There’s a reason Flywheel is one of the most beloved cycling studios around: Its classes are some of the most motivating, challenging and exhausting (in a good way) classes we’ve ever taken. Even if you opt out of broadcasting your class rank on the big screen, it’s addicting to track your own personal bests in the app. As one staffer puts it, “It’s my therapy, it’s my church, it’s what I look forward to every Thursday night!”
Cycling seems to inspire fanatical devotion in its followers, but it can be intimidating for the uninitiated. The super-friendly instructors at Crank NYC (locations on the Upper East Side and in Long Island City) make for one of the most welcoming environments we’ve ever encountered and a solid workout to boot.
If you have trouble getting past the whole hamster-on-a-wheel feeling, The Monster Cycle (Soho, Chelsea) keeps you entertained by screening music videos at the front of the room. (Trust us, you just feel stronger watching Beyoncé strut on-screen.)
More than one coworker raved about Cyc, which sets itself apart with high-energy playlists and an extra dose of upper-body sculpting: “The music keeps it fun—and distracts you from the insane amount of sweat pouring off your body.”
So maybe you’re competitive but more of a team sports person than a solo striver. At Swerve, classes are divided into teams, which boosts the rivalry factor without singling anyone out.