Spinning is my favorite workout. When I was a member of FitReserve and Classpass, I couldn’t help but book spin classes as much as possible. If I have the right instructor, I can easily get lost in the beat of the music, and before I know it, class is done!
When I left the city almost 2 months ago, I wanted to have some fitness options, but knew I couldn’t commit to a gym with the new commute, and wasn’t motivated enough to wake up super early (read: 4am) to go to classes in the city. I wanted a Peloton bike, but with several high priority items on our wishlist (e.g. a car), I couldn’t justify a $2,000 spin bike.
Instead, I spent hours reading reviews on Amazon, and found an indoor spin bike that didn’t break the bank (that will be a whole other post soon, I promise). I paired my new bike with a must have app for any spin fans – CycleCast.
Now let me just pause and say you don’t need to buy your own spin bike at home in order to take advantage of CycleCast. If you are a gym goer and find your schedule not aligning with your gym’s spin schedule, I can totally see you popping into the spin studio with this app on your phone and getting in a workout. I remember when I used to go to a gym, the only spin class offered in the morning was on Wednesday, and I would have loved an app like this so I could still spin Monday through Fridays in the spin studio.
So what’s CycleCast? CycleCast is an indoor cycling app that brings you studio-quality instructions paired with great music. You can choose from 4 different instructors and pick a class length that fits your schedule – 20, 45 and 60 minutes. I’ve tried 3 of the 4 instructors so far, and find the music to be fantastic (a lot of pop) and the type of instruction works no matter what type of bike you have. Now if you’ve taken a ton of boutique cycling classes, you are probably wondering how the app handles the numbers – meaning how do you know the level of resistance and speed you should be at. My favorite instructor, Jonathan (who comes from the studio Revolve in NYC), will give you resistance target, such as “on a scale from 1-10, you should be at an 8.” He will provide target RPMs (your speed) which is great if you have that accessory for your bike, but I feel fine without it – I just know that means I should be going faster or slower! In terms of music, I can’t complain with a playlist with Usher, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding – and I haven’t encountered the same playlist twice yet, which makes every workout even more exciting.
If you want to give CycleCast a try, there is a 30 day free trial. Afterwards, it is $9.99 a month, or you can sign up for an annual subscription at $89.99.