Thursday, April 21, 2011


(image via Shape)
As a member of Crunch Gym for the past five years, I’ve fallen in love with spin classes.  My favorite instructor, who is exclusive to Crunch, is none other than Carl Hall.  With his amazing R&B and pop music hits, never-ending energy, and sassy attitude, you won’t find a better leader.  His devoted clients race to arrive at the gym early enough to be guaranteed a bike in his class.  He gives nutrition advice (usually in the form of a joke, such as “all you can have tonight are baby lettuces.  And no more alcohol until the weekend.”)  As the spring has approached he’s even brought his measuring tape to class.  Yes, I wish I was kidding.  But his humor and fit body make him an inspiration.

When asked by my sorority sister Meghan to attend a spin class at SoulCycle, “New York City’s Full Body Indoor Cycling Studio”, I couldn’t resist cheating on my beloved Carl for just one night to see what all the fuss was about.  SoulCycle has become a celebrity fitness hotspot, with avid fans such as Chelsea Clinton and Tory Burch.  This luxury studio, with seven locations (four of which are in Manhattan) has complimentary gel seats (your booty will thank them), sexy dim lighting, flickering candles to illuminate the instructor in the center of everyone’s view, and heart-pumping music.  You'll even get an arm workout thanks to a quick toning session with one-pound weights (they're surprisingly heavy after half an hour of spinning).  With a high price tag (a single class costs $32, and a 10 class series costs $310), Soulcycle is filled with both athletes and affluent New Yorkers.   I attended class at the Union Square location, with a high-energy instructor who made the class both fun and exhilarating.

I hope to visit SoulCycle again to mix up my workout routine and enjoy their spa-like locker rooms and services.  Although, cheating on Carl again just doesn’t seem right.

Have you tried spin classes? xo


  1. I LOVE Spin classes at my gym too!

  2. Carl Hall classes are amazing. I "cheated" once and regretted it.

  3. It looks like Carl is no longer at Crunch. Does anyone know where he's teaching now?


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