Thinking about joining the healthy lifestyle spin-class hype but not sure where to start? Believe it or not, I was in this position not too long ago, alongside many of my friends. If you’re wondering what exactly goes on during a spin class, here are some helpful pointers and background info on this cult-favorite exercise.
First off, a spin class usually takes place indoors on a stationary bike. Sometimes, due to the heightened alerts, spin classes will be held outdoors to adhere to government regulations. When held in its regular, indoor setting, just imagine a scene in a nightclub: flashing lights and adrenaline-pumping music. But instead of dancing, you will be sweating it out on a bike for around 45 to 60 minutes.
However, if you are not used to such a fast-paced workout environment, it is very important to not push yourself. It is completely normal to be worried about the rising cases of muscle breakdown from spin classes, but as long as you know your endurance levels and how much you can take, there’s nothing of concern.
If it is your first time at a spin class, you should arrive at least 20 minutes beforehand to learn how to set up your bike. We also recommend asking the on-site instructor for tips and tricks during your first class.
There’s not a lot to keep in mind, because at its core, a spin class is just another fun and sweaty way to stay healthy and burn calories. The key is to not feel intimidated by the surrounding equipment, and to fully enjoy the company and environment. To help kickstart your spin journey, here is a list of spin cycling studios suitable for beginners around Singapore.
Known as Singapore’s largest rhythmic indoor cycling studio and the region’s first indoor rhythmic cycling, Aurora is one of the newest kids in town and already one of the flashiest as well. Boasting two different rooms, the Infinity Room and the Experience room, both are equipped with an illuminated darkroom multi-sensory lighting system.
Aurora also provides beginner classes known as “Aurora Fundamentals”, where you will be guided by its knowledgeable instructors on how to develop good form habits.
Address: 36 Beach Rd, #02-01/02-02, Singapore 189766
Contact: 8923 3239
Ground Zero offers studios filled with revolutionary lighting and sound systems, where you can lose yourself in the curated playlist of the instructor. If you’re lucky, you can sign up for its regular themed classes that feature your favourite artists or genres. The soundtracks include everything from K-pop hits to Drake, One Direction to Taylor Swift, and mashup beats to electro dance remixes, and hip hop.
Check out its website for more information and beginner tips.
Address: 18 Cross St, Singapore 048423
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 6am–10pm, Saturday from 7:30am–4:30pm, and Sunday from 7:30am–4:30pm
Contact: 6226 0083
Located conveniently in the CBD with multiple outlets, Revolution is arguably one of the most popular spin studios around the island, and Singapore’s fastest-growing spin phenomenon. Each dark room is filled with strobe lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that will help you spin your heart out. However, from personal experience, I suggest arriving here five minutes before the start of your class as they will not let you in if you are late.
Sneak a peek at the lockers as they are named after famous celebrities, such as Shawn Mendes, Rihanna, and Kelly Clarkson, just to name a few.
Address: Multiple locations
Orchard – Monday to Thursday from 4:30pm–10pm, Friday from 9am–11:30pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 10am–9pm
Cecil St – Monday to Thursday from 11am–10pm, Friday from 8am–10pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 8:30am–6pm
Tanjong Pagar – Monday from 8am–8pm, Tuesday to Friday from 7am–9pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 8am–8pm
Orchard – 6980 2984
Cecil St – 6972 3675
Tanjong Pagar – 6980 0778
Originally hailing from Thailand, Absolute Cycle is Asia’s largest Rhythm Cycling Studio that aims to give its riders a holistic experience. Rhythm Cycling is a full-body workout that focuses on motivation, music, and movements on the bike. In just 45 minutes, you can burn 500 to 800 calories while sweating it out, having fun, and listening to great music.
If this is your first time riding with Absolute Cycle, you can read here for more information about how to sign up for its beginner classes.
Address: Multiple locations
Opening hours: Monday and Thursday from 7am–9:30pm, Friday from 7am–8:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30am–4pm
Contact: 3129 2894
Self-proclaimed as Singapore’s sweetest indoor cycling studio, hence the name, Popsicle by Active Fitness aims to find the sweet spot in between pushing your limits and creating a safe and fun space to ride. Popsicle used to be known as Cycle Beats, but it has rebranded, and boasts two eye-catching outlets in Joo Chiat and UE Square, thanks to its lighting and decor.
Check here for pricing and trial class information.
UE Square – 81 Clemenceau Ave, #01-34, Singapore 239917
Joo Chiat – 368 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore, 427613
Contact: 9699 3584
Sync Cycle’s perfect blend of fun, fitness, and music will leave you wanting more. Its 50-minute classes are filled with upbeat music, led by bubbly and motivating instructors. Beginners to spin classes will not find Sync Cycle intimidating at all as most of their classes are beginner-friendly. This establishment also offers complimentary birthday rides for those celebrating their birthdays within the month.
More information can be found here.
Address: 92 Yio Chu Kang Rd, Singapore 545572
282 East Coast Road Singapore 428946
Opening hours: Monday to Tuesday from 5pm–10pm, Wednesday to Friday from 9:30am–12pm and 6pm–10pm, Saturday from 9am–12pm, and Sunday from 10am–5pm
Contact: 6282 6008