Tap back, oblique, tap back, push up, left, right, left, right. It makes us tired to just write that sentence, and these are just a few of the moves and sequences Alex incorporates into her sprint heavy, fast-paced class. You will sweat, that is if you can keep up! Her go-to mantra is “You get out what you put in,” and if you follow her lead, you will leave feeling damn GOOD. SoulCycle Williamsburg is about the most “posh” place in the neighborhood, even with the influx of trendy workout spots opening around the area. From the abundance of included amenities to the calming candlelit spin studio, you will forget you are in a neighborhood dominated by warehouses and actual artist lofts (Williamsburg ain’t the UES or West Village), even though you’ll be surrounded by edgy/hip, Williamsburg residents.
This class is a NON-stop dance party and at times bordered on chaotic. Whoever thought that sprinting your heart out while tapping back at the same time was possible? In Alex’s class, there is no shortage of difficult choreography. Her class begins with one warm up song, but that’s about all there is for easy. The majority of songs included 60 second sprints, with little recovery. We did increase resistance for one hill, but most of the class was medium resistance, out of the saddle, and fast-paced. We would’ve liked more of a balance between speed work and strength/conditioning. Alex eventually caved in and turned on the fans, but only when the pack was sweating so much that the mirrors had completely fogged – we recommend wearing a tee or tank to survive the heat!
Alex is a new addition to the SoulCycle Williamsburg roster and has quickly become popular. Her classes often have waitlists! Her energy is unmistakable: “Who’s ready to sweat”? “Who’s ready to dance?” These are just some of the questions she asks the “team” of riders. She also had us clapping for the newbies. The incessant interaction could be overwhelming if you’re just looking to get in the zone, but that said, we’d seek out Alex’s class when needing a little more motivation than usual.
Like all of the SoulCycles, the space is exceptionally clean, the staff is helpful/friendly, and you are immediately immersed in the music pumping studio – can you say DANCE party?! The front desk is straight ahead, apparel is on the left, and bathrooms and locker rooms are right past the front desk. There is one studio (with 62 bikes) so, unlike the Tribeca or West Village locations that have two studios, there’s plenty of space and no need to throw elbows. The women’s bathroom has two stalls and four showers – plenty of room to do what you gotta do!
196 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Williamsburg Spin $$$$
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Black nail polish, earrings, a whole lotta tats, and love for lovin’ best describes Noa. And did we mention he loves rock/punk? If you’re ready to rock (and we mean ROCK) out, then you must give Noa a chance. Noa pulls you into his world of love and warmth from the moment class starts. He gives shout outs to his regulars and encourages riders right from the start. We’ll just warn you upfront that his style and music selection (99.9% hard rock/punk) is nothing we’ve ever experienced at SoulCycle. It’s likely you’ll forget you’re in a spin class when you’re with Noa. He has the ability to capture you and pull you from the outside in. Get ready to enter Noa’s world.
As for his workout, Noa was light on jumps but he sure did enjoy choreography. From around the world to tap backs and push-ups with claps, he incorporated all of the advanced moves. For those of you who haven’t tried the push-up clap, it’s not as easy as it looks. Our recommendation: make sure to engage your abs, otherwise it won’t be pretty. While it wasn’t the hardest class we’ve taken, we left feeling spiritual and more in touch with our inner selves than when we entered. Turn up the resistance and you’re guaranteed to get a solid sweat.
Get ready to witness some of the best dance moves in town. Liz has got the moves and we loved every second of it. Not only is she a sick dancer but she is one athletic girl! Let’s just say, she was movin’ those hips before class even kicked off. Liz is lively and her energy is contagious. You’ll be addicted immediately. Another positive? She loves hip hop. If you are more of an EDM person and less into hip hop, you might want to reconsider. That said, if you’re down for a lil hip hop, she’s the girl to try.
In Liz’s class, you will dance. A lot. Class started off in the saddle but you can expect to be out of the saddle about 95% of the class. She incorporated lots of jumps, tap backs, and around the worlds. We danced our butts off and so did she! If you’re an experienced rider you will have no trouble with Liz but a warning to new riders: she provides little instruction so you may want to go with a different teacher for your first time. Head over to Liz’s class when you are ready for the big league!
