Spinout 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.
The 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.
For 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.
The 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.
Classes 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.
Given 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.
Photos by Jesse Milns