In January 2021, I was determined to stick to at least one of my new year resolutions: to exercise more regularly. At that time, spinning studios were becoming increasingly popular (and still are!) so I decided to give it a shot. But of course, it’s always more fun to exercise with your pals so I dragged three friends along with me to attend our first ever spin class!
Now, one year later in January 2022, I’m proud to say that I have no regrets. My friends and I have even signed up for a 50-class student package each, and we try to attend spin class at least once a week. Ever thought of joining a spin class too? Here’s everything you need to know!
What is spin?
Spinning can be compared to partying in Zouk with the pumping music and flashing neon lights, just that you’re on a stationary bike instead. In other words, it is an adrenaline-filled workout session where you ride on a stationary indoor bike in sync with the beat of music blasting through loudspeakers.
Each spin class usually lasts 40 to 60 minutes, depending on which studio you sign up at. Spin classes rely on a mix of fast-paced cycling and strategic, lighter rest intervals so that you’re recovered for the next burst. In fact, you’ll definitely work up a good sweat while burning about 600 – 1000 calories or more!
Other than being a great cardio blaster, spinning also improves your power and speed, tones your leg muscles and strengthens your core. This is because spin classes are designed with specific cycling movements and adapted to different types of terrains such as rolling hills, climbs or even mountains.
Popular spin studios
Now that you know what spin is, it’s time to decide on which spin studio to go to! All spin classes involve professional sound systems and trained instructors to push you to your limits. Hence, the factors to consider would be the cost of lessons, location of studio and whether the studio offers trial classes.
For me, I bought a 50-class student package at Revolution, although I have also tried one-off lessons at other studios. Here are some popular spin studios that you can consider starting your first spin class at:
Located mainly around the central business district, Revolution offers 45-minute spin classes with periodic themed classes by genre or artist. There are shower and changing room facilities in each of their outlets so you can freshen up after your workout.
Outlets: Orchard, Cecil Street, Tanjong Pagar, Bugis
Mon – Thur: 11am – 10pm
Fri: 8am – 10pm
Sat – Sun: 8:30am – 6pm
Price: $45/2 classes (trial classes), from $205/10 classes (student class), class packages from $299/10 classes (members)
If you’re planning to take your spinning classes seriously, then Ground Zero is the studio you should go to! We recommend the Ride or Die class — a more advanced class with harder sets and a higher intensity to enhance one’s endurance.
Address: Cross Street Exchange, #B1-120, S (048423)
Mon – Fri: 6am – 9:30pm
Sat – Sun: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Price: $45/class, from $215 onwards for class packages
As Asia’s largest rhythm cycling studio, Absolute Cycle is definitely another spins studio you should consider. It boasts a variety of exciting indoor cycling sessions — including Beginner 45, Absolute 45, Absolute 60, and seasonal Theme Rides, there is something for everyone here!
Outlets: Downtown Gallery, Millenia Walk, The Centrepoint, Zouk Singapore
Mon – Fri: 8am – 8:30pm
Sat – Sun: 8:30 am – 5:30pm
Price: Trial classes ($49/2 classes), class packages from $450/10 classes (access to all studios)
Whatever the studio, spin promises to be a blast, especially if you go with a friend (or friends) like I did. Who knows, maybe you might just be that next spin instructor!
However, do be careful not to over-exert yourself especially if you’re a beginner. There have been reports of people who suffer from rhabdomyolysis, a condition where muscles are injured or overworked and start to break down, after their first spin class. Hence, it’s always better to work at a pace you’re comfortable with, so go slow to go far!