But, after hearing and reading endlessly about Cyc, I finally decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about — and if it could possibly live up to all the hype. I was lucky enough to get a bike in one of Keoni Hudoba’s packed Friday night classes. You may have already heard of Keoni. In addition to being the creator of the Cyc Method, he’s garnered a huge following from his days at Barry’s Bootcamp and SoulCycle.
Cyc opened in mid-January and is located within the DavidBartonGym at Astor Place, which happens to be the only thing I disliked about the class. (I prefer the sleeker, less visually and aurally intrusive aesthetic at Equinox.) It’s worth noting, though, that you can use the gym facilities within two hours of your scheduled Cyc class. Once you walk through their jam-packed, sensory-overloaded lobby, you’ll hit a stairwell leading downstairs to the locker rooms and Cyc’s very own lair. As soon as I changed and met with my fellow classmates in this lobby, I couldn’t help but feel I was lining up to enter a super-chic club, thanks to the music and the crowd. When the studio doors finally opened, I half expected to see a full bar instead of spin bikes.
I consider myself a fairly critical judge of spin classes. In order for a class to warrant regularity in my schedule, it must be the perfect storm of good music (first and foremost), motivating instruction, and a variety of exercises. Otherwise, the idea of riding a bike going nowhere for 45 minutes is just plain boring. Even in a perfect session, I often find myself glancing at the clock or leaving for a “water break” to get a change of scenery. This class flew by even before I had time to start searching for a clock (which, by the way, I don’t think they had). Ultimately, my preconceptions were blown away as it was nothing short of incredible.
I left feeling like I didn’t know what hit me. I was so distracted by how much fun I had that I didn’t even notice how hard I was working or how long the class was. It was the perfect pre-game for my Friday night.
Cyc is located at 4 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003 within the DavidBartonGym. For more information or to book a class, visit Cyc here, call them at 212.897.9922, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.