CycleBeats Moving Home!

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CycleBeats York is going through a few changes at the start of this year and we’re moving to a new location, York RI Sports Club in Acomb. It’s easy to get to, not far from the centre of town, there’s plenty of parking and easy access to the building. Classes will be based out of the main hall and the facilities will include male and female changing areas and showers.

We’re also updating our classes to include a bit more variation. Mike and Rachel (the best instructors in York!) will continue to run their popular spinning and HIIT spinning classes, and we’ll also be offering a stretching session, a Re-shaping session and a Fun-Fit session. All will be as serious or light-hearted as you want. There’s some new times too (all on our website), hopefully they’re convenient and we’ll be adding more over the coming weeks:


9.30 – 10.15 am, spinning with Rachel

10.30 – 11.15 am, stretching with Rachel (coming soon)

5.10 – 5.45 pm, HIIT with Mike


7.10 – 7.50 pm, FunFit

8.00 – 8.40 pm, ReshapeFit


12.30 – 1.15 pm, lunchtime spinning with Mike


6.00 – 6.30 am, HIIT with Mike (coming soon)

FunFit and ReshapeFit will start w/c 17th Feb and the others will feed in over the next couple of weeks so please keep an eye on our social media for updates. You can buy credits and book as normal here.

We really appreciate the support over the past year, and though a shame to be leaving our lovely little studio, the new place allows for a more diverse spin-based fitness offering from us.

All purchased classes will be of course be honoured, and if there are any difficulties getting to the new classes we’ll look to find a solution for you.

if you’re new to CycleBeats, we offer all our new members their first class for free. Drop an email to and we’ll send you a booking code

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Feedback is always welcome and get in touch with anything that’s on your mind. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Why spin?

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Cycling has been a key part of many people’s fitness regime for years, and with good reason. Cycling Weekly published an article in May title ‘15 benefits of cycling: why cycling is good for weight loss, fitness, legs and mind’. While some of the points represent logistical and tongue-in-cheek considerations, the tone was clear. Jumping on a bike is good for you.

Sometimes the weather is awful or we don’t have the time to hit the roads. What to do then? Well, spinning classes provide a great solution and classes have evolved to cater for most tastes. So much so that it’s a basic requirement of most gyms and fitness studios to offer spinning classes. And following the theme of Cycling Weekly, Bicycling Magazine published their own Benefits of Spinning article highlighting why it’s so popular.

So what are the benefits? Firstly, anyone can do it. There is no need for experience on a bike and no specialist kit is required. Secondly, spinning improves cardiovascular fitness and muscle development, not only in the legs and core but also in the upper body with carefully crafted workouts. Spinning is low impact meaning you can exercise hard without hammering your joints; great for those coming back from an injury. Improved physical fitness also boosts our immune system, providing there is appropriate recovery time.

Finally, exercise to improve fitness results in marked improvements in mental health and cognitive functioning. Studies have repeatedly shown regular exercise enhances brain function and can delay cognitive decline. A nice review published in ‘Frontiers in Psychology’ by Mandolesi et al. can be found here.

Although spinning classes are de rigueur in most gyms, they often follow the tried and tested, and sometimes tiresome, formula. Instructor front and centre in a well-lit room with a generic ‘Work Out’ playlist idling along. We stand up, sit down, speed up, slow down with predictable regularity and with little credence payed to the music in the background.

The advent of boutique spin studios, particularly in London and the South East, has shown it needn’t be this way. Instructors build specific workouts and playlists to match. The music drives the sessions and keeps the cadence on the beat allowing participants to tap into the music and forget how hard they’re actually being pushed! The Huffington Post pulled the benefits of exercising to music together nicely in this blog.

CycleBeats York has its own take on this formula as York’s first boutique spin studio. Our signature ‘Beats!’ classes are designed by the cities best spinning instructors, feature new music and new routines each time with sound and lighting to match. The sessions are immersive, and except for the lactic acid, it’s easy to forget it’s a spinning class.

In the articles mentioned above, a key component to the appeal of cycling and spinning is accessibility. At CycleBeats York we value this principle above all. Our instructor-led spinning classes are for everyone and we offer performance and virtual classes that can be bespoke for each rider. For more information on our class types click here.

If you’re interested in seeing the benefits for yourself please go to our booking page to sign up for your first class.

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