If you’ve never heard of Soul Cycle, there’s no doubt that you probably soon will. Soul cycle is the new cult fitness trend and hugely popular with celebrities, such as Charlize Theron, Lady Gaga and Kelly Ripa.
Already taking over Los Angeles, New York and hitting London very soon, why is Soul Cycle so popular?
Soul Cycle is basically indoor cycling. In 45 minutes, you’ll experience an intense group cycling exercise, alongside an instructor chanting encouragement. Soul Cycle aims participants to experience a full body workout, rather than focusing on particular areas.
Inside The Class
Soul Cycle is more than just an average spin class. As the workout begins, expect dimmed lights, lit candles and a music playlist blaring out beats to get you motivated. Cycling shoes need to be worn instead of regular sneakers to ensure your feet stay on the pedals at all times.
Soul Cycle focuses on muscle strengthening to tighten the abs and creates a full body exercise. Weights are also added to the workout to combine arm workouts with cycling.
The difference between Soul Cycle and regular cycling workouts is the aspect on the spiritual. A visit to the Soul Cycle website displays the message “riders can let loose, clear their heads and empower themselves with strength that lasts beyond the studio walls.”
Founded in 2006 by Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler, Soul Cycle now has 25 studios with around 8,000 riders every day, according to Forbes. One class is priced around $34 with multi-classes ranging around $600 for 20 sessions. That cost doesn’t include the rental price for shoes and water bottle charge.
Soul Cycle continues to be popular possibly due to its market. It’s aimed at young, trendy customers and those who are looking for a unique, dynamic experience. With Soul Cycle now expanding into merchandise, including tank tops and sweatshirts it would seem that Soul Cycle is here to stay for a while.