Ah, the new year. Welcome to the land of people joining gyms, eating healthier, drinking less, and apparently taking spin classes for the first time.
When I first saw that there was going to be a SoulCycle literally one block from my house I had a minor freak out. This is their first location in Washington, so the only reason I knew about SoulCycle was because in the media it was a place where celebs/bougie guys and gals went to get in shape, while still having a blast.
It is described on their website as a “cardio party” and I couldn’t have said it better myself. SoulCycle Bellevue opened on Friday, January 20th with their first class at 5:30 am. Now in my mind, I was the first to know about this place opening. I was completely wrong. Thursday evening I went to their website to book my first ride and was surprised when I saw there was already a wait list on most of their upcoming classes. Luckily, they did have two openings on Saturday at 8:30 am (adios post work wine-time).
The Good: SoulCycle has the scheduling system DOWN. I love the fact that you get to pick out which bike you want and can see how many seats are still available. Because I was apparently late to the cycle party, there were only two seats left… and they were right up front. It was an early morning for us and we got there about 20 minutes before class started so we could get our shoes and scope out the studio. The place was mayhem! They had a DJ, a photo booth, juices from Jujubeet, and tons of people. The studio holds 62 bikes and is pretty good in size. The studio also includes two walls of lockers, lots of clothing merch for men and women, and restrooms with showers.
The Better: The experience itself was absolutely amazing. I loved the uplifting music, the powerful group of men and women who all came for the same thing, and the fact that you get an arm and ab workout as well. Every bike comes equipped with 2 lb weights. I decided to bump those bad boys up to 5 lbs during my second class because last time seemed a bit too easy. Good god was I an idiot. My arms were sore for days, but if you are like me and want a challenge, I say do it. Your arms will thank you later.
The Best: I’m writing this after class and I feel on top of the world. They say you can’t buy happiness but let me tell you, I think I just did. If you are someone like me who enjoys motivational, yet intense, but somewhat short classes, this is for you. I’ve taken a few classes now and each time I leave the studio I’m feeling the same way. Refreshed, motivated, strong. A little endorphin rush never hurt anyone.
So if you are thinking of taking a spin class for the first time here are a few things to remember:
- To my ladies with bigger… er, ladies. Wear a sports bra meant for high intensity workouts. I made the mistake during my first class of wearing a sports bra that is intended for days where I am just lifting. My favorite sports bra at the moment is the Victoria Sport Knockout which is basically two bras in one. Amazing!
- Bring your own water. Though yes, they provide water for only $2 it can add up each time you go. Something the size of a Smart Water is perfect. I like these two from CamelBak and S’well.
- Eat a healthy snack or meal afterward. You don’t realize it, but you just worked out for 45 minutes and burned up to 700 calories. Don’t waste all that good energy you’re feeling. Grab an avocado, almonds, or acai bowl (The Acai Protein Bowl from Jujubeet is so YUM) and drink up, you need that extra h2o.
Your body stops showing results if you keep doing the same thing over and over again. I’m really excited to switch up my workout routine to something a little less mundane. Throw in a yoga class here and there and I’ll be ready for summer. Next time you’re thinking of going out to brunch with your friends, try a class at SoulCyle instead. Mimosas aren’t going anywhere.