Not only do spin classes burn a ton of calories, some even go so far as to include karaoke. The best spinning classes in D.C. offer an array of options to keep cyclists stuck inside for the winter and newbies looking to shape up a perfect workout every time.
1111 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Balance Gym offers spinning classes for all levels of experience. Test your endurance, climb hills or work on your speed in classes guaranteed to burn fat and build lower-body muscles. Similar classes offered at Balance Gym include Cyclotherapy, which is a one-hour cycling class available Tuesdays and Thursday at noon, as well as other fitness classes such as CrossFit, Bodypump, Zumba and yoga. Visit the Balance Gym website for a free one-day pass. Membership to the gym includes personal training and spa discounts.
Georgetown University Yates Field House
3800 Reservoir Rd.
Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Sept to May: Mon to Thurs – 6 a.m. to 12 a.m., Fri – 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat and Sun – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Summer and Winter Break: Mon to Fri – 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: $10 per class/$10 Yates Field House Guest Fee
At the Yates Field House, spinning students learn about energy zones, also known as heart-rate training, and their associated fitness and weight loss results. Choose from three types of spin classes, including SpinCORE which involves, a 45-minute spin class with a 15-minute core workout at the end. Other classes available at Yates Field House include deep water aerobics, bootcamp, yoga and ButtsNGuts.
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555 12th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri – 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The latest trend to hit Crunch at Metro Center involves a karaoke/spin combo. Led by Chad Raymond, a fitness instructor and a lead singer of a local funk band, Cycle Karaoke is a 45-minute class full of highs and lows — on the cycle and on the mic. Tunes range from the latest pop hits to old-school ballads. Crunch offers additional group fitness classes, free weights and cardiovascular exercise equipment as well as personal training assistance.
601 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Located at the Verizon Center, Vida Fitness provides seven levels of spinning classes. Beginners are encouraged to take a cycle I or ryder I course, then work through the levels of spinning. Sign up for Cycle Vo2 Max, a 1.5-hour spinning class, to take spinning to the next level. Students are encouraged to bring their own heart rate monitor. Vida Fitness features state-of-the-art fitness equipment, two pools, a salon and spa, and a snack bar. Other classes offered at Vida Fitness include Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and Bhangra.
1561 Potomac Greens Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 6:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.; Sun – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Price: $20 per class
Whether you prefer to start your morning with a spin class full of energizing tunes or just need a quick workout before you return home, Cycle Studio has the spin class schedule for you. The facility provides spin classes including Cycle Abs, Cycle-Bootcamp and Cycle-Strength and Stretch. Don’t let the name of the facility fool you; Cycle Studio also offers strength training and yoga classes.
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