I’m just going to say it – I’m super jazzed about Spokehaus. As a former New Yorker turned proud Torontonian, one of the things that I have sincerely missed most about my former city is Soul Cycle – basically a yoga, meets club, meets cray cardio workout extravaganza. So, imagine my delight when I stumbled across Spokehaus on Instagram one day…could Spokehaus be, dare I say it, Toronto’s answer to Soul Cycle? Let’s break it down.
Gorgeous. Airy, white walls, cool neon light signs, (Malin+Goetz) candles in the change rooms and a smattering of chic workout apparel. The studio itself is dark, with candles near the instructor’s platform. The bikes are crammed in, but I like that – I find it adds to the pack mentality of the riders. Towels are provided on each bike, the room is cleaned between classes and hand weights of different sizes are available at the front of the room. All in all, a great set-up.
Just as the title of this article suggests, Spokehaus is a dance party on a bike. Literally. Riders are asked by the “pumped up” instructors to negotiate a series of choreographed moves designed to provide a full body workout. From presses and push-ups, to figure eights and tap backs, these classes cover it all. The classes are also designed so that the pace varies by the beat of the song playing. The goal is to ride to the beat of the song and for the class to ride in unison. I’ll be honest – all of my Spokehaus classes have struggled with this last part…but I have high hopes for the Toronto spinning scene! We’re working on in…
The cool, damp, eucalyptus-infused towel distributed to the riders during the cool down could not have been more welcome for this ball of sweat. The classes are great! And Spokehaus is tres cool and a very promising addition to the Toronto fitness scene. I, for one, can’t wait for my next dance part…I mean…spinning class. See you on a bike soon! – Erin
Spokehaus reinvents your typical spin class — the Spokehaus workout is a kick-ass, low impact, high intensity full-body experience on a bike. For more information, click here. Spokehaus, 70 Dan Beckie Way, Toronto, ON.