Bringing Your Bike Into the Pool at Aqua Studio

Hey all!  So you know that I love making my way around NYC trying out the latest and greatest in fitness classes and trends.  Well, this one takes the cake for uniqueness so far!  Earlier this summer Aqua Studio opened up in New York.  The concept is simple, take the spin bike and put in the water for an intense cycle workout. I thought to myself: water plus cycling, what’s not to love?

I rocked up to the studio and was greeted by a beautiful large space.  I signed in and discovered I was the only one scheduled for the class.  Private-score!  I was a little bummed I had to pay for the aqua shoes since I had already shelled out $34 for the class (FYI- $34 if the price if you are a first time client, it’s $40 thereafter-pricey even for New York).  But I was immediately soothed when I made my way downstairs.  Reception is on the street level but everything else is underground. 

As I walked down the steps I was able to look into the pool area and see the bike submerged underwater.  It was kind of cool to be peering down on them from above.  Not a normal spin experience.  I made my way further down to the locker room.  It had a spa-like quality that I can liken to other Tribeca-area spas like Great Jones Day Spa.  It was relaxing and very comfortable.  There was no harsh, bright lighting but rather soothing dim lights. 

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The locker rooms were absolutely spotless with plenty of options for lockers, showers, etc.  Aqua Studio is incredibly eco-friendly (which is great!) but that also means no paper towels or towels so bring your own stuff.

I wore my one-piece Speedo to class and topped it off with my Lululemon bike shorts (they are long) that I wear for cycling.  I wore them more my triathlon, so I figured they would hold up pretty well in the water.  I don’t think you need to wear shorts but I felt more comfortable personally.  I also slipped on my water shoes provided to me.

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This was me in class…..JUST KIDDING! If only.  (Source)

Class was interesting!  If you are expecting the feel of a Flywheel or Revolve, you are not going to get that here.  This is a much more relaxed vibe and while the workout is good, it is not the intense cardio so many are addicted to with the traditional cycling.  A 45 minute class still burned a lot of calories but nowhere near the 600 plus I usually burn at Flywheel.

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This is actually me…oh reality! 🙂

Here are my thoughts:

  • The class was unique and fun and definitely something different.
  • It was a less intense cardio workout but I definitely felt it a lot in my legs because of the water resistance.
  • It was a more total body workout- we worked our abs, arms and legs.  If you are a cycle fanatic, you may be interested in adding this in on alternate days to get a more overall workout and include some toning.
  • It was low-key.  There was music but it’s not the pumping beats you expect.  It’s not a bad thing but it definitely contributed to a more spa-like feeling for me.
  • Expect to go off the back of the bike!  I was a little nervous about this at first but you can float so why not take advantage of it!
  • You will be warm.  Don’t worry about getting too cold.  The water is actually quite nice and they keep the temperature reasonable.

I liked the class but it’s probably not something I would do on a regular basis because it’s downtown and far away for me, plus it’s expensive. I’m also not sure what I’m aiming for with the workout: cardio, toning, relaxing?  It was a little confusing for me.  Still it was a fun experience and I’m glad I went!

Readers, have you ever tried aqua cycling?  Do you like spin classes?  What’s the weirdest workout class you’ve ever done?


  1. This looks so cool! I would love to try it!

  2. So crazy! NYC has the best workout classes. I really like the one flywheel class I did…it helped that Jake Gyllenhaal was there 😉
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  3. This is the first I’ve heard of aqua cycling – I’m not sure they offer it where I live. Sounds like a nice change of pace though!
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  4. Wow, I’ve never heard of aqua cycling! It certainly is unique! And, I’ve never been to spin class either. I think I really need to branch out there more and try some new workouts.
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  5. Just read about this in October SHAPE! Seriously, last night at work and I was wondering what it would be like. I’m glad you posted this. It didn’t appeal to me just bc I don’t like getting in the water and potentially messing up my hair 🙂 It sounding just as confusing from your review as when I read about it last night. Thanks for the write up for those of us down in the south with the basics. Man that was expensive. Who can afford that weekly?
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  6. This is fun–I swear NYC will have the most interesting workouts EVER! I don’t know if I would do this one since I am so addicted to my hardcore spinning…but it sure looks like fun. $34 is just so pricey! Maybe if I see something on groupon 🙂
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  7. Wow that is an expensive class! Looks like fun though…definitely something different 🙂
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  8. You New Yorkers get to do all the cool stuff!! I think Melissa Burton posted about this as well and I think it looks amazing. I teach two spin classes a week and I think it would be such a different experience – using different muscles and getting a different vibe – that I wish we could throw this into the mix. Thanks for taking me on your latest journey.
    PS – you look adorable in the pool!
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  9. This is just about the best thing I have seen all day! I realllllly want to try swim-biking(?)!!!
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  10. is this for real? it looks so amazing! would love to check this out if it comes to san francisco.
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