Indoor cyclists now have a space to call their own. Longtime Sporting Club cycling instructor Russell Carter opened a Spin-only studio, Body Cycle, on Chestnut Street earlier this month. A floor below Symmetry Dance, the single-room space feels refined and classy, more yoga studio than Spin room thanks to the wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Though tiny (come dressed, there aren’t showers or a locker room), the space packs 20 bikes comfortably and the mirrors allow you to check your form from any angle. The Keiser bikes, which use magnetic resistance rather than chains, are smooth and quiet. “They are a little more forgiving on the joints than other types,” says Carter.
In addition to Carter, the rotating instructors will include Shoshana Katz (also at the Sporting Club), Robbie Pullen (also at Aquatic Fitness Center in Bala), Anthony Molino (also at Fitness Works in South Philly), Barry Lewis (also at Sweat Center City), Michelle Curello, Pete Swayze, Ross MacKinnon (also at Weston Fitness), Hannah Purbe (also at the Sporting Club), and Monica Bell (also at Bally’s Center City). “People find an instructor that they love and follow them from place to place, ” says Carter. “I’m hoping people who have taken my instructors classes elsewhere will come out and try it.”
Check out the slideshow to get a feel for the space.
Walk-ins, $20; first ride, free. 1923 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor, 215-317-2976, bodycyclestudio.com.