RYE BROOK, N.Y. – SoulCycle, the hip indoor cycling fitness company that incorporates inspirational coaching and dance music into group spinning workouts, may be coming to the Rye Ridge Shopping Center in Rye Brook.
SoulCycle recently applied for a site plan approval for a branch at 21 Rye Ridge Plaza in Rye Brook. Tuesday night, the village Board of Trustees referred an application to the Planning Board for a report and recommendation.
The Planning Board will be considering site-plan applications at its meeting on Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. at Rye Brook Village Hall, 938 King St., Rye Brook.
The Board of Trustees has final say on all site plans.
Since its finding in 2006, SoulCycle has garnered media attention from coast to coast for its unconventional approach to 45-minute group workouts with inspirational coaches shouting out choreographed cycling routines in a candlelit "sanctuary."
SoulCycle was started by three women – Julie Rice, Elizabeth Culter and Ruth Zukerman – who were looking for “some type of cardio exercise they could fall in love with,” according to the company’s website. The first location was opened at West 72nd Street in Manhattan. Zukerman since left to co-found Flywheel, a rival fitness company.
At SoulCycle, riders are required to wear cycling shoes that clip into the bike and there are specific etiquette rules to follow: no cell phones, no talking in class, clean work out clothes as well as kindness and respect to fellow riders.
The fitness company has locations in communities like Greenwich, Scarsdale, the Hamptons, Los Angeles, and various sites throughout Manhattan.
A single class in nearby Greenwich, costs $34. Cyclists pay $165 for five classes, $320 for 10 classes, $600 for 20 classes, $850 for 30 classes and a whopping $3,500 for 50 classes. Classes are so popular, a new round of sign-ups begins every Monday at noon by phone and online, and there’s even a waitlist for those who can’t book a bike right away.