$70 for a spin class? In New York they can’t get enough.

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Anyone living in Sydney finds the cost of living frustrating at times but imagine living in New York, where cycle classes at Soul Cycle are up to $70 a pop, for a priority booking in a 40-65 minute class.

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Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas at Soul Cycle , image courtesy of ABC.

No-one seems to bat an eyelid at the prices, as they are booked out weeks in advance.

But according to New Yorkers, Soul Cycle is no ordinary cycle class – it sounds more like a cult, albeit a healthy one. The company claims to be “indoor cycling re-invented”, and creates communities in each of its studios.

The über cool cycle studio is popular with celebrities and high profile New Yorkers who are currently in a spin – excuse the pun – because the popular Tribeca studio is under renovation and closed for 3 weeks.

Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama are just two well known names who’ve been spotted there – and with up to 60 people in a class, hundreds are in a state of panic trying to find an alternative place to go.

It seems Soul Cycle have combined the endorphin filled thrill of a spin class with yoga style mantras like :”We inhale intention and exhale expectation”

“Once you go Soul, you can’t go back,” said Suzanne Xie when speaking to the New York Times about the closure of the Tribeca studio.

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Once you go to Soul, you can’t go back say devotees.

We’re wondering when we’ll see one in Sydney?

Renae Leith-Manos

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Renae Leith-Manos travels the world writing (www.renaesworld.com.au). She has had a colourful media career as a journalist in many magazines and newspapers, and spends her time writing, consulting to new businesses, running, doing yoga, swimming & cycling.
She's likes healthy eating, but thinks chocolate cake is just as important as kale chips.
She spends most weekends hanging out with her gorgeous twins.

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