Why I (Finally) Get the Drama of SoulCycle 

Photo courtesy SoulCycle

Photo courtesy SoulCycle

During my first SoulCycle class, a delightful employee decked out in a bright yellow shirt and holding a flashlight (it really is dark in there) ushered me to my bike, fitted it to my height, clicked my rental shoes into the pedals and then said to me, “I’m sorry, but I’m going to need to take your phone.” Adding perkily, ”But I can charge it while you’re in class!”

I thought to myself, What IS this? Hamilton? But I handed my phone over anyway, because I’m not a total monster.

This no-phones-allowed policy is one of the many seemingly over-the-top customs you’ll find in SoulCycle class, along with impromptu towel-swinging by riders and yells of “YESSSSS! Yesssss, yesssssss!” after a hard and steep climb comes to an end. And I’m not going to lie: Until recently, I didn’t really get the purpose of all the theatrics involved in a class. And trust me, the theatrics abound; instructors lead the class on a raised stage surrounded by candles, for one. It’s all so … dramatic for what is, at its core, a fitness class … right?

Yes, yes it is. But, now, I get the drama.

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Post-Workout Happy Hour with The Wall and Winnie’s LeBus Starts Today

winnie's lebusIn case you needed a little more motivation to get your butt to that midweek spin class, here’s something that’ll sweeten the pot. Beginning tonight, the Wall Cycling Studio in Manayunk is hosting a weekly Healthy Hour at Winnie’s Le Bus after its Wednesday night classes. Getting a great workout and then indulging in some guilt-free drinks? Sounds like solid Hump Day plans to me.

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New Spinning Studio Opening in Fishtown Next Week

cicloThere isn’t much to see yet at the soon-to-open Ciclo, a new Spinning studio coming to 2024 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. But owner Mina Carroll assures me the bikes are on their way, and they’ll be ready to ride by her grand opening on March 8th.

“This weather has been killing me and pushing everything back,” she says. “But I’m really, really excited.”

Carroll, a CPA by day, has been spinning for a decade, but became certified a few years back. Born, raised and still living in Port Richmond, she says she was sick of having to trek to Center City to get her indoor-cycling fix, so she decided to open a studio closer to home. Ciclo is located at the upper end of Fishtown, near Kensington, on Frankford at Susquehanna Avenue.

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