SoulCycle Seaport

4.6

BostonSpin,

Review:

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byTori Scott, March 12, 2017

The Seaport is on fire. We’d suggest walking, actually no, running to the Seaport because damn it’s just HOT. First, every cool start up under the sun moves there, then Row 34 opens, and then Chef Chloe comes all the way from New York with vegan food. And now, SoulCycle has joined the cool kids and opened its doors.

By now everyone has heard of SoulCycle and if you haven’t you’re living under a rock (sorry, but it’s the truth). SoulCycle has singlehandedly made spinning cool and is more like a workout experience on a spin bike than a spin class. We see is as a place where sweat and inspiration meet. Let’s be clear though, the workouts are what you make of them. You can coast through or you can take another turn on the resistance dial and get uncomfortable. We control our own destiny at SoulCycle which is empowering but at the same time, if we aren’t sure of what we are capable of, we sometimes walk away wishing we had pushed a little harder.

RUNDOWN

WORKOUT

Most SoulCycle classes follow the same formula: saddle up, warm up, then complete combinations of sprints, hills and runs all whilst riding to the beat of the music. And it’s not just about moving your legs, instructors add in elements of choreography throughout the class: tap backs, push ups, core work, and sometimes even a double tap. Three quarters of the way into class you will have one song dedicated to arm weights. After arms the music slows down, candles are lit, and you have a song to yourself to “just ride. No words, just the sound of the wheels turning together as the pack of riders become one. After the one song therapy sesh the music kicks back up and you head “home” with one last push.

Now the general formula may be the same, but every instructor adds their own special touch, and they all have their own. Playlists, choreography, pace of class, motivational words and personal character are all instructor dependent. So pick your poison.

INSTRUCTOR

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.

SPACE

The studio address is 101 Seaport Blvd, but the entrance to the studios is located on the small side street right off of Seaport Blvd. So don’t go looking for the yellow wheel on the main drag. When you walk in the main entrance you can essentially see the entire space as it’s one small rectangle. Off the entrance is a small retail area along with the reception desk. Lockers flank the lobby area as you make your way back to the spin studio and locker rooms. While the lobby may be tight, and a little bit of a bottleneck, the spin room and locker rooms are spacious. The spin room holds 57 bikes, the largest in Boston, and there is actually space so you won’t feel on top of other riders. The Women’s locker room has five showers and three bathrooms while the Men’s locker room has four showers. The Seaport location boasts all of the usual amenities (towels, bath products, hair dryers, etc.) that we’ve come to expect at SoulCycle.  

SoulCycle Seaport
4.6

101 Seaport Blvd, Boston MA 02210
Fort Point Spin $$$

SoulCycle Seaport

Fort Point Spin, $$$

101 Seaport Blvd, Boston MA 02210