SoulCycle NoHo

5.0

New YorkSpin,

Review:

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byTori Scott, July 11, 2017

Everyone has heard of SoulCycle by now. If you haven’t, you’re living under a rock. SoulCycle is an inspirational workout experience on a spin bike. The workouts are what you make of them: you can coast through or you can take another turn on that dial and get uncomfortable. The resistance wheel is all on you. You control your own destiny, which is empowering but at the same time, if you don’t know how far you’re capable of pushing, you may walk away wishing you had pushed a little harder.

SoulCycle ain’t cheap and it is a scene. See and be SEEN. We like to think of SoulCycle as a dessert. It’s a great treat every once in awhile but eat a pint of ice cream every day and you start to…not like ice cream so much. It’s a solid workout, don’t get us wrong, and is cheaper than therapy, but it isn’t realistic as an everyday fitness routine. So, when you want a little Soul in your life to “do you”, go ahead and indulge.

RUNDOWN

WORKOUT

For the most part, all SoulCycle classes follow the same formula: saddle up, warm up and then a combination of sprints and climbs. Throughout the class, you’ll do a lot of tap backs, sometimes even a double tap. You’ll do push ups and sit ups on the bike. Get ready to engage that core. Your hands will bounce between 1st (near handlebar), 2nd (middle bar) and 3rd position (side bars), and sometimes you will even go around the world: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Good luck with that one.

After you’re tired out, you slow your legs and work your arms with small dumbbells (1, 2 & 3 lbs available). After arms, the music slows down and the candles are lit and you just ride. No words, no rap music, just quiet songs with only the sounds of the wheels turning together as the “pack” becomes one. It’s your moment to breathe, relax and be one with your thoughts. After one song of therapy, the music kicks back up and you finish the class with one last push.

INSTRUCTOR

You know something’s up when riders march into the room for a sold out class and most everyone looks fit, like really fit. Toned, muscular, like the body we always want, but never have, fit. To us, that’s a direct compliment to the instructor. Karyn knew all her front row riders by first name, which is clearly because she has a following and rightfully so.

Her riders are fit for a reason. Her class is hard and her riders work even harder.

There’s a perfect balance of everything that make SoulCycle, well, SoulCycle: hills, fast runs, more hills, faster runs, with perfectly timed choreography (nothing crazy complicated, but perfectly timed to make us get the most bang for our buck). We ended with an all out sprint for home. A few people left class early (we really hate that) but hey, their loss.

During the arm section, we had at the pleasure of watching Karyn live out her dream of performing the final lift from Dirty Dancing with a fellow instructor who was riding in the front row.

Her playlist was filled with EDM that we’d never heard, but it didn’t really matter. We were dripping in so much sweat and just fighting to keep pace with all the regulars that the music was simply a tool to sync our pedal stroke

SPACE

Okay NoHo, you just raised the bar…high. This is by far the nicest SoulCycle studio we’ve been to (and we’ve been to every single one in Manhattan).

The lobby is open and it almost feels like you’re walking into a modern museum. Airy, clean, with a large retail space and even a place to hang out and catch up with friends. Off the lobby are lockers, 144 to be exact. At the bottom of the ramp is the men’s locker room, and further into the studio is the women’s. These might as well be straight out of Equinox’s playbook because they are large, hosting eight showers, two changing rooms, and five bathrooms. There is space for 8-10 people to change and get ready in front of the mirrors. With a packed house of mostly women, we didn’t have to wait in line for a shower.

The spin studio itself is a long rectangular space. There are 60 bikes but they’re a maximum of three rows deep, so there isn’t much space for hiding in the back.

SoulCycle NoHo
5.0

12 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
NoHo Spin $$$$

SoulCycle NoHo

NoHo Spin, $$$$

12 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001