Ride Cycle Club
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Ride Cycle Club debuted in Toronto after a months-long underground invite-only setup. Located on Lower Ossington next to Lululemon’s men shop, The Local, it's a product of Ashley Ander and JJ Wilson, the son of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson and the former brand director at Kit and Ace.
Ride is a high-energy workout on a bike done mostly in a dark candlelit room with the instructor at centre stage.
Each ride is designed to tone the core, arms, and legs through a series of smaller bike movements, peaking with a 5-7 minute arm exercise with small weights reinforced by a playlist so well put together, “it’s kind of like going to the club,” says Ander.
If you want a seamless transition between new Kendrick Lamar to old school Britney, Ride complies. You can feel that energy and excitement coming from the riders waiting to get inside the studio.
In collaboration with design/build construction firm, BUILD IT and Architect and Interior Design Team, MGBA, the space has an underground, garage feeling, illuminated by a candlelit walkway you go through before arriving at the crisp, pristine, white studio.
The spacious change rooms are equipped with Aesop products, hairdryers, hair products and towels.
The bikes are spaced so there's enough room between each rider to feel comfortable. The soundproof studio accommodates 55 riders with three rows of riders towards the stage, and three rows to the side.
There’s no such thing as an easy ride here. Once you get on that bike, the intensity level goes up. The style and intensity vary with each instructor, but it will always be an upgraded level of sweat.
Every 30 seconds to a minute, you turn up the gear on the bike to mimic an uphill climb while shifting back and forth or swaying side-to-side.
Choreography and unity are really emphasized in class. Instructors train for months and movements like the tap back are prepared with physio and proper form in mind.
A single ride is $28. Memberships come in packs of five at $135 and 10 at $260.