CycleBar Review: Cost, Workout & First Class Explained - Trusty Spotter (2023)

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There’s a new name in spin, and it’s CycleBar.

You’ve probably seen more and more of these fitness studios popping up (there are now over 150 open across the country) to rival the likes of SoulCycle, Flywheel, and others.

But there’s a twist.

The ‘bar’ in CycleBar actually refers to a weighted bar instructors use to incorporate a killer upper body workout into the cycling calorie-burn.

So it’s not quite the same-old spin class you’re used to. But does it live up to the hype?

Here’s a hands-on, honest CycleBar review from someone who’s been working out there for almost two years — my lovely wife!

(Full disclosure: I tried it once myself and it totally kicked my butt.)

Overall, a CycleBar class is an incredible workout in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. It’s a little expensive to work out there regularly and won’t fit everyone’s budget, but the value, intensity, and sense of community are really second-to-none.

Here’s what you should expect at your first CycleBar class, how much it costs to ride at CycleBar, and a few pros and cons to help you decide whether it’s worth checking out.

(Plus, for a low-cost alternative you can do at home without equipment check out Beachbody on Demand. Use my link to try it free for 14 days and do amazing cardio, HIIT, yoga, and strength workouts in your living room.)

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What to Expect at a CycleBar Class

If you’re considering giving this new workout a try, here’s exactly what you’re in for!

Before You Go to Cyclebar

It all starts with booking your class and reserving a bike.

This is a huge selling point right off the bat and really sets CycleBar apart from the spin classes you’ll find at big box gyms like LA Fitness.

Through the CycleBar app or website, you’ll reserve your class time and your specific bike in the studio, so you’re guaranteed to have a spot.

You’ll get an email reminder a day or so before your class, just in case you’re prone to forgetting (or looking for excuses to skip your workout!)

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When you sign up, you’ll also get to pick a display name (we’ll get to why in a minute), and you’ll put in your height, weight, and other key stats so your bike can properly calculate your performance and calorie burn.

When You Get to the CycleBar

When you walk into CycleBar, you’ll be greeted by someone at the front desk and you’ll check in to class using an iPad.

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No need to bring your own spin shoes!

They’ll have what you need there, stored in handy little cubbies.

You can grab a pair in your size after you check in.

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Newbies will also get a CycleBar water bottle to bring in to class (and keep!).

You’ll get a chance to hydrate before your class, too — there’s usually water and fresh fruit set up just outside of the studio.

If you need to change, you’ll find a unisex locker room with private combination locks. There are also a few private bathrooms and showers.

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Before you head into class, you’ll also see a really cool whiteboard (or redboard) wall with all the upcoming classes and themed rides handwritten on it, plus other notes and shoutouts.

The wall really gives the studio a personal feel and helps tone down the corporate-franchise vibe.

There’s also a small display of some branded merch and non-branded athletic gear and accessories riders can buy.

But enough of that! You came to work out, right?

Let’s step inside the studio.

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During a CycleBar Class

A few minutes before class, you’ll want to head into the studio itself to get ready.

It’s dark and cool inside, with awesome dramatic lighting and a huge mirror at the front.

When you walk in, there’s already upbeat music playing, building the excitement and getting everyone pumped.

There are a few rows of bikes — about 40 or so in total.

(My wife loves to grab a bike front and center, but there are also plenty of options in the back and corners if you’d rather not have extra eyes on you!)

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Before the ride starts, the main instructor (here, they’re called CycleStars) and some others will come around and help you get set up on your bike.

If you’re new, this is really reassuring! The bikes can be a little difficult to adjust to the right height, and getting your shoes clipped on properly takes some practice. But with an assist from a friendly instructor, you’ll be ready to ride in no time.

