I’ve been dying to try out Soul-Cycle for quite some time. That time came on Friday. I was willing to pay the steep price of a class ($32), but was delighted to see that the Westside location was offering a free community ride on Friday at 1pm. And since I was on vacation, I happened to be free at this time
I went to the 72nd St. location, and by the time I found the entrance (it’s just a lobby-front, the studio is in the back), it looked like everyone else in the class was already there! The narrow entry-way had soul-cyclists changing shoes and getting their stuff together, and I squirmed by to get my borrowed shoes (clipless pedals).
This was, I should tell you, my first time wearing cycling shoes. Once I awkwardly walked over to my bike, I snapped my shoes in (after a few minutes of failed attempts and having the lovely girl next to me help me out a bit) I started rolling. The lights were dim, the music was awesome, and the studio was candlelit. Almost more like a yoga studio, than spinning – in a good way. The zen similarities ended there.
Surrounded by fit women of many ages, mostly Lulu-clad, we got started with our instructor, Kaili. The warm-up through the very last minute was high-energy and saturated with awesome music, and loads of encouragement from the instructor. I almost forgot how badly my thighs were burning about 20 minutes in.
Afterwards, the room emptied quickly for a new group coming in, I rode my Spinner’s high to the juice bar next door for a tasty reward
The verdict? I’m in LOVE. I’d love to check out a few more classes, and I’ll keep my eyes peeled for some freebie community classes. I think I can only justify paying full price about twice a month, but that’s good enough for me!
Have you hit up Soul-Cycle? What did you think?