Where to go for a spinning class near the office
The average person takes just 10 days to give up on their New Year resolutions. Luckily, thanks to spinning, you don’t have to be just an average person! Spinning is sociable and enjoyable way to get fit that means you’ll be sure to stick to your fitness plans for 2014.
Spin classes have proven very popular with city workers looking to stretch their legs and get the blood pumping after a long day stuck behind a desk. Take up spinning and before you know it you’ll be turning down that invitation for a post-work drink in favour of getting your sweat on in the gym, finally giving that Adidas sportswear you got for Christmas the use it deserves.
Spin classes are led by an instructor, so you can let someone else make the decisions for a change! It can be hard work initially but it gets the results without seeming like a chore. Spin instructors guide each class through a high-energy workout on specially designed bikes, accompanied by upbeat music designed to keep you going.
Varied routines and the motivational atmosphere mean that it’s hard to get bored with spinning. Most gyms offer spin classes, although some may have their own variations on the basic theme. They include RPM (designed to replicate an outdoor ride), V-Cycle (Virgin Active’s own classes) and SoulCycle, with candle-lit classes and extra motivation from the instructors.
Sound good? Then give one of these classes a go.
The Citypoint Club, Ropemaker Street, EC2Y 9AW
The Citypoint is a luxurious, independent gym which offers a friendly, personal approach to getting fit. It has a wide range of facilities, including a specialist spinning studio with classes taken by fully qualified fitness professionals every morning, lunchtime and evening. You’ll need to be a member to go but, once you are, there’s no need to pre-book. Contact the gym for more information on membership, including costs. – Click here to access
Virgin Active, Aldersgate, EC1A 4HD
This new Virgin Active club opened in the summer, and offers state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of the City, boasting luxury Molton Brown toiletries and Mac internet stations. It has its own V-Cycle studio, with 3-4 classes a day offered on weekdays for its members. Membership prices start at £110 a month, and this includes access to over 150 different group classes every week. Click here to access
Boom!, Scrutton Street, EC2A 4RT
If you want a wide range of cycle classes and aren’t interested in general gym membership, this specialist spin club in Shoreditch could be for you. The atmosphere’s always lively, with pumping music providing a motivational back-drop to your work-out. Options include sessions for beginners and harder ‘BodyBOOM!’ classes with weights involved. It’s competitively priced, with big discounts for block booking. Your first class (£7) is half price, but you can go for unlimited monthly classes for £85 a month. – Click here to access
Slim Jims, Broadgate, EC2M 2PF
A friendly, independent gym, Slim Jim’s is a great, budget fitness option that’s still stylish and spacious. As well as all the usual gym facilities, it offers up to three spin classes a day, all taken by experienced personal trainers. Membership starts from just £50 per month, including classes. – Click here to access
Saam Das is writer and a cycling enthusiast living in east London