If you thought SoulCycle had just pedaled up a big hill of expansions and was getting ready to coast for a while, you were wrong.
Since Equinox bought the indoor cycling chain in 2011, the company’s been rolling its yellow bikes into more locations than ever, going from eight studios to 40 in about four years, expanding its cult-following and coveted apparel line, and debuting a long-anticipated app just last week.
And instead of stopping for a water break, SoulCycle just announced it’s planning to open another eight studios this summer. (At this rate, are they going to become the Starbucks of fitness studios?)
We rounded up the summer 2015 openings (exact dates for each are still TBD), so you can find out if a studio is rolling into your ‘hood soon.
1. West 92nd Street, New York City. With 62 bikes, this will be the largest NYC studio yet and Soul is calling it a “flagship,” which is appropriate considering the Upper West Side is the neighborhood the yellow wheel phenom was born in.
2. Montauk, New York. SoulCycle is taking over the beach town’s movie-theater-turned-spin-studio—and this outpost marks the brand’s fourth Hamptons location. It will also sell the incredibly delicious and very popular Red Thread Good cold-brew coffee.
3. Bryant Park, New York City. This Midtown Manhattan location is destined to become a popular pre- and post-work destination, and a boon for all the Times Square types who’ve had to hop a train for some boutique cycling.
4. The Loop, Chicago. SoulCycle just opened its first Chicago location last week in Old Town, and the second one is set to open across the river in the highly-anticipated (and very luxe) 60-story OneEleven building in the Loop.
5. The Castro, San Francisco. The brand’s third San Francisco studio is opening in famed Castro District, where its annual Pride Rides are sure to be packed.
6. Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles. The eighth SoCal location will be located in the cool, new outdoor lifestyle center, The Point, debuting this summer.
7. Mount Vernon, Washington, DC. This 62-bike studio will open about two miles away from DC’s current sole SoulCycle, giving the First Lady more opportunities to act out her commitment to getting the country moving.
8. Georgetown, Washington, DC. Busy college students will probably jump at the chance to relieve stress (and cure hangovers?) at the new Georgetown outpost. —Molly Gallagher
For more information, visit soul-cycle.com
(Photos, from top: SoulCycle; Instagram/SoulCycle)