Are group cycling classes a fitness quick win or a road to ruined legs?

We tried out a static cycling class to see if the benefits can cross over to outdoor cycling, too

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Hands up if you think static, group cycling classes  (think sessions held at gyms and at dedicated studios) bear no resemblance to cycling outside and have zero benefits for a real-life cyclist?

Having given it a go, I'll agree on the first point - traditional static cycling classes are nothing like cycling.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.