Boutique fitness studio makes Manchester move

Ryde opens in Manchester

A specialist fitness brand based round premium exercise bikes is to open in Manchester’s Barton Arcade on 18 March creating 25 new jobs. 

Ryde claims to have built up a cult following in Leeds after CEO Kyle Harris since it launched there in 2022.

An ex-Army physical training instructor Harris worked for four years as a personal trainer in London’s financial district, and said he spotted a gap in the market for a more refined and personalised service. 

Harris said: “The community we have created in Leeds has absolutely blown up and continues to grow month on month, if we can get that side of our business right again in Manchester then exciting times are ahead.” 

The workout studios complete with premium exercise bikes and equipment, an audio-visual system, and a modern interior design.

Ryde will join a growing portfolio of exceptional modern fitness brands that have already found a home in Manchester, including Barry’s, TRIB3, and Blok. 

Other spin-off projects include Ryde Retreats, which has taken the brand to Barcelona for a week-long fitness retreat in a private villa, with a range of classes, and food and drink. 

Ryde has already received a warm welcome from other business owners in the Deansgate area. Mark Flanagan, Co-Founder/Co-owner of the Antipodean-inspired café-bakehouse Pot, Kettle, Black, said: “We’re really excited to be welcoming Ryde to Manchester and happy they chose Barton Arcade. We believe they will be a great addition to our growing community here’’.

Law firm Addleshaw Goddard has advised Ryde on its plans, with specialists in both Leeds and Manchester helping on all aspects from corporate to property matters. Corporate Partner Carly Gulliver said: “Ryde is an outstanding entrepreneurial brand that has already had a significant influence on the fitness and leisure sector, and we know this move will propel Ryde towards even greater success.”