There's good reason spin has remained one of the most popular workout options

With more spin studios and classes to try than ever before, it seems like everyone is cycling indoors—and for good reason.

“Spinning is a low-impact exercise that is open to anybody, regardless of fitness level or age,” says Kim Donnelly, head coach and owner of Toronto spin studio CYKL.

Spin-goers can control their bike’s resistance and difficulty of the workout, allowing newcomers to work within their own ability. But that doesn’t mean you won’t get a fantastic, cardio workout. According to Donnelly, participating in a group class with other like-minded people, you are more likely to push yourself a little harder than if you were riding a stationary bike alone.

“Not only will your fitness improve, but this builds confidence and a sense of accomplishment.”

Ready to ride? Donnelly recommends beginner and experienced cyclists alike should do their homework when choosing a studio. Some classes use weights and coordinated moves, while others take a more traditional training approach. The type of bike may also differ.

The people and atmosphere are important too. “Look for a studio that has a community you feel like you could belong to,” says Donnelly. Most studios have a first-class discount. Donnelly encourages people to try several studios before committing to one.