Spinning classes continue to be one of the hottest fitness trends in the country, with new studios and gyms opening all the time. For the uninitiated, spinning classes are group workouts on stationary exercise bikes in which participants go through a series of phases, from warm-ups to more intense levels and back to cool-downs, all set to energetic music and typically led by a dynamic, motivational instructor. These classes are now available all over the city but these are New York's best.
226 E. 54th St., #600
New York, NY 10022
Hours: Mon to Fri – 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Prices: $30 single class/$140 five classes/$270 10 classes/$510 20 classes
Instructor Pablo Toribio keeps his students motivated with upbeat music and his own style of unbridled enthusiasm. In a typical 45-minute spinning class, participants can expect to burn 400 to 700 calories while strengthening their lower bodies. Take the Ride With Pablo course and bring along a heart-rate strap to track your heart rate, cadence and calories burned. Or try the Ride With Pablo PLUS, which includes a 45-minute spinning class and a complete post-ride workout.
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555 E. 90th St.
New York, NY 10128
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Prices: $5 members single session/$15 non-members/$45 10 members sessions/$145 non-members/$90 20 sessions/$290 non-members
Asphalt Green's new, dedicated Spin Studio has 22 NXT Spinning bikes, each equipped with a spinning computer to gauge cadence, heart rate, distance traveled and calories burned. Super Spin classes are taught by Madd Dogg and CPR/AED certified instructors in a vibrant environment that includes a first-rate sound system, mirrored walls, windows with a view and an instructor platform. All Super Spin classes and bike reservations may be booked online. Asphalt recommends you reserve a bike and arrive early to avoid a lost reservation.
PNT Group Fitness & Cycling
10-68 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 1101
Hours: Mon, Tues – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wed – 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Thurs – 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Prices: $22 single class/$95 four hours/$189 eight hours/$259 12 hours/$199 unlimited monthly membership
PNT in Long Island City, Queens offers a full menu of classes minutes from the 7 train at Vernon/Jackson Avenues. Programs include the Vicious Cycle standard class, taking students over "hills" and "jumps" as they burn calories to the 30-minute High Intensity Interval Training course. There is also a Cycle Virgin class for beginners. A full staff of talented and inspirational instructors is on hand for groups and personal training. PNT stands for owner-trainers Paul, Nicholas and Tara.
4 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10028
Hours: Open 24 hours from Mon at 5:30 a.m. to Fri at 11 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Prices: $149.99 one-time enrollment/$19.99 monthly membership fee
A flexible schedule offers spinning classes days and evenings during the week and weekends at this state-of-the-art gym. Fitness is key, and Boom offers training with top instructors in a relaxing, meditative environment. In addition to spinning classes, members enjoy training in yoga, pilates and tai chi. A second Boom Fitness gym sits on the Upper East Side at 82nd Street and Third Avenue.
147 E. 72nd St.
New York, NY 10021
Hours: Mon, Wed – 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tues, Thurs – 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Fri – 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sat, Sun – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Prices: $38 single classes/from $360 for 10 classes to $1,500 for 50 classes
For those new to spinning, The Studio offers a signature 60-minute one-on-one personal training session. After that, students will be ready to take on a program that includes the standard 45-minute classes of pure cardio The Studio has become known for. With flexible scheduling that includes sunset and sunrise spins, there's a class and instructor for every lifestyle. The joy all takes place in a luxurious Upper East Side townhouse with relaxing street views through a grand picture window.
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Michael Browne is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City, specializing in travel and the hospitality industry. Browne is the former managing editor of Travel Agent magazine. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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