Every instructor and class is a little bit different, but usually a CycleBar ride goes something like this — synced with killer music, of course:

  • A warm-up song – You’ll pedal fast at a low gear to warm up your muscles and get your heart-rate up
  • Second song – The second song is often a “hill,” meaning you’ll stand up on your bike, ratchet up the resistance (higher gear), and do a slow climb.
  • From there, the rest of the class is a mixture of low gear sprints, high gear hill climbs, and everything in between.
  • The workout will be as intense as you make it! You’re always free to take it slow when you need to.
  • A little more than halfway through the class, you’ll get an “arms song” — you’ll grab the weighted bar in front of you (choose 4lbs, 6lbs, or use both for 10lbs) and do some arm-burning movements while still pedaling.
  • Most classes finish off with a super-intense sprint.
  • Finally, a cool down song brings class to a close and you’ll finish with some off-bike stretching.

Throughout the whole thing, you can choose to participate in CycleStats — meaning you’ll see your display name and performance up on a big leaderboard at the front of class.

The board tracks your Power Points — a combination of your average gear and average RPM (basically, how hard you’re working!) while accounting for height and weight.

It ranks everyone in the class in real-time for those who need that competitive push (but don’t worry, you can opt out if you want.)

The sprint song near the end is a great time to make a final push and finish a spot or two higher!

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There are a few different ride options or class-types at CycleBar:

  • Classic ride – 45 minutes
  • Connect – 45 minutes (no leaderboard or points)
  • CB60 – 60 minutes
  • Endurance – 75 minutes

They mostly vary by length, though each instructor will choose different music and different levels of intensity based on the day.

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(Oh, and if you’re wondering — They say you can burn between 250-1000 calories per ride — my wife usually winds up burning about 400-600 per workout.)

Now, time to congratulate yourself for a job well done!

You survived your first CycleBar class.

After Your CycleBar Class

After such an intense workout and sweat, you’ll be happy to know that CycleBar will have cold towels waiting for you as you walk out of the studio.

Ahhhh, that’s better!

One of my wife’s favorite things about our local CycleBar is the people — after class, there’s almost always a group gathered to talk and laugh outside the locker room.

Depending on when you go, there might be snacks, wine, brunch, and other goodies on a table outside the studio for you to enjoy after your ride — which is a nice touch.

At the end of class, you’ll also get an email with all of your performance stats so you can see how you did, and have some goals for next time.

(You’ll get the playlist from class, too, if you were really digging the music!)

The locker room is coed, so it’s mostly just for grabbing your things and throwing on some shoes.

There are a few private showers, though, and they’ll have pretty much everything you need already stocked — shampoo, conditioner, body wash, bobby pins, hair ties, shaving creams, razors, you name it.

(If it was your first class, expect your butt to start hurting from the bike seat right about now. It’s part of your initiation and should go away after your 3rd class or so!)

When You Join CycleBar and Start to Go Frequently

When you go a lot, you’ll start to see how many cool events, special rides, and other membership perks they throw in to keep things fun.

Some of our favorites are:

  • Themed rides — Expect a lot of classes to have some kind of musical theme. It might mean the playlist is all 90s or all from one artist. The mashup classes are fun (like Janet vs Michael) and get lots of sign-ups.
  • Weekly events — There are a few special things our CycleBar does every week. Wine Down Wednesday (free wine after class), Happy Hour Fridays, and a brunch spread after class on Sunday morning.
  • Charity rides (CycleGiving) – Organizations and non-profits can book the studio for special rides where all the proceeds go to their cause.
  • Contests – CycleBar runs all kinds of contests at different times of the year — for example, if you do 12 rides in a month you can get some free merch; things like that.
  • Rewards – You’ll get a special hat or other type of merch for your 100th, 200th, or 300th ride, plus a balloon on your bike during birthday rides!

Different CycleBar locations do things a little differently, but that’s a taste of the fun stuff they’re doing near us.

Is CycleBar on ClassPass?


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Almost every single CycleBar location near me is featured on ClassPass.

So is Flywheel and even a few SoulCycle studios if you want to mix things up.

(Or read more on how this all works: Is CycleBar on ClassPass?)

Pricing — How Much Does CycleBar Cost?

You’ll want to check with your local studio to find the exact pricing in your area, but ours breaks it down like is:

  • Single class (called a “drop-in”) – $22
  • 10 pack of classes – $180
  • 20 pack of classes – $340

If you put your payment on auto-renew, you’ll get a better rate:

  • 4 rides/month = $59
  • 8 rides/month = $109
  • Unlimited rides/month = $149

There are almost always special rates and promotions going on, so chances are you can get a good introductory deal depending on the time of year.

