New to the Soul schedule? Yes. Amateur? Hells no. Ashley Mitchell is one of the newer names on the roster but you’d never be able to guess by her class. She packed in heavy resistance, sprints that got our lungs screaming for air (in a good way), and unpredictable choreo that made us forget about the aforementioned insanity. From crunches on the bike, to jumps and tap-backs we weren’t just working our legs but also our booty, core, and arms.
Since you ride to the beat at SoulCycle, music choice is crucial. The more often the beat changes, the more switched up your ride is. Ashley’s music ran the gamut, from club-like bangers to old school sing along jams, we had no idea what we were going to get. Like the music, her class is also unpredictable, which we love. Our ‘warm up’ got our body ready to groove on the bike. Then we legit bike danced our way through the rest of the class hitting corners with some heavy resistance, running with slow push-ups, and just to keep things interesting some tap back push-ups, because why not?
So, Ashley’s bod is something to admire and we guarantee that anyone who has laid eyes on her will agree. Outside of being ripped and in peak physical condition, she’s extremely welcoming and engaging. Being a newbie on that podium has got to be intimidating but it’s like she’s been doing it for years. Her tone was casual and even as she told jokes and got us amped while we tried to keep up with her moves. We’re pumped to see what her classes are like 6 months from now because she’s already the bomb-diggity for reals.
Like all SoulCycle studios the Dedham space is sleek and clad in the recognizable yellow and white that has now become synonymous with stationary bikes and sweat. Since the location is outside of the city it’s got a bit more space to spread out making the changeover between classes more chillaxed. It actually feels a lot more open and loft-like which is a nice change from the studios in town. Lockers are available to stash all of your things with built in phone chargers inside. Bathrooms and showers are conveniently accessible too.
214 Legacy Place, Dedham, MA 02026 Suburbs Spin $$$
Suburbs Spin, $$$
214 Legacy Place, Dedham, MA 02026
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Girl shoulda been on Broadway! That’s thanks to everything from Lisa’s voice, her endless choreography (we mean LOTS and LOTS of choreo!) and the way she makes each movement on the bike look like a dance in a musical. Lisa’s got a great personality on the bike, a huge smile and a strong voice. And having taught in New York, California, Washington, D.C., and now Boston, she clearly knows what she’s doing.
Like always, her opening song was perfect, getting our legs warmed up and our head in the game. All the choreo was well thought out and got more difficult as the class progressed, which was a plus–though we fully admit it made us a little dizzy trying to keep up. Our advice to you? Make sure to have the right amount of resistance on the wheel for good form to avoid becoming a hot mess.
Belting out the tunes as well as a killer workout, Lisa’s class was worthy of a standing ovation. Now if only our legs weren’t so wobbly.
A dimly lit SoulCycle studio littered with glow sticks set the tone for the most LIT Rave Ride of all time. Disco ball in tow, Maddy brought serious rave hype to burbs. In case disco lights, incredible beat drops, and glow sticks were not enough, she also had light sticks that shined all different colors strategically placed and given to riders throughout the room. Are we in a spin studio or a club? Tough to say, and we’re not mad about it. Maddy took the rave theme seriously. Mad respect Maddy- you know how to do the damn thing and we loved every second of it. More please!?
This 45-minute Rave Ride was like a regular SoulCycle class on a bender. Runs were faster, elbow drops were sharper, and the energy was berserk with the bass bumping the majority of the time. Despite all of that, there was still ample recovery time to find your breath and climb some hills but the choreo was never too far behind. Our hands down fave was the headwhip/body roll right and left while jogging. The class was hard, but the energy surpassed any difficulty. Sass was served. Maddy made sure to give us options on the bike rather than demanding the super-fast pace which made this class an amazing experience for everyone. Honestly, the whole thing felt really athletic – it was a solid and well-rounded workout. We left the joint on a high, that’s for sure.
Maddy is known for her love of all things sparkly and unicorn themed. She was decked-out in unicorn leggings and a sick pink crisscross front sports bra (need one asap!). Maddy kind of embodies those things in a genuine and fabulous way. From the pre-game pump up, to the options allowing us to attack the beats in a way that worked for our own bodies, to the end of class where she wrapped things up yogi style, we realized there is just no one like her. She’s a wild, smiling blur of blonde on the bike and we dig it. Thank you your sharing your energy with us!
Allie Fell was energetic, strong and all that a spin instructor should be. She looks like an athlete and her class followed suit. Her class was very athletic as she was capable of not only running fast but of taking on a lot of resistance. She pushes you and comes across tough but not too pushy – she won’t ever come over and yell at you (she even said this to us at the beginning of class). She’s also pretty funny at times so it gave the class a light hearted feeling. There was no tension in the room even though half the class seemed to be brand new riders. If she was frustrated you would never know because she kept a huge smile on and didn’t make the class any “easier” because of all the new faces.
