Gone is the era of sterile spin classes. Today's studios have stepped up their game with sessions that feel more like an awesome club (sans drinks, sadly) than a gym. Dark rooms, a heart-pumping pace, and damn good beats make for a fun workout that's bound to get you fit.
Here are the best new cycling studios in Austin to try right now:
Define Body & Mind
Define has two locations in Austin — one tucked away on 35th Street and another next to Uchi (hello social hour). We recommend taking the Define Revolution class, a full-body workout in just 45 minutes using isometrics, cardio, and high-energy music. Small classes and parking make this spot an attractive option.
Rockin' music, inspirational instructors, and power training — that’s Kor180’s claim to fame. Located on Burnet Road, it uses a FreeMotion power sensor console so you really can’t fudge it. Kor180 also offers nutritional support and provides members with at-home workouts. The first week is free.
Love Cycling Studio
All cycling, all the time. Located downtown, Love was started by a group of buds who (you guessed it!) love cycling. Book a $22 class online and enjoy the special touches — eucalyptus towels post-ride, USB ports in lockers, and the option to order a juice after class.
Resolute focuses specifically on cycling and yoga, and as a result, has varying levels of both. You can go straight up cycling if that's your jam but there are also cycle core, cycle express, and cycle yoga classes. The Steiner Ranch location also offers babysitting on certain days, provided you're in a class.
Rize Urban Cycling
Tiny but mighty, this spot is tucked away off Steck Avenue. Its size isn’t indicative of the kind of workout you’ll get here, though. Rize's cycling classes are top-notch — excellent instructors who are challenging but encouraging, a great playlist, and a real sense of community.
Tetra has a grab bag of spin classes for people at every level of fitness. Cycle and weights, total body cycle, total body cycle and core, and extended cycle are some of the varied options. Anyone looking to really level up should try the most intense offering — a 75 minute cycle class with rhythmic drills and athletic endurance intervals.
Coming soon: SoulCycle
Known for its club-like lighting, pulsing music, and celeb sightings — first lady Michelle Obama, Bradley Cooper, Madonna, and Lady Gaga are all devotees — SoulCycle promises an "emotional journey that runs parallel to the physical workout." The Austin location is set to open in The Domain this fall.