Metal Spin Class Is Back – Time To Get Fit For The Pit

Hear all the hype late last year for #MetalSpinClassAU? Well, if you haven’t, catch up here. Ride the Lightning: Metal Spin Class debuted the ultimate fitness class in November 2019 at United Ride in Melbourne, and it was one hell of a ride – see what we did there?

The Richmond rhythm riding studio United Ride were keen to try something new and see how hungry the metal community were for some heavy pedaling.

At first, the concept was a little bit of fun for Wall of Sound OG contributor Ricky Aarons, but it quickly gathered some momentum and got picked up by ultimate event guide Broadsheet – who describe themselves as the publication that brings you the “cultural life of your city”, so it was super cool to get some heavy representation – read all about it here.

The article features a few words from Ricky, as well as his riding partner Mel Nixon, co-owner of United Ride, who ran the session.


The class was a big success, with heaps of keen riders ready to bang their heads and burn those glutes. The class took attendees on a journey, starting things off with some Lamb of God as a warm-up track – we know, right; ride with me in hell? Imagine what took place shortly after…

With a few more traditional mainstream metal bands making audible appearances like In Flames with Trigger and some fresh Slipknot, the class took a contemporary turn as heart rates went up and muscles got warm.

Mel kept everyone riding at the right pace, with an uncanny ability to constantly find that beat, and step things up a notch as the breakdowns ensued. That’s right, metalcore made a cheeky appearance with the likes of homegrown legends Parkway Drive with ‘Vice Grip’ and Swiss retirees Breakdown of Sanity – it was pretty wild.

The 45-minute class was flying with adrenaline soaring across the cycle studio. Closing the class with Miss May I and Fit for a King’s ‘When Everything Means Nothing’, riders certainly got their money’s worth.


That wasn’t all though, thanks to the local metal community, everyone walked away with drink vouchers to redeem at venues like The Corner Hotel and Max Watts, sitting in complementary stubby holders, courtesy of 170 Russell. A few lucky riders even managed to snag some double passes to international gigs at some of these Melbourne venues.

So as the inaugural Metal Spin Class came to a close, metal enthusiasts cooled down for a tall glass of water and their free drink across the road at The Corner, asking one question – “when’s the next class?

Well, we’re here to tell you that it’s been scheduled. That’s right – on Saturday 14 March at 12pm, United Ride will host the next Metal Spin Class with a fresh set-list and even more energy than last time.

If you’ve done a spin class before and forever wished for heavier tunes, this is your chance – and if you haven’t done a spin class before and you’re ready to get fit for the pit ahead of Download Festival, then get around this.

That’s right, next March, Ride the Lightning: Metal Spin Class will rip it up again at the discounted price of $25.
Places are limited so get in quick and register here.

Ride the Lightning – Metal Spin Class 2.0

14 March @ United Ride – 1/110 Swan St, Richmond VIC
Spots Limited – Register here

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