This workout's
for you if...

  • time is of the essence.
  • you like working out to music.
  • your knees (or hips, or ankles) need a break.

Indoor Cycling

The Basics

Indoor cycling is a lively way to get a great cardiovascular workout and burn calories. It is a low-impact exercise, which means it’s easier on your joints than many workouts, but a high-intensity one, meaning it’s great for weight loss.

Indoor cycling allows you the freedom to work as hard as you want; the payoff being proportionate to your intensity level. While your legs get the bulk to the muscle tone (especially your hamstrings), the lower back, arms and pectoral muscles feel the love too. Other benefits include blasting fat, increasing muscular endurance, improving posture and improved cardiovascular health.

The terrain may not change during the ride, but participants will still climb, jump and sprint. Group classes are fast-paced and the social setting often acts as a motivational tool. Some classes even offer themed rides to give cyclists a change of pace and keep them coming back for more.

Check out the Fit Arkansas Cycling Playlist below. Target BPMs vary for each cyclist, but these hits will keep your heart pumping and a smile on your face.

The Gear

  • Fitted, moisture-wicking clothes
  • Cycling shoes (for clip-in bikes)
  • Water and towel (you’re going to sweat!)

The Lingo

First, second and third position
Where to hold the handlebars per choreography

Jumps
Quickly rising up from the seat and sitting down again

Run it out
A command to rise out of the saddle into a standing position, which simulates running in place

Tap it back
A command to lunge forward and back out of the saddle, activating your core, to the beat of the music

Resources

GYMS OFFERING INDOOR CYCLING CLASSES

10 Fitness
Multiple locations
Bikes: Optional clip-in

Clubhaus Fitness
Little Rock
Class types: Themed-rides, Blacklight, Late Evening, Early Morning
Bikes: Optional clip-in


Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center
Two locations in Conway
Class types: Themed-rides, Late Evening, Early Morning, Express Formats (30 minutes)
Bikes: Optional clip-in


Downtown Athletic Club
Little Rock
Cycling Certified Instructors
Class types: Group RYDE, Performance RYDE, Rhythm RYDE, Themed-rides, Private Instruction
Bikes: Optional clip-in, Display console on bikes


Fit Factory Little Rock
Little Rock
Bikes: Display console on bikes

IM=X Pilates
Little Rock
Class types: Themed-rides, Early Morning, Spinning-certified
Bikes: No clip-in, Display console on bikes


Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center
Little Rock

Little Rock Athletic Club
Little Rock
Cycling Certified Instructors
Class types: Group RYDE, Performance RYDE, Rhythm RYDE, SPIVI Smart Training System, Themed-rides, Private Instruction
Bikes: Optional clip-in, Display console on bikes


Little Rock Racquet Club
Little Rock
Cycling Certified Instructors
Class types: Group RYDE, Performance RYDE, Rhythm RYDE, Themed-rides, Private Instruction
Bikes: Optional clip-in, Display console on bikes


McClure Fitness
Benton & Little Rock
Class types: Hot, Themed-rides, Late Evening, Early Morning
Bikes: No clip-in


North Little Rock Athletic Club
North Little Rock
Cycling Certified Instructors
Class types: Group RYDE, Performance RYDE, Rhythm RYDE, Themed-rides, Private Instruction
Bikes: Optional clip-in, Display console on bikes


ZenStudio Fitness Boutique
Two locations in Little Rock
All instructors certified through Schwinn or Spinning.com
Class types: Themed-rides, Private Instruction, Late Evening, Early Morning
Bikes: Clip-in required, Shoes Provided

The Time

45

minutes

The Burn

400-600

calories per 45-minute class
*Average sourced from Spinning.com