SoulCycle East 83rd Street

4.1

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byAshley Lyddane Beberus, January 21, 2018

Stacey’s class is more aspirational than challenging – it’s not the hardest class you’ll take, but it IS the most well-thought out. Due to her history with the brand, her workouts seem to embody what Soul stands for. The East 83rd Street studio suits her, as it has a ton of bikes and can accommodate all of her disciples. We also love her use of the disco ball and the black light in Studio A. If you’re able to get into one of Stacey’s classes, it’s a worthwhile experience.

RUNDOWN

WORKOUT

In every class at Soul, there’s usually a clear moment when class starts. Not in Stacey’s class … It just starts. She doesn’t say anything, so pay attention. For the first three songs, she said maybe 10 words total. Throughout class, you’ll come to rely on your ability (and the cues of her regulars) more than her. She doesn’t ride the bike but she is on the podium dancing for pretty much the entire class. We recommend you book a bike in the middle of the room so you can see her and feed off her energy. The choreography was limited to tap backs and side crunches, but these were incorporated seamlessly into the ride and didn’t feel gratuitous. She was passionate about the technical aspect of the tapback (probably because she invented them). Her playlist was fun to ride to, and full of familiar songs, always with a beat you could catch quite easily. The ride was balanced and varied – one minute we were on a hill, the next we were riding on the beat with a tapback, and sometimes she broke up one song into intervals (a mix of moderate riding and sprints). The “arms” workout was more of an arm plus core workout, which is a bonus in our book.

INSTRUCTOR

Stacey is the Soul guru. She doesn’t talk much so when she does, you tend to hang on every word. Stacey tries to make eye contact with her riders, which is a powerful gesture. She is effortlessly cool and stylish, and probably inspired the Athleisure trend. Stacey has been with the brand since its humble beginnings, and riding with her is as close to the founding principles of Soul as you can get. She knows the moves better than anyone, and her insights on form and the purpose of the choreography is from a place of authority. She pushed us – in a positive way – to ride for ourselves. She prompted visualization and introspective moments, which allowed us to go deeper within ourselves, find more inspiration, and to go a little longer and a little harder. It was a mind, body and Soul experience. As class ended, she told us “Go live your best life.” There is no denying the rush of endorphins she elicits.

SPACE

The East 83rd Street  location is huge. It has two levels and two studios which are usually booked to capacity. Studio A has 71 bikes. The sheer number of people in class is inspiring but the space os also tricked out with a disco ball and black lights. LOVE. It’s worth noting that this location is starting to show the wear and tear that comes with the high volume of ridership, though. The lockers and men’s and women’s rooms are on the lower level. There are a decent amount of showers (four) but the ratio of people to showers is not ideal. The studio has all of the Soul amenities you know and love. The women’s locker room doesn’t have a great deal of ventilation (probably because it is on the lower level), so with all the hair dryers going, your shower may not fully “take.” This is less than ideal. The retail space is the largest of any location and they have EVERYTHING, so don’t fret if you forget something!

SoulCycle East 83rd Street
4.1

1470 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028
Upper East Side Spin $$$$

SoulCycle East 83rd Street

Upper East Side Spin, $$$$

1470 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028