find your cadence: spin studios

ambassador mike porter - spin studio owner

In Toronto, spin studios are a dime a dozen so when I moved to Vancouver this summer and learned that the city’s first spin-specific space was opening up, I was both shocked (how has this city lived without this for so long?) and relieved (I had after all, just started getting into the activity). Robson’s newest ambassador, Mike Porter and I must have been on the same page. He quit his 9-5 to pursue his passion and opened the doors to his new studio, Cadence, just two months ago.

what is spinning?

It may be just like riding a bike but it certainly isn’t a leisurely jaunt along the seawall. Spinning is typically a 45-minute, high intensity, cardiovascular workout done on a stationary bike. The bikes are equipped with a system that allows you to control the tension on the wheel mimicking hill climbs, flat terrain or sprints. An instructor motivates and guides you through every up-hill battle and if the studio is a good one, the pumping tunes will drive you to the ‘finish line’. The quick in-and-out workout makes it ideal for those who are looking for a good sweat (about 600 calories!) but are also tight on time.

why a specific spin studio?

Many fitness facilities offer spin along with other group exercise classes but no one else in Vancouver offers the true spinning experience. The atmosphere of a studio – everything from the music to the lighting – plays a part in getting the best ride possible. For Mike, creating the right experience was key, so he’s gone as far as to include spin shoe rentals in the cost of the class. While they aren’t mandatory (regular sneakers will do), proper footwear enables you to get a greater workout because being clipped into the pedals allows you to make more powerful strokes.

spinning for cross training

Getting bored of just you, your runners and the open road? As a competitive marathoner, Mike uses both spinning and yoga to complement his training. After running the BMO marathon last spring, he had taken a six-week break and focused just on spin. He was surprised to find that when he went out for a quick 10k after the hiatus, he was able to keep his heart rate and perceived exertion at the same levels as when he was at the height of his training. Spinning is a great way to mix up your training without compromising the plan.

I’ve had both bad experiences (spinning in what felt like a hot yoga class) and amazing experiences (great tunes and motivational instructors) and have come to find that the studio really makes all the difference. Have a favourite spin studio in your community? Share it below so our newbies can discover the best of spin!

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Mike is a one-of-a-kind guy and it shows in the studio he has created. His passion and enthusiasm for people and fun is infectious and consequently the studio has amazing energy. My favorite way to sweat in Vancouver!

Comment by Alexis — October 11, 2011 @ 9:23 am

From a fitness professional standpoint, I love what Mike is doing at Cadence. From the quality of teachers he has enlisted to the type of bikes he has chosen, Mike has really created a unique experience for those who come to his classes. If you haven’t been yet, its a great way to get your activity in when the weather turns soggy outside. As well, there is a great community of committed spinners who you’ll have a great time sweating with! See you there!

Comment by Robbie — October 11, 2011 @ 10:29 am

My FAVE new spin studio is in Evanston IL called Fit Girl Studio. It’s a specialized studio that offers the best spin classes I’ve been to. Above all its SUPER fun and I get a kick-butt workout. I look forward to the challenges the teacher puts us through, and see myself progess after each session! LOVE Spinning. Best. Workout. Ever!

Comment by Missy — October 11, 2011 @ 11:25 am

M Cycle Gym in Miami, FL is by far the best spinning studio on the East Coast! All of their instructors are incredible; their music, energy, skill level, etc. I pay by class to go there twice a week because I already pay a monthly membership at the Sports Club/LA. M Cycle even offers your 1st class free & they are always doing charity rides.

Comment by Jackie — October 11, 2011 @ 11:35 am

B East Real Ryder Fitness Studio in Amagansett, NY… Riding the Real Ryder Bikes is unlike anything you’ve ever tried. AMAZING instructors, AWESOME music… The BEST all around workout you will get on a spin bike… WHY? Because they MOVE :)


Comment by Chelle — October 11, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

Does this mean more spinning/cycling lululemon clothes ?? :)

Comment by Andrea — October 11, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

Our local Y bought Keiser spin bikes 4 years ago and I have been hooked ever since. My favorite instructor is Danelle Much, she is awesome…she is also a personal trainer, so she cares about us doing it right so there are no injuries…she is true motivator to push yourself without hurting yourself. Her choice of music is always upbeat and motivational…I even sub as a spin instructor and it’s all about the beat for me to keep going!!

Comment by Brenda White — October 11, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

My favorite spin studio is Spinlates in Hollywood CA. This studio combines spin and pilates and the 45 min spin remix classes are killer!!! Amazing instructors and amazing energy all wearing lululemon of course.

Comment by Alon Ravid — October 11, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

Ad As someone who’s been teaching Spinning for 15 years and who works for the company’s headquarters, id like to just share some insight that i hope is usefull…While indoor cycling is a fantastic non-impact cardiovascular exercise, Spinning is more than indoor cycling. The word is used generically but it’s actually a specific trademarked program. I’m familiar with several of the studios mentioned above & I must say that while they offer indoor cycling, they do not offer Spinning. For example, if you’re not on a “Spinner” bike, it’s not Spinning.. Therefore, a studio with Real Ryders is not a Spin studio. Keiser bikes are also not Spin bikes. One of the things that sets Spinning apart from the other indoor cycling programs is their Energy Xone system. 5 different kind of classes/intensities that allow for real periodization rather than always having an “intense” workout. While high intensity is part of the Spin program, and a phenomenal level to work at, working in thy zone every day will not only lead to possible injury, but also to physical & mental burnout. So, if you want real Spinning, take the time to do a little digging and don’t settle for anything less.

