Class + studio: Akin’s Class @ SoulCycle
Location: Noho (NYC)
Other cities: He rarely travels, but has taught at Soul’s in other cities before
Length: 45 mins
Description: His class is Soul on steroids, it’s more of a boot camp-style spin class + he is SUPER adamant on getting your legs strong and fast before doing any upper bod moves. His choreo is HARD + fast. He has signature moves.
Sweat level: 10/10 – Legit slippery floor when you leave
Tone level: 9/10 – Definitely more cardio than toning, but absolutely the hardest soul we’ve ever been to
Cult level: 11/10 – CULTY as they come. People treat him like a god + has groupies aka “Akin’s Army”. Many go to multiple of his classes a day + some go in debt for him. Have to be culty for min 1-2 yr ride in front.
Sneakers/props: Clothes to sweat in, spin shoes (or rent there) make SURE you have water
Shower/locker situation: Lockers, showers, the works. The locker rooms get super crowded, generally a shower line.
Vibe: Intense. “Akin’s Army” presence is REAL + you will prob feel like an outcast if you’re not part of it. Most of the riders are all friends bc they see each other daily.
Similar to: SoulActivate but harder.
Extras: MUST book 1 wk in advance on THE DOT. Fills up within seconds (including the back row), most people are super-Soul’d, so book before it even opens. Good luck lol.
Go back? I used to – but not anymore. I’d sit in back + sweat like crazy. He’s an incred instructor but i was not prepared to make this class my life.