Hot tunes, low lights and luxurious extras take spinning that extra mile
By Justine Taylor
Lights are low, music is high and the energy is off the charts! Spinning isn’t new in Toronto, but it’s certainly changing. More and more places are offering high intensity, full-body indoor-cycling workouts (arms and core included) with features like dark rooms, music playlists that rival the best clubs and even strobe lights and disco balls. SPINCO, which opened its first Toronto location on Yonge north of Eglinton in the fall of 2016, has all that and then some!
Spinning Is Cool
One team, one bike
With high-energy instructors guiding you through the moves and keeping the room pumping, 50 minutes fly by. The goal and mantra is ‘ONE TEAM, ONE BIKE’ and it’s an approach that inspires and motivates you to push through the workout, keeping time with the other riders. The dynamic Toronto location is one of several owned by founder Michelle August, who started the company three years ago in her hometown of Kelowna, and is now growing across the country.
Her vision is to keep SPINCO open to all ages and all fitness levels, to keep it fun but challenging and to offer a fresh clean facility (and I mean really clean!) with a supportive atmosphere. SPINCO provides shoes, or you can bring your own but they must be Look Keo (clipless pedal) compatible. The crisp, white space is accented with a touch of warm wood and it’s very welcoming. And not having to bring your own cycling shoes is a nice bonus! (Yes, they sterilize them afterward.) There are change rooms and showers available and a wall of lockers for your stuff. When you get to your bike, there is a towel set out for you and the SPINCO team cleans the bikes after each class.
Beyond the glass doors at the back of the space is the bike room, where it’s all business. Fifty-three Schwinn Bikes are lined up on two levels with the instructor holding court in the centre, guiding everyone through the drills and keeping riders moving to the music.
For my first class, my fabulous instructor, Karen, made sure my bike seat and handlebars were adjusted appropriately for an effective workout and comfort. She asked me about my current workout regime (or lack thereof!), gave me a quick tutorial on what to expect during the class and how to control the intensity of the ride myself.
Then she turned up the music, turned down the lights and put us through the paces of a strength-building ride, motivating us to push harder, climb longer and incorporating upper body exercises as well. I loved it! Everyone at SPINCO is infectiously enthusiastic about spinning and focused on making sure you have a great workout, a fabulous time and want to come back. In fact, my legs were reminding me to book my next class for days afterward!
If you’ve been thinking about trying spinning: go! If you love spinning and want to try a new facility: go! And be ready for a challenging workout, tons of fun and awesome tunes. Bring plenty of water, and when your workout is done, you can indulge in a fresh bevvy from the onsite juice bar, Greenhouse Juice Co.
Post-spin smoothie, anyone?
2577 Yonge St., Toronto
Single class: $25
10 class pack: $210
One month unlimited pass: $250
Class prices include shoes, towel service, shower amenities and locker facilities. Register for classes online
at spinco.ca, using their mobile app or through ClassPass.
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