The Best Spinning Classes in Toronto
The best spinning classes in Toronto will make you the toughest thing on two wheels. Though indoor cycling is known for attracting hardcore athletes and fitness buffs, many of the city's top spin studios will gladly welcome spinners of any fitness or experience level (though they won't exactly go easy on you).
To get you into the spirit, you'll find motivating instructors, driving soundtracks, and, often, the kind of camaraderie with your classmates that comes only from sweating your face off side-by-side. A gyms go the distance with extra technological bells and whistles like HD-video scenery, progress-monitoring computers, or bikes that twist and swerve like the real thing. Whether you choose to take your cycling outside during the summer months or keep it to the stationary bike, after a few classes at these gyms, you'll be more than ready.
Here are the best spinning classes in Toronto.
Quad offers two Toronto locations (King West and Riverside), plus one in Oakville, for your spinning pleasure (or agony, depending). The vibe varies at each - vibrant-yet-upscale on King, peaceful and spa-like on Queen East - but both offer a range of classes, from beginner to three-hour endurance spins, and even sessions soundtracked by a live DJ. More »
True to its name, the Junction gym makes spinning a part of a wide slate of offerings like Gravity, TRX, and Tribe training. The gym focuses on small class sizes, and makes newbies feel welcome while working old pros to the limit. (Their flexible rate plans, based around their in-house RPM card system, are a bonus.) More »
The energy is contagious at this brand-new St. Clair West spinning gym, which keeps its classes to 50-minute bursts designed to blend cardio and strength - and occasional 60-minute classes for serious spinners. More »
Another one for the metrics-obsessed. This spartan spinning gym at Eglinton and Vic Park offers an "individualized power-based cycling program" based around twice-weekly, 90-minute classes using a computerized monitoring system. They'll put you through performance-based testing every six months and reassess your current training regimen. In short - it's serious business. More »
King West's CYKL keeps the indoor-riding experience fresh by exclusively using RealRyder bikes, which twist and turn like you're actually on the road. They're accomodating to spinners of all experience levels and fitness goals. (They also do live DJ spin sessions!) More »
This huge fitness studio in Forest Hill Village features studios for yoga, barre, circuit training, and a 44-bike room for spinning. The spin classes offer major personality to go with the major square footage, with the boisterous classes fostering a tight-knit atmosphere among regulars. More »
Spynga (that's "spinning" plus "yoga") gives you the best of both worlds - think hardcore spinning intervals mixed with serene stretches. The St. Clair and Bathurst gym is bright and friendly, but they'll give you a pretty good working-over as you transition from bike to mat. (Remember to bring all the gear for both, BTW.) More »
Spinning is this Danforth gym's bread and butter, but they'll keep all of your muscle groups happy with yoga, kettlebell and run clinics. If you'd rather hit the road on your bike than a gym, their Virtual Ride Spinning system is the next best thing - ogle HD scenery from across North America and Europe as you pedal along. More »