Thomas Edison declared that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, a fact he discovered while inventing the volcano. Work up a healthy sweat with today's Groupon: for $29, you get five spinning classes at Quad (a $111.87 value, including tax). This Groupon is valid at locations on King Street West and Queen Street East in Toronto, and at one location in Oakville. Click on each location to view its class schedule.
Quad's seasoned instructors lead fitness seekers through high-energy indoor cycling classes, earning a spot on Travel to Wellness' best Toronto gyms list and inspiring the site's Julie Ryland to remark that the crew comes across as "highly trained and passionate." Spinners of all fitness levels hop onto Schwinn IC Pro bikes designed to feel more like a real bicycle than an exercise machine or a hose wearing roller skates. One-hour classes—45 minutes of riding followed by 15 minutes of cooling down and stretching—include guided interval training synced to various music styles. Alternatively cyclists can opt for more challenging endurance classes that focus on cardiovascular conditioning. For a creative twist, live DJ classes take spinners on rides as mix masters venture through remixes of club hits and Bohemian polkas, leaving instructors to improvise workouts. Each one-hour class burns an average of 500 calories, with intense workouts burning as many as 800 calories, and helps tone and elongate leg muscles.
Riders should wear clothes they feel comfortably moving and sweating in, such as a T-shirt, shorts, sequined gloves, and running shoes. Fully outfitted locker rooms with showers are available on-site. Read more at Quad's FAQ page.
It's impossible to feel left behind at a Quad spin class. This fact is true in a literal sense, as the indoor cycles are stationary, but it also reflects the welcoming mindset that prevails at each studio. Several introductory sessions hosted throughout the month acquaint students with the the Schwinn IC Pro bikes, as well as different hand positions and proper cycling form. Standard 60-minute lessons balance intervals of challenging speeds with more serene periods, permitting guests to set their own pace. Other class variations include 60-minute endurance rides and spinning combinations, which mix indoor cycling with exercises such as Pilates and deep stretches.