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The Monster Cycle
The Monster Cycle owners Michael Macneal, Demetre Daskalakis, and Sarah LaBier. (Photo: Brian Lynch for The Monster Cycle)

Downtown Manhattan will welcome a sexy new resident this summer with the opening of The Monster Cycle + Studio, a destination its owners are billing as a fitness studio meets nightclub meets art gallery. (Start planning your outfit now.)

The Monster Cycle, set to open in mid-August, was born out of trainer Michael Macneal’s popular class of the same name—a nightlife-inspired experience featuring projected music videos—which he created and taught at Equinox for several years.

After leaving the gym, Macneal teamed up with his husband, Demetre Daskalakis, MD, and private equity pro Sarah LaBier, to create their own space, where his Monster Cycle ethos could grow into a lifestyle concept, complete with yoga, strength training, and a space that showcases the intersection of art, fashion, and nightlife—with fitness.

“Where have you gone to yoga where there’s a DJ booth?” he says. (Or seen a leather muzzle used in cycling marketing?)

The Monster Cycle
(Photo: Brian Lynch for The Monster Cycle)

Your sneak peek

The storefront space on Lafayette will feature a chic, black-and-white design scheme, from the white tin ceilings down, along with regular art installations.

On the first floor, there’s a large check-in and a retail area that we’re speculating could stock some really cool stuff (black waterproof eyeliner? studded cycling shoes? black mesh tanks?). For lingering after your workout, there will be a lounge and a juice bar run by Soho-Ditmas Park fave Salud.

It’s also where the yoga studio will be, with the aforementioned DJ booth, and which will eventually host a variety of strength and conditioning classes. “Monster Cycle is already like you’re on the bike but you feel like you’re in a nightclub,” Macneal says. “We want to bring that to the main studio classes, too.”

The Monster Cycle
(Photo: Brian Lynch for The Monster Cycle)

Downstairs, the cycling studio is tricked out with custom-made matte black Schwinn bikes, a club sound system, and large mounted TVs for music video projection, where Monster Cycle will come to life in a huge new way.

“Every DJ that takes my class thinks I’m a DJ,” Macneal says. Come August, they may also think he’s a really savvy business man (muzzle and all). —Lisa Elaine Held

For more information, visit www.themonstercycle.com