NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) -- Cycling studios have seen an enormous trend nationwide. SoulCycle broke the internet (aka Instagram) on fitness groupie's pages, and since multiple prototypes have emerged. There's even a reality television show about spin instructors' love and work lives based in L.A.
New Orleans has finally caught up with the trend, and the very first stand-alone cycling studio is now open in the Warehouse District. Tour is located at 860 Tchoupitoulas Street.
Its founder, Madeline Spiers said her inspiration for the studio came from when she lived in New York City and used to do SoulCycle as an alternative to running. As a ballerina, she could only do low impact cardio to avoid hurting her joints, and spinning provided her with an outlet.
Tour offers a variety of classes with different instructors who all have their own style. The standard class is 50-minutes long with pop music that keeps you motivated and LED lights in the back of the room that provide an energetic atmosphere.
But the goal for Spiers was to make a class schedule that appealed to everyone of all ages. If you want something low-key, Tour offers a bliss class that is candlelit and provides a "yoga-like" atmosphere. Their styles range from "Bieber vs. Beyonce" to 80s and 90s themed nights where they encourage you to come in costume.
For those of you looking for new year's resolutions Spiers has got you covered.
"I think one of the hardest parts of a new year's resolution is sticking to it. We all say, 'Alright, I'm going to go at this, this year. It's my new year's resolution this year. I'm going to stick to it.'
"I find that people get discouraged if they miss a class or miss a workout, you kind of tend to fall back into your old habits. A great way to really hold yourself accountable is to find a buddy!"
The buddy system never fails, and the challenge is to do 20-classes in 30 days, and if you complete all 20, then you get 20% off your next package. There's some incentive!