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I am in a book club and at the last meet up at a lounge at the mall, the girls decided to try and organize a group of us to try a SoulCycle class. SoulCycle is new take on spin or cycling class. I already work out at the gym downstairs and thought why not give it a try? Here is my experience and review.
What is SoulCycle?
From their website:
SoulCycle is a 45-minute indoor cycling class that features high-intensity cardio, muscle-sculpting strength training, and rhythm-based choreography. But it’s so much more than just a workout — it’s a powerful mind-body experience. We ride together as a pack in candlelit studios to the rhythm of one-of-a-kind playlists. We’re coached by magnetic instructors, who support us, coach us and push us to reach our personal bests. We sweat, reach, and recover, together. With more than 82 studios (and counting!) our revolutionary indoor cycling class is available across the U.S. and Canada. Riders come to us to experience breakthroughs and unlock their full potential — on and off the bike.
The week we wanted to attend, the online signups opened up Monday at noon. First, you buy a classes package – I started out with their 3 class package which at my SoulCycle was $60. That makes it $20 a class v. $28 purchased on its own. You choose a bike based on the room layout. The first person who registered from Book Club let us know the bike they chose and we were able to choose bikes around her. If you are going to check it out with other people, I recommend you try register around the same time. We registered for a Wednesday night class called Queens of Hip Hop.
Prior to Class
Prior to class, I checked out the FAQ’s on the Soul Cycle website. I decided on my LuLaRoe Jade athletic leggings and an athletic top from my recent Trunk Club Shipment. When you get there, your first rental of cycle shoes are free. After that, it’s $3 per class. If you really love spin, it may be worth looking into buying cycle shoes.
When I showed up, I had to acknowledge some waivers online. There are lockers available for your personal items. The lockers even had a USB charging port for your phone! We waited outside the studio doors about 5-10 minutes before class started.
In the Studio
Once in the studio, there are staff members wearing SoulCycle shirts to help newbies like me. You find your bike, and they set up the height and seat for you. You learn about adjusting resistance and they help you with clipping in/out of the pedals. They explain the positions and you choose free hand weights for your workout. I started out with 2 pounders, because #newb. There is also a towel already set up on your bike.
The studio has a very cool ambience and vibe. It’s candle lit and is dark. There are lights focused on the Instructor who will adjust them and has what looks like a mini DJ station to control the music and volume.
Class and the Workout
Class begins and you follow along. One cool thing about the room being dark is you don’t feel like anyone is watching you. You can always go at your own pace. It was hard, and I sweat a lot. But it was a fun 45 minutes. Towards the end, I felt like I was starting to get into somewhat of a groove. The Instructor ended with some affirmations and words that were good for the soul – get it… SoulCycle?
I’m not gonna lie. I was sore, but it was that good workout sore. My butt did indeed hurt, but I hear that is normal for first time spinners. I actually found my Instructor on Instagram and she told me that it can take up to 3 classes for people to really get into the groove and that I should keep going. The studio vibe was way cool and it was such a great workout. My goal is to try and go 2-3 times per month to vary my workouts.
I’m already booked for my next class.
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