Shanghai’s first dedicated spin studio draws a regular following, and is now in a new location just off Yongkang Lu. And with a crowd-pleasing soundtrack of house and chart-toppers blasting out at top volume, this is the closest you’ll get to clubbing while working out, particularly given the studio's flashing lights.
The light, airy studio is equipped with 20 brand new Schwinn bikes and 1 Watt Pro bike arranged in a crescent around the instructor. We kick off with a ten-minute warm-up at the lowest intensity, as the cheery instructor Emma demonstrates the various positions – standing up, leaning forward and a ‘rising trot’.
Large screens play a cyclist’s journey through various routes, which gives the feel of actually going somewhere. We launch into the first of several stages, which gradually increase in intensity and speed. Within minutes of starting, we’re sweating profusely and glad of the towel and water we’ve been advised to bring to the session.
With short bursts of super-fast, high-intensity pedaling and slower, more prolonged stretches, the pace is surprisingly manageable; despite being our first time, we manage to keep up with the rest of the class without stopping. If you’ve got a decent general level of fitness you shouldn’t struggle, but since you control your own resistance there’s always the option to reduce or increase the intensity.
Fifty minutes fly by, before we hit the brakes and round off with some stretches. Music requests are welcomed (email them in advance to add your favourite songs) making this one of the friendliest, most fun and cathartic fitness pay-offs in town.