I know this overview of Soul Cycle spin class is about 5 years behind the times, but I finally went to my first class and figured after my last post I should at least write up something about my experience.
So, right now Soul Cycle is running a promotion for all new members – so if you’re like me and you’ve never check it out, go because it’s free! Like, as in TOTALLY free, including shoe rentals and everything. Just go online, pick which studio you want to go to, and call and schedule the class. Easy as that.
Since I’m trying to be more creative and committed to my workouts, I thought I’d give it a go. And, since my roommate had never been either I dragged her along with me to the 83rd Street location on the Upper East Side last Saturday. Overall takeaway: If a night club, a personal trainer, and a therapist all had a baby that tried to kick my ass, it would be Soul Cycle.
I’m no stranger to spin class. I’ve done different classes with various instructors across NYC, in Boston and in Pittsburgh so I wasn’t feeling totally out of me element on the way to the studio. We walked the few blocks and into the stark white and bright yellow studio. It was bumping since it was Saturday afternoon, and we easily and quickly checked in at the front desk by simply initialing a form. There were a lot of other newbies taking Soul Cycle up on the same deal we were, so we got a quick rundown of the locker room and shoe sizes, etc. from the woman at the front desk. She then took our shoe sizes and gave us our spin shoes. I don’t own my own spin shoes – with this promotion, your rental is free with the first class but according to their website costs a few bucks afterwards. Sidenote: water also costs $$, so if you’re feeling frugal bring your own from home.
After we stashed our jackets and real shoes in a locker downstairs, we headed up to the main floor and into the studio. It was absolutely MASSIVE. There’s something like 75 bikes in the one room, so it’s definitely an experience. The back wall has a sort of iridescent, shimmering mural of a road that is a glowing UV purple color and gives the entire space a kind of night club feeling.
Then when Nick, our instructor, came into the space and started bumping his upbeat, pop-y remixes, I felt transported into a night club. That, combined with the black light and dance-like choreography of the class definitely gives the overall experience a very night-life vibe. That is, until his class started to kick my ass and I was just focusing on not keeling over right then and there.
I consider myself a relatively in shape person – I work out a few times a week and try to eat healthy. I’m not a total fitness fanatic, but I’m not a couch potato. And this class is by far the hardest workout class I’ve ever taken. Within the first five minutes I thought my legs were going to fall off, and then after the short but basically impossible arm workout, I thought my arms were going to too. All limbs, turned to jelly. By the end of the 45 minutes, I thought I never needed to workout again. A quick cursory Google search told me that I burned anywhere from 500-700 calories in 45 minutes. Thanks, Nick.
So, was it worth it? Yes. Will I be going back? Probably, yes (I mean…700 calories in 45 minutes. What more info do you need?). Even though there’s a steep fee per class at $34 in NYC, I’ve never worked out so hard in my entire life and feel like it is definitely be worth it. Count me in as the newest member of the cult.
P.S. Sorry for the lack of photos – I locked my phone in the locker at the beginning of class, and was so sweaty afterwards that I was afraid to touch much of anything and obviously an after pic wasn’t going anywhere near the internet (again, burning 700 calories doesn’t exactly make you look pretty).
You’ll just have to go check it out for yourself.