Two new spin studio brands just opened in our saturated market--we’re thinking of them as Disco and Tech.
First, the Disco: It’s called Aura Cycle and is the first studio from former equities trader José Palau and his business partner, pro swimmer Maurizio Pelone. What’s unique here is a crazy, patent-pending lighting design: In an otherwise dim room, rows of multicolored LEDs flash along walls in time with the music. This EDM effect hypnotized us, so the usual 45 minutes of hills, upper-body weights and jumps sped by. Post-workout, we enjoyed a complimentary chilled eucalyptus-scented washcloth.
Next, the Tech: Flywheel is the new venture from Ruth Zukerman, who pioneered hard-core spinning as a cofounder of SoulCycle. At West Hollywood and Larchmont Village studios, she’s built a better mousetrap with new bikes displaying real-time performance metrics for resistance, speed and even calories. This class didn’t whiz by, since our numbers shamed us into adding more resistance than usual. But our tender thighs the next day told us it was 45 minutes well spent.
Our takeaway: We’d direct spinning newbies and dance-club lovers to Aura Cycle, while we’d send competitive types and early adopters to Flywheel.