I hate working out. I get bored very easily and it's difficult for me to stick to one thing for a long time. But I may have found the thing that I love and it makes me sweat buckets - Spin cycling. You basically are on a stationary bike, spinning at fast speeds, with some added off and on saddle movements, in a room with awesome music and a super hyped up instructor that can keep your energy levels going. I've tried a few in Vancouver (not all) and each of them have a different flavor, so it really just comes down to what you prefer. Eastwood Cycle Sanctuary - Located in the edge of Gastown, this studio is a sanctuary and the interior design has a Moroccan theme throughout. The studio is spacious, airy and calming. When you enter the studio you are greeted with a lobby and retail space; the studio is straight through behind the blue doors. Down stairs is where you will find the change rooms, bathroom with 2 showers, lockers and lounge area. My favour instructor is Jess Brock. she's got great energy, reads the crowd well and she plays great music. She teaches a class called the "Detox" which is a 45 minute spin class that takes you on a even ride of cardio and strength building. Eastwood also offers unique classes like the "Mamacita" with Child Care and "The Boxer", which includes 30 minutes of kick boxing. *All images below are from Eastwood Instagram page.
Ride Cycle Club - If you are interested in a sweaty, dirty (in a good way) version of spinning, I suggest Ride Cycle located on the edge of Yaletown. Probably some of the more difficult classes I have taken, most of the time you are completely off saddle for the entire duration of the class. The studio is small and you snuggy up in a dark room and they really love to pump their music ( I kinda feel like I'm in a night club). With the smaller room, you really get a good sense of what it feels like to ride in a tight pack. Everything is on one floor, they have lockers lined up along the wall, however they only offer one shower in their bathroom. Kick ass teachers I recommend are Julie, Ashley and Brooke. You can not go wrong with these 3 ladies and they will #werk you. I come out like a sweaty hot-mess every single time and hungry for more. *All Images below are from Ride Cycle Club Instagram page.
Spin Society - Fresh, clean, modern design space located downtown Vancouver, just off the Granville bridge at Drake street. It's in a little bit of a dead zone, but it makes this spin studio a hidden gem. They have stations at the front desk so you can log in yourself, infused water for your bottle and treats on the counter for after your ride! They have a 3 shower bathroom (very convenient) with Saje products for freshening up. Some high energy instructors with some sass and attitude, give Bridgette and Shannon a whirl. *All Images from the Spin Society website.