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Best Indoor Cycling Studios in Austin, Texas

July 11, 2017

Learn all about indoor cycling studios in this post. Have you tried these nine spin studios in Austin?

What are you riding for today? In many of the spin classes I go to, the instructor asks us to set an intention for class when we start.

After trying my first spin class years ago, I wasn’t sure if I liked it, but after almost a year and a half of consistent spinning, I am hooked. It’s a fun and sweaty workout that challenges me. The workout is always different, but it’s easy to learn. Class after class, I’ve felt stronger, and I have the muscles to show it. Have you tried it?

What is Spin Class?

  • Spin class is an indoor cycling workout led by an instructor and set to music. This cardio workout challenges your pedal speed and resistance.
  • In the class, you’ll work out your legs, core, and sometimes arms.
  • Classes range from 30 minutes to an hour.
  • You wear cycling shoes that clip into the pedals of the bike. You can buy your own and bring them to each class (about $100), studios will have them available to rent ($1-3), or they are included in the class pricing.
  • The bikes have a knob or lever that allow you to add or subtract resistance, making it easier or harder to pedal.
  • Most spin studios will include an arm workout with hand weights during the spin class. (Kor180 and Fusion do not do this.) You’ll have weights at your bike or pick your weights before class. Be ready to work out your biceps, triceps, and shoulders.

Flywheel

What To Do at Your First Class

Don’t be scared, beginners! The instructor will guide you on how much resistance to add and what numbers to hit but always listen to your body. Challenge yourself but take it slow. Here are some tips.

  • Bring a water bottle!
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to prepare for class.
  • Staff will be available to help you adjust your bike to your height and comfort. This is very important to make sure you don’t hurt yourself during the workout and to get the most out of your workout.
  • Some studios will have hand weights of varying weight to choose from, so make sure you have dumbells of your desired weight at your bike and know where they are stored.
  • Instructors will explain hand positions, the resistance knob, and any tech at the beginning of class.

Spin Studio Amenities

All of Austin’s spin studios include these amenities to make your experience better:

  • Lockers with built-in locks or areas to keep your stuff
  • Showers
  • Filtered water dispenser
  • Towel for class

SoulCycle

Quick Notes

  • RPM = revolutions per minute. This tracks your speed. You’ll see this number on bikes with electronics.
  • Why Electronics: I’ve found the classes with electronics are harder. Instructors will tell you what numbers to set your resistance to or aim for during each song. The electronics seem to be more accurate than “two turns on,” though you should always adjust the resistance and numbers to your capabilities and the strength of your body. In other words, make your workout a challenge!
  • Why Buy Shoes: After a month of classes, I realized it would save me money to invest in spin shoes. I got mine at REI because I wanted to try them on. These are similar to the shoes I got. You also need to buy the clip-ins, SPD (two holes) or Delta (three holes and easier to clip in). SPD is the most common option at studios.
  • I use ClassPass, so I’ve saved money and been able to try multiple studios. They have monthly class packages of 5 for $50 (cannot go to one studio more than two times) and 10 for $90 (cannot go to one studio more than three times). Love Cycling is the only spin studio that is not on ClassPass. After you find a studio you love, it makes sense to invest in a package.
  • Seating: For any studio that doesn’t have assigned seating, be sure to get there earlier to pick your spot.
  • Safety: In some classes, you’ll be instructed to do crunches and push ups. For your safety, if you can’t keep up with the requested speed in the third position (out of the seat), do not try the choreography.
  • The pricing listed is what is advertised as of July 2017. I recommend joining a studio’s email list and social media accounts to get notifications about special pricing packages.

Manifesto Wall at Kor180

Austin, Texas Spin Studios

Ok, now that you know all the basics about spinning, here’s information about the nine spin studios in Austin. (listed alphabetically)

Cyc Fitness – CLOSED AUGUST 2017

  • What I Love: Being close to the UT Campus, the classes are filled with college-aged students and they are consistently fierce. The instructors make the classes fun with their choice of music and constant changing of the uplighting but also challenge you to push yourself with resistance. It’s a dance party but the instructors will challenge you to work hard while having fun. I like taking Morgan’s classes!
  • Location: Central: 715 W 23rd St, Austin, TX 78705
  • Parking: Validated Garage Parking
  • Shoes: Included
  • Seating: Assigned; Half circle layout with instructor on platform in front
  • Electronics: None
  • Single Class Pricing: $22 (Special $15 classes at 6 am daily or 4:30 pm Fridays)
  • Best Package Pricing: 20 Rides for $380 ($19 per class)
  • Unlimited Month Pricing: $178
  • First-Timer Special: None
  • Websitehttps://cycfitness.com/studios/austin/cyc-austin/

