Being that this is a review about a workout studio, I suppose I am obligated to comment somewhat on their fitness-related services. And so we will begin with that. SoulCycle is an up and coming fitness space that, despite its astronomical prices ($34 per class, $20 for newcomers) is gaining popularity at a rate far more impressive than any other gym – or retail boutique for that matter – that I’ve witnessed in quite a while.
Classes here are pegged to be as outrageously fun as they are productive, with music to match, and SoulCycle is known to be taking an old exercise and revamping it with a new approach before the spinning class becomes old news. The locker rooms and bathrooms are spacious and the gym provides multiple hairdryers, free towels, gum and hairbands – and every female exercise nut knows that hairbands are a total must-have when it comes to either before, during or after a workout. Forgetting your hairband and not being able to land a donation from your fellow spinners could either make or break your workout. Although I don’t go to SoulCycle for the workouts, the best word-of-mouth review I’ve gotten from a friend who does is that during a class, he had to spend his entire workout with Chelsea Clinton’s butt in front of his face for 45 minutes. Could be worse…I guess?
Now onto the garb, or workout gear. SoulCycle is known to hold massive sales with the likes of $22 leggings for sports bras and $40 for high-performance leggings (and if you buy 5 items, you can snatch another for free). A considerable collection of comfy tees will run you $25, with their long-sleeved counterparts going for $30. Terry sweatshirts and pants: $35/piece and a slew of other loungewear for basement prices.
Don’t make the sale? Don’t worry. SoulCycle is a hidden trove for those of us who don’t frequent gyms but love our loungewear for getting our fitness on outside of the gym or simply hanging out outside of the sweat-laden world of NYC workout addicts. They run a massive line of high-quality workout gear both with and without the SoulCycle logo like their Tropical Pack Mantra Tank ($52) that I bought in bright orange sporting the words “pack, tribe, crew, cult, posse, gang, community”. I wear it to lounge, run, or as pajamas for hot summer nights. I also bought their Galaxy Hacci Wheel Capris for $72, which may seem a little steep, but I the second I stepped into these leggings, I knew they’d be a fixture in my closet for years to come.
SoulCycle also has a good inventory of wear for men, too. Even if you’re not in the market for some serious spinning, check this spot out for some of the highest quality, most comfortable sports and loungwear that you won’t find elsewhere in NYC.