Rhythm riding may be an unfamiliar concept to most. Rather than benchmarking at RPM (rotations per minute) each instructor focuses on BPM (beats per minute). Already popular in major cities around the globe (SoulCycle in LA and NYC, and XYZ in Hong Kong), Cycology Club is the first true rhythm-riding studio in Australia, according to the owner. The class looks more like a choreographed dance, with everyone riding to the beat and performing the moves in unison.
It took founder David Finnimore 12 months to bring his idea to fruition. “When I was living in Hong Kong I was missing out on [friends getting married and having kids], and the only thing keeping me sane was the family I had at the studio I rode with. That became a real source of strength and I thought you know what, I’m going to bring it home.”
After travelling to New York, Los Angeles and London, visiting a number of “boutique gyms that specialised in a specific form of exercise”, Finnimore made the jump from lawyer to cycle studio owner.
Apart from the fitness benefits that come from attending indoor cycling classes, Finnimore really wanted to focus on the mental health benefits of cardiovascular activity as well – “that’s why its called Cycology Club”. “I’ve always prioritised fitness, but in a very superficial way. I’ve always wanted to look good, feel good and train fairly hard but never solve overall wellness. I never realised it had the ability to make me a better person overall.” Everyone rides in unison, which builds a sense of community, Finnimore emphasises.
Descend down a set of iron steps into a bright exposed-concrete room with wooden surfaces, designed by Brad Ward Designs. “He does a lot of nightclubs and high-end restaurants. The studio itself is actually like a nightclub.” There’s a blessing to being so far below street level as well: “We can go a little crazy with our music blaring and not actually affect the locals.”
The main offering at the studio is a 50-minute standard class that allows each individual to adjust the level to suit their fitness. Every class aims to work the major muscle groups in the upper body and includes a weights track. Additionally, the fundamentals workshop provides rhythm-riding newbies with a better understanding of form and correct bike technique. Themed rides are also a regular occurrence: this weekend is Taylor Swift versus her exes.