Whether you never miss a morning workout or are more the roll-over-and-hit-snooze type, there are days when everyone could use a little help getting moving. Instead of hitting the gym for a solo sweat sesh, why not spice up your routine with a new workout? There’s no question that group fitness classes are a great motivator, and we think there’s no better venue for getting fired up as a group than a spin studio.
Every studio has its own vibe, and every instructor brings their own unique style (and music!) to their classes. Try one, and if it’s not love at first cycle, try another. Find the right fit and you just might find yourself first in the studio every morning.
So if you’re looking for a new way to break a sweat, want to find your fitness tribe, or are just curious about all the hype, these eight local spin studios and showrooms will get your heart pumping while you enjoy the ride.
Located in River North
Price: First class, $15; drop-in, $28; packages, $135-$1,050
Studio Three Cycle is a full mind/body experience where the beats take you over. The studio is outfitted with Peloton bikes, named “The Best Cardio Machine on the Planet” by Men’s Health, along with stadium-style seating and concert lighting for a vibrant and, dare we say, jammin’ good time.
Open in Lincoln Park with 13 locations around the country
Price: One class, $20; unlimited, $139 per month
Full Psycle claims to be “the funnest 45 minutes in fitness.” No matter where you are on your fitness journey, there is a Full Psycle class for you. With themed classes tailored to music, size, and ambiance, there’s always something new to try and new friends to be made — it’s a community. Full Psycle offers stadium-style seating with a club-like atmosphere.
Full Psycle is a strong supporter of the Susan G Komen Foundation, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, Folds of Honor, and Toys for Tots.
Seven Chicagoland locations
Price: first month, $49; month-to-month rates, $69-$149 unlimited
Get a taste of spinning with the triple threat workout of SPENGA: a unique combination of spin, strength, and yoga. Each class starts off with a 20-minute cardio spin, followed by 20 minutes of HIIT strength training, and finishes with 20 minutes of yoga. Work out to upbeat DJ-inspired music in a positive environment.
Four locations throughout the Chicago area
Price: 1 class, $30; 10 classes, $280
SoulCycle is a 45-minute class that combines cardio and strength with rhythm-based choreography. The studios are candlelit to set the mood for a total mind/body, meditative experience. When you attend SoulCycle, you cycle with a pack or tribe to one simultaneous rhythm. It’s more than a fitness routine, it’s a community.
Three showrooms throughout the Chicago area where you can test ride before bringing your own home
Price: $2,245-$2,644 or $58/month for 39 months
Pel•o•ton /ˈpe-lə-ˌtän/ n. Defined as the main group of riders in a race.
Peloton brings the lively group exercise experience to the privacy and convenience of your own home. Peloton gives you access to studio classes, 24/7. You can join a live class from the New York City studio or stream it any time. Even virtually, the Peloton community connects riders and instructors for an immersive rider experience.
Studios in Winnetka and Wicker Park
Price: 1 class, $27; unlimited monthly, $150 (limited-time offer)
As a family-run, locally owned business, Spynergy prides itself on the community and personality of their studios. Instructors get you peddling and keep you coming back for more with the help of an intimate setting and heart-pumping tunes.
Five locations throughout the Chicago area
Price: $18-$20, or as low as $12 in some areas
Cyclebar creates a fun and accessible experience for riders of all ages and levels. Combining upbeat music, energizing video graphics, and personal performance data with CycleTheatre™, the CycleBar experience is designed to be simple, fun, low impact, and high intensity.
Located in Northfield, Illinois
Price: drop-in, $25; new client rate for unlimited first month, $50; unlimited monthly, $200
A repeat Best Of winner, Studio Spin offers spin and sport fusion classes, like Spin & Yoga or Spin & Boxing, designed for peak performance training at all levels.
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Haley Yamada is a summer intern for the editorial staff at Make It Better. She is currently working toward a journalism degree from Medill at Northwestern University and plans to graduate in June of 2020. Her work has been published in Spoon University Magazine and on the Northwestern News Network. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, and her pug, Odie. Last year, she ran the Chicago Marathon for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and continues to support the organization today.