This 32,000 sq ft club has three studios offering over 130 group classes weekly taught by both local and international instructors. The gym is split into various 'zones' to cater to different training needs, including – yes, you name it – cycling.
Try this RPM. Hop on for a functional riding experience that's carefully choreographed to music. Burn up to 900 calories in this 50-minute class that promises to build lower-body strength.
Price Available upon request