Staring at Johnny for 45 minutes in and of itself does NOT burn calories–but what a wonderful workout that would be. But enough with us swooning; we came to sweat! Fresh out of instructor training, Johnny brought us back to the SoulCycle basics. Choreography is low key at best, and instead the class felt more structured than off-the-cuff. He pumped up fun music that pretty much everyone in class knew, which was perfect for rhythm riding and adding on tons of resistance. Choreography and maintaining the rhythm can be quite difficult, so Johnny’s class is a solid chance to challenge yourself and improve. Despite Johnny’s tough, strong exterior, his personality and witty dry humor shined. While the class was fun, and we’d definitely go back for the eye candy alone, we didn’t feel as if we really broke any fitness barriers by the end of it. But as Johnny continues to develop from a newbie instructor to a veteran, we’re interested to see what his future classes have to offer.
We have a mild obsession with Charlotte. We may even stalk her from time to time (We don’t think we are the only one). She is a wind up bunny on a spin bike. Not only does she bring the heat to the workouts; she has an inspirational way about her too. Her words and mantras have the ability to push you to a place that makes you stronger not only physically but mentally as well. (Added bonus! Her music is a solid A+)
Whatever this guy is taking – we want some too! James’ class is a straight up party on a bike. James is absolutely hilarious and we love him for that. He slides across the room, jumping up and down, and screams at the top of his lungs. You literally do not know what this guy is going to do next. He screams motivational words, but don’t get us wrong he’s not just yelling to yell. He is motivational to the point of pushing you past where you might think you can go. He combines lots of fast running and large heavy hills. James takes a different approach then your typical SoulCycle class – his goal is for you to have fun and work you ass off in the process. We were laughing and smiling the entire time but that didn’t deter from us getting a killer workout. But just remember between all the laughs and partying if James sees you slacking off (maybe putting your hair up a few too many times) he isn’t afraid to call you out. Party hard, work harder.
HOLY. SHIT. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the big leagues. (Well, mostly ladies and some gentlemen, but you get the point.) Erin Lindsay folks. Best. Of. Boston. Erin is so legit it makes us shake in our clip shoes and wonder what the hell just happened in that room for 45 minutes. You want to play with the big boys, you want to sweat with the big boys, you want to burn cals with the big boys, you want to work as hard as the big boys, you go ride with Erin.
Two words of advice before you ride: put enough resistance on the wheel (ie. don’t dog it) and please god make sure your legs ride in sync with Erin’s. No one wants to hear their name called out over the mic.
You know those 80s’ aerobic exercise instructors donning shiny leotards, high ponytails and wrist bands with matching sweatbands? We think Liah was one of them in a past life.
Liah Malley is textbook SoulCycle. Her class was just what we have come to expect from $30 and 45 minutes at SoulCycle. There was nothing groundbreaking or anything out of the ordinary. Just a good solid ride, hills, sprints, motivational speak and a good sweat.
For us, Liah summed up her class style best: “It’s not how little you can get away with, but how much you can push through.” Liah’s class, it’s all about building strength, focusing on our own ride, and making it your own workout. And the girl is strong, did you see dat back doe?
Looking to fit into a dress in the next two weeks? Then Jeff’s interval-packed class is for you. Speeding up and slowing down is done with intention, and twists are thrown in by way of fun cardio “tricks,” such as fast jogs while switching one hand on and off the bike. As unique as his class was, we felt lucky to even keep up given many other class members were struggling. Jeff didn’t seem game for conducting one-on-ones to correct form, so cyclers had to go it alone. Tons of intervals–and the sore legs to prove it–left us feeling like we survived the impossible workout, but we admit to missing the “soulful” aspect of SoulCycle. No putting our head down, zoning out and finding that meditative state with Jeff’s class. Instead, soul came by way of fun dancing on the bike and a great cardio workout. While different, we’d definitely do it again.
Straight off the Acela, Sara makes our dreams come true bringing New York City Soul to Boston. Sparked by an absolutely kick-ass playlist, Sara’s class bust out some of the best remixes our ears have ever been delighted to hear. In a trance from the beats, we hardly realized halfway through the class that she’d somehow convinced us to turn the wheel a sixth time and forced us to “push for just twenty seconds more.” Our resistance was so peaked at one point that our feet may have stopped moving. Trust us though, we will come back for more, specifically to figure out what the hell happened in there and why we can’t seem to keep up with Sara (or look as cool). She’s just too damn fast. And, even worse, we left again without asking her the name of the song she played now stuck in our head on repeat–dammit.
We heard Annie was an ex-college athlete and we totally got that vibe. Although a bit on the fast side, her class offered a nice mix of choreo, speed and hills. Annie gave very clear directions throughout the entire class, all while being super motivating and energetic. But like other SoulCycle instructors, don’t expect Annie to spew motivational quotes at you all class. She focused on providing us with a fun, but super challenging workout. And she delivered just that!