What is a spin class and where can you find one? Saddle up and read on to find out about some of the many spin classes London has to offer, and the background to this hugely popular form of exercise.

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Spinning – the more popular name for indoor cycling – focuses on endurance, strength, intervals, high intensity and recovery. The practice does not involve regular exercise bikes, but specialised cycles with a weighted flywheel – spin bike frames tend to be more similar in appearance to those of actual bicycles than the standard exercise bike too.

While use of an exercise bike tends to be a solo experience, spinning takes place in classes – where the instructor will lead the room through a routine, often accompanied by music. It has been stated that spinning can burn 400-500 kcal in 40 minutes, and other benefits include the strengthening and toning of lower body muscles.

As an indoor activity with a positive track record and a sociable element, spinning has become understandably popular around the world. It should therefore come as no surprise that in a city the size of London there are plenty of spin classes to choose from. Here is a round-up of just some of the classes to be found in the capital…

BOOM CYCLE – 2-8 Scrutton Street EC2A 4RT: Boom Cycle’s introductory blurb on its website is as dynamic as its name… “The go to place for a healthy balance of hedonistic endorphins and high intensity workouts to nightclub quality music”.

FITNESS FIRST – Unit A East Stand, Avenell Road N5 1FE: One of the many health club chains to have premises in London features a unique twist on spinning. Alongside its more conventional spin classes it offers Victoria Pendelton Pro-Cycling classes, developed with the Olympic gold medallist.

GOOD VIBES – 14-16 Betterton Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BU and 11 Tottenham Street, Fitzrovia W1T 2AG: The club that offers Glow Yoga also runs classes in Glow Cycle – a workout that is fun but also effective in burning calories.

H2 BIKE RUN – Dufours Place W1F 7SP: Offering 72 classes per week and a variety of perks including a free towel and morning coffee, H2 advertises structured rides and freerides on 33 state of the art Star Trac bikes.

MY FITNESS BOUTIQUE – West Heath Yard, 174 Mill Lane NW6 1TB: My Fitness Boutique sells itself on having no memberships and no contracts. It can add no shortage of fitness classes to its pitch too, with spinning well represented.

PARAMOUNT HEALTH & FITNESS – 316-322 Green Lanes, Palmers Green N13 5TT: Spin classes with Julio are among the classes scheduled by this health club promising excellent service and state of the art equipment.

PEDAL STUDIO – 4 Token Yard, Putney High Street SW15 1SR and 7 Elm Grove, Wimbledon SW19 4HE: London’s first pay as you go dedicated spinning only studio, promising a warm welcome, an enjoyable experience and one of the most effective mind, body and soul workouts.

POWERVIBE FITNESS STUDIO – 1 All Saints Road W11 1HA: Powervibe offers a more intimate spinning experience, with classes for up to just four clients at a time. 30 and 60 minute sessions are available.

SOUTHBANK CLUB – 124-130 Wandsworth Road SW8 2LD: The city’s largest squash and fitness club features Spin/Circuit and Spin 2 Thin on its extensive list of available classes.

SPINADDIKTS – LA Fitness, 63/81 Pelham Street SW7 2NJ: Founded by Frances H Mikuriya (Johnny G Star Level 3 lifetime qualified Spinning Instructor), this is the first private indoor cycling group in London.

Now you know where to look, visit your nearest club and try out spinning classes London style!