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Spinout Cycle

Posted by Erica Berman / Posted on March 17, 2014

spinout cycle torontoSpinout Cycle is Toronto's newest spinning studio for A-Types and Technophiles. Located in Liberty Village, it was started by Hanya Kizemchuk, a former model-turned real estate investor, who fell in love with spinning after injuries left her unable to continue running. With a long history of business experience, Kizemchuk saw an opportunity to start a unique type of spinning studio: one where you can track all of your progress electronically.

Given the popularity of fitness apps these days, it's obvious that people like the idea of tracking their progress, and this is a strategy athletes have been using for a long time to improve their performance. According to Kizemchuk, this is exactly what her studio allows clients to do in a way that most other fitness studios do not.

spinout cycle torontoThe sleek studio has an elegant lounge and large room full of top-of-the-line Schwinn bikes. Each is set up with its own monitor that measures your wattage, rotations per minute (RPMs), and calories. This means you can see exactly how hard you are working, and prevent you from unknowingly slacking off or overexerting. Your stats are projected up on a monitor and compared with the others in the room.

spinout cycle torontoFor those with a competitive spirit, this can be motivating. For those who fear being evaluated by others, it might be a deterrent. But the room is intentionally dark, with black painted walls and small pot-lights, Kizemchuk tells me, so as not to make anyone feel self-conscious or over-exposed. If you bring a USB hub, you can save your data and track your progress yourself.

spinout cycle torontoThe studio already has over 200 riders and Kizemchuk plans to expand to other locations soon. They offer classes from early morning to evening, and there are clean, bright showers and change rooms for those needing to freshen up after a sweaty spin session.

spinout cycle torontoClasses are reasonably priced (under $25), and can be purchased in packages. There are also specials for new participants. An unlimited monthly pass will cost you $199.

spinout cycle torontoGiven how much the features of this club may appeal to the Bay Street Set, I am wondering if that's Kizemchuk's destination for her next location.

spinout cycle torontospinout cycle torontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

15 Comments

Yvonne / March 17, 2014 at 02:56 am
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They are brilliant! Guys are hot there! There's a cupcake shop down the aisle. It's perfect for a sweet tooth like me right after a good spinout cycling session!!!
spin spin sugar / March 17, 2014 at 09:56 am
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Full class i see.
horsepower / March 17, 2014 at 11:01 am
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I've been to this place a couple of times, mainly because of the on-bike computers/monitors and proximity to where I live. I find the extra information great, especially the watt output. However, the way they "rank" the riders on the leader board seems to be based on calories burned which is a bit misleading and can be inaccurate.
The staff are quite nice and welcoming, but I wasn't overly impressed with how the classes were instructed or structured.
LibertyLocal / March 17, 2014 at 11:49 am
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I adore this place. I am an avid rider and feel the instruction here is like that of real coaches. Much more authentic than some of the "hip hip hooray" types you get on King West.

This is definitely the best for competitive types.

Beautiful studio, great vice/music and instructors - definitely worth a try and then some!
Charley / March 17, 2014 at 11:54 am
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Love the high energy and positive vibes at SPINOUT. I had never gone spinning before and Scotty made sure that I felt comfortable, had fun, and challenged myself without going overboard. The girl beside me was an avid spinner and we both were able to ride beside each other and get what we both wanted out of the class.
Michelle B / March 17, 2014 at 01:07 pm
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Spinout was not pretentious and I found the staff down to earth and above average knowledgeable. No one made me feel like I was expected to know anything. I'm not new to spinning but its been a while and Chris made me feel better when he said I was the boss of my work out and could take all the breaks I wanted.

Since they first opened prices have lowered, they were kinda steep at first and I see they have a groupon now too.
I've been to Phils class and Mia (she's new). Both great rides. Not too serious, loved Phils music and Mia was very clear. Anyway, now I'm rambling. Go try it.
Michelle B replying to a comment from spin spin sugar / March 17, 2014 at 01:11 pm
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Prob be a while before they fill 40 bikes..yea
Kate / March 17, 2014 at 01:31 pm
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$199 a month? Damn. With Quad and CYKL (both top notch facilities with well-deserved fanatic followings) both coming in around the $140 mark, I can't really see this place lasting. If it's trying to capitalize on the flywheel/soulcycle insanity, I think the owners are going to find Torontonians a little less likely to part with their money so mindlessly for a digital gimmick.

