This weekend, SPINCO continued its quest for fitness world domination with the opening of their second Toronto studio (and seventh studio overall). The opening of SPINCO Downtown comes on the heels of the first Ottawa studio, and about a month before the launch of the third Toronto studio (in Summerhill).
In our recent interview, we learned how badass founder Michelle August manages this rapid fire growth (hint: a really, really solid team), but we wanted to investigate for ourselves: is it possible to expand this quickly and still maintain an anticipated level of quality? In two words: hell yes.
At the launch party the evening before the first classes were held, Toronto’s media members, influencers, and trainers, as well as the studio’s most dedicated, gathered at SPINCO Downtown for a first look at the new space. When we arrived, August took us on a tour of the studio, past the merch area with their classic hoodies and water bottles, into the studio which packs in almost as many riders as the Yonge & Eg location and boasts the studio’s signature black walls and disco ball.
The space, which coincidentally was a different spin studio two owners ago, also features a waiting area with programmable lockers and benches for slipping out of sneaks and into the spin shoes the studio provides.
We sent writer Melissa Power to test out one of the first classes at SPINCO Downtown and here are a few of her key takeaways.
- As with the uptown studio, SPINCO Downtown features a SPINCO-branded towel waiting for riders on each bike
- Bringing your own water bottle? The studio has a fountain with a programmable dial for warm to cold water.
- Have your own spin shoes? Note that they might not fit with the brand new bikes SPINCO just introduced. Not to worry – the studio provides shoes for riders who need them.
- For freshening up post-class, the studio features spacious washrooms with two showers, as well as towels and shower products
- SPINCO is consistent in its class vibe: everyone rides together, to the beat of the music, creating a sweaty “we’re all in this together” vibe.
- During the ride, instructor Hayley got off her bike to check in on riders and pump up the class throughout, making even riders on the edges of the room feel connected to the group
- Favourite move? Melissa loved when Hayley had the riders kick the bikes into high tension, bodies shifted back over the seat, with one hand behind their backs and one on the handlebars, switching hands to target the abs and glutes.
- Class concluded with a water bottle cheers with fellow riders and a cool down stretch
The New Bikes:
- SPINCO just launched a brand new steed to its studios. The bikes feature a new “FitLoc” adjustment system that makes it easier to find the right height for each rider (and now you can even change your seat position without getting off the bike), as well as ergonomic handle bars, an easier to reach weight cage, and magnetic resistance which means each turn of the dial will be consistent across all bikes
- Our rider noticed the super smooth ride of the new bikes (their “CarbonGlyde technology”) that also made the choreography feel more natural