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?