Pump the brakes: SoulCycle coasts into Philly with its first studio—and a second one in the works.
One thing you should know before going to SoulCycle: You will sweat. A lot. But weekend blowouts be damned: You will emerge from the 45-minute, high-intensity, music-thumping cycling session up to 700 calories lighter and on an exercise high somewhere between euphoria and exhaustion. You will leave—decked out in neon SoulCycle swag, no doubt—not wondering if you’ll be back but when.
“It’s a cardio dance party on a bike,” says CEO Melanie Whelan. “The classes consist of choreography and the use of hand weights to simultaneously tone the upper body and core. We ride to the beat of the music, in unison.”
All that coordinated pedal pushing is orchestrated by SoulCycle’s army of instructors, who alternate between commands and motivational one-liners that are pithy enough to feel inspiring. That’s the other part of SoulCycle’s secret sauce. “The class not only changes your body and helps you reach your fitness goals but also benefits the mind through mental and emotional release,” says Whelan.
Now open in Ardmore, a sister studio will arrive in Rittenhouse later this year. “We are always looking to open in active communities like Ardmore and Philly,” she says. “Choosing a new SoulCycle location is a mix of art and science.”