Lately, I’ve been reflecting on some of the first pieces that I have published. I started my blog in June 2014 over at Breakfast with Bentley. I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about, I just wanted to write. I was nervous, yet excited to share a piece of my writing with the world. I didn’t know what to expect from blogging; I just knew that I wanted a creative outlet and space where I could share my ideas, some photos and maybe a recipe or two. Looking back, it is only fitting that I wrote my very first blog post about my new love at the time: Soul Cycle. Along with blogging, these two outside activities have helped me in ways people may never fully understand.
It is only fitting that my first blog post is about Soul Cycle, my latest obsession. I have been riding for about two months now and I just can’t get enough of it.
Most people are often afraid to try something new… they are afraid of change. But when it comes to exercise, I am all about switching things up.
I have tried it ALL: gym memberships, personal gym trainers, kickboxing, Pilates reformer classes, hot yoga classes, strength and conditioning classes, bar method classes, etc. But one of my favorite all-time fitness classes has been cycling/spinning.
Over the years, I’ve always tried cycling at the various gyms that I would join. I love hopping on the bike and spinning the day’s stresses away. I really loved the classes where the instructor had a kick-ass playlist, with upbeat songs. I loved when the instructor had the whole class dancing on their bikes, spinning to the beat. (Let’s be honest, I love a good dance party… even if exercise is involved.)
Two months ago, I was talking about my love of exercise and spin with a friend of mine, and she told me she goes to Soul Cycle. I am no stranger to Soul Cycle; I’ve read about it and I have seen pictures of celebs leaving the studios, but I have never actually been to a class. I didn’t realize they had a studio on Long Island; I thought they only had studios in the city.
When I found out about this hidden gem in Roslyn, I couldn’t have been more excited. I did some more research on their website and I was pretty certain that these types of cycling classes were going to be up my alley. They are all about the music, the positivity, and the sweat! High volume, fast-paced classes would hopefully leave me reenergized and exhausted in the same 45 minutes.
I decided it was time to try it out.
Drum roll to my first class…
I arrived early to the studio, signed a registration form and I was on my way. They use their own spin shoes, which you can rent or purchase for a nominal fee. But for the first time, they give you the shoes for free. It was definitely an adjustment; I have never spun in anything besides my sneakers.
Since it was my first time at their studio, one of the instructors helped me set up my bike. I had to “clip in” to the pedals and then I was ready to rock and roll. She explained to me that there are two-pound hand weights behind my seat and that I will be using them half way through my ride. Hmm… interesting.
Jo, the instructor, bounced into the room. Her sunny disposition and positive attitude radiated throughout the entire class. She pumped up the music and totally set the mood. I was excited for the class to begin.
She wasted no time getting into the swing of things. The music got louder and the pedals moved faster. Up, down, up, down, faster, slower, pushups, hand weights…it didn’t stop for 45 amazing minutes. It was one of the BEST workouts I have ever had. Between the awesome music and the motivational words from the instructor, I did not want the class to end. I was sweating my tush off, chugging my Smart Water and wondering what was coming up next. But once it was over, I couldn’t wait to sign up for another class.
Even though I am not the skinniest or most fit right now, I want to try everything out there. I want to be able to say, “I tried and it’s awesome and I can’t wait to go back” or “I tried and it wasn’t for me.” It’s nice to step outside of your comfort zone once in awhile. Once you are outside, you may decide that you really like it.
Get your ass to Soul Cycle! It was so much fun and the first class is only $20!
First published on June 24th, 2014