Last week, I participated in my first ever SoulCycle class. Located in the Domain’s new Northside development, the studio was so fresh + clean I almost forgot I was there to spin myself into oblivion. This wasn’t my first spin class, I used to spin many years ago, but SoulCycle is next level. Not only is it a spin class, but it’s a full body workout. And it is no. joke.
Lauren, the instructor for my class was amazing. She was energetic but not too peppy considering it was only 8:30AM. Being on the front row of the class I was nervous everyone would see how hard I was struggling but luckily only my SoulCycle BFF, Whitney (we’ll get to her later) saw my battle through the class. The lights are pretty dim in the studio which makes it easy to focus inwardly + keeps you from feeling self-conscious that everyone is watching you. The other great thing about Lauren is that she does not point out that you’re driving the struggle bus but does yell out affirmations + instructions to everyone that you know are meant for you.
Music is chosen by the instructors but it was a great mix of current + classic hits. The songs had a great beat to keep you moving + helped you almost forget the burning your legs felt during the 45-minute class. Being clipped in did not make me feel as trapped as I thought (maybe because I unclipped a few times #whoops). The studio provides you with shoes but you can also bring in your own if you are bad ass enough to have your own. Pro-tip from SoulCycle BFF Whitney: don’t tighten the top buckles too much or your toes will fall asleep.
SoulCycle would be a great place for your early morning or even post-work workouts. They have very nice shower facilities + even had multiple blow dryers for your convenience. If you want any SoulCycle gear, the front of the studio has everything a cycler could need. I would definitely feel comfortable getting ready after a ride to head to work or even a nice dinner. The lockers are great + easy to use, though I doubt there’s a large concern in the big, white, well-staffed studio.
My biggest tip for anyone who want to try SoulCycle is to make sure your bike is properly set up. Mine was not which made my ride much harder than it should have been. I was much more focused on how uncomfortable my seat was than how difficult/rewarding the ride was. After class Whitney showed me how I should have set up my bike which was 1000x more comfortable.
I will definitely be heading back to SoulCycle to give it another try + maybe get hooked like so many of my friends in other cities. If you want to try SoulCycle, your first ride is just $20. Check out this article from SoulCycle on how to prep for your class. They are not kidding about water + a snack. I was starving after my ride. Luckily I had an amazing Acai Bowl from Blenders & Bowls. Happy riding ladies!