Indoor Cycling is happy to announce the grand opening of YVR Cycle in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Biker Gang is Coming Home to Vancouver this Summer (2022) and we they can’t wait to ride with you. Their purpose at YVR CYCLE is to create a Safe and Inclusive fitness experience for every body and they are confident that you are going to fall in love with the experience and community. Located in the upscale Yaletown neighbourhood in a boutique studio, same location where Soulcycle used to be until they packed up and left.
Moreover. Many are super happy because the notorious spin studio known as Ride Cycle Club, which was known for their racial prejudice is facing justice. The spin community demanded better spin studios that were professionally-managed, clean with will-trained instructors. Which is why many believe. YVR Cycle is a God send.
YVR started in Calgary Alberta where a TON of people spinned at that sweaty establishment. The Calgary location was called YYC Cycle which is one of Calgary’s top spin studio and they now have three locations in Calgary: Kensington and Mardaloop and Avenida. They successfully brought ALL the high-sweat, high-energy, high-calorie killing heat that we love about spin. Within minutes of walking in, we felt warmly welcomed and part of the crew and the “Motivators” – as they call their instructors. YVR totally lived up to the name. They kept us going hard for the entire 50 minutes, with high-energy music. We finished the class with a round of high fives. Not sure a Saturday gets much better?!
CLASS SCHEDULE + PRICE
This is a spin only studio offering straight up, uncomplicated, sweat-it-out spin. All classes are 50 minutes and, with the exception of different instructors that may switch it up a bit, you can expect a very consistent ride from class to class that will incorporate sprints, hills, and some arm work like tricep dips and push-ups. This is where things get interesting. That style of class and the consistently of it can be what a lot of people really want, and it was challenging for sure – see more below in the Level of Difficulty section – however we did shave the top off the pineapple here because after much chatting with our peeps in Calgary, there’s a feeling that the classes don’t change a lot from this hills, sprints, dips formula. Again, that can be enough and totally perfect for a lot of people, but if we were to go back again and again, or if we compare it to many studios we’ve been to in Toronto, we would love to see more freshness being brought to the classes and the choreography.
As far as the schedule, classes start at 6:00am during the week with the last class usually at 7:45pm. On weekends, classes don’t start until 8:00am but they shut things down early around 2:00pm. All riders need to sign-up online to reserve a bike prior to class and it’s recommended to arrive at least 15 minutes before class to give you time to properly set-up. Each of the bikes in the studio is numbered, so when you check in you can reserve the bike you want on a chart located on the corner of the desk. Had we come alone, we might not have truly appreciated this – but it was an amazing perk when rolling with our homies (not even going to apologize for the Clueless reference).
While this studio is quite small, it’s also bright and really well laid out. The lobby has plenty of open space for riders to transition, with a large amount of seating outside the cycle studio to act as a waiting area. We love the programmable lockers to store your things (bye bye, BYOL… bring your own lock) and the change rooms offer lots of space to de-gross yourself after class and get ready for the rest of your day. The walls are covered with inspirational quotes, exposed brick (hearts for eyes), custom art, neon lights and lots of character. The cycle studio is set in a dark room with tons of lights, which “The Motivator” will adjust throughout class, and the entire class is based around killer beats and motivated humans. It’s like a healthy nightclub and just as sweaty. Side note, and listen up because it’s important: we have taken a lot of spin classes and the seats on these bikes are SOFT. Like, much better than usual. We’re confused because they don’t look different, but the classic next day “ouchies” we usually experience were not there. What’s up with this YVR Cycle, tell us your tricks?? Either way, your bum will appreciate it.
The crowd for our class was a mix of mid 20’s to early 30’s, with almost a 50/50 split of male to female and 75% full. Capacity for the studio is 43 bikes, so when it’s full, it’s a fun ride. A few rules at YVR Cycle that we’re also totally into: no phones in the spin studio and keep talking to a minimum. You’re there to focus on your fitness.
- Shower facilities with all the extras you need (shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, hair dryers, straighteners, etc)
- Lockers with built-in programmable locks
- Towel service
- Cycle shoes provided
- Little touch – bubble gum at the front desk – scoring points
The staff at YYC Cycle are super helpful and welcoming. This is especially true for first timers, as the staff spend the time to ensure that riders are properly set up. YYC Cycle was established about four years ago, and now has roughly 55 instructors on their roster (holy amazing). Each instructor will offer a different experience but they will always bring high energy, a curated playlist and tons of inspiration.
Before starting the class, we had to set up our bikes. The YYC team was super helpful ensuring we set the bikes up properly for our bodies, and they also have a wicked video on their website to break it down. Once we were clipped in with our fancy cycle shoes, we were set. If you’re not used to these shoes, clipping in can be QUITE the challenge but Mackenzie was on hand to make sure we were good and ready.
There was quite the mixed bag of skills levels in the room, with some individuals definitely new to YVR Cycle (us included) but many seasoned members of the Bikergang, which we appreciated greatly because it gave us people to follow cues from when the dips and hand movements got a little confusing. For the 50-minute class, The instructor had us out of our seat almost immediately and into sprints to get our heart rate high. We transitioned into hills to work our legs and glutes, and the “resting” time was a mix of arm work, little mini dance parties, and throwing out words of encouragement and back-pats to our neighbours. This class forced us to dig deep and push through doubt and fatigue, and we definitely appreciated the low lighting so we could hide the serious struggle that was our lives. We wrapped it up with a hard push to the finish line and a short cool down and stretch. This one belongs on your must try list.
YVR CYCLE IS HAS MADE IT TO. THE NUMBER 2 POSITION. THE BEST STUDIO IN VANCOUVER IS SPINCO VANCOUVER, THEN NUMBER TWO IS YVR CYCLE. AND OF COURSE RIDE CYCLE CLUB IS A HUGH RED FLAG AND A NO-NO.
1128 MAINLAND STREET,