Abu Dhabi’s best spinning studios and classes aim to boost your endorphins, get your heart pumping, and get you fitter. With killer soundtracks and state-of-the-art equipment, these classes are so much more exciting than plodding along on a treadmill and are designed to enhance your fitness experience whilst also providing a mental release.
Below is a roundup of the best places to get your spin on in Abu Dhabi, from virtual-reality setups to classes that incorporate Pilates.
For everyone from novice to experienced cyclists, The Room offers eight different styles of spinning classes, namely ‘Belief’, ‘Candy’, ‘Club Night’, ‘Foundations’, ‘Journey’, ‘Performance’, ‘Spinning on the Terrace’, and ‘Tabata’.
If you’re looking for a class that is both fun and challenging, join the ‘Candy’ ride for the ultimate spin party. Expect music videos by pop stars like Katy Perry and fun visuals being screened while you cycle your heart out.
However, if the party scene isn’t your spin of choice, try the ‘Journey’ ride. In this class, spinning is combined with yoga and a focus on relaxation and breathing techniques, helping you find your way back to your inner zen.
Feeling brave? Try back-to-back classes or a combination with some of the other workouts on offer, like Pilates, yoga, barre, boxing, or mobility.
Zayed Sports City
(+971) 2 444 4945
The Sweat philosophy is to dig deep and embrace the post-class high. This boutique fitness facility offers two different spinning class styles called ‘Sycle 45’ and ‘Core HIIT Ride’. From the positive affirmations on the walls to the enthusiastic instructors, these low-impact, high-intensity classes will lift your spirits and your heart rate.
‘Sycle 45’ classes are facilitated in a candlelight setting to take you on a spiritual, musical, and physical journey at your own pace. ‘Core HIIT Ride’, on the other hand, places an emphasis on riding, strength, and abs to help you sculpt your physique. Expect more upbeat tracks that will make you forget how hard you’re working.
Once you’re done with your workout, we recommend mingling and grabbing a nutrient-packed ‘Green Glow’ smoothie at Raw by Nolu’s next door.
Note: Ladies-only classes are also available on the schedule.
Al Seef Resorts & Spa by Andalus
(+971) 2 444 5543
Inspire Fitness offers a variety of classes from Pilates to an impressive Les Mills RPM workout called ‘The Trip’. It’s a 40-minute high-intensity journey through various virtual-reality universes.
The pop remixes will have you bursting out of your seat, and this futuristic take on classical spinning classes will keep you entertained throughout. Expect to be ducking and diving to avoid VR obstacles on the surrounding cinema screen along the way.
This ladies-only class is nothing short of a challenge, but you’ll be ready to take on the world afterwards.
(+971) 50 157 5508
Bodytree Studio has it all, from yoga and Pilates to spinning. The ‘Spin Tribe’ class blends high-intensity strength training and core conditioning in the following format: 30 minutes of cycling on Real Ryder bikes, which are equipped with a moving frame and help you burn more than a stationary bike, followed by a Pilates workout. It promises to improve your endurance and tone your frame in 60 minutes.
Soak up the community vibe at the Nectar Juice bar post-ride and grab a ‘Chocolate Heaven Smoothie’ (trust us) with a shot of grass-fed collagen peptides and protein to replenish your body. You might also want to add a refined sugar-free, dairy-free chocolate chip cookie to your order.
Once you’ve quenched your appetite, head upstairs and browse the luxe sports brands on sale, such as Lorna Jane, Spiritual Gangster, Electric & Rose, and Varley. After all, an effortless coordinated workout outfit inspires a faster, stronger session, right?
Note: Before becoming part of the spin tribe, participants must compete a Pre-Reformer course and have Pilates mat experience.
Mixed and ladies-only classes are both available.
(+971) 2 443 4888
Rev Studio is a boutique indoor-cycling facility where you will find high-intensity classes like Les Mills’ ‘The Trip’, intense live-streamed Peloton classes from New York, and Spivi virtual-ride bikes.
If you have a competitive streak, try the Spivi classes, where your progress will be tracked on the leaderboard against fellow cyclists and virtual groups. The energy in the room is contagious and the trainers will push you to your limits while you cycle to latin beats, 90s jams, or 60s rock ‘n’ roll.
Rev offers complimentary cycling shoes, towels, and water, so all you need to do is turn up and cycle to the beats.
Note: The classes here are mixed
Al Reem Island.
(+971) 54 398 7979
Primal Gym offers group fitness classes like ‘Bodypump’, ‘Zumba’, ‘Tabata’, Yoga, Muay Thai, boxing, and spinning.
The ‘RPM’ class challenges you to push yourself to your limits, but you can also choose to peddle along at your own pace to the beats. If you love classics, sign up to the classes taught by Ciara, who will remind you mid-spin that “Old is gold.”
Note: Bring your own towel and be prepared to get drenched.
The classes here are mixed, and the gym caters to children too.
Al Reem Island
(+971) 50 296 2157