How would you like to cycle through the tropical roads of Hawaii or Africa's Ethiopian Highlands, race down the Pacific Coast Highway with a pack of professional cyclists, climb mountains, ride waves or rock out at a Led Zeppelin concert . . . all while exercising on a stationary bicycle?
For years, spinning rooms have graced gyms and fitness centers across the Island, providing members with an intense aerobic workout. But now, boutique cycling studios are popping up, putting their own spin on spinning.
55 Lumber Rd., Roslyn
INFO 516-801-6666, hotryde.com
CLASS LENGTH 45 minutes
COST $28 a class (10-to 100-class packages $250-$1,500)
Hot Ryde's 1,000-square-foot studio is equipped with surround sound in a theater-like setting and features 30 RealRyder bikes, which tilt and lean like the real thing. Hot Ryde offers three kinds of classes -- "Road" rides make cyclists feel as though they're navigating a Hawaiian road, touring the Amalfi Coast or climbing the Alps; "themed" rides incorporate loud, upbeat tunes with music videos and "train" rides combine cycling with breaks for weightlifting. During nice weather, Hot Ryde opens its studio's garage door.
"Since we're located on the harbor, it's basically like you're cycling outdoors by the water, with the sea's breeze coming in and wrapping around you," says creative director Janell Baker.
360 Cycle Studio
60 Maple Ave., Rockville Centre (within Sportset Health and Fitness Club)
INFO 516-574-1790, 360cyclestudio.com
CLASS LENGTH 60 minutes
COST $10-$20 a class ($100/month unlimited)
Former triathlete and Franklin Square native Michael Mannarino designs his spinning classes to be "serious, intense and hard core." The 1,000-square-foot studio has more than 20 bikes, with riders cycling in a dimly lit room with music pumping through a sound system. Riders can choose from specialty classes to build endurance, power or push their intensity level by bolting up steep inclines. Visuals are incorporated only selectively. The studio's bikes are scheduled to be replaced next week with RealRyders, which Mannarino says require more balance, "so you're getting a tremendous core workout."
152 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck
(classes also at 1812 Merrick Rd., Merrick by appointment)
INFO 516-439-4110, mhnfit.com
CLASS LENGTH 45-60 minutes
COST $35 a class (five- to 30-class packages $160-$850)
With no more than 10 bikes in his studios, MHN Fit owner Mike Nelson says he "likes classes to be small and the atmosphere intimate so riders have a more personal relationship with their instructor." Beginner to advanced-level riders are welcome at every class to spin at their own pace. "It's your ride," says Nelson.
264 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton
INFO 631-537-3630, soul-cycle.com
CLASS LENGTH 45-60 minutes
COST $36-$45 a class
The indoor cycling studio chain will reopen its Bridgehampton outpost for the summer May 26, offering rides in a historic barn. SoulCycle's "Friday Night Soul Party" (July 1-Sept. 2) is a ride with music themes ranging from reggae to French hip-hop. Afterward, riders can mingle on the deck with healthy snacks and cocktails.
COMING SOON SoulCycle is scheduled to open an East Hampton branch on Memorial Day. A Roslyn branch is expected this fall.
WHEN | WHERE 6:30 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Vanderbilt Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. Reservations required.
INFO 631-702-0950, imagecycling.com
Twice a month, the Vanderbilt Planetarium morphs into an atmospheric spinning studio. The focus isn't exclusively on getting a killer workout.
"This is not a regular spin class, but a motivational and inspirational experience," says John Hinrichsen, who founded Image Cycling six years ago.
Riders are not only exposed to the moon and stars of the planetarium dome, but images and footage from Hinrichsen's own global adventures surround riders, convincing them they're moving through mountains, rain forests and thunderstorms. Classes last 45 to 90 minutes.