Photo Courtesy: Cyc Fitness ATX

Define Body & Mind

  • What I Love: This rhythm-based class perfectly combines speed and resistance. Their classes are mostly filled with females, and they are some of the strongest I’ve seen in classes. I also enjoy the instructors who cycle along with you the majority of the time. Their spin room is cozy and intimate, with lots of candles (electric) as decoration. Kate is my favorite instructor and my body thanks her for those tough workouts!
  • Locations: Central: 1818 W 35th Street, Austin, TX 78703 and South: 809 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
  • Parking: Free Parking Lot
  • Shoes: Rent for $2
  • Seating: Not Assigned; Rectangle layout with instructor on platform in front
  • Electronics: None
  • Single Class Pricing: $22
  • Best Package Pricing: 30 Classes for $540 ($18 per class)
  • Unlimited Month Pricing: $150
  • First-Timer Special: First Class Free; First Month for $125
  • Not Only Spin: Define also offers barre, yoga, hammock, and trampoline classes if you want a mix of workout methods.
  • Websitehttp://austin35th.definebody.com/

FlyWheel

  • What I Love: I’m a competitive athlete, so FlyWheel’s TorqBoard, a feature you can’t find at any other Austin studio, gets my adrenaline pumping. The console at each bike helps you monitor your power and RPM, and the instructor shows everyone’s progress on the screen periodically. You can elect to be included when you check in for class. Several times throughout class, you’ll have “races” for around 30 seconds and these rankings will show on the TorquBoard also. You’ll see an overall rank based on performance at the end and you can see your stats for each class when you log in on the website. Their instructors are along for the ride the whole time, going through the workout with you.
  • Location: North/Domain: 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza #128, Austin, TX 78758
  • Parking: Free Parking Garage
  • Shoes: Included (they get your size at your first visit and set them out for you at each class)
  • Seating: Assigned; Tiered, Half circle stadium
  • Electronics: Yes
  • Single Class Pricing: $25
  • Best Package Pricing: 20 Classes for $420 ($21 per class)
  • Unlimited Month Pricing: $200 (3-month commitment)
  • First-Timer Special: $15 First Class
  • Websitehttps://www.flywheelsports.com/studio/domain

Fusion Indoor Cycling

  • What I Love: I love that Fusion has TV monitors at the front with the RPM and Gear goals AND the current song playing. It helps me keep track of what I’m supposed to be doing, and I am sometimes curious about the name and artist of songs I hear during class. Fusion has a nearly one hour class and it kicks my butt but in a good way. I like that their instructors seem like they’re skilled in spin and HiiT training, so you know you’ll get a good workout!
  • Location: 3201 Bee Cave Rd, Austin, TX, 78746
  • Parking: Free Parking Lot
  • Shoes: Bring your spin shoes to clip-in or strap in your athletic shoes
  • Seating: Not Assigned; Half circle stadium
  • Electronics: Yes
  • Single Class Pricing: $15
  • Unlimited Month Pricing: $125
  • First-Timer Special: First Class Free
  • Not Only Spin: Fusion is inside of Train 4 the Game, which is a high-intensity workout gym with classes. They have mixed classes that include 30 minutes of spin and 30 mins of core workout.
  • Websitehttp://fusionindoorcycling.com

Photo Courtesy: Fusion Indoor Cycling

Kor180

  • What I Love: This numbers-focused studio challenges you to push yourself. You’ll never feel out of control on your bike, and you’ll do a lot of slow resistance work, which is a love/hate relationship for me. The console at the handlebars shows the relationship between RPM and watts, and I like that it calculates the total time and miles. Owner and instructor Maja is full of tough love, which makes her studio challenging yet rewarding. Kor180 uses a hexagon as their symbol so you’ll see references to the “beehive” and a cool light-up design at their Burnet location.
  • Locations: Downtown: 1611 W 5th St #140, Austin, TX 78703 and North: 11005 Burnet Rd #106, Austin, TX 78758
  • Parking: Free Parking Lot or Garage Parking
  • Shoes: Rent for $2
  • Seating: Not Assigned; Rectangle layout with instructor on platform in front
  • Electronics: Yes
  • Single Class Pricing: $20
  • Best Package Pricing: $500 for 30 classes (about $16 per class)
  • Unlimited Month Pricing: $249 (includes pilates classes)
  • First-Timer Special: Free Week
  • Not Only Spin: Kor180 also offers pilates classes to help you tone your whole body. “Mixed” classes will give you 45 minutes of cycling and 30 minutes of pilates.
  • Website: http://www.kor180.com/

LOVE Cycling Studio

  • What I Love: This studio is full of LOVE! I love their themed rides where they play particular artists. They also have music video classes where the mirrors turn into TVs. If you feel the need for speed, you’ll get it here! Two birds with one stone: USB ports in the lockers will charge your phone while you work out. Go take one of Megan’s classes; she’s awesome!
  • Location: Downtown: 507 Pressler, Suite 900, Austin, TX 78703
  • Parking: Free Garage Parking
  • Shoes: Rent for $2
  • Seating: Self-assigned; Rectangle layout with instructor on platform in front
  • Electronics: None
  • Single Class Pricing: $22
  • Best Package Pricing: $850 for 50 classes ($17 per class)
  • Unlimited Month Pricing: None
  • First-Timer Special: None
  • Websitehttps://www.lovecyclingstudio.com
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Ride Indoor Cycling Studio

