Some indoor-cycling studios tell their instructors to focus on motivational mantras and other techniques that will leave riders feeling inspired. Others play off of clients' competitive sides. But Beatbike doesn't limit itself to one particular style; it offers something for everyone. "We find that there are people who are professional cyclists that like a certain style, and there are people who do like a more dance-inspired style, and there are other people who want metrics during their class," says Ashton Whited, owner and founder of Beatbike. "We have a lot of different instructors from varying backgrounds. ... Each one has such a different style that you're really going to get a different workout."
There is one common theme, though: an emphasis on kick-ass music that'll help you push yourself as hard as possible. "The room is tiered levels, it's all sound-proof, and we have studio-quality speakers in there," says Whited. "So the whole room really feels like you're in a concert." This tunes-forward approach is crucial to the Beatbike approach. "The music is really the ride and inspires how you're going to move," says Whited.
Beatbike offers regular tastemaker rides dedicated to introducing clients to brand-new songs (producers from different labels actually send the studio unreleased tracks for these rides), as well as DJ rides. "The instructor doesn't necessarily know what's coming, so they're also in it for fun," says Whited.
You can also take more traditional 45- and 60-minute indoor-cycling classes, with playlists that feature a mix of new hits, old favorites, and a few fresh songs you probably haven't heard before. "You're never going to get the same thing twice," says Whited. Here's the mix from a recent class:
You can download the playlist on Spotify. Not ready to sweat this second? Sample some of the songs:
Beatbike is located in Los Angeles.