SoulCycle Review

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Last Monday night I fell in love… with SoulCycle. I’m usually not 100% sold ‘OMG I LOVE THIS” when I do a new workout. 90% of the time I think, “eh that was alright, I’d probably do it again”. This was not one of those times.

I don’t want to say I drank the SoulCycle Kool-aide but I totally get it now.  I really honestly don’t like spin classes. I go because I know I should cross-train but I spend the hour trying not to look at the clock every two minutes, waiting for this form of torture to be over. SoulCycle was over before I wanted it to be over. That never happens.

There’s a SoulCycle studio in my neighborhood, The Marina and they just opened up a new, 64-bike studio in SoMa. It’s also right by the new Pressed Juice in SoMa. I went to that because the class fit in my schedule and also having 64 bikes means you have less of a chance of not getting in the class you want. Registration for the next week opens on Mondays at noon so you sign on to the SoulCycle site and register for all the classes you want for the week.

SoulCycle is all about non-judgement. I actually had people refer to it as spin class with therapy. The instructor turns off the lights, lights candles around their bike (it sounds weirder than it is, I promise) and pounds the music. The key to SoulCycle not sucking (in my opinion) as opposed to other spin classes as far as technique goes is to spin to the music. My instructor was Jenny who was an instructor in NYC and moved to SF to help open the Marina and Marin studios and her playlist was on point, from Taylor Swift to Beyonce to Eminem and finishing up with Banks.

Another aspect I loved was that you focused on a lot of upper body work as well. Each bike has 2 or 3 lb weights and you do arm and upper body exercises for 2 or 3 songs. I’m not going to lie – I was slightly sore on Tuesday morning. Actually I was a little sore in my lower body as well, mixing an 8-mile tempo run and SoulCycle together wasn’t my best idea (but a typical one for me).

The next morning, I immediately put SoulCycle shoes and classes on my Christmas list, so now I am officially the Marina Girl stereotype. Pass the green juice, please.

Chat with me:
Have you tried SoulCycle? Are you obsessed? What workout are you dying to try?

24 comments on “SoulCycle Review

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Jessie on December 23, 2014 7:13 am

I haven’t even taken the a Soul Cycle class, but your review as me sold! I wanna workout to fun music with candles!
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:36 pm

Candlelight yoga is super fun, too!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on December 23, 2014 7:15 am

I haven’t tried Soul Cycle but I have tried FlyWheel. We are getting a Soul Cycle here in Chicago and I would love to try it–I’m interested to see what is different about it from Flywheel!
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:36 pm

I need to try Flywheel so I can compare!!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on December 23, 2014 12:37 pm

YES! SoulCycle is so amazing! I am a fitness snob when it comes to any type of boutique/studio/group/trendy class (ahaha!) But I seriously fell in love with SC! I wouldn’t be able to keep going (way to expensive) But I am so happy I got to have the experience!
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:55 pm

Have you tried Class Pass in DC yet?

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Anna on December 23, 2014 12:54 pm

I do tend to obsess about new workouts so it’s likely I’d feel the same way about SoulCycle. There’s one right down the street from me and even though I really, really want to try it, the price tag for one class is just too high since I know that along with my current gym membership, I won’t be able to afford it anyway.

I do share your dislike for spin classes, though! I feel great after but can’t stop watching the clock during.
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:52 pm

You can do your first class for 20 dollars, usually! Or follow Racked, etc. in your city for a free class or a Soul Community class for new instructors!

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Ange @ Cowgirl Runs on December 23, 2014 12:58 pm

There isn’t a SoulCycle studio in Calgary, but I go to a spin studio with a similar feel. Dark lights, candles, loud music and I freaking love it. It’s effing hard but I feel so badass afterwards.
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:51 pm

YES!! I left feeling totally empowered.

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Bain on December 23, 2014 1:22 pm

Unfortunately SoulCycle has a policy that group fitness instructors from other studios are not welcome to attend. That means I can’t go.

I’m glad you have found a group ex class you like. I’ve found the more I love an activity, the more I will actually go do it–which is good for my body and my brain. Happy riding!
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:58 pm

So sorry to hear about that – hopefully they change the policy soon!

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Alexa on December 23, 2014 3:31 pm

Hey There! I’m working on getting my post up too! It was great meeting you!
I actually believe the instructor for Racked class was Jenny Gaither
Hope you are enjoying your holidays!
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:50 pm

Whoo thanks for letting me know, I need to fix that :)

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Whitney Carney on December 23, 2014 8:09 pm

This sounds great. I’m on my way now so we can go to a class together..

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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:49 pm

Can this happen please???

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Farrah on December 23, 2014 11:23 pm

:D I’ve never had a chance to try it out yet, but SoulCycle sounds like fun! (Hooray for built-in therapy and feeling awesome afterward too! :P ) I’d love to try a barre class somewhere next year. :]
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:50 pm

Yes!! Barre is so fun, too!

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Mattie @ Comfy & Confident on December 30, 2014 7:10 pm

I am dying to try Soul Cycle! I hear so many great things and I just really need to give it a try.
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:16 pm

I can’t wait to go back!

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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on December 31, 2014 12:14 am

I’m the exact same way about cycling classes… they usually bore me, but I totally agree, when I tried SoulCycle, I really loved it! I think the combo of the good music + switching it up with upper body keeps it interesting and makes the workout speed by.
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 5:13 pm

Yesss I agree, upper body is the most fun part since it switches things up!

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