Do you love to cycle? Well, you’re in luck, because indoor spin and cycle studios span the city of New Orleans, from Uptown to downtown. Each studio offers their own unique style of cycle class, from movement based workouts set to energetic music, to classes that integrate yoga, HIIT, or TRX at the end. Find all the details you need to pick the perfect cycle class and get started.
Located at the edge of the CBD and close to the Garden District, TOUR offers 45 and 50-minute cycle classes every day of the week. My favorite thing about TOUR is their facilities. The studio is designed to mimic a concert hall, illuminated with dazzling LED lights that pulse in time to the music. The sound system is state of the art, immersing you in a body and mind workout. The locker room facilities are luxurious, with large showers and complimentary towels, bathrobes, and full shower amenities. Each class includes interval training and hand weights for a full body workout. Shoe rental, towels, and fresh fruit are all complementary. Keep an eye out for specialty music classes, including TOURback Thursday, a class set to throwback tunes.
Location: 860 Tchoupitoulas St.
Cost: $25 for single class drop-in
Situated in the heart of the Garden District, Franco’s Athletic Club offers a self-serve gym and diverse range of group workout classes, including cycling. Check their schedule for “CYC Mode,” a 45-minute cycle class that includes sprints, jumps, and climbs, or “Ripped Ride,” which integrates 30 minutes of cycling and 30 minutes of TRX. You’re welcome to bring your own clip-in cycle shoes, but bikes can also accommodate normal athletic sneakers. One of the perks of visiting Franco’s is that a drop-in class also gives you access to the entire gym, which includes cardio and weight machines. Oh, and did I mention that the location is stunning? Set among historic buildings, the facility artfully mixes historic and modern architecture.
Location: 2116 Magazine St.
Cost: $20 for single class drop-in
Have you experienced a Cycle Theater? It’s a room filled with dozens of bikes stacked on tiered platforms to resemble a concert stadium. Inside, you’ll find pulsing lights, immersive music, and TV screens. CycleBar, a studio located in Uptown New Orleans with rhythm-based cycle classes, blurs the line between workout and party. CycleBar is known for its focus on music, and the schedule is filled with classes themed by musician and genre, from Lady Gaga to Drake. Instructors are dubbed “CycleStars,” and lead attendees through classes that integrate endurance training and intervals in 45-minute workouts, with ample encouragement and motivation. Complimentary shoe rental is included with the price of each class.
Location: 3823 Magazine St.
Cost: $20 for single class drop-in
Located just a stone’s throw away from beautiful City Park, Higherpower’s forte is their fusion classes that integrate cycling with yoga, TRX, or HIIT. Check out “Biccycling Buddha,” which kicks off with 35 minutes of cycling and concludes with core work and heated yoga. “Cycle Fusion” is another integrative offering that mixes TRX and HIIT into the cycle class. If pure cardio is more your speed, sign-up for “Higher 45,” a 45-minute class of non-stop cycling. A limited amount of spin shoes are complementary and available to borrow, so make sure you arrive early to score a pair.
Location: 514 City Park Ave.
Cost: $22 for single-class drop-in
Housed in a dazzling white building on Magazine Street, Romney Studios offers dozens of classes each day, from cycling to Pilates. Romney RIDE is the studio’s signature cycle class, taking place in a low-lit room illuminated with neon lights to shut out distractions and keep you focused on your workout. Each class lasts 50 minutes and is set to a carefully curated playlist of high-energy music. Classes also include upper body weights to strengthen your torso. Complimentary shoe rental and towel services are available, and the studio is equipped with roomy bathrooms and showers so you can freshen up after class. Insider’s tip: sign up for “Community RIDE,’’ a discounted $12 drop-in class, to score a workout for a bargain. Make sure you book in advance – community classes fill up.
Location: 5619 Magazine St.
Cost: $27 for single class drop-in