Review: RPM

Similar to Body Pump, I have done an RPM class before, but not for a very very long time, so it felt pretty new to me all over again.


RPM is described as an indoor spinning class set to music, which is a pretty good sum up. You cover hypothetical hills, flats, mountains, time trials and interval training.

The length of RPM classes varies from as short as 30 minutes, and as long as about 55 minutes. I took a 45 minute class with a friend last week. RPM is one of Goodlife’s more popular offerings, so you’ll be hard pressed to find a location that doesn’t have at least one every day, unless they don’t have a spinning studio, of course.

We did an after work class during the second week of January, naturally, I was worried about getting a post. As it turned out, this particular club that doesn’t do sign-up, doesn’t seem to fill the 6:45 classes, which was great. We got right in and had our pick of a number of bikes, no problem. I was starting to feel a bit sick on the day we went but decided to push through it and dial back where I needed to. The great thing about spinning is that you can adjust your exertion levels if you’re not feeling great. The flexibility is key if you’er feeling a little under the weather or just having a blah day.

We started with a light warm-up and then got to work. I think we did about 6 or 7 work tracks, alternating between tracks with a lot of resistance and push and active recovery tracks focused less on resistance and more on speed. The active recovery was a blessing after some brutal tracks. We switched arm positions in the saddle a lot, which is typical in spinning, but I was surprised at how little time we spent out of the saddle. We spent a ton of time in the saddle, which I’m not really accustomed to, and frankly if you’re not a regular spinner, it is less than comfortable. When all the work was done, we slowed our legs right down, and followed a series of stretches both on the bike and off of it, sometimes using the bike as a prop.

I like spinning, but it can be confusing. If you spin with different instructors, they sometimes mean different things when referring to turns (which is what you do to increase the resistance). Through this whole class, I was adding quarter turns as I’ve been taught in the past only to find out she meant a smaller turn. The RPM class is a good introduction to spinning though, and a solid cardio workout. Once you get the moves down, which the instructors are happy to assist you with, it can be a lot of fun. You leave the studio hurting a little and sweating a lot but thats what you come for, no?

Since you might be wondering what I mean by the ‘moves’, I tracked down this handy little video that covers all of the position or move work you might need to know in an RPM class.

Cost: Included in your membership, so free if you’re a member. For membership prices, I’d contact Goodlife directly, as everyone I talk to who is a member appears to pay a different monthly price depending on the circumstances under which they signed up. I also just discovered that you can try a 3 day pass for free by visiting this link, should some of you non-members wish to try one of these classes out.

Levels recommended for: Beginner right up to advanced. If you’re a beginner, make sure you let the instructor know, as you might need help setting up your bike to avoid injury! Lots of options for adding resistance and pushing a little harder if you spin like its your job too.


  1. Find out the policies of the particular location you’re planning on spinning at. Some locations have a walk-in, first come, first serve policy. But MOST require a sign-up sheet at the front desk that sometimes only opens 15 minutes before class.
  2. Make sure you grab a towel on your way in. You’ll need it, both to keep your grip on the bike and to towel off in between!

Disclosure: I’m a Goodlife Fitness member and have been for years, thus I pay for my membership and receive no incentive for posting about their classes. 


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