Comment by Jacque Villareal — October 11, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

Good Job Mike. I to am a spin enthusiast and I love it. I am suprised in a town as big as Vancouver doesn’t have more studios around. Guess you found the right time to find your Cadence. Great stuff.

Comment by mattt — October 11, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

It is by far one of the best studios in the Twin Cities. Tuesday and Thursday nights are always booked and so are Friday morning. Laura Robertson is by far the best spin teacher. Love her!!

Comment by Norma — October 11, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

I’m generally not a fan of gyms. They evoke fluorescent lighting, bad techno, and muscle-head meat markets. I tried Flywheel Fitness in Austin, TX, with a Groupon, and now I’m hooked. Great instructors who have a great sense of their classes’ abilities, excellent music, and, best of all, air conditioning, which in summertime in Austin is essential.

Comment by Kenny — October 11, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

I’m a very big fan of spinning and had taken numerous classes in many cities all along the U.S. I have to say that the best spinning class I’ve taken in my life was at the Grand Wailea Hotel in Maui (Hi). Nancy is the instructor and her classes are beyond amazing. She inspired me and pushed me to reach a level of fitness I never imagined I could achieve. The best part of it, her classes are extremely fun.

Comment by Flor — October 11, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

Spinning is definitely one of the most efficient cardio workouts that you can do and it is a perfect format to cater to all levels since each bike is individually controlled. My favorite classes are the ones taught by real cyclist rather than classes that are similar to aerobics on the bike. Flywheel Fitness in Austin, TX is a fantastic spinning studio. The classes are more of a small group training session so the instructors can really cater to the needs of participants. They are all fantastic instructors and cyclists.

Comment by Katie — October 11, 2011 @ 6:26 pm

if spinning is a dime a dozen in Toronto, where are the gems? I’ve just moved from Boston, and can’t seem to find a place that manages to motivate, inspire and challenge me while giving me a great group of people to work out with. any suggestions?

Comment by Pamela — October 11, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

@Pamela My personal favourite studio in Toronto is CYKL. Jen’s a great instructor and really motivated me, so i’d definitely recommend her class!

Where did you love to spin in Boston? I’m working on compiling a list of everyone’s favourites from around North America!

Comment by Allessia — October 11, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

PEDAL SPIN STUDIO in Montrose, South Pasadena, Claremont and Rancho Cucamonga. Anyone in the LA area check them out. Great studios, amazing instructors.

Comment by Orsi — October 11, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

GREAT spin classes @ Yoga Sakti Salem, MA plus combos like spin/TRX and spin/yoga.

Comment by Mary — October 12, 2011 @ 9:27 am

At home spinners…LIVE online streamed every Wednesday at 9:15am. Liz Clingham’s Jersey Cycle class is sold out at the gym, but I always have a front row bike. I take it with friends from across the country – LIVE, but if I can’t make it live, I can take it on demand…and the best thing…only $5.00 not $30.00. Fun and fit. Try it, you won’t be sorry

Comment by Joyce — October 14, 2011 @ 7:09 am

Started spinning about 4 years ago and got hooked! Who would have thought you can get a full cardio workout in under a hour on a bike. Now the catch is that spin studio’s come in all shapes and sizes. I travel quite a bit so I have been to a bunch. NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles Area and Orange County. One of my favorite is The Sweat Shoppe in North Hollywood. Pedal ON!

Comment by Daniel — October 14, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

I’m not shy about where I love to spin! My spot is The Sweat Shoppe in North Hollywood, Ca. I absolutely love the boutique feeling that this studio has displayed!. It’s not some musty,stinky sweaty kind of studio. Off the topic, it does have thee most beautiful shabby chic chandelier in the entry way! Love it! The facility is squeaky clean, the staff start to become part of family! And a super cute line of clothing goes along with their logo! I’m so happy a place like this came so close to my house! I’ve been spinning for 5 years now and this place by far is my favorite!

Comment by Melissa — October 14, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

Hands down, in LA ( includes Hollywood, West Hollywood, Valley, Pasadena) is the bloody amazing The SWEAT SHOPPE in NOHO Arts DIstrict. Have tried over 10 other studios and no one comes close. Cleanest, freshest, contep studio. Not to mention ALL the intrstructors are all professionals. Amazing, amazing rides, once is all it takes to fall in love with spinning at The Sweat Shoppe! I like to try new and different studios, but somehow I find myself comparing it to this extraordinary boutique studio. At last, their playlists are the most well prepared and thought out for each ride.
I <3 sweet sweat shoppe! :)

Comment by Aseia — October 14, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

JoyRide Cycling Studio in Westport is the best spin studio around! Great instructors, amazing music and a top-notch facility. Love, love, love my rides.

Comment by morningicepops — October 23, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

Best spinning/indoor cycling BikeOrBar on Elmwood Ave in Buffalo, NY.

Comment by Alex Leo — February 10, 2012 @ 7:00 am

The best spin class in Austin is at Tetra Fitness on 6th & Mopac. The bikes have computers with RPM, distance, watts, heart rate readings and calories burned. Tetra has the hardest spin classes, but they also have weight lifting classes, boot camps, yoga and personal training too. It’s easy to park (and free!). There is also a room that resembles Cross Fit you can use with groups or on your own.

Comment by Kris — May 11, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

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