Step away from the lycra and the out-dated doof doof tunes and pull up a bike seat, people. Gone are the days of sweaty, loud, impersonal spin classes. Here are six of the best spin studios in Melbourne right now. Pedal to the metal…
The Spin Room | Fitzroy
You're anything but a number in The Spin Room. With a slant on coaxing you to reach your personal potential, this Fitzroy studio is an intimate space where any level – from novice to 'Look Ma, No Hands!' – can sweat it out and enjoy a dose of personal attention on the side. The nation's largest Wattbike group exercise facility – the clever cycle that records every pedal rotation – if you see cycling on your fitness horizon as a long-term love affair, then pull up a seat alongside one of the 'coaches' at The Spin Room.
Rolling up on August 4, Bodycycle is getting in early to revamp those winter bodies into summer ones – before spring even hits. Smack bang in the heart of South Yarra – next to The Jam Factory – Bodycycle is touting a 'revolution' in wheel revolutions, with a sound-system that apparently must be heard to be believed. No doubt a destination for the beautiful people, hype has started, so get in to book a seat at this Melbourne spin studio S.T.A.T.
Spin Star | Prahran
Secure your very own cycle position online and play the music you want to pump those legs to at SpinStar, the Prahran address to get a booty to impress. Don't expect to do so in the dark though, as this floodlit space features an LED lit 7.5-metre wide forest mural to bring the outdoors in (minus the driving rain, peak-hour traffic and risk of being doored.) Lattes and lolly snakes are on high-rotation at this sexy spin studio, as are double-bookings. So if 45-minutes is not enough, stick around for another session (just jump online first).
Spin2Win | Melbourne CBD
After a spin on Bridge Road, Spin2Win has relocated to the fast lane of Flinders Street. Known for its attention to detail from Go to Woah, your bike is set up by the trainer for you in the beginning and stretches are essential at the end of every ride. You can even have your results texted to you so you can monitor your cycling progress over the course of a few months. At the heart of Spin2Win is the emphasis on heart rates, and more importantly, how to improve them and your fitness through spin classes.
Soul Rider | Ringwood North
For those that love riding out at the Dandenong ranges, you can pop your brakes on a little earlier. Out Ringwood North way, Soul Rider provides a biking mecca for locals – and long-haul visitors – who simply love a ride. The purpose-built spin studio houses state-of-the-art bikes and motivated, motivating instructors to take you through each beat and kilometre without a dip in enthusiasm (but several dips in the terrain). High-intensity, low in injuries, this out-of-town address is up there with one of the most concise and compact spin studios on the Melbourne map.
Art Of Cycling | Yarraville
In Yarraville, biking is an art form and the creative crank it up in this uber cool, hippy-free, community-coveted wheely cool 'Gallery' space. Art of Cycling is about perfecting the ride and hitting the peak of fitness – all whilst creating a hub for locals to share events outside this exercise realm. Book online and go along for the ride, whether for serious cycling or purely for fun.
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