Anyone who wears their hair down while teaching class is just asking for a sweaty mess; this is exactly what happened in Jera’s class. Things got sweaty and we mean real sweaty. Jera is a talker, the good kind though: never bordering on too much chatter but just the right amount. She is into choreography and partying her way through class, and we were happy about this. She followed the SoulCycle formula but did add her own twist to things, and we enjoyed the diversity.
A fast dance party, solid music selection, and feel good vibes all around…we are in for more! If you’re new to SoulCycle, Jera is a good option as she is thorough in her instruction and communicates where you need to be every step of the way. Be prepared to have sore arms, because her arm section ain’t easy.
You know those people who make you laugh without even trying? Well, that’s Ross. He kicked off class with funny one liners that had us smiling immediately. His energy is subtle but contagious. Ross bounces around the room, gets in your face (in a nice way), dances, sings, and pumps you up constantly. His class is 45 minutes of dancing.
Ross plays a variety of music, mixing up the genres and always keeping things upbeat. His class was fast. We sprinted out of the saddle, tapped it back, pushed up, body rolled, you name it, we danced our hearts out. “Dance is therapy” is his go to motto. It did feel pretty therapeutic to body roll to Beyonce, just sayin’! Warning: he goes for the club vibe, which we loved, but if that’s not your thing you should reconsider.
“You don’t come here to change who you are, you come here to become a better you.” This is the motto Austin leads by. He encouraged riders to reach their inner selves. He guided us to breathe and made us more aware of our bodies. He did this by asking questions that made us think deeply as we were riding to the beat. His seductive eyes and soft voice drew us in immediately. He brought a spiritual style to class that grounded us and somehow made us forget what was going on in the outside world. Austin bounced around the room, performing crazy dance moves on and off the bike – he kept riders motivated and moving for 45-minutes.
We tapped it back, sprinted, jumped, and pushed up. Austin incorporated the perfect amount of choreo. We biked to Eminem and some amazing EDM beats and got lost in the music! Don’t forget to drink water, though, because he sure as hell won’t remind you.
Mike Press showed up ready to work just as hard, if not harder, than the riders in his class. He seemed soft spoken at first, but perhaps he just needed a warm-up as much as we did, because as class progressed he became more and more alive.
Mike did the entire workout with us. We did some standard choreography but Mike had some atypical moves on the bike that we loved. We did full cross body oblique crunches, rode with one weight extended in front of our body (switching off between hands), and did cross body handlebar switches (our right hand was on the left handlebar and then the left hand was on the right handlebar). The core engagement required to do this move was a challenge alone, and then we had to keep up with his pace!
Mike applied decent resistance throughout the entire class – there was nothing light and fast and at times it was really heavy. He kept us riding to the beat of the music and added resistance as needed. His arms series included several moves: double arm and single arm punches, straight arm raises and bicep curls, and predominantly worked our bis and shoulders.
He waited until the “going home” song to really drop some inspiration on us. Something that stuck with us was when he challenged us to go through our day without making excuses. He went on to say that not making excuses is his 2017 resolution – he has been trying to do that every day since January 1st. Challenging, impressive and thought-provoking…
Minna is a relatively newer instructor yet she and her class embody the SoulCycle we initially fell in love with way back when. Her class is fun and dynamic, just like her. You’ll work hard and get your fair share of Soul-filling motivation. At the beginning of class, she said, “It isn’t about making it harder, but taking it further.” Minna facilitated that for us: during class, she pushed us beyond the limits we may have unconsciously set for ourselves.
Minna is super energetic and spunky. While we were out of breath, she seemed to be just fine, talking the entire class without missing a beat as she rode with us. The ride itself never went to extremes (never too fast and light or too slow and heavy), but we worked hard the entire time. Minna found ways to sneak resistance in and we had considerable tension on the bike at any given point in class. It was an aerobically taxing workout, and our legs were also on fire. Minna included a moderate amount of choreography, riding both in and out of the saddle. The arm workout was mostly biceps, triceps and shoulders, but she played with pace. We left class feeling great about the workout and energized by Minna’s unwavering enthusiasm.