As you all know, I'm an avid & frequent serial cycler at Soul Cycle. I used to go to the Palo Alto location, but a new one just opened in Santana Row in San Jose recently, so I've obviously been going there a lot more because it's a lot closer & more convenient. I wanted to tell you guys about Soul Cycle & what it's like, what to expect, etc. just in case anyone was wondering if they should join or not. First of all, if you were considering, the answer's, yes! You should. Cycling's a great alternative for muscle sculpting, strength training, & high-intensity cardio, though it doesn't burn as much calories like other cardio activities such as running, jump roping, etc., but it's still super fun.
PREPPING FOR CLASS:
I go in the morning because Soul Cycle in the morning builds character, lol. I usually arrive about thirty minutes before my class starts. I sign in with the receptionist, & she gives me a pair of custom cycling shoes that we all switch into for class because their bikes are designed to be clipped into. The shoe rental's $3 every time, but you can buy your own Soul Cycle cycling shoes for $200. Up until now, I still have a hard time unclipping my shoe from the bike when class is over, lol. I put all of my stuff in a locker, use the bathroom, change, take my make-up off if I'm coming from somewhere, & I just do little things to get ready for class. I also bring a portable charger, so my phone can charge in my locker while I'm in class because phones are not allowed in class / inside the studio so as to not cause distraction & interruption during class & also because Soul Cycle's a mind-body experience, & you, your mind, & your body, should 100% all be there for class. Sometimes, they'll have free snacks out. For example, the last time I went, they had maple blueberry-flavored Verb brand caffeinated energy bars & pink lemonade out for everyone.
IN THE STUDIO:
Your Soul Cycle experience really depends on your instructor. I've taken multiple classes with a variety of instructors, & my favorite one's Ginny at the Palo Alto location. She has so much energy, & her rhythm-based choreography's so much fun. She really makes me feel alive. She's a little bit more difficult though, so good luck taking her if it's your first time. She gets easier over time once you get used to taking her more often. Don't sit in the front row because she'll totally over-work you, even if she sees that you're hella tired. She even gets up from her bike & comes up to random people sometimes & tries to hype them up during class, lol. Taylor at the San Jose location's a lot easier. Each class starts with a warm-up before it gets intense for the majority of the class period. Often times, people get really hyped up & into the music. Someone random might yell out, "Woo!" during class. It happens all of the time. I remember one time, one of the girls got so into the beat of the music while we were doing a standing hill climb that they started to spin their towel around like a lasso, & everyone else followed. So cute, haha. Near the end of class, your instructor usually incorporates weights into the work-out. You cycle slowly while you're doing upper body work-outs with 3 - 5 lb. weights in each hand, working out your arms, shoulders, chest, & back. Soul Cycle's a full body work-out, so if it's your first time, then you'll most likely have sore arms, sore abs, a sore lower back, & sore thighs / quads, the same kind of burn that you get from having sex. Each class ends with stretches, first while you're on your bike, & then, when you're off.
Soul Cycle has showers, so I usually hop in the shower after class. All of their shampoos, conditioners, soaps, lotions, etc. are from one of my favorite fragrance companies, Le Labo, so I always come out smelling fresh, bougie, expensive, & like "Bergamote 22". Just when I thought that they couldn't get any better, they let us use hundreds of dollars worth of expensive products. They also sell some Le Labo at Soul Cycle, as well as some cute Soul Cycle work-out clothes, so I like to shop around sometimes after class & before I head out. After I shower, though, I'll blow-dry my hair at one of the stations & do my make-up / get ready to go out again.
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