New trendy exercise classes pop up every week in Dubai, but indoor cycling, known as spinning, is still the clear winner. These fun, upbeat and high intensity sessions have become a way for people to reap the benefits of riding a bike without having to get on the road. Indoor cycling has evolved over the years from pedaling on a stationary bike into a full-on group class experience with DJs, lights and leaderboards. From health benefits to the community feel, we break down why Dubai can’t get enough of indoor cycling classes and why you should give them a spin too.
Full body experience
The minutes seem to tick by slower when you’re in the gym alone counting reps, but not during a spin class: with dim lights and pumping music, your morning routine becomes an immersive, fun and high energy experience. With the lead rider acting as DJ and your fellow riders pedalling furiously beside you, it’s easy to feel like you’re in a 7am version of a concert. Experience this for yourself at one of Cadence Theory’s hiphop classes.
Sky Gardens, DIFC
+971 4 393 4039
When you push your limits during a workout, you release the stress hormone adrenaline – the fight or flight instinct that makes you fly through your workout. And after, when your body realises it’s no longer under stress, it floods your body with endorphins instead – aka happy hormones, to tell your body to relax. The emotional result of endorphins is that you feel insurmountable happiness. While most workouts give you that happy rush afterwards, you get from a continuous stream of endorphins from a spin class which means you could spend the rest of your day grinning from ear-to-ear. Get your endorphins pumping at one of Flywheel’s locations with your first class free.
Burj Views, West Tower
+971 4 423 2544
Feeling anxious? Take it out on the bike. After a day of meetings, emails and household errands, it’s hard to switch off the nonstop checklist in your head. A spinning class will force all those thoughts right out, and by the end of the workout you’ll only have room to think of three things: shower, food, and sleep! Relieve your stress at a Be Surge class.
Concord Tower, Dubai Media City
+971 50 451 9515
Muscle activation, definition and tone
Sitting all day in front of a computer doesn’t require a lot of muscle work, which can mean a lack of engagement for some muscles in your body. But when you’re on a bike you engage your calves, thighs, glutes and core. Your first week of unlimited classes at CycleBar is free, which is your best chance to tone up and engage your core after hours of sitting!
City Walk – 1 Al Safa St
+971 4 395 5523
You can’t cycle along to fun music without becoming fast friends with the people around you. After a few spinning classes, you’ll quickly bond with your fellow riders. Healthy social connections are long believed to improve mental health, increase life longevity and help with stress. Make some new friends at 1Beat DXB, where your first class is free.
The Offices 2, One Central Dubai
+971 4 259 3333
Unleash your competitive side to push you through the final minutes of your workout. All new and modern spinning classes have leaderboards, so you can see where your bike number ranks in the class. Seeing yourself literally climb the ranks can motivate you to push harder than you would if you were cycling alone at the gym. The first class is free at Crank, where you can test out their bikes and compete for first place.
Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1
+971 4 321 2095
Many fitness experts say that weight loss is 80% food and 20% exercise, but that doesn’t change the fact that one 45-min cycling class can blast off 400 to 600 calories as well as boost your metabolism (which is your body’s way of burning calories). If your food is generally healthy but you’re looking to push yourself in the gym, then complement healthy eating habits with a high intensity cycling workout. Blast through yesterday’s dessert with a class at Power Cycle.
JBC 5 building, 1st Floor, cluster W, Jumeirah Lake Towers
+971 4 294 4989
Cycling is a huge boost to your cardiovascular system because it gets your heart pumping and your circulation going. Good cardio means it’s easier for your body to deliver oxygen around your body, and therefore makes it easier for you to do things like climb, run, and of course, pedal. Catch your breath at MOTION, where views of the Burj Khalifa and the candle lit rides will take your breath away.
OBEROI Center, floor 18, Business Bay
+971 56 171 7130
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