Spinning has always scared me.
Why you ask?
Well! You're telling me...I am going to pay someone to yell at me while I'm riding a bike that doesn't move? Well okay then. I am also sort of a lazy low-impact activity kind of person. Not one to knock something before I try it, I decided to give spinning a whirl (see what I did there?) and paid a visit to Soulcyle, a spinning studio with a cult following in New York, Los Angeles and Miami.
First things first, Soulcycle is all about positive affirmations with a kick-ass soundtrack in a dark candlelit room. Sure, it's a bit romantic for a sweaty group spin...BUT - if you're newbie like me, no one can really see you slacking in the corner while your butt aches. Just don't plunk yourself down in the front row. Go at your own place and rev it up when you can. The average class is about 45 minutes and frankly that's all about I can take. You get in, get out and get worked out. You also know it's going to be a rough go, when you see a roll of plastic bags attached to the wall for your sweaty clothes post-spin. So what did I really think?
Spinning isn't really that bad. It's more like bootcamp on a bike and I really feel like I could get into it if I committed to taking a few more sessions. Expect a warm-up, intense spinning, some strength training while you're on the bike (think push-up moves), mini weight lifts and then a cool down spin.
|Photo Credit - The LA Times|
My introductory class at Soulcycle was only $20 and included rental of a pair of cycling shoes that clip into the machine. So if you're looking for an intense and efficient workout, try a spinning class and see if it's for you. I used to think I would be the person that would either a) throw-up during spinning or b) be wheeled out to an ambulance. Apparently either weren't true, I made it seem worse than it was. So go look up a class and go spinning!
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Photos from: Soulcycle