Considering Equinox (the most luxurious gym in the city) is only asking $165, I think they may need to re-evaluate their pricing strategy pretty quick.
Alli / March 17, 2014 at 03:50 pm
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When it comes to sweat and spinning in Liberty Village area, Movemeant is the only place for me. Plus sized women like me cannot access places like these without being sized up and down or being made to feel like we can't keep up. The competitive aspect makes me very uncomfortable, but that is just me. I am sure it is great for pro athlete types. All the best to them.
hanya replying to a comment from Kate / March 17, 2014 at 05:19 pm
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Hey Kate! We have an unlimited package at $49 for two weeks.
We have an unlimited month at $150. and if you autopay, it gets down to $99. per month. So , those are the best prices in the neighborhood. Collecting data from your ride is not a gimmick.Riding a bike without data, is like getting on a weigh scale without numbers.Ancient!

hanya replying to a comment from Alli / March 17, 2014 at 05:27 pm
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Dear Alli,
You should know that one of our instructors Peter Virgile, has lost close to 100 pounds through spinning.
Nobody looks you up and down, and nobody expects you to come in as an athlete.
We can however, help you, through collecting your data off of your rides, set some goals and get you burning some heavy duty calories. Our instructors are coaches and there to help. Hope to see you
Ped Al. / March 17, 2014 at 05:48 pm
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Any tandem bikes?
MrsP / March 17, 2014 at 06:08 pm
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Interesting comments above.
I hope this place listens and takes them to heart.


As someone who's in extremely good shape, and a consistent spinner at one of the facilities mentioned above.

I wouldn't go to this place for a few reasons:

1. I don't like the set up --
Surrounded by mirrors and pot lighting? UGH. Those types of bright lights make me sweat like a mofo .. and I don't like lights on during my spin workouts. I love zoning out in dim lighting, so I can concentrate on pushing myself. I also don't want to see myself in a mirror. If your trainers/teachers/instructors are paying attention, you'll be receiving correction tips from them; whats the point of the mirrors?

(As a tip, if you're going to have mirrors in your facility, you could at least keep them clean -- the very top pic, UGH. DIRRRRTY)


2. You carry hard chemical cleaner wipes in your gym? GROSS. I don't want that crap touching my skin. *see top pic, CLOROX wipes?! They contain dimethyl benzyl ammonia chloride & dimethyl ethyl benzyl ammonia chloride, more commonly known as pesticides.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a anti-chemical Nazi, but I don't want that crap anywhere near my skin, or inhaling that crap in a closed in space. I wonder what sort of ventilation system you use ... that will be the real test in the warmer months.


Again, these are things I pick up instantly.
And are a huge turn off.


And the data stuff? Yah, I don't care.
When I'm spinning, i'm NOT looking at a screen 10 metres away. I barely even put my head up ... I don't get it. I also don't measure my workouts by those sorts of #'s. I measure them by self awareness. And how I felt during/after my workout. I'm tired of being competitive gyms and working out to reach # goals. I'm done with the scale, and I'm done with #'s. I'm too old for that crap.

Good luck. I'll look you up in 6 months, and see where you stand.
ToyFactoryFit / March 17, 2014 at 07:54 pm
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Seems like MrsP really went to lengths to put down this new place. No one is perfect when they first open and we can pass on info without the negative vibe, specially if you're are going to write a speech about it. Change the cleaner, dim the lights and that's all have to do? For a new place that's pretty good.
I read the reviews before I went to the 630 class after buying a groupon, just got home.
MrsP is right, cleaner is a lil strong, but the room was very dark and the music was killer. I'm all signed up for a lunch class next. Welcome to Lib Village spin studio.
nesh / September 5, 2014 at 11:19 am
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Yup, MrsP may have been in a bad mood

The place is quite dark/dim during the class, and instructors turn off monitors for some class stages.
Data is great if you want it...I do...and its not there just for ranking. I use it to keep my self on track...I know my averages and the real time display keeps me honest :)
With any type of exercise you will eventually hit a plato and data shows you that right away...it tells you to push harder.
I like mirrors...mirrors allow experienced exercisers to monitor their form.
Prices are decent as well, $150 for a month or under $150 if you commit to a few months (as I did)

Bottom line...it's a great spin studio that gives you more options...use them or don't...it's a personal preference.


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