“Ride like the wind, Bullseye” is all I kept thinking as I was riding at SoulCyle. Did you like my Toy Story reference? That’s what you get when you had toddler! In any case, check out what I thought of my first every SoulCyle class!
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Nick – He is FAN-TAS-TIC. The pure energy he gave off was contagious. He was dancing, singing, and cheering us all on. He called me out by name and made everyone clap for me, when I found the beat. I probably should have been embarrassed, but I was PROUD since I am a novice cycler.
Exercise Type: Indoor Cycling – I have done a few spin classes before, but this one was different from the others. “How?” You ask. Let me explain. When I entered the studio, I looked around the room for the big screens. None. That’s interesting, I thought. I asked one of the girls who helped me set up my bike about the lack of screens, and she explained that there were no screens and no monitors on the bikes. The full experience was about riding to the beat. I had a little experience with catching the beat, from other cycle classes, but I also relied on that monitor to let me know my RPMs and resistance. Shoot. Will I be able to do this?
Much to my surprise, riding to the beat was the same as using a monitor.
I knew how fast I was going and should be going, by the beat of the music. Nick did a great job of giving us a heads up as to whether the next song would be faster/slower too. He mixed in faster and slower songs, to give us breaks when needed.
Aside from the cycling part of class, Nick mixed in a few arms exercises. Ahhh a nice break from pedaling! Everyone’s bike had a set of light weights (3lbs – but they had heavier ones off to the side if you needed), and Nick prompted us when to pick them up. We did simple bicep curls, bicep pulsing, tricep dips (over our head), to name a few.
Place: Studio – the actual cycling studio was dark and had mirrors on the front wall. There was a little stage up front where Nick’s bike was set, and there were a few lit candles surrounding his bike.
Day of the Week: Tuesday
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM
Price: $25 for a drop-in; packages available
What to Wear: Tank top/t-shirt; shorts/leggings; cycling shoes – these are FREE for your first ride, and $3 going forward
What to Bring: WATER – You will need it! We worked hard!
What is Provided: Shoes (see above); towel
Level of Experience: All levels seen
Gender Majority: 50/50 mix
Age Group: 20’s and early 30’s
Welcoming: Yes! Nick immediately came up to us and introduced himself and gave us a few pointers – try to ride to the beat, do what you can, and take breaks when needed.
Cleanliness: Yes, extremely. The upstairs of the studio was equipped with lockers and restrooms. The restrooms had a few stalls, and also showers and a changing area. All looked clean.
As mentioned above, the lack of screens and monitors were unique to me. After taking this class, I personally liked not having them. I have taken other classes, and I felt my competitive nature come out – I had to be the best (even though I wasn’t). I got down on myself when I didn’t rank as high as I wanted. “Rookie cycler takes #1 spot in the class!” In. My. Dreams. It’s just for fun, right?! In this SoulCyle class, I felt good. I felt accomplished and proud. I finished the 45 minute class…. Alive! Who knows how I would have ranked, and I really didn’t care. I did the best that I could, and burned a crap ton of calories! If you are anything like me, maybe try a cycling class that does not track and rank you to start. See how you feel, and then maybe transition to a class where you are ranked.
Thank you so much for having us! It was such a great experience and I can’t wait to come back and ride like the wind again! Another huge thank you to my cousin, Maura, who I drag from place to place with me! You’re the best!
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