Also, keep an eye out for referral bonuses when you bring in a new rider.

Pros (What I Love About CycleBar)

There’s a lot to love about this place! (That’s why my wife has been a loyal rider for about two years now)

  • It’s accommodating to all skill levels. The staff here are so friendly and helpful — they want to get to know everyone and make sure every rider is comfortable. You can push yourself to your absolute limit at CycleBar, but it’s also a great environment to hang back and ease into things until you’re feeling more confident.
  • The music and playlists are amazing. It’s really fun to get the song lists after class and replay them later.
  • Really high calorie burn! If you push it, you can burn 400-600 calories or more per workout.
  • The arm and core work. CycleBar is more of a full body workout than most spin classes. The weighted bar will really help build strength in your arms, and your core will get a serious challenge from standing on the bike during hill climbs.
  • The leaderboard. It’s not for everyone, but it can give you that extra push to really challenge yourself — especially near the end of the workout.
  • Tons of class times. Our local CycleBar has a great selection of morning and evening classes to choose from.


It’s a great experience and a great workout, but there are a few things that you should be aware of before signing up for CycleBar:

  • It’s expensive. The studios offer a ton of value and a great community, but it won’t be in everyone’s budget — especially if it’s not your only fitness expense (yoga classes, a gym membership, etc.)
  • Sore butt! There’s an adjustment period getting used to the bike during your first couple of classes. But that’s true of any spin class.
  • No dedicated locker room and few showers.You’ll get pretty sweaty at CycleBar, and sometimes there aren’t enough showers for everyone on busy mornings. (But they’ve been nice enough to let my wife use the employee shower in a pinch.)

Wrapping Up

After nearly two years of working out at CycleBar, my wife keeps on going back because of the awesome intensity of the workouts, the incredible results, and the relationships she’s formed with the instructors and other riders.

You don’t get that everywhere!

At roughly $15-20 a class (depending on which package you buy), it can become a pricey endeavor to work out there frequently. But it’s a great investment if you respond well to the high-energy environment (and if you could use a little push from the leaderboard).

I also recommend trying Beachbody on Demand for equipment-free home workouts. Try it free for 14 days and you’ll get hundreds of workout programs to choose from!

Hope this helps!

(And be sure to check out my full comparison: Cyclebar vs. Flywheel)


Is CycleBar worth it? ›

Overall, indoor cycling at CycleBar is a great form of exercise that provides a range of physical and mental benefits. It is a fun and challenging workout that can be done by people of all fitness levels. CycleBar is worth it because YOU are worth it.

Can you lose weight from CycleBar? ›

During my two months at CycleBar, I was able to lose about ten pounds of weight, which I haven't been able to do with running and other exercise routines. I also noticed an improvement in my endurance and speed in other exercise routines.

How do I cancel my CycleBar subscription? ›


Why do people like CycleBar? ›

Cyclebar fitness is not just a workout, it's a total full-body experience. Offering rhythm-based rides, CycleBar workouts are all-inclusive, regardless of your fitness level. The best part of this workout is that anyone can do it.

Which CycleBar class is best for beginners? ›

I am brand new to indoor cycling. Which ride should I select? Most start with our Foundation ride. Regardless of which ride you choose, you can modify a CycleBar ride to your own fitness level.

How often should you spin a week? ›

Benefits for your body

To gain the full benefits, you'll need to commit to three to six classes per week for a total of 150 minutes. Use a journal or app to track the progress of your fitness goals.

Is cycling good for belly fat? ›

Yes, cycling can help lose belly fat, but it will take time. A recent study showed regular cycling may enhance overall fat loss and promote a healthy weight. To reduce overall belly girth, moderate-intensity aerobic exercises, such as cycling (either indoor or outdoor), are effective to lower belly fat.

Is cycling better than walking for belly fat? ›

Another study found that weight-bearing exercises, such as walking and running, were associated with lower levels of a type of fat that accumulates in bone marrow, compared with cycling ( 9 ). Walking burns more fat than cycling. This may be because it's considered a weight-bearing activity, while cycling isn't.