  • What I Love: If you like cycling fast, you will find your place at Ride. The rhythm-based classes are guided but you are responsible for pushing yourself. The majority of the songs are fast-paced and they don’t put emphasis on heavy resistance. If you like certain types of music or artists, check out their themed rides.
  • Locations: Downtown: 117 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 and Bee Cave: 12800 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX 78738
  • Parking: Validated Parking Garage or Free Parking Lot
  • Shoes: Rent for $1
  • Seating: Assigned; Rectangle layout with instructor on platform in front
  • Electronics: No
  • Single Class Pricing: $22
  • Best Package Pricing: $360 for 20 classes ($18 per class)
  • Unlimited Month Pricing: None
  • First-Timer Special: None
  • Websitehttp://www.ride-indoorcycling.com/locations

SoulCycle

  • What I Love: This is the ultimate “dance party on a bike.” The instructors here are encouraging and they always have great playlists. This workout is always accompanied with a pep talk throughout the class about finding your soul, community, and strength. It’s easy to drink the Kool-Aid and leave feeling extremely positive about life and the world around you. I like to say it’s a workout with a little bit of “church.” Joe is my favorite instructor at SoulCycle.
  • Locations: Domain: 11800 Domain Blvd #150, Austin, TX 78758 and Downtown: Frost Bank Tower, 401 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
  • Parking: Free Garage Parking. Get validation for the downtown garage.
  • Shoes: Rent for $3
  • Seating: Assigned; Rectangle layout with instructor on platform in front
  • Electronics: No
  • Single Class Pricing: $30
  • Best Package Pricing: $780 for 30 classes ($26 per class)
  • Unlimited Month Pricing: None
  • First-Timer Special: $20 First Class
  • Websitehttps://www.soul-cycle.com/studios/texas/

Tetra Fitness

  • What I Love: Their seats have the most cushion! A lever near the electronic console controls the resistance. These bikes don’t require you to have cycling shoes; you can strap in athletic shoes or flip the pedal over and clip in cycling shoes. Out of all the classes, the people attending spin here were the least enthused, so if you’re looking for a community, this might not be the place to go. However, the instructors were encouraging and led a great workout.
  • Location: Downtown: 1717 West 6th St #110R, Austin, TX 78703
  • Parking: Free Parking Garage
  • Shoes: Rent clip-in shoes for $3 or strap in your athletic sneakers
  • Seating: Not Assigned; Rectangle layout with instructor on platform in front
  • Electronics: Yes
  • Single Class Pricing: $23
  • Best Package Pricing: $220 for 10 classes ($22 per class)
  • Unlimited Month Pricing: $145
  • First-Timer Special: trial month $69 unlimited
  • Not Only Spin: Tetra also offers boot-camp classes and private coaching in other parts of their studio.
  • Websitehttp://www.tetrafitness.com/

Photo Courtesy: Tetra Fitness

Conclusion

We have lots of spin studio options in Austin! Which one you choose depends on what factors are important to you and how you feel in the class. Consider the instructors, the class, the bike quality, and the overall experience. The spin studios don’t differ by much but finding one that fits perfectly with you is key. You’ll find encouraging instructors that will push you at each studio. Try a few studios and see the differences for yourself.

It’s hard to choose a favorite spin studio because I like each for different reasons. It really depends on my mood and what kind of workout I’m hoping to have.

  • If I’m feeling extra competitive, I would opt for Flywheel or Fusion.
  • If I need a little more love and good vibes, I would opt for SoulCycle.
  • If I feel like going fast, I’d consider Ride or Love.
  • If I want to feel extra strong, I would go to Kor180, Define, or Tetra.

No matter where I go, I know I’ll get a challenging and sweaty workout. I encourage you to give spin a try and see why it has become my go-to workout!

Have you tried a spin class? Where do you go and what do you like about it? OR what kind of workouts do you enjoy and what studios should I try?

P.S. Not into spin? Check out some of this list of my favorite workout studios in Austin.

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  • This is such a great comprehensive list! I’ve tried exactly…..ZERO of these, haha! I need to get my butt into a cycling studio one of these days! I also had no idea you sometimes use hand weights in a spin class. Totally explains why I see some spin class junkies who have incredible arms!!

    • KELSEY! You need to come try a spin class with me! Let me know when you’re ready. 😉 Yep, the arm portion is short but with consistency, you can see results!

  • Rebekah Jane Duke

    I’ve tried four of the studios referenced in the article and I really like the actual bikes at LOVE the best. They just seem to be sturdier and of better quality. But ultimately, to get the most out of spinning, you need to find an instructor that really works with your style or musical tastes

  • Lys Greene

    I’m a huge fan of Love! I’ve tried many different studios around Austin and when I lived in NYC and Love is by far my favorite. I know SoulCylce is the original ‘spin to the beat’ studio but even trying their classes in multiple cities (ATX, NYC, DC), I get SO bored. I really hate that weights are such a small portion of SC and that the last few songs of the class you pretty much ‘ride to your own beat!’ IMO, if I wanted to ride to my own beat, I’d hit the gym and bike solo. I don’t need to pay $30 a class for solo ride time.

    • All of the studios definitely have their own vibes! It’s great that there are studios to match everyone’s different desires and goals. Oooweee, the weights portion at Love gets my arms burning every time. Glad you found your favorite studio and thank you for reading!