If you’ve taken a cycling class, you know all the basic reasons cycling is such a great exercise. It’s a mega-calorie burner, burning up to 500 calories a session; it’s low impact so it doesn’t hurt your joints and knees; and it builds both muscle and aerobic endurance.

But there are so many more reasons to love your cycling workout – and take it to the next level. Below, we’ve shared some of our favorites.

  1. The energy

Cycling classes are designed to keep the energy going so you feel motivated to give it your all. From the pumping tunes, to the motivated instructor, to the fellow warriors riding next to you, a cycling class is full of energy and enthusiasm. You’ll never be bored and you’ll naturally push yourself because you’ll be having so much fun!

  1. Killer legs

That sore butt feeling you get the next day? Those calves and thigh muscles. That feeling that you’re hurting in muscles you didn’t even know you had? That all adds up to unbelievably sculpted and youthful looking legs. And who doesn’t want that?

  1. Endorphins

There’s an energy high that stays with you after a ride – and it is hard to beat that feeling. Even more than stress relief, this feeling puts a positive spin on your day and makes you feel great for hours afterward. You can’t beat it!

  1. Team spirit

There’s something special about the feeling of camaraderie and excitement that comes from the group in a cycling class. Everyone’s great energy builds upon each other so that you’re lifting each other up. It is an amazing feeling!

  1. The equipment

At Release, we’ve invested in the Keiser M3 Plus Indoor Cycle, which has been named the world’s best. It’s got a magnetic resistance system that delivers 24 levels of resistance – making it easier to truly customize your ride to you fitness level and goals. Plus, it features a highly accurate and robust computer display that measures everything you could imagine wanting to know about your workout, including: calorie burn; travel distance; resistance level; length of workout and so much more.