Does cycling burn belly fat? ›

It is a massively effective way to torch calories and melt off belly fat while strengthening your muscles, heart, and lungs. Compared to other forms of cardio equipment, cycling puts minimal stress on your joints and offers an excellent aerobic workout (1).

Is there a penalty for Cancelling CycleBar? ›

There is no early termination fee for a month-to-month membership. However, if a minimum 24 hours' notice is not provided before the commencement of your new monthly invoice cycle, invoicing will occur for the next months' membership plus an additional month to support the required 30-day advance notice period.

What happens if you miss a CycleBar class? ›

NEW CANCELLATION POLICY 🚨 CycleFam, CycleBar's new ride cancellation policy goes into effect at midnight! Riders who no-show or late cancel (within 12 hours of the ride starting) will be charged $20. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we try to get as many of our loyal riders on a bike as possible!

How does CycleBar waitlist work? ›

The waitlist is available up until two hours before class starts. After the two-hour mark, booking is first-come, first-first served. If you put yourself on the waitlist and get into the class, you are responsible for that ride credit and the late cancel/no show policy will be applied.

Does CycleBar give u shoes? ›

We are happy to provide you with a complimentary pair of cycling shoes for every class. If you prefer to bring your own, check with your local studio to ensure the cleats on your cycling shoes are compatible. How do I pick my own bike?

Does CycleBar provide towels? ›

CycleBar Provides Everything, Including Shoes

Each time you attend class, you will be supplied with shoes, water bottle and towels. There is also a locker for you to stow your valuables that is also included in your ride.

Is CycleBar a full body workout? ›

If you're not familiar with Cyclebar, it's an indoor cycling studio with intense, full body workouts, and quite the following. Founded in Boston, CycleBar is the first and largest indoor cycling studio franchise.

How long should a beginner spin class be? ›

A typical spin class lasts around 45 minutes, but in that short amount of time you will work it all. You can expect to burn between 500-700 calories in this amount of time, but it could vary depending on your weight and strength.

How hard is a first spin class? ›

I won't sugarcoat this: spin is a difficult class and even seasoned veterans get in a real good, challenging workout. It's fast paced and intense- in a good way! With that in mind, it's not a bad idea to build up your cycling fitness a bit before you hop into a class.

Why is spin class so hard? ›

The muscles you use on a spinning bike, the gluteus maximus and the quadriceps, are some of the largest in your body, so you're using a lot of energy,” Brogan says—600 calories an hour, and sometimes more.

Does Spin make your legs bigger or smaller? ›

We Got the Truth on Whether Spinning Bulks Up Your Legs or Not. Contrary to claims made earlier this week, you will not get big thighs when you ride.

What should I eat after spinning class? ›

This meal is vital for the body to replenish the carbohydrates stores used during exercise and provides amino acids and fats to help build and repair muscles. Meal idea: lean protein such as eggs, chicken, tuna or tofu along with complex carbs such as whole grain pasta, rice, or sweet potato and some fat - try avocado.

What does cycling do to a woman's body? ›

Cycling improves cardiovascular health by increasing lung capacity and burning fat across your whole body, reducing cholesterol and blood pressure and therefore improving blood circulation. Riding a bike strengthens the muscles of the legs and glutes.

How do I get rid of my belly pooch? ›

To battle belly fat:
  1. Eat a healthy diet. Focus on plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and choose lean sources of protein and low-fat dairy products. ...
  2. Replace sugary beverages. ...
  3. Keep portion sizes in check. ...
  4. Include physical activity in your daily routine.

Will cycling slim my thighs? ›

Cycling can reduce thigh and belly fat as well as benefiting the circulation of blood around the body, strengthening the heart and other muscles and increasing the metabolism. It is a low-resistance exercise which means it puts less pressure on the joints than running, walking or jogging.

Does cycling reduce love handles? ›

Make cycling your go-to form of cardio for chasing down visceral fat. A study published in the Journal of Physiology showed that cycling for at least 20 miles a week led to a 7% drop in visceral fat and a 7% overall drop in fat around the waistline after eight months.

Which is better for knees biking or walking? ›

Cycling is often touted as a preferred alternative to walking or running because it's a low-impact exercise. This is especially important for people dealing with knee pain.

Is walking better for you than cycling? ›

Cycling is more efficient than walking, so you'll probably work harder by walking briskly and probably exercise your heart, lungs and major muscles more. On the other hand, cycling is probably less hard on your hips, knees and ankles than walking.

Is cycling better than walking for heart? ›

Although they are both positive ways to achieve active movement, cycling edges it in terms of providing a better workout, burning calories, aiding weight loss and reducing the risk of death by natural causes in the long term.

Does cycling reduce cellulite? ›

In addition, the exercise bike is a great ally to fight cellulite. By biking, you will promote muscle toning and improve blood circulation, thus reducing cellulite.

How many miles should I bike a day to lose belly fat? ›

How many miles should I bike a day to lose belly fat? You should ride a bike for 20 – 30 miles three times a week to lose belly fat.

Is 30 minutes of cycling a day enough? ›

Exercising on the bike for at least 30 minutes a day will build up your cardiovascular and muscular endurance. By putting in consistent effort, you'll notice an improvement in your aerobic capacity, enabling you to bike longer or on more intense rides.

What happens when you stop cycling? ›

When you don't cycle for a while, your body can't remove lactic acid or burn oxygen as efficiently, which means you will feel the burn in your legs more quickly and wear out sooner. If you're short on time for long rides, Coach Darryl suggests running as a way to maintain good anaerobic activity in a shorter workout.

Is cycling everyday fined? ›

Regular or daily cycling has been found to prevent weight gain, fight depression, and help stave off a host of health problems, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

What is the cancellation penalty? ›

The purpose of a cancellation penalty is to discourage consumers from cancelling an agreement prematurely and to allow the landlord to recoup a loss suffered as a result of early cancellation.

Can you do spin class twice a day? ›

Many athletes train twice a day and there is no reason for cyclists to be any different. The important factors are the overall volume and intensity combined with fitness at any given time. In many cases, cycling twice a day can be very beneficial.

Can you spin class too much? ›

The danger is when you go overboard, spinning five to seven days a week and taking back-to-back classes. "Unfortunately people can get injuries from their head down to their toes because you use your whole body in spinning," said Dr. Swedan.

Can you forget how do you ride a bike? ›

Once one learns how to ride a bike, they can never forget it because it gets stored within the procedural memory. Procedural memory consists of using objects (including musical instruments), as well as movements of the body (such as typing).

What pedals does CycleBar use? ›

CycleBar bikes accommodate both SPD (Shimano Pedaling Dynamics) and Delta clips.

Can I bring a friend to CycleBar? ›


*First ride offer varies by location. Available at participating studios only. Thank you for sharing three free rides with your friends! We hope they leave feeling empowered, inspired, and elevated.

Do CycleBar studios have showers? ›

There are also free CycleBar water bottles, a water bottle filling station (carbonated and flat filtered water!), showers (one in the male locker room and two in the ladies locker room), lockers, hair ties and bobby pins, robes, wet clothing bags, toiletries and healthy snacks provided.

Are Spinning bikes worth it? ›

The Final Verdict

The exercise bike offers greater intensity, helps with weight loss, allows cyclists to train indoors, and can be used to engage the full body while riding. A spin bike is an excellent investment for those who enjoy bike riding and are looking for a high-intensity cardio workout to do at home.

Is Spin cycling effective? ›

The skin cycling approach was designed to deliver the benefits of active ingredients without the irritating side effects, so it's incredibly effective for anyone with sensitive or reactive skin—but the traditional skin cycling routine may be too gentle for others.

Are spin bikes effective? ›

Riding a stationary exercise bike is an efficient and effective way to burn calories and body fat while strengthening your heart, lungs, and muscles. Compared to some other types of cardio equipment, a stationary bicycle puts less stress on your joints, but it still provides an excellent aerobic workout.

What is CycleBar cancellation fee? ›

There is no early termination fee for a month-to-month membership. However, if a minimum 24 hours' notice is not provided before the commencement of your new monthly invoice cycle, invoicing will occur for the next months' membership plus an additional month to support the required 30-day advance notice period.

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