Spin class, ideally, should feel like a combination of church and a dance club, and the classes at AuraCycle perfectly strike this balance. The teachers here are inspirational and highly adept at pushing you to the next level, but the vibe feels decidedly less corporate new-age than what is served at behemoth spin chains like SoulCycle. The stadiums here are dark and lit with bright, tripped-out lights that pulse and change color and help you stay in the zone. Instructors and desk staff are very welcoming to beginners, and happy to help with things like seat adjustment. Themed classes like the Beyoncé Ride also help keep things interesting while you're keeping your heart rate up.

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