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.
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/single class, packages from $400/10 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 $32/single class, packages from $290/10 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/single class, packages from $180/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 $50/session, packages from $440/10 sessions. Alternatively, access the gym as many times as you wish for $220 a month – pay $50 more, and you can sweat it out in Athlete Lab’s outdoor training sessions, too.
After a short break from its previous dig, Anthem is set to be back with a spanking new studio in mid-Dec. 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/single class, packages from $420/10 classes.
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 really intense 45-minute cardio workout that will have you 'dancing' on a stationary bike to high-octane music.
Price $45/single class, packages from $400/10 credits.
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 thumping throughout the room – but that’s (probably) the point. Workouts here are conducted in a dimly lit (but well-ventilated) room – the only spotlight is on the instructors so you know who to look to for instruction and motivation. Basically, you can sweat and pant it out without any fear of judgement.
Try this Ride. You’re put through a 50-minute choreographed rhythm-based routine on a stationary bike alongside 14 other riders while a curated playlist blares out. While 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 $200/five 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 RealRyder. Hop on for a functional riding experience that's carefully choreographed to music. Plus, the bikes are not locked, allowing you to move across three planes of motion so it feels like you're riding the real deal.
Price $150-$200/month membership.