Travel can throw a wrench in your cycling program and can get in the way of long training rides, but indoor cycling classes can be a great alternative to keep you fit in a pinch. The difficult part is finding a good indoor cycling class. First you have to find a studio with decent bikes and then hunt for the right instructor. Below are a few solid instructors in major cities throughout the U.S. The list is limited to studios where you can purchase an individual class.
1. B/SPOKE, BOSTON
Katie is a triathlete and seven-time Boston marathon participant. Her classes combine high-energy music with athletic moves on the bike. It’s not your traditional cycling class, but take advantage of not having your routine and try something different. You won’t regret it.
2. STUDIO 3, CHICAGO
After 15 years in finance, Antonia DeSantis made the move to fitness. Now, the triathlete and marathon runner is a master instructor at Studio 3 in Chicago. Studio 3 uses Peloton bikes, which offer a realistic ride with a best-in-class magnetic resistance system and whisper-quiet belt drive. After a few minutes with Antonia, you soon will feel triathlon (at least the bike-leg) ready.
3. CYCLEBAR, LOS ANGELES
High energy, great music and a high tech studio. Ride with CycleBar master instructor Kari Nicole and you will get all this and more. Kari’s, rhythm based ride are buoyed by her genre-agnostic playlists. A leaderboard tracks your effort and Kari’s timed sprints will leave you breathless.
4. PELOTON, NEW YORK CITY
Christine is a bike messenger turned indoor cycling instructor. In between, she won a U.S. Cycling Masters track championship, while primarily training indoors. Christine’s classes aren’t about all-out sprint or out-of-the-saddle climbs, she focuses on form and simulates real-world (i.e. in the saddle) efforts. Christine’s mantra, “I Am. I Can, I Will. I Do,” is a small example of the mind-body connection she brings to the spin class experience. You can ride with Christine in Peloton’s Chelsea studio or via its iOS app (with subscription).
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Peter is one of the few instructors who rides with you. Instead of telling you what to do, he climbs, sprints — and suffers — with you. Peter creates a sense of camaraderie and provides a different type of indoor cycling experience.
6. FLYWHEEL, PHILADELPHIA
Utley’s playlists combine rap, R&B and the occasional top-40 hit to keep your legs moving. His wit and charisma make you forget how hard you’re actually pedaling. Combined with Flywheel’s leaderboard, which provides stats for each user and shows your rank (by gender) in the class, you’ll soon be lost in an endorphin-releasing energy fest.
7. OFF ROAD DC, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Tammar took her love for riding and turned it into a business. Co-owner of Off Road DC, Tammar combines cycling know-how, great music and state-of-the-art technology. Off-Road uses Stages indoor bikes to provide the most realistic output numbers available. For an extra challenge, check out the SufferFest, named one of the toughest workouts in D.C. by the Washington Post.
Do you have a favorite instructor while on the road? Share them in the comments.
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