Find Spinning classes in NYC and learn about the benefits of Spinning

Check out six of the best indoor-cycling and Spinning classes in NYC and get the scoop from an instructor at SoulCycle on how Spinning will improve your life.

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  • Photographer: Noffar Gat

    Instructor Marvin Foster Jr. takes Spinning classes at SoulCycle

  • Photographer: Noffar Gat

    Instructor Marvin Foster Jr. takes Spinning classes at SoulCycle

  • Photographer: Noffar Gat

    Instructor Marvin Foster Jr. takes Spinning classes at SoulCycle

  • Photographer: Noffar Gat

    Instructor Marvin Foster Jr. takes Spinning classes at SoulCycle

  • Photographer: Noffar Gat

    Instructor Marvin Foster Jr. takes Spinning classes at SoulCycle

Photographer: Noffar Gat

Instructor Marvin Foster Jr. takes Spinning classes at SoulCycle


The pain: I dragged my scrawny, decidedly nonathletic self into class at SoulCycle’s Union Square studio a few minutes late, sliding around in my rental cycling sneakers like a baby horse on a patch of ice. I was greeted by a surreal apparition, like “Ride of the Valkyries” via Gramercy: Lit only by candlelight, two rows of women pumped their bodies up and down on their stationary bikes in perfect unison as techno music blared. I did my best to fall in with the pack as our instructor, Marvin, barked encouragement. After only a few minutes, I could hardly hear him; my whole world was my legs and abs and this funny metallic taste in my mouth. “Are you ready for more?” Marvin shouted as we prepared for yet another (possibly the kabillionth) set of standing midcycle push-ups. “No!” my brain screamed. “Yeah!” everyone else roared. Just when death seemed imminent, my body crossed some Rubicon, and I was in the zone. This state of grace lasted until I couldn’t figure out how to unclip my shoes from the pedals, but it did the trick. Leaving class, I felt like I’d mainlined five espressos.

The gain: “You get the benefits of a full-body workout and burn 600 to 700 calories, on average, in a really short amount of time—45 minutes. Also, it really strengthens your core. New Yorkers are obsessed about six-packs and their abs, and everything we do at SoulCycle originates from the core. The other benefit is it’s fun. There’s awesome music, and you just feel like you’re on the road on this amazing journey. We really treat the room as a sanctuary. We do all of our classes by candlelight; having the room dark strikes out some of the sensory overload that we deal with in New York City.”—Marvin Foster Jr., 31, SoulCycle instructor

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