The Soul Cycling Cult That’s Taking Over The Coasts

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If you recognize the terms “add a touch,” “tap back,” and “do a double,” then congratulations. You’re a member of the tribe. Welcome to the world of SoulCycle, a 45-minute, full body and strength-training workout that has revolutionized indoor cycling and turned it into a bonafide addiction. Not even the seemingly high $32 price tag per class is a deterrent. Members can reserve a bike and class for the week every Monday, starting at noon. Just note, securing a spot is not a shoe-in at any of the New York or Los Angeles classes that have a capacity of about 40 to 70 riders. There’s strategy involved, and rumor has it that some devotees go as far as to have coworkers and friends help them reserve a class…or multiple, if they login first. Just like trying to score a ticket to a concert, the more browsers open on your computer, the better. The key is to log onto the website a few minutes before noon. But, if you’re even five minutes late, sorry. Good luck on the waitlist.

So what’s the draw? Sure, there’s a chance you’ll find yourself spinning next to Jake Gyllenhaal or Jessica Alba, but the average celebrity sighting is just the beginning. To put it plainly, it’s one of the only workouts where you’ll burn about 500 to 700 calories per session in the shortest amount of time, and have a blast doing it. Some liken it to dancing at a club since accoutrements like dim lighting, top 40 beats and tracks from up-and-coming artists like The Weeknd only enhance the exhilarating atmosphere. Multitasking moves like mini push-ups and crunches while spinning simultaneously tone your abs, thighs and arms, and are easy to pick up.

And there’s good news for riders: Three more Los Angeles locations, as well as additional New York locations are opening this year, along with plans for 2013 that include studios in London and San Francisco. 

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