XTherapy is a newcomer to the Edmonton fitness scene, and it’s kinda what we've waited for. This clean, bright, modern studio draws you in and their cross-training strategy (spin, HIIT, and yoga) keeps you coming back. What stood out to us the most though, is the vibe that ooozes from the instructors and staff. They consider everyone who walks through the doors as ‘Warriors’, and they take on a sudo-therapist/cheerleader role, constantly dishing out positive talk and motivational speeches. We're dishing out full fruits for this one - here's why.
If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you. That's 6ix Cycle's motto, and we are so totally into it. We've now taken classes from owner Julie Harrish and one of their main men, Adam Deunk, and holy yellow penguins did these guys live there motto. The studio is clean, fresh and just as approachable for men as it is for women and they've got you covered for everything you need. Worth a trip, homies. worth a trip.
Our sweaty efforts brought us to the largest spin establishment across the country, SPINCO. These guys, who first opened in beautiful Kelowna in 2014, have since expanded to eight cities from coast to coast and have a particularly interesting expansion model in that they specialise in the smaller markets (with the exception of Toronto). The vibes at SPINCO are similar to a lot of other spin studios we see now, but we assess who was really here first. The classes we took at their Spadina studio were challenging, the facilities are flawless, and these guys draw a loyal crowd that call SPINCO their fav in a city with many many options.
The Sweat Lab (or TSL) is an absolutely awesome hub for lean, mean muscle hotties. Reasonably priced, with a diverse schedule full of killer classes, and a spacious ski-lodge feel, this studio is a must visit for the Calgary fitness fam.
Trū Ride is one of the most interesting spin studios we've experienced bc they have a different take on boutique fitness: a boutique experience ensconced in a big-box gym. Tbh, we weren’t totally sure how to feel about it - but what we do know is that we were treated to a well run class with an awesome instructor, and all the support we could hope for on a Sunday morning sweat session.
This spin studio in Calgary's mission has nailed it in a lot of ways; a central and beautiful location that's spacious and decorated with all kinds of meaning, and a studio that includes all the amenities you could ask for. Our class was the Goldilocks of spin classes, not too hard, not to easy, just right and we left sweaty, worked and happy. 4.5 pineapples locked and loaded.
Stax Cycle Club has a reputation for having some of the best instructors in the city and for being one of the most approachable, and we are so happy to say that our experience did not disappoint. This very simple spin studio has the most interesting layout that we've been to yet, and their iconic blue hued spin room will make you feel like your at a rave circa 1992. Probably the biggest thing to note about Stax though, is that they have the lowest prices we've ever seen that include all amenities like spin shoes, towel service and steam room access. These guys are quite literally giving other spin studios a serious run for their money.
Easily one of the most anticipated reviews we've done in a while (bc some of the coolest people in our lives speak insanely highly of this place) and it did not disappoint. Immediately after class we took a desperately needed shower, bought an all black outfit and looked into a membership, which says ALOT for us.