The new CycleBar in Scottsdale pumps guests up with a club-like vibe.

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Written by Desiree Pharias Category: Health & Fitness Issue: July 2016
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With LED lighting; eye-catching widescreen graphics; hip-hop, pop and electronic dance music bumping from the sound system; and big-screen TVs showing music videos, CycleBar can feel more like a nightclub than a gym. But this freshly minted, sleekly designed fitness hub in Scottsdale – one of 100 locations opening across the country this year – is all about motivation and self-discipline, not self-indulgence. Add in some aromatherapy, complimentary water and snacks, the required cycling shoes and a team of engaging instructors, and you’ve got a fun fitness party.


Pretty soon, it will be a fitness party network – five more CycleBar locations are planned for Phoenix. “More and more, we’re seeing people shun big gyms in favor of smaller, boutique-fitness opportunities – so much so that they are the single fastest-growing segment of the fitness industry,” CycleBar managing partner Jon Krumdieck says. “This is a vibrant, active area with such a strong lifestyle component that it seemed a no-brainer to open a CycleBar here on Scottsdale soil.” 

And just as casually as dancing with someone in a club, there’s no pressure to commit to a contract. “CycleBar differs considerably from big-box gyms, and one of the ways it does so is by offering a pay-per-class model,” Krumdieck says. “So there’s no need for monthly or annual membership contracts.” 

Classes include DJ Rides, Mashup Monday, Throwback Thursday, MOJO Rides, a Concert Series and more. Guest can track their fitness progress with CycleStats. One hundred classes can be purchased for $1,700. Smaller packages – as well as a free trial class – are also available. 

And if a flashy, high-energy atmosphere isn’t your thing, or you just want a change of taste and pace, Cycle Bar also offers CycleTheatre, meant to combine “the rigor of indoor cycling with the discipline of yoga,” according to its website.

McCormick Ranch

7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale