Spinning, that cardio mainstay of gyms, finally gets its star turn at Soul Cycle. Founders Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler met through–who else?–their Spin instructor and the Soul Cycle concept was born. The two devoted, but disgruntled Spinners took this tried-and-true, but often tired, stationary cycling class and breathed new life into it—first with sparkling clean studios that feature orchids, soft candlelight, and thoughtful amenities like Band-Aids and hair bands. But also with compelling, full-body conditioning classes reconfigured for been there, done that Spinners.
Soul Cycle finds the city’s best teachers and trains them in its proprietary methods. You won’t find the same infectious energy and on-point coaching from instructors at your NY Sports. Classes like Soul Cycle (45 minutes) and Soul Survivor (1 hour) incorporate jumps, hills, jogs, as well as crunches and punishing upper body work with one pound weights. Don’t laugh until you try it. “Yesteryear’s Spin class used to be all about quad build-up,” says Cutler. “We teach you how to ride from the core to create a long, strong body.” Thus, meeting demands for the preferred body type du jour.
With the Upper East and Upper West Sides now covered, Soul Cycle is opening downtown on Tribeca’s Warren Street. This “Temple to Spinning,” as Cutler calls it, will have an art-gallery vibe and should open by January.
Our only quibble: A single class costs $32 and buying a series doesn’t offer much of a discount.
117 W. 72nd Street (Rear Lobby), btwn Columbus and Amsterdam, New York, NY 10023; 212-787-1300.
1470 3rd Ave, at the NW corner of 83 Street, New York, NY 10028; 212-639-1300.
264 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932; 631-537-3630.
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