Which indoor cycling studio is right for you?

Which indoor cycling studio is right for you?

Take your pick

Text: Rachel Ng

A studio for every obsession, be it music preference, fitness goals, or studio vibes

Indoor cycling, spinning, rhythm cycling — what haven't we already heard? The spin fad is still going mightily strong, and at the rate new studios are springing up on our island state, jumping onto this bandwagon may be a little more daunting than it used to be. Just where does one begin? Depending on your individual goals and proclivities, here are five indoor cycling studios for every kind of rider out there. You can thank us later.

1. Anthem Indoor Cycling

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A one of its kind experience, Anthem Indoor Cycling deviates slightly from the beats-centric trend and instead, places power training at the core of its entity. While music is still a huge part of the cycling experience, classes at Anthem are “low mils"— where emphasis is not on keeping to the beat of the music, but rather to generate as much power by going hard and far. This is measured by their Performance Metrics system which allows you to capture power (watts), RPM and calories, specific to every rider based on your weight, age and height. Though varying in degree with instructors, music still acts as the background motivator of your training session. The Performance Metrics system rewards the hardworking, so crank that resistance up if you want to top that leaderboard. 

Things to note: Dumbbell arm and core workouts included.

Highlight: Tracking your performance is not an individual journey here. Apart from a post-workout performance summary, the Performance Metrics screen broadcasts every rider’s real-time performance, igniting your competitive streak. 

Best catered for: The competitive rider seeking power training with a little bit of fun. Choreography is minimal here, so this is perfect for anyone who wishes to do without the frills.

Age group: Late 20s to early 40s.

17 Philip Street, #04-00, Grand Building, Tel: 6931 4246

2. CruCycle

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The OG of the scene whose name is known to all those who matter, CruCycle is one of the first indoor cycling studios to open in Singapore back in 2014. It may have been around for awhile now, but this badass of a space is far from dated. A step inside the studio is enough for you to know you’ve entered the exclusive territories of the cool kids on the block.

Pre-workout, the energy is already brimming as Flume’s beats surround the waiting space, competing with buzzing conversations which extend from the front desk to the back area. As those beats amplify, the instructors gather their eager pack into the familiar darkness and soon commence on what will be a spiritual journey towards your fitness purgatory. More than just energy per se, each instructor is a personality of their own, and from it emanates an alluring charisma which manifests in their unique music line-ups and execution. Every word is breathed out to complement the aura of the music, creating an ambience that forms a silent connection amongst everyone in the room. Believe us, it's almost like cycling on steroids.

Beats-wise, think your old time classics like Beyonce and Jay-Z, to popular alternatives such as alt-J and Banks. No one ever seems out of tempo or lost in the choreography here, and that in itself is enough to keep you coming back for more. 

CruCycle’s energy is an alternative kind of youthful and the crew knows just how to bring the party to you. Themed-rides are frequently held in line with the latest events and festivals — such as "Cruchella", their own version of Coachella.

Things to note: Dumbbell arm and core workout included.

Highlight: A cult-like synergy and intoxicating music playlists which combine all your music festivals into one ride.

Best catered for: A young, energetic crew looking for a soulful riding experience.

Age group: Early to late 20s, and the occasional person in their 30s.  

68 Duxton Road, Tel:6509 8880

3. Absolute Cycle

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The latest entrants into the rhythm cycling arena, Absolute Cycle hails from Bangkok’s largest yoga, pilates and coreblast centre to offer Singapore riders another option to their usual indoor cycling boutique studios. There is a little bit more of a "franchise feel" to this place, which will appeal to those who prefer a less intimate experience. 

Each session is highly structured, with a fixed number of 11 songs with specific beats per minute in a routine intended to train different muscle groups. The instructor’s energy skyrockets to get your adrenaline pumping, and the surround-light systems are surprisingly sophisticated — which helps to boost energy levels. Don’t let its music focus fool you; rides at Absolute Cycle are intense and challenging. As with other indoor cycling studios, choreography is incorporated into your ride. But more than just your “tap backs” and “pushes”, you might find yourself in a little dancing situation with over-the-head claps and body waves.

While the music will vary with instructors, what you can expect are renditions of what you might hear at Zouk’s main dance floor – 'City of Dreams' by Alesso, a Marshmellow remix of Adele’s 'Hello', and 'Whatever You Like' by T.I. Slightly generic, but catchy nonetheless.

Things to note: Dumbbell arm and core workout included.

Highlight: Absolute Cycle offers a 15-minute foundation class before every main class for all first-timers. Classes are a good level of challenge and fun. An “afterburn” is almost always guaranteed.  

Best catered for: The busy office worker looking for a good balance of intensity and invigoration in their indoor cycling workout.

Age group: Early 20s to late 30s.

6A Shenton Way, Downtown Gallery, #02-01. Tel: 6220 2688

4. Ground Zero

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This grungy hideout on Carpenter Street offers yet another spin on the classic. More than just a comfortable and well-facilitated studio, Ground Zero’s aesthetics are curated to give a rustic, underground feel stimulating a sense of camaraderie amongst those who are gathered to ride or fight it out on that day (they offer aqua boxing classes as well).  While the main premise showcases strong grey tones of rugged grit, things get a little more contemporary in the studio when your class begins. Strobe lights and futuristic lightings come on intermittently and at timely intervals, complementing the different energies of each routine.

Movements here are not superfluous. Your classic “tap backs”, “pulses”, “pushes” and “jump ups” are combined in permutations which adds resistance to the ride. At Ground Zero, expect the ideal balance of choreography and actual cycling.

Things to note: Dumbbell arm workout included. 

Highlight: Themed rides such as their “90s hip hop” class.

Best catered for: Anyone looking for a more intimate and personal indoor cycling experience that goes beyond the time on your bike.

Age group: Mid 20s to mid 30s.

38 Carpenter Street, Level 3, Tel: 6532 0154

5. Pure Fitness – 'The Trip'

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Pure Fitness knows its blue-ocean strategy well. Instead of competing on the endless possibilities of music and aesthetic preferences, this big power player introduces a whole new indoor cycling experience. Powered by the world renowned Les Mills, a 45-minute session in 'The Trip' takes you on a journey through steep glaciers, space age cities and beautiful sunsets. This is screened through a cinema-quality projection to immerse you in a sensory journey to a world beyond your present. The recalibration of the mind is a huge focus of indoor cycling classes, and as inspiring as any instructor can be, nothing beats having a visual distraction like this.

Sessions here are light-hearted with a push, and the music switches up to complement the different terrains or “worlds” you journey into.

Things to note: Bring your own shoes, cleated or otherwise.

Highlight: An omni-theatric cycling experience into a universe beyond your imagination.

Best catered for: Those who want to focus on spinning without the frills of additional choreography, but with some added visual dimensions. 

Age group: Mid 20s to mid 40s.

Ngee Ann City Podium Block, 391 Orchard Road, Level 8, Tel: 6100 8898

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