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Monday, October 28, 2013

At New York’s newest cycling-and-yoga studio, every class is for charity

Studio 360

(Photo: Studio 360)

 

Cycling and yoga combo boutique studios used to be non-existent in New York. But studios like SyncStudio, Pedal NYC, and Torque Cycling have changed that, and Studio 360 is the growing fitness field’s latest player.

To distinguish itself, the neighborhood studio, which opened last week in Murray Hill, is putting a charitable spin on fitness: Each month, ten percent of class proceeds will be donated to a different partner charity.

“We say ‘what goes around comes around’ just like the wheels on your bike. It’s the golden rule, or karma,” says founder Jan Lauren Greenfield.

So what should you expect when you show up to feel, look, and do good? We stopped by for a ride:

Studio specifics: The second floor space on the corner of Third Avenue and 37th Street includes a super huge spin studio, small yoga studio, and a small locker area with two bare-bones bathrooms. No showers. The cycling space is the most impressive, with stadium seating, a long brick wall tagged with the studio’s slogan (“revolution”), and LifeCycle bikes that sort of make it feel like you’re pedaling through water. Bikes are equipped with light-up screens that show your resistance, RPMs, calories burned, and more.

Studio 360

(Photo: Studio 360)

Combo classes: The Signature Series class follows 40 minutes of cycling with 20 minutes of spin-specific yoga. “It’s a nice way to get people who are intimated by either one comfortable with the other,” Greenfield says, “and physically, it’s better for your body.”

Single sport classes: You can also take just cycling or just yoga. Yoga classes are mostly vinyasa, with some hot and restorative. The cycling class style depends partially on the instructor, but you can expect tough intervals and loud music no matter what, and no weights. My class included an incredibly high-energy, skilled instructor (Leora Wexler) who led us over a few hills and included tap-backs and handlebar tricep push-ups.

Price: $27 per class, includes shoes, mats, water, and towels —Lisa Elaine Held

557 Third Ave., entrance on 37th St., 2nd floor, www.my360nyc.com

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