Reporting Jon Grayson
Take a fresh spin on your traditional workout and take your routine to another dimension with the area’s best spin classes. Pittsburgh’s spin instructors are spirited and merciless in their ability to provide an exhausting workout that leaves spinners smiling — and sweating — every time. Expect the best studios and instructors here to go above and beyond to put with a worthwhile workout under your ever-shrinking belt every time.
5932 Penn Circle South, Ste. B-202
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Price: $15 per hour for regular classes/$25 per hour for Spynoga classes
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Shadyside Spin is a great option for exercise enthusiasts looking to take spin classes without paying a membership fee or joining a club. Sign up online or drop in and you’re ready to go. The studio itself is impressive, with floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and rows of new Spinner NXT bikes. The spinning program is great for athletes of all abilities, as each may set his or her own pace. If you’re looking for a more intense workout, check out Shadyside’s Spin Boot Camp session, a 90-minute session for just $15 that will help you tone up for summer. If you’d like a more complete exercise experience, try Spynoga, a course that includes spinning, upper-body training, nutritional coaching, group support and educational materials.
Urban Active Fitness
19 Bakery Square Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
At Urban Active Fitness, you’ll have access to tons of classes — and its spinning sessions are perfect for novice riders and pros alike. The gym itself is huge, modern and full of windows overlooking the burgeoning Bakery Square area. When you’re not taking a spinning class with these fun, enthusiastic instructors, be sure to check out the gym’s other class offerings to add even more spice to your workout routine.
X Shadyside 24 Hour Health and Fitness
5608 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh PA 15232
X Shadyside offers more than 40 weekly group classes, including stellar cycling sessions. Shape up with strong, simple moves and fun, bumping tunes to keep everyone distracted while the bikes burn off those calories. X Shadyside offers modern equipment, challenging classes and flexible memberships. Afterward, snag a massage, drop in for a tanning session or grab a made-to-order smoothie at Planet Smoothie.
Club 1 Fitness
6325 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15206
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Hours: Mon to Thurs – 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri – 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
990 Castle Shannon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
5824 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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If you’re looking for a some spinning variety, Club One Fitness is the perfect choice. It offers regular spin classes, Spincore, which includes spin, Pilates, yoga and strength exercises; Spinfactor, which includes kickboxing moves and spinning; SpinYoga, a yoga cool down; and 20-20-20, two minutes each of spin, pump and flexibility movement. Personal trainers, nutritional services, a childcare center, spa and café are also on hand to make this more than just a spin studio.
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100 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Price: $29.99 a month for all amenities
Gym Hours: Mon to Thurs – 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri – 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat –7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Gold’s Gym, while a bit more corporate than other options, has a lot of what cyclists are looking for with two types of spin classes. For the more traditional rider, check out its cycle classes, which are perfect for riders of all fitness levels. Or ride to the rhythm with RPM classes. You’ll go through mountain peaks, hills, flats, time trials and interval training all while listening to pumped-up powerful music. Both classes are taught by great, experienced instructors. The gym also offers options to complement your spinning workout, such as free weights, nutrition counseling and a sauna/steam room.
Christine Mouser is a writer and blogger of all things Pittsburgh–from restaurants and art to shopping and sports. She has previously written for Valley Magazine, Town & Gown Magazine, HappyValley.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and CBS Pittsburgh. When shes not writing about her city, you can find her perusing Forever 21 for hours, busting out projects on her sewing machine or catching a great film in Squirrel Hill. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.