- Caitlin Clark, Paper City Magazine

Though the Spinning Giant has Outposts in Austin and Houston, Preston Hollow and Uptown Will Open First This Weekend

Dallas’ boutique fitness studios didn’t jump to reopen when Governor Abbott permitted them to this Monday. Some opted for appointment-only sessions and few opened their doors with new class schedules and safety protocols in place. But as Texas forges ahead with reopening, more and more studios have announced opening dates, including national spinning giant SoulCycle, whose two Dallas outposts (in Preston Hollow and Uptown) will be the first of nearly 100 locations across the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom to welcome clients back.

It’s hard to imagine what SoulCycle — whose many obsessives are drawn not just to the workout but the shared energy of others gathered in the dark room around them — will look like in a socially distanced world. A new page on the company’s website, “The SoulCycle Standard,” offers extensive details on what to expect at the studio, from checking in and what lockers you can use to whether or not the staff will be wearing masks. There’s also a section on “Rider Responsibility” (please resist the urge to high five).

I reached out to a SoulCycle representative to confirm that Dallas studios would be the first to reopen, and although they didn’t provide information as to why they chose the Uptown and Preston Hollow locations (the company also has location in Austin and Houston), it’s not hard to guess why. With coastal cities like Los Angeles and New York still largely on lockdown, and with our boutique fitness scene being as popular as it is (what we lack in nature we make up for in niche, indoor group fitness), Dallas is a good place for SoulCycle to perfect the ins and outs of socially distanced spinning before opening studio doors nationwide. Let’s hope all goes well.