Wheels in motion: The DXB spin class changing the way we view fitness

Darkness, candlelight and a class moving to music as one. Grazia Features Editor Olivia Adams saddles up at MOTION Cycling and learns more about the Dubai-based spin studio’s mission of raising your soul as well as your heart rate
Wheels in motion: The DXB spin class changing the way we view fitness

"Make it happen," I’m instructed by a pink, neon sign mounted inside MOTION Cycling’s studio ahead of my first class. So far, so basic, I think as predictably the sign attracts a group of girls excitedly updating their Instagram accounts.

But the social media-friendly interior is where MOTION and regular sweaty spin classes ends. This indoor cycling studio is designed to be a soulful experience for its fans. How? The class rides in the dark, which allows the group to connect with themselves and not face any distraction, and candles, designed to inspire and motivate you, are lit at the front. There are also passionate instructors who teach riders how to be selfish, making sure to clear their heads and hearts and connect with their breathing.


Before I enter the studio, I speak with Amelie Hua, who founded MOTION in 2017. Located on the 18th Floor of the Oberoi Hotel in downtown Dubai, I admire the twinkling lights of the city at night before she explains how the 45 minute, high-intensity classes work. “We aim to move people physically - torching up to 1,000 calories per class in a full body workout - and emotionally through powerful music, signature choreography and our uplifting instructors,” she reveals. 

“On top of an insane cardio workout, the classes also work every muscle in the body by incorporating upper and lower body strength moves as well as a dedicated section for arms and abdominals – all while staying on the bike!”

I’m then advised to enter the studio to set up the bike for the 7pm class, which happens to be ladies-only (there are 20 of these a week). Cautiously, I make my way inside in preparation of commencing the ‘insane cardio workout.’ My instructor - all are female - was called Lauren, and I later learn the time and energy that it takes to prepare one class is approximately three hours of prep. Wow. As the class progress, you certainly witness this. Her energy is electric, and she gradually builds it with the class. Everyone moves as one to chart hits and it’s really an incredible experience to be part of.

After, exhausted but exhilarated, I ask Amelie why it’s important to connect with your mind and soul and not just burn calories. She replies, “The brain is your most important organ in your whole body – if your brain is not happy, your body is not happy. You can burn calories anywhere in Dubai, but our additional experience is crucial for your wellbeing.”

So there you have it. MOTION cycling. An experience like no other. And all souls welcome. Result. 

Prices start from Dhs120 per class. See motion-cycling.ae  for more information

Photos: Supplied and Instagram @motioncycling