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Yesterday I got to take my first SoulCycle class! SoulCycle is an indoor cycling studio that I’ve wanted to try since forever. While in GA pre-move, I read so many blog posts and magazine articles raving about these cycling classes, and I hoped I would someday get to take one in NY or CA. Thankfully, there are numerous locations in the Tri-State area! I traveled to the Scarsdale, NY location which is the closest studio to CT until the Greenwich studio opens in 2013.
Although it was foggy and raining outside, SoulCycle was bright and cheerful inside from the yellow walls to the smiling staff. I registered for the class online previously, so I just had to sign in and grab some spin shoes. Shoes are free for first timers and $3 after that, or you can bring your own. While I did remember to bring a bottle of water with me, I was given a bottle of SmartWater. I’m not sure if this is complimentary to everyone or just first timers though. Next, I put my belongings in a locker (protected by my own digital password) and headed off to class. Scarsdale staff member Skyler was really helpful in showing me the studio and helping me adjust my bike for my specific height. Thanks, Skyler!
SoulCycle spin classes are a little different than the usual cycling class one might take at a gym. The lights are turned off and everyone rides by candlelight. I liked this aspect of it because there is no judgment in the room. Everyone is able to go at their own pace while still being pushed and motivated by the instructor. I really enjoyed the music as well. Everything from Coldplay to Rihanna to Eminem blasted through the speakers. I used to think Sex On Fire by Kings of Leon was my favorite workout song, but Tonight Alive’s punk version of Mumford & Sons’ Little Lion Man might be the new winner. I went straight home and downloaded it from iTunes. No joke.
The class itself involved more than just cycling. It was a full body workout! Push-ups and “crunches” were incorporated into the spinning routine. In addition, the last part of the class incorporated actual weights for some strength training. My arms sure needed that! After the final song, we cooled down with some yoga-like stretches on the bikes. I really needed the stretching after running 15 miles Sunday for marathon training and then yesterday’s spin session.
The 45 minute class flew by! I’ve taken spin classes before with friends and family and even those classes weren’t as fun as the solo spin class I attended yesterday. I feel like it was a great workout in such a short period of time. Plus, it focused on the areas I really want to tone – butt, abs, and arms. My sister always comments that I look the same pre and post-run because I don’t sweat that much, but boy, did I sweat during that class. Seriously, I was more sweaty after SoulCycle then I was after running 15 miles this weekend! How is that even possible?!
If you are interested in taking a SoulCycle class, they have numerous locations in NY and CA. New studios are opening in the next few months as well (including a CT location!), so keep a look out! If there is a studio near you, make sure to make an account on their website. Classes are $32 (plus shoe rental), and the more you purchase (there are different package deals) the cheaper the individual classes become. I will definitely be back, so I hope to see you there!
Stay fit and fabulous,