So, you’ve caught the recent film clip for Ariana Grande’s song featuring Nicki Minaj and now you’ve got a sudden urge to take up cycling. We get it.
We won’t be the first people to tell you that there are plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t be outside cycling in Brisbane this summer. If not for the obvious blazing heat that will leave you dehydrated in 10 minutes (let alone the sweat patches…), think of your safety—the summer sizzle leaves some motorists a little hot under the collar.
We say take your ride inside for #fitness goals (an ass like Minaj's is a perfectly realistic goal...) at one of Brisbane’s best spin studios. Promising to torch up to 600 calories +, and that it is actually (despite the rumours) a really fun, totally addictive way to get fit, spin classes in Brisbane are popping up everywhere.
So, let’s go rocking side to side at these Brisbane spin classes:
Located in Teneriffe, Inspire Cycle is one of Brisbane’s most state-of-the-art spinning gyms. The team at Inspire promise you a 'breath-taking, music thumping, whole body journey', which loosely translates as 'get yout ass handed to you, but love the fact you'll be able to see your abs in two weeks'. Open from Monday through Sunday, choose between one of their eight high-intensity classes, including two traditional spin classes (30 minute 'Spin Express' and 45 minute 'Cycle Class') and a fusion class of spin and barre, lovingly coined Bikerbarre.
Pure Heath Club
Pure Ride, is the signature spin class that Pure Health Club offesr in their Brisbane City, Coorparoo and Newstead clubs—convenient for people in all corners of Brisbane, so there's really no excuse whatsoever to not try a class at least once. Get in and get out in this high-intensity 30 minute sweat fest and reap the benefits.
The team at Ride Inside are serious about cycling. Not for the faint hearted, this is a BYO bike scenario, aimed at teaching, training and exercising on your personal cycle. If you’re wanting to up your on-road skillset, or perhaps you're training for a triathlon, this is the place for you, you total bike-riding badass.
Lang Park PCYC
Channel some old school fitness vibes at Lang Park PCYC, tucked into Suncorp Stadium. This was the first PCYC branch to open in Queensland in 1949, and while it may not have offered spinning back then, they now run spin classes three days a week in a convenient after work time slot, for dedicated spin nuts to get their sweat on. This class happens to be held in a spot called “The Vault”…Which sounds equal parts motivating and hardcore.
Goodlife Health Clubs
Goodlife offer RPM classes at most of their Brisbane gyms. RPM (which, by the by, stands for Revolutions Per Minute in the physics world) is fitness-guru Les Mills’ signature indoor cycling workout. Like most spin classes, you’re riding up and down hills and getting into time trials and interval training, but it’s the soundtrack that really sets RPM apart from the rest. Banging beats and drenched seats; the perfect workout?
Are you a spin virgin? To make it through your first spin class, here's a few hot tips to avoid looking like a hot mess:
- Wear comfortable body-fitting activewear (break out the skins and tight leggings). Getting your baggy yoga pants caught on equipment is a rookie no no.
- Invest in a good pair of socks. Spin is probably not the time to break out that glittery ankle pair you save for sassy Friday night cocktails.
- BRING. WATER. Hydrate to operate (no one wants to see you slumped over your handlebars).
- Also, a towel. You've never known your body to sweat like this before...
Like to raise the old heart rate on the regs? Here's Brisbane best fitness classes—pick your punishment.
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