Cycling has long been known to be an effective cardiovascular workout, often frequented by experienced riders and self-proclaimed cardio-haters alike, both looking for that efficient way to burn 700 calories in 1 class.
In recent years, indoor cycling classes have been transformed and revamped to go beyond a boring fat burning activity to an inspirational sensory experience with amazing soundtracks, engaging instructors, and challenging whole body dance party workouts. Lucky for you, Montreal has several studios that deliver these tried and tested sweaty, calorie burning classes with all that new age spinning jazz.
Expect a full-body, dance party experience on a spinning bike at Cadence Cycle. Work on choreographed upper body and core movements while cycling. The instructors are animated and never fail to deliver a killer workout and leave you dripping with sweat. The sound system is amazing and the lights are dimmed for a total sensory experience. The class style fully embraces their motto ‘ride with rhythm.’ Don’t be surprised if some of the instructors rap along to the hip hop themed rides.
Complimentary water bottles, towels, and shoes to borrow. $15 for first ride. Packages and various membership options available. Community (free) classes offered every so often.
2585 Chemin Bates, Montréal, QC H3S 1A9
There’s a fun, community feel to this very popular plateau cycling studio. Seasoned cyclists and newbie riders alike flock to the fresh turquoise walled studio for a 45 minute candle-lit spinning experience. Different instructional styles and music genres (dance hall, techno, Beyonce songs) keep riders coming back for something new class after class at Spin Energie.
Complimentary towels and fruit upon arrival in the reception lounge. First class is free. Option for unlimited intro week for $40. Class packages available and student discount applied.
3483 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2X 2H6
Check out this trendy new cycling/barre/essentrics studio offering state of the art equipment and facilities. Inspirational soundtracks and friendly in-class games keep riders engaged at B.cycle. B.tracker live statistics board is an interesting option to participate in if you would like to follow your performance during the class and compare yourself to other cyclists. A personal online performance tracker is also available for members to trend their progress from class to class.
Complimentary towels and shoes available. First class is free. Individual class for $25. Unlimited and class packs also available.
601 Rue de la Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H3B 2M8
YMCA downtown (Stanley)
Although the YMCA does not have all the bells and whistles of a fancy cycling studio, quality cycling classes are offered at the downtown location a few times a week. It doesn’t have the fancy sound system or complementary towels or water bottles, but unparalleled energy and excitement can be found in any of the jam-packed classes. Notable instructors include Omar, Steve, and Ben, but arrive early since they have a cult-like following with participants lining up 20 minutes before.
Drop-in day passes to the YMCA or a membership to the YMCA is the only way to really access the classes. Keep in mind a membership at the YMCA costs less than two classes at most spinning studios.
1440 Rue Stanley, Montréal, QC H3A 1P7